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John H. Morrison
Houston, TX
I have a Ph. D. in physics, and teach physics at Houston Community College.
Interests: physics, numerous subjects, potentially any subject
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When specially equipped federal immigration agents arrived at the elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday, the local police at the scene would not allow them to go after the gunman who had opened fire on students inside the school, according to two officials briefed on the situation. If... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Some Random Nobody
This is the one claim of fine-tuning for life that I take seriously: without help from the 7.7-MeV excited state of carbon-12, the threshold for production of carbon-12 would be far higher and carbon wouldn't exist. I'm not certain, but the claim is unfortunately quite plausible. via I have... Continue reading
Reblogged May 9, 2022 at Some Random Nobody
The 7.7-MeV Carbon-12 State This is the one claim of fine-tuning for life that I take seriously: without help from the 7.7-MeV excited state of carbon-12, the threshold for production of carbon-12 would be far higher and carbon wouldn't exist. I'm not certain, but the claim is unfortunately quite plausible.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2022 at Some Random Nobody
I heard an exchange in a podcast featuring Paul Krugman, about MMTers saying, "You don't understand." Maybe he really didn't understand. But we can test this with three fundamental questions: According to MMT, what happens to the taxes that you pay? According to MMT, how does the government pay its... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2021 at Some Random Nobody
Just in case someone wants to comment on anything that I wrote. Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2020 at Some Random Nobody
Detective Michael Sheehan was one of the lead detectives responsible for the wrongful convictions of the Five in the rape and attempted murder of the Central Park jogger. He was hospitalized for cancer, and finally died about a week after "When They See Us" premiered at the end of May.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2020 at Some Random Nobody
According to the Iraqi prime minister, Soleimani was on a mission delivering a response to Saudi Arabia, about reducing tensions in the area, when he was assassinated by the USA. How much can we trust this? The prime minister was US supported. At the very least, this should be investigated... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2020 at Some Random Nobody
Suppose the LHC managed to create a microscopic black hole. The black hole would fly out of the earth within a second, and also out of our solar system -- if it didn't annihilate in a burst of Hawking radiation. Why? As a collider, the LHC would ideally collide equal-energy... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2019 at Some Random Nobody
James Fallows tweets: And, to state the obvious one more time, the NYT would *never* frame a story on *any* other topic that way: -“Weinstein, accusers, bitterly divided over clashing claims” -“Uighurs, Beijing, struggle to find common ground” -“NFL, brain scientists, trade accusations” Would any news medium cover these issues... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2019 at Some Random Nobody
"When They See Us" exposed the horror of the crime committed against the Central Park Five (also called the Exonerated Five -- they might very well have been called the Central Park Four and One because Korey Wise was only pulled into the horror for accompanying his friend to the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2019 at Some Random Nobody
Prosecutor Elizabeth Lederer corrects Korey Wise in the confession video. Korey confesses, and the interrogator corrects the confession? On video? -- Prosecutor Elizabeth Lederer shows Korey Wise injuries in a picture, and asks about the weapon. Wise suggests "a knife". Then the prosecutor objects that a knife doesn't deliver... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2019 at Some Random Nobody
I can't comment at this blog about Elizabeth Warren's proposed 2% tax, probably because it was written over a month ago. Any merit to this argument is lost in the face of innumeracy and conceptual error. One might think it a misstatement rather than a conceptual error -- but such... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2019 at Some Random Nobody
We have the following facts regarding UA175, that ostensibly hit the South Tower: the plane hitting the South Tower took off at 8:14. The Bureau of Transportation Statistics reports that UA175 took off at 8:23. Both specifically refer to the Wheels-Off Time, the time the wheels leave the runway. via... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 12, 2019 at Some Random Nobody
Eleven-year-old ordered deported without her family This is just sick and wrong. I hope the judge stops it, especially since the reason behind the deportation order is malfeasance or mistake on the part of the government. I suppose that if they deport her, they will drop her off and leave... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2019 at Some Random Nobody
The Senate has apparently approved a measure to stop supporting Saudi Arabia in its war against a part of Yemon. Saudia Arabia has been bombing civilians into famine, and things have apparently worsened in the past month. Warning to those who are persuaded to invade a bad dictatorship because it... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2018 at Some Random Nobody
Lawrence Bruce Weinstein is professor of physics at Old Dominion University, in Virginia. He was a friend and mentor for me at MIT, when I was a physics graduate student, many years ago. This makes his response to an issue about 9/11 all the more bizarre. The following pictures show... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2018 at Some Random Nobody
Donald Meyer curses judge, taunts victims, laughs as he goes to prison for daughter's death. Thus proclaims the headline to the article reporting Donald Meyer's sentence. But let's see. Reminder: Donald Meyer was in a wheelchair, recovering from an alleged stroke. It's unsure whether his time in a wheelchair is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2018 at Some Random Nobody
Yippee! Last December, President Trump tweeted about the unsolved mystery of Lori Klausutis's death -- and Newsweek mentioned it! It was summer 2001. Representative Gary Condit and the disappearance of Chandra Levy were all the rage in the national news media. During the midst, Lori Klausutis's dead body was found... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2018 at Some Random Nobody
The primary purpose of taxation is to give money its value. The tax money is destroyed as soon as it's received, and new money is created. It's possible, and proper, to mint (or print) more money than one takes in. It's possible to print too little or too much.
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President Obama repeatedly gave away the store, and otherwise disarmed our side, as preparation for "bargaining" with the "opposition". If he'd minted the trillion-dollar platinum coins, he could have settled the issue once and for all: not only the debt-limit issue, but also the issue of "deficit" spending.
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Eh? You still need the workers to do the work, to make the stuff, even if it's paid for from the SS trust fund. Really what's so hard to understand? Todays workers are tomorrow's retirees, and if we need more workers today, we'll need still more workers tomorrow.
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Excuse me? Who was stupid? We have right now the population-growth innumeracy (and yes, stupidity) that so infests economists. It's either confusion between total resources and per-capita resources, or simply obliviousness to the obvious: the new people will need what the current people need. Any kind of argument that calls for more people to support those who already exist, is of necessity stupid. We absolutely can't have more people than people who exist. If we require any more than one person per person to survive, we can't survive. With 20 years of retirement, 40 years of work, if we can't deal with two workers per retiree, we will head straight for disaster. If we need three workers per retiree, then we'll reach 1.5 times as many retirees, requiring 1.5 times as many more workers. Let's face it: right now, we only have a finite number of resources, and we need a certain number per person. At that, we head straight for a crash with population growth -- and even constant population will eventually reach the limit. Best case situation in the future: we rely only on rate-limited resources, and population is (approximately) constant.
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Unfortunately, Paul Krugman has been caught by the standard innumerate argument for population growth: forgetting that more workers now means more retires in the future to support. I suppose that it's for the best that he uses that argument to support immigration rather than increased fertility. However, continued population growth is absolutely unsustainable. I really wish that economists would understand the notion of a doubling-time in population growth in the same spirit that they (hopefully) understand the notion of a doubling-time with interest and inflation. Grover to Kermit: "I know how to count blocks, but I don't know how to count oranges!" Immigration (including DACA and refugees) should be supported and defended because of both basic human decency and long-term interests and influence of the US.
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The latest offense of your government was to fly a missile over Japan. This was an act of war. Your fearless leader has been reckless in both talk and act, and he doesn't give a damn about you, the people of North Korea. Whether it be peaceful such as sanctions,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2017 at Some Random Nobody
"There have been endless reports about the low-education white voters who went overwhelmingly for Trump... But he wouldn’t have made it over the top without millions of votes from well-educated Republicans who ... had no excuse for not realizing what kind of man he was. ..." The problem is that his opponent wasn't a nice friendly decent Democratic nominee, but rather someone who would continue the Fascist practices originated by Resident Bush, and continued by President Obama: prosecuting whistleblowers as spies, continued bombing of the Middle East, continued bed-companions with the Banksters. They ignored the military coup in Honduras even as they declared Venezuela a threat to hemispheric security. It's even possible that Clinton was more of a nuclear danger than Trump. A vote for Trump might resemble gnawing (or sawing) his leg off to get out of a trap and save is life.
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