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Updated R & BLAS Timings
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Wow. So is it fair to say that the #EPA has been guilty of as much, if not more, pollution than all the #fracking that has been done in this country?
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The powerful must never be immune from mockery. If there is one thing which the past several hundred years have taught us, this is it: power which is not subject to examination, to criticism, to the salutary effects of lèse-majesté, is the greatest factory of tyranny that the world has ever known.

It is particularly ironic that the men who perpetrated today's massacre in Paris were angry over satirical depictions of Muhammad, because in doing so they have forgotten the exact reason why his depiction was forbidden: because the depiction of animals or of people encourages idolatry. [1] Islam has always been profoundly careful to avoid even the slightest suggestion of veneration of anything other than God: even the time for the mid-day prayer begins just after the Sun has passed its zenith, to avoid the appearance of Sun worship. The purpose of the hadith is to prevent people from worshipping the Prophet, not to put the Prophet on a par with God.

No, the reason for this had nothing to do with holy writ, and everything to do with people who want the right to declare that they may not be insulted, that their pride has more value than human life. And any claim which can be enforced with bloodshed is a claim which comes from power -- and thus a claim which itself has no claim on immunity from mockery. Because they demand it must not be spoken, and because they wish to prevent it from being spoken by creating a fear of murder among anyone who speaks out, it must therefore be spoken.

In the spirit of this, here are several of the cartoons which Charlie Hebdo published which brought down this rage. As its cover I present the best possible summary of all: a picture of Muhammad, saying "It's hard to be loved by assholes."

#JeSuisCharlie  

[1] See e.g. Sahih al-Bukhari 3:34:318, http://www.usc.edu/org/cmje/religious-texts/hadith/bukhari/034-sbt.php#003.034.318
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I've seen this article making the rounds. It's wrong. It's fractally wrong: the E-Cat does not, and cannot, work by the mechanism its "creator" claims. In order for hydrogen-nickel fusion to happen, the following things would have to be true: 

(1) There would have to be some method of bypassing the Coloumb barrier in order to add protons to nickel's nucleus. But this is actually the easy part! The "quantum tunneling into the nucleus" argument is the least insane part here.

(1a) Unfortunately, that method would have to simply not function at high energy, in order for the observed spectra of supernovas, and the observed difficulty of boron-proton fusion, to be correct.

(2) There would have to be a way for hydrogen-nickel fusion not to produce alpha or beta decays, as it is predicted to do.

(2a) For that matter, there would have to be a way for hydrogen-nickel fusion to produce excess energy at all. As nickel is past the cutoff for energy generation by fusion, we need a new theory to demonstrate why it's outputting energy.

(2b) If transferric elements can, in fact, produce energy through fusion, we need an entirely new theory to demonstrate what causes supernovae. Then we need to explain why the distribution of elemental spectra in the universe is congruent with a physics in which stars do not fuse transferric elements. (In particular, if hydrogen-nickel fusion is possible and energetic, we should see much more copper in the universe than we in fact do.)

(3) We need to throw conservation of energy out the window. The fusion reaction has to produce high-energy photons -- that is, gamma rays -- to conserve energy. The E-cat purportedly does not. 

(3a) Actually, it can't be producing gamma rays, as everyone who observed the device working appears to not be dead of radiation poisoning.

(4) We need to explain the isotopic ratio in the copper product. More particularly, we need to explain why the isotopic ratio in the copper product is identical to the ratio that would be produced by fraud.

We don't have theoretical explanations for any of that. And when we look at the stars, we don't see the universe that we would see if this process actually worked. While it's conceivable that a serial fraud has somehow created some sort of eccentric hydrogen-nickel chemical reaction, there's nothing nuclear going on there: if there were, everything from that laboratory to the stars would be very, very different.
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