Atom Wave: December 2008

Atom Wave

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Fortune Teller

I believe that the economy is crumbing to the ground! With the global economy in its present downward spiral, we may all be at each others throats fighting over road kill in the coming years. Need more money? Today a new buffoon is born every second, and many Americans don’t know the difference between real science and pseudoscience. One repeating anomaly that refuses to die is the ongoing something for nothing, the free energy machine. You don’t even need to commit any actual fraud, let the police get involved. Just visit your local hardware store and assemble some semi-functional device out of spare parts, write a vague description over its operation using scientific terms, and publish your results on the Internet. Once you have a few people hooked you can begin lobbying for research money, and release some new results every few months or so. This machine can bend gravity! To cover your ass, always patent your device and not as a perpetual motion machine. Those patent people can be sort of funny about the laws of thermal dynamics. In the end you will probably get away with it, and perhaps even a shade richer.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Brilliant Hubris

President-elect Barak Obama’s administration is rapidly assembling, and with it a number of highly brilliant individuals; this disturbs me! Now disturbing people aren’t the latest thing to come out of our government, just look at the anti-intellectual religious extremists that have made up the current crew. The new crew will include Lawrence Summers and Peter Orszag, among others. The before mentioned two being prodigies of Harvard and Princeton University. Now I’m not bitching over prodigies, the current crew has plenty of arrogance. It is just my impression that prodigies come with their own brand of arrogance. “I graduated from Harvard two years early with honors, I can do no wrong!”

Friday, December 05, 2008

Devil's Advocate

I will probably get in trouble for this, but you can call me a hero depending on the light that you put it in. Lori Drew, the miserable bitch who drove Megan Meier to suicide in St. Louis two years ago should be dismissed of her convictions. The federal prosecutors in this country have set a dangerous precedent in this case, that is far closer to you than you imagine. Number one, we don’t normally hold people criminally liable for another person’s suicide in this country. Number two; this conviction will produce severe distortions in the application of Internet contracts. Now anyone familiar with American contracts knows that any failure to abide by the terms will result in consequences, but they are always civil matters at worst. Should this conviction survive the Court of Appeals with its innovative premise, anyone in America will now be able to be held liable for any misrepresentation online. Guess that you better stay off those dating sites, really any with a membership contract. As for you bullies and pranksters, should anyone you know commit suicide, run and hide.