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Monday, January 10, 2011

The Theory of Everything - Impossible

A Theory of Everything (TOE) is a putative theory of theoretical physics that fully explains and links together all known physical phenomena, and predicts the outcome of any experiment that could be carried out in principle. In principle an agreement between scientists only, therefore nonexistent.

I am not a scientist, but I was born with a brain and therefore can think. The Theory of Everything would have to include the Theory of Nothing therefore it is impossible. For anything to exist there has to be an opposite and all the TOE would prove is that there is an opposite. There is a certain paradox involved here and I am not even sure that it can be proven by means of mathematics as mathematics comes from the imperfect human brain. Even our idea of the physical knows no boundary so where would they draw the line?

Another way to look at this is to determine God or the divine, but that cannot be determined as the moment anybody could determine the divine he/she/they would use it for personal gain and power. The idea of the divine protects itself by paradoxically not existing. All people can hope for is glimpses of what it is. The moment one attempts to hold onto the divine you lose it. One could say God exists in the not knowing.

If the TOE is possible then everything I wrote here would also be possible, which would make the TOE impossible.

The Westboro Baptist Tragedy

The Westboro Methodist Church consists out of basically one family and their only reason for existence seems to be to spew hatred, which is channeled to the whole family from the oldest member, Fred Phelps. Nobody seems to know where his anger comes from, but it has poisoned his whole family, children included.

Their message seems to be one of blind hatred and a deliberate misinterpretation of the Christian Bible in the same way Muslim Fundamentalists deliberately misinterpret the Koran. In the end it is about getting your own hateful and sick message across as "God's Will".

Lauren Phelps made the momentous decision a couple of years ago to leave the family even though she loves them, and was immediately disowned by her father and mother and her siblings were taught to hate her.

Unfortunately this "church" will probably continue poisoning its family and children until Fred gets rid of the hatred or until he is dead. Without the fountain of hatred he is there will be nothing to sustain those who are forced to feed off it. For the children's sake let's hope that happens.

Friday, January 07, 2011

Dead Birds Falling from the Sky

From Arkansas in the USA to Italy, birds are simply dropping from the sky in their thousands. What can all this mean? You can bet your bottom dollar that many people will point to this as the Biblical end times and even if they were wrong, their thinking could turn out to become a self-fulfilling prophecy. However you look at it it is probably going to turn out to be one of the worst crises we have faced. Nature has probably had enough.

Let's hope that when we do wake up it will be in time. It may already be too late, but I hope I am wrong.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

The New Arms Race

Pictured is the Chinese J-20, which together with the Russian T-50 will pose a significant threat to Western Air Superiority within the next three to four years. Sources claim that the Chinese will not have their J-20 ready for another eight years at least, but taking into account the Chinese ability to manufacture and their current wealth as well as their friendship with Russia I suspect it will be much sooner. The West has also made a habit of downplaying the abilities of the East for many decades and are usually proven wrong. The Chinese are not idiots.

One would have to assume that the abilities of the J-20 would be at a par with the US F-22 Raptor because if it was not why even build it? It might even be better and taken the history of Chinese military thinking they will probably outnumber the US equivalent by a reasonable margin within a year or two of becoming operational. The history of Chinese - Russian combined military exercises would also suggest that in future these two countries would together constitute an unstoppable force in a possible future war.

Modern warfare relies on aerial dominance to gain the high ground and battlefield overlook ability to dominate the battlefield. The possible loss of air superiority by the West would translate into a catastrophic vulnerability on their part. The other issue becoming apparent is the realisation by the Chinese that American force is projected by their aircraft carriers and thus have developed an ASBM (Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile), which poses a significant threat to American force projection and morale. The sinking of an American aircraft carrier would destroy Western morale helped by the careless Western media.

Whatever happens, the USA and the West will probably lose military dominance over the next couple of years. One can only hope that the threat of Mutually-Assured Destruction (MAD) created by the presence of nuclear weapons and the realisation that future wars can probably not be won will safeguard humanity. Hopefully when people start to realise this they will start looking for other solutions such as Invincible Defence Technology.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Jacques Kallis - The World's Best Batsman and All-rounder

Jacques Kallis has done it again. A couple of years ago he joined Don Bradman to score five centuries in five consecutive test matches and now he has the best batting average in test cricket in the world even beating the player with the most runs ever, Sachin Tendulkar. In the final test match in the three-match series he not only scored 161 runs in the South African first innings, but came out in the second innings with South Africa in deep trouble to bat us into a position of strength even though he was in excruciating pain for most of his innings due to a side strain. He pushed through showing not only skill, but that South African fighting spirit people have come to expect of our sportsmen.

We expect to see much more from this cricketing great in the future.

Monday, January 03, 2011

The New Information War

The use of mass social media as well as sites like Wikileaks on the internet has created a new type of informal propaganda war where any human being can interact, which for the first time ever has seen countries who have the conventional military advantage losing on the propaganda level. These days military might only aggravates the situation for said countries as the brutal reality of war has always been kept from the public, but now it is being made visible, even more than in Vietnam. Of course the roots of this war started in Vietnam, the first truely televised war, but a lot was still kept from the public; for a while anyway.

Who can also forget the visuals of American Soldiers' bodies being dragged through the streets of Mogadishu in 1994, which directly led to the US withdrawal from Somalia. The latest tidbits of reality were the scenes of US Apache helicopters engaging unarmed civilians that included children as well as journalists and on the Israeli front the disastrous attack by Israeli Special Forces on the Mavi Marmara a year ago. Even on the Israeli-Palestinian front Israel is losing the propaganda war as every single engagement is made public seconds after they happen and the international public can only be fooled for so long. Opposition against Israeli Policy seems to be growing.

For the first time ever having a strong military does not serve you on the propaganda level unless you can guarantee no colateral damage or if you are legitimately deployed. The term "acceptable collateral damage" is also not acceptable anymore as the slightest mishap will be made visible to the world in explicit gory detail. The fact is, the stronger the military of Country A the stronger the propaganda attack against that country will be.

Of course most of this can be avoided if your actions are for legitimate reasons and not for the enrichment of say, security companies or private contractors with direct links back to members of your government or for the systematic extermination of an entire people or similar reasons. But if you invade a country or region for the wrong reasons and it is not sanctioned by the UN then you have made your bed and have to lie in it.

This becomes fertile ground for propaganda, not only against your country, but also for the recruitment of suicide bombers. You sow the seeds for your own downfall. Countries that cannot match you in direct combat will find ways to make you bleed in any other way. Unfortunately those in power will use these incidents of violence as excuses to intensify military action, which will just escalate reprisals back against them again. Any good officer also knows that if an enemy is not defeated it becomes stronger so you even stand the chance of losing conventional battles if not the war.

If you want to win the new propaganda war ensure you are engaged in combat action for legitimate reasons and then you will win. Anything other than that cannot be won anymore. Just when you think it may be possible to get out of it with a political avenue, along comes Wikileaks to expose political wheeling and dealing as well.