By Václav Klaus, Czech ex-president
Today in the morning, my smartphone beeped and informed me about the reports that "an overwhelming majority of the inhabitants of the planet, namely 92 percent, is living at places where the air pollution surpasses the limits defined by the World Health Organization".
By Václav Klaus, Czech ex-president
Donald and Hillary met in the
first presidential debate (90 minutes of video)at Hofstra University, New York. Lester Holt was the moderator. The host had the full control over the questions, the audience – partly students – was expected to remain silent and not to use cameras and phones.
Hillary said "Hey Donald!" and he shook her hand, apparently confident in his immunity against pneumonia and other contagious diseases. Quite generally, I am sure it's right to say that they behaved in a much more friendly way towards each other than their voters. ;-) Concerning similar formalities and speaking strategies, Trump was attempting to interrupt Hillary more than 20 times but only succeeded once. She didn't try to interrupt him, with three failed exceptions.
I just listened to a rant by Samantha Power, the current U.S. ambassador to the U.N.
Well, what a hateful woman – when it comes to anything that has a relationship with Russia. She has nothing to do with the America that we used to love and that was inspiring us. One of the reasons I would love Trump to win is that he could end this absolutely insane anti-Russian hysteria in the U.S. Among other things, he could help to fire this particular insufferable female talking head.
But it's not just Samantha Power. Boris Johnson talks about Russian war crimes in Syria while The Telegraph shocks us with the Aleppo horror. From that paper, you may learn what has actually happened.
In a hugely intense bombing of the anti-Assad forces in Aleppo, an operation masterminded by the Kremlin and Assad, "dozens" of civilians have been killed. That's sad. (Media close to the Kremlin dispute even these dozens of death but let me assume that these sad reports are true.) But is that unexpected? Is that a lot?
Hungary's prime minister Viktor Orbán keeps on presenting creative proposals that actually make sense.
Note that Hong Kong was liberated from the Japanese overlords in 1945 by a combination of Chinese and British troops. The latter players were enough to bring the place under the British control which meant a huge economic advantage. As previously negotiated, Hong Kong returned under the control of the People's Republic of China in 1997. So far, they haven't destroyed the place – because at least in the economic sense, the mainland China has largely embraced capitalism by itself.
Every five years or so (see 2007 and 2011), I write a blog post about the 13rd zodiac sign, the Serpentarius (the Greek name Ophiuchus is preferred by many these days but not by me) – the wearer of the snakes – in which I was born, much like everyone whose birthday is between November 29th and December 17th or so (more dates).
Fall 2016 just began and it was inevitable that someone makes sure that this insight shocks millions of people, especially women. And it's here. See the recent Ophiuchus articles on Google News.
The Paris agreement is a recent meaningless remake of the 1997 meaningless Kyoto treaty that, like the predecessor, tries to "fight against the climate change". Err once, err twice...
If you remember the Kyoto treaty, Al Gore signed it but the U.S. has never ratified it, and neither has Australia. Canada later withdrew from that pact. I think that the impact of this absence of the U.S. on the production of carbon dioxide – let alone the climate – was non-existent. In fact, the U.S. saw a greater decrease of "CO2 produced per dollar or capita" than the average Kyoto signatory. But because the U.S. stayed out, the American climate alarmists couldn't show their muscles as aggressively as their European counterparts.
Even though conservative Americans love to imagine that their nation is always more conservative than the European nations, I think that it doesn't apply to the current U.S. administration that is more left-wing than most European governments. This has many manifestations but one of them concerns the climate hysteria.
A week ago, Roger Penrose released his new book Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy. We already knew that he was writing a book of this name in 2009 and Penrose was actually giving lectures with this name in 2006 or earlier. So you may say that this book is something that Roger Penrose – and he's far from an average man – has been working on for something like one decade. Also, the book has almost 200 figures which are freely available.
I wrote the clearest description of the book that is now out in 2014. Is the demand for this product of a decade-long effort by a famous thinker appropriate? Before we turn to this question, let me remind you about the content of the book or the meaning of the words in the title.
The three words, fashion, faith, and fantasy, primarily refer to string theory, quantum mechanics, and inflation, respectively. Roger Penrose has some problems with all these three things – and others. So he invents slogans to dismiss all these three important theories. String theory is a bubble, quantum mechanics is a religious cult, and inflationary cosmology is a result of folks on drugs who see pink elephants around. (Penrose's explanations are less concise and less colorful than mine, he's no Motl.)
As I have discussed in previous blog posts, his negative opinions on all these three theories are fundamentally wrong.
We got used to the predictions of the Nobel prize winners by Thomson Reuters. The awards will be announced between October 3rd and 10th. The predictions are in the article
Once upon a time, there was an evil witch-and-bitch named Cernette whose mass was \(750\GeV\) and who wanted to become the queen instead of the beloved king.
Fortunately, that witch-and-bitch has been killed and what we're experiencing is
"No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytising faith," Winston Churchill famously pointed out.
We could have seen another example just five hours ago when Al Jazeera, a hybrid of written Mohammedanism and modern Western left-wing brainwashing outlets, picked a particular target, the Czech gambling industry:
He admitted that these industries were overregulated during communism (which doesn't mean that gambling was absent: the totto-lotto ["Sportka" existed during socialism] and betting on sports was alive and reasonably well ["Sazka" was the large company that did this business already during socialism], while avoiding the efficiency of capitalism) but he described the results of freedom in this business as catastrophic.
Slot machines, quizomats – machines that test the encyclopedic knowledge or IQ, betting on sports, and other things were all included in his picture of the Armageddon.
There are various people in the Europe – and even in Czechia – who have endorsed Hillary Clinton for the U.S. president. Well, even though the late Václav Havel could be one of these people if he were around, the Czech presidents who are alive beg to differ.
President Emeritus Václav Klaus believes (and so do his aides) that Hillary's reign would be a continuation of the ongoing tragic drift towards the PC post-democracy. He thinks that Trump is a natural political animal who is currently playing the role of a campaigner and who will behave differently, more responsibly, once he sits in the White House. However, Klaus often says that "unfortunately, Hillary will probably win".
Well, I actually think that Trump's victory is more likely.
Today, the current Czech president Miloš Zeman, the founder of the modern social democracy in Czechia, was interviewed by iDNES TV and its boss Jaroslav Plesl, a journalist owned by the billionaire Andrej Babiš.
The first half of the 15-minute interview is dedicated to the Czech regional elections (in October 2016), the Czech economy, budget deficits etc. The elections are less important than the parliamentary elections. Those things are totally boring for 98% of TRF voters. Let me jump to the foreign policy questions.
While only a few thousand people in the world – about one part per million – have some decent idea about what string theory is, the term "string theory" has undoubtedly penetrated the mass culture. The technical name of the theory of everything is being used to promote concerts, "string theory" is used in the title of books about tennis, and visual arts have lots of "string theory" in them, too.
But the penetration is so deep that even the self-evidently marginal figures such as the anti-string crackpots have inspired some followers in totally different parts of the human activity. In particular, five days ago, a man named Paul Romer wrote a 26-page-long rant named
If you think that the title is surprisingly similar to the title of a book against physics, "The Trouble With Physics", well, you are right. It's no coincidence. Building on the example of the notorious anti-physics jihadist named Lee Smolin, Paul Romer attacks most of macroeconomics and what it's been doing since the 1970s.
Most of the time, Hillary Clinton isn't working too hard to help the Trump campaign. In fact, sometimes it looks like she wants to harm Trump and maybe even return to the White House by the front entrance. But she has made an exception when she finally picked the anthem for the Trump campaign.
I had to listen to the song twice in order for me to find the melody catchy and thrice to almost safely remember it.
The anthem is a key music from "Les Deplorables" and it is called "When the Beating of Your Heart Echoes the Beating of the Drumpfs".
Gross, Dijkgraaf mostly join the sources of deluded anti-string vitriol
Just like the Czech ex-president has said that the Left has definitively won the war against the Right for any foreseeable future, I think it's true that the haters of modern theoretical physics have definitively won the war for the newspapers and the bulk of the information sources.
The Quanta Magazine is funded by the Simons Foundation. Among the owners of the media addressing non-experts, Jim Simons is as close to the high-energy theoretical physics research community as you can get. But the journalists are independent etc. and the atmosphere among the physics writers is bad so no one could prevent the creation of an unfortunate text
A summit about the EU future takes place in the Slovak capital today. The location was determined by the ongoing Slovak EU presidency. Because they should focus on a "more distant" future, the British leaders will be absent for the first time. That's why the discussions on Brexit won't take place – or may turn out to be inconsequential.
Nominal EU President Donald Tusk urges a brutally honest assessment while the BBC is certain that the meeting will be a waste of time. Well, I also guess that they won't solve anything meaningfully but I still think that a meeting organized by the Slovak government has greater chances than those in Brussels and elsewhere. The Visegrád Group may present some reform plan for the EU (a "cultural counterrevolution") – a plan trying to make the EU less integrated, among other things. We will see whether a unified V4 voice exists and has a chance to be heard. Czech PM Sobotka would like to focus the summit on the "fight against illegal immigration and terrorism".
The Slovak presidential palace
In the morning, delegations arrive to the Bratislava Castle. The folks should talk for some two or three hours over there. The Slovak government insisted on a different arrangement than the talks in Brussels usually have; that includes some small rooms for discussions of couples or small groups. I surely think it's a good idea for the Slovaks – and other individual organizers – to bring some of their own approach. They also emphasize that the participants will be served proper Slovak wine instead of some French plonk. :-)