## Tuesday, October 25, 2016 ... /////

### Kids' breakthrough videos on string theory

...and other topics in physics and science...

Off-topic, LHC: The calendar shows that tomorrow, Wednesday, is the last day of the proton-proton collisions in 2016. Both detectors will have accumulated almost exactly 40/fb of data in 2016. CMS is 1/fb ahead of ATLAS, probably to compensate that it used to be the other way around in previous years. LHC status
Two weeks ago, kids and teenagers began to flood YouTube with their 5-minute videos on string theory and other topics which they had created during the previous month. It seems to me that the topic wasn't explicitly required to be string theory but very many contestants think that it's the most likely theme that can make them win a $250,000 Breakthrough Junior Prize (see the announcement as a video). In total,$400,000 goes to various related prizes.

### Google's "Fact Check" is a pathetic effort to distort the news

Some websites helpfully, frankly, and realistically explain that this "feature" was introduced in order to label Donald Trump a liar and to help to spread the "progressive" ideology. Google claims to believe to be able to decide which articles are true and trustworthy. And the company must think that the users of Google are buying that.

Can you design an algorithm that determines whether a newly constructed sentence describing the recent events (or latest scientific research, for example) is true or false? Well, the world and the scientific research would be easy if it were so. You would write an article saying that the dark matter is made of axions, applied your algorithm on the article, and you would know whether dark matter is composed of axions.

But it's obviously not the case. No finite rules of this kind can be trusted. Ad hominem arguments don't work. Claims of "verification" by loud people or rich people or papers sold to many consumers don't significantly increase the probability that the proposition is true, either. Verification by several (similar) people or websites doesn't achieve it, either, because they're routinely doing similar mistakes or tricks.

## Thursday, October 13, 2016 ... /////

### Does Hillary's victory guarantee a nuclear war?

It's unlikely but similar, weaker statements are probably true

Criticisms of Donald Trump are usually ill-defined insults, slurs, or accusations, or ad hominem attacks focused on things that don't matter. Even though he is no "clearcut conservative", Trump has personified the targets of many weird far left-wing conspiracy theories. For example, a part of the left-wing ideological psychopaths known as the climate alarmists have turned Trump into the man who will single-handedly destroy the Earth by making it fry through global warming.

I genuinely hope that as a president, Trump could have both the strength and the moral qualities to stop the climate hysteria for good. You know, to strip the emergent warming fascists of their power could be easier than to warm the whole atmosphere by several degrees. Trump's climatic skeptical credentials may be some 20% of the reasons why I prefer him over Clinton.

We're facing lots of fearmongering – I have always thought that an overwhelming majority of the fearmongering that surrounds us is just silly – but we're facing it on both sides of the presidential campaign. One of the latest memes that has emerged from several sources is that Hillary Clinton, if she wins the U.S. presidency, will unavoidably drag the U.S. to a nuclear war against Russia.

## Wednesday, October 12, 2016 ... /////

### No retrocausality in QM, delayed choice quantum eraser

The delayed choice quantum eraser is a convoluted but straightforward experiment testing the quantum entanglement that I discussed in 2010.

This particular experiment is usually being hyped because of the claims that it "proves" that there's retrocausality in Nature: decisions made at a later moment may affect observations at earlier moments. In this particular experiment, these people like to say that a decision was made later – when the later member of a photon pair was detected – whether a member detected earlier should contribute to an interference pattern.

### Liberal media's usage of dirt is self-evidently manipulative

Rational people know what this bias means for their evaluation of the data

As a sensitive guy, I don't really like the "restroom talk" in the mysteriously released 2005 tape of Donald Trump and Billy Bush.

I don't like that in this private context, Trump does see women primarily as sexual objects who can and should be treated in rather straightforward yet controversial ways. And I am also annoyed by the kind of women who do behave in the way that Trump describes, who are eager to be grabbed in various ways when they get some new furniture or have a chance to get something etc.

At the same moment, the content of the tape didn't surprise me at all. He's owned strip clubs and lots of other things. His talk is straight. He's been undoubtedly interested in the physical beauty of women. I would guess that this is how some people familiar with him must know him. And the main point he makes is simply true. Most women do behave like that and allow to be treated in otherwise "forbidden" ways by wealthy, famous, or handsome men. The General Electric introduction to sexual harassment and you explains the same point.

Update: This rant was later attributed to Alec Baldwin which is possible so my particular claims about this one are wrong but the general point stands because we could find many embarrassing things about Hillary and left-wing people.

Like most other people, he behaves differently in different situations. Everyone behaves in some "potentially embarrassing ways" in some contexts. As Vicki Sciolaro correctly said on CNN, Trump isn't running for the Pope. His competitor has similar problems in her family and there are more important issues.

The left-wing Huffington Post is among those who realize that this tape has little effect and those who matter consider the tape a distraction. But their desire to support Trump may actually strengthen when they see how unfairly Trump is being treated.

## Tuesday, October 11, 2016 ... /////

### The first visit to a post-Brexit Britain

By former Czech president Václav Klaus
Original in Czech

Once a year, the Eurasian Council of Foreign Affairs organized by the – extraordinarily skillful – Kazakh minister of foreign affairs Mr Idrissov is gathering somewhere. It's mostly composed of former European politicians – from the Austrian (and EU) minister of foreign affairs Ferrero-Waldner to (Polish) president Kwasniewski and British former finance minister Lord Lamont, to Serbian B. Tadić, Italians Martino and Frattini, Norway's Bondevik, and so on – mostly people whom I know well.

Cliveden House, the chateau

This year's meeting took place in a very beautiful chateau somewhere in Berkshire in South England, about one hour from London by car. The chateau was built in 1666 and transformed to a luxurious hotel in recent decades. It's simply the good old England. I am tempted to sing along with the Czech songmaker Mr Jan Vodňanský: "Just like in old England, I will pour whiskey to a glass." It feels as if it weren't snowing heavily [a Czech idiom, it feels relaxed like if nothing dramatic were happening].

### Events in Czech, U.S. elections

On Friday and Saturday, Czechs were voting their representatives in the 14 regions (current top subdivisions of Czechia) – and a third of voters were refreshing their Senators. The resulting maps of the "strongest political party" look rather scary. The Slovak authoritative billionaire Babiš' ANO/YES movement "won" 9 of the 14 regional elections and will have a candidate in the second round of the senate elections in most of the districts, too.

Pilsen's renaissance city hall.

Given his similarity to the dictatorial attitudes of the communist party (not surprising given his being an influential communist party member, and almost certainly a snitch, before the fall of communism), the result – who is the "first" – terrified me. But with some hindsight and calmness, it's not so bad. Why? Well, because the snitch ANO party along with the unreformed KSČM communist party still have below 50% almost everywhere. So given the power of the majority, they didn't really win.