Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Bob Dobbs | The DEW LINE


Bob Dobbs reads from Marshall McLuhan’s The DEW-LINE newsletter, published from 1968-1970 by Eugene M. Schwartz in New York.

“I don’t pretend to understand it. After all, my stuff is very difficult.”
Marshall McLuhan remarking on his work

The title is a reference to Canada’s ‘Distant Early Warning’ communications system of the Cold War years. The newsletter was available to subscribers only and was published in various formats, including papers clipped in folders, a tabloid newspaper, and printed booklets, often accompanied by 'posters, vinyl recordings, and slides of advertisements.

Images of The Distant Early Warning (DEW) Card Deck (1969) 1, 2, 3, 4

Bob Dobbs

Spotlight | One of the Biggest Crime Stories in Modern Times

The riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions.

When the newspaper’s tenacious “Spotlight” team of reporters delve into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston's religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world.

Germoney II

The Wednesday Show

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29 July 2015

British Life Peer Takes iON’s Advice | Will Green Bra Report on Lord Sewel’s Orange Bra

John Sewel, deputy speaker of the British House of Lords &
the chair of the committee enforcing conduct. Photo: EPA/DODS

Video of British Lord Sewel published in The Sun shows the Baron of Gilcomstoun in an orange bra and leather jacket partaking of cocaine and giving a witty analysis of UK politics in the company of attractive prostitutes.

In an article titled “What Lord Sewel Gets Up To Is None of Our Business”, Ian Dunt writes in
We should have a grudging respect for the fact Lord Sewel maintained a pithy wit and good political judgement late at night while under the influence of drugs and drink.

Pretty much all his analysis was crushingly accurate. He branded David Cameron “the most facile, superficial prime minister there’s ever been”, Boris Johnson a “public school upper class twit” and Alex Salmond a “silly, pompous prat”. Tony Blair “went really seriously wrong towards the end”, Jeremy Corbyn was a “romantic idiot”, Andy Burnham “goes whichever way the wind is blowing”, Yvette Cooper was “okay but not strong” and Liz Kendall, whose name he could not remember, “a Blair supporter who is just too naive”. Meanwhile, “members of her lordship’s house … are right thieves, rogues and bastards”. Who could disagree with any of that? Or put it any better while up late hammering vodka?

In the video, the married Sewel snorts cocaine off the breasts of prostitutes and claims that he had over 13 affairs in the past 17 years (not including prostitutes).

As chairman of the Lords Privileges and Conduct Committee, Sewel was responsible for enforcing conduct standards and ensuring that M.P.s behaved themselves. Days before the story broke, Sewel had published an op-ed on the Huffington Post, boasting about the committee’s new conduct standards for the House of Lords and chiding the British press for focusing too much on parliamentary scandals.

The Independent
by Grace Dent

Successful Ageing
For each person chuntering furiously at footage of 69-year-old Lord Sewel cavorting in an orange bra, seemingly ripped on cocaine, nestling a large vodka, surrounded by jovial ladies of the night—I’ll wager there will be others quietly impressed the old boy still has it in him.

Of course, many people won’t consider Lord Sewel “old” at all. Nowadays, many people don’t consider themselves remotely old until they’re at least 81. And even then, the tag infuriates them. You’re as old as you allow yourself to become. Remember that period after 65? The part where we’re supposed to sit quietly in a chair, “enjoying retirement”, fading into a grey, disenfranchised husk with the TV blaring at full volume, while passing offspring and assorted hangers-on tap us for cash. “Sod this,” many of us seem to be saying—our retirement should be the beginning of a new of challenges.

The Spectator

Lord Sewel Defended By Ex-MP Lembit Öpik
Öpik thinks that there is still hope for Lord Sewel, claiming he is now in the perfect position to launch a new career cleaning up the murky world of Westminster politics. He says that Sewel’s experience ‘could be a catalyst’ to change the Commons:

‘He could grasp the mettle and say “Okay, I was hypocritical in talking about standards in one way and behaving a different way, but I recognise that’s because our society is hypocritical and Parliament is hypocritical”. If he did that, his experience could be a catalyst for change. After all, he has had to resign because he was caught.’

Opik says if every MP who had taken drugs stepped down there would be a huge number of resignations:

‘If every member of the Commons who’s taken illegal substances had to resign—whether or not they were caught—there’d be a massive number of resignations straight away, even in the Cabinet. What he’s been accused of may be personal and embarrassing, but it’s not actually illegal. What he’s done is salacious and makes great headlines, and also he’s said some things which were undiplomatic, but what he could do is open a debate about political consistency versus political hypocrisy. He could throw his hands up and say “I know what I’ve said and done are two different things, and I know Parliament should start becoming more honest with itself and the public and it would get more respect.” It won’t get him his job back, but it could at least cause others to be more honest about how they live and what they do and how they judge others.’

Sunday, July 26, 2015

David Gray | Babylon

Discovery of Pentaquarks at CERN

Possible layout of the quarks in a pentaquark particle.
The five quarks might be tightly bound (left). They might also be assembled into a meson
(one quark and one antiquark) and a baryon (three quarks), weakly bound together.
Image: Daniel Dominguez


The LHCb experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider has reported the discovery of a class of particles known as pentaquarks.

“The pentaquark is not just any new particle. It represents a way to aggregate quarks, namely the fundamental constituents of ordinary protons and neutrons, in a pattern that has never been observed before in over 50 years of experimental searches. Studying its properties may allow us to understand better how ordinary matter, the protons and neutrons from which we’re all made, is constituted.”
LHCb spokesperson Guy Wilkinson

Our understanding of the structure of matter was revolutionized in 1964 when American physicist Murray Gell-Mann proposed that a category of particles known as baryons, which includes protons and neutrons, are comprised of three fractionally charged objects called quarks, and that another category, mesons, are formed of quark-antiquark pairs. Antiquarks are quarks of antimatter. Gell-Mann was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics for this work in 1969. This quark model also allows the existence of other quark composite states, such as pentaquarks composed of four quarks and an antiquark.

The next step in the analysis will be to study how the quarks are bound together within the pentaquarks.