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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Nanny took our baby boy with her to torch ex’s car: mom
[NYPOST] This naughty nanny never should have been near her son.

That’s the cry of an angry Upper West Side mom after a babysitter sent by a service bolted with her infant boy to New Jersey, where the crazed caretaker tried to torch an ex-boyfriend’s car.

"I’m sick to my stomach," said angry mother Bethany Carlson, who discovered that sitter Leslie Rosario, 31, got locked away
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
Friday for taking her one-year-old on the ill-fated attack. "I will never use a service like this again."

The online Sittercity.com boasts of having "connected millions of families and sitters" since 2001, but Carlson said it put her child at risk.

"I’m furious that they don’t take responsibility for who’s on their site. There are so many things that could have happened. Who can trust this site? My mind goes to the Upper West Side nanny killer. It’s fresh in everyone’s minds," she said.

Posted by: Fred || 10/28/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Take heart Bethany. Several thousand more nannies are marching their up from Mexico.
Posted by: Grusosing the Eponymous3619 || 10/28/2018 13:38 Comments || Top||


Penn Shooter: deranged social media postings, 11 dead, federal murder and hate crime charges
[Twitter] Robert Bowers, the Pittsburgh shooting suspect named on the police scanner, has a GAB posting history of deranged anti-Semitic conspiracy. Two days ago he claimed Trump was controlled by Jews, this morning he posted "Screw your optics, I'm going in"...absolutely chilling.



Synagogue shooter hit with 29 hate crime charges

[IsraelTimes] Federal indictment against Robert Bowers includes 11 counts of obstructing the exercise of religious beliefs resulting in death

The man suspected of killing 11 people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh has been charged with hate crimes following the massacre at the Pittsburgh house of worship.

Federal prosecutors said Robert Bowers was charged Saturday night in a 29-count criminal complaint, including 11 counts of obstructing the exercise of religious beliefs resulting in death.

The charges also include 11 counts of using a firearm to commit murder, weapons offenses and charges alleging Bowers seriously injured coppers while obstructing the exercise of religious beliefs.

"The crimes of violence are based upon the federal civil rights laws prohibiting hate crimes," the statement said.

Authorities said 11 people were killed and six people, including four coppers, were maimed during Saturday’s shooting at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood.

The charging documents were not immediately available in a federal court records database. Prosecutors have scheduled a Sunday morning news conference to discuss the case.

Bowers, who was captured alive after a shootout with police, had posted several messages online with virulent anti-Semitic content.

He was taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds but was said to be in "fine" condition.

Earlier, Attorney General Jeff Session said the shooter would faces charges that could include the death penalty
.

"These alleged crimes are reprehensible and utterly repugnant to the values of this nation. Accordingly, the Department of Justice will file hate crimes and other criminal charges against the defendant, including charges that could lead to the death penalty," he said.

US President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
told a rally that "When you have crimes like this... we have to bring back the death penalty."

Update from WFMZ-TV at 2:05 a.m. ET:
Michael Eisenberg, the immediate past president of the Tree of Life congregation, said three congregations -- Tree of Life, New Light and Dor Hadash -- would have been holding simultaneous services in the building on a typical Saturday.

"On a day like today, the door is open," Eisenberg told a reporter for CNN affiliate KDKA. "It's a religious service. You could walk in and out. Only on the high holidays is there a police presence at the entrance."

When he was the congregation's president, security was a "major concern," Eisenberg said.

The congregation had worked with the Department of Homeland Security to evaluate its exit routes, he said, and consulted a securities expert at the Jewish Federation about what to do in an active shooter situation.

"We were working with the other synagogues on what to do if something horrific like this happened," he said.
Clearly the situation could have been much worse. A friend told me CNN reported that the synagogue had done ALICE training, but I haven’t been able to find that information. I suspect that going forward the congregation will seriously consider budgeting for armed guards/police presence whenever there are services/Hebrew school classes, just as my synagogue has done since 9/11.
Posted by: 3dc || 10/28/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6510 views] Top|| File under:

#1 
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/28/2018 9:10 Comments || Top||

#2  ...In other words, a known wolf.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 10/28/2018 9:35 Comments || Top||

#3  Knuckle dragging leftist Philly mayor sez armed guards are NOT the answer.

A prominant Southern Baptist, no nonsense, minister who is a regular Fox News opinion contributer has numerous off duty police officers all around his church in uniform providing security and directing traffic during services as well as armed plain clothes officers sitting amongst the congrdgation.

The most important part of a Shepperds job description is to protect his sheep from the wolves.
Posted by: Ebbavirt Clunk4147 || 10/28/2018 13:32 Comments || Top||

#4  The question to each individual is:
Are you a:
Predator
Sheepdog
Sheep?
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 10/28/2018 14:39 Comments || Top||

#5  I carry to church here in texas. I don't like having to do it but I do. If I'm not on the rig, I carry everywhere it's legal to. It does no good at home and while I suspect about 25% of our church is packing, you can't be sure. At least my in-laws have stopped trying to get me to drink when we go out because they know I'm carrying. Their patriarch finds it amusing they used to try but tells me, "Your protecting my granddaughter and your son, keep it up."
Posted by: Silentbrick || 10/28/2018 19:33 Comments || Top||

#6  armed plain clothes officers sitting amongst the congregation

A cop buddy of mine does this for extra cash at a large church. No one notices, it's all very civilized. We can do the same thing in schools. An armed officer doesn't have to be kitted out like an Imperial storm trooper. Slacks and a blazer work, too. The important part is having a "sheepdog" around.
Posted by: SteveS || 10/28/2018 19:51 Comments || Top||

#7  Or even the possibility
Posted by: Frank G || 10/28/2018 19:54 Comments || Top||

#8  Knuckle dragging leftist Philly mayor sez armed guards are NOT the answer.

No security detail for you then! And your location needs to be published at all times.
Posted by: gorb || 10/28/2018 23:28 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
Trump declares his first national monument, honoring African-American troops
[Stars & Stripes] President Donald Trump on Friday used his executive powers for the first time to designate a national monument, establishing a 380-acre site in Kentucky to honor African-Americans’ role as soldiers during the Civil War.

The move won praise from local activists and conservationists but also criticism from several environmental groups, which noted Trump had used this same authority under the 1906 Antiquities Act last year to downsize two existing national monuments in Utah.

Republicans had pushed for more than a year to establish a national monument at Camp Nelson in Nicholasville, Ky., which served as one of the largest recruitment and training depots for United States Colored Troops. While Kentucky was the last state in the Union to allow the enlistment of African-American men, the camp sent 23,000 of the roughly 180,000 black troops who fought on the Union’s side during the Civil War.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/28/2018 02:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under:

#1  And the Minnesota, Wisconsin Norwegian soldiers.

15th Wisconsin Regiment, Heg's Brigade, its companies adopted Scandinavian names like the St. Olaf Rifles, the Wergeland Guards, Odin’s Rifles, the Norway Bear Hunters, and the Scandinavian Mountaineers. The regiment’s flag contained a motto in Norwegian, “For Gud og Vort Land,” meaning “For God and Our Country’” The unit had 115 men whose first name was Ole.

It participated in the battles of Perryville,Stones River, Orchard Knob, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, the Georgia Campaign, the battles of Chickamauga, Resaca, Kennesaw Mountain, and Jonesboro, as well as in the sieges of Chattanooga and Atlanta.

15th Wisconsin Infantry Marker Erected 1895 by State of Wisconsin. (Marker Number MT-1079.)
Posted by: Woodrow || 10/28/2018 8:44 Comments || Top||


US Troops Deploy ‘Overwhelming Force' Against Iceland's Beer Supplies
[Task & Purpose] U.S. troops landed in Iceland last week ahead of the start the largest NATO military exercise since the Cold War, and apparently, they left their mark in the most appropriate way possible: by drinking every last beer in the nation’s capital.

A significant number of bars in downtown Reykjavík were forced to make emergency beer runs under the onslaught of thirsty American sailors and Marines in town for the start of Trident Juncture 18, Iceland Magazine reports.

Local media estimate that 6,000 and 7,000 U.S. military personnel exhausted beer cellars across the Icelandic capital in the span of a single weekend.

Posted by: Besoeker || 10/28/2018 01:58 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6504 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Why are we still in NATO?
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 10/28/2018 2:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Obviously, Iceland's defense ministry or whatever they have there isn't much good on planning.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 10/28/2018 6:14 Comments || Top||

#3  Hoot.
Posted by: Woodrow || 10/28/2018 8:29 Comments || Top||

#4  Too bad we couldn't BYOB.
Posted by: texhooey || 10/28/2018 8:46 Comments || Top||

#5  They better make some more quick before they end up drinking Bud Lite.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 10/28/2018 15:26 Comments || Top||

#6  I was in Iceland in 2012 for EVE Online's Fanfest. While about 12 of us were eating at a restaurant our waitress told us they'd brought her in to help out with all the eve people in town. We asked her who she liked best, which nationality. She said the Americans, they were polite, tipped by habit meaning she got lots of extra money and were easy to please. A few of the Europeans at the table got a bit miffed when she left but hey, they asked:p
Posted by: Silentbrick || 10/28/2018 19:27 Comments || Top||

#7  That's amusing, Silentbrick. Maybe Ann Coulter's foreign policy advice needs to be updated:
"We should invade their countries, kill their leaders, convert them to Christianity and tip their waitresses."
Posted by: SteveS || 10/28/2018 19:33 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
Namibia throws out black ownership mining requirement
[News24] Namibia has scrapped a rule allowing only companies partly owned by black Namibians to apply for mining licences, mines minister Tom Alweendo told AFP on Saturday.

The southern African country produces diamonds, uranium and other mineral resources, but a three-year recession has pushed the government into relaxing the rules in the hope of attracting more investors.

Alweendo said the government made the decision last week.

"Our objective is to grow the mining sector where it can continue to meaningfully contribute to our socio-economic development. This can only happen when more minerals are discovered and it is important that we make the progress of mineral discovery as effective as possible," he said.

This, he said, required more investment in the sector.

The Namibian government started giving preferential treatment to black-owned companies in 2006, but eventually that was not deemed enough.
No, it never is.
The government then announced in 2015 that it had introduced additional conditions on mineral licenses holders to reserve a minimum of 5 percent participation in all licenses to Namibians and 20 percent of previously disadvantaged Namibians to be part of management structures of mines.

The Namibia Statistics Agency said the mining sector contributed 12% to Namibia's gross domestic product (GDP) in 2017.

The sector employed around 16 900 people last year, or 2.5% of the workforce.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/28/2018 05:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6489 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Could it be they do not want any more Kolmanskops ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/28/2018 5:29 Comments || Top||

#2  Would you like a little Chinese with that?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/28/2018 8:14 Comments || Top||

#3  And on a whim, they will re-unrelax those rules should foreign investment (!) come in.

Meanwhile, "Alex, I'll take Chinese money but no troops in Africa for 400, please."
Posted by: DooDahMan || 10/28/2018 8:45 Comments || Top||


Bangladesh
26 injured in Chhatra League-student clash in Jigatola
[Dhaka Tribune] At least 26 people, including nine students, have been injured in a clash in Dhaka’s Jigatola.

The students were admitted to Japan Bangladesh Friendship Hospital and Ibn Sina Hospital, our correspondent Bilkis Irani, reported from the spot-on Saturday.

However,
corruption finds a dozen alibis for its evil deeds...
Road Transport and Bridges Minister and Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader said 17 Chhatra League
... the student wing of the Bangla Awami League ...
activists are now undergoing treatment at hospitals.

Border Guard Bangladesh troops were deployed on the spot following the clash.

Earlier in the afternoon, Chhatra League men reportedly swooped on the students while they were controlling traffic near Jigatola bus stand in Dhanmondi. They also snatched and smashed mobile phones of the students who were trying to take pictures and videos of the attack.

Later, the students locked in a clash with the Chhatra League activists.

Imran, a passerby who sustained injuries in the head, told the Dhaka Tribune that Chhatra League men chased and swooped on him mistaking him for a student.

He is currently undergoing treatment at Japan Bangladesh Friendship Hospital.

SM Didar Hossain Mamun, vice president of Chhatra League's Dhaka north city unit, also said some of their activists were maimed in the attack by students.

He said the students were being incited by outsiders. "Otherwise, the students would not have gone so aggressive."

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China-Japan-Koreas
China's first private rocket fails after launch
[NY Post] The first attempt by a private Chinese company to send a rocket into space has failed.

Beijing-based Landspace said late Saturday that the first and second stage of its ZQ-1 rocket worked normally but something went wrong with the final of the three-stage rocket.

It was the first three-stage rocket built by a private company in China.

Video posted by a Chinese news site shows the 19-meter- (62-foot-) tall red-and-white rocket lifting off Saturday against clear blue skies.

Landspace said that "cowling separation was normal but something abnormal happened after the second stage." The statement posted on its social media account did not elaborate.

Chinese media reports say the rocket was carrying a satellite for state broadcaster CCTV.
Posted by: Frank G || 10/28/2018 12:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6532 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  rocket was carrying a satellite for state broadcaster CCTV

In the Middle Kingdom, TV watches you.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 10/28/2018 15:13 Comments || Top||

#2  but something abnormal happened after the second stage

The piggyback covert load didn't separate.
Posted by: Javith Jort8765 || 10/28/2018 15:48 Comments || Top||

#3  90's tech by Clinton/Loral
Posted by: Frank G || 10/28/2018 15:58 Comments || Top||

#4  Small satellite launcher, solid fuel. Most likely built from Chinese IRBM.
Posted by: Ebbaitch Squank4369 || 10/28/2018 16:29 Comments || Top||

#5  In the Middle Kingdom, TV watches you.

Whereas in America it's Alexa. Built into the tablet you got from Amazon, like the one on my desk here that I can't seem to turn off.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 10/28/2018 17:55 Comments || Top||

#6  Hammer.
Use a hammer, Thing.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/28/2018 18:05 Comments || Top||

#7  Faraday Cage, Thing, Faraday Cage. I wonder is one of those Mylar "space blankets" would make a good pouch for your tablet?
Posted by: magpie || 10/28/2018 18:55 Comments || Top||

#8  I was actually using the Amazon tablet as a kindle. I don't really have anything to replace it with to read my kindle books on right now if I smash it.

As I think I pointed out to 3dc earlier, I can't just throw out all the modern technology that might be eavesdropping on me, I'd probably have to walk out into the wilderness and live on locusts and wild honey, and there aren't any good places to do that any more. I'd probably just get a giardia infection.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 10/28/2018 19:41 Comments || Top||

#9  walk out into the wilderness and live on locusts and wild honey

Careful. Some of those locusts are actually bugs, if you know what I mean. Nudge nudge, wink wink. Don't get me started on the "squirrels". Just ask the Paleostinians!
Posted by: SteveS || 10/28/2018 19:54 Comments || Top||

#10  One word - Vanguard.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/28/2018 21:24 Comments || Top||


Nigeria Launches Probe into Chinese Drugs Allegedly Containing Human Flesh, Fetus Remains
Ick. Or Soylent Green — your choice, dear Reader.
[Breitbart] Nigeria’s top intelligence agency warned that Chinese drug makers might be smuggling medicine "containing human remains from fetuses, infants, and flesh" into the country, prompting lawmakers to launch an investigation on Wednesday, the local Guardian newspaper reported.

The Guardian quoted a recent memo from the African country’s National Intelligence Agency (NIA) as cautioning Nigerians:

The South Korean Customs Service on September 30, 2018, revealed that it had seized 2,751 Chinese drugs/capsules, containing human remains from fetuses, infants and flesh imported into the country by some Chinese nationals. It stressed that the making of the human remain drugs and consuming them are crimes against humanity, which can also lead to serious health challenges.

Nigeria’s Vanguard newspaper learned that the NIA also learned from South Korea that the Chinese capsules also contained "18.7 billion viruses, including hepatitis B."
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/28/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I suppose that's better than Bear pancreas, Deer penis, Shark fin or Albino.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/28/2018 9:09 Comments || Top||

#2  No Chinese vegsns then, eh?
Posted by: DooDahMan || 10/28/2018 9:27 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Actress Sangam Rana's murder suspects walk free after mother 'forgives' them
[DAWN] A Lahore sessions court on Saturday acquitted all three accused in stage actress Sangam Rana's murder case after the victim's mother forgave them in the court.

In December 2015, after Sangam was found dead at her residence, police had suspected foul play and treated it as a murder case despite her relatives insisting that she had did away with himself.

Days later, the dear departed's mother, Sughran Bibi, had filed an application alleging that her daughter was murdered and that her death was being portrayed as suicide to mislead the police.

However,
a good lie finds more believers than a bad truth...
Sughra Bibi today pardoned Akash Ramzan, Usman and Amna Bibi ‐ the three accused in the case ‐ following which the additional sessions judge passed the order of their acquittal.
Posted by: Fred || 10/28/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Only the victim can forgive. The victim in this case was Sangram Rana not her mother. The victim is dead and therefore incapable of forgiveness. The state refused to do its job.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/28/2018 7:57 Comments || Top||


Over 2,200 cars found registered in name of former judge
Sometimes things are very odd indeed in Pakistan.
[DAWN] In an unusual development, more than 2,200 cars have been found registered in the name of a former judge.

Sikandar Hayat, an 82-year-old former judge, owns just one car, his lawyer Mian Zafar informed the Supreme Court on Saturday.

"[But] 2,224 cars were registered in the name of my client," the counsel said.

According to Zafar, his client had received a challan
... list of charges ...
a few days ago for a car which he did not own.

Upon contacting the Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

Excise and Taxation Department, it emerged that an eye-watering 2,224 vehicles had been registered in Hayat's name.

After hearing the lawyer, the top court sought a reply from the secretary and director of the Punjab excise department.

The department has been directed to submit a report on the matter within a week.

Posted by: Fred || 10/28/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under:


Science & Technology
Dark prediction: Dark star made of dark matter could lead to entire dark universe
[NYPOST] Nothing is important. We’re almost sure it’s there. But we don’t know what it is. But this nothing could control the fate of the universe. And there may even be entire solar systems made of it.

Physicists have been grappling with dark matter — and dark energy — for decades.

It’s where many of our laws of physics disappear in a puff of smoke.

We know gravity. We understand gravity. But there simply isn’t enough stuff in our galaxy — and the known universe — to explain why things are where they are.

Something must be producing 80 percent of the gravity at play. Something we can’t see.

That something is proving to be remarkably elusive.

It’s “dark” because we don’t understand what it is.

Some of the world’s most complex — and expensive — experiments have done little more than offer tantalizing tastes of what could be out there. But even the Large Hadron Collider hasn’t yet isolated any particle that could possibly explain what dark matter is.
Posted by: Fred || 10/28/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Aether, the next chapter.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/28/2018 8:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Yep, P2k.

The computer models all have spit the bit on this.
I find it hilarious listening to the big brains "describe" reality when they can't account for 80% of stuff (they think).

For all of humanities needs Newton still suffices. After that I think we have to fall back on G*d.
Posted by: AlanC || 10/28/2018 8:47 Comments || Top||

#3  ...We know gravity. We understand gravity...

actually we don't, at least not completely

we don't have an adequate quantum field theory of gravitrons;

also we are not sure about the interaction of gravity and dark energy (since we don't know that much about dark energy)
Posted by: lord garth || 10/28/2018 11:38 Comments || Top||

#4  Yeah, its just me, but I see a lot of 'modern' physics engaged in something that seems a lot like another Ptolemaic explanation exercise trying to fit the math and observations with preconceived belief of the universe. They have 'faith' it will all work out.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/28/2018 13:04 Comments || Top||

#5  Physics: Stuff doing stuff with other stuff.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 10/28/2018 13:44 Comments || Top||

#6  Actually, AlanC, the GPS system needs to use Einstein's General Relativity to work as accurately as it does.
For most stuff that's human-scale, Newton works OK.

Testing hypotheses has gotten harder and harder. It turns out to be pretty tough to make a black hole to use for testing. And getting close to the existing ones takes a while and is quite uncomfortable.

Even if you're not looking for effects at the extremes, just verifying that your brand new theory covers all the bases can take months or years of calculations.

But the problem w/ theorists working in CloudCucuLand is well known--even some theorists complain about it. http://backreaction.blogspot.com/
Posted by: james || 10/28/2018 14:39 Comments || Top||

#7  It's a pity for Physics that the line between opinion and theory has become so blurred.

I mean you could have separate but nearby universes (like a stack of paper would be analogous to a group of 2d universes) if gravity wasn't constrained to just our universe.

But this "theory" isn't testable, so it's just my fun opinion.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/28/2018 14:51 Comments || Top||

#8  Testing hypotheses has gotten harder and harder It turns out to be pretty tough to make a black hole to use for testing..

Democrats and Socialists (BIRM) are testing out new locales
Posted by: Frank G || 10/28/2018 14:52 Comments || Top||

#9  For all of humanities needs Newton still suffices. After that I think we have to fall back on G*d.

How do you know that dark matter isn't G*d?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 10/28/2018 15:30 Comments || Top||

#10  How do you know that dark matter isn't G*d?

Dark Matter is too localized to this solar system.
It's found as near as Uranus.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/28/2018 15:53 Comments || Top||

#11  Not if I wipe properly


*going to my room*
Posted by: Frank G || 10/28/2018 15:57 Comments || Top||

#12  A little over 100 years ago, scientist were faced with the problem of the precession of the perihelion
link about the precession of Mercury’s perihelion
of Mercury which Newton mechanics could not explain. "Dark matter" in the form of planet Vulcan [https://arstechnica.com/science/2015/11/the-messy-reality-of-science-revealed-by-the-long-hunt-for-a-missing-planet/] was introduced to preserve Newtonian gravity but the problem was finally resolved by Einstein's General Theory of Relativity (GR) which modified Newton's theory.
Now move to today. The angular velocity of galaxies cannot be explained by GR so once again "dark matter" is introduced to explain it. I know, gravitational lensing offers support for dark matter but that is not ironclad. My money is on new Quantum theories of gravity [https://www.quantamagazine.org/erik-verlindes-gravity-minus-dark-matter-20161129/]. They haven't nailed it yet but I think they eventually will.
Posted by: Jolurong Sinatra9506 || 10/28/2018 15:57 Comments || Top||

#13  The Freeman Dyson anecdote in a cautionary article on taking models as reality(Wavefunction blog):
The problem, as Fermi pointed out, was that Dyson's premise was based on fitting a curve to some data using four parameters. But, quipped Fermi, you can get a better fit to the data if you add more parameters. Fermi quoted his friend, the great mathematician John von Neumann - "With four parameters you can fit an elephant to a curve; with five you can make him wiggle his trunk".
So far we have observations that don't match our theory... Dark matter, dark energy, magic fairy dust or Supernatural intervention --- take your pick.
Posted by: magpie || 10/28/2018 18:26 Comments || Top||

#14  magpie, is it worth mentioning the ultimate model myth of the current age...Climate Change aka global warming.

Modeling of all kinds is the driver of GIGO.
Posted by: AlanC || 10/28/2018 21:10 Comments || Top||

#15  Nobody talking 10,11,12 dimensional vibrating strings?
Posted by: 3dc || 10/28/2018 21:20 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
Indonesian Buddhist imprisoned for complaining about loud mosque
[Reuters] An Indonesian court sentenced a Buddhist woman to 18 months in prison for blasphemy on Tuesday, after she was accused of insulting Islam for complaining that neighborhood mosque was too loud. Meiliana, an ethnic Chinese Buddhist had complained the Muslim call to prayer, repeated five times a day, was being played too loudly at the mosque near her house in North Sumatra.

“She had said something that insulted religion, in this case Islam,” said Jamaluddin, spokesman of the Medan district court, adding the defendant had “showed remorse and apologized”.

Last year, the former ethnic Chinese governor of Jakarta was tried and jailed for blasphemy after several Muslim groups accused him of insulting Islam when he said his political rivals were using the Koran to deceive voters. The ruling was widely condemned and believed to be politically motivated. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama also lost his re-election bid because of the accusations.

There are hundreds of thousands of mosques across the vast archipelago and most use loudspeakers to play the azan or call to prayer, which lasts a few minutes. But many also play lengthy versions of prayers or sermons lasting over 30 minutes, which has been deemed unnecessary by the Indonesian Mosque Council.
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