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twinlark
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twinlark: <achieve> Agreed.
 
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twinlark: <Abdel Irada> <I would certainly not put it past Putin to order a rival put out of the way, but bald-faced murder doesn't seem to be his style. Generally, he seems to prefer setting honeypot traps to lure rivals into compromising situations and then blackmailing them.>
 
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twinlark: <FSR> Some more minor suggestions, which are in <angle brackets>: "This match was a reprise of the Anand - Carlsen World Championship (2013) the year before. To the disappointment of Anandís fans, he had decisively lost that match and <therefore> his <world ...
 
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Feb-14-15
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  visayanbraindoctor: <the Big Bang singularity can be resolved by their new model in which the universe has no beginning and no end...

Their work is based on ideas by the theoretical physicist David Bohm, who is also known for his contributions to the philosophy of physics. Starting in the 1950s, Bohm explored replacing classical geodesics (the shortest path between two points on a curved surface) with quantum trajectories.

In their paper, Ali and Das applied these Bohmian trajectories to an equation developed in the 1950s by physicist Amal Kumar Raychaudhuri at Presidency University in Kolkata, India. Raychaudhuri was also Das's teacher when he was an undergraduate student of that institution in the '90s..>

I have read 'similar' such theories before, similar in the sense that they mathematically terminate the singularity at the beginning of the Big Bang by assuming quantum mechanical phenomena.

These types of articles don't explain well what a conscious observer would actually experience in going back to the early Universe. However from what I can infer, here are my thoughts:

As a self-aware being travels retrograde back into the contracting conditions of the Beginning, he finds that there is no singularity that he can perceive as a giant black hole or a state of non-existence. Instead, he skims the surface of an imaginary point and travels, still in a retrograde manner, into another reality where space-matter is expanding again. This expanding reality represents the contraction of another universe seen backwards, as our intrepid being is still traveling retrograde from his original starting point.

Thus, from what I understand, many of the theories that eliminate the singularity at the beginning of the universe are various forms of cyclical Universe theories.

In a sense, the Universe is eternal, cyclically expanding and contracting.

We are only talking of one Universe. Some of the more esoteric theories end up postulating Multiverses.

Thus far the only one that I can comprehend intuitively as a layman that still seems to follow ordinary Physics is the one we previously discussed. The Universe tries to contract to a single point. But quantum mechanical effects disallow further contraction once the Universe attains one Planck length. This translates to an infinitely hard surface upon which all the contents of the Universe bounces back from and explodes out again. There is no real black hole as described in a mathematical singularity. As for the other smaller 'black holes' now in our Universe, they are not real, but represent time-dilated matter-energy contracting at near light speed toward an imaginary point and due to explode out again in just a few more nanoseconds from their perspective but zillions of years from our perspective because of time dilation, only to join the entire universe's collapse and rebounce soon after.

Feb-15-15
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  twinlark: <visayanbraindoctor>

The truce seems to have come into effect reasonably quickly. It was interesting to note that the <Moscow Times>, NOT a pro-Russian outlet, reported that the shelling (including of Donetsk and Lugansk) stopped immediately Poroshenko have the ceasefire:

http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/...

One has to ask why the non-stop shelling of civilian areas by Ukrainian artillery has gone almost uncommented by European countries, except I think we already always know the answer to this.

Clearly this cease fire will not last, and nor is it intended to last. The day of the talks in Minsk in which Putin, Merkel, Hollande and Poroshenko agreed to ceasefire 2.0, was also the day the IMF announced a loan of $15 billion to Ukraine.

As one commentator acidly put it, translated into Russian that means Ukraine has been given another $15 billion to fight the civil war: http://robinwestenra.blogspot.com.au/

In the meantime, the east Ukrainian rebels are taking advantage of the loose wording of the cease fire to insist on the surrender of the pocket of the Ukrainian Army trapped in forward base at Debaltsovo. The Ukrainian Army at this location is not giving in, and nor is Kiev conceding that the city is surrounded, so it seems that fighting will go on, at least in this location for a while.

I guess the net result of the cease fire is that the West will gain time to rearm and train the Ukrainian Army for a fresh offensive once the spring thaw is finished, while it buys Russia time to set up alternative financial and commercial trading setups with the East, in anticipation of further sanctions and hostilities. It will also enable the Russian de facto voentorg ("military trade": http://encyclopedia2.thefreediction...) to resupply the eastern rebels before the war reignites. Also time for the eastern Ukrainians to put there "mobilisation" of extra fighters into effect.

In short, I have a feeling this war will only continue to grow in size, firepower, viciousness and dangerousness to the region and possibly beyond.

Feb-15-15
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  twinlark: <visayanbraindoctor>

<In a sense, the Universe is eternal, cyclically expanding and contracting.>

Almost like the Universe is breathing. Hindu or Yogic philosophy considers the cyclical universe as the breath of Brahma. Maybe this, like other myths and legends, contains the germs of a truth.

The following link provides an interesting interpretation of December 2012 which many thought heralded the end of the world in the Mayan Calendar.

According to that source, that date is not the end but the beginning of the contraction of the universe following its fullest expansion: http://www.trumpetuniverse.net/theb...

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  visayanbraindoctor: <Ukrainian Army trapped in forward base at Debaltsovo... I have a feeling this war will only continue to grow in size, firepower, viciousness and dangerousness to the region and possibly beyond.>

Fighting according to reports on both sides is still going on. NAF has announced it has captured most of the town. Since this town is strategically important, located hallway between Lugansk and Donetz, the Novorussians can hardy afford to lose it, as that would cut much of road communication between the two Novorussian polities.

I get the idea that the Minsk ceasefire was centered on this town. If a complete ceasefire occurs with Kiev controlling it, it would place the Novorussians at a disadvantage in all future negotiations, their two main cities cut off from one another.

From what I can discern Kiev has deployed its best army units to Debaltsovo. It makes me wonder what kind and quantity of artillery the NAF is using in order to beat back Kiev's army. It must be more mobile and accurate than what Kiev's army is using. It looks as though NAF has ample shells and ammo for whatever they are using.

I have noticed that both Kiev and the NAF generally do not comment on the equipment they are using. This is usual in a war, as such info can turn out to be useful intel to the opposing side. However, one can deduce from the results that NAF is using quality equipment. They have shot down Kiev's airforce and even ballistic missiles out of the sky, and are getting the advantage in the artillery battles.

IMO that indicates all out Russian covert military aid. It seems that the Russian leadership has decided it can't afford to lose the Donbass to a hostile Kiev.

So if US NATO keeps on supplying financial and military aid to kiev, and keep on promising security guarantees, this was might <continue to grow in size, firepower, viciousness and dangerousness to the region and possibly beyond.> One side has to blink first. Russia from her perspective probably sees that she cannot.

Feb-18-15
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  Abdel Irada: <visayanbraindoctor: <Abdel Irada:> Admittedly I am no expert on Asperger's.>

Then perhaps you should hold off on presenting condescending opinions such as the following.

<Among doctors Psychiatrists probably are the one to consult for these cases.>

1) I see no need to "consult" anyone, nor am I in need of a (nonexistent) "cure." Asperger's may mean a more difficult life for those with the condition, but that is not inherent to the condition itself but to the reaction it elicits from the neurotypical mainstream: classical xenophobia with overtones of ignorant contempt.

The truth is that Asperger's seems to be not so much a disorder as an alternative evolutionary path. Its continued presence over the course of human history as we know it seems indicated by retrospective analysis of the behavior of many of the most celebrated scientists and writers known to us. And its association with a spectrum of creative endeavors suggests that in many respects it is more a feature than a bug.

(This sentence is particularly galling, since you almost appear to be telling me I'm insane and in need of psychiatric intervention. I'm pretty sure you didn't really mean to say that, but that is the way it sounds.)

2) Asperger's is not a mental illness. Psychiatrists have no knowledge of the condition; nor is there any reason why they should.

<I do know it's a form of autism.>

Yes, but it's entirely different from classical autism. In fact, far from being unable to communicate, many Aspergians are talented writers, and some are even excellent speakers.

<You would know more I believe.>

I have cause to do so.

<Autistic people AFAIK hardly ever become leaders of a nation such as post Czarist Russia. It needs a lot of talking, oratory, and social skills to get to where President Putin is now. I believe he could not have gotten to where he is if he suffered from any form of clinical autism.>

Here is where I think you confuse "clinical" autism with "classical," which is the kind with which most laymen are familiar.

Let me make it clear: Aspergians often can and do have superior communication skills; some are even charismatic in a quirky sort of way. In other words, there is no inherent reason why they *can't* become leaders; it is only that Aspergians don't typically seek power and aren't given to the conniving necessary to obtain it in conditions of pathocracy.

<From everything I have read of Putin's speeches and his behavior, this guy is a committed and purposeful visionary.>

Now, *that* sounds like an Aspergian.

Not being bound by tribal allegiances or mentally warped by the "need" to fit in, Aspergians often do forge spacious visions and seek to implement them.

<Many US think tank speculators and lobby-dependent politicians seem to have forgotten that occasionally in history, such individuals pop up and become a human anchor of a nexus in history. In brief, they don't know what Putin really is, and end up labeling him an Asperger's case.>

Then they may have done themselves an enormous disservice.

By "labeling" Putin Aspergian, they seek to invalidate him. But more and more people are learning about the condition, and it was interesting to see in the comments after RT.com's "space lizard" satire that many readers hold strong positive views on people with it.

As when propagandists tried after 2001 to malign Islam by associating it with the 9/11 attacks, this may backfire. After 9/11, people started to inform themselves about the real nature of Islam, and the paradoxical consequence has been that more Americans have been converting to Islam than ever before.

I actually hope Putin *does* have Asperger's, although I still consider it improbable. Certainly it would be a refreshing change from the endless parade of self-serving sociopaths. And who knows? We might learn some things about alternatives to the present order; we might even see a leader acting with moral intelligence.

Feb-18-15
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  twinlark: <Abdel Irada>

This discussion reminds me of some other "conditions" that are not, they are simply different ways of being.

The classic is of course homosexuality, and if the LGBT is valid in its evaluations and inclusion of transsexuals (which I don't dispute), then also transexuality. Active and mischievous children have been "diagnosed" as having ADD/ADHD, women as being "hysterical", and so on and so forth. The Soviet apparatus used to lock political dissidents away in mental institutions as being mentally unstable, although I'm reasonably sure that was pure politics.

<The truth is that Asperger's seems to be not so much a disorder as an alternative evolutionary path.>

This may also be true of autism, if the story of Carly Fleischmann is true.

I wonder how many psychiatric/psychological "conditions/syndromes/disorders" are, if not entirely confected or at least misclassified, simply alternative ways of being. Certainly the number of psychiatric conditions listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders has mushroomed in recent decades, and there have been some mutterings of medicalising many normal if unruly/socially disapproved childhood behaviours (which often leads to criminalising such behaviour, although from what I can observe, the middle stage is often skipped in the school-to-prison pipeline that seems to have appeared on the US scene in recent decades).

The stats for US children on behavioural medications is alarming: http://www.cchrint.org/psychiatric-...

Look at the stats of children <less than one year old> that are on psychiatric drugs, let alone children that are older.

Feb-18-15
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  twinlark: <Abdel Irada>

I said as follows in my previous post here:

<Look at the stats of children <less than one year old> that are on psychiatric drugs, let alone children that are older.>

I meant under 5 years old.

Still awful.

Feb-18-15
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  visayanbraindoctor: <Abdel Irada> As I have said <Admittedly I am no expert on Asperger's.>

You might well be correct in many of your statements.

You of course are very familiar with your own condition. This on a gut and personal level. However, an experienced Psychiatrist may well have diagnosed and seen dozens of Asperger's patients. Their level of knowledge on certain conditions may make it worthwhile to occasionally ask them some info about it.

Here is an analogy. I have never experienced a severe head injury that requires an operation. I do not know how it feels like on a gut and personal level. Yet the fact that I have diagnosed and operated on hundreds of such cases would obviously make my opinion on them count for the individual seeking advise or consult on a severe head injury he has suffered (or his relatives do it for him, since severely head injured patients are in no condition to talk properly at all).

Hope I haven't offended you in my posts, no offense is intended.

<twinlark> Regarding <Diagnostic and Statistical Manual>

Psychiatry was the subject I hated most in Med school. You have to memorize loads of stuff from DSM, and then talk for hours to patients.

In Neurosurgery, you still have to memorize loads of stuff, but at least you don't have to spend hours talking to patients. You can silently operate on them instead.

Feb-18-15
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  twinlark: <Abdel Irada>, <visayanbraindoctor>

CNN is reporting that the question "Has Putin gone completely mad?" is "being debated in serious circles": http://edition.cnn.com/2015/02/11/w...

This opening sentence was followed by recycling comments made months ago by Merkel that Putin was "living in another world" (a comment she emphasised was not questioning his mental health or stability) and the Pentagon's "finding" that Putin has Asperger's.

The <mad, bad and Hitler> narrative continues to escalate.

I wonder what Ted Turner thinks of his innovative media spawn now?

Feb-19-15
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  Abdel Irada: <You of course are very familiar with your own condition. This on a gut and personal level.>

Necessarily so, but not exclusively. I have also spent a great deal of time studying this condition for the past 12 years, after it became apparent that there was something "different" in my daughter's development.

She was diagnosed as Aspergian in 2008, but I'd already reached the same conclusion in 2002. And then, by examining my own childhood in the light of what I learned about Samantha, I realized that I probably also had the condition, which indeed was "confirmed" in 2010.

Being able to observe your own condition in someone else enables you to develop a certain objectivity in assessing its characteristics that would be missing from a purely experiential analysis.

At this point, I would be confident in saying I have at least as much combined theoretical and practical knowledge of the condition as anyone. This is in part because the clinical understanding is limited, and in part because the nebulosity of the condition invites quackery, and this means a lot of what is represented as the current understanding of Asperger's is based on the work of unqualified and often unscrupulous opportunists.

<However, an experienced Psychiatrist may well have diagnosed and seen dozens of Asperger's patients.>

I think you must mean "psychologist." Psychiatrists are MDs who are considered qualified to flip through the latest DSM and diagnose a certain range of fairly well-understood disorders, for which they then prescribe drugs. (If you sense that I don't have a lot of respect for this "discipline," you are perceptive.)

It was a psychologist (a PhD, not an MD) who diagnosed both me and my daughter.

But even PhDs in this field are often unreliable. One such testified in court two years ago that "old Aspergians" are, in essence, absolutely inflexible and incapable of learning anything new. This is directly contrary to my own experience; almost as much so as the perjury that this "doctor" uttered next.

Beware the opportunists. Aspergians and sociopaths are natural adversaries, and sociopaths tend to colonize new fields of study. It is therefore predictable that many of the early conclusions about Asperger's offered by such corrupt clinicians will tend to be false and derogatory, because to a sociopath, anything that deviates from the "norm" is a weakness and a pathology, and anyone who appears to be of the moral orientation opposite theirs (as Aspergians generally are) will be a particular target for assorted calumnies.

Feb-19-15
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  twinlark: <visayanbraindoctor>

I think you'll be interested in this detailed and nuanced analysis by Joachim Flores of Minsk II, and by retrospective extension, Minsk I, and its implications for all the strategic players in this drama:

http://fortruss.blogspot.com.au/201...

Feb-21-15
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  twinlark: <visayanbraindoctor>

You may also be interested in this linguistic map of post-Soviet Ukraine based on 2009 information from the Kiev National Linguistic University and 2001 Ukrainian census data: http://02varvara.wordpress.com/2015...

Feb-28-15  achieve: <twinlark>

We had a brief conversation on the Ukranian situation, and since I have struck up a relation, musical, with a young man from Ukraine, by email, I thought you might be interested in what he said when i asked how he is doing, if he was relatively safe.

These are a few sentences/excerpts, from his response:

- Yes, this situation with Ukraine looks very favorable to the US... The new Ukrainian government is fully under their influence, well, will see what will be in the future. The economic situation is very bad, and the standard of living will decline.

Geopolitical games, and the usual people are suffering. We can only wait for what it comes finally... -

Unfiltered like this it also hits you with a bang. Pawns in a game. Human suffering not the byproduct, but the currency.

Mar-01-15
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  twinlark: <achieve>

<Unfiltered like this it also hits you with a bang. Pawns in a game. Human suffering not the byproduct, but the currency.>

Maybe also a means to an end. Or merely incidental. I suspect the main aim is to create instability in the region, and a bloody civil war and a totally wrecked economy does that job all too effectively.

Mar-01-15  achieve: <Maybe also a means to an end. Or merely incidental. I suspect the main aim is to create instability in the region, and a bloody civil war and a totally wrecked economy does that job all too effectively.>

To what end, specifically? If the aim is to create mayhem, the personal travesty is NOT incidental; it would and will be an integral part of the destabilizing effort over the backs and lives of people of flesh and blood.

Agreed?

I'd say it is criminal and vile, deciding over human life like that.

The moral downturn to even think like that, is what is bothering me even more.

Mar-01-15
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  twinlark: <achieve>

Agreed.

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