February 27, 2014

Europarlamentarele intre exigenta pragmatica si traficul de incredere

Una din marile calitati ale modus-vivendi-ului nord-american este insistenta extrema prin care se cere oricarei initiative (economice, politice, sociale, stiintifice) care pretinde suport si incredere sa precizeze efectiv modul in care vor realiza obiectivele propuse (bineinteles, acestea trebuiesc formulate clar inainte de toate), si sa furnizeze un plan coerent si credibil in acest sens (care sa argumenteze plauzibil si documentat ca probabilitatea succesului in atingerea obiectivelor propuse este semnificativ mai mare decit cea a esecului). In absenta acestui plan credibil (chiar daca obiectivele formulate suna frumos, cel putin pentru categoria sociala dorita ca si clientela / “constituency” de respectiva initiativa), politicianul, intreprinzatorul-ul, activistul social, sau omul de stiinta in cauza au o credibilitate drastic limitata (si chiar mai rau, trezeste suspiciuni de trafic de incredere - pe romaneste, "smechereala"). Clar, aceasta exigenta deriva din pragmatism. Desi europenii se grabesc intotdeauna sa respinga pragmatismul (nu inseamna ca in unele cazuri "continentalii" nu au dreptate, macar in unele cazuri in care rejectia nu se face "automat"), in acest caz particular, rolul unei asemenea exigente pragmatice in garantarea increderii in variile initiative politice, sociale, economice, etc. este neindoielnic benefic, constructiv.

Revenind la politica romaneasca, desi politicienii sunt intotdeauna generosi cu cuvintele mari (nu numai la noi, ce-i drept), tocmai in materie de stabilire a credibilitatii printr-un plan coerent si credibil, dincolo de slogane, chiar si pentru clientii proprii, sunt "missing in action". Sa luam de exemplu cazul Capsali, candidat la europarlamentare, care isi propune candidatura sub un stindard conservator al familiei traditionale, dorind "sa reprezinte drepturile şi interesele familiei din România în Parlamentul European şi, totodată, în mediul public românesc".  Totul bine si frumos, insa chiar si obiectivul de "a reprezenta" este un termen care acopera o arie mult prea larga, variind de la (1) starea de bibelou (inert, dar la vedere publica) marcat cu o intrebare retorica cum ar fi "Te interesează viitorul copiilor tăi?"… la (2) conditia (tragica) a dirijorului de pe un "Titanic romanesc" conservator ce se scufunda in oceanul unor "valori straine", ostile celor autohtone, reusind macar sa conduca o interpretare superba unei minunate melodii traditionale… si in sfirsit la (3) o reprezentare care sa dea rezultate concrete - si in aceste rezultate ("roade") isi pune speranta clientela proiectata de candidat (publicul crestin ortodox), nu in primele doua (care, tehnic vorbind, sunt posibile, chiar usor de realizat – "failure is easy"). In al treilea caz, insa, numita clientela ar fi interesata totusi de acel plan credibil prin care sa se argumenteze ca modul (explicitat) de a proceda la Bruxelles, "in birlogul lupilor", va conduce mult mai probabil la atingerea obiectivelor propuse (rezultate concrete) decit la esec (sinonim, de facto, cu o figuratie pe bani europeni). In lipsa acestui plan, tinind in acelasi timp cont de marile sperante ce pot fi investite de suporteri, proiectul nu este altceva decit… vanare de vant si trafic de incredere.

Protest pan-european: "Stop cruzimii fata de animale din Romania!" (8 Martie 2014)

   
"Iubiţi dobitoacele: către ele şi-a îndreptat Dumnezeu mai întâi gândul şi le-a hărăzit o bucurie senină. Nu le-o stricaţi şi nu le chinuiţi, feriţi-vă să le răpiţi bucuria de a trăi, spre a nu sta împotriva celor lăsate de Dumnezeu. Omule, nu te semeţi, socotindu-te mai presus decât dobitocul necuvântător, căci, cu toată semeţia ta, pângăreşti pământul oriunde îţi calcă piciorul, şi-n urma ta rămâne o dâră de putregai." (Stareţul Zosima - "Fratii Karamazov" de F. M. Dostoievski)

„Creaţia nu este un simplu mecanism de reflectare a tainei dumnezeieşti, ci este o taină creată vie, care răspunde în modul propriu de creaţie” (Pr. Ghelasie Gheorghe, „Dialog în Absolut”, Editura Platytera, Bucureşti, 2007, p. 86)

Articol nou in "Fibonacci Quarterly"

http://www.fq.math.ca/Abstracts/52-1/caragiu.pdf
Mihai Caragiu, Alexandru Zaharescu, and Mohammad Zaki 
On Ducci Sequences with Primes 
Fibonacci Quart. 52 (2014), no. 1, 32-38.




Jeff Beck - Elegy for Dunkirk (superb)

Jeff Beck's brilliant version on his "Emotion & Commotion" (2010) Album.

Hope


Cruzimea fata de animale - iarasi si iarasi... deja vu. In rare cazuri insa - ca acesta - se gasesc oameni inimosi care fac tot posibilul sa le salveze, prin actiunile lor onorind si conferind autenticitate conditiei umane.  

DETALII:  Hope - încă un câine chinuit de „oameni” - facebook.

February 25, 2014

De la quasarii indepartati in inima Muntilor Buzaului...


Miracolul experientei umane directe - de la rasariturile superbe, la norii ce invaluie muntele, la senzatia de frig crunt din timpul unui viscol, la sunetul valurilor marii, chiar si la durerea de spinare ce vine cu varsta... toate acestea reprezinta - ca si radacina fenomenologica - ipostaze ale unui nivel cu adevarat fundamental de referinta, primar.

Sursa imaginii: facebook

February 22, 2014

Using distant quasars to test Bell's theorem

The idea of the proposed experiment involving a pair of entangled particles (David Kaiser, MIT): "A split second after the particles are generated, but just before the detectors are set, scientists would use telescopic observations of distant quasars to determine which properties each detector will measure of a respective particle. In other words, quasar A determines the settings to detect particle A, and quasar B sets the detector for particle B. The researchers reason that since each detector's setting is determined by sources that have had no communication or shared history since the beginning of the universe, it would be virtually impossible for these detectors to "conspire" with anything in their shared past to give a biased measurement; the experimental setup could therefore close the "free will" loophole." Read the full article here (Closing the 'free will' loophole: Using distant quasars to test Bell's theorem - sciencedaily.com). Image source: Wikipedia.

February 20, 2014

St. Maximus the Confessor: nature should not be made to suffer, exploited or violated

“The high value of the natural world is emphasized in Maximus’ doctrine of logoi for genera, species, and individuals. The Logos-Christ not only expresses Himself in His logos for the human species and His logoi of human persons, he expresses Himself in the logoi of every created nature, of animals, insects, plants, minerals, etc., as well. By the simple fact of man’s task and by the simple fact that the Logos is the foundation of the nature of all kinds and particulars, it is obvious that, according to God’s will, the natural world should be treated with respect. It should not made to suffer; it should not be exploited or violated.” (The Christocentric Cosmology of St. Maximus the Confessor, by Torstein Tollefsen, p. 228)

Lapdog epistemology defense against animal cruelty reports: government validates truth

Preamble: BBC - Concerns raised over Romanian stray dogs
In the context of the latest European MEPs visit to Romania in connection with said concerns (welcomed by all Romanians sharing the principles of ethical treatment of animals), adding insult to injury is the "defense" of the unprecedented mass killing (and underlying epidemic of animal abuse in Romania) offered by certain individuals and groups insinuating that the truckloads of reports of animal abuse, all disturbing media documenting animal cruelty, constitute simply "information unconfirmed by Romanian officials" - and thus it must be (how convenient)... discarded. It's that simple, folks! In other words, the criterion for truth validation/confirmation (in the context of animal cruelty) lies with the authorities, themselves responsible for issuing the infamous killing law, and administering the shelters of extermination! Alas, by this rotten logic, North Korea is doing just great, since all the information emerging about the crimes out there is "unconfirmed by North Korean officials". To put it in a different way, the self-appointed "civic responsible citizens" (a sort of political arm of the canicide party, de facto government lapdog with an overblown sense of importance) are so much entangled in their propaganda buildup that they just don't realize that by promoting this rotten epistemology-in-denial (government acknowledgement/validation of, and urgent remedies against, the serious state of animal abuse in Romania as reported in the independent media never comes - that's why the animal lovers hope for a long overdue EU intervention), they are shooting themselves in the foot - implicitly acknowledging that animal abuse in Romania is not yet taken seriously by the government. Photo credits: Facebook (dog dumped in a canal, with a wire around his neck that hung rocks).

February 14, 2014

O mare realizare pentru primarita Craiovei: in Huffington Post, la rubrica 'puneri la punct'

Canine Cruelty In Craiova - by Rita Pal in Huff Post UK (06/02/2014)
"It is clear that the Mayoress does have an unhealthy vendetta against the dogs in her area, and her protestations to the contrary were not convincing anyone . Given her reign has been plagued with some serious scandals, each of us should question her decision-making skills in relation to the helpless and vulnerable."
The article concludes: This is the dark secret of Craiova - The European Capital of Canine Cruelty.

Europarlamentari - ingrijorati de practici de ucidere brutala, centre de adoptie inchise

Parlamentari europeni, îngrijorați de situația câinilor comunitari din România (Agerpress)

PS - Press conference from 12 February, 2014 at the EU Parliament on the mistreatment of dogs in Romania

February 11, 2014

Protest la Londra impotriva cruzimii fata de cainii strazii in Romania

London protest against slaughter of dogs in Romanian shelters (SLIDESHOW, 8 February 2014 by Paul Davey)
"Activists from Rescuing European Animals in Need (REAN) and the new Animal Welfare Party demonstrated outside Downing Street against the neglect and cruelty to stray dogs in Romania, which are rounded up and brutalised in so-called animal shelters"

February 9, 2014

Legea uciderii: in drum spre europarlamentare, in haina pioasa

Toate scursurile umane au intrat acum intr-o adevarata euforie de abandon si/sau abuz, incurajati de "legea uciderii" votata anul trecut de parlamentari. In consecinta nimeni nu mai poate pretinde acum ca nu este informat de ororile ce se intimpla atat pe strazi cit si in asa-zisele "adaposturi" (de exterminare). In special in fata acestei epidemii de abuzuri, recursul la ideologie este cit se poate de descalificant pentru cineva ce se pretinde crestin (asa cum fac unii aflati sub influenta drogului holier than thou - atit de siguri pe ei, bineinteles - care apeleaza repede la "pilotul automat" si califica orice reactie la abuzul animalelor ca idolatrie). Tocmai pentru sustinerea explicita a legii uciderii (urmata de o tacere ce vorbeste tomuri) personal nu am nici o intentie sa sustin aventurile politice ale lui Iulian Capsali (mai nou candideaza la europarlamentare), pentru ca astfel as sustine de facto un "combo" Iulian Capsali cu prietena Ana Maita (what a dreadful thought! :-)). Nu ca opinia mea ar face o diferenta insa am decis sa o formulez din respect pentru nenumaratii credinciosi ce se implica activ in eforturile pentru oprirea acestor abuzuri. Sustinerea (si chiar tacerea calculata politic in fata) acestor orori intuneca Chipul lui Dumnezeu din noi. Si oricum, sunt prea batrin ca sa mai fiu tolerant la politicianismul demagogic (bineinteles, plin de "rationalizari", "explicatii", declaratii sforaitoare de "responsabilitate civica" si alte... "bune intentii").
Sursa imaginii: Grivita/FB

February 7, 2014

Filmuletul meu - facebook


February 4, 2014

Luminoase amintiri... LMV, 1978




Why Hawking is Wrong About Black Holes

In her paper, Hossenfelder shows that instead of being due to a pair of entangled particles, Hawking radiation is due to two pairs of entangled particles. One entangled pair gets trapped by the black hole, while the other entangled pair escapes. The process is similar to Hawking’s original proposal, but the Hawking particles are not in a pure state. 
Read more here

February 2, 2014

Maria Yudina - un documentar comprehensiv (cca 1 ora, Rusa cu subtitluri in Engleza)


"Soon after, Yudina received an envelope with twenty thousand rubles. She was told it came on the express orders of Stalin. Then she wrote him a letter. I know about this letter from her, and I know that the story seems improbable. Yudina had many quirks, but I can say this -- she never lied. I'm certain that her story is true. Yudina wrote something like this in her letter: "I thank you, Joseph Vissarionovich, for your aid. I will pray for you day and night and ask the Lord to forgive your great sins before the people and the country. The Lord is merciful and He'll forgive you. I gave the money to the church that I attend." And Yudina sent this suicidal letter to Stalin. He read it and didn't say a word, they expected at least a twitch of the eyebrow. Naturally, the order to arrest Yudina was prepared and the slightest grimace would have been enough to wipe away the last traces of her. But Stalin was silent and set the letter aside in silence. The anticipated movement of the eyebrows didn't come." Source: The Ladder of the Beatitudes, by James H. Forest, via "Maria Yudina: The Pianist Who Moved Stalin" (Crossroads Cultural Center)