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Monday, March 14, 2005


You may well have done the 2 slit experiment in school. It is where light from one source coming through 2 slits set close to each other doesn't mix together again in an equal way. What happens is that the combined light comes together in a regular pattern of highlights no lights. You get places of no light where there would have been a visible effect from only 1 slit.

I suggest you get the full story on

This is one of the weirdest experiments in all of physics - what we are witnessing is an interference pattern of 2 waves crossing, at the peaks of the waves they double in height, where peaks meet troughs they cancel out - it proves that light is a quantum effect (ie that photons don't really exist in one place but merely exist as a wave of probabilities as do other subatomic particles from which you & I are ultimately made). It is also strong evidence that the Everett-Wheeler Multiverse theory, that all possible positions of all possible subatomic particles actually take place & that an infinite number of universes are being created every instant, most of which rejoin instantly as the wavefront "moves").

If all possible universes currently exist it brings to mind questions about the nature of reality, whether universes with nobody to observe them don't actually exist (as quantum theory normally assumes) & thus whether we or God or whoever create a universe by being in it.


Now for the strange bit:
A number of different scientists have done the same experiment but instead to separating the 2 slits a few millimeters apart they were placed a few femtoseconds apart in time! The interference pattern is still there.

I am not remotely smart enough to tell you what that proves. But it does seem to disprove that time is any more "real" than the material universe.


Dear Mr Craig,

Thank you for your e-mail to Horizon. We appreciate you taking the
trouble to write with your comments. All of our viewers' comments -
whether critical or complimentary - are important to us, and help us to
adapt and improve the way we do things.

We are sorry that you are not happy with certain aspects of our recent
programme "Global Dimming". It does make us stop to consider our
approach to film-making when we receive a mail like yours. We will take
note of your comments, along with the many other letters and e-mails we
receive and the results of audience research that is carried out on our
behalf, as we approach future programmes.

Our role is an ever-changing one, trying to find a balance that caters
for widely differing and evolving tastes - I hope that we will soon
evolve again to suit your tastes more closely.

Yours sincerely,
The Horizon Team.

-----Original Message-----
From: Neil Craig []
Sent: 13 January 2005 22:49
Subject: TV

Neil Craig wrote:

I have just seen the Horizon programme on global dimming which is the
alleged reduction in global temperature by pollution caused by evil
industrialists. This is apparently the cause of famine in Africa (rather
than the incompetence & wars of local governments conventionally

This is not to be confused with global warming which is, according to
the normal BBC line, caused by evil industrialists & is the cause of
famine worldwide.

May I say that the almost continuous use of eerie mood music to show how
we are all "Doomed, doomed" throughout the documentary was not really
consistent with a scientific programme.

I do not say that the basic claims about dimming are wrong, although it
is clearly to early to be sure either way. What this really proves is

A) The hypothesis' about various sorts of climate change are all
unproven theories which require much more research rather than being
treated as an uncritical scare story. The "declaration of war on fire"
that is the Kyoto system which the BBC so completely supports, in it's
impartial way, is clearly, at the very least an expensive, simplistic &
very partial solution to a problem that may not exist.

B) That pro-active methods of climate control (eg deliberately seeding
the stratosphere with microscopically pulverised charcoal dust) are
potentially vastly cheaper & more effective, if less scary, methods of
solving any actual problems of global warming/cooling.

If the BBC is to continue it's traditional stance of leaning neither on
the one hand towards partiality, nor on the other towards impartiality,
Horizon should be devoting at least some time to reporting the doubts
about & alternative solutions to climate change not involving increasing
government controls on our lives.

Yours Faithfully
Neil Craig

My original letter (not the automated reply) was also published on Item 8

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Ulster, 800 years later.

The corridor of hatred," cordoned by Royal Ulster constables and army soldiers is about 300 yards long. Loyalists say that the police were "standing on the guard of honor in front of IRA terrorists" only because of the fact that several girls' parents were Republicans. "Who let the Taigs loose?" (a demeaning word to designate the native Irish population). "Go home you Fenian bastards!" - those were mildest statements that a crowd of loyalists was chanting. The parents, who were running through the line, were covering their daughters' ears with hands. Adult men and women made a six-year-old girl cry as they were calling her an "idiot" and a "lop-eared bastard."

Tens and hundreds of thousands of people were killed during 800 years of Ireland's struggle for independence from London. The British authorities were saying that they were controlling the situation, although such statements were not true to fact. Royal constables and army units are basically watching over Catholics' actions, arresting them on every good occasion. Fighters for the annexation of eight northern counties of Ulster to the Irish republic are saving strength to take actions in response against the authorities.

The horror of Ulster has been tormenting Britain for hundreds of years. The occupation led to attempts against prime ministers, including Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher. Governmental troops could even attack hospitals and children's summer camps. If you visit such areas as Poleglass in Belfast, local residents will tell you stories about the police covering and protecting car thieves and drug dealers for using them as informants. In the 1970s, the police ran out of energy to patrol many Catholic areas - they had to appear there under the protection of the British army.

Simultaneous explosions in Dublin and Monaghan (the Irish republic) became the bloodiest terrorist act during the exacerbation of the conflict. The bombings were organized by protestant extremists in May of 1974: 30 people were killed and over 150 were injured. The armed British contingent and "law-enforcement forces" (the Royal Ulster Police) are guilty of killing almost one-fourth of the conflict's victims. Investigators, however, say that the protestant contingent of the Royal Ulster Police and "loyalist" sympathies of the troops give a reason to talk about uniting the protestant and law-enforcement victims into one single category.

It became known after the declassification of certain governmental materials that the Irish Republican Army repeatedly attempted to find a common language with the British government. Britain, however, was arrogantly setting unacceptable terms for negotiations, making them virtually impossible. The Irish prime minister is actually London's nominee, who definitely can not accept a Catholic at the head of Northern Ireland.

"David Trimble, a deputy from Portdown represents only the Orange Order. He has never been to Garvaghy Road; he has never talked to us about our problems. He called us, Catholics, "dogs of Biblical Adam." This is an opinion about the prime minister of Ireland, who continues being a puppet of London despite his Nobel Prize laureate status.

Such an approach of London as far as territorial disputes are concerned, considerably differs from what Moscow is demonstrating in the regulation of the Chechen issue. For example, the Kremlin repeatedly announced amnesty to regulate a conflict in Northern Caucasus, achieved agreements on cooperation with leaders of Chechnya's largest communities, which eventually made it possible to conduct a direct presidential election in the republic. The events that have been happening in Ulster for recent several decades can not be compared to anything in the Russian history.

No wonder that even urban districts declare their independence of London, not to mention towns and counties. The Bogside area in Ulster, Derry, single-handedly proclaimed itself an independent region. The unemployment level in Bogside is 75 percent, although there is no criminality there.

Catholics of Northern Ireland do not have a possibility to fully enjoy legal procedures of the country, which joined the USA to establish democracy in Iraq. Not every Irish can afford addressing the European Court for Human Rights in Strasbourg. However, in May of 2001 the European Court for Human Rights upheld a class-action lawsuit filed by residents of Northern Ireland against Great Britain. The Irish claimed that the British government had violated human rights during the period of 1970-1980s when its orders to Ulster-occupied troops resulted in killings and property damage. In compliance with the decision of the court, the British government had to pay up to ten thousand pounds sterling to the family of each killed person.

The court's decision did not change London's stance towards Ulster. Orange parades continue, and the police patrol Catholic areas. In spite of Britain's talks about terrorists from the Irish Republican Army, the number of guerrillas is growing because of impunity, poverty and brutality in Ulster.

"One should not forget that we at Northern Ireland are living in the country occupied by a foreign state - Great Britain - by British troops that are also NATO troops. On account of this we have a personal experience to prove that NATO troops are turning a blind eye on militarist tricks of one of the members of this community, that NATO uses our situation to test new types of weapons, new patrolling techniques, new population control methods. It is very surprising that tons of bombs dropped on Serbian civilians are morally and politically acceptable for the British government, whereas IRA's silent guns are threatening the world, as we are being told," Gerry Adams of Sinn Fein party, Northern Ireland, said.

The Catholics should be used to all that after 800 years of occupation. The Irish will apparently have to spend a few more decades walking through the "corridors of hatred" formed by the police, protestants and governmental troops.

P.S. PRAVDA.Ru could effortlessly provide daily accounts concerning the situation in Northern Ireland based on the existing template. And I can assure our colleagues from The Economist that our actions would yield certain positive results in a not-too-distant future. While impacting the media, they could lead to yet another aggravation of the situation around Ulster. Is this something the owners of the magazine could use to their advantage? Could this be used to the ultimate benefit of the royalty"s subjects, such as the journalists of The Economist magazine themselves?

All I am saying is that your month-to-month publications on Chechnya contain the exact same factual information. By doing so, you in turn do the exact same thing towards Russians and Chechens. And one more thing that surprised me: this article from The Economist does not even attempt to provide any reasonable analysis. Just out of curiosity guys, did you even write the text yourselves or was it brought to you by those financiers of Islamic militants in Chechnya?

This is certainly a true & accurate account of Nortern Ireland according to the highest journalistic standards of our media. The punch line is that it is a satire produced by pravda based on an Economist (normally considered a step up from the Sun) article on Chechnya. This guy has got exactly how the media can, without actually saying any one thing factually untrue (at first I thought the claim that there was "no criminality" in bogside was untrue but then realised "criminality" means a general trend not quite the same as "no crime").

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