## Monday, October 31, 2016 ... /////

### FBI and Hillary: some question marks

In July, the FBI ended the investigation of Ms Hillary Clinton because of her apparent violation of computer security regulations when she was the U.S. Secretary of State. She must have felt very happy. But three days ago, the FBI director James Comey restarted the criminal investigation to the e-mails.

Why did he do so? The most convincing answer is that the FBI found 650,000 new e-mails on the laptop of a friend of Hillary's, convicted pedophile Anthony Weiner. It seems rather likely – and someone may already know – that many of the e-mails on Weiner's laptop were classified. And some of them could have belonged to the set of 30,000 e-mails that Hillary has deleted from her computers.

The FBI employees will have to go through this huge body of the text in coming weeks. It won't be easy because the e-mails are probably mixed with photographs of Weiner's sexual organs in knots of various topologies that he was generously sending to his 15-year-old "girlfriend" at the same time when he was receiving mails from Hillary's office – and yes, they were e-mails with @state.gov addresses, the investigation has already shown. Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, is a close Clinton aide. Only recently, Abedin and Weiner announced that they want to separate. Both Abedin and Weiner are probably cooperating with the FBI at this point, to get a deal for themselves.

So yes, I do think that some new damning evidence has emerged. But it's plausible that the restart of the investigation has nothing to do with any new evidence. When the investigation was stopped in July, Comey was criticized by his immediate boss – his wife (who clearly isn't too pro-Hillary) – and lots of FBI employees resigned. They were probably convinced that the evidence had already been found that Hillary was guilty and they have thought that the FBI was attempting to whitewash her or cover her crimes.

So the investigation could have been restarted simply because Comey's environment has convinced him that the end of the investigation was a grave mistake and he was simply fixing the mistake. He may have felt that the reopened investigation was needed to save the FBI and his marriage, too.

## Sunday, October 30, 2016 ... /////

### DiCaprio's new climate movie is truly pathetic

Hours ago, National Geographic released the new 95-minute-long movie "Before the Flood" created by Leonardo DiCaprio on their YouTube channel:

DiCaprio is facing trouble because they caught him when he was misappropriating a rainforest fund in an international money laundering scandal so he surely hopes that this movie will help him to decriminalize himself.

It's probably the most superficial movie on the climate issue that has been released so far, beating even No Pressure 10:10, An Inconvenient Truth, The Times of the Stupid, 2055, and many other "masterpieces". DiCaprio never goes beyond the manipulative one-sentence slogans that everyone must have heard about one million of times. What is annoying is that DiCaprio isn't just a fool. He is a pompous fool and that's the kind of creatures that I simply cannot stand.

So he could afford to fly to many corners of the world including the polar regions and has befriended many famous or notorious people. But none of these things implies that he has a clue what are laws that the climate actually obeys and what's going to happen with it – a trivial fact that he implicitly tries to obfuscate all the time.

He must be right when they paid for a helicopter to go here or there, he wants millions of stupid viewers to think, and some of them will.

## Saturday, October 29, 2016 ... /////

### Witten's autobiographical lecture in Japan

V. H. Satheeshkumar has brought my attention to an 8-page document

Adventures in physics and math (a commemorative popular lecture)
in Witten's folder of a server at Princeton's IAS. It's a lecture Edward Witten gave somewhere in Japan – but I don't know when he gave it.

Those 8 pages are large and dense – maybe designed to save the paper and forests. (When I was printing lectures, I surely liked to save the paper – and time of printing – as well. An example.) I recommend you to read it because the talk is very interesting. Below, you may find just some sketches of the information from the talk.

## Friday, October 28, 2016 ... /////

### Czechoslovakia's 98th birthday: Klaus' speech

I realize that these utterly national topics attract a very small number of readers but I do think that there are – and there should be – people in the West who are following things like that in some detail and someone should translate such things. You may learn how the historical events are being framed in the context of the ongoing political developments including the EU and the migration wave.

Czechoslovakia was founded 98 years ago, on October 28th, 1918, on the ruins of the Austrian-Hungarian monarchy. President Zeman had a celebration at the Prague Castle where he named new generals etc.

Because the Prague Café was offended when he decided not to award a Canadian Czech Holocaust survivor George Brady (whom I have never heard of) because his nephew, minister Herman, met Dalai Lama (while Zeman wants to keep friendly relationships with China) – a story that is insanely overreported given its absolute insignificance (which doesn't mean that I would behave in the same way as Zeman) – the Prague Café organized a "competing" event at the Old Town Square.

Ex-president Klaus attended an event at the National Memorial at the Vítkov Hill (see the photograph above), a place that the heretical Hussites defended in the famous 1420 battle against the much stronger crusaders. The neighborhood beneath the hill was named Žižkov after Mr Jan Žižka, the Hussite "general" who led the 1420 victory.

Here is a translation of Klaus' speech – which is obviously and by far the best speech that was offered to the Czech audiences on the today's anniversary. The Czech original and a video are available.

## Thursday, October 27, 2016 ... /////

### Renzi, Tsipras prepare to veto EU budget

Two deluded left-wing pro-migration aßholes may very well break EU in months

Crazy attitudes to the mass migration from the Muslim world keep on returning. Germany is Europe's strongest country and Angela Merkel is its leader. So many of the mistakes are naturally identified with Mutti Merkel. But I often think that other European leaders are more insane than she is – they're just less visible so they don't attract as much attention as Merkel does.

### Hillary wanted ducks on the ground

Most people think that the main reason why Hillary should already be in the prison now if the law enforcement in the U.S. weren't dysfunctional is that she has destroyed evidence that was mentioned in a subpoena after she learned about the subpoena.

Duck Tales, the Czech theme song.

But that doesn't mean that it's the only criminal activity that Hillary Clinton was recently involved in. Yesterday, The Daily Mail exposed the Duck Tales.

As this fresh viral video with one million views shows in quite some detail, Hillary's compaign coordinated a series of provocations at Trump rallies with a tax-exempt leftist non-profit organization.

## Sunday, October 23, 2016 ... /////

### Dark energy and unsettled science

Anthony Watts wrote a text

‘Settled Science’ syndrome hits Astronomy and the Nobel Prize
which clearly explains a fresh Oxford paper by Sarkar et al.
Marginal evidence for cosmic acceleration from Type Ia supernovae
in Nature's Scientific Reports. My understanding is that Watts took the text from another source and invented the title. He tells us: Look, there's no consensus about Nobel-prize-winning cosmology. Well, yes, no, it depends.

### Only a psychopath may suggest firing Thiel or censoring Trump on FB

According to the latest Rasmussen and IBD/TIPP poll, Donald Trump is 2 percentage points ahead of Hillary Clinton. There are many polls showing Clinton as the frontrunner, by 3 points in the case of the UPI/CVoter poll, sometimes by as much as 12 percent as in the ABC poll, but if you look at all the data, there's no reason to think that numerically, the looming U.S. presidential election is something else than an old-fashioned tough battle between two comparably strong partisan candidates, a ritual that pretty much defines the American republican system.

That's the main reason why I am so stunned by the Gulag-style treatment of the folks who "dare" to support Trump – which represent something like one-half of the U.S. population – and Trump himself. Many of these extremists who want to turn the U.S. into a Soviet-style totalitarian empire live in the Silicon Valley. For example, a bunch of Facebook employees had a plan to delete Trump's FB posts as "hate speech". These posts were describing his policies towards the Muslim minority and immigration.

## Friday, October 21, 2016 ... /////

### A bump at LEP near $30\GeV$: weak but possibly justifiable

Update: This article was mentioned at The Wire in India. I believe it's a nice article except that, as Tommaso Dorigo pointed out, has some wrong numbers translating 3 sigma to probabilities etc.

In the morning, I was intrigued by a hep-ex paper by Arno Heister

Observation of an excess at $30\GeV$ in the opposite sign di-muon spectra of $Z\to b\bar b+X$ events recorded by the ALEPH experiment at LEP
To make the story short, he claims that the 1992-1995 data from the LEP (Large Electron-Positron) Collider at CERN contains a less-than-3-sigma bump at $M_{\mu^+\mu^-}\sim 30.4\GeV$ indicating a boson of width $1.8\GeV$.

Recall that the LHC is located in a tunnel that was the largest European infrastructure project before it was surpassed by the Channel Tunnel. But the LHC isn't the first collider that has lived or lives in the LHC tunnel. Before it was born, the LEP collider – that used to collide electrons with positrons – was happily living there.

The song above shows what LEP looked like to the horny girlfriends of (male and female) particle physicists. However, if you dared to claim that there was no LHC in the tunnel, you would be wrong. The very song was sung (in 2000) by the LHC, the Les Horribles Cernettes. ;-)

## Thursday, October 20, 2016 ... /////

### Stephen Wolfram: Idea Makers

Stephen Wolfram was kind enough to send me Idea Makers: Personal Perspectives on the Lives & Ideas of Some Notable People, a new July 2016 book with biographies of famous folks around science and computing (with some personal dedication to me, great). I am just starting to read it – have gone through 2 out of the 16 heroes covered in the book – but maybe it is a better opportunity to write a review if we want to avoid all the spoilers.

The biographies were written at various points of the recent decade or so. With a bit of self-confidence, I think that you might say that they're analogous to the "birthday wishes" biographies on this blog. Except that the author, Stephen Wolfram, is way more famous than your humble correspondent and has known some folks in the list.

## Wednesday, October 19, 2016 ... /////

### Russian hacker caught in Prague

Update: the hacker wasn't related to Hillary's or DNC files; instead, he's accused of doing the 2012 hack of 100 million LinkedIn users' information

Barack Obama and his comrades have accused Russian nationals from being the hackers who have acquired the computer files proving that Hillary Clinton is a corrupt lying murdering piece of cr*p, among other things, and that Donald Trump is the superior pick for the U.S. citizens to choose. Obama et al. had the plan to keep all this information in secret.

It's still unknown whether such hackers are connected with the Russian government. However, the Czech police made it much more likely that a hacker exists and he is Russian, indeed. Last night, an October 5th capturing video was released. Just twelve hours after they received the information via Interpol's Red Notice (this notice was inspired by a verdict of the federal grand jury in Oakland, California), the Prague cops caught the 29-year-old Russian suspect, Yevgeniy Nikulin. (TRF is the only public place in the world where you can learn the name.)

## Tuesday, October 18, 2016 ... /////

### A Cambridge video introduction to strings

Giotis has told us about a new 30-minute video presenting the basics of string theory and related matters:

Elemental Ideas – String Theory Part One (click for the video)

Elemental Ideas – String Theory Part Two (new, added on October 18th)
It's a fun conservative video focusing on the physics ideas and not the sociological šit that tries to surround string theory in the recent decade.

I've never stopped counting Cambridge among the top 5 theoretical physics places on the European continent (a concept that includes certain nearby islands) so it's natural for them to offer some seriously good video.

### Czechs, 2% of EU folks, make 8% of EU films aired on TV in EU

Two fresh marketplace reports could be considered optimistic from the Czech viewpoint.

Yesterday, Eurostat released a new report on poverty in Europe. 24% of folks in EU member states were considered "poor". The percentage of "risk of income poverty" was highest in Bulgaria and Romania, near 40%, followed by Greece near 36%. The least poverty-stricken nation is Czechia, 14.8%, followed by Holland, Sweden, Finland around 17%.

It's sort of good – perhaps a reason to brag – for a post-communist country to end up this high. But I think that it's not just "good news". This victory mostly means that Czechia has been excessively socialized and remains excessively egalitarian. The communist regime struggled to bring some "basic things" to every citizen and one may say that it has succeeded, albeit at a level that the Westerners must have considered a caricature of wealth. The newly restarted capitalism increased the level significantly while the political atmosphere kept the basic socialist minima.

It seems pathological if someone wants to make our system even more egalitarian or socialist in character. I am sure that too little poverty must be one of the demotivating things that hurt the progress of the economy.

## Monday, October 17, 2016 ... /////

### Anti-West terrorists are steps from crippling South African universities at least for a semester

I didn't even know it was happening. It was so shocking to learn that I just spent an hour by research of what's going on in South Africa. It's pretty dramatic.

Recall that South Africa has been the main pillar of the Western civilization on the African continent. "Decolonialization" began to erode this status decades ago. Nelson Mandela has been lionized but everyone with some forecasting skills must have known that the process he kickstarted was likely to be existentially harmful for the country. I just didn't know that the deterioration would be so fast.

## Friday, October 14, 2016 ... /////

### Karlsruhe neutrino mass experiment has been turned on

The Washington Post tells us that the Karlsruhe Tritium Neutrino Experiment (KATRIN) was turned on today.

Karlsruhe looks luxurious. At least the 1715 palace does. Just to be sure, the city is just miles East from the Easternmost point of France.

## Sunday, October 02, 2016 ... /////

### Flooded Czech cave found to be the deepest one in the world

Czechia is a beautiful land, our anthem correctly points out, and there's a lot of cute architecture built on it.

At the same moment, many people feel that the nature is an ultimate prototype of the "average place in the world". It's located in central Europe and the moderate climate zone. After the dissolution of Czechoslovakia, the height of our highest peak has collapsed from 2655 to 1603 meters. We don't have the sea so the lowest-lying area isn't extreme, either. Hřensko (on the Elbe River) near the border with East Germany is the country's lowest-lying village, 115 meters above the sea level – which is funny because visually, Hřensko surely looks like a typical village in the high mountains (and it partially is). You may want to know that Prague is around 200 meters above the sea level in average.

So it looks like you can't find any similar "global extrema" in our homeland. Well, it's completely wrong. Even if someone – or a country – is average from many directions, you may always find directions from which it ends up being extreme. A new example is the Hranice Abyss, the deepest flooded abyss in the world, as a Polish researcher with a Polish-Czech team including a transnational underwater robot (ROV) found a few days ago.

## Saturday, October 01, 2016 ... /////

### Janet Yellen is right: central banks' purchase of stocks may be useful and justified

When Janet Yellen was being chosen as the boss of the Federal Reserve, I didn't really know who she was, what she knew, and I was somewhat skeptical that she was an extremely bright economist.

Larry Summers – whom I intimately (don't overstate this word, however) know as the former president of Harvard – was an example of a guy whom I often disagree with but whose thinking was expected to be more penetrating, impartial, rational to me than Yellen's. After all, I have known way too many examples in which a less qualified female was picked by the forces of affirmative action.

I must say that after I have watched several press conferences featuring Yellen, I have largely changed my mind. As far as I can say, she understands economics, the economy, and the forces and pressures that affect it. And she is remarkably rational and impartial when it comes to the evaluation of the relevant questions.