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Not long ago in a blog post I wrote that the world needs a web site where citizens can publicly debate important topics, with a feature allowing the best of the arguments to be voted to the top. And now we have it, although I would recommend some changes:

http://citizensbriefingbook.change.gov/home


It's a good start, but a better format would allow the moderator to pick the topics, state them in the affirmative as in "The government should do X" and then let the best pro and con arguments get voted to the top. The current design is a bit too scattered.

Next, as I wrote several times in this blog, the universe is starting to look more like a hologram every day. Now there is physical evidence, which I find delightfully creepy:

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20126911.300-our-world-may-be-a-giant-hologram.html


If you read my book God's Debris, you might find an interesting analogy between what I called God dust and the holographic "pixels" of the universe that have been discovered.

Last, after blogging about the next financial bubble being in water, a commenter recommended an index fund of companies in the water supply business, ticker symbol PHO. So I loaded up on that stock yesterday morning after noticing it was way off its historical high, and the topic is out of the headlines because of bigger news. As luck would have it I caught the bottom of the overall market before it climbed back and made a 4.4% gain in a few hours

http://www.invescopowershares.com/products/overview.aspx?ticker=Pho#perfchart


Yesterday a US Airways jet lost both engines in a freak collision with a bunch of geese. Amazingly, the pilot made an emergency landing in the Hudson River and no one was injured. The jet is an analogy to the economy. This is how the hologram tells us we hit bottom and survived. Mark yesterday on your calendar; it's the day the economy started to turn around.

Disclaimer: Don't take advice from cartoonists on investing, religion or politics. Even a blind squirrel can find three nuts in a week.

 
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Jan 29, 2009
If the jet is like the economy, the geese are like...sub-prime mortgages?
 
 
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Jan 19, 2009
I was visiting my better part - an investment banker - in London this weekend. On Saturday he declared out of the blue: 'everything will be going uphill from today' and kept repeating it throughout the day.
Now this.
Spooky.
And not for the first time.
 
 
Jan 18, 2009
have you been using affirmations to make stock picks again???
 
 
Jan 17, 2009
Is there any way to search this site for a specific comic strip? Several years ago there was a strip where Dilbert was trying to order a chair or a recliner and I remember it pretty much "nailed" the furniture industry. If anyone can help me find this strip, I would appreciate it.
Thanks
Frank
 
 
Jan 17, 2009
The only problem with the log of good ideas, is that what is currently popular is so very lame. My guess is the best ideas will be buried at the bottom, especially those ideas that do not include legalizing marijuana. Dude!
 
 
Jan 17, 2009
after reading the comments form the "office of the president elect" web site i fear for the future, the inmates run the asylum. First of all, the need to create such an illusions as an "Office of the president of the president elect" means even the President-Elect knew he was unqualified. And his supporters ideas show his supporters are clueless. i didn't find one idea worthy of federal funding, since it is not of the federal government to be doing any of the suggestions.

I hope someone takes your suggestions and runs with it, it is a good idea, but then what of it? The end result will still be noise. elected politicians only care about the voice of the public if there is fear of losing the next election. otherwise, their own agenda wins.
 
 
Jan 17, 2009
You're welcome!

Too bad money is all an illusion (delusion?)

"Last, after blogging about the next financial bubble being in water, a commenter recommended an index fund of companies in the water supply business, ticker symbol PHO. So I loaded up on that stock yesterday morning after noticing it was way off its historical high, and the topic is out of the headlines because of bigger news. As luck would have it I caught the bottom of the overall market before it climbed back and made a 4.4% gain in a few hours"
 
 
Jan 17, 2009
Have you read The Holographic Universe? Or The Crack in the Cosmic Egg? (Don't judge the one by the other.)
 
 
Jan 16, 2009
I am trying to locate the Dilbert Strip where Dilbert is trying to buy a recliner. Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks
Frank
 
 
Jan 16, 2009
Amazing, a flock of 3-15lb honkers can bring down a 70 ton manmade behemoth. Poultry Power.
 
 
Jan 16, 2009
If I understand both the article and your idea of the holographic universe correctly (probably not, but I'm compelled to respond anyway), then they don't seem to be about the same thing. Your theory essentially states that the universe is a simulation from a long dead civilization to enable us to live on unaware of the fate of our corporeal bodies. It's a hologram like you might think of from the science fiction realm. The article is describing a universe shaped like a bubble where the contents of the interior are merely projections of the surface of the exterior. While it's a difficult idea to get your head around, it's not so different from other weird universe theories proposed in cosmology like the big bang or donut theory. While both ideas include holograms, the origin of those holograms is different.
 
 
Jan 16, 2009
Classic logical fallacy: argument by analogy

The plane crash was a wonderful event, insofar as it happened without any loss of life or even any major injuries, but it does not follow that the economy is on the upswing.
 
 
Jan 16, 2009
"...it's the day the economy started to turn around."

You, Mr. Adams, are right. One can feel it in the sense of relief, in the way that we all have been grasping for a shared experience that gives everyone a sense that it will all turn out okay.
 
 
Jan 16, 2009
Hold it! If the theory in the article is true, then our hologram gets blurrier as the universe expands!
What happens when the hologram is too blurry to represent sub-atomic particles? Will we cease
to exist in a few billion years when our sub-atomic particles get blurred out?
 
 
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Jan 16, 2009
That makes two of us, webgrunt! I'm just stretching Scott's analogy as far as I can. Obama scares the holographic crap out of me.

 
 
Jan 16, 2009
As to the holographic nature of the universe: I mentioned to you a while ago (which of course you ignored) Leonard Susskind's book "The Black Hole War" which goes into the whole topic of information loss in black holes and the holographic nature of the universe.

I could act like you, and gloat about how I mentioned it first, because I think I'm so much smarter than anyone else, but I won't. What would be the point? It would just make me look like a pompous jerk.

I will make the same analogy as you, though. Some pompous jerks should consider, when sitting upon their throne of superiority, that some of the people who post here can, once in a great while, be the squirrel who lucks into finding a nut. That would make a reasoned observer consider listening rather than just talking, but hey, that's just me.

Back to the hologram: Susskind says that people need to rewire their brains to accept some of the non-intuitive concepts of the universe, starting with relativity and moving through quantum physics. My brain still needs to be rewired on this one. To me, the holographic image breaks down as an analogy. Here's why: a hologram is a projection of a physical reality. You must first expose a film, develop it, and then once again send light through it to produce a hologram. The plank information theory takes this concept in reverse. That is, the hologram projects itself into the physical reality, creating it, in effect, rather than simply being the image of it.

Anyway, an interesting concept. As I'm sure you would agree, if you had found it first.
 
 
Jan 16, 2009
Hey, and the plane was saved by?

Water...

I'm now officially a believer.
 
 
Jan 16, 2009
Oops! I meant to say "also TRUE of the economy!"
 
 
Jan 16, 2009
There were at least a few people injuried in the airline crash yesterday. --Drowlord

Also of the economy!
 
 
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Jan 16, 2009
Why does a blind squirrel lick his nuts?...
Oh wait that's a dog never mind.
 
 
 
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