Wednesday funnies

Too true! And it’s from Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller, courtesy of reader Linda Grilli:

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18 Comments

  1. Posted October 7, 2015 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    Reblogged this on perfectlyfadeddelusions.

  2. EvolvedDutchie
    Posted October 7, 2015 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    Or CERN!

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted October 7, 2015 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

      Outside Heisenberg’s uncertainty, the laws are followed at CERN. The problem is that we don’t know what the laws are.

      • Paul S.
        Posted October 7, 2015 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

        Ignorance of the law is no excuse.

      • Posted October 8, 2015 at 11:50 am | Permalink

        But the uncertainty principle *is* a law, it just happens to be statistical.

        (This sort of law is not found in the laws of a society. “You may turn left if you roll 1 on the government sanction die.”)

        • gravelinspector-Aidan
          Posted October 9, 2015 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

          I was actually pondering Heisenberg after last night’s third beer (down-manned to shore for bedspace – it beats working for a living!) and thinking that it might provide a limitation to the “many worlds” hypothesis.
          In theory (if I understand it correctly), every event in the universe potentially spawns two daughter universes, one in which the quantum cat landed on her feet with dignity, and the other in which the quantum cat landed pretending dignity. But … if the events were indistinguishable (Heisenberg-ily) at a certain distance, after a certain time, would the universe “know” that a potentially universe-splitting event had taken place?
          Obviously, I was informed by … Oh yes, Ben Goren flagging some work on the evolution of the geomagnetic field, where the detectability of events at both distance and time from the event were a critical element. So – Ben’s Beer Debt += 1
          Unfortunately, since we are all familiar with the Greater Muphry Principle – that the perversity of the universe tends to a maximum – then the relevant length and time scales are probably both named for Monsieur Planck, and both rather short.
          But it is an interesting speculation. Maybe not infinite numbers of universes, just large numbers of them.
          A bitch-slap for a creationist : “Your effects will eventually decay to less than a Planck length deflection in a neutrino’s path!”

          • gravelinspector-Aidan
            Posted October 9, 2015 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

            I should plant some Buxus (fast-growing hedge plant, if I remember my horticulture right).
            I am of course looking for an effect or a limit in the same sense that the universe “doesn’t notice” violations of the Conservation of Mass-Energy if you (or your Feynmann diagram) create a virtual particle, the product of whose mass-energy and it’s duration is less than (an expression involving h).
            I am not a physicist, and I shall retire under a rock. And put rocks into socks. For self-defence.

            • gravelinspector-Aidan
              Posted October 9, 2015 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

              But I’ll keep the bitch-slap for creationists. Cat-person though I am, I’d have to be very hard put to use a dog, male or female, for pummelling creationists. Even in jest.
              Must get more sock tomorrow. Lots of ferruginous lava rocks around, which have made me go “What are they doing here?”

    • Kevin
      Posted October 7, 2015 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

      CERN allows alcohol. DOE facilities in America do not. That’s culturally random.

  3. Randy Schenck
    Posted October 7, 2015 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    I read the other day that something like 2 Trillion dollars of corporate money is off shore primarily to avoid taxes. So much for lower/higher taxes doing anything with this going on.

    • Scott Draper
      Posted October 7, 2015 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

      And yet, tax revenues do increase.

    • Mark Sturtevant
      Posted October 7, 2015 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

      Donald Trump sez he will an end to this. How? He just will. Boom, badda badda boom. Done.

      • Randy Schenck
        Posted October 7, 2015 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

        Very much doubt he will but it should and could certainly be done. I believe they say Apple is the biggest abuser of this practice but many do it. Must be sure to open some accounts in the Cayman Islands. Tax losses on this little trick are something like 60 Billion. Isn’t capitalism great.

        • Mark Sturtevant
          Posted October 7, 2015 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

          Capitolism is great. But so are the social services provided by taxes. So if one hears a conservative decrying gov’t regulated health care as socialized medicine one can rebut that by pointing out all the socialized roads they don’t mind driving on, and the socialized sidewalks and street lights.

          • Randy Schenck
            Posted October 7, 2015 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

            Yeah. I think capitalism will only survive if the wealthy (capitalist) add their share to the system and the masses are allowed to make a credible living. Have not been doing this now for at least 35 to 40 years and it shows badly. Likely why so many in this system have jumped on the religion train to nowhere.

  4. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted October 7, 2015 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    I thought that would end up on WEIT.

    cr

  5. Mark Joseph
    Posted October 7, 2015 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

    The following day’s comic is just as good!


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