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2014 in review

WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared 2014 annual report on this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 750 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 13 trips to carry that many people.

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Solstice and Peace Shopping

Solstice
#1. Solstice is really two different events here in Madison, Wisconsin, 43 N., according to weather.com. Sunset solstice is December 9th and sunrise solstice is January 3rd, giving an average solstice of December 21st, with sunrise 12 days earlier and sunset 14 days later.
#2. December 2 to December 16 the time of sunset did not change from 4:24 am for fifteen days.
#3. Nine days from December 30 to January 7, 2015, the latest sunrise time stayed at 7:30am.  From December 26 to January 11 the other days were all 7:29am, a 17 day flat period, eight days before the central day of January 3, eight days after that day.
#4. The first 12:00 hour day of the year was March 17th and the next one was September 25th.  The first was 3 days before the 12:09 hour day March 20 equinox and the second 3 days after the 12:10 hour day September 22 equinox. With daytime changing 3 minutes per day at either equinox, September 25 is actually a 12:01 day, the closest to a 12:00 day in that period.
#5. Shortest day of year was 8:59 hours December 19, December 21, December 23.
#6. Longest day of year was 15:22 hours eight days from June 17 to June 24, 2014.
#7. Latest sunset was 8:41 pm CDT from June 22 to July 1, center: June 26-27.
#8 Earliest sunrise 5:18 am CDT from June 9 to June 21, 13 days, June 15 center.

Peace Shopping
#9 We have been shopping since 2006 for peace signs or the word peace found on plaques, t-shirts, bags, notebooks, boxes, lamps, backpacks, luggage, pouches, purses, wallets and belts.
#10 In 2006 there was very little, lots after the 2006 election in 2007 and 2008, then a decline starting in 2009 until almost nothing this year 2014. Now men’s wear has lots of war but no peace, and women’s wear features peace with skulls and skeletons. One chest has both the peace symbol and word but also many tanks and warplanes on the box. The now rare peace stuff seems to sell out fast as the demand exceeds the supply. When articles have a variety of signs, the peace stuff will be sold out and the other stuff still sits there, usually. The new absence of peace or vicious peace helps prepare today’s elementary school students for the next war in the next decade, the middle twenties.

Favorite Peace Songs:
https://www.academia.edu/5592279/PEACE_SONGS_Favorite

Dr. Peace, Dr. Bob Reuschlein, Real Economy Institute
best contact to ask Bob to speak to your group: bobreuschlein@gmail.com
to leave message: 608-230-6640
for more info: http://www.realeconomy.com
Real Economy and/or Peace Economics free pdf on request by members of the press

10 Scientific Revolution Facts

This is mainly a book review by Robert Reuschlein of:

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kuhn (1962, 1972)

#1.   Kuhn defines a scientific revolution as a paradigm shift in a scientific field.

#2.   Paradigm shifts change the worldview in a field of science. (Kuhn)

#3.   Kuhn is a historian of science and works primarily in the physical sciences.

#4.   Kuhn says a new theory “requires the reconstruction of prior theory and re-evaluation of prior fact, an intrinsically revolutionary process that is seldom completed by a single person ‘and never overnight.'”

#5.   “History suggests that the road to a firm research consensus is very arduous.” (Kuhn)

#6.   “it remains an open question what parts of social science have yet acquired such paradigms at all.” (Kuhn)

#7.   “In the absence of a paradigm or some candidate for paradigm, all of the facts that could possibly pertain to the development of a given science are likely to seem equally relevant.  As a result, early fact-gathering is a far more nearly random activity than the one that subsequent scientific development makes familiar.” (Kuhn)

#8   “Therefore, at times of revolution, when the normal-scientific tradition changes, the scientists perception of his environment must be re-educated – in some familiar situations he” or she “must learn to see a new gestalt.” (Kuhn)

#9   “schools guided by different paradigms are always slightly at cross-purposes.” (Kuhn)

#10  “what a person sees depends both on what a person looks at and also upon what a person’s previous visual-conceptual experience has taught him or her to see.” (Kuhn)

Examples of paradigm shifts; macroeconomics, empire theory, global warming cycle:

https://bobreuschlein.wordpress.com/2016/04/30/paradigm-shifts-of-peace-economics/

Statistics documenting these paradigm shifts:

https://www.academia.edu/4044456/SUMMARY_Military_DisEconomics_HighAccuracy13

Dr. Robert Reuschlein, Nominated, Vetted for the Nobel Peace Prize 2016 and 2017:

 

https://bobreuschlein.wordpress.com/2016/12/16/nobel-peace-prize-path/

Real Economy Institute
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10 Ferguson Jury Mistakes

#1. By letting the local district attorney present the case to the grand jury instead of appointing a special prosecutor, the governor left this conflict of interest in place. The district attorney needs the police and the police union on his side to be effective in his job and to get reelected.
#2. By letting the police officer testify first he was allowed to use the aura of the police in his favor and escape hard questioning of his story. This also turns procedure completely upside down, letting the defense put on a case before the prosecution. This is exactly how an indictment of Michael Brown would have started. Later when witnesses contradicted his story, the grand jury subjected these witnesses to skeptical questioning with the presumption the officer was correct.
#3. The officer was able to present several versions of the story later contradicted by witnesses. He was able to clean up his language used when he said “get the f… off the street” to the two black young men. (Chris Hayes of MSNBC interview of the companion)
#4. According to Michael Brown’s companion, they walk past his police car and when they continued walking away, the officer put his car in reverse and would have run over them if they did not scramble to get out of the way. The companion said the officer could not get the car door open because it was right next to Brown’s body. The companion then says the officer reached through the window and grabbed Michael Brown’s arm, pulling him toward the car. The companion insisted Michael Brown never reached into the car, but was shot at this time. The officer claimed there was a struggle for the officer’s gun. Physical evidence showed blood spatters in the car proving the officer did shoot and hit Michael Brown at this time.
#5. As Michael Brown runs away 130 feet from the car there was a jerk after several gun shots most of which missed, this was probably the second shot to hit Michael Brown as the autopsy shows one arm wound that could have been from the rear. His companion says Brown turned around and angrily asked “why did you shoot me?” as he put up his hands in surrender and started walking back towards the car. Rachel Maddow MSNBC had a very credible witness the first week, a store manager going to talk to one of her employees saw the whole thing. She said there was a pause in the shootings, a jerk by Brown just before turning around and holding his hands in the air in surrender, then a final burst as at least four shots hit two in the arm, one in the chest, and the fatal last shot in the top of the head as the body fell forward after the other shots.
#6. Forensic evidence then shows a bullet through the palm of the hand and another in the arm that would be consistent with his hands raised in the air in surrender (from an Andrea Mitchell MSNBC guest expert). The officer says he never raised his hands in surrender, but multiple witnesses saw him surrendering. One witness backed up the officer’s account that Brown charged him and did not raise his hands. It is not unusual for police to reward criminals who give supporting testimony with time off, but I do not know for sure if this happened here.
#7. The officer shot Michael Brown for jaywalking, not knowing about the cigarillo theft. One radio caller said the date stamp of the video showing the theft was June 6th not August 9th, but date stamps can be wrong or not set properly. The grand jury was shown a law that allowed police to shoot fleeing people, but did not tell the grand jury the Supreme Court had struck down such laws twenty years ago. Then they gave a half hearted explanation to the jury when they discovered the initial instructions were misleading. (This part comes from Lawrence O’Donnell MSNBC research of grand jury transcript)
#8 The body being left for four hours in the street and the four letter word in the initial encounter was consistent with racism. After shooting Brown at the car, the policeman may have decided death was a good way to reduce the financial liability of shooting someone with out cause. Then there’s the simple possibility of indifference to the death of a black man. The officer claiming Brown had a demonic look in his face, also sounds like typical racism.
#9 The officer claimed Brown put his hand in his pants before charging the officer, suggesting a weapon might have been there, but Brown was wearing basketball shorts with elastic band and no belt, so it is not possible to put a weapon in the waistband because it would be too heavy and fall down. Cross examination of the officer’s testimony in a real trial would indicate this claim is likely false.
#10 The profanity, the reckless indifference to Brown’s life both with the close up shot and the later slaughter shots, and the militaristic approach to the peaceful demonstrators, show what a high military spending former slave state is like compared to the much more orderly process in New York, a low military spending state that never had slaves. Research shows that police can provoke a crowd. But a trusted friend sent me this: “I have seen a video log of police in Ferguson poking around a parked car, a car that was across from the auto parts store that later was aflame. Shortly after police, and I mean shortly, moved away from the car, it burst into flame. The auto parts store was set ablaze later that night. Hopefully the video will become public.” The attitude of the entire Ferguson police force suggests that Darren Wilson was a lying racist guilty of manslaughter protected by the district attorney and police. This last quote suggests the police may have framed the community for violence, as does the inexplicable lack of using the national guard to protect the merchants.

Here is a strategic vision of the Michael Brown murder:
https://www.academia.edu/9028202/Militarized_Terror_Policing

Dr. Peace, Dr. Bob Reuschlein,
Real Economy Institute
best contact to ask Bob to speak to your group: bobreuschlein@gmail.com
to leave message: 608-230-6640
for more info: http://www.realeconomy.com
Real Economy and/or Peace Economics free pdf on request by members of the press

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