Quantum physics and Schrödinger’s liar

ÖK. We’ve dealt in earlier posts with quantum mechanics and the concept of Schrödinger’s cat, in which a cat in a box is in a state of being both dead and alive at the same time and the observer can only determine the state of the animal when he or she opens the box and looks inside.

So, this election season, we’re observing the quantum mechanics of a festering boil on a rabid elephant’s ass, whom we’ll, for scientific purposes, refer to as Schrödinger’s liar. Within the box we call television, the boil both lies and tells the truth at the same time, until you, the observer, open the box and observe its quantum state of being.

Example:

Now, as an occupant of the blue side of the political spectrum, I see bald-faced lying that is so obvious, if I look at it too long, it will be like staring directly into the sun, and I’ll go blind.

But for those on the red side of the political spectrum, there’s nothing to see here, because said boil is speaking his mind and ignoring political correctness.

(The blue and red shifts are also an area of study in physics, but this post isn’t about the Doppler effect.)

This election season, when truth and lies can come from the same mouth at the same time, is going to be studied by quantum physicists for years to come.

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Samantha Bee reviews the great debate

Let’s reflect on the faux billionaire turd muncher’s debate performance:

Yes, Hillary won handily.

Which means Trump supporters are convinced he crushed her. Because this year, we live in a parallel universe where a blue sky to one group is a red sky to another.

But Megan Kelly did use her mean girl superpower on Hannity, which is a glimmer of hope.

A reflection on ‘Do the Right Thing’

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And speaking of the opening credits:

So why are we thinking about “Do the Right Thing“?

Because Radio Raheem died this week.

Bill Nunn, a versatile actor best known for playing the role of Radio Raheem, the boombox-toting neighborhood philosopher killed by police officers in Spike Lee’s 1989 film “Do the Right Thing,” died on Saturday in Pittsburgh. He was 63.

His death was announced on social media by Mr. Lee. His wife, Donna, told The Associated Press that Mr. Nunn had cancer.

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What I didn’t realize was that we’ve seen Bill Nunn in a lot of things. He was in the Spider-Man movies, appeared in “Sister Act” and was a regular character actor on television.

Also, here’s something interesting to consider. Radio Raheem’s death by cop in “Do the Right Thing” happened decades ago. Very little has changed, but there has been an interesting reaction to similar circumstances today:

colin-kaepernick-time-maagzine-cover-leadAnd this is why Colin Kaepernick is taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem. Because brutality that was the climax of a movie in 1989 that had pundits like Joe Klein saying that the movie was dangerous because it would make blacks want to riot (that’s right Joe, I haven’t forgotten that piece of editorial diarrhea) still happens today and doesn’t appear like it’s going to stop anytime soon.

Spike Lee was criticized for making it the focus of attention in 1989. Colin Kaepernick is criticized for making it the focus of attention in 2016.

The chemistry of cash

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This pretty much applies to U.S. currency as well:

United States currency paper is composed of 75 percent cotton and 25 percent linen. This is what gives United States currency its distinct look and feel. For denominations of $5 and above, the security thread, and portrait or numberal watermarks are already built into the paper when it is received. For the $100 note, a 6mm wide 3-D security ribbon is woven into the paper.  Tilt the note back and forth while focusing on the blue ribbon.  You will see the bells change to 100s as they move.  When you tilt the note back and forth, the bells and 100s move side to side.  When you tilt it side to side, they move up and down.  This adds a highly advanced level of security to the note.

All bills, regardless of denomination, utilize green ink on the backs. Faces, on the other hand, use black ink, color-shifting ink in the lower right hand corner for the $10 denominations and higher, and metallic ink for the freedom icons on redesigned $10, $20, and $50 bills. The $100 note’s “bell in the inkwell” freedom icon uses color-shifting ink. These and the other inks appearing on U.S. currency are specially formulated and blended by the BEP. Inks headed for BEP presses also undergo continual quality testing.

So paper money really isn’t paper at all? It’s what they make shirts out of!

There’s a presidential debate tomorrow

How low will the red menace go? (More from Spocko at Digby):

I see where Trump has already suggested inviting Gennifer Flowers to the debate, So now I expect Holt to bring up the Lewinsky affair.  Holt might use the “some people say…” formula because “it’s out there” and will define it as a “character” issue.  If he doesn’t, Trump might bring it up via the Clinton Foundation then wondering, “What role will Bill play if elected? Then ending with a, “Well, if you can’t control your husband… how are you going to be able to control anything?” comment.

This is classic right wing projection attack model. Trump’s the one with problems with his foundation and with relinquishing control of his business, but she will be the one having to defend her’s.

In general the idea is to position Hillary as the Cuckolded President. If questioned about what he means with his “If you can’t control your husband” comment he will say, “I was talking about control of the Clinton FOUNDATION, not about what your husband did while in the White House!”

If Trump brings up the Lewinsky affair, and I think he will, he will do it by defending and forgiving her. He will acknowledge he’s no saint, people have a right to privacy, etc. BUT, his point will be made. This interaction will be seen as a “character” debate about her. Not about the thrice married man who cheated on his wife.  

It will be a big “OMG, HE WENT THERE!”moment. How she responds will be all the media will want to talk about, as well as the audacity of Trump bringing it up.

Let’s face it. He’s going to go there. And since American TV people care more about ratings than about the fate of the country, he’s going to get away with it.

What’s that, you say? You don’t think NBC will allow that?

Donald Trump tweeted Saturday that “perhaps” he would put Flowers, the former model who once had an affair with Bill Clinton, in the debate audience. An assistant to Flowers told BuzzFeed News she would accept the invitation.

Gennifer Flowers, the former model who had an extramarital affair with Bill Clinton in the 1980s, says she’ll accept an invitation from Donald Trump to sit in the front row of Monday’s presidential debate, according to an assistant.

The prospect of Flowers attending the debate was raised on Saturday when Trump tweeted that he would put her in the audience, if billionaire and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban sat in the front row.

“If dopey Mark Cuban of failed Benefactor fame wants to sit in the front row, perhaps I will put Jennifer Flowers right alongside of him!” Trump tweeted Saturday afternoon.

An assistant to Flowers told BuzzFeed News in the past she had declined such invitations, not wanting to be a “sideshow,” but said she would forward the invite to Flowers.

In an email to BuzzFeed News, Judy Stell, her personal assistant then confirmed she would be attending.

Sure. The post-debate discussion will be that the thrice married model for the Hairclub for Men dared to bring up a sexual encounter that has nothing to do with this century or the fate of the free world, but that’s not the point. He’s going to get away with it, just like he’s gotten away with every scumbag move he’s pulled off so far.

Like his African American town hall on Sept. 21:

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He got away with that! As outrageous as this is, he got away with it. And he knows he will get away with every outrageous thing he does. He said so!