A bill has been passed overwhelmingly by both houses of Congress making Juneteenth (June 19th) a national holiday. President Biden then signed it into law in record time, leaving government offices scrambling to shut down on a moment’s notice. (Fortunately, most of them have had practice.)
For those of you who don’t understand the holiday: This date marks the anniversary of the June 19, 1865, announcement of General Order No. 3 by Union Army general Gordon Granger, proclaiming freedom from slavery in Texas. It doesn’t mark the end of lawful slavery in the U.S., mind; that took another year or two. But it was enough to start a regular celebration in Texas — Jubilee Day, first celebrated in 1866 — which gradually spread to other states.
This may seem like a minor state contest, but in the greater scheme of things it’s vital. The entire D.N.C. conceit of identitarian politics is being tested today, and we’ll get to watch in real time. (more…)
OK; I’ll admit it: That was a cheap trick to get you to read this — but there’s a good reason. It’s because there really is no such thing as “racism”, and saying there is makes things worse.
No; I’m not some idiot Polyanna revisionist nutjob.
I may be nuts; that’s up to you to decide — but at least I’m not an idiot. The following will sound like it’s just a simple trick of words, but stick with me to the end: I promise it’s worth it. (more…)
Between the years 1905 and 1915, Albert Einstein worked continuously on certain abstruse mathematical frameworks within which the great puzzles of the universe could be solved — for it was impossible to solve them without something of the sort. From his work arose his Special and General Theories of Relativity, which redefined science’s approach to such problems as travel at the speed of light, whether gravity has waves, and what spacetime’s shape is like.
I’m not going to explore the full ramifications here: first, because we don’t need them for our purposes, and second, because the full ramifications make my brain hurt.
But I would like to present the concept of the Special Theory in simple terms (in order to apply it in ways that the designer never intended, but that’s not at all a bad thing. Stick with me; it’ll be a ride.) (more…)