Week out is running out. Not that I am particularly concerned, time, at least from the human perspective, is rather like Canute’s tide. What does concern me is that knowing that time is fundamentally discrete, down at the level of the granularity of space-time, the so-called Planck dimensions of length, time, momentum, and energy, why and how do we humans perceive time as continuous? We also know that human perception of time is at least partly subjective and at least partly individualistic, depending on how we are using our mental faculties, which suggests some form of resource sharing. Does our sensation of time get suspended if we are thinking too hard? And if so, how does this relate to actual reality.
Of course, since we have no means of measuring time directly, or even an understanding of what underlies space-time, concern and speculation are specious at best.
So since we can’t do fundamental things about understanding the nature of actual reality, and we most certainly won;t learn about such attending services here in the old Confederacy, we may as well turn our attention to lesser realities. One such, possibly the most popular, is the internet since it seems to be dragging us pouting and breath holding into the underlying reality (?) of information. Topologically, the internet is a rather strange beast being more like those old text cave adventure games with monsters, treasures, and the occasional trap of twisty passages that one only escaped from by either good fortune or punching the eject button.
One of the key aspects of such is internet commerce. Internet shopping comes very close to fulfilling the promise made by MalWart and gratingly failed at. If anything, MalWart is the modern Albania where you can have anything you want so long as it is made by them and in their store. But beyond this the market model fails because MalWart is uninterested in any quid pro quo with the folks who shop there. I deliberatecall then not customers since that is not what they are inasmuch as MalWart has no desire to provide value for money, only their store stockage for money.
But one of the reasons that MalWart is successful is that they bribe the local conscript parents by collecting taxes, an occupation that in our beginnings was often adorned with feathers adhered with tar. Nowadays, in many small communities, both tar and feathers would have to be purchased at MalWart and then only if stocked by the store, which is unlikely. Beer and pork rinds yes, healthy or useful stuff no.
This is not the case for internet merchants unless they have brick and mortar in the locality, and many execute sweetheart deals with the locality that they will locate, and hire people and buy services if they are exempted from taxes. This seems criminal somehow, both on the part of the merchants and on the part of the politicals, until one considers that religionist organizations are also exempt, thus collapsing the criminality to those politicals who abrogate their responsibilities to the deme in favor of portraying themselves as serving that entity.
This negation of tax gathering from non-local merchants is still a matter of some rancor o these politicals. After all, they cannot gather the tax money and claim that they have done good by their constituents, and in fact, they fear that their constituents will view them ill for doing nothing about the situation, so they attempt the usual politician’s strategy of divide-and-conquer: they blame the citizenry who shop non-local merchants of being bad. At least that is what the state dermatologist and his chamber of thieves do in Muntgum and, I presume, in other seats of mis-governance as well? Somehow the idea that if the same goods were available locally, instead of the merde purveyed at MalWart, e.g., and at a reasonable price and tax dunnage, we would purchase locally. is a idea state unsupported by their brains.
California, aka the Land of Golden Earthquakes and Fruitcakes, has a new wrinkle. They have decided that if an internet merchant has any business ties with local merchants, such as carrying their advertising, then they are local and have to collect taxes.[Link] The connection seems so tenuous that one either needs a member of the bar or a rather complicated Feynman diagram to comprehend.
The response is however, not only obvious, but damning, that the internet merchant will sever his connection with the local merchants. This seems a lose^n situation for the local conscript parents and one has to ask what whacked Dr. Spock book were they drinking from to come up with this drastic form of self-mutilation? The revenue for the internet merchant is peripheral and replaceable, the attention space for the local merchants is likely neither. So why assault the tax base you have for the hope of what you don’t? This seems a classic instance of how to destroy your business although in this case that seems unlikely since the business is a government.
One more piece of data that indicates that the greatest threat to the Yankee republic is politicals. Instead of a global war on terror (GWOT) perhaps we need a global war on politicals (GWOP?)
Meanwhile, on a more productive and useful azimuth, researchers at U Colorado have determines that what we used to call Australopithecines (when I was an undergraduate) and now distinguish as Australopithecus africanus and Paranthropus robustus exhibited some rather interesting mating behavior.[Link] Now bear in mind these are hominids, not humans, but our predecessors dating back, according to the reportage 2.2 +/- 0.5 MYA. And what the researchers found, based on the mineral composition of the teeth of these folks, is that the boys stayed home and the girls moved out.
Put in less old Confederacy colloquial terms, mating was characterized by male stationarity and female mobility. In the terms of the christianist bible (whichever flavor and version you may prefer, or not,) and now demonstrably rather nouveau plagiaristic, wives adhered to their husbands.
This is one of the most striking things to come out of paleontology/anthropology in years. First, it indicates that the so-called incest taboo is likely a matter of genetics if it has been around for over two megayears. And second, the originality of religionist admonitions about the nature of marriage, at least in this case, is nothing more than opportunistic self-service.
And I am sure it has all sorts of meanings beyond this for feminists but I am not going to assay that domain. I will stick to simple stuff like physics. Why we wasted the state designation of ‘strange’ on quarks when we could have reserved it for humans I will never fathom.