Gay Boy (Scouts) – Not Who I Am, But What I Say

I just can’t help but write something about the Boy Scouts child pornography issue.

This man, Douglas Smith, a very high ranking guy in the Boy Scouts of America, and in charge of some child protection program within it, has confessed his guilt in child pornography.

This same man is one of the most vocal people within the BSA to condemn queer boys – keeping them out of the Boy Scouts because gays are “immoral”.

This is like the very stupid people saying gays are pedophiles, when by far the majority of pedophiles are straight.

So here we go with duplicity once again. Touting some kind of fabricated high morality while at the same time being someone twisted yourself.

520 pieces of child porn. Including boys. (but apparently no Boy Scouts).

Maybe he was so heatedly focused on condeming being gay because he saw some gay within himself, and hated it.

That way, he could pretend he was what he wished he was, not who he was.

Amazing how that sort of thinking can just rot you from within. And, do all kinds of damage to the outside world, too.

Here is what this man said, just last September, when defending the Boy Scout’s stance on wanting to keep queer boys banned:

“Some intolerant elements in our society want to force scouting to abandon its values and to become fundamentally different.”

Fundamentally different my ass!

Of course, the Boy Scouts organization is “shocked and dismayed”. Kinda like Falwell hiring a hooker. That was Falwell, wasn’t it?

And to think it was the Nazi’s who threw queer boys into ovens along with the Jews. Maybe just the really cute ones made it up to Adolph’s house.

Warped Gyrations – Gravity Probe B

As we all know, any physical object existing warps the “fabric” of space-time around it.

Einstein came up with that one, and he certainly seems to be right.

However, Einstein’s theories don’t explain everything – particularly very, very tiny things – in the subatomic.

Being neat and tidy, many of us like to have everything make sense, no matter which way we look at it. And not only do we want it to make sense, but we want it to be the right answer.

Stanford and NASA have a nifty probe orbiting Earth right now called the Gravity Probe B. It has very, very sensitive gyroscopes on board, and it has its eye fixed on a star to make sure it’s always pointing the same way.

As it orbits the earth, moving through spacetime, the gyroscopes will tilt ever so slightly from the warping of the spacetime around the mass of our planet.

This is just great. But there’s a good point to it. Earlier I mentioned M-Theory (String Theory). It helps unify Einstein’s “grand” perspective with the tiny Quantum perspective, which normally don’t get along.

Scientists will be able to use what they learn from Gravity Probe B to determine the gamma variable – which pretty much corresponds to the curvature of 3-dimensional space.

If gamma turns out to be exactly “1” then Einstein’s theories are spot-on. However, if it turns out to be slightly less than one, then M-Theory gets one of it’s first experimental successes.

String Theory needs gamma to be slightly less than one because it predicts a “new” scalar field – a previously unknown gravity-ish force.

However, if gamma turns out to be more than one, a lot of scientists around the world will suddenly turn bald from a mass hair-ripping. Such a thing would be just damned crazy.

The results of this experiment can be found in the piece written 6 years later, “Space is Like Honey: Cold, Smooth Balls Pay Off Big (which wouldn’t surprise Einstein)

US Military Wants to Give Prisoners Rights – Bush and Dick Cheney Don’t

An encouraging article was printed in the New York Times on March 27th called The U.S. Is Examining a Plan to Bolster the Rights of Detainees.

In it, the Defense Department has come up with a large plan to overhaul the rights that prisoners who are labled “suspected terrorists” have.

The Defense Department would like the trials to become similar to a military court marshall instead of the draconian tribunals that now exist.

Many White House Administration staffers who have supported changes to the tribunals have found themselves at other jobs.

Apparently, Dick Cheney is adamantly opposed to any changes in the tribunals, wishing instead to be forced into it only if the US Courts force the issue.

It’s an odd situation when the military is more concerned about Constitutional and even basic human rights than the Bush Administration is.

Especially considering that Bush swore an oath to protect and uphold the US Constitution and the rights it engenders.

Some Easter Musings

As I sit here, the ground beneath me is moving at 1,000 miles per hour – spinning.

When I look out the window, to the sun, I know I’m really moving at 67,000 mph around that big ball of hydrogen that keeps fusing.

In the night sky, the dense belt of stars that make up our galaxy, the Milky Way, I know I’m really moving through space, orbiting the massive black hole at the center, at 560,000 mph.

It takes over 200 million years for our little solar system to orbit that big black hole at the center.

In about one-third of an orbit of our galaxy, the dinosaurs all died. In only 1/40th of an orbit ago, the human evolutionary tree split from the chimpanzee.

If I could travel at the speed of light (286,000 miles per second), it would take me 25,000 years to reach that black hole at the center of our galaxy.

Looking beyond just our Milky Way galaxy, into space that is all galaxies, I realize that as I sit here, I’m really moving through space at 1,340,000 miles per hour, as our galaxy careens through the void between galaxies – hurtling outward.

Our galaxy looks to be on a collision course with the Andromeda galaxy, which is about twice as large. Only about 3 billion years away.

We’ve already collided with other galaxies before – and are still in the process of a collision with a dwarf galaxy.

As a whole, all galaxies are expanding further away from each other. And strangely, they are not slowing, but accelerating faster away from each other.

We are beginning to see what might have existed before the Big Bang through M-theory.

Einstein revolutionized our understanding of the universe – much of it is verified. But his work does not explain the subatomic world, which is the realm of quantum mechanics. Much of quantum mechanics is verified. But the two disciplines are at odds.

M-theory unites them. It came from string theory, where all fundamental matter is comprised of vibrating strings. But string theory had 5 different methods of solving it. With the integration of the concept of 11-dimensional supergravity, M-theory was born.

In it, the Big Bang can be easily explained by a collision of the branes of parallel universes. This is mathematically based. But M-theory is currently very hard to validate experimentally.

Electrons exist in a cloud around an atom’s nucleus. When you give more energy to an atom, the electrons disappear and reappear at a higher energy level, without travelling between them.

When you measure the energy of an electron, the electron exists in all possible positions around the nucleus simultaneously. When you locate the exact position of an electron, you cannot tell how much energy it has.

An electron does not orbit its nucleus like the moon orbits the Earth. The moon would exist in all possible places, like a wave around the earth, until we observed where it was.

This is the basis for yet another theory of multiple universes, where all possibilities actually occur.

The moon is 239,000 miles from Earth. Driving there in my Toyota at 70 mph would take me around 5 months – 142 days (with no potty breaks or sleepovers).

If I were instead wanting to holidy someplace warm, like the sun, it would take me 152 years to get there!

Hmm. Maybe I should take a flight – like on those Boeing 757’s. In one of those, it would only take me 19 years to reach the sun.

If I were to drive around the circumference of the entire earth, it would take me about 15 days. On the sun, for the same sightseeing, it would take me 4.5 years.

The surface of the sun would be a cool 10,000 degrees, which would certainly melt the metal in my car. But that would have happened as I approached, because the corona, which is far away from the surface of the sun, is actually hotter – a couple million degrees. Inside the core, around 27 million degrees.

If I didn’t burn up, I’d probably at least crumle into a blob, because i’d weigh over 5,000 pounds.

If a single hydrogen atom were the size of Earth, the nucleus would be the size of a basketball at the earth’s core, and the closest the electron could be is somewhere in earth’s atmosphere.

The sun burns hydrogen atoms at the rate of 1,200,000,000,000 pounds of it per second – converting it into helium.

In about 5 billion years – a few billion years after we’ve collided with the Andromeda galaxy, the sun will run out of hydrogen, and start burning the helium it’s been making. At this point, it will expand and envelop the Earth.

Recently, we directly detected the first light emitted by planets outside our solar system. Oxygen was detected on another planet. But each of these are pretty hot. 😉

The nearest star to us is Alpha Centauri – 25 trillion miles. At the speed of light it would take over 4 years to reach it. Alpha Centauri is actually a system of 3 stars – Proxima Centauri being the smallest, and closest to us.

As we travel near the speed of light, time slows and mass increases – making it seemingly impossible to surpass.

Quantum particles seem to communicate information faster than the speed of light (superluminal).

Music has already been transmitted at least 5 times faster than the speed of light.

This opens up problems – such as arriving somewhere before you’ve left.

Multiple universes seem to handle all kinds of problems like this. But the overhead of such a thing just seems staggeringly complex to me right now.

Amy and Jarreau Get Married!

Amy and Jarreau

At the ridiculously early hour of 11am tomorrow, Amy and Jarreau are getting married.

I pleaded with Amy to have a starlight wedding instead of a sunlight wedding, but she couldn’t be convinced. So she will get a zombie guest in me, at least.

I’ve known Amy for several years. We met at her place of work, in the sports industry, where I was contracting. Sports and the military are the two main places left in our society where homophobia is still entrenched. I cannot remember how we first spoke of being gay, but neither one of us are closeted.

Actually, sports seem to not at all mind people who are gay any more. Particularly the younger people. However, it’s one thing for someone else to be gay, it’s quite another for you to be gay. Where sports people are perfectly happy with someone else being gay, they still seem to be very frightened about being out, and gay, themselves.

This is what impressed me most about Amy, when I first met her. She had the courage, the fortitude and convictions to fully be who she was, undaunted by any pressures to remain hidden in secrecy or deceptions.

I’m not certain why she liked me, but I think it must have something to do with my winning smile and sturdy gluts. 😉

Over the time we worked together, we saw each other through a few different crisis and relationships, and I grew to greatly appreciate the keen, and oftentimes brutal insights Amy has, and her strong, voluminous and somewhat startlingly compassionate heart.

A very practical, heart, actually – no-nonsense. And honesty in the extreme.

I don’t know much about Jarreau, except that she’s soon to be a holistic medical practitioner, is very intelligent, highly sensitive, and kind-spirited. I have no doubt that she is honest as well.

Which brings me to my happiest point: Amy and Jarreau know each other – probably as much as is possible between two people. And they have chosen, even in this knowledge, to devote their lives to each other – to help each other, and to be there for each other – no matter what. They have not decided on marriage because they “have to”, nor because they just want to say they’re married. They are not getting married simply because they want children, though they are looking foward to having a family together. They are getting married because they know each other so intimately and their lives have become intwined – and the ceremony of marriage solidifies this merging, validates it, and demonstrates it to others.

Such a merging of two people really needs no ceremony. Heterosexuals often go through a ceremony for just the ceremony’s sake – having no idea really who each other are, or what they truly mean to each other. But in a society where gays are barred from marriage, gays do not get married lightly. Nor are we likely to, even if we were allowed to legally marry.

Amy and Jarreau, despite the inherent “quiet rebellion of love” currently associated with getting married to someone of your same gender, are not being wedded to prove any points, nor make any statements. I’m just meddling right now to do that – and my apologies to Amy and Jarreau for my using them in this way.

What could possibly be more good for this world than more love, more mutual understanding, and more honesty? What could be better than more devotion to the betterment of each other?

When it comes down to it, years from now, when Amy and Jarreau are both fatter, with nasty, drippy children running and squealing around their feet, and their latest worry is who’s going to have time to make dinner tonight – will they have any second thoughts about what they’ve done? Will they ever regret, or even second-guess their decision to commit their lives to each other on this fateful day tomorrow?

I can honestly say, not likely. Not likely in the least. And this because, they are both women, the same gender – and as such they know each other as few can. And, they have been honest. Unmotivated by fear or desperation. Unmotivated by social conventions. Unmotivated by family pressures.

The only motivation they have, is each other.

And that is what marriage ought to be.