THANK YOU…NEXT QUESTION PLEASE? Some have explained recent UFO sightings confirmed by the US Air Force as in keeping with a US Navy patent taken out in 2016…never mind the fact that the capabilities of this craft are well WELL BEYOND ANY KNOWN TECHNOLOGY AT PRESENT!!! Is there another explanation?

Recent UFO sighting near Meersburg, Germany, although this one may have been staged as part of an Ed Wood movie?

This is the article I did not want to have to write, yet here I am writing it, fulfilling my obligation as a science-writer. Thanks to a recent “60 Minutes” segment, there has been much chatter about our military’s divulgence of many UFO sightings the past several years, describing craft…


The Championship window is narrowing for the Democratic squad, the DC Donkeys. They have to win, and they have to win NOW to cement their legacy. It is time for General Manager Biden to make a bold move, Joe Manchin for Lisa Murkowski of the Washington RINOs (and a House Representative to be named later)

Wilt Chamberlain was acquired at a reasonable price by the 76ers, and won Championships…could Murkowski do the same for the DC Donkeys?

Sports history is full of bold trades at the deadline, where management risked future talent, yet the results paid immediate dividends. There was Pedro Martinez to the Red Sox in ’97 (for Delino DeShields), Wilt Chamberlain to the 76ers in ’65 (for Paul Neumann, no…


After Confederate Troops marched into Frederick, Maryland (Yankee soil) and were given orders to shoot down all the American flags, a brave 94-year old woman stated (according to Whittier’s poem) “Shoot if you must, this old gray head…but spare this Country’s flag”. This was surely a bad-ass moment for women everywhere, but hold on! Barbara Fritchie is barely remembered today, is thought to have not actually done this deed, and (along with other female American would-be patriotic heroines) not recognized by modern feminists…why?

Fritchie wasn’t a buff superheroine that kicked Stonewall in the nuts, but without brave women of yore, we wouldn’t have our beloved Democracy of today

To begin, it was most likely Fritchie’s neighbor Mary Quantrill (or young Nancy Crouse), who waved the…


Frane Selak is a otherwise ordinary 91-year old Croatian music teacher, yet he has cheated death at least seven times, while winning over 1 million in the national lottery. Meanwhile, the “Many Worlds Interpretation” of Physics implies that we evolved to live in a particular universe “Fine-Tuned” to support human life. Putting the two together poses a nagging question…are the rest of us living in Frane Selak’s especially Fine-Tuned Universe?

Why did fate choose Frane Selak to be so fortunate?

There have been lucky people throughout history, who seem to have been selected by the hand of fate for greatness. George Washington had several horses shot out from under him…


In 1721, smallpox was ravaging Early America…Cotton Mather and others stumbled upon a preventative…skin inoculation with the virus, and yet fear and hysteria fueled rejection of this “vaccine”. Despite similar Cowpox inoculations by Dr. Edward Jenner in 1796, smallpox was not systematically addressed until 1958. Today, the mRNA vaccines are not only successful in fighting Covid-19, but offer hope as a vaccine for Cancer, Ebola, Malaria, and a host of other diseases. Will fears, untruths and hysterias win out once again?

Cotton Mather, with the help of African slave Onesimus and Physician Zabdiel Boylston, may have brought inoculation and clinical trial to America. Mather’s unification of science and religion in virology is a refreshing contrast to today.

The year was 1721, the place Boston, Mass. The smallpox virus (Variola Major) was raging across the city, infecting…


AND WHY COMMUNITY COLLEGES ARE THE HAPPY DEMOCRATIC MIDGROUND. After raising two boys in the public secondary school system and sending them off to graduate in California Colleges (with a short stop at the local Junior College), I am making this observation: High Schools are Socialists, Colleges are Capitalists. One might generously say that each is the “best” of both Socialism and Capitalism, but I’d say that there is work to do at both levels, to make America more competitive at the international level and address social inequities.

Despite marketing to the contrary, most high schools are run like prisons, a Socialistic compression of freedom, perhaps made necessary by trying to make good citizens from disparate demographics

It is known among educators that America eventually creates good learners. I…


I am troubled by the revisionist American climate created by the Trump presidency. I find his constituency’s presentations of America and Americans to be quite different from my family’s own experience, which is this:

I grew up in the Central Valley in the middle of the last century. I came of age picking peaches as a 15 year old. Others told me that working with the Mexicans was dangerous, but I wanted to make extra money. This was an epiphany for me as I found them to be the most hard-working, God-fearing, food sharing, humor-loving people I’d ever met. I…


The “Red Queen” Hypothesis of Evolutionary Biology explains sexual reproduction as a means of staying ahead of parasites, especially among more complex organisms. A corollary is that in the absence of parasites, females can reproduce asexually, and that males are essentially created by females (the default organism) simply as a means to protect their offspring. Does that mean we’re a bunch of disposable meats?

This peacock’s elaborate plumage makes him easy prey, but lordy-lord, does he ever get to mate!

I suppose that much of the “Red Queen” Hypothesis is complex and evolving, but I got most of my information by reading “The Red Queen” by science writer Matt Ridley, which was high compelling if somewhat…


Funny how the lens of War changes everything. At this point in history, the United States (which invented a large portion of modern electronics) is threatened by China (who is seeking to exploit this system of electronics). It is not clear if China and Russia are working in concert, but they are discovering a) There is a new generation of electronics that can rather easily threaten the old one and b) Western nations are rather easy to coopt using electronic social media (while their own population is fed propaganda). …


Science is discovering that defective innate immune system agents which protected us when we were young, are joining the enemy (disease) in old age. Instead of destroying and clearing out old/ineffective cells, these primitive immune cells go mental or become nearsighted, sometimes killing off effective cells as collateral damage. Meanwhile, the highly-evolved adaptive immune system (T-Cells who are trained to kill invaders identified by the innate immune system, plus “memory” B-Cells who remember what T-Cells used to do) get old and pathetically weak. Such rogue immune system agents are thought to be the culprits in Cancer, Alzheimer’s, M.S., and a…

Vern Scott

Scott lives in the SF Bay Area and writes confidently about Engineering, History, Politics, and Health

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