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 that 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. This is pretty much because 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…


60s and 70s TV Sitcoms offer a variety of “nice families” who are generally put at risk by “not so nice” people, while their “niceness” usually prevails in the end. As such, they generally use the “Charlie Brown” engine of comedy (if you’re nice you end up in a defacto leadership position where everyone depends upon you and nobody appreciates you, and yet you have a kind of karmic protection). To put it another way, you never really saw things like “The Don Rickles Show”. Meanwhile, 40s through 60s movies often use the “Jesus” engine in which the noble/humble/righteous American…


A Tasing weapon must launch two prongs into the victim from within a 15’ distance. In the heat of the moment, it is not yet a completely reliable device, which may be why fearful/nervous police are over reliant on their guns. Meanwhile, we are always hearing about police accidentally shooting those who they mistakenly think are carrying guns. Weapon scanners and Tasers need to get better for police work to improve. Along the way, we need to improve school/classroom security to the level of airports/planes.

Currently, the police Taser must successfully embed two electrodes into the victim within 15 ft…not easy!

It is tragic that so many police officers cannot effectively incapacitate the people they pull-over…


Tensions are increasing between the U.S. and China over the South China Sea, trade imbalance, human rights, and military buildups. Trump’s China tariffs were the beginning salvo in trade wars between the two Countries, and it is easy to see all trade collapsing within a few years. Here’s our current level of dependence on China, and what might happen if we initiated a full boycott.

There is much finger-pointing with respect to current U.S.-China trade relations

The good news is that we are almost entirely energy and food self-sufficient, and on our way to a clean energy future. The bad news is that we are almost entirely dependent on China for…


Is this article part of a conspiracy against conspiracy theories? The government doesn’t want you to know!

The Kennedy Assassination may be the best example of a conspiracy theory that is proving to be true

My boys and I are fans of Scientific American’s “Skeptic Corner”, initiated by the late James Randi and currently run by Michael Shermer. It is sort of the opposite of conspiratorial thinking, as it systematically debunks just about everything. But then the question comes up, “are skeptics too skeptical?” and we have gone so far as to do a skeptical treatment of skeptics. One ends up with a kind of 3% possibility of any wild, unproven idea to be true, since that is…


There are strange forces at work in California. Judging from UC Admissions, we are really loading up with Women, Chinese-Americans, and Hispanics in critical job sectors, just as white oligarchs are becoming a very solid 25% of our population. It is crazy hard to build here, which makes properties prohibitively expensive for the average person. Urban centers are filling up with progressives, who wish to remake society with the face of women of color and LGBT, to the slight consternation of the largely white-male oligarchs. Is this an emerging utopia or dystopia? What is to become of us?

San Francisco is California’s beloved crown jewel, loved by business and tourists, but it is becoming unaffordable as its local politics are getting downright weird

California is…


WHAT WOULD IT LOOK LIKE? God forbid this would actually happen, but recent events and past histories are leading to a massive conflict between the US and China in the coming years, with other countries forced to pick sides. China may have an initial tech advantage while the US would have an advantage in alliances and geography. It may ultimately become a war of attrition, and similar to the ways in which the Allies outproduced and outlasted Germany/Japan in WW II. Complacencies and divisions sown in the West (by our adversaries?) …


March 2032: To say that we needed a younger President who understood the value of tech, Latin workers, and hard work seems a vast understatement now that our Country has not only cut carbon emissions in half and achieved full-employment, but is now running a half-trillion a year budget surplus.

We always knew Yang was good, but we never dreamed he was THIS good!

The 2024 primaries were hotly contested in both parties…an aging, maniacal (and way over-tanned) Donald Trump narrowly survived a challenge from Liz Cheney, who sought to “normalize” the Republican Party. The Democrats were torn between re-electing nice-guy Joe Biden (who was showing signs of senility and needed an aid-assisting ear-piece…

Vern Scott

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

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