AND PROVIDING SENSIBLE LOCAL OVERRIDES. For the moment, centralized electronics and authority pose only modest threats (despite Trump-like conspiracies to the contrary). But the dangers of central everything are growing, and we must both elevate security protocols and boost local opt-outs.

Most of us have seen the thrilling 1996 movie “”, where Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum save the world by infecting the Alien mothership with a virus. This implies two things 1) The little alien fighter craft, thought to be autonomous and invincible, were actually controlled by a central authority and 2) How could a bunch of highly…


An old Twilight Zone episode shows an alien destroyed by fearful villagers, before he could deliver “The Gift”, a cure for cancer. In a similar way, anti-vaxxers and misguided “faith-based” groups, misled by conspiracy theories, are poised to destroy an era of medical breakthroughs, in the tradition of the old English Luddites

. Shouldn’t he have at least be given a clinical trial?

Rod Serling’s intro begins “The place is , a village held back in time. And this is Pedro, a little boy, who will soon meet a traveler from a distant place. We are near the , but any and all places can be the Twilight Zone” Pedro…


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?

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 , 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, for of the Washington RINOs (and a House Representative to be named later)

Sports history is full of bold trades at the deadline, where management risked future talent, yet the results paid immediate dividends. There was to the Red Sox in ’97 (for Delino DeShields), 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! 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?

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


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 “” 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 ?

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


In 1721, smallpox was ravaging Early America… 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 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?

, 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.

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 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?

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

Vern Scott

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

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