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…


An old Twilight Zone episode shows an alien destroyed by fearful villagers, before he could deliver “The Gift”, a cure for cancer. …


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?


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. …


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…


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…


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…


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. …


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…


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…

Vern Scott

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

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