Saturday, September 13, 2014

Explaining the conflict in Gaza using Memetics!

As a French, Israeli, Californian, and now that the conflict quiet down, here is how I explain the conflict using Memetics.
This shows my position on the suffering of the Palestinians.

The 2 reinforcing memes infecting the people of Gaza, and especially the Hamas, are:

  • All my problems are due to Israel.
  • Israel can be destroyed.

While there may be a small base for truth on the first one, the second meme is complete non sense.

For the first one, it's actually mostly false. Before Israel, Palestinians had a very bad quality of life. They were never free, they never were a nation, they always were very poor.
Today, they are a lot richer than their Arab neighbors (and they used to be a lot richer until the intifada of 2000). And, they have something that no neighboring country has: Democracy!
Now it's a democracy controlled by Jews, and that is unacceptable for them.

Since 2000, they are really going down. Palestinian quality of life is degenerating fast. You may say it's because of Israel, and it's true.
But, it's not because Israel is actively trying to make their life miserable, it's because Israel is de-engaging itself from Palestinian affairs. They de-engaged from the West bank, and completely left Gaza.
Left by themselves, the Palestinians are going back to look like the other Arab states around Israel: Poor, no democracy, and a religion crushing any hope of development.

With less Israeli involvement, Palestinian quality of life is going down.

Still, the mind virus infecting the Hamas is: All my suffering is due to Israel!
it has nothing to do with the incapability of Arab Muslim to organize themselves into a viable society.

Now, the main point of this blog, is the second meme.
Spend some time picturing what it means: You'll need to destroy a democracy of 7 millions people and throwing somewhere (where exactly) 6 millions of them.
Now, if you keep thinking it is an option, you are a disgrace to humanity!

For peace to rise, this meme should be squashed, completely.

If you are a friend of the Palestinians, you have to tell them, again and again: Israel is never going to disappear. Stop your nonsense, and try to find another way to peace.

And here, I have in mind some of my French friends: Each time you are insulting Israel, and supporting Hamas in their current behavior, you are supporting this crazy meme.

You think you are telling the Hamas: You are right, your suffering should stop!
But what the Palestinian understand is: You are right, Israel should be destroyed!

This non sense is what generate the war! This non sense is what generate Palestinian suffering!
European and the international community need to stop fueling this meme.
Now, to destroy a meme you need to treat it as a disease. The Palestinian culture is infected by it! Never blame the victim for their disease!
Don't blame the people for their mistaken belief, but permanently, constantly and strongly attack the belief.
Everyone needs to repeat with force: Israel will not be destroyed! Jews will not leave this land!
To keep believing it, is the road to suffering for the Palestinians. They are bumping their heads against a brick wall!

That's why removing the motto from the Hamas foundation document is critical. An organization that is funded on a hateful impossible goal, will keep bringing suffering to the people of Gaza.
Ideas (memes) is what is generating this conflict. They should be the ideas we combat and fight!
If you want to help the Palestinians, stop supporting Hamas crazy ideas. You should support them, but stay strong in front of their ridiculous beliefs!

Now, on that last point, Israel (and especially Bibi in time of quiet) is really doing a bad job. By his action, Bibi is actually reinforcing Hamas belief. He keeps telling everyone that Israel is in mortal danger, he keeps acting like he is scared of the people in Gaza.

Israel needs to project the confidence that he rightly has: Israel will always be there, and the Hamas is not a threat but an annoyance.
This is how the Palestinian in the West Bank were treated, and they do not believe anymore in the destruction of Israel.
They still believe they are suffering because of Israel, and still believe that violence can help, but they accepted the existence of the Jewish state.

Hopefully, there will be another movement in Israel that will start acting correctly, and spend energy destroying the base for the crazy ideas of Hamas. Hopefully they'll remember that blaming the victim of an infectious disease is not the way to go. Hamas is a sick ideology, and it should be fought without blaming the people.
So, if my friends in Europe start helping in this effort, may be one day there will be peace!

Can microwaves shape Space-Time?

For quite some time, I'm thinking about this First Quantum Gravity Solution particular resolution of Einstein General Relativity equations. It's actually a link in My sources of this blog since 2008. It represents the space-time deformation caused by a single photon.

The main question is: Are we living in a boring, fun or cool Universe?
What's important about a photon, is that it has energy like any mass, and it travels at the speed of light.
Since the scientific community expect gravity to propagate at the speed of light also, a photon cannot have a gravitational impact in front of him.
If it did, there will be a "gravitational shock wave"! Basically huge accumulation of space-time deformation.

Anyway, the equation is fully solve and the amazing result is:
The impact on space time of a photon is only on the perpendicular plane of the photon momentum vector.
It means that a photon generates an anisotropic deformation of space time.

When I saw the results from NASA about the emDrive, I thought about this again.
Can this anisotropie be used to create acceleration.

Here is my thought experiments:
First let's imagine 2 flat circular perfect mirrors very close to each other. In between theses mirrors a huge quantity of photon bumping back and forth.
Space-time around this object will look this:

No thrust will appear here expects that the mirrors will get bigger :)

Now if you bend the mirrors in a spherical or parabolic shape, there may be a way to concentrate the deformation in front of the mirrors.
So, the mirrors will naturally fall in front of the sphere. There will be thrust/acceleration.
Even placing a small mass at the concentration point may help the forward movement.
Like this:

I'll love to know what's wrong with my thought experiment? :D
There should be a back of the hand calculations, using the EM energy set in the drive, converting this to a static mass, and seeing the impact of such mass as a gravitational attraction.
You may get the same ridiculously small impact out of huge amount of energy :D

Friday, March 14, 2014

Healthcare in the USA? A dirty European newcomer point-of-view!

When people ask me "Where do you come from?" I’m answering, "I'm a French Israeli Californian".
Usually it generates a small laugh and no more questions, about cultures or habits.
Sometimes I get: “How do you like it here?”

I’ll love to answer an unconditional “A lot, thank you!” but I have to say, it’s very hard.
One of the reasons is the American healthcare system. But much worse than this, it's how Americans are dealing and talking about this whole issue of the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. It is very disturbing for me.

I’m coming from two countries that are clearly ugly socialist empires for most Americans. Still, in theses countries (and so, for my entire life), I never linked my family health issues with my financial status.

Let me be clear, like every human being, I’m worried about my health and especially the health of my children.
Like every normal family we had to interact with doctors, specialists and hospitals many times in our life. During all this time I never considered the costs of it.

My daughter has Celiac disease and when I learned, it really worried me. Today, thanks to my wife, instead of being an issue it became a blessing. But, during this whole process, I never worried about money. And in France today the health system pays for the extra cost of Gluten Free food!

And since I’m here, it’s horrible!

After my son fell and got a deep cut above his eye, that needed stitches, we went to the ER. And even with the amazing health insurance coverage I got, we needed to pay $500 of out-of-pocket. So, I heard myself joking “Next time he can bleed to death!” How can you live like that? Kids hurt themselves. And every time it happens: Oups! Here goes the saving for our next vacation.

Naturally, I talked with the locals, to try to understand how it works. And, almost all them, started to complain about Obamacare and how it is hurting the middle-class. They talk about illegal immigrants sucking the system.
Like you can see in here:
"So illegal immigrants get health care without paying for it, but citizens face the choice of either buying expensive health insurance or paying a tax," Coburn and Barrasso wrote. "The cost of illegal immigrants‘ health care in the emergency department of hospitals will be shifted to Americans with insurance."

They are totally valid financial argument, and in France and Israel there were also people abusing the system. For any system you put in place. There will always be abusers!
And frankly, from experience, the white males with hypochondria are bigger abuser than illegal immigrants.

Anyway, what’s annoying me here, is that we are talking about health. Yes, there are immigrants with Cancer. It looks like they love it to have Cancer. They woke up one morning:
Now that I’m an illegal immigrant in the USA and I have Obamacare: It’ll be great if I’ll get Cancer!

They don’t get it! You cannot make a money decision when health is involved. Sorry you’ll have to die, we are broke. Are we back to the Middle Ages! I missed the memo?

Actually, I lied before about never worried financially. A friend of mine (he was an employee in the company I co-founded), discovered that his mother had late stage stomach Cancer. There was almost nothing he could do at the stage, except one drug that had really good results. But, the National Insurance did not yet approve it.

So, he needed to pay more than $5,000 a month, to buy this drug from his own pocket. What kind of choice is that? Sorry Mum I need the money, you’ll die!
He used his savings (we helped), she got better, and finally, he sued the National Insurance to prove they were wrong. Then he organized a protest to reform the approval system (it was too slow and under high budget constraints) at the government level. we helped in the protest, and it worked.
Israel National Health Insurance system got better. It made me feel good. Politicians actually listen and cared.

I have this very bad feeling: Nothing close to this can happen here. In America if you are poor, you die, it’s normal.

Basically, the question is not financial, the question is:
Are the USA rich enough (like Europe, Israel, …) to have citizens that worries about health, because being healthy is better than being sick, and not because it’s going to cost?

What disturbs me is that I know why America Health care system is like this.

Health is the most important part of life. In the USA employers have the power to influence your health.
Imagine yourself as a father of 3 kids that rely on your health insurance. Do you think you are going to risk anything that may get you fired? Can you protest your work conditions?
Now, as I’m actually an employer of American citizens, I can feel this power and leverage I have. It’s disgusting me!

If you are a good person, stop complaining about Obamacare, make the people that do not pay their shares (the 1%) understand that American citizens wants to live like all the others healthy rich citizens of the world: Without financial worries about health!

The solution is clear. Just go to and act!