Category Archives: Astronomy

Epistemological Comment

In the last post I spoke of how the citizens of the United States are asked, by our intelligence services, to believe a whipped-up story of Russian hacking affecting the recent election.  The C.I.A., the White House, the Congress, and … Continue reading

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From the Crooked Timber of Humanity

This morning a post by the ex-CIA agent and Christian anti-war activist Ray McGovern reminds us of the lessons to be learned from the “Red Line” Affair of 2013, when the current Administration warned the Assad régime in Syria that … Continue reading

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Prague Manuscript, part II: Gott mit uns

Lomonossov [that is, in the French-language transliteration of the original Cyrillic] was not content to state just once in the Prague Manuscript, that Peter the Great, the one who made of the Grand Duchy of Muscovy a modern European power, … Continue reading

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Struve’s Exact Words: to Peter Abrahams

Dear Friend and Colleague! In the matter of the actual intentions of Friedrich Georg Wilhelm Struve in purchasing what is referred to as the “astronomical repeating circle” (for 1082 rublei) and “two 3 1/2 foot passage instruments” (800, the two), that … Continue reading

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Pam Brown Appears

Six people gathered around two tables slid together at the Random Order Cafe earlier this evening, as the sun gave a multi-colored show in the west before departing for the day. The usual suspects, Dave Westerlund, Charlotte Miller, Herschel Soles, … Continue reading

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The First Meeting in March

As the sun sank slowly in the West the Cascadia Chapter convened its weekly meeting at Random Order cafe in Northeast Portland.  Dave Westerlund, Charlotte, Miller, Herschel Soles, and Your Intrepid Reporter were there promptly at 6:30 p.m., the scheduled … Continue reading

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I Said It Couldn’t Be Done

For the entire life of the Large Interferometric Gravitational Observatory, just down the road here a ways and founded and directed by my old teachers at Caltech, I said the effort was a complete boondoggle, since the sensitivity of measurement … Continue reading

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