Monday, October 31, 2016
Spontaneous symmetry breaking is ubiquitous in nature. It occurs when the ground state (classically, the lowest energy state) of a system is less symmetrical than the equations governing the system. Examples in which the symmetry is broken in excited states are common—one just needs to think of Kepler’s elliptical orbits, which break the spherical symmetry of the gravitational force. But spontaneous symmetry breaking refers instead to a symmetry broken by the lowest energy state of a system. Well-known examples are the Higgs boson (due to the breaking of gauge symmetries), ferromagnets and antiferromagnets, liquid crystals, and superconductors. While most examples come from the quantum world, spontaneous symmetry breaking can also occur in classical systems .
This seems like a cool idea even if I don't really understand it.
These aren’t partisan acts. They are self-regarding ones. Mr. Comey is a familiar Washington type—the putative saint—whose career is a study in reputation management. He went after investment banker Frank Quattrone. He threatened to resign from the Bush administration over its warrantless wiretap program. He vouchsafed the case against Steven J. Hatfill, the virologist accused of the 2001 anthrax mail attacks, in internal White House deliberations. He appointed his close friend Patrick Fitzgerald to investigate the leak of CIA analyst Valerie Plame’s name.
One common thread in these cases is that Mr. Comey was always on the right side of Beltway conventional wisdom. The second is that he was consistently on the wrong side of justice.
He won't. And I don't see Obama firing him either, as things stand.
The simplest interpretation is that the president can pardon any federal criminal offense, including his own, but cannot pardon an impeachment. In other words, Clinton is free to immunize himself from criminal prosecution, but has no power over Congress.
A competing interpretation is that the power to pardon "except in cases of impeachment" means the president cannot pardon someone who's been impeached, or at least cannot pardon the offenses which led to an impeachment. This interpretation not only prohibits Clinton from self-pardoning, it also prohibits a future president (e.g. Al Gore) from pardoning Clinton. (It was kosher for Ford to immunize Nixon, under this interpretation, because Nixon was never impeached.) The problem with this argument is that the Constitution elsewhere (Article I, Section 3) makes a distinction between "cases of impeachment" and subsequent criminal prosecution for the same offenses. So it's unlikely that the founding fathers were referring to the subsequent criminal prosecution when they restricted the power to pardon.
This missive is from 1998, when the question last arose, for Hillary's husband. One would have thought, but whatever.
As the Hillary Clinton/Huma Abedin/Anthony Weiner sage unfolds, this morning a variety of unnamed NYPD sources have leaked a fascinating story to various media and social media outlets: the NYPD was investigating Anthony Weiner for sexting a 15 yr old and stumbled on tens of thousands of emails in a folder labeled “life insurance” on Anthony Weiner’s laptop. Those emails, as we now know, contain content that is in some way shape or form are related to Hillary Clinton and her FBI investigation. The information was found by the NYPD Special Victims unit, who had a warrant per their involvement in the Weiner case.
I knew it had to be SVU! Dun dun dah dah dah dah dah!
(No idea about how this story is sourced . . . )
But, it does explain why there where so many (650,000, according to WSJ) in the cache. That is a sh*t-ton of emails, more than you would normally keep unless you were archiving them for a particular purpose, such as life insurance.
THIEL: For a long time, our elites have been in the habit of denying difficult realities. That's how bubbles form. Nobody would suggest that Donald Trump is a humble man. But the big things he's right about amount to a much needed dose of humility. Just as much as it's about making America great, Trump's agenda is about making America a normal country. A normal country doesn't have a half trillion dollar trade deficit. A normal country doesn't fight five simultaneous undeclared wars. In a normal country, the government actual does its job.
John Podesta's Best Friend At The DOJ Will Be In Charge Of The DOJ's Probe Into Huma Abedin Emails | Zero Hedge
This genre of Podesta email, in which people try to arrange jobs for themselves or their kids, points us toward the most fundamental thing we know about the people at the top of this class: their loyalty to one another and the way it overrides everything else. Of course Hillary Clinton staffed her state department with investment bankers and then did speaking engagements for investment banks as soon as she was done at the state department. Of course she appears to think that any kind of bank reform should “come from the industry itself”. And of course no elite bankers were ever prosecuted by the Obama administration. Read these emails and you understand, with a start, that the people at the top tier of American life all know each other. They are all engaged in promoting one another’s careers, constantly.
This is worth reading, even if it makes you throw up a little bit.
An artificial intelligence system that correctly predicted the last three U.S. presidential elections puts Republican nominee Donald Trump ahead of Democrat rival Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House.
MogIA was developed by Sanjiv Rai, founder of Indian start-up Genic.ai. It takes in 20 million data points from public platforms including Google, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube in the U.S. and then analyzes the information to create predictions.
I think this is pretty cool, but I have no idea how good the system really is.
White House undercuts Hillary and Democrats: James Comey is a man of integrity, but... - Hot Air Hot Air
In a better world, Comey would never have had to speak publicly about this. He would have issued his recommendation to the DOJ privately on whether to file charges against Clinton, as the FBI typically does, and then Loretta Lynch would have made the final decision. But Lynch was a dummy who let Bill Clinton onto her plane for a private meeting in the middle of the investigation, forcing her to recuse herself from the Clinton probe, which then put added pressure on Comey to help the DOJ decide what to do via his recommendation. Comey’s conclusion, clearly, was that Clinton was grossly negligent within the meaning of 18 USC 793, but as McCarthy notes, he chose to let her off the hook by declaring that traditionally prosecutions under that statute require a showing of intent — a decision that should have fallen to Lynch or one of her deputies. Finding that there’s probable cause to believe a major-party presidential nominee did break a law bearing on national security but that she shouldn’t be prosecuted anyway was sufficiently momentous, unusual, and dubious that Comey obviously felt compelled to explain himself publicly. Having done so and gone on the record once, he then felt he had to do so again last week when new facts emerged that might undermine his previous decision. He’s in this position only because Democratic voters chose to nominate someone whose name is a byword for corruption, who was known to be under investigation months before the first primary votes were cast, and because our Democratic AG made a moronic decision calling her own integrity into question. And now he’s getting killed for it. You would think, under those circumstances, the White House could do a little better than this to back him up. But I guess something’s better than nothing.
Have you got all that? It sounds pretty reasonable to me.