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Using interference to distinguish H-V from diagonal polarized light, EPR, etc.

First, I will present the possible new interference technique, and
then explain why it might be very important in fundamental issues of
quantum mechanics and the question of superluminal correlation and

It is generally believed that no detector can distinguish between a
stream of random H-V linearly polarized photons (i.e., oriented zero
or 90 degrees) and a stream of random "diagonal" photons (45 or -45
dgrees.) A linear detector at any angle will simply show random 50%
hits, as will a C-pol detector (and presumably any more complicated
device, optimized for a given degree of circularity such as elliptical
light, using say some fraction wave plate combined with a linear
filter or calcite splitter.) We don’t have a "photon characterizer",
just yes/no assessments of some orthogonal trait such as perpendicular
linearity or chirality.

However, suppose that we first sent polarized photons through a
quarter-wave plate oriented H-V (optical axes). Then H-V photons will
come out the same orientation as before, but diagonal ones will be
converted into either a RH or LH circular photon (wave function). Then
we send the ray into a beam splitter, of perhaps classical Mach-Zender
type. Before recombination, one leg passes through a set of two
half-wave plates, one being H-V and the other with diagonal optical
axes. Their effect on linear photons will be to rotate them 90
degrees, but circular waves will be double flipped back to their
original state. The implication is that upon adjustment of path
lengths and recombination we can have interference with the originally
diagonal photons (same circular chirality having been maintained in
both legs) but not with the H-V ones since their split waves become
perpendicularly polarizated. Of course, a single hit on a detector may
not prove the point since a 100% "peak" is replaced by a 50% chance,
but we would soon know that the source was mixed diagonals rather than
mixed H-V with enough hits to show concentration in one peak or
detector versus no preference.

If this is possible it is important because the supposed limitation on
polarized photon detection is vital to most assessments of the EPR
paradox with entangled photons and especially to the true superluminal
communication issue (for example, see Nick Herbert’s *Quantum
Reality*, *Faster than Light: Superluminal Loopholes in Physics*,
etc.) The correlation of entangled pairs of emitted photons rules out
simple emission of definite, pre-determined pairs of linear photons
each with a specified angle of polarization. Somehow the measurement
of the polarization angle of one photon constrains the other one
("instantly") to have the same (or perpendicular) character at the
other distant detector. If the first detector changes from say H-V to
diagonal measurements, then the second detector must now be sure to
detect diagonal photons of the correct angle. The distinction is
masked by the random noise, but in Herbert’s and many other’s
interpretations of QM collapse, we could know that the first detector
had been tilted 45 degrees if we could detect the change to diagonal
photons at the other detector – which is presumed not possible. Yet if
the above interference set-up actually works, could we exploit it in
quantum entanglement experiments? What other implications might it
have? Is the interference argument as straightforward as it sounds?

Neil Bates

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Bob Wilson's desert island discs

1. Beethoven’s 9th Symphony
2. Beethoven’s 7th Sympohny
3. Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
4. Orff’s Carmina Burana
5. Bach’s Brandenberg Concerti
6. Bach’s Goldberg Variations
7. Mozart’s Piano Concerti
8. Beethoven’s Piano Concerti
9. Scott Joplin Rags on harpsichord
10. Iron Butterfly

Amazon.com doesn’t seem to have the Joplin.  I remember Bob played from it on
one of the Trajectories tapes.

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Jack the Ripper

I loved Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell’s From Hell, which deals with the
Whitechapel murders.

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Vital signsThe science of biomonitoring, which uses living organisms as
‘sensors’ to track environmental pollution, seems to be coming of age. John
Whitfield considers its potential.
29 June 2001


In the early 1980s, an illegal battery-disposal operation in Hong Kong’s
Junk Bay was releasing large amounts of polychlorinated biphenyls, lead and
zinc into the water. But the crime did not go unwitnessed. The barnacles and
mussels living in the bay concentrated the pollutants in their tissues. The
evidence they gave up to local researchers and their colleagues at the Natural
History Museum in London helped the authorities shut the law-breakers down.

The idea that studies of living organisms can provide information about
environmental hazards is not new: before the advent of modern safety equipment,
miners kept an eye on the health of caged canaries to warn them of dangerous
gas build-ups. But as researchers have concentrated on their own favoured
techniques, rigorous standardized methods for biological monitoring have been
slow to emerge – success stories like the Hong Kong example are still rare.

Telling tales: mussels (top) and lichens (bottom) accumulate
chemical pollutants in their tissues.French Mussel Watch /
Pier Luigi Nimis

Enthusiasts for biomonitoring argue that their field is now coming of
age, however. They point to the recent development of protocols that can do
much more than simply provide general markers of ecosystem health. In many
cases, researchers are now combining ecological studies with analytical
chemistry to produce information on the effects of pollution on living
organisms, the identity of the chemicals involved, and even where they came
from. “In the past few years there’s been a considerable drive on the part of
the main regulatory bodies to integrate biological and chemical monitoring,”
says Peter Matthiessen, an ecotoxicologist and director of the UK Natural
Environment Research Council’s Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in Windermere,

Biomonitoring has long been the poor relation to the straightforward
chemical analysis of water, air and soil. Chemical sensors can provide highly
accurate readings of environmental pollution. But in some regards, say the
proponents of biomonitoring, this precision is spurious. Instruments can
quantify the amount of a pollutant present in the environment. But if a
pollutant is not taken up by organisms, it may cause little damage to an
ecosystem – and the extent to which it is taken up may depend on a range of
factors, including climate and acidity. Also, chemical sampling of the
environment can only provide a snapshot of what may be a highly dynamic
situation, whereas some organisms preserve a continuous record of the
environment throughout their lives.

Community values

In the early years of the last century, two German biologists, Richard
Kolkwitz and Maximilian Marsson, realized that some freshwater invertebrates
were more sensitive to pollution than others – which means that the community
of species found at a particular site says much about its cleanliness. In
Britain, this technique is used to monitor 7,000 river sites across the

After a period of total anarchy, the best methods are
emerging by a process of natural selection.Although
assessments based on community ecology are good at exposing severe pollution
events, they are less useful at providing subtle warning signs that an
ecosystem is coming under pressure. “They can only tell you that you’ve had a
major impact after the event,” says Matthiessen. But combining ecological
observations with chemical measurement of pollutants accumulated by animals and
plants can provide a much more sensitive and predictive analysis.

Marine scientists have led the way. In Europe, their work was stimulated
by the 1992 Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the
North-East Atlantic, known as the OSPAR Convention, to which most European
nations are signatories. The OSPAR Convention covers the northeast Atlantic,
North Sea and parts of the Arctic Ocean and Mediterranean. Its signatories have
pledged to “take all possible steps to prevent and eliminate pollution”.

A requirement to monitor the effects of pollutants – including heavy
metals, industrial and agricultural chemicals, radioactive waste – and the
activities of the oil and gas industries on marine organisms is written into
the OSPAR Convention. But as measurements began to accumulate over the 1990s,
it became apparent that the diversity of methods used was preventing useful

In 1998, the year in which the OSPAR Convention came into force, the
European Union set up a project called Biological Effects Quality Assurance in
Marine Monitoring, or BEQUALM, to standardize marine biological monitoring. By
the time this project wraps up in October, a network of laboratories in
Britain, Norway, Sweden and Germany should have hammered out about half-a-dozen
standardized measures. These include the activity levels in fish of enzymes
that process trace metals and organic pollutants; pathological analysis of fish
livers; and community analysis of planktonic plants and invertebrates living in
the seabed. Given the range of techniques involved, the progress towards
consensus is no mean achievement, says Matthiessen.

Researchers working on other aspects of biomonitoring are similarly
standardizing. “There was a period of total anarchy, when every scientist had
his or her own methods,” says Pier Luigi Nimis, a botanist at the University of
Trieste in Italy who uses lichens to monitor air pollution. He now believes the
best methods are emerging “by a process of natural selection”.

Italian lichenologists have adopted a dual approach. They have devised
an index of lichen biodiversity, and the sampling methods to calculate it, as
an indicator of the atmospheric levels of sulphur dioxide and oxides of
nitrogen. Coupled with this, the accumulations of 17 trace metals are measured
in a single species in each area.

Governments are starting to take notice. ANPA, the Italian environment
agency, has launched a lichen-mapping project. And the influential Association
of German Engineers intends to submit a slightly modified version of the
Italian protocols to the European Committee for Standardization in Brussels for
adoption at a pan-European level.

Enthusiasts say biomonitoring is much cheaper than conventional chemical
monitoring. Automated chemical sensors are expensive to buy and maintain, says
Nimis, and biological approaches can help reveal where best to use them: for
example, by revealing pollution hotspots that merit continuous chemical
monitoring. “Moving 500 metres can make a big difference,” he says.

Steve Hopkin, a zoologist at the University of Reading who is trying to
interest the Environment Agency of England and Wales in biomonitoring protocols
involving earthworms and woodlice, adds that instruments are vulnerable to
theft and vandalism. “If you try to set up an air sampler in an inner city,
it’s not going to be there for very long, unless you put an electrified fence
around it,” he says.

Star quality

As biomonitoring slowly gains credence with regulatory agencies, certain
‘indicator’ species have emerged as stars. In the sea, the undisputed champion
is the blue mussel, Mytilus edulis. As mussels filter food from
the water they live in, they also retain contaminants, which reach high
concentrations in their tissues. Their sedentary lives prevent confusion about
where they might have picked up a chemical. They are found in vast numbers all
around the northern hemisphere, and they are an important food source for many

Several countries have mussel-watch programmes designed to reveal
large-scale, long-term trends. The US Mussel Watch programme, run by the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, was established in 1986. It
monitors mussels from 263 sites around the US coastline, focusing on trace
metals and organic compounds such as polychlorinated biphenyls and dioxins.
Since it began, levels of most synthetic chemicals and of cadmium have fallen,
whereas other trace metals have held steady.

Barnacles are phenomenal accumulators of
trace metals Philip Rainbow, Natural History
MuseumIn warmer climes, where M. edulis
does not live, crustacea could become the sentinel organisms of choice.
Barnacles in particular, says Philip Rainbow of the Natural History Museum, are
“phenomenal accumulators of trace metals”. Rainbow advocates the use of
‘cosmopolitan’ crustaceans with wide distributions, such as the barnacle
Balanus amphitrite, which has spread around the world by
clinging to the hulls of ships.

Rainbow is one of the leaders of the project to monitor barnacles and
mussels in the waters of Hong Kong. In addition to fingering specific
polluters, the project has recorded the shifting pattern of industry and
pollution in the former British colony. Over the 1980s, the focus of pollution
moved from Victoria Harbour in the south to Tolo Harbour in the north. In the
1990s, as Tolo Harbour was cleaned up, the distribution of pollutants began to
reflect the growing industrialization of the neighbouring part of China.

Valuable though ‘indicator’ species such as mussels and barnacles are,
studies of just one or two organisms cannot reveal everything about an
ecosystem. To gain a complete picture of the marine environment, information
from a filter feeder such as a mussel should be augmented with analysis from a
seaweed, which samples chemicals in solution, and a sediment-dweller such as a

Although most biomonitoring experts are optimistic that the use of such
wide-ranging protocols will increase, they note that many regulators are still
more comfortable with chemical analyses – which tend to be easier to enforce,
and for courts to interpret in the event of breaches of pollution controls.
“These things don’t change overnight,” says Matthiessen. But now that
biomonitoring has its foot in the regulators’ door, he is confident that its
day will come.

© Nature News Service / Macmillan Magazines Ltd 2001

•Bugs make a meal of
28 June 2001•Dictator of the

Convention •BEQUALM •Italian
lichen protocols •US Mussel

• Antimatter microscope finds faults
1 August 2001 •Pi shared fairly
1 August 2001 •Lightning jumpstarts evolution
1 August 2001 • Organic white bulb mixed
31 July 2001 •Muck, glorious muck
31 July 2001

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Heidi Klum alert

      Heidi Klum alert:

      The "Spin City" reruns this week will include a two-part Heidi Klum
episode.  Apparently, this is the "Klumageddon" two-parter that was
re-broadcast back on June 13 and 14, 2001.

      In Houston the re-runs will take place on WB 39, Wednesday and Thursday,
August 1 and August 2, at 6:00 p.m.

      Notice that the new August broadcast dates come 49 days after the June

      4 + 9 = 13

      Also, 49 = 7 * 7

      I urge all God-fearing people to check your local TV listings and tape
these episodes to understand the "End of Days" as revealed through the Teutonic

      Also, please let me know of any other Heidi TV appearances, mentions in
the print media, etc.

      Stewart Smith reports on alt.fan.rawilson that Heidi was in Northern
Ireland on Friday, July 27, appearing on the BBC entertainment show "Patrick
Kielty Live".  I wonder if she was on a secret mission for the IRA or the Red
Hand gang.  A few days before she was in the troubled island of Jamaica,
ostensibly shooting photographs for her 2002 calendar.

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Chris Morris' Brass Eye Special: Guerrilla Ontology on British TV

Please discuss…


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Cloning Ban

I would feel a lot better about this if I thought there was just ONE
congressperson who could give an unscripted, unprompted, scientific definition
of cloning. But then I realized, as career politicians, they don’t have any
working knowledge of economics,foreign affairs, medicine or anything else and
that hasn’t stopped them from passing legislation on everything under the sun.
     Hmmm… "passing legislation". Suddenly a primate connection comes to
mind…or am I just on a POTA kick this week?

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Re: Conan's four AJs

      Osama Bin Kenobi wrote:

- — -

>Subject: Re: Conan’s four AJs
>From: ab…@anarchy.gov  (Osama Bin Kenobi ®)
>Date: 7/13/01 3:10 AM Central Standard Time
>Message-id: <3b64bac8.21654…@news.escape.com>

>kansan1…@aol.com (Kansan1225) said:

>>      Conan’s four AJs

>>      In my tireless endeavor to catch glimpses of the "goddess", I stayed
>>late last night and watched the Conan O’Brien show.

>>      One of Conan’s comedy skits last night centered on the arrest of the
>>young actor, who plays A. J. Soprano in the HBO series.  Conan then
>>referred to A. J. McLean of the Backstreet Boys, who has just entered

>>      Conan commented that bad things come in threes, so that a third A. J.
>>must also be in danger.  He then telephoned famed race car driver A. J.
>>Foyt to warn him.  When the call reached Foyt he was driving, and as he
>>reached for his cellular phone, he became distracted and got in an accident.

>>      A. J. Foyt spoke on the phone and said that he had just run over A. J.
>>Benza, the celebrity gossip columnist.

>>      Conan’s skit is an obvious attempt to spoof my campaign to warn Heidi
>>Klum of possible Conspiratorial action involving her on or about this
>>Friday, the 13th of July.  My initial warning to Heidi included the
>>possibility of a car "accident", like that of Princess Diana’s.

>>      When such an "accident" involving another supermodel, Niki Taylor,
>>did take place, I revised my prediction to say that the most likely thing to
>>happen around this time would be something positive for Heidi’s career.

>>      I am very happy that Conan has taken notice of my warnings, because
>>this means that there is a good chance that Heidi and her circle are also
>>aware of them.  Therefore, there is a very small possibility that anything
>>bad can happen to her during this period.

>>      But why did Conan pick the letters A and J for this skit?  These
>>have the values 1 and 10 respectively and, together, they represent the
>>number 11.

>>      Four AJs, therefore, equal to ( 4 * 11 = ) 44, the number of days from
>>George W. Bush’s birthday on July 6, 1946, to Bill Clinton’s birthday on
>>August 19, 1946.  As I have noted previously:

>>      44 = 13 + 31, the sum of the number 13 and its mirror image, 31.  The
>>Apollonian, shining Clinton, and the lackluster George W.

>>      Conan and the powers-that-be chose to talk about AJ, i.e., about the
>>number 11, on Conan’s show of the 11th day of July.

>You should go on that You Don’t Know Jack show. Maybe even work for

      The CLuMs would not allow it, ever.

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Re: ATTN: Kansan1225

      Ill Refute wrote:

- — -

>Subject: Re: ATTN:  Kansan1225
>From: illref…@aol.com  (IllRefute)
>Date: 7/13/01 6:48 PM Central Standard Time
>Message-id: <20010713204821.16478.00002…@ng-fn1.aol.com>

>> (Kansan1225 wrote:)

>>>George Washington, Bugs Bunny, Adam Weishaupt, and
>>>many others in the Conspiracy.

>>so are you saying that the Illuminatus! Trillogy was somewhat about the

>>I asked in another post but you didn’t answer.

>also, are the CLuMs an actually organization, or are they more like a
>metaphysical being, like modern explanations of the christian devil as being
>just a force of nature that, although being evil eventually ‘fits into gods
>plan’ as you said

      There are many CLuM organizations.  One of them, and one of the most
prominent ones, is the Order of the Bavarian Illuminati.  Yale’s Skull and
Bones is another prominent CLuM group.  So are those attending the Bohemian
Grove encampment in Northern California.

      According to my theories, the human CLuMs are guided by unclean spirits,
the Fallen Angels of Lucifer/Satan.

      This supernatural aspect of CLuM activity explains many of the
synchronicities I record.

        These synchronicities, these "coincidences" can be explained by a sort
of time travel available to these supernatural unclean spirits.

      If you have seen the movie "Lara Croft:  Tomb Raider", then you know that
its central theme is time travel.

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No Conspiracy, Just Crap

My column this week, "7-13-01 Waging Bull" concerns lying and this week’s G-8
summit.  I’m not up for conspiracies, just commenting on the stench.  

Flavin’s Corner:

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