The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

April 20, 2005

' full demand'

no no no no no
i demand that you show my work
you need to show my work if you don't show my work i'll die
no no no not that way
i demand you show my work because of its merit not that i want to live
i'm not sure i want to live anyway and i don't want to live if you don't
  show my work
no no no no why would you want to show my work that way
i want you to show my work this way
i want the frame i need the frame there must be silence
there must be silence surrounding my work silence inhabits my work
without silence my work is noise and nothing but noise
with silence there is the anticipation of my work and the memory of my
my work my work my work it's all about my work
i want my work shown with a very high ceiling an invisible high ceiling
shown with a dark black and in fact invisible floor
you're suspended between nothing visible and nothing visible
and yes of course nothing to the left and nothing to the right
and so much time that there is nothing before and there is nothing after
nothing but my work work work
no no no no no i demand you show my work my work not that way my work
  just this way just this way and no other
i demand you show my work in any case no no no no no no no just my work
just my work in any case
i want my work shown with no one entering and no one leaving
shown with no one entering before my work and no one leaving after my work
no no no no no no no no no not that way not that way at all
just this way nothing above nothing below nothing before nothing after
nothing left and nothing right no no no not that not that way
i demand you show my work

'this is the demanding letter of the work
'following the begging letter for the work
'following the implication and the complicit letter
'preceding the letter of engagement and the letter of articulation
'preceding the letter of acquiescence and the letter of no demand
'following the letter of full demand the letter of presupposition
'within the letter of presupposition the letter of full participation
'the demanding letter of the showing of the work
'following the useless begging letter of or beseeching full work of
' full demand'

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2005 10:42:37 -0400
To: sondheim@PANIX.COM
Subject: Physics News Update 728

The American Institute of Physics Bulletin of Physics News
Number 728 April 20, 2005  by Phillip F. Schewe, Ben Stein

AN OCEAN OF QUARKS.  Nuclear physicists have now demonstrated that
the material essence of the universe at a time mere microseconds
after the big bang consists of a ubiquitous quark-gluon liquid.
This huge insight comes from an experiment carried out over the past
five years at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), the giant
crusher of nuclei located at Brookhaven National Lab, where
scientists have created a toy version of the cosmos amid high-energy
collisions.  RHIC is of course not a telescope pointed at the sky
but an underground accelerator on Long Island; it is, nevertheless,
in effect, a precision cosmology instrument for viewing a very early
portion of the universe, a wild era long before the time of the
first atoms (which formed about 400,000 years after the big bang),
before the first compound nuclei such as helium (about a minute
after the big bang), before even the time when protons are thought
to have formed into stable entities (ten microseconds).

In our later, cooler epoch quarks conventionally occur in groups of
two or three.  These groupings, called mesons and baryons,
respectively, are held together by particles called gluons---which
act as agents for the strong nuclear force.  Baryons (such as
protons and neutrons), collectively called hadrons, are the normal
building blocks of any nucleus.  Could hadrons be melted or smashed
into their component quarks through violent means?  Could a nucleus
be made to rupture and spill its innards into a common swarm of
unconfined quarks and gluons?  This is what RHIC set out to show.

Let's look at what happened.  In the RHIC accelerator itself two
beams of gold ions, atoms stripped of all their electrons, are
clashed at several interaction zones around the ring-shaped
facility.  Every nucleus is a bundle of 197 protons and neutrons,
each of which shoots along with an energy of up to 100 GeV.
Therefore, when the two gold projectiles meet in a head-on "central
collision" event, the total collision energy is 40 TeV (40 trillion
electron volts).  Of this, typically 25 TeV serves as a stock of
surplus energy---call it a fireball---out of which new particles can
be created.   Indeed in many gold-gold smashups as many as 10,000
new particles are born of that fireball.  Hubble-quality pictures of
this blast of particles
(, shows the aftermath of
the fireball, but not the fireball itself.

The outward streaming particles provide all the forensic evidence
for determining the properties of the fireball.  To harvest this
debris, the RHIC detectors must be agile and very fast. The
recreation of the frenzied quark era is ephemeral, lasting only a
few times 10^-24 seconds. The size of the fireball is about 5
femtometers, its density about 100 times that of an ordinary
nucleus, and its temperature about 2 trillion degrees Kelvin or (in
energy units) 175 MeV.  RHIC was built to create that fireball.  But
was it the much-anticipated quark-gluon plasma?  The data
unexpectedly showed that the fireball looked nothing like a gas.
For one thing, potent jets of mesons and protons expected to be
squirting out of the fireball, were being suppressed.

Now, for the first time since starting nuclear collisions at RHIC in
the year 2000 and with plenty of data in hand, all four detector
groups operating at the lab have converged on a consensus opinion.
They believe that the fireball is a liquid of strongly interacting
quarks and gluons rather than a gas of weakly interacting quarks and
gluons.  The RHIC findings were reported at this week's April
meeting of the American Physical Society (APS) in Tampa, Florida in
a talk delivered by Gary Westfall (Michigan State) and at a press
conference attended by several RHIC scientists.

Brookhaven physicist Samuel Aronson said that having established the
quark-gluon-liquid nature of the pre-protonic universe, RHIC
expected to plumb the liquid's properties, such as its heat capacity
and its reaction to shock waves.  The liquid is dense but seems to
flow with very little viscosity.  It flows so freely that it
approximates an ideal, or perfect, fluid, the kind governed by the
standard laws of hydrodynamics.  At least in its flow properties the
quark liquid is therefore a classical liquid and should not be
confused with a superfluid, whose flow properties (including zero
viscosity) are dictated by quantum mechanics.

One of the reasons for RHIC's previous hesitancy in delivering a
definitive pronouncement was concern over the issue of whether the
observed nuclear liquid was composed of truly deconfined quarks and
gluons or of quarks confined within hadrons, or maybe even a mixture
of quarks and hadrons.  According to William Zajc (Columbia Univ.
and spokesperson for the PHENIX detector group at RHIC), the
patterns of particles flying out of the fireball, including
preliminary data on heavier, charm-quark-containing particles such
as D mesons, support the quark liquid picture.

To summarize, the main stories here are (1) that based on the
evidence of the RHIC data, the universe in the microsecond era would
seem to consist of a novel liquid of quarks and gluons; (2) that
RHIC has reproduced small fragments of this early phase of the
universe for detailed study; and (3) that these results are vouched
for by all four RHIC groups.  If there had been delays in making an
announcement of the results or if the exact nomenclature for the
novel nuclear matter had been left unsettled, the RHIC physicists at
the press conference seemed more interested in pursuing their new
kind of experimental science---a sort of fluid-dynamical cosmology.

(All four groups are also concurrently publishing  "white paper"
summaries of their work in the journal Nuclear Physics A.  Preprints
are available as follows: BRAHMS, ; PHENIX, ; PHOBOS, ; and STAR,

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Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2005 09:50:15 -0700
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To: Alan Sondheim <>
Subject: WWF April E-Newsletter: You Can Save Our Living Planet This Earth Day!


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---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2005 12:40:20 -0700
From: PFAW Activist Network <>
To: Alan Sondheim <>
Subject: Brace yourself: Frist going nuclear!

SUPREME COURT CAMPAIGN -- People For the American Way
April 20, 2005

Dear Alan,

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist will stop at nothing to push
his "nuclear option" on the American people. This Sunday, he is
speaking via closed circuit television to thousands of church
congregations organized by the radical right Family Research
Council as a part of "Justice Sunday," a desperate and offensive
campaign claiming that the 200 year-old Senate filibuster is
being used to target people of faith.

This is a campaign of religious McCarthyism. We must not let it
pass without calling Frist to account for his pandering to the
Religious Right and his unconscionable injection of religion
into the business of Congress. And House Speaker Tom DeLay's
recent threats against the judges in the Schiavo case make this
all the more urgent.

Support People For's response to Frist's tactics:

Frist and his "Justice Sunday" allies want to clear the path
for President Bush's extreme far-right nominations to the
federal courts, including the Supreme Court. They can do it by
nuking the filibuster, the last "check and balance" against the
majority's abuse of power.

The independence of the federal courts is all that stands
between democratic checks and balances in government and
unchecked total far-right domination. That independence rests on
our ability to defeat the nuclear option, which could come up
for a vote as early as next week.

Take a moment right now to support our efforts to defend
America's democratic traditions:

For several months, People For the American Way has been
working to educate the public, the media and elected officials
about the critical role that the filibuster has played in
protecting minority rights in the Senate. Last month, we helped
collect more than one million signatures via the Internet on
petitions presented to Frist and Senate Minority Leader Harry
Reid urging them to preserve the filibuster. In addition, People
For the American Way is continuing its long-standing opposition
to far-right nominees to the federal courts.

In a separate effort, People For the American Way Foundation,
which launched a "Mr. Smith" ad campaign a few weeks ago that
helped bring the nuclear option threat into the open, ratcheted
up its ad campaign by releasing yesterday a new ad with a
sharper message that makes the stakes ever clearer. The new ad
features Ted Nonini, the same common-sense Republican
firefighter who appeared in the original ad, telling viewers
that far-right political leaders abusing their power,
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In reaction to both organizations' efforts, the far-right has
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Radical Right and their allies on Capitol Hill are putting
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People For the American Way needs your support right now to
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---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2005 19:45:46 GMT
From: NARAL Pro-Choice America <>
To: Alan Sondheim <>
Subject: Take Action to Overturn Federal Refusal Clause TODAY!

Pro-choice champion Sen. Barbara Boxer needs your help to repeal
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Under the Federal Refusal Clause, many women may lose access to
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Allen Ginsberg or Kathy Acker or Robert Creeley dies and the lists swell
with memorials, ephemera, anecdotes, quotations, odes, forwards, from
friends, strangers, almost always loving, sometimes websites are created,
people might travel a little bit in real life, people cry, tears are
written, the swelling grows, levels, subsides, the loss is present, some
might say ever-present, others sutured over, it's moment's like these that
lists, communities, online and offline, come together, at least appear to

We're all vulnerable, we all wait our turn in the wings for our memorial,
our moment, of passing, the whisper which fades, can only fade, in this
most fragile of media, these archives that disappear as well, without
memorial, passing comments at best

Before the Net, what then?, rumors, telephone calls, almost always one to
one immediately, then perhaps the newspaper or radio announcements, if one
is sufficiently famous, perhaps a gathering at St. Mark's or other space
turned place for memorials, always carried in memory, not even the arc-
hive, someone might have made a video of the event, or an audio, anything,
but not publicly accessible, now online the archives are there, present,
naked to anyone, susceptible to hacking, damage, but at least momentarily
present, at least the denouement

What will happen to us, to me, when the words cease and others suture in,
or at least one hopes for the suturing, the swollen and marked, remarked,
residue, communal ripples, there

Or as lists increasingly list, to the side of the dead, thanatotic, encom-
iums, tottered graves, true memorials of eternal battered words, the dead
praising the dead, the graves full from one end of the infinite Net to the
other, guarded against intrusion, archives infinitely duplicated, words
presenting at the last judgment

Thomas Browne and a quincunx of urns in his honour

Lance Armstrong and the hearts of his fellow countrymen and women

Alan Sondheim and synaptic release of hard disk flash mem spasm


---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2005 20:35:36 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: LA Times - 'Bolton Should Step Aside'

Los Angeles Times
April 20, 2005


Bolton Should Step Aside

President Bush's nomination of John Bolton to become
United Nations ambassador began as an embarrassment and
is ending as a disgrace. The Senate Foreign Relations
Committee was right to delay a scheduled vote and
resist being railroaded by the administration into
approving him.

Bolton's infantile crack that it would make no
difference if the U.N. lost its top 10 floors already
testified to his unfitness to serve as the United
States' diplomat to the world. It may have been Bush's
right to appoint someone provocative yet capable. But
the revelations that have emerged over the past weeks
in the Senate call into question Bolton's basic ability
to do the job.

On issue after issue, whether North Korea or Iraq,
Bolton has wielded a wrecking ball. It might be
possible to wave off one allegation of the misuse of
intelligence - infighting always takes place in the
government bureaucracy - but Bolton appears to have
willfully and systematically suppressed and misused
classified information, including bullying civil
service officials who dared to challenge his
apocalyptic assessments of North Korean, Iraqi and
Cuban weapons programs. Former CIA Deputy Director John
McLaughlin apparently had to intervene to protect a
Latin American analyst from Bolton's wrath; Carl W.
Ford Jr., the State Department's former assistant
secretary of intelligence and research - the only
government bureau to get it right on Iraq - describes
him as a "serial abuser." And Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.)
is rightly inquiring about Bolton's unusual request to
look at National Security Administration intercepts and
why he asked for the identities of analysts. Why

The best case that can be made for Bolton is that he's
no worse than other neoconservative officials in the
Pentagon who manipulated intelligence about Iraqi
weapons of mass destruction. But Bolton also appears to
have a mean streak, a pattern of arrogant recklessness
that bodes ill for this assignment. If there is anyone
in the U.S. government who needs to be infinitely
patient, it's the ambassador at the U.N., who must
constantly engage representatives of dozens of nations
- diplomats Bolton would no doubt find infinitely
annoying. Not only does he lack the temperament for the
job, it's hard to imagine why he'd want it.

Bolton surely can't want the job now, with the world on
notice that even the Republican Senate has its
misgivings about his nomination. Bush may find it hard
to back down, so Bolton should do him and his country a
favor and step aside. Maybe there is a consolation
prize the White House could offer him. How about
ambassador to France?

Copyright 2005 Los Angeles Times,0,1738794.story

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