Johanna Faust, a mixed race Jew, prefers to publish pseudonymously. She is committed: first, to preventing war, ecological disaster, and nuclear apocalypse; last to not only fighting for personal privacy & the freedom of information, but, by representing herself as a soldier in that fight, to exhorting others to do the same. She is a poet, always. All these efforts find representation here: "ah, Mephistophelis" is so named after the last line of Christopher Marlowe's Dr. Faustus, whose heretical success flouted the censor for a time.

Sun may be behind change in laws of matter. Or is it Time. Really.

Just when we all thought things couldn't get any stranger -- 

-- not that we thought that.  

Something -- is screwing with previously un-screwable-with properties of matter.  What was previously thought of (at least by most of us) as universal constants -- like the radioactive decay rate, which for us, Gentle Reader, governs our understanding of time.  Terrence Aym sums up popular hypotheses thusly:

Now evidence has surfaced that something potentially more dangerous is happening deep within the hidden core of our life-giving star: never-before-seen particles—or some mysterious force—is being shot out from the sun and it’s hitting Earth.
Whatever it is, the evidence suggests it’s affecting all matter.

To be exact, the rate of radioactive decay -- appears -- to -- no -- longer -- be -- constant.   And they don't know why.  But it appears they know that the Sun is the culprit, and that it is possible that neither neutrinos nor some previously unknown force are the cause, but could in fact be the effect.

Time dilation?

Excuse me, but I just barely had my coffee.  What?!

Be seeing you.  

Time dilation?!?

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