Biggest solar storm in years nears Earth, may disrupt power

March 7, 2012 Comments off

USA Today Reports:

Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Prediction Center said the sun erupted Tuesday evening and the effects should start smacking Earth late Wednesday night, close to midnight ET. They say it is the biggest in five years and growing.

The magnetic storm has the potential to trip electrical power grids. Its radio emissions can disrupt global positioning systems to make them less accurate. It also could damage satellites.

Scientists said communication problems and radiation from the storm will probably force airplanes to avoid flying over the north and south poles. Colorful auroras may be more visible.

Track what’s happening at Space Weather.com

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Thomas Jefferson Wise Words to Our Generation

February 8, 2012 Comments off

“I hope we shall crush… in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country.”

~ Thomas Jefferson

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Helen Frankenthaler, American abstract painter, dies at 83

December 28, 2011 Comments off

Updated: ANTARCTIC SOLAR ECLIPSE – November 25th

November 22, 2011 Comments off

UPDATE from Space Weather.com CME IMPACT: As predicted by analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab, a coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth’s magnetic field at approximately 2145 UT on Nov. 28th. The impact was weaker than expected, but it still produced bright auroras around the Arctic Circle.

Click this link for spectacular photos.

Space Weather.com reports: ANTARCTIC SOLAR ECLIPSE: On Nov. 25th the Moon will pass in front of the sun, slightly off-center, producing a partial solar eclipse visible from Antarctica, Tasmania, and parts of South Africa and New Zealand. Maximum coverage occurs about 100 miles off the coast of Antarctica where the sun will appear to be a slender 9% crescent

Woody Allen, a True American Master

November 22, 2011 Comments off

Am watching PBS American Master series on writer, filmmaker, musician, and observer of life – Woody Allen. Enjoy the opening of one of his best films, Manhattan.

Daily Thought

October 26, 2011 Comments off

Cooperation breeds evolution, and problems can be solved by applied cooperative intelligence and skills.

- Robert Wilkinson

Truth, Beauty and How We Approach Our Life

October 19, 2011 Comments off

“Protect me from the cynical mind
That scoffs at Truth and Beauty
And makes of no account
Those things which are of good report.”

This was spoken in the recent HBO special, Living in the Material World about the late musician, George Harrison.

One of the people I follow regularly is astrologer, Robert Wilkinson. He wrote an insightful article today, A Thought On Cynics, Critics, and Others Who Judge Too Harshly. An excerpt from this article:

So often we humans take a one-sided approach to how we view and interpret things. So often we humans only see that which we believe is in error, and forget to praise the good, true, and beautiful. So often we humans offer a stronger negative to what our minds judge rather than offer an acknowledgment of “those things which are of good report.”

Last evening I was reading again some writings by social philosopher, Erich Fromm and find again something related:

“There is only one possible, productive solution for the relationship of individualized man with the world: his active solidarity with all men and his spontaneous activity, love and work, which unite him again with the world, not by primary ties but as a free and independent individual…. However, if the economic, social and political conditions… do not offer a basis for the realization of individuality in the sense just mentioned, while at the same time people have lost those ties which gave them security, this lag makes freedom an unbearable burden. It then becomes identical with doubt, with a kind of life which lacks meaning and direction. Powerful tendencies arise to escape from this kind of freedom into submission or some kind of relationship to man and the world which promises relief from uncertainty, even if it deprives the individual of his freedom.” (Erich Fromm, Escape from Freedom [N.Y.: Rinehart, 1941], pp. 36–7. The point is repeated on pp. 31, 256–7.)

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