Daily Archives: August 20, 2017

Noam Chomsky August 21, 2017 – Can We Save Our Democracy and History!

Noam Chomsky

Published on Aug 20, 2017

Locating Ourselves in the Big Picture: Learning About Our Role in the Cosmic Narrative | EV & N – #253 – CCTV





The rare solar eclipse of 21 August reminds us of our proper role in the cosmic narrative. We should be capturing carbon, not oxidizing it. Yet the nation-state apparatus in virtually every industrialized country that used carbon to generate their wealth over the last two centuries is not in the control of those who became extraordinarily wealthy by dominating carbon-based industries.

As a result, the political leadership has become a totally owned subsidiary of the fossil fuel industries to such an extent that the former Chief Executive Officer of the largest, most wealthy and most notably compromised petroleum company in human history has now become the Foreign Minister (Secretary of State) of the most powerful country in the world

With this tradition of recruiting “leadership” it is little wonder that industrialized countries around the world are now directed head-long for scenarios of self-destruction and extinction. The understanding of their leaders is 180 degrees turned around and absolutely wrong-headed. They feel we live on a planet with infinite material resources and limited energy supplies. They are each locked in a struggle with one another to dominate, control, extract and ignite the last remaining fossil carbon reserves.

In reality — as the solar eclipse should make dramatically apparent to all humans with the capacity for thought — we live on a planet with finite resources and an infinite through-put supply of solar energy. Unless we can come to that awareness soon, and collectively change the internal logic of economies of perpetual surplus toward economies of perpetual sustainability, we are going to assure our extinction.

As an old Chinese proverb phrased the obvious: “If you don’t change direction, you will most likely end up where you are headed.” This is not good news for industrial democracies, based on the illusion of perpetual growth– nor, for that matter, or any other human communities on Earth either. They will inexorably drawn in the the death throes of collapsing, non-renewable civilizations.

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Stellar Facts about Solar Eclipses

NOVA PBS Official
Published on Aug 18, 2017

From Babylonian kings to dangerous solar storms, discover surprising facts about solar eclipses.

Eclipse Over America Sneak Peek

NOVA PBS Official

Published on Aug 17, 2017

The country’s first solar eclipse in 99 years will cast a light on the Sun’s secrets.

Airing August 21, 2017 at 9 pm on PBS

The Great American Eclipse | Space Time

PBS Space Time

Published on May 10, 2017

The first total solar eclipse in over 40 years is about to hit the United States. Get 15% off your next purchase at https://www.legalzoom.com/spacetime. LegalZoom is not a law firm or a substitute for the advice of an attorney. And be sure to check out Vanessa Hill’s documentary Mutant Menu https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrDM6…

Earth’s motion around the Sun, not as simple as I thought

Aryan Navabi

Published on Jan 16, 2010

CassioPeia Project

NASA | Fiery Looping Rain on the Sun

NASA Goddard

Published on Feb 20, 2013

Eruptive events on the sun can be wildly different. Some come just with a solar flare, some with an additional ejection of solar material called a coronal mass ejection (CME), and some with complex moving structures in association with changes in magnetic field lines that loop up into the sun’s atmosphere, the corona.

On July 19, 2012, an eruption occurred on the sun that produced all three. A moderately powerful solar flare exploded on the sun’s lower right hand limb, sending out light and radiation. Next came a CME, which shot off to the right out into space. And then, the sun treated viewers to one of its dazzling magnetic displays — a phenomenon known as coronal rain.

Over the course of the next day, hot plasma in the corona cooled and condensed along strong magnetic fields in the region. Magnetic fields, themselves, are invisible, but the charged plasma is forced to move along the lines, showing up brightly in the extreme ultraviolet wavelength of 304 Angstroms, which highlights material at a temperature of about 50,000 Kelvin. This plasma acts as a tracer, helping scientists watch the dance of magnetic fields on the sun, outlining the fields as it slowly falls back to the solar surface.

The footage in this video was collected by the Solar Dynamics Observatory’s AIA instrument. SDO collected one frame every 12 seconds, and the movie plays at 30 frames per second, so each second in this video corresponds to 6 minutes of real time. The video covers 12:30 a.m. EDT to 10:00 p.m. EDT on July 19, 2012.

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How Earth Moves


Published on Jun 13, 2016

Environmental migrants – the last illusion: Alessandro Grassani at TEDxBerlin

TEDx Talks

Published on Dec 22, 2013

No place like home–finding justice for climate refugees: Stephan Jermendy at TEDxCourtauldInstitute

TEDx Talks

Published on Apr 28, 2014

Stephan Jermendy is part of the campaigns team at the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF). EJF works to protect the environment and defend human rights internationally, believing that no community should be saddled with more environmental burdens than any other. In this impassioned talk, Stephan explains how climate change is not just an environmental issue, but also a human rights issue.