Sunday, November 17, 2013

Peace on Earth - 1939 cartoon

In 1955, it was remade again to address the issue of nuclear war. Here is the cartoon from 1955:

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Some good rules for living from a poster at

Here is a good post from the poster "Steerpike" commenting on an article at entitled "Living in America will drive you insane -- literally."


Do NOT get into debt to go to college: you will ruin your twenties and thirties and you will hate the job you get. Everybody STOP going to college on these terms NOW.

Turn off the screens. ALL OF THEM. Particularly the ones in front of any child under the age of five. 

Get rid of your smart phone and get a regular old mobile. Get rid of your iPad: it is a useless DISTRACTION and every minute spent on it is a wasted minute.

Stop eating processed food and meat. US meat gives you CANCER. No more sugar, HFCS or salt.

Get OUT of the US for a few years and see how other people live. Learn from your mistakes. 

Do NOT get a mortgage until you are SURE you want one. Stay mobile at least until you are thirty.

Do not watch, read or listen to the news or talk radio.

Move out of the suburbs. Live in the country or a city but stay away from those graveyards of the human spirit.

Be creative: learn to paint, play an instrument, write (ON PAPER WITH A PEN) or draw.

READ REAL PAPER BOOKS: old ones, not ones mass-produced by Barnes and Noble. Dump the chick lit read the classics: ALL OF THEM until you run out.

Reject modern life. Live AS IF IT WAS 50 years ago. Ignore all modern pop-culture. Drop out."

Friday, June 14, 2013

Pope Francis says we must stop outbursts that lead us to anger or insults

June 13, 2013. ( This morning, at the Vatican's Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis celebrated Mass in Spanish. It's the first time he has done so, as Pontiff. The Mass was attended by employees of Argentinian embassies and consulates in Italy. In his homily, the Pope talked about not putting people down.

He said it's often easy or creative to use nicknames for people. But the Pope said that even if this is common and well-meant, especially in Latin cultures, it can sometimes be insulting.

“I would like to ask the Lord to give us all the grace to guard our words, to watch what we say about others. It is a small penance, but it bears a lot of fruit. Sometimes, we think:‘I would like to taste that fruit and take the chance of criticizing  another person.' But if we don't give into that hunger, it bears fruit and in the long run it's good for us. That's why we must ask the Lord for this grace, where we can  adapt our lives to this new law, which is the law of patience, the law of love, the law of peace. We can at least try and hold our tongues a little, hold the comments we make of others. The outbursts that lead us to anger or insults. May the Lord grant us all this grace.”

Then the Pope joked with his fellow countrymen. He said he was glad to celebrate the Mass in Spanish, something he had not done since February 26th, when he was last in Argentina.

Friday, March 1, 2013

NASA's Van Allen Probes Reveal a New Radiation Belt Around Earth
Feb. 28, 2013

NASA's Van Allen Probes mission has discovered a previously unknown third radiation belt around Earth, revealing the existence of unexpected structures and processes within these hazardous regions of space.
Previous observations of Earth's Van Allen belts have long documented two distinct regions of trapped radiation surrounding our planet.

Particle detection instruments aboard the twin Van Allen Probes, launched Aug. 30, quickly revealed to scientists the existence of this new, transient, third radiation belt.

Two giant swaths of radiation, known as the Van Allen Belts, surrounding Earth were discovered in 1958. In 2012, observations from the Van Allen Probes showed that a third belt can sometimes appear. The radiation is shown here in yellow, with green representing the spaces between the belts. (Credit: NASA/Van Allen Probes/Goddard Space Flight Center)

The belts, named for their discoverer, James Van Allen, are critical regions for modern society, which is dependent on many space-based technologies. The Van Allen belts are affected by solar storms and space weather and can swell dramatically. When this occurs, they can pose dangers to communications and GPS satellites, as well as humans in space.

"The fantastic new capabilities and advances in technology in the Van Allen Probes have allowed scientists to see in unprecedented detail how the radiation belts are populated with charged particles and will provide insight on what causes them to change, and how these processes affect the upper reaches of Earth's atmosphere," said John Grunsfeld, NASA's associate administrator for science in Washington.

This discovery shows the dynamic and variable nature of the radiation belts and improves our understanding of how they respond to solar activity. The findings, published February 28 in the journal Science, are the result of data gathered by the first dual-spacecraft mission to fly through our planet's radiation belts.

The new high-resolution observations by the Relativistic Electron Proton Telescope (REPT) instrument, part of the Energetic Particle, Composition, and Thermal Plasma Suite (ECT) aboard the Van Allen Probes, revealed there can be three distinct, long-lasting belt structures with the emergence of a second empty slot region, or space, in between.

"This is the first time we have had such high-resolution instruments look at time, space and energy together in the outer belt," said Daniel Baker, lead author of the study and REPT instrument lead at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

"Previous observations of the outer radiation belt only resolved it as a single blurry element. When we turned REPT on just two days after launch, a powerful electron acceleration event was already in progress, and we clearly saw the new belt and new slot between it and the outer belt."

Scientists observed the third belt for four weeks before a powerful interplanetary shock wave from the sun annihilated it.

Observations were made by scientists from institutions including LASP; NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.; Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M.; and the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.

Each Van Allen Probe carries an identical set of five instrument suites that allow scientists to gather data on the belts in unprecedented detail. The data are important for the study of the effect of space weather on Earth, as well as fundamental physical processes observed around other objects, such as planets in our solar system and distant nebulae.

"Even 55 years after their discovery, the Earth's radiation belts still are capable of surprising us and still have mysteries to discover and explain," said Nicky Fox, Van Allen Probes deputy project scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md.

"We thought we knew the radiation belts, but we don't. The advances in technology and detection made by NASA in this mission already have had an almost immediate impact on basic science."

The Van Allen Probes are the second mission in NASA's Living With a Star Program to explore aspects of the connected sun-Earth system that directly affect life and society. Goddard manages the program. The Applied Physics Laboratory built the spacecraft and manages the mission for NASA.

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