Timelapse Of The Future


From melodysheep –

We start in 2019 and travel exponentially through time, witnessing the future of Earth, the death of the sun, the end of all stars, proton decay, zombie galaxies, possible future civilizations, exploding black holes, the effects of dark energy, alternate universes, the final fate of the cosmos – to name a few.

This is a picture of the future as painted by modern science – a picture that will surely evolve over time as we dig for more clues to how our story will unfold. Much of the science is very recent – and new puzzle pieces are still waiting to be found.

To me, this overhead view of time gives a profound perspective – that we are living inside the hot flash of the Big Bang, the perfect moment to soak in the sights and sounds of a universe in its glory days, before it all fades away.  Although the end will eventually come, we have a practical infinity of time to play with if we play our cards right. The future may look bleak, but we have enormous potential as a species.

Featuring the voices of David Attenborough, Craig Childs, Brian Cox, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michelle Thaller, Lawrence Krauss, Michio Kaku, Mike Rowe, Phil Plait, Janna Levin, Stephen Hawking, Sean Carroll, Alex Filippenko, and Martin Rees.”

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Hello Again, You Perfect Moon


Somewhere beyond rivulets of torrential rain assaulting the bedroom window, a full, plump harvest moon prickles with sunlit illumination. Consumed by late night melancholy, my heart aches for restorative lunar wonder. Doesn’t matter to me how often I’ve posted this video. I’ll do it again, and again and again because it makes me smile. This is my happy place – have you ever really seen the Moon?

U.S. is unprepared to wage war or make peace


Phil Ebersole's Blog

It’s been a long time since the United States has won a war.  Fred Reed, a Vietnam veteran and former military correspondent, wrote a good article earlier this week on why this is so.

There are a lot of reasons, but the basic one is that the U.S. government is not serious about war because American survival has not been at stake in any recent conflict.  This may not always be true.

President George W. Bush, listening to the advice of Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, launched invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq under the illusion that victory would be quick and relatively easy.  By the end of his administration, he learned his lesson.  He fired Rumsfeld, stopped listening to Cheney and began troop withdrawal from Iraq.

President Barack Obama did not quite have the nerve to completely wind down Bush’s interventions and be the one to have to admit defeat…

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False Flag


Okay so you haven’t heard of the McFiles Network, few have, it boasts a paltry 12.7 thousand followers. Trouble is there are thousands of sites just like it. We ask ourselves how Trump prevailed in 2016, convince ourselves it couldn’t possibly happen again. News flash – it can and will if we don’t stop clucking sureties that conservative America knows better than to repeat itself.

Last week ultra right wing conspiracy theorists Chris McDonald and Mark Taylor broadcast blustering agreement that Hurricane Dorian is a “false flag” created by the deep state to distract Americans from the fact former FBI Director James Comey along with un-named high level members of Obama’s administration are destined to serve time in federal prison.

“When you get these stories and all of a sudden—boom—you’ve got an almost Category 6 storm, it does not take a genius to figure out it’s called a distraction and it’s called a false flag.”

“Absolutely, brother,” agreed Taylor. “These guys are going to be indicted, they are going to go to jail, they are going to go to prison so it’s coming, guys, we just have to be patient. But it’s not by coincidence that the hordes of chaos have been released because they know their time is short.”

Chris McDonald and Mark Taylor Agreed That Hurricane Dorian Is a ‘False Flag’

McDonald and Taylor support Trump, as do countless like minded right wing bulldozers. Unless America suspends belief, acknowledges mindsets of  formidable conservative brick walls and vows to extract voter outrage from every last citizen – Trump will stain the White House in 2020.

When in need of a stinging reminder, go to Right Wing Watch linked below –

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Sourdough Bread as a Metaphor for Contemporaneous Society


Embrace Serendipity

Sourdough LoafWhen is a hole, not a good thing? We’re talking bread here, folks.  Bread, the staff of life. Sometimes, seemingly, my reason for living. (just kidding) That aromatic concoction made of yeast and flour and water and salt, and for the best loaves nothing more.

I follow numerous bread themes — wanting to keep my “finger” on the pulse of the field, as it were.  As long as I keep my finger out of the batter… right?

Recently I’ve noticed several sourdough bakers who have been taking great pride in the airiness of their loaves. eyebrowraise_happyface16Posting pictures to “brag” about the amazing aeration of their finished products I have sometimes looked at the results with more than one raised eyebrow.

There comes a time when the ability to do something new does not guarantee a better result than has been achieved heretofore.

The topic of airspace in bread might seem…

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LET US NOT TO THE


CASSANDRIC

MARRIAGE OF TRUE MINDS ADMIT IMPEDIMENTS

etc etc etc yada yada yada and so forth ad infinitem. Now impedimate your mind with this snippet—

 “… Of course,  considering its accuracy, age, and the fact that its artistic style was not consistent with what was known from the era it supposedly belongs to, it was thought that what has come to be known as the Nebra Sky Disk was nothing more than a hoax or forgery, and prehistory professor at the University of Bristol, Richard Harrison, would say of it:

When I first heard about the Nebra Disc I thought it was a joke, indeed I thought it was a forgery. Because it’s such an extraordinary piece that it wouldn’t surprise any of us that a clever forger had cooked this up in a backroom and sold it for a lot of money …”

—referring to this beast   down finger

—which I…

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We The People …


Filosofa's Word

“… government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

The above words were spoken by President Abraham Lincoln on Thursday, November 19, 1863, at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  The speech was to become one of the best-known speeches in the history of this nation.  Read the words again, please. lincolnToday, I truthfully and without rhetoric or bombast, state that the government of the people, by the people, and for the people has, in fact, perished from at least the United States.  The word ‘democracy’ is a fantasy that is bandied about by some, but the majority of us can plainly see what is before our very eyes … we have been had.

Earlier this year, four of the world’s largest auto makers — Ford Motor Company, Volkswagen of America, Honda and BMW – struck a deal…

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World power and the rise and fall of population


Phil Ebersole's Blog

Modern-day demographers view the nations of the world at different stages of what’s called the demographic transition.   And what stage they’re in has a lot to do with their power on the world scene.

There are nations at an early stage of the transition, with high fertility rates (number of births per woman).  There are nations at a middle stage of the transition, with fertility rates falling but population still growing.  And there are nations at the end stage of the transition, where the fertility rate is less than needed to replace the current population.

A demographer named Paul Morland, in a book called THE HUMAN TIDE: How Population Shaped the Modern World, explained how population growth and decline is related to geopolitical power.  There are nations with small populations that are rich, and there are nations with large populations have been poor and weak, but there are no…

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