As much as I (along with Ben) enjoyed the Neil deGrasse Tyson version of Cosmos, the original version still stands the test of time and holds my fascination. In the early 1980’s I consumed the book while underwater aboard USS Michigan. In an era before easily available videotapes, I tried desperately to catch reruns on PBS while in port. Today, the DVD’s stand proudly on my shelf, one of the designated “Most Important” items that I never pack away when I move about. The set is a prize and while it will no doubt, eventually be replaced by streaming versions (as yet not available), it remains one of my “go-to” watches when I am feeling contemplative.
In one of the episodes, Sagan talks rather extensively about astrology and its impact in both history and science. It is remarkable, that today, in the 21st Century, when we are knowledgeable enough to understand that the positions of stars and planets cannot possibly impact our lives, astrology not only remains but flourishes. Much like the mid 16th Century when, for a coin, a street astrologer would cast a horoscope, we pay for internet access to get the same thing.
Why do we do this? Is it really as simple as “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose?“
It’s a nuclear meltdown!
Apparently, it’s the end of the world because Justice Kavanaugh was confirmed. It’s not, and it’s really just a very small portion of the population that’s tweeting that he should be murdered. they are loud and they are obnoxious, but there’s only a small number of them.
Meanwhile, Conservative activists are just as stupid. Stop with the post about Justice Ginsberg “forgetting” the 14th amendment. She didn’t, and if you had actually watched the video instead of just reading the headline you would know that not only did she NOT forget it, you don’t know the relevant text word for word either.
Stormy Daniels brought her “act” to Sacramento. In addition to the usual collection of creepy old dudes giving her money to “dance” for them, half of the audience was women. They came (Phrasing!) to “support” her for having been paid for having sex with the President when he wasn’t the President.
A new United Nations report says that we must double our efforts to combat Climate Change. In Five Billion years nobody will care.