October 9th, 2008

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Good Morning!

Last night I watched a piece on foreclosed homes. People walk, run, or drive away from their home, leaving everything, which is then dumped into the garbage. Banks won't even allow time for it to go to Good Will.

One wonders why, since the home probably is not going to sell for awhile, if ever. They may just deteriorate over time back into the ground.

Joan at http://jblindsight.livejournal.com posts this:

The US government's debts have ballooned so badly the National Debt Clock in New York has run out of digits to record the spiraling figure.
The digital counter marks the national debt level, but when that passed the $10 trillion point last month, the sign could not display the full amount.
The board was erected to highlight the $2.7 trillion level of debt in 1989.

I watch this, this morning.


I think we are all stunned, or I am stunned, and I sit here this morning, looking out on another beautiful day, though the light seems subdued. The light feels subdued inside and out. I see it as an opening for us to recognize connection and to see what greed has exposed.
This was about greed and now we pay the price, and my redwood tree still grows. A branch reaches out a little further today texturing my view of the sky.

William Blake - Jacob's Ladder

Optimism -

Last night driving home I heard a piece of Eric Schmidt's talk at the Commonwealth Club.  He is the CEO of Google and he is a positive guy.

I am trying to find a transcript, but this is the description of the event.

Would "Drill, Baby, Drill" be part of Google's vision for green energy? Yes, but not drilling for oil. CEO Schmidt says punching down into the Earth to capture natural and clean geothermal energy could help move the United States away from its dependence on petroleum. Google's new energy plan also calls for a bold move into solar and wind power. It would cost $2.7 trillion through 2030. However, Schmidt says it would generate $2.1 trillion in energy savings. And it would create hundreds of thousands of jobs. And help fight global warming.

ocean by san base, searby friend

Yes, we can!

In the film, Learning Gravity, there are many shots of the ocean. There is time to watch the waves and sky. It is soothing even in a movie, and here, we are today, each with our own view of the sky and if we've seen the ocean, we can imagine it in our mind, those wondrous breaking waves.

Here is an article on Google. http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/10/02/business/google.php

I haven't yet watched all of the following, but I appreciate that Eric Schmidt is asking for vision, cooperation and solutions. The sky is not falling. I look out my window and see very clearly that it is well in place, and I reach down now to feel my feet on the ground and my head stroked by the energy of creativity and space.

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Planetariums -

I love planetariums. When there is one to visit, I am there.

This article is key to read on how the Chicago planetarium was not funded and yet should be.


I have to believe that the McPain lies are coming home to roost. No one can vote for these two at this point. They can't even agree, and their ignorance and meanness is beyond belief. They are certainly stretching our imaginations as to horror. Of course, I thought Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo already did that.

I remember reading somewhere that in some belief system, most likely "primitive," of course, we each have our own star in the sky when we die. I wonder now if we have to earn it. I can't imagine that those who do not reverence the importance of planetariums in our society, are going to have much of a place to brighten in the heavens with their death.

Maybe that is what is meant by the lights going out. It is up to each of us to wish for Tinkerbell, to believe in the power of love, care, and education for the innocent children we create. I love to look into Zach's eyes. He has the most amazing eyes. They are so intricate and blue and he sees and perceives so amazingly well. Yesterday, he was crossing a very difficult bridge. It is like a series of lily pads and the child has to take a huge step into space between each one. Some of the pads hang and bounce and some are stable, and he spent a great deal of time studying and feeling the difference.

We each need to note, with the intensity of a stimulated and well-loved child, what matters. Museums and planetariums are key, are what allow our children to dream and stretch.

I believe I said when I went to the Legion of Honor a few weeks ago and looked at the memorials and the building, I wondered if Palin had ever been in one, if she has any concept of the importance of art and honoring in a society. Now, we learn that the McPain team doesn't even value a planetarium. Perhaps they think the stars at night are just painted on a dome, that on the day of the Rapture, God will raise the lid of the dome. If that is so, something tells me they are not going to be the ones in the final lift.

God has standards too.

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Speaking in code -

It occurs to me now that bringing up the planetarium is another way the GOP speaks in code to those "in the know."

I keep reading that Palin slips symbols and symbolism into her talks that those who agree with her "get."  I realize there are probably many more things less beneficial than a planetarium projector that Obama requested for the state of Illinois, but look at what a planetarium symbolizes, science and eons of time and evolution.     They might mention the Big Bang in a Planetarium.    It is an indirect way of saying that Obama believes in science, and therefore opposes creationism.  It is insidious and coldly calculated.   We need to keep our eye focused on the ball they swing and not get hypnotized into missing the point. 

palomar observatory - alan

Funding the planetarium -

If you want to help fund the Adler planetarium, and make a statement in support of Barack, you can give money here.


It would be lovely to see support pour in for this.

Rather than having to go through the hassle of donating online, and creating a password and such, you can mail a check to The Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois, 60605-2403.

Send it in the name of Barack Obama. Let's inundate them. Send a check for $5.00, $10.00, or more.
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Support Bill Ayers -

I remember when Dukakis was attacked for being a "carry carrying member of the Civil Liberties Union," and I thought why is this a bad thing, but the tone said clearly it was., and so he lost. Limbic brain one. Neocortex not.

In this with Bill Ayers, my awareness has been that Barack was eight years old when anything may have occurred, and their connection now seems based around education, my very favorite thing.

I receive this from Joan Callahan of Chicago, the city where I was born.

"We know the Ayers family, who give much to the community both here and abroad."

Check this out: http://www.supportbillayers.org/

The only threat is from those who attack without fact. Gobama!!

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from the Oct. 13 New Yorker -

The New Yorker does a great job this week of explaining why Barack is our guy.  It also talks about the movie set Bush created in Crawford, Texas.  There is a reason he never looked quite comfortable on the range.  


from the New Yorker:


The Choice

October 13, 2008

Never in living memory has an election been more critical than the one fast approaching—that’s the quadrennial cliché, as expected as the balloons and the bombast. And yet when has it ever felt so urgently true? When have so many Americans had so clear a sense that a Presidency has—at the levels of competence, vision, and integrity—undermined the country and its ideals?

The incumbent Administration has distinguished itself for the ages. The Presidency of George W. Bush is the worst since Reconstruction, so there is no mystery about why the Republican Party—which has held dominion over the executive branch of the federal government for the past eight years and the legislative branch for most of that time—has little desire to defend its record, domestic or foreign. The only speaker at the Convention in St. Paul who uttered more than a sentence or two in support of the President was his wife, Laura. Meanwhile, the nominee, John McCain, played the part of a vaudeville illusionist, asking to be regarded as an apostle of change after years of embracing the essentials of the Bush agenda with ever-increasing ardor.

The Republican disaster begins at home. Even before taking into account whatever fantastically expensive plan eventually emerges to help rescue the financial system from Wall Street’s long-running pyramid schemes, the economic and fiscal picture is bleak. During the Bush Administration, the national debt, now approaching ten trillion dollars, has nearly doubled. Next year’s federal budget is projected to run a half-trillion-dollar deficit, a precipitous fall from the seven-hundred-billion-dollar surplus that was projected when Bill Clinton left office. Private-sector job creation has been a sixth of what it was under President Clinton. Five million people have fallen into poverty. The number of Americans without health insurance has grown by seven million, while average premiums have nearly doubled. Meanwhile, the principal domestic achievement of the Bush Administration has been to shift the relative burden of taxation from the rich to the rest. For the top one per cent of us, the Bush tax cuts are worth, on average, about a thousand dollars a week; for the bottom fifth, about a dollar and a half. The unfairness will only increase if the painful, yet necessary, effort to rescue the credit markets ends up preventing the rescue of our health-care system, our environment, and our physical, educational, and industrial infrastructure.

At the same time, a hundred and fifty thousand American troops are in Iraq and thirty-three thousand are in Afghanistan. There is still disagreement about the wisdom of overthrowing Saddam Hussein and his horrific regime, but there is no longer the slightest doubt that the Bush Administration manipulated, bullied, and lied the American public into this war and then mismanaged its prosecution in nearly every aspect. The direct costs, besides an expenditure of more than six hundred billion dollars, have included the loss of more than four thousand Americans, the wounding of thirty thousand, the deaths of tens of thousands of Iraqis, and the displacement of four and a half million men, women, and children. Only now, after American forces have been fighting for a year longer than they did in the Second World War, is there a glimmer of hope that the conflict in Iraq has entered a stage of fragile stability.


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Global warming -

Coat sales have been down in NY the last few winters.  It is warm.    It is warm in Yosemite too.

Climate change forcing critters to move up

Thursday, October 9, 2008


(10-09) 18:06 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- From the mountains of Yosemite to the tropical lowlands of Costa Rica, global warming is forcing animals and plants to move to higher and higher elevations, searching for climates that have allowed them to evolve and thrive for millions of years.

The exodus from less tolerable habitats to cooler and more benign environments has been taking place for nearly a century, according scientists who scrambled over rocks and ridges, through steamy rain forests and up steep volcanic slopes to complete their painstaking surveys.

And in a few cases, the moves are taking a toll: Some mountain animals, left with smaller ranges to forage for food, may face extinction, while others are up against Darwinian competition as their new habitats intrude on already-established animal populations.

"These kinds of changes have been going on forever," said James L. Patton, a biologist at UC Berkeley's Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. "The only difference is that this has probably happened in our lifetime. It's the speed with which these changes are taking place that gives one pause."


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