Happy Diwali


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“Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.” ~Theodore Roethk

 “The god Vishnu, warned by the sun and the moon, caught the Demon Rahu drinking the elixir of life and as punishment sliced off the demon’s head before the elixir passed through his throat. The immortal head takes his revenge on the celestial bodies by devouring them, but because he has no body, they re-emerge after he swallows them.”

It seems the struggle between light and darkness runs deep in the human psyche. Just about every creation mythology begins with the struggle between light and dark. The strange thing is that for those that favor science over Faith creation begins with the universe being flooded with light only to grow dark with the eons as galaxies drift apart. Of course, Science offers a return to light as the universe crunches itself back, OUCH!

Beyond science and Mythology we have the drudgery of the human condition and at this time it seems our darker natures have taken over.  Regardless of the ever encompassing black hole of HATE masquerading as our president, the darkness is there to remind us that we must do better.

You cannot pierce the dark veil of hate with tiki torches it must be done with truth. Every time a dark mind tries to muddle the truth remember Goethe’s dying words “More light!” This is how we should answer in return. “More light!”

“It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”― Leonard Cohen
“Electrical science has revealed to us the true nature of light has provided us with innumerable appliances and instruments of precision, and has thereby vastly added to the exactness of our knowledge.” ― Nikola Tesla

“Because you are women, people will force their thinking on you, their boundaries on you. They will tell you how to dress, how to behave, who you can meet and where you can go. Don’t live in the shadows of people’s judgment. Make your own choices in the light of your own wisdom.”  ― Amitabh Bachchan

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” ― Plato

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445 Responses to Happy Diwali

  1. Darth says:

    “A floating mass of plastic and styrofoam found off the coast of Honduras”

  2. Darth says:

    These are hand drawn with a graphite pencil.

    Giacomo Burattini hyperrealist artist http://giacomoburattini.tumblr.com/page/5

  3. MSolomon2 says:

    Roger Ailes’ Biographer on How Trump and Fox News Are a Hydra-Headed Beast
    Slate

    The relationship between Trump and Fox News is much closer to the way Putin’s state-run media functions than an American media institution.

    https://apple.news/At1ctif9jSRyC5NAq4H4Bqw

    • Darth says:

      “I know you talked about Fox & Friends, but Hannity, who Trump just gave an hour sit-down interview with, is perhaps the most influential outside adviser to the Trump administration. I was talking to a very prominent Fox person recently who was telling me how often Hannity talks to Trump. Trump calls him almost every night”

      Hannity kisses his ass relentlessly. Trump’s drug of choice.

      • MSolomon2 says:

        Absolute-Truth! I just don’t understand it, all the endless almost philosophizing over what “motivates” trump, why he does and says/behaves the way he does? – It’s ALL about his MASSIVELY distorted ego and nothing else! That couldn’t be clearer. I can’t believe the bs in “the media” all the hand-wringing over his “motivations” as if somehow this wasn’t known, wasn’t utterly clear!?! – i guess they just can’t bring themselves to say it, how totally twisted-batshit nuts he is…

  4. Jack Cassidy says:

    Scientists May Have Found the Real Cause of Dyslexia—And a Way to Treat It

    BY MICHELE DEBCZAK OCTOBER 18, 2017

    “Dyslexia is often described as trying to read letters as they jump around the page. Because of its connections to reading difficulties and trouble in school, the condition is often blamed on the brain. But according to a new study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the so-called learning disability may actually start in the eyes.

    As The Guardian reports, a team of French scientists say they’ve discovered a key physiological difference between the eyes of those with dyslexia and those without it. Our eyes have tiny light-receptor cells called rods and cones. The center of a region called the fovea is dominated by cones, which are also responsible for color perception.”

    http://mentalfloss.com/article/507941/scientists-may-have-found-real-cause-dyslexia—and-way-treat-it

    • Darth says:

      “diagnosing the disorder could be as simple as giving an eye exam.”

      This would be huge. It makes me wonder about how many other “learning disabilities” that are in reality linked to some sort of sensory deprivation.

      • Jack Cassidy says:

        These “sensory” conditions may be linked to so much I feel. I’m told by many people that I have some kind of color blindness and even before my visual woes I always had issues with certain letters b,d,s,e never been DX as dyslexic so if there’s an eye test I’ll do it.

    • Classical Gas says:

      That’s a great find! This could open a lot of doors in the research field – not to mention helping a lot of folks!

  5. Jack Cassidy says:

    ALIENS!

    Published October 19, 2017
    Something is floating around Saturn and NASA isn’t sure what it is
    By Mike Wehner, BGR

    NASA Cassini spacecraft performed its final, fateful dive into Saturn several weeks ago, destroying itself in the planet’s atmosphere and ending an incredible mission that spanned nearly two full decades. Today, even though its mechanical body has been vaporized, the information it sent back during its time in orbit continues to surprise scientists. The most recent example of this is a newly-discovered quirk with Saturn’s atmosphere which researchers are struggling to explain.

    http://www.foxnews.com/science/2017/10/19/something-is-floating-around-saturn-and-nasa-isnt-sure-what-it-is.amp.html

  6. Darth says:

    There’s meat in the legs?

  7. Jack Cassidy says:

    Had a long day, crashing now. Good night!

  8. fi says:

    Morning guys, howz stuff?

  9. bebe says:

    Started Yen yoga class last week, oh my…don`t want to go, it is today, so shower first then decide if I should

  10. Jack Cassidy says:

    ALIENS! ALIENS! ALIENS! ALIENS! ALIENS! ALIENS!

    Trump plans to release JFK assassination documents despite concerns from federal agencies

    By Ian Shapira October 21 at 9:50 AM
    President Trump announced Saturday morning that he planned to release the tens of thousands of never-before-seen documents left in the files related to President John F. Kennedy’s assassination held by the National Archives and Records Administration.

    “Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened,” Trump tweeted early Saturday.

    Kennedy assassination experts have been speculating for weeks about whether Trump would disclose the documents. The 1992 Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act required that the millions of pages — many of them contained in CIA and FBI documents — be published in 25 years, by Oct. 26. Over the years, the National Archives has released most of the documents, either in full or partially redacted.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trump-plans-to-release-of-jfk-assassination-documents-despite-concerns-from-federal-agencies/2017/10/21/d036cf36-b65d-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.html?utm_term=.c0bd9b439eaa

  11. Bat 4E says:

    ‘Mornin’, Realmsters!..CAWFEFE!!..Happy Caturday!..Long week of stuff–whew!..Bug Wars continues, but I think we’re winning, but it never seems to end..Else, chores..Cuppa-cuppa….8-)

  12. Jack Cassidy says:

    The perfect example of how futile it is for people not to challenge the PRESIDENT they support.

    An Apollo Astronaut’s Anger at NASA’s Lost Decades
    Why one of NASA’s original astronauts says we’ve wasted the last 16 years of crewed spaceflight.
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    When A Car Drives Over 100 Straight Speed Bumps Until It Flies Apart
    By Joe Pappalardo
    Oct 20, 2017

    “NASA: THE LOST YEARS

    In 1990, Vice President Dan Quayle and the NASA leadership asked Stafford to chair a committee to create a plan for a new moonshot. Eighteen years had passed since the final Apollo mission, and this time NASA’s goal was to stay. President George H.W. Bush wanted a plan to go to the moon, then Mars. The study, called America at the Threshold, was a 30-year roadmap that detailed the steps to a lunar colony and Martian exploration.

    NASA
    Shortly thereafter, the plan fell victim to democracy. Peaceful transitions of power are wonderful things, but they don’t lend themselves to space plans that span administrations. Stafford says the Clinton administration shut down discussion of a moonshot. The plan was revived under the administration of George W. Bush, who called it Constellation. But it too died after an election. The Obama administration ended it in his first term.

    “If we kept the plan in place that we had until president Obama cancelled it, we would have had American astronauts riding on American vehicles in 2013,” Stafford says. (That estimate is an optimistic target of the program, as sketched out here.)

    At the time all this was happening, Popular Mechanics noted that both Bush and Obama were guilty of underfunding the next NASA spacecraft and the return to the moon by billions. But Obama was the one who killed Constellation, and that still irks Stafford and other Apollo veterans. Many expressed it at the time. Neil Armstrong, Gene Cernan, and Jim Lovell released a letter decrying the administration’s plan, writing that it “destines our nation to become one of second- or even third-rate stature.” More than two dozen astronauts from the Apollo era signed another letter calling the plan a “misguided proposal that forces NASA out of human space operations for the foreseeable future.”

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    “IT WAS CALLED THE SPACE SHUTTLE. EVER HEAR OF IT?”
    Stafford did not sign that letter. But he certainly is not shy about voicing his opinion about what political whipsawing has done to NASA’s lunar plans. “Obama came in and said, ‘stop.’ You couldn’t even talk about going to the moon.”

    Buzz Aldrin was one of the few Apollo vets who supported the new Obama plan. During a trip to Popular Mechanics just before he joined the president to announce the decision, he lamented that his colleagues are not ready to leave the moon behind. “Going to the moon is not a required or necessary step to get to Mars,” he told the editors that day. “If anything, it’s a tremendous diversion that could grow into a federal sinkhole.”

    These days Aldrin is singing a different tune, supporting a presence on the moon as a stepping stone to Mars, the exact plan Obama shut down. Just this week he wrote an op-ed supporting the use of “low Earth orbit and the Moon as a testing ground for technologies needed to make possible footprints on faraway Mars.”

    http://www.popularmechanics.com/space/moon-mars/news/a28715/apollo-astronauts-tom-stafford/

    • MSolomon2 says:

      all nasa has to do in the short term is go stroke great-leaders ego and they’ll get everything they want!

    • Darth says:

      There was also the housing collapse. No time for Buck Rodgers when we’ve got bankers to bail out for 100 cents on the dollar!

  13. Jack Cassidy says:

    How can anyone still claim the democratic (NEOLIBERAL) party reflects the will of it’s base?

    • Jack Cassidy says:

      But little chair Will save us all!

    • MSolomon2 says:

      and they continue to do the wringing-of-the-hands and cry-to-the-heavens why were we SPURNED by the voters, even “our own”!?! THIS is why!

    • Darth says:

      The base doesn’t care. In 2017 there were already superdelegates from multiple corporate fronts; lobbyists from pharma, private prisons as well a “senior vice president for global government affairs at News Corporation, the parent company of Fox News.”
      https://theintercept.com/2016/02/17/voters-be-damned/

      The party abandoned its core economic principles a while ago. Identity politics drives everything because they have no believable economic message anymore, and how could they, with people like that dumping sand in the gears from the inside. They are their own worst enemy. And something, something Russia.

  14. MSolomon2 says:

    Sesame Street parody The Walking Dead
    – oh come on!, he shoulda ATE them!!!
    http://www.syfy.com/syfywire/watch-sesame-street-parody-the-walking-dead

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