Monthly Archives: April 2014
Of course the global warming people will call the Met Office ‘a fringe anti-government cult’ or ‘paid off shill’.
The last time global warming was a plausible theory was when Bill Clinton was in office.
Global warming and climate change celebrates 15 years of cognitive dissonance.
Money as debt 3
A really good look at money which goes on to explain major theories of how different types money can succeed or fail.
Its worth pointing out that early on in the movie the concept of money as flow is important, this is a good explanation of the economic concept of ‘velocity of money’.
Velocity of money broadly speaking is the number of times (on average) a single unit of money is spent in a year. This concept may seem to be mere trivia until you realize it is very important in calculating inflation.
It concludes that money really is a promise to provide goods and/or services in the future, and that money is only as good as that promise.
So this week with the money that isn’t wasted on wars and war toys a possibly habitable planet was discovered.
Humanity has a ‘Carl Sagan’ moment get wide eyed in wonder and then puts it head back to the grind.
So in the constellation of Cygnus is a Red Dwarf star (M dwarf) called kepler 186 and its 5th planet rotates around this star about 1/3 of the distance we rotate around our sun. But that is about as accurate as saying somewhere in Australia I dropped a bottle top with my phone number written on it. Any way this planet is believed to be in the ‘Goldilocks zone’, not to cold, not too hot, and is thought to have the right temperature for liquid water and therefore life. The panet has been in that position for a few billion years so life would have had time to evolve, if thats how life really comes about.
Downside: its 490 light years away, even a laser beam (or radio wave) pulsing data to and from such a place would take 490 years to make a one way journey. If you
thought your internet was slow I assure you this would be a lot worse. So other than a wormhole or faster than light speed travel we are not getting there anytime soon
This is all really great, a real testament to science to find such a thing.
But just think what would we do if we sat in our space ship in orbit of this world. Surely we could land and make conquest of the place, but is that the right thing
to do? Think of the scientific discoveries that could be made just to study the place. Would we think of the plants and animals there as simply food and raw
materials? A place for collecting trophies and trinkets for exorbitant resale on earth.
That’s not just Marble, it’s Kepler Marble; very expensive…
What if there were sentient creatures there? Would we simply shove them aside like previous conquest of new worlds? We have discovered new worlds before and look how it ended for those who were on the new world when it was ‘discovered’. North America was ‘new world’, Central America was a ‘new world’, South America was a ‘new world’, Australia was a ‘new world’ (though not specifically called that). Imagine a ten ton mining truck squashing a small animal unknown to science, and then realize it can happen here too, the fact it happens somewhere else makes it no more less of a tragedy.
So while we might find a ‘new world’ we are hardly ready to go there without being remarkable destructive, so perhaps Kepler 186f is safe for now from a world not quite ready to deal with its own problems.
“Australia is not merely being lied to, we’re being robbed as well.”
Great article in the Guardian about tax evasion by the wealthy in Australia and how the current government does not want to crack down on it .
I must be getting old, I thought cannabis went out of fashion when roller skates, flares and disco music did.
But seriously, there is a rally in on April 20 in flagstaff gardens, so if your most recent Sunday was a bit boring get along there show your support and meet some really friendly chilled out people. When you get to the rally be sure to mention occupymelbourne.net and you might win a free sample, you also might get a quizzical look and a free sample anyway, or just the quizzical look, it’s hard to say. Another likely feature is the apparent verbal sorcery of several guys with a high level of awareness of the law demonstrating ways to make the police go away without charging anyone with anything.
Should the legal status of Cannabis Sativa be changed?
Before considering consuming any substance please do your own research, these days people are even killed by peanut butter and bee stings.
A good place to start your research is http://www.erowid.org/
No one is going to tell you how to live your life, you have to make your own decisions.