new moon open menu


diego rivera, ‘sugar cane’

add what you’d like, including personal comments as the spirits moves you.

please understand if i haven’t the time to read links, watch longish videos, etc. , although others of the occasional commenters may wish to.  ;-)  i’m just so often pressed for time, both in RL and exploring subjects i might care to write up…and i’m a rather slow reader, at that.

and a good new moon to all of you.

11 responses to “new moon open menu

  1. travel well, amigo; you were a giant, and the world is a poorer place without you. thank you for all you did for us in your life.

  2. b at MoA has a nice eulogy for wm. blum up today. here’s hoping consortium news does soon; robert parry had featured his exposés forever.

  3. Also on MoA, this last week and a bit more has been the ongoing developments in France with the yellow jacket demonstrations. There were a number of french comments that fleshed out the situation there, and I found myself singing snatches of the Marsellaise this morning, as well as deciding I do need to revisit “Les Miserables”, the novel. (Can’t go to the musical or I will never get those songs out of my head.) It did have me musing on the two national anthems, theirs and ours, and wondering if spirit is adequately expressed in either one.

    Not to elaborate on such musings too much, but I did like thinking about the phrase “la jour de Gloire est arrive'” (apologies if my french needs pardonning) on the one hand, in comparison to peering into the dawn’s early light on the other. Not to mention that the British royals were pretty lucky to be across the pond and on an island back in the day.

    Sorry to be slow as usual here – things happening on the personal front have kept me busy.

    • gilet jaunes, and yes i’ve been watching, and (ahem) arguing a bit with a fellow at c99%. so many factional parties there, plus unions who are apt to kettle protests, pro-gendarmes populists, socialists, etc. at wsws the authors in france have been following them for weeks, including the spreading movement to hungary, the netherlands, etc.

      the authors there are recommending a committee to make plans just in case it becomes an actual revolution. one woman they interviewed said in effect: ‘we’re hungry, with nothing left to lose’, of course reminding me of the breadwives marching to versailles. ‘Liberté, égalité, fraternité’, and of course, ha, madame defarge. would that france have stuck to those three heady words. but the world turns…

      but at least the french national anthem is easy to sing, inspirational, where ours…pretty much sucks, lol.

      hell, i’ll put it up, and say good night. long long day here both in RL and trying to think how to write up the arrest of chinese meng wanzhou CFO of huawei in canada. so many moving parts, so many fears about ‘the great competitor, china…begun by obomba’s ‘pivot to asia’. night, juliania. sleep well.

  4. I should have said ‘yellow vest’ as not really a jacket. Had the wasp in mind, I guess.

  5. For a change in pace, this is, I think, gorgeously lovely!

    “…Energy: Is methane, hydrogen, or natural radiation (from uranium and other elements) the most important energy source for deep life? Which sources of deep energy are most important in different settings? How do the absence of nutrients, and extreme temperatures and pressure, impact microbial distribution and diversity in the subsurface?

    “Discoveries regarding the nature and extent of the deep microbial biosphere are among the crowning achievements of the Deep Carbon Observatory. Deep life researchers have opened our eyes to remarkable vistas—emerging views of life that we never knew existed.”says Robert Hazen, senior staff scientist, Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution for Science, and DCO Executive Director.

    “They are not Christmas ornaments, but the tiny balls and tinsel of deep life look they could decorate a tree as well as Swarovski glass. Why would nature make deep life beautiful when there is no light, no mirrors?” says Jesse Ausubel of the Rockefeller University, a founder of the DCO.”

    [From yesterday’s Link offerings at NC – an article titled “Life in Deep Earth” where so far the scientific discoveries of such life have reached down more than 5 kilometers to find subsurface living organisms!]

    Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-12-life-deep-earth-totals-billion.html#jCp

    • In reference to the above, I immediately thought of the following (Dostoievski of course, in his novel “The Devils”):

      “”Mother of God — what do you think that means?”

      “She’s the great Mother, the hope of the human race,” I said.

      “You’re right there,” she said to me. “The Mother of God is our great mother earth, and there’s great happiness for man in that. And in every earthly sorrow and in every earthly tear there’s happiness for us. And once you’ve soaked the earth a foot deep with your tears, you’ll rejoice in everything right away. And,” she said, “you’ll not have a single sorrow — not a single one. There is such a prophecy,” she told me.”

      This in the novel is being told by a somewhat mad woman to her brother, and the person who has given her this prophecy is a ‘lay woman who had been ejected from a convent for relating such prophetic tales. It just struck me as marvellous when I read the scientific piece above. I will provide the link – it is not a long article.

    • i’d seen a shorter version at RT lately. so the answer you posit is the dostoievski god woman quote? myself, i reckon there doesn’t have to be a reason besides…those are the life forms the deep biosphere life brewed up from the energy and microbes available. there’d be stardust way down deep there, too, i’d think.

      or is the quote one of reasons your glass is always two-thirds full? ;-)

  6. I think it would be the latter, wendye, so I didn’t think of it as answering the scientific discovery as much as paralleling it – the deep earth watered by human tears struck me as a poetic way of saying the earth is more alive than we moderns assume it to be, and now the science is discovering that.

  7. Oh, and the term in Russian or in Greek isn’t ‘god woman’ but ‘birth giver of God’.

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