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Vicky Veritas has been at 6 events

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Google Lunar XPRIZE637,702This Hangout will be celebrating the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11 ( #Apollo45 ) by looking forward---what are the Apollo sites like today? What could be in store for their future? What was it like to be involved with Apollo, and what does it mean for space going forwards? Robert Brand of @118275274570132603581, an Apollo insider, and Google Lunar XPRIZE Judge Derek Webber, a charismatic expert on Apollo legacy, will be discussing the past with host Dr. Pamela Gay as we shed light on adventures for the future.Google Lunar XPRIZE Team Hangout 006: Exploring Apollo Now2014-07-23 03:00:0086  
Andrij “Andrew” Harasewych468,710http://www.redbullstratos.com/ The countdown has begun for Felix Baumgartner's epic jump from the edge of space. Supported by a team of experts, Felix will ascend in a helium balloon to an altitude of 120,000 ft / 36,576 m where he will take a leap of faith into the unknown in an attempt to become the first person to break the speed of sound during freefall. To follow the progress of this mission - launch date set for the week of 8th October 2012 - and to find out where and when to tune in to watch Red Bull Stratos rewrite history live please RSVP and join the Event. #science   #redbull   #stratos   #sciencesunday   #spacesunday   #skydiving  @109783903175191665261 @107778888097122544837 @101602715616829342034 @105379671042990608528Red Bull Stratos Mission - LIVE2012-10-14 14:00:00661  
Fraser Cain987,887Join us once again as we connect several telescopes into a live Google+ hangout and stream the night sky into your computer. The Moon won't rise until after we wrap up, so it should be a wonderful dark night with great seeing. Most of the planets are down, but Jupiter might make an appearance right at the end of the evening if we're lucky. If you want to get notifications of these events, make sure you circle the @100902337165997768522 on Google+. #vsp-oct13Virtual Star Party - Oct. 7, 20122012-10-08 04:30:00537  
Fraser Cain987,887*If you want to get a reminder of the Virtual Star Party, you need to confirm that you're going.* *Are you going? Click "Yes"* Every week we connect up multiple telescopes into a @100902337165997768522, and showcase the night sky, right here on Google+. We'll point our telescopes at any planets, Moons or deep sky objects up at the time - even the Sun! We'll also have Ph.D. astronomers on hand to explain the science behind what we're looking at. We'll even take requests. _I'm attaching last week's episode so you can get a sense of what this is all about_ If you want to be notified about future broadcasts, make sure you add the @100902337165997768522 to your circles. #virtualstarparty-sep23Virtual Star Party - Sept. 23, 20122012-09-24 04:30:00424  
Fraser Cain987,887It's time again for another Virtual Star Party. Join us in a Google+ Hangout on Air and see a live view from multiple telescopes broadcasting their view of the night sky. You can even make requests.Virtual Star Party - August 12, 20122012-08-13 05:30:00108  
Fraser Cain987,887To celebrate the landing of NASA's Curiosity Rover - the Mars Science Laboratory - we'll be running a special live hangout.  In conjunction with @106911959181067745693. We'll have all your favorite space/astronomy journalists on hand to discuss the mission in depth, and celebrate the landing live, when it happens. Join Fraser Cain, @109036978092446954908, @108952536790629690817 and @102887292457967781591 for this special event. Over the course of this 4-hour Google+ Hangout on Air, we'll interview members of the Curiosity team live in the hangout, as well as other special guests from the @111419948721791453320 and the @108759765804984663877. @109479143173251353583 and @107051665537162034944 will be on location at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to interview members of the engineering team, and show you what it's like to be at NASA during this amazing moment. We'll update this event as we lock down more of the guests and participants. See you there! You can follow the hashtag #marshangout   (this will replace our regular Sunday night @100902337165997768522)Google+ Hangout - Curiosity Landing Coverage2012-08-06 05:00:004832  

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2017-01-26 02:38:05 (10 comments; 2 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

Trump is in power, and one of his first acts has been to gag government agencies. After the National Park Service bruised his ego by retweeting a New York Times tweet showing Trump's inauguration numbers to be lower than President Obama's 2009 crowd, they were ordered to stop all tweets, including scheduled ones.

He then muzzled the EPA, not only prohibiting it from using social media, but also ordering it to remove a critical page on climate change from its website and put a freeze on awarding grants and contracts critical to our nation's environmental health. (In case you're in any doubt as to what a Trump presidency means for climate change and the environment, just consider that one of his first official acts after being sworn in was to announce he'd be eliminating The Climate Action Plan - legislation critical to combating anthropogenic global warming.)

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Most reshares: 7

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2017-01-18 03:01:37 (1 comments; 7 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

"A new map project called Monroe Work Today—named after the pioneering black sociologist who gathered much of the data—aims to be the most comprehensive catalogue of proven lynchings that took place in the United States from 1835 to 1964. Not only does it reach back further in time than most studies or maps, it also spans all regions of the U.S. The mapmakers at Auut Studio developed the map as an interactive high-school lesson plan, spending four years synthesizing modern academic research with historical lynching records. Their interactive project lists 4,000 victims of lynchings nationwide, as well as nearly 600 additional victims of “racialized mob violence.”

Most plusones: 70

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2017-02-05 15:52:40 (8 comments; 5 reshares; 70 +1s; )Open 

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2017-02-24 13:25:04 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

This breathtaking image is a combined-image of Lake Success, California taken by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellite. Lake Kawhea is shown in the upper right, Bravo Lake to its left, and Lake Success in the lower right. Two scans were combined to reveal changes such as the red coloring in the three reservoirs showing the water level increase between December and January.

Thank you, +Elizabeth Therese Niwel

Lake Success, California
California has seen some heavy rains recently after years of drought, filling many of the state’s reservoirs. The rising waters are evident in this radar image from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellite mission over part of the San Joaquin Valley.

The three water bodies pictured here are Lake Kawhea in the upper right, Bravo Lake to its left and Lake Success in the lower right. This image was created by combining two scans from Sentinel-1’s radar on 15 December and 26 January, and assigning each scan a colour. Combined, the colours reveal changes, such as the red colouring in the reservoirs showing the water level increase.

Officials have begun to release water from Lake Success as heavy rains have nearly filled it to capacity, and the outflow is sometimes exceeding the inflow in these days.

The problem of too much water is in stark contrast from the situation in previous years, when drought led to water shutoffs and cutoffs, severely hindering yields in the San Joaquin Valley – a major agricultural region. Major crops include grapes, cotton, nuts and fruits, with productivity relying on irrigation from surface water diversions and groundwater pumping from wells.

Agricultural structures dominate this radar composite image. Like the reservoirs, colours reveal changes between December and January such as vegetation growth or harvests.

Along the right side of the image, we can see the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

See also video at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llwv7PAZkBs



#ESA   #Satellites   #Sentinel1   #LakeKawhea   #LakeSuccess   #Agriculture   #ImagesfromSpace   #Space   #Sky   #Geology  ___This breathtaking image is a combined-image of Lake Success, California taken by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellite. Lake Kawhea is shown in the upper right, Bravo Lake to its left, and Lake Success in the lower right. Two scans were combined to reveal changes such as the red coloring in the three reservoirs showing the water level increase between December and January.

Thank you, +Elizabeth Therese Niwel

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2017-02-22 01:43:41 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Great quotes about reading makes a great bookmark! Print it out!

Thank you, +Ebook Friendly!

A friendly reminder about the power of books 🙂 http://ebks.to/2gcsvYe___Great quotes about reading makes a great bookmark! Print it out!

Thank you, +Ebook Friendly!

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2017-02-20 03:55:55 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

The Periodic Table adapted to literature. Enjoy! Thank you, +Ebook Friendly​​ and +Adriel Wiggins​!

Top posts this week ⇢ Here's a list of very specific periodic tables of elements - the ones that relate to books! 📚 http://ebks.to/2lFnIF4___The Periodic Table adapted to literature. Enjoy! Thank you, +Ebook Friendly​​ and +Adriel Wiggins​!

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2017-02-20 03:13:31 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

"For the past three years, brothers Jim and Will Pattiz have been documenting the U.S. national parks with a mix of time-lapse photography and realtime video. The filmmakers and founders of Sea Raven Media visited their first national park five years ago — a trip that planted the seed in their minds for what would eventually grow into More Than Just Parks, a multi-year effort to film all 59 national parks. They just released their 10th film, leaving 49 to go."

"For the past three years, brothers Jim and Will Pattiz have been documenting the U.S. national parks with a mix of time-lapse photography and realtime video. The filmmakers and founders of Sea Raven Media visited their first national park five years ago — a trip that planted the seed in their minds for what would eventually grow into More Than Just Parks, a multi-year effort to film all 59 national parks. They just released their 10th film, leaving 49 to go."___

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2017-02-19 22:19:17 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Our disenchantment of the night through artificial lighting may appear, if it is noticed at all, as a regrettable but eventually trivial side effect of contemporary life. That winter hour, though, up on the summit ridge with the stars falling plainly far above, it seemed to me that our estrangement from the dark was a great and serious loss. We are, as a species, finding it increasingly hard to imagine that we are part of something which is larger than our own capacity.
~ Robert Macfarlane, The Wild Places

There are still ways to find places to see the night sky with as little light pollution as possible, such as this great interactive map by Jurji Stare. Go straight to the map here: https://www.lightpollutionmap.info

Jurij Stare, of Slovenia, created a website like the Blue Marble, but with an added feature: the light maps are calibrated in real units, allowing users to makes... more »

The 2016 Global Light Pollution Map

This composite map of night-time satellite images reveals the extent of light pollution across the world.___Our disenchantment of the night through artificial lighting may appear, if it is noticed at all, as a regrettable but eventually trivial side effect of contemporary life. That winter hour, though, up on the summit ridge with the stars falling plainly far above, it seemed to me that our estrangement from the dark was a great and serious loss. We are, as a species, finding it increasingly hard to imagine that we are part of something which is larger than our own capacity.
~ Robert Macfarlane, The Wild Places

There are still ways to find places to see the night sky with as little light pollution as possible, such as this great interactive map by Jurji Stare. Go straight to the map here: https://www.lightpollutionmap.info

Jurij Stare, of Slovenia, created a website like the Blue Marble, but with an added feature: the light maps are calibrated in real units, allowing users to make simple (but quantitative) comparisons of the amount of upward-directed light in different parts of the world. His website overlays DMSP and VIIRS images on top of an interactive Bing Map. More on the map and how to explore global light pollution here: http://darksky.org/eyes-in-the-sky-exploring-global-light-pollution-with-satellite-maps/

Thank you, +Maps Mania

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2017-02-19 17:03:02 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

How a "social contagion" models can help to predict and prevent shootings.

How a "social contagion" models can help to predict and prevent shootings.___

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2017-02-19 14:28:19 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

out in the dark spaces between the stars...

Shared by +Massimo - at that other social place.

out in the dark spaces between the stars...

Shared by +Massimo - at that other social place.___

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2017-02-19 14:14:22 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

A lifetime is so little a time that we die before we get ready to live, but here in the wilderness, surrounded by beauty beyond thought, the landscape carried me back into the midst of a life infinitely remote.
~ John Muir, Wilderness Essays

Thank you, +Maria Popova

A lifetime is so little a time that we die before we get ready to live, but here in the wilderness, surrounded by beauty beyond thought, the landscape carried me back into the midst of a life infinitely remote.
~ John Muir, Wilderness Essays

Thank you, +Maria Popova___

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2017-02-18 21:05:16 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

"An iconic image of the civil rights movement in the United States, it depicts Ruby Bridges, a six-year-old African-American girl, on her way in to an all-white public school in New Orleans on November 14, 1960 during the process of racial desegregation. Because of threats and violence against her, she is escorted by four U.S. Deputy Marshals; the painting is framed such that the marshals' heads are cropped at the shoulders.On the wall behind her is written the racial slur "nigger" and the letters "KKK"; a smashed tomato thrown at Bridges is also visible. The white crowd is not visible, as the viewer is looking at the scene from their point of view. The painting was originally published as a centerfold in the January 14, 1964 issue of Look."

From: http://www.wikipaintings.org/en/norman-rockwell/the-problem-we-all-live-with-1935

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Ruby Bridges: the first African-American child to attend an all-white public elementary school in the American South:

"On the morning of November 14, 1960, federal marshals drove Ruby and her mother five blocks to her new school. While in the car, one of the men explained that when they arrived at the school, two marshals would walk in front of Ruby and two would be behind her. The image of this small black girl being escorted to school by four large white men inspired Norman Rockwell to create the painting "The Problem We All Must Live With," which graced the cover of Look magazine in 1964. When Ruby and the federal marshals arrived at the school, large crowds of people were gathered in front yelling and throwing objects. There were barricades set up, and policemen were everywhere. Ruby, in her innocence, first believed it was like a Mardi Gras celebration. When she entered the school under the protection of the federal marshals, she was immediately escorted to the principal's office and spent the entire day there. The chaos outside, and the fact that nearly all the white parents at the school had kept their children home, meant classes weren't going to be held. On her second day, the circumstances were much the same as the first, and for a while it looked like Ruby Bridges wouldn't be able to attend class. Only one teacher, Barbara Henry, agreed to teach Ruby. She was from Boston and a new teacher to the school. "Mrs. Henry," as Ruby would call her even as an adult, greeted her with open arms. Ruby was the only student in Henry's class, because parents pulled or threatened to pull their children from Ruby's class and send them to other schools. For a full year, Henry and Ruby sat side by side at two desks, working on Ruby's lessons. Henry was very loving and supportive of Ruby, helping her not only with her studies but also with the difficult experience of being ostracized.

Ruby Bridges' first few weeks at Frantz School were not easy ones. Several times she was confronted with blatant racism in full view of her federal escorts. On her second day of school, a woman threatened to poison her. After this, the federal marshals allowed her to only eat food from home. On another day, she was "greeted" by a woman displaying a black doll in a wooden coffin. Ruby's mother kept encouraging her to be strong and pray while entering the school, which Ruby discovered reduced the vehemence of the insults yelled at her and gave her courage. She spent her entire day, every day, in Mrs. Henry's classroom, not allowed to go to the cafeteria or out to recess to be with other students in the school. When she had to go to the restroom, the federal marshals walked her down the hall. Several years later, federal marshal Charles Burks, one of her escorts, commented with some pride that Ruby showed a lot of courage. She never cried or whimpered, Burks said, "She just marched along like a little soldier." [...]"

"Racism is a grown-up disease and we must stop using our children to spread it."

Links below!___"An iconic image of the civil rights movement in the United States, it depicts Ruby Bridges, a six-year-old African-American girl, on her way in to an all-white public school in New Orleans on November 14, 1960 during the process of racial desegregation. Because of threats and violence against her, she is escorted by four U.S. Deputy Marshals; the painting is framed such that the marshals' heads are cropped at the shoulders.On the wall behind her is written the racial slur "nigger" and the letters "KKK"; a smashed tomato thrown at Bridges is also visible. The white crowd is not visible, as the viewer is looking at the scene from their point of view. The painting was originally published as a centerfold in the January 14, 1964 issue of Look."

From: http://www.wikipaintings.org/en/norman-rockwell/the-problem-we-all-live-with-1935

The link below is a great look at the visceral impact this picture had on a newly desegregated America: http://kenlairdstudios.hubpages.com/hub/The-Problem-We-All-Live-With---Norman-Rockwell-the-truth-about-his-famous-painting

Wolfgang's Links:

a. Ruby Bridges: the first African-American child to attend an all-white public elementary school in the American South: 3quarksdaily.com - 3quarksdaily: Ruby Bridges: the first African-American child to attend an all-white public elementary school in the American South

b. Ruby Bridges: http://www.biography.com/people/ruby-bridges-475426#synopsis

c. Ruby Nell Bridges Hall: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruby_Bridges 3quarksdaily: Ruby Bridges: the first African-American child to attend an all-white public elementary school in the American South
3quarksdaily: Ruby Bridges: the first African-American child to attend an all-white public elementary school in the American South
3quarksdaily.com

Thank you, +Wolfgang Alexander Moens

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2017-02-16 12:59:12 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Granny Six-Pack, 80 years old and ripped. Now there's a Great Big Story.

Granny Six-Pack, 80 years old and ripped. Now there's a Great Big Story.___

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2017-02-16 02:27:13 (9 comments; 2 reshares; 35 +1s; )Open 

The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.
~ Dante Alighieri

Strangely relevant. Enjoy this map of Dante's Purgatory and Inferno while you contemplate his words. Thank you, +The Old Map Gallery

Dante's 14th century epic poems the "Purgatorio" and the "Inferno" had huge impact on people's thinking and theologies. Stratifying sins and offenses, it impacted the way people prioritized evil and what could be most offensive. These two 19th century maps illustrate both. #oldmapgallery #literarymaps #dante #purgatorio #inferno ___The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.
~ Dante Alighieri

Strangely relevant. Enjoy this map of Dante's Purgatory and Inferno while you contemplate his words. Thank you, +The Old Map Gallery

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2017-02-15 12:27:25 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

"Respect," one of the five greatest hits of all time, became an anthem for women and humanity during the Civil Rights Movement.

"Respect," one of the five greatest hits of all time, became an anthem for women and humanity during the Civil Rights Movement.___

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2017-02-15 01:51:16 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

$304.6 billion in goods cross the US's southern border from Mexico. Explore these data in this great interactive data viz by Quartz. Thank you, +Data & Information Visualization

These bubble charts visualize the value of goods the US imports from Mexico in a year___$304.6 billion in goods cross the US's southern border from Mexico. Explore these data in this great interactive data viz by Quartz. Thank you, +Data & Information Visualization

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2017-02-15 01:43:00 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

A loving tribute to a brave man who maintained his humor right to the end. Thank you, +Kam-Yung Soh

"This past weekend, the BBC aired Terry Pratchett: Back in Black, a part-drama, part-documentary tribute to mark the death of one of fantasy’s most beloved authors. Typically, these sorts of specials about dead celebrities include “talking head” insight from fellow celebrities, but rarely cover the indelible mark left on seas of ordinary fans. Back in Black does, and it’s what makes it stand out as a stunning farewell to Pratchett.
[...]
It’s a reminder that how much Pratchett and his work mattered, to literary culture, to his friends and family, and above all, to his legions of fans. His books were for everyone, read and loved by millions of ordinary people. It is only fitting that those people also got to take part in this beautiful sendoff to a dearly missed icon of fantasy.

Currently, Terry Pratchett: Back In Black is only available to watch in the UK, via the BBC iPlayer. [ http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08fjlvx/terry-pratchett-back-in-black ]"___A loving tribute to a brave man who maintained his humor right to the end. Thank you, +Kam-Yung Soh

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2017-02-13 19:36:53 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

There might be different forms of happiness, and different paths leading to it and different scales to measure it, I don’t know. But I know that one small joy floods my heart when I seek the poetic in the ordinary passage of time and the procession of things before my eyes, and even more so when I find it.


There might be different forms of happiness, and different paths leading to it and different scales to measure it, I don’t know. But I know that one small joy floods my heart when I seek the poetic in the ordinary passage of time and the procession of things before my eyes, and even more so when I find it.
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2017-02-13 17:54:27 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

"Whether used to gather information or plan an attack, good maps are an integral part of the tradecraft of espionage. Now, to celebrate 75 years of serious cartography, the Central Intelligence Agency has declassified and put decades of once-secret maps online."

Thank you +blanche nonken​ and +D. Luria​!

For the map lovers out there. :)___"Whether used to gather information or plan an attack, good maps are an integral part of the tradecraft of espionage. Now, to celebrate 75 years of serious cartography, the Central Intelligence Agency has declassified and put decades of once-secret maps online."

Thank you +blanche nonken​ and +D. Luria​!

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2017-02-13 13:26:26 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

Our favorite Geotripper, +Garry Hayes, uses the dire situation at Oroville dam to remind us that money is better spent on maintaining critical infrastructure than preventing non-existent terrorism.

Thank you, +Garry Hayes

What possible connection could there be between the spillway collapse at Oroville and my backyard fence?___Our favorite Geotripper, +Garry Hayes, uses the dire situation at Oroville dam to remind us that money is better spent on maintaining critical infrastructure than preventing non-existent terrorism.

Thank you, +Garry Hayes

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2017-02-11 21:47:00 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

"We must necessarily place natural love in the angels. In evidence of this we must bear in mind that what comes first is always sustained in what comes after it. Now nature comes before intellect, because the nature of every subject is its essence. Consequently whatever belongs to nature must be preserved likewise in such subjects as have intellect. But it is common to every nature to have some inclination; and this is its natural appetite or love."

Saint Thomas Aquinas. Summa Theologiae, Pars Secunda, Quaestio 60, 1265–1274.

Music: Sia. "Angel By The Wings", 2016. (From the documentary The Eagle Huntress, directed by Otto Bell, 2016)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7ZANtJeCrE

#philosophy #aquinas #music #piano #sia #film #bell #photography #angel

"We must necessarily place natural love in the angels. In evidence of this we must bear in mind that what comes first is always sustained in what comes after it. Now nature comes before intellect, because the nature of every subject is its essence. Consequently whatever belongs to nature must be preserved likewise in such subjects as have intellect. But it is common to every nature to have some inclination; and this is its natural appetite or love."

Saint Thomas Aquinas. Summa Theologiae, Pars Secunda, Quaestio 60, 1265–1274.

Music: Sia. "Angel By The Wings", 2016. (From the documentary The Eagle Huntress, directed by Otto Bell, 2016)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7ZANtJeCrE

#philosophy #aquinas #music #piano #sia #film #bell #photography #angel___

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2017-02-09 01:16:24 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Periscopic, a socially-conscious data visualization firm used the Microsoft Emotion API to detect facial expressions of the presidents while speaking. The results show a distinctive negative emotional arc from Trump during the past nine speeches.

Thank you, +Data & Information Visualization

Visualize the emotional arcs of the past 10 Presidential inauguration speeches___Periscopic, a socially-conscious data visualization firm used the Microsoft Emotion API to detect facial expressions of the presidents while speaking. The results show a distinctive negative emotional arc from Trump during the past nine speeches.

Thank you, +Data & Information Visualization

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2017-02-08 18:41:27 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Know what and how much information the police are now capable of collecting from your cellphone. 

Know what and how much information the police are now capable of collecting from your cellphone. ___

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2017-02-06 01:02:36 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

A Clearer View of Silicon Valley: Image of the Day

A Clearer View of Silicon Valley: Image of the Day___

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2017-02-05 17:38:33 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

"The Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) team, a group out of the University of Washington, has been involved in an effort to improve mapping of the pedestrian way. By making use of the work from the OpenSidewalks project, they created AccessMap – a trip planning tool for people with limited mobility. With this tool, people can find the most accessible path through a network of sidewalks connected by curb ramps and street crossings."

Thank you, +Pam Broviak!

___"The Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) team, a group out of the University of Washington, has been involved in an effort to improve mapping of the pedestrian way. By making use of the work from the OpenSidewalks project, they created AccessMap – a trip planning tool for people with limited mobility. With this tool, people can find the most accessible path through a network of sidewalks connected by curb ramps and street crossings."

Thank you, +Pam Broviak!

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2017-02-05 16:15:06 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

"The Moon’s 580-mile-wide Orientale basin has three distinct ring structures. The image shows the basin’s gravitational signature (red indicates excess mass, blue indicates mass deficits), which scientists used to reconstruct the formation of the basin and its rings."

See also: https://astronomynow.com/2016/10/29/lunar-impact-how-the-moons-mare-orientale-was-formed/

Thank you, +Geology Page

Research helps explain formation of ringed crater on the Moon | #Geology #GeologyPage #Moon

The Moon’s Orientale basin is an archetype of “multi-ring” basins found throughout the solar system. New research reveals how those rings were formed.

Read more : http://www.geologypage.com/2016/10/research-helps-explain-formation-ringed-crater-moon.html___"The Moon’s 580-mile-wide Orientale basin has three distinct ring structures. The image shows the basin’s gravitational signature (red indicates excess mass, blue indicates mass deficits), which scientists used to reconstruct the formation of the basin and its rings."

See also: https://astronomynow.com/2016/10/29/lunar-impact-how-the-moons-mare-orientale-was-formed/

Thank you, +Geology Page

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2017-02-05 15:52:40 (8 comments; 5 reshares; 70 +1s; )Open 

Love this! Thank you, +Annette Holland.

___Love this! Thank you, +Annette Holland.

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2017-02-04 01:47:15 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 


People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. [...] No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in. 
~ Rosa Parks, Mother of the Civil Rights Movement, in Rosa Parks: My Story, 1999

Thank you, Ms. Parks

#blackhistorymonth


People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. [...] No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in. 
~ Rosa Parks, Mother of the Civil Rights Movement, in Rosa Parks: My Story, 1999

Thank you, Ms. Parks

#blackhistorymonth___

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2017-02-03 13:06:28 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

You're constantly trying to get the audience into the state of feeling. How things feel rather than how things are. You are trying to get to a very primal, very simple, I think nourishing thing. Indulging in the human aspect of being alive.
~ Brad Burman, American director, screenwriter, animator, producer and occasional voice actor, known for both animated and live-action films such as The Incredibles, The Iron Giant, and Ratatouille.

"[...] A good film maker slows down [...] There's beauty in darkness [...]"___You're constantly trying to get the audience into the state of feeling. How things feel rather than how things are. You are trying to get to a very primal, very simple, I think nourishing thing. Indulging in the human aspect of being alive.
~ Brad Burman, American director, screenwriter, animator, producer and occasional voice actor, known for both animated and live-action films such as The Incredibles, The Iron Giant, and Ratatouille.

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2017-02-01 21:47:18 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

Resharing this so that the new President knows just what a good job Frederick Douglass did and why people are "recognizing him more and more." : ) #blackhistorymonth

Frederick Douglass, Baltimore, Maryland - Stop 187: The 19th Century's Most Photographed American

Man is the only picture-making animal in the world. He alone of all the inhabitants of the earth has the capacity and passion for pictures . . . Poets, prophets, and reformers are all picture-makers, and this ability is the secret of their power and achievements: they see what ought to be by the reflection of what is, and endeavor to remove the contradiction.
~ Frederick Douglass, For Douglass, the former slave and abolitionist orator, photography, as a mirror of reality, would serve as a new weapon in the fight for freedom and human dignity, and change negative opinions of African Americans drawn from racist caricatures present at the time. From: http://www.nathanielturner.com/douglassprogressphotography.htm

Men of all conditions and classes can now see themselves as others see them and as they will be seen by those [who] shall come after them. What was once the special and exclusive luxury of the rich and greats now the privilege of all. The humblest servant girl may now possess a picture of herself such as the wealth of kings could not purchase fifty years ago.
~ Frederick Douglass on the miracle of photography and its ability to elevate ex-slaves and servants to the same level as kings.

Many know Frederick Douglas, citizen of Baltimore, Maryland for his daring escape from slavery, his rise to leadership of the abolitionist movement, and his eventual rise to prominence in American government. But what is equally fascinating is that he made history in another way. He was the most photographed person of his time, and he used the power of the portrait to fight racism.

"Douglass would have been a savvy social media devotee, as he continually updated his public persona. By doing so, he was defying the static foundations of both slavery and racism, which are predicated on the idea that some people of a certain race are somehow immutably inferior to others. Douglass' fluid conception of the self united art and politics. He went so far as to say that "the moral and social influence of pictures" was more important in shaping national culture than "the making of its laws."

His portraits evolved over the years from revolutionary freedom fighter to elder statesman. The most noticeable visual marker of his continual evolution is his facial hair and hairstyles. While 19th-century men experimented with hirsute faces, few did so as frequently as Douglass. He tracked, and often led, the prevailing fashion.

Among the 160 distinct Douglass poses, two continuities stand out. First, he almost never showed a smile — refuting the racist caricatures of blacks as happy slaves and servants. Second, he presented himself, in dress, pose and expression, as a dignified and respectable citizen. Douglass' portrait gallery contributed to his persona as one of the nation's preeminent "self-made men," the title of one of his signature speeches.

Nowadays, his portraits serve as an important visual legacy. In the thousands of murals, sculptures, paintings, prints, drawings, postage stamps and magazine covers based on Douglass' photographs, his face and demeanor broadcast a protest against lynching and segregation. It has lobbied for civil rights and celebrated Black Power. It dignified the black body that white Americans, according to Ta-Nehisi Coates, have so often tried to destroy.

Douglass was astute in his awareness of the potential of photography to shape public opinion and change society, and so it's fitting that this great American's "likeness" has fought on for his worthy causes long after the man himself had passed on."

From The Baltimore Sun Op Ed piece written by John Stauffer, author of Picturing Frederick Douglass: An Illustrated Biography of the 19th Century's Most Photographed American: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-douglass-photography-20151220-story.html

For more portraits of Frederick Douglass see: http://petapixel.com/2015/11/02/frederick-douglass-was-the-most-photographed-american-of-the-19th-century/

Image from :http://blog.longreads.com/2015/11/10/by-the-reflection-of-what-is/

This post is inspired by the 1886 children's geographic game, Rambles Through Our Country. At the time that the game was published, Douglass gave the following speech on the 24th anniversary of emancipation in Washington, DC: "The American people have this lesson to learn: That where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe."

The RTOC game involves a gameboard, a book or key to the stops, and some kind of spinner. Find the gameboard here: http://goo.gl/7ORK1E  and the book here: https://goo.gl/u96JE3 To spin, use the random number generator at: https://www.random.org/ and set the maximum number to 4.

I rolled a 4 on the makeshift  teetotum, and moved from The Smithsonian, Washington, DC - Stop 183: The Treasure of Our Nation to Frederick Douglass, Baltimore, Maryland - Stop 187: The 19th Century's Most Photographed American.

#ramblesthroughourcountry   #frederickdouglass   #baltimore   #photography  ___Resharing this so that the new President knows just what a good job Frederick Douglass did and why people are "recognizing him more and more." : ) #blackhistorymonth

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2017-01-28 21:13:12 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

One small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind

A very cool find by +The Old Map Gallery on the July 21, 1969 lunar landing of Apollo 11 in which Neil Armstrong and +Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to step foot on the moon. Also includes a recording of the astronauts and NASA. A real collector's piece!

Thank you, +The Old Map Gallery

Any DJ's out there?!? We're always interested in multimedia maps and this might be the coolest space exploration piece we've had. Trace the route and listen to astronaut banter. #oldmapgallery #spaceexploration #vintagemaps #mapandrecord___One small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind

A very cool find by +The Old Map Gallery on the July 21, 1969 lunar landing of Apollo 11 in which Neil Armstrong and +Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to step foot on the moon. Also includes a recording of the astronauts and NASA. A real collector's piece!

Thank you, +The Old Map Gallery

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2017-01-28 14:44:27 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

"Until the Trump/Pence administration acknowledges the critical role of independent scientific research, they must be challenged at every turn. The stakes are simply too high for Americans and the rest of the world. It doesn't matter what Trump and Pence believe. They may believe warming hasn't happened, but sea level will continue to rise anyway. Coral reefs will continue to die off. Glaciers will continue to melt. Storms will become more intense, as will droughts. The world will get hotter, and each year will decrease our chances to deal effectively with the issue. For Pence and Trump to be willfully ignorant about science is appalling. To ignore the advice and counsel of experts in the many fields of science is absolute folly."

Our favorite Geotripper, +Garry Hayes, sums up the problem perfectly, and this is one of the reasons we must challenge the new regime. Resist. Exist.... more »

Trump and Pence are trying to be the new Lysenko. That is not a good thing, not a good thing at all.___"Until the Trump/Pence administration acknowledges the critical role of independent scientific research, they must be challenged at every turn. The stakes are simply too high for Americans and the rest of the world. It doesn't matter what Trump and Pence believe. They may believe warming hasn't happened, but sea level will continue to rise anyway. Coral reefs will continue to die off. Glaciers will continue to melt. Storms will become more intense, as will droughts. The world will get hotter, and each year will decrease our chances to deal effectively with the issue. For Pence and Trump to be willfully ignorant about science is appalling. To ignore the advice and counsel of experts in the many fields of science is absolute folly."

Our favorite Geotripper, +Garry Hayes, sums up the problem perfectly, and this is one of the reasons we must challenge the new regime. Resist. Exist. Rise. Thank you, +Garry Hayes

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2017-01-27 13:55:45 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Another recommendation for Kameron Hurley's new novel, The Stars are Legion, with praise for a novel that manages "a kind of awe that verges on the Clarkean." Love that. On the too-read for sure.

Thank you, +Jonathan Crowe!

I’ve read Kameron Hurley’s stuff before — namely her first novel, the Nebula-nominated God’s War (Night Shade, 2010) — so I knew what I was getting myself into with her violent and visceral new space opera, The Stars Are Legion, which comes out next month…___Another recommendation for Kameron Hurley's new novel, The Stars are Legion, with praise for a novel that manages "a kind of awe that verges on the Clarkean." Love that. On the too-read for sure.

Thank you, +Jonathan Crowe!

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2017-01-27 13:41:45 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

A wonderful article in brainpickings on the woman who would become "the most powerful voice of resistance against ruinous public policy mitigated by the self-interest of government and industry..." And how we need more just like her now!

Thank you, +Maria Popova

A wonderful article in brainpickings on the woman who would become "the most powerful voice of resistance against ruinous public policy mitigated by the self-interest of government and industry..." And how we need more just like her now!

Thank you, +Maria Popova___

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2017-01-26 02:38:05 (10 comments; 2 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

"These federal employees speaking out now understand that science is not subordinate to politics, that truth is essential, and transparency vital to a functioning democracy. They are risking their careers to ensure the public is kept informed. They're exercising their free speech rights to ensure we know the truth.

I have never been prouder of our National Park Service than I am now."

Same here, +Dana Hunter​. Thank you!

Trump is in power, and one of his first acts has been to gag government agencies. After the National Park Service bruised his ego by retweeting a New York Times tweet showing Trump's inauguration numbers to be lower than President Obama's 2009 crowd, they were ordered to stop all tweets, including scheduled ones.

He then muzzled the EPA, not only prohibiting it from using social media, but also ordering it to remove a critical page on climate change from its website and put a freeze on awarding grants and contracts critical to our nation's environmental health. (In case you're in any doubt as to what a Trump presidency means for climate change and the environment, just consider that one of his first official acts after being sworn in was to announce he'd be eliminating The Climate Action Plan - legislation critical to combating anthropogenic global warming.)

The USDA went silent for several days, and an email ordering them to cease "news releases, photos, fact sheets, news feeds, and social media content" until further notice. As of this writing, they have not tweeted since January 18th. The USDA's Agricultural Research Service account has only tweeted once.

Other agencies have gone silent or become considerably quieter. It's eerily quiet on formerly chatty government social media accounts.

But the NPS refuses to be silenced.

___"These federal employees speaking out now understand that science is not subordinate to politics, that truth is essential, and transparency vital to a functioning democracy. They are risking their careers to ensure the public is kept informed. They're exercising their free speech rights to ensure we know the truth.

I have never been prouder of our National Park Service than I am now."

Same here, +Dana Hunter​. Thank you!

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2017-01-26 02:07:17 (8 comments; 5 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Just under 9,000 significant pipeline accidents between 1986 and 2016 have resulted in 548 deaths, 2,576 injuries, and over $8.5 billion in financial damages. Map at link.

Just under 9,000 significant pipeline accidents between 1986 and 2016 have resulted in 548 deaths, 2,576 injuries, and over $8.5 billion in financial damages. Map at link.___

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2017-01-24 13:14:09 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

In late 2016, SUNY Distinguished Professor of geography, Peter Rogerson, employed his method to find the heart of North America. The result was serendipitous: According to his calculations, the center of the continent is in a place called Center, a town of 570 people in North Dakota.

Science for the win! Thank you, +Geology Page

Where’s the center of North America? Geographer’s new method finds a new answer | #Geology #GeologyPage

Where is the geographic center of a state, country or a continent?

It’s a question fraught with uncertainty. Do you include water in your calculation? What about islands? What happens when the shoreline shifts?

Read more : http://www.geologypage.com/2017/01/wheres-center-north-america-geographers-new-method-finds-new-answer.html___In late 2016, SUNY Distinguished Professor of geography, Peter Rogerson, employed his method to find the heart of North America. The result was serendipitous: According to his calculations, the center of the continent is in a place called Center, a town of 570 people in North Dakota.

Science for the win! Thank you, +Geology Page

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2017-01-23 15:12:29 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

Ignorance has been our king. Since the death of empire, he sits unchallenged on the throne of Man. His dynasty is age-old. His right to rule is now considered legitimate. Past sages have affirmed it. They did nothing to unseat him.
~ Walter M. Miller Jr, born January 23, 1923 in A Canticle for Leibowitz, winner of the 1961 Hugo award for best novel.

Once more with full cover. Thank you, +The Cloberth 

Ignorance has been our king. Since the death of empire, he sits unchallenged on the throne of Man. His dynasty is age-old. His right to rule is now considered legitimate. Past sages have affirmed it. They did nothing to unseat him.
~ Walter M. Miller Jr, born January 23, 1923 in A Canticle for Leibowitz, winner of the 1961 Hugo award for best novel.

Once more with full cover. Thank you, +The Cloberth ___

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2017-01-23 14:50:54 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Be the hummingbird...

Thank you, +Google Earth Blog 

The latest version of Google Earth that was released last week contains a nice an Easter Egg hidden in the ‘about’ window. Open the ‘about’ window and right click the Google Earth logo rapidly about five times.

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2017/01/google-earth-easter-egg.html___Be the hummingbird...

Thank you, +Google Earth Blog 

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2017-01-23 14:46:19 (5 comments; 4 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Number 6 is my favorite :-) Oh, and 3, 5, and 8. Peace you all. Thank you, +Dana Hunter 

Before I begin talking about alternatives to literally punching Nazis, I just want to state for the record that I am 100% in favor of punching Nazis. We tried using our words, and all they've done is allowed the mealy-mouthed quisling center to bloviate at us about "going high when they go low," as if punching someone who is advocating for genocide is actually the greater of two evils. (Newsflash: it is not.)

We used our words, and continue to use our words, and what we have ended up with is Nazis in the state houses, Nazis on school boards, Nazis on Capitol Hill, and Nazis in the White House. We now have a Nazi puppet dancing on their strings in the Oval Office. We have Nazis everywhere, advocating state violence and white supremacy and ethnic cleansing. I don't think words alone are enough.

So, yes, I am here for this person who so valiantly punched a Nazi.

I am here for the anti-fascists who've made it their mission to stop Nazi violence with violence. I'm generally a pacifist, but when people are already hurting and killing us, I really have no problem with meeting their violence with necessary force.

I am here for self-defense. Sometimes, the best self-defense is to throw the first punch.

However. Not all of us can punch Nazis.

I, for instance, cannot punch Nazis. I haven't any upper body strength. Also, I don't get out much. I mean, if it comes to it, I could throw some elbows, and I do plan to wear boots more often in case any Nazi-stomping becomes necessary, but I am not really built or trained for physical confrontation.

Lots of us aren't. So here are some things we can do instead of literally punching Nazis:

___Number 6 is my favorite :-) Oh, and 3, 5, and 8. Peace you all. Thank you, +Dana Hunter 

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2017-01-23 14:29:36 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

Ignorance has been our king. Since the death of empire, he sits unchallenged on the throne of Man. His dynasty is age-old. His right to rule is now considered legitimate. Past sages have affirmed it. They did nothing to unseat him.
~ Walter M. Miller Jr, born January 23, 1923 in A Canticle for Leibowitz, winner of the 1961 Hugo award for best novel.

Thank you, +The Cloberth 

___Ignorance has been our king. Since the death of empire, he sits unchallenged on the throne of Man. His dynasty is age-old. His right to rule is now considered legitimate. Past sages have affirmed it. They did nothing to unseat him.
~ Walter M. Miller Jr, born January 23, 1923 in A Canticle for Leibowitz, winner of the 1961 Hugo award for best novel.

Thank you, +The Cloberth 

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2017-01-21 23:32:35 (7 comments; 4 reshares; 63 +1s; )Open 

San Jose Women's March! 30,000 people. I'm down there somewhere. From the top of the garage at 4th and Santa Clara at 11:14 AM. Posted by Kathy Perino on that other social place.

San Jose Women's March! 30,000 people. I'm down there somewhere. From the top of the garage at 4th and Santa Clara at 11:14 AM. Posted by Kathy Perino on that other social place.___

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2017-01-21 15:09:19 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

Be the change you want to see in the world. We are marching.

Be the change you want to see in the world. We are marching.___

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2017-01-21 01:20:39 (6 comments; 5 reshares; 28 +1s; )Open 

Everybody has a secret world inside of them. I mean everybody. All of the people in the whole world, I mean everybody — no matter how dull and boring they are on the outside. Inside them they've all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds... Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands, maybe.
~ Neil Gaiman


(Artwork by: Erik Johansson)

Everybody has a secret world inside of them. I mean everybody. All of the people in the whole world, I mean everybody — no matter how dull and boring they are on the outside. Inside them they've all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds... Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands, maybe.
~ Neil Gaiman


(Artwork by: Erik Johansson)___

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2017-01-20 18:14:20 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

German artist and illustrator, Alphons Woelfe's 1938 enchanting map, The Land of Books, has us wanting to grab a book and bask in the bright sunrise our wistful reader enjoys.

Fabulous, +The Old Map Gallery​! Thank you.

A Map of Book land, from the "sources of wisdom" found high in the mountains, to the isthmus of poetry, this map takes a different look at literature. #oldmapgallery #booklovers #pictorialmaps #oldmaps___German artist and illustrator, Alphons Woelfe's 1938 enchanting map, The Land of Books, has us wanting to grab a book and bask in the bright sunrise our wistful reader enjoys.

Fabulous, +The Old Map Gallery​! Thank you.

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2017-01-18 16:05:15 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

America has always been greatest when we dared to be great. We can reach for greatness again. We can follow our dreams to distant stars, living and working in space for peaceful, economic, and scientific gain. Tonight I am directing NASA to develop a permanently manned space station and to do it within a decade.
~ President Reagan, State of the Union address, January 25, 1984

Funny, the future seemed much bigger back then. Thank you, +The Old Map Gallery​

This just arrived, a visionary image from 1992 for what was going to be the Space Station Freedom, the floating space station that would be constantly served by the Space Shuttle. Like the forts and supply bases of old that recharged the explorers for their next excursion, this Space Station would have been a great first. Unfortunately it was defunded by the government. #oldmapgallery #nasa #spacestationfreedom #coolspacestuff___America has always been greatest when we dared to be great. We can reach for greatness again. We can follow our dreams to distant stars, living and working in space for peaceful, economic, and scientific gain. Tonight I am directing NASA to develop a permanently manned space station and to do it within a decade.
~ President Reagan, State of the Union address, January 25, 1984

Funny, the future seemed much bigger back then. Thank you, +The Old Map Gallery​

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2017-01-18 03:01:37 (1 comments; 7 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

"A new map project called Monroe Work Today—named after the pioneering black sociologist who gathered much of the data—aims to be the most comprehensive catalogue of proven lynchings that took place in the United States from 1835 to 1964. Not only does it reach back further in time than most studies or maps, it also spans all regions of the U.S. The mapmakers at Auut Studio developed the map as an interactive high-school lesson plan, spending four years synthesizing modern academic research with historical lynching records. Their interactive project lists 4,000 victims of lynchings nationwide, as well as nearly 600 additional victims of “racialized mob violence.”

"A new map project called Monroe Work Today—named after the pioneering black sociologist who gathered much of the data—aims to be the most comprehensive catalogue of proven lynchings that took place in the United States from 1835 to 1964. Not only does it reach back further in time than most studies or maps, it also spans all regions of the U.S. The mapmakers at Auut Studio developed the map as an interactive high-school lesson plan, spending four years synthesizing modern academic research with historical lynching records. Their interactive project lists 4,000 victims of lynchings nationwide, as well as nearly 600 additional victims of “racialized mob violence.”___

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2017-01-16 20:34:09 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Return to Osten Ard, in The Heart of What Was Lost by Tad Williams. My bags are packed.

Book Review: "The Heart of What Was Lost" by Tad Williams
It's been more than twenty years since I've been to Osten Ard, so I wasn't sure how I'd feel stepping back into the world that turned fantasy literature on its head for me. Up until that point, contemporary fantasy for me flowed from the wellsprings of by p...___Return to Osten Ard, in The Heart of What Was Lost by Tad Williams. My bags are packed.

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2017-01-16 20:17:59 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 34 +1s; )Open 

Nobody can take those footsteps I made on the surface of the moon away from me.
~ Eugene "Gene" Cernan, retired American naval officer and Naval Aviator, electrical engineer, aeronautical engineer, fighter pilot, NASA astronaut and the Last Man on the Moon

Rest in peace. Thank you, +NASA 

We are saddened by the loss of retired NASA astronaut Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon. http://go.nasa.gov/2iEO07v___Nobody can take those footsteps I made on the surface of the moon away from me.
~ Eugene "Gene" Cernan, retired American naval officer and Naval Aviator, electrical engineer, aeronautical engineer, fighter pilot, NASA astronaut and the Last Man on the Moon

Rest in peace. Thank you, +NASA 

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2017-01-16 16:25:19 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

When the Big One hits...

Thank you, +Andrew Alden 

When the Big One hits...

Thank you, +Andrew Alden ___

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2017-01-15 17:49:04 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

+Alistair McHarg shares a story of moral outrage on the day of Martin Luther King Jr's assassination, a reminder that although we have come a long way from the ignorance, racism, and violence prevalent in 1968, we are still far from from the promised land of MLK's dream.

Remembering Dr. King - Righteous Rage In The Sky

On April 4, 1968, my father was returning home from a speaking engagement in Grand Junction, Colorado – connecting with a flight from Denver to Philadelphia. His regular flight had been cancelled and he’d been forced to hop a twin-engine puddle-jumper.

A volatile storm system had parked itself over the continental divide, a two-mile high Rocky Mountain Ridge bisecting the state on a North/South axis. The pilots were disinclined to make the trip, especially since my father was the only passenger in their 8-seater. Dad, a former British Army Major and paratrooper, was not easily denied. The three of them ascended.

It wasn’t long before the pilot and co-pilot regretted their decision. With only mountains below them, and no available place to land, they pressed on into an increasingly violent, turbulent storm – swimming in rain-whipped blackness, tossed about by sudden shifts of wind and terrified as lightning strikes grew closer and closer, scarring the dark like heavenly spears.

The pilot and copilot were hanging on every word crackling from the radio. My father, anxious to make certain they did their very best, was in the cockpit with them. Then, an urgent voice broke into the control tower feed with the astonishing announcement that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had been assassinated. For an instant the three men, precariously suspended above mountaintops, went silent. At last the pilot broke the silence with these words, “Finally! They finally took care of that fucking uppity nigger!”

At that moment my father did not think, he acted. Hand out he grabbed the pilot’s collar and pulled him forward. Then, fueled with the irresistible intoxicant we call righteous rage; he punched the pilot full force in the face, knocking him across the cabin. He reached out and repeated the procedure until finally the man, screaming in fear and disbelief, placed both hands on his face to stop the stream of blood pouring from his nose. With authority and conviction that were normal for him my father told the co-pilot to make do without his partner and walked to the back of the small, trembling plane.

There is something wonderfully insane about someone who would mercilessly beat a man whose well-being was instrumental to continued life, based only on moral outrage. There is also something wildly ironic about defending the memory of a pacifist icon with brute violence. I confess, like Dr. King, I believe passionately in non-violence. And yet, dear reader, there are moments when I ache to be that person, the brute my father was, raining down divine retribution upon sinners with terrible, swift justice.

Even today I miss Dr. King. Not just for what he did, but especially how he did it. It is the how of it that holds the greatest nobility.___+Alistair McHarg shares a story of moral outrage on the day of Martin Luther King Jr's assassination, a reminder that although we have come a long way from the ignorance, racism, and violence prevalent in 1968, we are still far from from the promised land of MLK's dream.

2017-01-15 17:24:06 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

I say to people today, 'You must be prepared if you believe in something. If you believe in something, you have to go for it. As individuals, we may not live to see the end.'
~ John Lewis, American politician, civil rights leader, and American hero.

"We're Gonna March"

Donald Trump said John Lewis is "all talk, no action." Huh.

I'm still waiting for someone to come up with one public good that Donald Trump has done for the United States, much less one that required him to risk his life. Anybody? Bueller?

"...he [John Lewis] and fellow student James Bevel demanded the right to order and eat a hamburger in peace at a downtown Krystal. The manager locked the two of them in the restaurant and turned on a fumigator full of insecticide.

“I didn’t panic. I was frightened, but I wasn’t frantic,” Lewis recounts in his memoir, Walking With the Wind. As the room filled with fumes, the young men could no longer see each other. Bevel started loudly quoting the Book of Daniel: “Whoever falleth not down and worshipeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.” At last, firemen burst through the front door."

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"I listened to the debate that night. I considered everything that was said. And I heard nothing fundamental enough to shift the sureness I felt inside about what we were doing. I did not have a shred of doubt about what our next step should be. "We're gonna march," I said, when Will Campbell asked my opinion.

He turned away and went on with the discussion. Someone else asked what I thought about something that was said, and my answer was the same. "We're gonna march," I said, as simply and softly as before. At that point, Campbell lost his temper with me.

"John," he said, "you're agreeing with everything everyone in this room is saying. But all you say is, 'We're gonna march.' There's very apt to be some serious violence if there's another demonstration," he continued. "You agree with that, and still you say, 'We're gonna march." What it comes down to," he went on, "is that this is just a matter of pride with you. This is about your own stubbornness, your own sin."

The room was absolutely silent. Everyone turned to me. I looked straight at Will. "Okay," I said. "I'm a sinner." The room remained still. "But," I added, "we're gonna march." And that was that."___I say to people today, 'You must be prepared if you believe in something. If you believe in something, you have to go for it. As individuals, we may not live to see the end.'
~ John Lewis, American politician, civil rights leader, and American hero.

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2017-01-15 15:03:09 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

The New York that never was.

Shared on that other social place.

The New York that never was.

Shared on that other social place.___

Buttons

A special service of CircleCount.com is the following button.

The button shows the number of followers you have directly on a small button. You can add this button to your website, like the +1-Button of Google or the Like-Button of Facebook.






You can add this button directly in your website. For more information about the CircleCount Buttons and the description how to add them to another page click here.

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