MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN:Mount Everest may be the tallest mountain—and the most famous ascent—on Earth, but at 8,850 meters it is not nearly the highest peak in the solar system. That honor goes to Mars's Olympus Mons, a volcano more than 600 kilometers in diameter (about the size of Arizona) and, standing 27 kilometers at its peak, roughly three times as tall as Everest.
Martian dust devils earn the title of "the most extreme vacuum cleaners in the solar system" in David Baker and Todd Ratcliff's new book, The 50 Most Extreme Places in Our Solar System. Thanks to low pressure and surface gravity on Mars, the dusty vortices tower over terrestrial dust devils and tornadoes—they can reach the height of Mount Everest with winds in excess of 300 kilometers per hour, according to Baker and Ratcliff.
“Have you suffered for knowledge’s sake?”--Nietzsche
To me Nietzsche is a Prometheus figure who paid dearly for engaging the gods and giving the flame to humankind. A brilliant mind and a broken body.
"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself."
"Not when truth is dirty, but when it is shallow, does the enlightened man dislike to wade into its waters"
"One should die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly."
"The lie is a condition of life."
"We have art in order not to die of the truth."
"All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth."
"There is not enough love and goodness in the world to permit giving any of it away to imaginary beings."
"This is the paradox of my existence: I have loved life passionately but have never dared to channel this love in the direction of normal erotic experience.... Why must my head split open with the roar of a thousand seas, I who loved the stillness of the mountains and walked alone through miles of utter silence?"
"A person can live only so long as he is drunk - drunk on wine, woman, ideas or Messianic passion. And in my Dionysian thirst I have been intoxicated with everything - even with the monkeydom of Darwin and the positivists. But try as I may I cannot go Buddhist and get drunk on death. The idea of sinking into nothing horrifies me; Like Dostoevsky I am overcome by the frozen horror of eternity; to sleep for a billion years and never again see the dawn rising above the mountains...never again...never again."
Give the masses a full stomach and fill their eyes with games and the consequential battle of ideas and politics will be fought by the few. Exhaust them with mindless work during the week and distract them with trivial games on their time off and you have an apathetic citizenry.
The political and business giants fleece an entertained and impotent flock. Either by distraction or by exhaustion the mass of men are not able to engage in the commanding heights of economics, politics and philosophy.
“During the economic boom of the 1990s, the longest period of economic expansion in U.S. history, publicly funded stadiums became the substitute for anything resembling an urban policy in this country. These stadiums, ballparks, arenas, and domes were presented as a microwave-instant solution to the problems of crumbling schools, urban decay, and suburban flight. They are now the excrement of the urban neoliberalism of the 1990s, sporting shrines to the dogma of trickle-down economics. In the past twenty-five years, more than $30 billion of the public’s money has been spent for stadium construction and upkeep from coast to coast... in the service jobs created not only by the gentrification that surrounds Camden Yards but the stadium jobs themselves. They are poverty-wage occupations where $7.00 an hour is the going rate."
Dave Zirin, Bad Sports – How Owners Are Ruining The Games We Love
"Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions — everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses."
Juvenal, the Roman poet Juvenal (circa 100 AD )
Astronomy Cast takes a fact-based journey through the cosmos as it offers listeners weekly discussions on astronomical topics ranging from planets to cosmology.
You will know a country's ideals by its advertising. Advertising is reflecting a valued perceived way of life. In many advertisements it is vague individualism with vague judgmental cynical humor. Christianity in America is owned by the culture and it is sold as a product of self help and self aggrandizement. The success of Prosperity preachers in America is to the rational mind unbelievable but when you see the propaganda of advertisement it fits well with the the culture. The God market. Jesus King-Have it your way. Build-A-Bear to Build-A-Jesus. Dress him as you like. Man created religion to justify himself.
"When a good man is hurt all who would be called good must suffer with him."
"There are some oddities in the perspective with which we see the world. The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be."
"I believe our future depends on how well we know this Cosmos in which we float like a mote of dust in the morning sky."
Man seems merely dust postponed: the sublime as an encounter pleasurable, intoxicating, even with human weakness in the face of strength, age and size of the universe.
Alain de Botton
Think of the controversy that Copernicus and Galileo made by discovering that the Earth is not the center and that the Earth revolves around the Sun and the reaction and uproar made by those against it...now think at the very same time of the loud and proud statements of those in denial the Earth was orbiting the Sun just as it always had. The Universe did not change despite human assumptions. The Universe yawned as a group of primates demanded that the Earth is the center. It is a split picture of absurdity. Human language is not only the source of our ingenuity but also the source of our arrogance and illusions of grandeur. No matter the sound of fury from human civilization the Earth moved around the Sun according to the laws of the Universe not to the man made laws of a primate species limited by time and space. The Earth nor the Sun did not need human acknowledgment or approval to proceed. Humans seek the approval and acknowledgment of the Universe but the silence to human solipsistic assumptions and self -aggrandizement is a sign the Universe is not ours to command. The magic of language can only distort the inner picture not the reality that is.
Recantation of Galileo (June 22, 1633)
"I, Galileo, son of the late Vincenzo Galilei, Florentine, aged seventy years, arraigned personally before this tribunal, and kneeling before you, Most Eminent and Reverend Lord Cardinals, Inquisitors-... after an injunction had been judicially intimated to me by this Holy Office, to the effect that I must altogether abandon the false opinion that the sun is the center of the world and immovable, and that the earth is not the center of the world, and moves, and that I must not hold, defend, or teach in any way whatsoever, verbally or in writing, the said false doctrine, and after it had been notified to me that the said doctrine was contrary to Holy Scripture..."
Central Titan, it turns out, is covered by sand, some of which appears strange. Images from the Cassini spacecraft currently orbiting Saturn have uncovered long rows of huge sand dunes near Titan's equator that rise as high as 300 meters. For comparison the Great Pyramid of Giza in ancient Egypt, 146 metres (479 ft) tall.
Titan is a dynamic place, with winds and rains, lakes and mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes (make that titanquakes). It is the only known moon in the solar system with a fully developed atmosphere consisting of more than just trace gases. There's even evidence that Titan contains an underground ocean.
"Our lives begin to end the day we are silent about things that matter"