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Andromeda & Milky Way,
3.75 billion years on

Ah well, it’s Friday.  NASA tells us that Andromeda and the Milky Way will collide in about 4 billion years.  Gives us mock-up views of the resulting universe.  Posits that man might still be alive if he’s figured out how to turn solar energy into perpetual air conditioning.

Sea Floor Typography

Work to mine the asteroids for essential metals has begun. We’ve been mining the sea floor for them too, although we haven’t figured out what to do with all the sea floor ‘waste’ that results.  Minor consideration though, since solar energy requires the metals, we’ve only got so many of them, and China owns most of them.  (Resembles oil dependence, don’t you think?)  So scrapping sea floors and mining asteroids might be a good idea, if it helps out with that air conditioning thing, once galaxies collide.

Kazakhstan, India, China, Burma

Things have been heating up in countries that abut China.  A southeastern Kazakhstan border post near both China and Kyrgyzstan is torched, along with 13 people believed to be guards and a gamekeeper.  Three other guards are missing. Government says it’s terrorists, but offers no details as to who or why.

In the northern Indian state of Bihar near the Chinese border, an Indian vigilante who led mass killings of lower cast villagers and attacks on Indian Maoists was shot and killed.  No suspects.

-Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo, Ukraine, Russia

Bosnians and Serbs have a dust-up near disputed borders in Kosovo.  NATO soldiers also in on the action.  Shots fired.  Injuries, but no deaths.

Ukraine arrests suspects in April train bombing, says they might be terrorists.  The opposition says that the terrorist talk is merely a ruse to redirect spotlight from the government’s detention of opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko.

On another front, government authorities say ‘no worries’ about racist ‘hooliganism’ during the Euro 2012 games.

Somalia, Syria, & a few other places

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi talks about foreign investment averting corruption and meeting the needs of everyday Burmese citizens.  Meanwhile, in Somalia, $130 million in foreign aid is missing.  The Somali government has ‘no real tracking system’ for it.  Not too strange. That’s the same system the US government used for bank bailout funds.

Mass murders in Syria.  Each day, news of more.  Violence has turned decidely sectarian.  Russia still backs Assad.  Children gunned down in their homes.

Greed, callousness, envy, hatred.  Violence committed in the name of religion, sect, and caste.  And I haven’t even touched on this side of the pond.

I’ve really got some bollocks classifying this post as ‘Inspiration’ don’t I?

Well, I am no ‘ill discoverer.’  (See yesterday’s post.) But lately the view has been rather flat, perhaps because of all the upheaval. (Another one of those ironies of opposites.)   But inspiration is not just pie-in-the-sky, feel-good stuff.  Inspiration is just as often borne out of pain as it is out of beauty.

Rilke said, “Beauty lies on the edge of terror.” I first understood that line as I watched my then young daughter venture alone into the ocean waves for the first time.  I think Rilke nailed it.

So yes, this post is about inspiration.  And reality.  You have to know where you are in order to get where you want to go.

One of the things I’ve appreciated about writing this blog is each of you – the followers that are filtering in from all over the world. (So far, best as I can tell: US, Canada, Brazil, Venezuela, UK,  Germany, Sweden, Norway, India, Pakistan, Iraq, Turkey, Japan, Indonesia – If I missed you, let me know.)  It’s inspiring to connect across oceans and borders with like-minded souls.  It’s fascinating to watch the interplay of culture, religion, nationality, and gender.  Thank you!

So here are Friday’s tunes.  They reflect this voyager’s momentary coordinates.  They don’t seem to be at all bad, when you hear what musicians do with them.  Hope the tunes carry you along as well.

Happy weekend!



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