Astronomy Picture of the Day

Tuesday, January 17, 2017



The Bird

Monday, January 16, 2017

Travelogue for the Universe: I Had a Dream

Replay of an old post I did for Martin Luther King Day
A great man, a great dream, a shattered man, his dream remains.


Travelogue for the Universe: I Had a Dream: I listened to Martin Luther King's speech again on since I knew he would have it on. Just as MLK talked about the mountaintops,...

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Another Year


Another Year 

Another Year, 
Snow Deeper then.
This Year so far,
An open yard,
Browns  and grays,
Smattering of white,
Just another year.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Music link Joe Bonamassa et al

Great video from the Joe Bonamassa channel on YouTube 

The Taxman ❤️πŸ‘πŸŽΈπŸŽ€

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Travelogue for the Universe: Persistent Gas Pipeline Protesters Are Pushing the...

Last rerun posting

Travelogue for the Universe: Persistent Gas Pipeline Protesters Are Pushing the...: I pondered what to post, a pile of gas pipeline opposition emails in my in box. start with the most recent, I told myself... Persistent...

Breaking #Fracking. Update on Trans Vermont Pipeline Fighters

Great People do Great Things

That persist long after they are gone 
And the Stop ✋ the Trans Addison, County Vermont USA
Is such a group of Great People.

Say a silent prayer for them,
Or think Kind thoughts πŸ’­ 
If that's your Way,
To send your Love ❤️ 
To Frack Fighting Doves,
Here fighting for Earth 🌏 
Day after day.

From our loyal group:
Hi all - it’s been a long and winding road... but we present here (attached) the filing for Geprags Park Supreme Court appeal, which was filed today.  It is a brilliant piece of work by some talented lawyers. Huge thanks to all who have helped to make this happen.  Now We shall see what VGS files and ultimately what the court rules
It is fun to imagine scenarios wherein we in fact WIN this case!?  What if?

Greetings.  The Appellants’ Brief and Printed Case (selections from the record) will be delivered to the Court tomorrow.  Attached please find a copy of the Brief and a copy of the cover letter to the Court, and below you will find a link to download the Printed Case. 
Now we wait for VGS to file its brief, which is due February 20.  We then have the opportunity to file a response by March 6. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns at this point.  

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Travelogue for the Universe: Open letter #fracking


Travelogue for the Universe: Open letter #fracking: thx melanie, for suggesting is put these words on paper...meg Tuesday, June 24, 2014 To Whom it May Concern: My name is Mary E. Gerd...

Monday, January 9, 2017

Travelogue for the Universe: The Future of Medicine 6 years ago...


Travelogue for the Universe: The Future of Medicine: I am proud to write about My Brother David Gerdt whom I have always admired. Lately he has been working on a very cool device that I have t...

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Gas News Roundup part 2 #fracking trans Vermont pipeline

Beginning with a link to article about
A Special Friend

Annette has been instrumental in protecting the environment of our Vermont home.

From our neighbor w/link to the digger article

It appears that the pipeline topped vtdiggers list of 2016 environmental stories. Maybe Hinesburg Residents' saving Geprags Park from VGS will top the 2017 list!

From our Youth: not all the links work...
Fracking is illegal in Vermont, but that hasn’t stopped Vermont Gas Systems from trying to build a major fracked gas pipeline that would run through our state. The pipeline is a terrible idea for Vermont and for the climate—and it doesn’t make any sense. That’s why I’m organizing a statewide network of student activists from across Vermont to stop it.
The Vermont Student Power Network officially launched this fall, but it started this summer at Power Shift Northeast in Philadelphia. 
At Power Shift, participants broke into caucuses by state so we could connect about local work. In the Vermont breakout, dozens of incredible activists came together and talked about campaigns we were working on—including our fight against the fracked gas pipeline. At one point, someone said: “You know, there used to be a statewide student network in Vermont.” Everyone in the room agreed: we should bring it back.
I couldn’t wait to to start building power with these incredible organizers as soon as I got back to Vermont. But I was even more excited to know that young people from other states were making similar plans and connections at that exact moment. As a member of the regional organizing team for Power Shift Northeast, I felt so proud to be part of making all those connections possible.
At the beginning of the fall semester, we held our first retreat—and the new Vermont Student Power Network was official. And our first major campaign will be to build statewide resistance against the Vermont fracked gas pipeline.
Someone says “I’m really interested in what you’re doing!” to me at least once a week. We’ve already established a first chapter on my campus, at Green Mountain College, and another at Middlebury. Next, we’re planning a major recruitment drive for the beginning of 2017 to build an even bigger base across the state.

Me (third from the right) with the staff and volunteer organizing team at Power Shift Northeast this summer
Power Shift opened a door for building power at a level that would never have happened otherwise. I know that the kind of relationships we built in Philadelphia are some of the most critical building blocks of this movement.
I know that over the next four years, grassroots resistance will be needed more than ever. Between the Student Power Network, classes, and my job at my college’s Sustainability Office, I have plenty on my plate—but I just ran for and was elected to Board of the Power Shift Network. I joined the Board because believe in this work so much—creating more opportunities for students and young leaders like me to organize, build power, and win.
In solidarity,
Yaz Najeebi
PS: If you want to find out more about the Vermont Student Power Network and our work to fight the Vermont fracked gas pipeline, you should check out our Facebook page here!