Wow - What a Party; Astronomy Style
- Wow - What a Party; Astronomy Style...08/28/03
by Mitch Battros (ECTV)
It is 1:30 AM and I have just returned from a spectacular astronomical party
with 5,000 of my closest friends.
As we all know, Mars is at its closest to Earth in at least 60,000 years.
Just having the knowledge of this special event was
exciting enough. But what was far more intriguing to this writer, was the
people themselves. This event reminded me of a scene
from the movie "Close Encounter of the Third Kind". It was the scene when
the main character played by Richard Dreyfus,
was chasing a UFO. When he came rushing around a blind corner, he came to a
sudden stop. When he did, he saw people
from all walks of life doing exactly what he was.
Tonight at the local community college here in San Antonio, Texas, the local
'San Antonio Astronomer Association held a
'viewing party' in a very large parking lot. As I arrived, the first thing
that struck me were the people who felt so moved to
come out in the middle of the night to view a historical event.
There were people in their 70's and 80's. Some with walkers and wheelchairs.
Children of all ages. Teenagers who were more
interested in the 10" telescopes, then the cute girls/boys of their peers,
or doing typical adolescent prankster behavior. Couples,
singles, families, pets, people in the military. In short, every possible
demographic you can imagine. It was wonderful. It gave
me a true sense of community. It was what I saw, felt, sensed, in my
'vision'. People were united with everyone's attention on
something outside ourselves, rather than focusing or measuring one against
the other. The atmosphere was what I believe will
occur as the earth changes escalate. When events unfold that are out of our
control, we will be humbled. I believe it is when
events unfold that are not at the hand of our fellow man, we as a human
race, have a great chance of joining together as one.
I have always believed it is the earth changing events that will 'develop'
communities, not break them apart. It was as though all
5,000 of us had one singleness of purpose. Perhaps that 'purpose', or draw,
was something we all felt at a cellular level.
Perhaps we feel a ancestral connection to Mars. Is it not possible through
millions of years in evolution that some how, some
way, we are more connected to Mars then one might think!
This Friday, astronomer clubs all around the world will have organized
viewing parties. I suggest go!!!! Take the kids, take the
pets, take your parents, take your friends, hell take your enemies. Simply
call your local astronomer club, or your local
television station, or your local College or University, and find out where
the viewing will be held. Everybody take a nap Friday
afternoon or evening, then go out around 10, 11, 12 midnight. For you hard
core's, and those who do not like crowds, go
around 3, 4, or 5 PM. Each facility will be open around the clock. (unless
otherwise stated). Take your cameras. Many of the
amateur astronomers have set up their 6", 8" 10", even 14" telescopes in the
area where you will go. They are excited to show
your what they see and know. Don't be shy, they absolutely love it. The more
questions you have, the better.
NASA Confesses Destructive "Culture"
Folks, this could be a crack in the cooperate infrastructure. NASA is no
different than any other large corporation. They are an
antiquated organization based on the old industrial revolution "pyramid".
You know, the one where sh.. runs down hill. Only the
most diabolical, back stabbing, intimidating, control/power mongers make it
to the top. It is a certain "character profile" that is
attracted to administration. Anyone who has worked for a cooperation knows
what I am speaking of.
In many ways Nasa is no different than Enron. They are both corrupt. And
those who know how to 'play the game' make the
rules. It is the nature of the beast. This is the foundation of what all the
press release and talking heads where addressing when
they say Nasa "culture" is the cause.
Now let me say...I do not fit in the box of those who say Nasa is all
conspiracy. Although, at times, this could in fact be the
case. What I am addressing in the above paragraph's, has more to do with
"repression" of employee expression. Nasa has
gone on record as of yesterday, stating they have not been open to employee
feedback. Employee's have come forward stating
it was dangerous (meaning losing their job or being blackballed) to express
their true feelings or new research or insights.
I believe most of the scientist and instructors associated with Nasa are
second to none. Many of them are truly the best of the
best. Unfortunately, their voice was too often "repressed". I am hopeful
more of them, as in the vein of Dr. Tom Van Flandren,
will come forward. But lets not kid ourselves, progress and change of this
nature can be very slow. But it is a great first step.
As most of us know, those who are in power now, will most likely fight to
the death to maintain their cooperate position. It is
their nature. It is part of their unique make-up. It is what we call in the
mental health field "character profile" or "personality
So lets all keep an eye on this hopeful event. Btw, isn't it interesting
this "shift" occurred on the exact day (August 28th) as
mentioned in my interview with Dr. Buryl Payne. You may find our interview
rather "prophetic" in light of todays news. Go to
ECTV's front page and click on "This Weeks Guest" audio file towards the top
of the page.
Thought For The Day
"The new electronic interdependence recreates the world in the image of a
- Marshall McLuhan
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