Thursday, April 17, 2014

April 17, 2014

Today's Tarot card is the 2 of Cups
A young man and woman stand facing each other in a field, each holding a cup.  The man reaches to touch the woman's hand. Their expressions are gentle. Between them is a caduceus and above them a winged lion head.

Twos are generally considered partnership cards, and that shows clearly in the illustration for today's card. It can also mean reconciliation.

I honestly don't know of any partnership in the offing, or of a person I need to reconcile with.

Today's art is a cameo from 1835 by George W. Jamison, done of Andrew Jackson.

Today I'm grateful for:
1. Hearing from my mom and two of my daughters.
2. Another evening to myself
3. Pleasant conversation with the bus driver on the ride home

Of note in the world:
1. MSN reports that militant Russian supporters are accused of distributing leaflets to Crimean Jews in Donesk. The fliers allegedly said that all the city's people of Jewish descent over the age of 18 have to register (at a cost of $50) with the Commissioner of Nationalities (the what??). Other sources add that the registrants must also list all their property. Secretary of State Kerry has confirmed the reports and condemned those responsible.
In a day or so we should have more reliable information on exactly who's responsible for this and whether it's legitimate. This could be a baseless attempt to intimidate, an outright lie, an attempt to further discredit the Russians, a hoax. Whatever its origin and intent, it's an outrage.

2. The FDA is warning that the process of grinding up a woman's uterus so it can be removed laparoscopically could cause cancer cells to be spread throughout the body.
How are they just figuring this out now?

3. Astronomers have found a "Goldilocks" planet 500 light-years away. It's 10% larger than earth, but is in the right zone of distance from its sun to allow the right temperatures so that any water on the planet could be liquid.
So this place is 500 light-years away. 500 light-years is 2,934,856,800,000,000 miles.
Voyager I (the furthest man-made object from space) travels at a speed of 38,030 miles per hour.
There are 8,766 hours in a year. So Voyager travels 333,370,980 miles per year.
It would take Voyager 8,803,576 years to reach this planet.
According to the fossil record, Homo sapiens first developed about 200,000 years ago. That's a lot of time to d/evolve. By the time we can reach them, will we even care?

1 comment:

  1. That FDA warning inspired a sentence I never thought I'd write: Gee I'm glad I had a total abdominal hysterectomy.

    Andy Jackson doesn't look "bloody bloody" does he? I guess cameo art makes everyone look bit more elegant.