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No one ever tells you that people will leave your life, unannounced. Sometimes they leave the earth, sometimes they just leave you. Things continue. Tomorrow you will wake up and the sun will be kissing your eyelids and it will be a new day for you to drink too much coffee and reread an old book. You will be okay. No one ever tells you that, either. Days will melt together like some candle you burned down to scraps, and seasons will change. You will fall in and out of love with yourself more times than you’ll ever be able to count. It is important to take the time to appreciate your own fingerprints, your own skin. There will be days when it is all you have.
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The Voyagers

This is Penny Lane’s beautiful and heartwarming short film about the Voyager golden records. Hits ya right in the space feels.

Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan’s romance blossomed out of their work designing these priceless postcards to the galaxy. How appropriate, that an eternal message of peace, written with the aid of science, serves also as a secret love letter between two of the Earthlings who created it.

You can read the story of how this record was made in Carl Sagan’s Murmurs of Earth,

If you’d like to tour the contents of the golden records, visit the gorgeous You’ll hear a message from the UN Secretary General, a whale song, tour through mathematical and chemical imagery describing life on Earth, Ann Druyan’s brain activity, and more. Here’s the full rundown on what the record contains.

Οἵτινές ποτ’ἔστε χαίρετε! Εἰρηνικῶς πρὸς φίλους ἐληλύθαμεν φίλοι.

Paz e felicidade a todos

धरती के वासियों की ओर से नमस्कार

.تحياتنا للأصدقاء في النجوم. يا ليت يجمعنا الزمان


Hola y saludos a todos

Herzliche Grüße an alle


Bonjour tout le monde

Hello from the children of planet Earth …


A view of the CCTV and TVCC towers on the afternoon of January 12, the afternoon of January 13 and one week before the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics in 2008. Beijing saw previously unheard of levels of pollution over the weekend with air pollution being so bad it was “off scale,” according to the air pollution monitor at the U.S. Embassy. (Photos courtesy of Chas Pope/Flickr)

Beijing was wrapped in a suffocating blanket of smog over the weekend.

Pollution, according to air monitors at the U.S. Embassy, was so bad the index used to measure such things doesn’t even go as high as the monitoring equipment recorded. But people who were outside didn’t need fancy equipment to know that the air was bad, they merely had to look up - or out. They were lucky to see the top of buildings, or even a couple blocks down the streets.

PRI’s The World’s Mary Kay Magistad has lived in Beijing for 14 years and says that this is the worst air quality she can recall. In past years, the government has denied the problem of air pollution, but more recently began releasing more air quality data and expanding programs to reduce emissions.

Of course, China isn’t the first country to deal with bad pollution.

In an interview this spring with Yale Environment 360, the environmentalist Ma Jun connected his cause in Beijing to past efforts in London and Los Angeles: 

Many Western cities have gone through a very polluted stage. London used to suffer very badly from “London fog,” which was really smog. At first, people didn’t know the major source of air pollution was burning coal; then they realized it was a big problem, and London gradually phased out coal-fired power plants within city limits. That greatly reduced the discharge of sulfur dioxide, starting in the 1950s. Los Angeles faced a different type of air pollution — it was less about coal and more about car emissions. The way that L.A. addressed air-quality problems was by increasing mileage standards and fuel quality, and also by improving the emissions-control devices installed on cars.

The Great Smog of 1952” in London led to Britain’s Clean Air Act. Recently, California also enacted a cap and trade  program that will require about 350 companies to pay for their carbon dioxide emissions.

Chinese officials are pointing to a phenomenon known as a temperature inversion as the cause for this record-breaking pollution. That too has a historical precedent in the western world. In Donora, Pa., in 1948, some 20 people died and hundreds were hospitalized when a temperature inversion trapped pollution in the small city. The situation was so bad, night practically turned to day; environmentalists trace the aftermath of Donora to the creation of the U.S. Clean Air Act

And while there are no figures available about whether this weekend’s incident led to any direct deaths, a Greenpeace study found more than 8,000 premature deaths each year can be traced to bad air in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Xi’an.

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