Night views over the Earth

Time lapse sequences of photographs taken with a special low-light 4K-camera by the crew of expedition 28 & 29 onboard the International Space Station from August to October, 2011. Music: Jan Jelinek Editing: Michael König | Image Courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center, The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth 

Republican Sabotage

Listen All Y’all, It’s a Republican Sabotage! There’s a Double-Dip Recession, aka Depression, headed our way: the GOP would rather score some mirage political points for the upcoming 2010 elections than save people from homelessness and persistent joblessness. They’ve refused to renew federal unemployment extensions for those who haven’t been able to find work in the worst employment market since the 1940’s. Never in American history has any Congress denied emergency unemployment extensions while the official jobless rate is above 7.

My Healthcare Horror Story

Today is my daughter’s first birthday. This weekend we both went to Pete Stark’s Healthcare Townhall in Fremont to voice our support for a strong public option. Now I want to share with you my story of why I take this so personally. Stories of Health is a new website with video diaries of people’s health care horror stories. People from all over California told them about their experiences with a system in dire need of reform.

This Land is Your Land

Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen sing Woodie Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land” at the Obama Inaugural Celebration Concert on 1/18/09. Several “subversive verses” that have been censored for being overtly political were restored to this traditional folk song that refer back to the Depression years: There was a big high wall there that tried to stop me; Sign was painted, it said private property; But on the back side it didn’t say nothing;

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

In the broad expanse of the northern Pacific Ocean, there exists the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, a slowly moving, clockwise spiral of currents created by a high-pressure system of air currents. The area is an oceanic desert, filled with tiny phytoplankton but few big fish or mammals. Due to its lack of large fish and gentle breezes, fishermen and sailors rarely travel through the gyre. But the area is filled with something besides plankton: trash, millions of pounds of it, most of it plastic.

Who Will Fight For Us?

I hope that 2 weeks from now, John Edwards has a good day in Iowa, because this is a principled individual who I truly believe would stand for the people if elected president. We desperately need strong leadership battling for our interests, instead of the gigantic corporations and ridiculously greedy people who run them (often, into the ground). During the interview, Edwards summarizes his campaign: EDWARDS: I’m the guy who’s going to fight for the change we need, not talk about it, not try to maneuver my way through a system that I think is broken.

Not The Daily Show, With Some Writer

What do you get when you mix a writers strike with The Daily Show? As they themselves explain: If only there were some way to find out like, I don’t know… clicking on the image to your left. It’s so crazy, it might just work!

Lobbyists Represent Real Americans

This clip comes from a presidential candidates forum at the YearlyKos Convention in August 2007.

The Politics of Parsing

Hillary Clinton responds with double-talk during the Democratic candidates debate on October 30, 2007.

Minimum Sea Ice: 2005 vs. 2007

This animation compares the difference between the perennial sea ice minimum extent on September 21, 2005 and September 14, 2007. With a split screen, the area of the melted region is compared with the size of the state of California. – NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio