The More Things Change…

Received an interesting email forwarded by a friend:

“The budget should be balanced, the treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.”

(Cicero, 55 B.C.)
So, what have we learned in two millennia?” 

Are we really that badly off?



Close Shave for Earth

An asteroid of a similar size to a rock that exploded above Siberia in 1908 with the force of a thousand atomic bombs whizzed close past Earth on Monday, astronomers said on Tuesday.

Asteroid 2009 DD45, estimated to be between 21 and 47 meters (68 and 152 feet) across, raced by at 1344 GMT on Monday, the Planetary Society and astronomers’ blogs reported.

The gap was just 72,000 kilometers (44,750 miles), or a fifth of the distance between Earth and the Moon and only twice the height of satellites in geosynchronous orbit, the website said.

The estimated size is similar to that of an asteroid or comet that exploded above Tunguska, Siberia, on June 30 1908, flattening 80 million trees in a swathe of more than 2,000 square kilometres (800 square miles).

2009 DD45 was spotted last Saturday by astronomers at the Siding Spring Survey in Australia, and was verified by the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Centre (MPC), which catalogues Solar System rocks.

The closest flyby listed by the MPC is 2004 FU162, a small asteroid about six metres (20 feet) across which came within about 6,500 kms (4,000 miles) of us in March 2004.

From Victim to Creator

From life-coach,  Michael Neill’s weekly newsletter……..

“Because one of the first things I work on with my clients is making the shift from victim to creator in their lives, they often become sensitive to the language they are using when they speak with me. “I should” becomes “I want to” (except for when they don’t); “I can’t” becomes “I haven’t”, except for when they do. Yet the goal of this little exercise isn’t so much to become more conscious of the language we are using to explain and describe and report on our lives – it is to facilitate the transformation of those lives.

For example, the other day a client I’ll call Dale said to me “Can you believe what’s going on with the economic stimulus package?” When I said I could, he said “I mean, it’s like both sides are putting scoring political points ahead of taking care of the country.” After nodding my head in agreement to this and a few more statements like it, I finally asked him what it was about the possible accuracy of his observation that was causing him to act like a victim of it. “What do you mean?” he asked. “Are you implying that I’m NOT a victim of this? After all, I didn’t create this – I don’t even have a mortgage. But my business is still suffering for it. If anyone’s a victim of this economy it’s me! ”   Continue reading