Hi. I’m Stargeezer Jack.
I’m a dark sky kinda guy with eyes for starry skies!
KISS! Keep It Simple, Stargazers!
My Education Credo: Ask Questions. Seek Answers.
Edward Abbey: “You can’t study the darkness by flooding it with light.”
Voltaire: “It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.”
Light pollution (LP) is a symptom of Industrial Civilization, a deadly disease. It steals starlight, causes cancer, kills critters, wastes $$$…
Eliminating LP saves starlight, money and energy, improves human and ecosystem health, etc.
LP increases 6% per year, doubling every dozen years. Astronomy orgs and magazines are perfectly positioned to erase LP, but refuse to make starry skies their top priority. Sad.
So, it’s all up to you. All you have to lose is, well, the Universe!
My Dark Sky Pledge
I pledge devotion to the stars of the majestic Milky Way Galaxy and to a dark night sky in which they shine; one cosmos, overhead, clearly visible, with liberty from light and dark skies for all.
Current attempts to rescue dark, starry night skies have astronomers Quixotically tilting at light-mills. We need more Dark Sky Knights, better tactics, and strategies, or the Milky Way will vanish from view.
How many stars will you see in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years? When will you stand and fight for your right to see starlight at night? I fight LP as if starry skies really matter. You?
The essence of my bright solution to light pollution, my five-word dark sky credo:
Eliminate Lights That Desecrate Nights
How, Stargeezer? Turn lights off! Adopt NLO – Nature’s Lighting Ordinance.
NLO! MAKE IT SO!
Whoa, there, pardner! Them’s tough words yer shootin’. What’s this “Eliminate Lights…” guff?
Not all lights, just those that desecrate nights. Children can easily distinguish lights that do and don’t desecrate nights.
Distinguish! Extinguish! Stick a stake through LP’s heart and restore starry skies!
Eliminate Lights That Desecrate Nights.
“But Stargeezer, how do we start?” OK, but this is just a start.
A STAR – my five light POOL-lution cues:
A: ADOPT Nature’s Lighting Ordinance (NLO) — Earth’s Official / Original Lighting Ordinance — today. Memorize and proselytize with my Dark Sky Pledge above.
S: SATIRIZE those that [sic] keep lights on! Satire is a potent, powerful, nonviolent weapon.
T: TRANSFORM Be more visible physically, mentally, verbally… Use knuckles. Knock on doors!
A: ATTACK light bullies, SOBs, Satans Of Brightness. They attack your dark skies. Stand up! Stop them!
R: RESTORE dark, starry night skies. Step away from astro-ogres, oops, orgers, and spread the message elsewhere, faster, farther, better. In short…
Organize! Mobilize! Antagonize!
More about A STAR. Remember, A STAR is only the beginning.
So, Stargeezer, why can’t we eliminate lights that desecrate nights the old-fashioned, traditional way, you know, with laws and ordinances?
It’s The System, Stargazers! ITSS!
Too many (most?) people (sheeple?) think we live in a democracy, a republic. We don’t. We live in a dysfunctional democracy, a rotten republic. That’s why neither laws nor ordnances [sic] will work. The System’s designed for the rich ‘n powerful, not for people.
Nothing will change until we stop electing Rethuglicans or Demonrats, so-called conservatives or liberals.
So, stargazers, astronomers, what will it be: Run and Hide? or Stand and Fight?
Either we Homosap’s mature and adopt NLO, Nature’s Lighting Ordinance, eliminating lights that desecrate nights, or Earth will do it for us, making NLO, Nature’s Lights Only! Either we do it or Earth does!
Either we SACK CIV, civilization, or it sacks ALL of us, forever — EXTINCTION! CHOOSE!
Run and Hide? Stand and Fight! Remember, all you have to lose is, well, the Universe! Decide!
But how Stargeezer?
The answer’s not a simple “one-liner.” I have some answers, but I can’t offer specific solutions to individual circumstances because I don’t know them. Surely you’re smart enough to figure out how to start!
Favored author, Derrick Jensen, expresses my views and values perfectly in premise 6 of 20, prefacing his 2006, two volume, “fat masterpiece,” ENDGAME:
“Premise Six: Civilization is not redeemable. This culture will not undergo any sort of voluntary transformation to a sane and sustainable way of living. If we do not put a halt to it, civilization will continue to immiserate the vast majority of humans and to degrade the planet until it (civilization, and probably the planet) collapses. The effects of this degradation will continue to harm humans and nonhumans for a very long time.”
Two more books: Walking Away From Empire: A Personal Journey, and Going Dark, by Guy McPherson.
I just finished two new books by Rivera Sun, titled DANDELION INSURRECTION and STEAM DRILLS, TREADMILLS, AND SHOOTING STARS. Please read them and consider them powerful, nonviolent templates for stargazers to resurrect the starry night from dreadful light. Thanks, Rivera.
Please ponder this: I do not enjoy commanding others to eliminate lights that desecrate nights. Directions, suggestions, yes. Commandments, no.
When I was teaching, I told my students: “You don’t need me. You are your own best teacher ‘n tutor.”
MOST lights desecrate nights, create a false sense of security, and trigger a wasteful “War on Lights,” which like other such wars on crime, cancer, Christmas, poverty, terror, immigration, discrimination, drugs — you name it — are doomed to fail.
James Childress on war as a metaphor: “In debating social policy through the language of war, we often forget the moral reality of war.”
Did you see the new COSMOS, with Neil deGrasse Tyson last night (3-9-14)? If not, perhaps you can watch it on the National Geographic channel tonight (3-10-14).
Popular Resistance, a helpful, new website. Please read a new article about why neither Demonrats nor Rethuglicans are worth your time or energy here. Consider signing up for their daily email newsletter.
Goethe: “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” American Sheeple today?
Chris Hedges, favored author: “You are either a rebel or a slave.” I choose not to be a slave! You?
New comment on the blog post, Starlight -vs- Streetlight, here.
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