Dark Sky Initiative

the Bright Solution to Light Pollution

Hi. I’m Stargeezer Jack.

I’m a dark sky kinda guy with eyes for starry skies!

CAUTION:  My starry sky views and values are controversial, salted with stew-stirring satire. Once meek ‘n mild, they’re now fist-to-the-face assertive. Astronomers, get your head out of your telescope tube! Eliminate lights that desecrate nights! None of my words condone or sanction violence.  ENGAGE…
Last changed:  Sunday, 04-20-14

KISS! Keep It Simple, Stargazers!

My Credo:  Ask Questions. Seek Answers.

Edward Abbey: “You can’t study the darkness by flooding it with light.”

zzzAh, the universal z-z-z-zound of deep sleep!

Got sleep?  No?  Why not?

Most people answer with a Lurch-like voice and zombie-like look… LIGHT!

Yes, LIGHT!  Sleep-stealing, star-stealing light!

Only AIR and WATER keep you alive longer than number three, SLEEP!  Not food, shelter, clothing — sleep! Think about it!

Sadly, why do you suppose governments, prisons, etc, everywhere use the torture of sleep deprivation? Because it works!

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.

Light pollution (LP) — the chief thief of sleep — is a symptom of Industrial Civilization, a deadly disease. It sacks sleep, steals starlight, causes cancer, kills critters, wastes $$$…  Eliminating LP saves sleep, starlight, money, energy… improves human and ecosystem health, etc.

windmillLP increases 6% per year, doubling every dozen years. Astronomy orgs’ and astro-magazines’ attempts to restore dark skies are merely quixotic quests tilting at light-mills.

darkskyknightWe need real, true, Starry Sky Knights — not fantasy or fictional Dark Sky Knights — to vanquish LP or the Milky Way will vanish from view!

So, it’s up to you.  Run & Hide? -or- Stand & Fight!   All you have to lose is sleep and the Universe!

So, how much better / worse will you sleep, and how many more / fewer stars will you see in 5 years? 10 years? When will you stand and fight for your right to sleep and see starlight at night?

I fight LP as if sleep, starry night skies, and life 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?   Adopt NLONature’s Lighting Ordinance.    NLO!    MAKE IT SO!

Whoa, there, pardner! Them’s tough words yer shootin’. What’s this “Eliminate Lights…” guff?

stickstakhartDon’t let your chaps lapse! Holster your sidearm, Charlatan!

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 sleep and stars!

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.

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So, Stargeezer, why won’t laws and ordinances work?

It’s The System, Stargazers!  Many (Most?) people (sheeple?) think we live in a democracy, a republic. We don’t. Using science and math, two scientists show we live in an Oligarchy, a dysfunctional democracy, a rotten republic.  Neither laws nor ordinances will work.  The System is rigged.

scotus-walmartTwo reasons:  the Supreme Court’s (SC) 2010 Citizens United -vs- FEC ruling making corporations “people”, and the April 2, 2014, SC McCutcheon -vs- FEC ruling to end aggregate political donor limits, further corrupting our dying democracy.

Nothing will change until Americans stop electing Rethuglicans or Demonrats.

They (Rs and Ds) have been using the Liberal / Conservative tags against us for decades to keep us at each others’ throats instead of improving America!

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 SACK CIV, civilization, or Earth sacks ALL of us, forever — EXTINCTION!  Choose!

Run and Hide?  Stand and Fight!  Remember, all you have to lose is, well, the Universe!

But how Stargeezer?

I don’t have simple, one-liner answers. No one does!  Start with my  A STAR!

djensen_endgame1:2Favored 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.”

I do not enjoy commanding others to eliminate lights that desecrate nights.  Directions, suggestions, yes. Commandments, no. When 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 — fail.

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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?

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