Hi. I’m Stargeezer Jack.
I’m a dark sky kinda guy with eyes for starry skies!
KISS! Keep It Simple, Stargazers!
Edward Abbey: ”You can’t study the darkness by flooding it with light.”
Anonymous: “No one ever changed the rules by following them.”
Favored writer, Derrick Jensen, author of 20 books writes: “We have been too kind to those who are killing the planet (the night sky). We have been inexcusably, unforgivably, insanely kind.” I will not be kind!
LIGHT POLLUTION: BAD! STARRY SKIES: GOOD!
My Light Pollution Solution: Eliminate lights that desecrate nights.
Simple. Turn lights off! Adopt NLO – Nature’s Lighting Ordinance.
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.”
YIKES! Have you gone mad, Stargeezer?
OK, not all lights, dim bulbs. Just those that desecrate nights! Dim bulbs! Dim ‘em ’til they’re darn near dark!
NLO! MAKE IT SO!
Now, don’t get your knickers in a knot, and keep your tighty-whities free of fleas, bees, ‘n peas. Children can distinguish lights that do and don’t desecrate nights. Stop stealing their starlight!
Yes, it’s doable. It’s not a one-size-fits-all solution. Want starlight, not light blight?
Eliminate Lights That Desecrate Nights.
To do so, you must become a night-lighter decider! But first…
Who are the LIGHT BLIGHTERs, SOBs, Satans Of Brightness?
SOBs are people whose lights desecrate nights, or people who condone and sanction them. SOBs deny and ignore how light pollution effects the health of all life on Earth, whilst stealing starlight.
As the old saw says: “If you’re not part of the solution, you are the problem!” If you don’t see the light, don’t fight light, you’re an SOB.
The image of Las Vegas is what a city full of SOBs look like from above! Click it to enlarge it.
Three ways people (astronomers?) respond to dark sky issues:
DENY. Light pollution’s jus’ a liberal lie (Hey, a photon of funniness!). Deniers live on an Isle of Denial and never see the light.
IGNORE. The issue may exist, but, well, ignoreanuses are too busy, etc., to get involved. They’re all about wishin’, hopin’, ‘n prayin’. Few will see the light (get off their Isle of Denial) and fight.
ACTIONISTS! They see the light blight every night, and fight…sadly, sans success! Let’s organize ‘n act as if dark, starry night skies really matter!
But how, Stargeezer? HOW? Hang on. Hold on. Kling-on. We’re almost there…
We need fewer deniers and ignoreanuses and more ACTIONISTS! NOW!
Astro-orgs, like the darksky.ogres, Oops, .orgers, the Astronomical League (AL), and Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) must step up ‘n adopt NLO, now! Are the AL / ASP malevolent? No! Irrelevant!
As of Tues. Dec. 10, 2013, they have not made dark skies their top priority, so astronomers…
…It’s up to you! All you have to lose is, well, the Universe!
The AL and ASP and other dark sky orgs do not see the light. We must open their eyes and make them see the light.
Here’s the Chief in Charge of the corporatized lighting industry / darksky.org on the CBS This Morning Saturday show (11-30-13). Would it have hurt to show a little passion? Some emotion? I mean, it’s the Universe we’re losing here, folks!! I’m just sayin’!
Two ways to deal with controversy: duck ‘n cover, knuckle under, give in, give up, give out, live on your Isle of Denial. In a word, compromise. OR Stand up like me and fight with uncompromising passion, from a Locality of Reality! I don’t give up, don’t give in, don’t give out! YOU?
COMPROMISE: It’s possible to compromise yourself out of existence. Many good orgs compromise themselves out of existence. I won’t name names, but…
In a nutshell, the past, present, and future of dark skies and starry nights:
PRESENT: Better light is best! More laws, more technology, etc. equal more light.
FUTURE: My NLO way. Less light is best! Restore starry nights! Adopt and live by NLO!
“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 using my Dark Sky Pledge above.
S: SATIRIZE the System that keeps lights on! Satire is an extremely powerful, nonviolent weapon.
T: TRANSFORM. Evolve! Constantly change tactics. Be more visible physically, mentally, verbally…
A: ATTACK light bullies, SOBs, Satans Of Brightness. They attack your dark skies. Stand up and stop them.
R: REFORM the Astronomical League (AL), Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), etc. Convince them to make starry skies their top priority, or step away and spread our starry sky message elsewhere, faster, farther, better.
Want either of these guys to be a Night-Lighter Decider? YIKES! Me neither. Surely, and don’t call me Shirley, there are better choices…Please!
My light pollution solution is not a Model Lighting Ordnance [sic], a one-size-fits-all, pitched ‘n peddled, snake oil elixir for night light blight.
Lighting laws / ordinances don’t / won’t work! If they did, there would be less light poollution, not more! Nor will cockamamie, voluntary schemes to politely ask light blighters to turn off their lights!
Stop buying the magic, darksky.org, astromagazine potion. Organize and get out there! Knuckles on doors! Confront those who pollute your night! Make them see the(ir) light! Organize! Organize! Organize!
Either we Homosap’s adopt NLO and eliminate lights that desecrate nights, or Earth will do it for us. And if Earth does it, NLO will be Nature’s Lights ONLY! Choose: Homosap’s or Earth!
Please read my Open Letter to Members of the AL and ASP here.
More about A STAR here.
Chris Hedges, another favored author: “You are either a rebel or a slave.” I choose not to be a slave! You? It’s The System, Stupid!
A new website I find helpful for those of us who are willing to fight is here!
My latest (11-21-13) blog post, Starlight -vs- Streetlight, is here.
Get my one-of-a-kind, FREE, SKY LIGHTS Star Wheel here.
You’ll choke (YIKES!) reading all my website at once, and I can’t do the Heimlich maneuver from afar. Please read a few bites each day.