Dark Sky Initiative

the Bright Solution to Light Pollution

Hi. I’m Stargeezer Jack,

A Starry Sky, Deep Sleep Kinda Guy!

Welcome to my evolving website.
My sleepy-eyed, starry-skyed views and values are controversial, salted with stew-stirring satire.
None of my words condone or sanction violence.  ENGAGE…
Updated:  Saturday, 10-25-14

KISS!  Keep It Simple, Stargazers / Sleepers!

Ask Questions!   Seek Answers!

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

Here’s a condensed, 60-word,Tweet-y Bird version of my website:

NIGHT!

Got starlight?  Sleep?  No?  Too much blue light at night!

Fight the light that steals the night!

Solution:  Moonlight Revolution! Make most lights mimic Full Moonlight.

Nature’s Lighting Ordinance — NLO!  Make It So!

GetMAD!

Moonlight, all night, sleep tight.

Amber hue, not blue, sleep true.

Direct lights down to see what’s up!

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.

STARRY NIGHTS  =  SLEEPY NIGHTS!

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Time to tack in a different direction. Sleep’s my prime focus; dark skies, secondary. Why? All humans require sleep. Only a few astronomers need dark skies.

Ah, the universal z-z-z-zound of deep sleep!  Got sleep?  No?  Why not?   LIGHT!

Yes, light!  Especially sleep-slaying, star-stealing, blue-hued, LED lights!  And thousands of new ones are erected and turned on every night!

When was the last time you were tortured?  Think about it in terms of  SLEEP  AND  LIGHT!

Did you know that using light to deprive people of sleep IS torture? And it happens nightly!  Millions more people are sleep-deprived, TORTURED, every night by light than are affected by crime!  So, why do you allow business lights and streetlights to torture you every single night!?  WHY?  GetMAD!!

SLEEP, not food, is third after AIR and WATER for sustaining life!  Please think about it!

Not all my website reflects sleep as my prime focus. Please return as I make it so.

I know many more sleep-starved people than dark-starved astronomers!  You?    What’s the connection?

STARRY NIGHTS  =  SLEEPY NIGHTS!

Our ancestors survived ‘n thrived - surthrived - in the dark, or we wouldn’t be here. Please reflect on that. Likewise, Edward Abbey’s books, especially my favorite book, Desert Solitaire, have survived, thrived, surthrived, “…flourished…burrowing along like seditious moles a few feet underground, hidden but alive…”

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We must transform starless, sleepless nights, based on our irrational FEAR of the dark, to starry, sleepy nights, based on NLO, Nature’s Lighting Ordinance, a Moonlight Revolution.

When was the last time you slept like a baby?   I thought so!

GetMAD!       NLO!      Make It So!

Be the first in your community, county, country to demand more dark and better sleep for all.  But how, Stargeezer?

The Moon’s the tune, folks!  The Full Moon.

Here’s a beautiful video by Jennifer West and Ian Cameron.  It draws tears every time I watch it.   It’s message is clear:  Eliminate Lights That Desecrate Nights!  NLO!  Make It So!  A Moonlight Revolution!

CUE THE MUSIC MAN — Prof. Harold Hill:

Now, folks, either you’re closin’ your eyes to a situation you do not wish to acknowledge – sleeplessness – or you are not aware of the caliber of disaster indicated by sleep-stealin’ night light in your community.

Prof. Harold Hill The Music Man

Prof. Harold Hill
The Music Man

Weeeell, ya got trouble, my friends…right there, I say, trouble right there in your city. Trouble with a capital T, and that rhymes with P, and that stands for POOL-lution! Light pollution…

Read on to cure sleeplessness and save stars in your River City, or read all my version of Meredith Willson’s Ya Got Trouble

Light pollution (LP) is a chief thief of sleep and a symptom of Industrial Civilization, a deadly disease. It sacks sleep, steals starlight, causes cancer, kills critters, wastes $$$…

Where does Industrial Civilization lead? HERE.

A Moonlight Revolution will save sleep, starlight, money, energy, and improve human and ecosystem health.

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Astronomers: Stop fleeing  to dark corners to observe!

Astronomers: Stop fleeing to dark corners to observe!

LP increases up to 6% per year, doubling every 12 years. Others’ attempts to eliminate LP are quixotic quests tilting at light-mills.

So, it’s up to you. Don’t run ‘n hide like Kochroaches when lights go on! Stand ‘n fight! All you have to lose is sleep and the Universe! I fight as if sleep, starry skies, and life matter.  You?

The essence of my bright solution to light pollution and my right solution to sleep disruption:

Eliminate Lights That Desecrate Nights

How, Stargeezer?  Adopt NLONature’s Lighting Ordinance.  NLO!  MAKE IT SO! A Moonlight Revolution!

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. Replace them with lights only full moon bright. Children can easily distinguish amongst lights that do and don’t desecrate nights. Distinguish! Extinguish!  Stick a stake through LP’s heart and restore sleep and stars!

Lights: when in doubt, turn ‘em out!

But Stargeezer, how do we start?  GetMAD!   NLO!    MAKE IT SO!    

The Moon’s the tune!  The Full Moon!  A Moonlight Revolution!

Perchance, glance at the Moon ‘n watch her dance. You’re feeling drowsy, sleeepy, verry sleeepy… In a trance… Let Luna’s light enhance your night. Give Selene a sleep-inducing chance. Watch her dance, rock ‘n roll to the Moon’s tune. Why, she’s good enough to be Dancing With the Stars…Oops, I forgot, she does dance with real stars every night!

Or could those Lunar Librations be due to Lunar Libations?  Moonshine?  Hmm, just a thought…carry on.

NLO!   MAKE IT SO!   Nature’s Lighting Ordinance!  A Moonlight Revolution, Nature’s Living Ordinance!

Why do people (you?) suffer sleeplessness? One of many reasons: way too many bright, blue-hued LED lights! We must replace them with amber-hued (but white) lights that shine no brighter than the full moon.

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We must consider the FULL MOON’s brightness to be THE source of most future outdoor night light.

IMAGINE: Your community, county, country, continent bathed in the glow of lights that match ‘n mimic the full moon’s light.  The same light that all humans and all the Others on Earth have adapted to over millennia.

Light that does not interfere with sleep and other natural nighttime rhythms of life, like stargazing, an activity ALL your ancestors engaged in for thousands of years.

And no, you won’t turn into a Werewolf! And no, your faithful canine companion won’t shape-shift into a Werehuman, whatever the Dickens, Abbey and Twain that is!

That’s NLO, Nature’s Lighting Ordinance.   NLO!   Make it so!   GetMAD!   A Moonlight Revolution!

Please watch three of David Fuller’s Eyes On The Sky videos, especially the DARK SKY FACTS segments here and here and here.

Did you know that you can read a book by the full moon’s light. Appropriately, even as my eyesight fades, I read a magnified page from Paul Bogard’s wonderful book, The End of Night, by the light of August’s slightly less-than-full moon. Try it yourself during November’s full moon. I participated in an interview with Paul, Thursday, Aug. 14, on Iowa Public Radio. Please listen here.

How much light does the full moon spray on Earth?  Thirty to hundreds of times less than most streetlights and business lights, the source of most light pollution and the cause of much insomnia.

Yet, the full moon’s light is more than enough to provide proper safety and security for people and property, and it will ultimately become the solution to light pollution and sleep disruption! NLO, Nature’s Lighting Ordinance. A Moonlight Revolution!    NLO!  Make It So!

People, we must kick our outrageous night light addiction.  We must mature, progress, and see the light, moonlight, that is.  Remember, your ancestors surthrived for millennia with NLO.

full moon reflectionPlease help me reinvent nighttime lighting by 2020, and develop real 20/20 vision, not the near-blind vision we have now. Create a Moonlight Revolution, rescue the Milky Way and sleep like a baby.

Incite a MOONLIGHT REVOLUTION where you live during any moonth’s [sic] full moon. November’s is on the 6th.

The world’s largest cities desperately need a Moonlight Revolution! Thierry Cohen magically makes them dark at night with photography.

Please read the first two parts of my short story, CYGNUS SAVES THE MILKY WAY, in which Cygnus the Swan explains NLO and Moonlight Revolution here.  GetMAD!

 

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You’ll choke (YIKES!) reading all my website at once.  I can’t do the Heimlich maneuver from afar. Please read a little each day.

counter Unique visitors since Jan 01, 2013. My website’s about quality not quantity. I’d rather 10 visitors read it and act to preserve starry nights than 10,000 people visit, disappear, and do nothing!

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