Christians in the USA declare aphid excretions as miraculous. WTXF – What The Xtian Fuck?
Unashamedly democratic socialist in flavour, with a raft of bold pledges that go far beyond the grey focus group designed middle-England pleasing platitudes that the three main parties seem satisfied to place one their stalls. No kneeling before the Chicago School neo-liberal consensus. That’s the Green Party party political broadcast for the May 2nd elections. Gutsy, and a demonstration that Green politics go further than recycling and ecological conservation. Much further. Sadly there won’t be a Green standing for the parliamentary by-election in South Shields, but it’s understandable – £500 could be spent better elsewhere rather than losing it fighting to be an also-ran in a safe Labour seat where the other parties are scrabbling for the honour of second place.
It isn’t just an election broadcast, it’s a proclamation of what is possible. Watch it.
Simple question, yes? Indeed, but what about the answer? Last year, actor Alan Alda, together with the Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, issued a challenge to scientists and science teachers to answer the apparently simple question ‘what is a flame?’ in such a way that could be understood by an eleven-year-old. It’s actually not that simple. The project, called The Flame Challenge, was inspired by Alda’s own childhood scientific curiosity, and asked schools across the United States to participate and decide on a winner from the hundreds of entries.
This video here is the entertaining winner:
This year, the challenge was inspired by the question most commonly posed by eleven-year-olds to the Center for Communicating Science: what is time? Even Albert Einstein struggled to describe what time is in simple terms, and often resorted to jokes:
The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.
I think this is a great initiative, to take the complex explanations for the natural mechanisms we take for granted, and deliver them in an easy to understand way – easy enough even for me.
Sad news of the death of Jon Lord from cancer. One of the greatest of his generation, and the master of the Hammond organ.
Shaking the Tree with Peter Gabriel and Paula Coles.