Hey, it’s a poem

It’s been quite awhile since I put up a poem, so here’s one:

Tomorrow when I go

Tomorrow when I die

Everything changes

But the sky.

Actually the sky is changing too (Credit: NASA):

Saturn, some stars, and a poem

I haven’t done this for awhile. Here’s a picture of the North American Nebula shot in Infrared–since it’s in Infrared you can’t see why it’s been given this name (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech):

and here’s a picture of Saturn that shows its auroras as taken by the Hubble telescope (Credit: NASA/ESA/STScI/University of Leicester):

Since this is the first time in awhile that I’ve put up a poem, let’s make it a fairly stupid one:

The wallaby

Was never meant

To be swimming

Like manatees.

Not a poem

It’s been awhile since I’ve put up a poem, which I really need to rectify. Of course, a poem by itself can get awfully lonely so I’ll set the stage with some music:

And with only a bit more ado–I try not to make of todo about ado–here’s a poem:

The world is not

And I am not

Yet something is

Though what it is

I know not.

The Antarctic and a poem

Since links are a bit of a pain right now, here’s a link-free post. First a picture of the Transarctic mountain glacier taken from a DC8 as part of NASA’s attempt to completely map the Arctic and Antarctic ice (Credit: NASA/Sarah DeWitt):

and the usual Friday poem:

I live under
A mistaken expression
Live life.

China, the economy, and a poem

China (and other countries) is upset at the Fed’s Quantitative easing:

At a press briefing in Seoul, Zheng Xiaosong, director general of the Chinese Ministry of Finance’s international department, indirectly accused the United States of ignoring its international responsibilities. “The major reserve-currency issuers, while implementing their monetary policies, should not only take into account their national circumstances but should also bear in mind the possible impacts on the global economy,” he said.

Which is pretty interesting given that China has been manipulating their currency without worrying about anyone else.

And since I’m talking about China, has anyone else noticed that China seems to be cracking down more on their citizens since the Olympics? Here’s a sample:

A father who organized a support group for other parents whose children were sickened in one of China’s worst food safety scandals was convicted and sentenced Wednesday to 2 1/2 years in prison for inciting social disorder, his lawyer said.Zhao Lianhai had pushed for greater official accountability and compensation for victims and their families after the 2008 scandal that shocked China. His sentence appeared particularly severe because the case related to a public safety incident that the embarrassed leadership had pledged to tackle in a bid to restore consumer confidence.

It seems giving them the Olympics didn’t help. Ah well, it was a nice circus. And you can tell it’s getting bad when Vietnam sides with the US (to be fair, China and Vietnam are traditional adversaries).

And since it’s Friday, here’s a poem:

Blood rains on the page
As my thoughts gather
And cover my rage
Drawing strength from me.

Stars, an eclipse, and a poem

Today, I throw out a few pictures from NASA (as always, click on them to get a good look). The first is an eclipse of the Sun captured by the Solar Dynamic’s Observatory (Credit: NASA):

The second is the Lagoon nebula as captured by the Hubble telescope (Credit: NASA):

The third is of the Andromeda galaxy taken in ultraviolet (Credit: NASA/Swift/Stefan Immler (GSFC) and Erin Grand (UMCP)):

And finally, the usual Friday poem:

The world comes crashing
And so shall we
We never know.

More bank craziness and a poem

Here are a few more lovely stories coming out of the foreclosure mess:

Ricky Rought paid cash to the Deutsche Bank National Trust Company for a four-room cabin in Michigan with the intention of fixing it up for his daughter. Instead, the bank tried to foreclose on the property and the locks were changed, court records show.

Sonya Robison is facing a foreclosure suit in Colorado after the company handling her mortgage encouraged her to skip a payment, she says, to square up for mistakenly changing the locks on her home, too.

Thomas and Charlotte Sexton, of Kentucky, were successfully foreclosed upon by a mortgage trust that, according to court records, does not exist.

The reason this type of thing happens is also one of the reasons the whole mortgage crisis started in the first place: the people making the deals make money with the deal, not the actual property. The banks now mainly sell off the mortgage after they close. They make money in the closing not by collecting the interest, so it made sense to give as many mortgages as possible since they didn’t care if the person couldn’t pay it back. Here the subcontractors make money for each house foreclosed on, so it doesn’t make sense to spend the extra time to make sure everything’s correct. This is why there needs to be regulations, this is why we need governments. Someone needs to look out for the consumer.

And here’s a poem:

Before your very eyes
The future I’ll foretell
Here it comes
And there it goes.

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