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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Unstoppable

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An artists impression released by the the European Southern Observatory (ESO) on May 2, 2016 shows an imagined view from close to one of the three planets orbiting an ultracool dwarf star just 40 light-years from Earth that were discovered using the TRAPPIST ("TRAnsiting Planets and PlanetesImals Small Telescope") telescope at ESOs La Silla Observatory in Chile. These worlds have sizes and temperatures similar to those of Venus and Earth and are the best targets found so far for the search for life outside the Solar System. They are the first planets ever discovered around such a tiny and dim star. In this view one of the inner planets is seen in transit across the disc of its tiny and dim parent star.

An artist's impression released by the the European Southern Observatory shows an imagined view from close to one of the three planets orbiting an ultracool dwarf star just 40 light-years from Earth that were discovered using the TRAPPIST (“Transiting Planets and PlanetesImals Small Telescope”) telescope at ESOs La Silla Observatory in Chile: photo by European Southern Observatory/AFP, 3 May 2016

An artists impression released by the the European Southern Observatory (ESO) on May 2, 2016 shows an imagined view from close to one of the three planets orbiting an ultracool dwarf star just 40 light-years from Earth that were discovered using the TRAPPIST ("TRAnsiting Planets and PlanetesImals Small Telescope") telescope at ESOs La Silla Observatory in Chile. These worlds have sizes and temperatures similar to those of Venus and Earth and are the best targets found so far for the search for life outside the Solar System. They are the first planets ever discovered around such a tiny and dim star. In this view one of the inner planets is seen in transit across the disc of its tiny and dim parent star.

An artist's impression released by the the European Southern Observatory shows an imagined view from close to one of the three planets orbiting an ultracool dwarf star just 40 light-years from Earth that were discovered using the TRAPPIST (“Transiting Planets and PlanetesImals Small Telescope”) telescope at ESOs La Silla Observatory in Chile: photo by European Southern Observatory/AFP, 3 May 2016


 Newly discovered planets may boost search for life beyond Earth: image via Reuters World @ReutersWorld, 3 May 2016
 
Life was never going have an easy time of it when
The nmur thubs arrayed against it in all their armoured dominion
Became unstoppable
And everybody gave in saying It's too late to begin to attempt to resist
The green latex corporate global re-wilding of a dead freeway future
And then forgave themselves on social media and moved on
And reached out
But nothing alive was left there in the ruins


An indian boy follows a herd of goat on a parched water pond in Kaushambi, nearly 25 kms from Allahabad, India, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Much of India is reeling under a weeks long heat wave and severe drought conditions that have decimated crops, killed livestock and left at least 330 million Indians without enough water for their daily needs. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

An Indian boy follows a herd of goat on a parched water pond in Kaushambi, India. Much of India is reeling under a weeks long heat wave and severe drought conditions that have decimated crops, killed livestock and left at least 330 million Indians without enough water for their daily needs.: photo by Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP, 3 May 2016

An indian boy follows a herd of goat on a parched water pond in Kaushambi, nearly 25 kms from Allahabad, India, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Much of India is reeling under a weeks long heat wave and severe drought conditions that have decimated crops, killed livestock and left at least 330 million Indians without enough water for their daily needs. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

An Indian boy follows a herd of goat on a parched water pond in Kaushambi, India. Much of India is reeling under a weeks long heat wave and severe drought conditions that have decimated crops, killed livestock and left at least 330 million Indians without enough water for their daily needs.: photo by Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP, 3 May 2016
 

A boy carries a goat near Jidhi town of Awdal region, Somaliland. Across the Horn of Africa millions have been hit by the severe El Nino-related drought.: Reuters, 28 April 2016



A boy carries a goat near Jidhi town of Awdal region, Somaliland. Across the Horn of Africa millions have been hit by the severe El Nino-related drought.: Reuters, 28 April 2016

 
The shadow of a boy is seen as he jumps into the Ganges River to cool off on a hot summer day on the outskirts of Kolkata, India: photo by Rupak De Chowdhuri / Reuters, 22 April 2016

World in focus — best photos for May 3, 2016

Indian boys collect drinking water from the main water supply line in Bhopal, India
: photo by Sanjeev Gupta / EPA, 3 May 2016


World in focus — best photos for May 3, 2016

Rohingya woman cries near the scene of a fire at a internally displaced person camp near Sittwe, Rakhine State, western Myanmar: photo by Nyunt Win / EPA, 3 May 2016

World in focus — best photos for May 1, 2016

A general view shows rescue workers searching for residents feared trapped in the rubble of a six-storey building that collapsed after days of heavy rain, in Nairobi, Kenya
: photo by Gregory Olando / Reuters, 1 May 2016
 
A Syrian man walks past destroyed buildings on May 2, 2016, in Aleppo's Bab al-Hadid neighbourhood which was targeted recently by regime air strikes.

A Syrian man walks past destroyed buildings in Aleppo’s Bab al-Hadid neighbourhood which was targeted recently by regime air strikes: photo by Karam Al-Masri/AFP 3 May 2016 

A Syrian man walks past destroyed buildings on May 2, 2016, in Aleppo's Bab al-Hadid neighbourhood which was targeted recently by regime air strikes.

A Syrian man walks past destroyed buildings in Aleppo’s Bab al-Hadid neighbourhood which was targeted recently by regime air strikes: photo by Karam Al-Masri/AFP 3 May 2016 



@Aleppo #Syria in snow, 1911  Tonight @AleppoIsBurning -  please think of the people: image via Matthew Ward @HistoryNeedsYou, 3 May 2016

 

Elegant #architecture of Aleppo #Syria in 1938: image via Matthew Ward @HistoryNeedsYou, 3 May 2016



Market day by the great citadel of Aleppo #Syria 1910. I wonder what happened to the young woman in the foreground?: image via Matthew Ward @HistoryNeedsYou, 3 May 2016



The great citadel and mosque of Aleppo #Syria 75 years ago. All the streets are now reduced to rubble.: image via Matthew Ward @HistoryNeedsYou, 3 May 2016


Relaxing on the hospital steps in Aleppo #Syria 75 years ago. All the streets are now reduced to rubble.: image via Matthew Ward @HistoryNeedsYou, 3 May 2016


 [#AleppoIsBurning]: image via baraa al halabi @baraaalhalabi, 1 May 2016


In 8 days, the Syrian regime and Russia killed 189 civilians in @Aleppo, including 43 women and 40 kids #AleppoIsBurning: image via Syrian Coalition @SyrianCoalition, 3 May 2016 

 

Government warplanes are targeting Aleppo's rebel-held neighborhoods: photo by EPA/SANA, 3 May 2016



'When all of you leave our country, we will leave your countries in Europe' told me a refugee in #Idomeni  Good lesson: image via Elena Herreros Rivas @ElenaHerreros, 1 May 2016  Madrid, Spain

 
Living in mud. Life in #Idomeni refugee camp #RefugeeCrisis please donate to @MSF: image via Josh Feldberg @JoshFeldberg, 3 May 2016


A wagon in #Idomeni is probably one of the most comfortable accommodations here. How did you sleep this night?: image via Tim Lüddeman @timluedde, 3 May 2016
 

GREECE - Refugees are reflected in a puddle as they queue for fire wood near Idomeni. By @tobiasschwartz #AFP: image via AFP Photo Department @AFPphoto, 1 May 2016  

World in focus — best photos for May 1, 2016

A man walks before a residential building in Hong Kong
: photo by Dale De La Rey / AFP, 1 May 2016


A Kashmiri masked Muslim protester jumps in the air to avoid stones thrown at him by Indian police during a protest in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmi

A Kashmiri masked Muslim protester jumps in the air to avoid stones thrown at him by Indian police during a protest in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir: photo by Dar Yasin/AP, 29 April 2016

A Kashmiri masked Muslim protester jumps in the air to avoid stones thrown at him by Indian police during a protest in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmi

A Kashmiri masked Muslim protester jumps in the air to avoid stones thrown at him by Indian police during a protest in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir: photo by Dar Yasin/AP, 29 April 2016

Palestinian children play on a tree as the sun sets on May 2, 2016, in the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip.
 
Palestinian children play on a tree as the sun sets in the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip: photo by Mohammed Abed/AFP, 3 May 2016

World in focus — best photos for May 3, 2016

Palestinian children play on a tree as the sun sets on the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip
: photo by Mohammed Abed / AFP, 3 May 2016


World in focus — best photos for May 3, 2016

An aerial view shows colourful tulips in full bloom in a field of the company ‘Spezialkulturen’ near Blumenberg, Germany
: photo by Jens Wolf / EPA, 3 May 2016

World in focus — best photos for May 2, 2016

Workers inspect rows of tulips at the Degenhardt-Sellmann Spezialkulturen tulip fields near Magdeburg in Schwaneberg, Germany. The company cultivates up to 10 different strains of tulips on 40 hectares of land to harvest not the flowers but the bulbs
.: photo by Sean Gallup via The national, 2 May 2016

German Chancellor Angela Merkel signs an autograph as pupils attempt a selfie upon Merkel's arrival at the French high school (Franzoesisches Gymnasium Berlin) on May 3, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. Merkel visited the school to discuss European Union-related issues as part of the EU Project Day, in which German politicians across the country are visiting schools in order to raise awareness among high school of the role of the European Union


German Chancellor Angela Merkel signs an autograph as pupils attempt a selfie upon Merkel’s arrival at Franzoesisches Gymnasium Berlin, Germany on Tuesday: photo by Sean Gallup via FT Photo Diary, 3 May 2016

World in focus — best photos for May 3, 2016

German chancellor Angela Merkel signs autographs while pupils try to take selfies during a visit at Berlin’s Lycee Francais
: photo by Clemens Bilan / AFP, 3 May 2016



German comedian says Merkel 'served me up for tea' to Turkey: image via Reuters Top News @Reuters, 3 May 2016


German comedian says Merkel 'served me up for tea' to Turkey: image via Reuters World @ReutersWorld, 3 May 2016
 A protestor is arrested by riot police during a protest against the proposed changes to France's working week and layoff practices, in Lyon, central France

A protestor is arrested by riot police during a protest against the proposed changes to France’s working week and layoff practices, in Lyon, central France: photo by Laurent Cipriani/AP, 28 April 2016

A protestor is arrested by riot police during a protest against the proposed changes to France's working week and layoff practices, in Lyon, central France

A protestor is arrested by riot police during a protest against the proposed changes to France’s working week and layoff practices, in Lyon, central France: photo by Laurent Cipriani/AP, 28 April 2016
 Trump San Francisco

Trump San Francisco. Protesters clash with police outside the hotel hosting the California Republican Convention in Burlingame.: photo by Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times, 29 April 2016

Trump San Francisco
Trump San Francisco. Protesters clash with police outside the hotel hosting the California Republican Convention in Burlingame.: photo by Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times, 29 April 2016

Trump San Francisco

Trump San Francisco. A protestor is detained following a scuffle with law enforcement at the California Republican Convention in Burlingame.: photo by Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times, 29 April 2016


Trump San Francisco
Trump San Francisco. Protesters clash with police outside the hotel hosting the California Republican Convention in Burlingame.: photo by Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times, 29 April 2016
 
Trump rally in Costa Mesa
Trump rally in Costa Mesa. An anti-Trump demonstrator lies at the intersection of Fair Drive and Fairview Road near the Pacific Amphitheatre, where the candidate made his first appearance of his California campaign.: photo by Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times, 28 April 2016

Sheriffs on horseback and police break up a group of demonstrators outside Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign rally in Costa Mesa 
Sheriffs on horseback and police break up a group of demonstrators outside Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Costa Mesa, California: photo by Mike Blake/Reuters, 29 April 2016
 

Captain Mexico and a Mexican Winter Soldier at the anti-Trump protest. #CAGOPConvention #WeWillNotBeTrumped
: image via Julia Carrie Wong @juliacarriew, 29 April 2016



Anti-trump protesters are everywhere. #CAGOP: image via Marcus Yam @yamphoto, 29 April 201 


The crowd has shrunk but there is still tension. Police have arrested 2 more protesters. #CAGOP: image via Marcus Yam @yamphoto, 29 April 2016  Burlingame, CA


Cruz calls Trump pathological liar after he links Cruz's father to JFK assassination: image via Reuters Top News @Reuters, 3 May 2016


Ted Cruz to Donald Trump: 'Yes, my dad killed JFK and he is secretly Elvis': image via Reuters Politics @ReutersPolitics, 3 May 2016


Donald Trump's rivals are bracing for a crippling loss in Indiana: image via The New York Times @nytimes, 3 May 2016 


Trump hopes Indiana showdown with Cruz will make him unstoppable
: image via Reuters Top News @Reuters, 3 May 2016

World in focus — best photos for May 1, 2016

A crate carrying one of the 33 lions rescued from circuses in Peru and Colombia is lifted onto the back of a lorry before being transported to a private reserve in Johannesburg, South Africa
: photo by Dan Kitwood via the National, 1 May 2016 



An old male lion raises his head above the long grass in the early morning, in the savannah of the Maasai Mara, south-western Kenya: photo by Ben Curtis/Associated Press, 7 July 2015


A lioness calls out to remind all her neighbors that this is her territory: photo by Brent Stapelkamp/Anastasia Photo, 6 June 2015


Umuya walks down a trail to follow the herd: photo by Brent Stapelkamp/Anastasia Photo, 10 June 2015


A cluster of clouds forms the shape of a wolf over an evening’s moon: photo by Brent Stapelkamp/Anastasia Photo, 10 March 2015


A male baboon (Papio Hamadryas) poses at the Safari Zoo in Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv, Israel: photo by Baz Ratner/Reuters,  9 September 2015



A two-month-old white tiger cub stands in its enclosure at a zoo in the city of Liberec, Czech Republic: photo by Michal Cizek / AFP, 25 April 2016


A macaw flies over buildings with the Avila mountain behind, in Caracas: photo by Jorge Silva/Reuters, 23 April 2015


An American coot runs across the surface of the Salton Sea before taking flight near Niland, California.  Located on what is called the “Pacific flyway,” heavy migrations of waterfowl, marsh and seabirds take advantage of the Salton Sea during spring and fall. For them, the lake is a desert oasis from vast stretches of rock and sand.: photo by Gregory Bull/Associated Press, 29 April 2015

4 comments:

Wooden Boy said...

The scale of disillusionment necessary would be huge if resistance were to have any space to grow.

We're all in the ruins now.

Jonathan Chant said...

Very much liking and relating to the poem, Tom.

vazambam (Vassilis Zambaras) said...

EXPENDABLE HUMAN RESOURCES


But just stop and think—back
Then we never knew how

Much of us was spent—
We’re almost there.

TC said...

Thanks for the generous words fellows. In a scene of general ruin the existence of similarly bent minds in particular comparable scenes at a great distance is at once encouraging and of course also alas sad (who can enjoy a ruin really) to consider. The only voices we can make out any more seem to be coming from off planet, like they say.

Under American Falls