Daily Archives: October 6, 2018

The End of the Universe – with Geraint Lewis…


Date: October 06, 2018

01) The End of the Universe – with Geraint Lewis


“Come with us on a very final journey as we wander forwards in time at breakneck speeds to see what happens at the very end of the universe.

Will there forever be stars in the sky? Will humanity roam the cosmos for eternity? What does the future hold for our Universe? This is a journey through space and time, from galactic collisions and hyperactive black holes, on to the death of the last star.

Geraint F. Lewis is a Welsh astrophysicist at the University of Sydney. He’s best known for his work on dark energy, gravitational lensing and galactic cannibalism.

This talk and Q&A was filmed in the Ri on 24 July 2018.”

Watch the Q&A:

Mark Blyth on “Story in the Public Square”…


Date: October 06, 2018

01) Mark Blyth on “Story in the Public Square”


“One of the most persistent ideas in the politics of the West, whether we’re talking about Europe or the United States, is that government debt is best attacked through reducing government spending. Mark Blyth, warns though, that “austerity,” as such plans are known, is a historically dangerous idea.”

Chris Hedges in Eugene, Oct. 3, 2018…


Date: October 06, 2018

01) Chris Hedges in Eugene, Oct. 3, 2018


“Chris Hedges spoke in Eugene, Oct. 3, 2018 to the Community Rights Lane County. He is on the west coast for his latest book, “America: The Farewell Tour”

From the book’s website, “Chris Hedges’s profound and provocative examination of America in crisis is “an exceedingly…provocative book, certain to arouse controversy, but offering a point of view that needs to be heard” (Booklist), about how bitter hopelessness and malaise have resulted in a culture of sadism and hate.

America, says Pulitzer Prize­–winning reporter Chris Hedges, is convulsed by an array of pathologies that have arisen out of profound hopelessness, a bitter despair, and a civil society that has ceased to function. The opioid crisis; the retreat into gambling to cope with economic distress; the pornification of culture; the rise of magical thinking; the celebration of sadism, hate, and plagues of suicides are the physical manifestations of a society that is being ravaged by corporate pillage and a failed democracy. As our society unravels, we also face global upheaval caused by catastrophic climate change. All these ills presage a frightening reconfiguration of the nation and the planet.

Donald Trump rode this disenchantment to power. In his “forceful and direct” (Publishers Weekly) America: The Farewell Tour, Hedges argues that neither political party, now captured by corporate power, addresses the systemic problem. Until our corporate coup d’état is reversed these diseases will grow and ravage the country. “With a trademark blend of…sharply observed detail, Hedges writes a requiem for the American dream” (Kirkus Reviews) and seeks to jolt us out of our complacency while there is still time.”