No White House Sackings on the Pale Blue Dot today

No White House Sackings this August 2nd 2017 on The Pale Blue Dot Painting 2.08.2017

There were no White House Sackings on the Pale Blue Dot today. That’s not to say there won’t be throughout August. I imagine the odds are quite short. In the meantime, there’s always the remainder of the pale blue dot summer to enjoy…In the northern hemisphere at least.

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The Pale Blue Dot – Carl Sagan

The Pale Blue DotLook again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there–on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.


The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.


Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.


The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.


It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.


— Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot, 1994

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A Pale Blue Dot Painting: The FIFA World Cup 1974 Begins

FIFA World Cup 1974 Begins

The FIFA World Cup 1974 Begins on The Pale Blue Dot Painting 13.06.1974

On this day in the summer of 1974, Brazil began the defence of their 1970 World Cup triumph in a first round game against Yugoslavia and thus opening the 25 day tournament hosted by West Germany.