It is impossible for one to be internationalist without being a nationalist. Internationalism is possible only when nationalism becomes a fact, i.e. when peoples belonging to different countries have organized themselves and are able to act as one man. It is not nationalism that is evil, it is the narrowness, selfishness, exclusiveness which is the bane of modern nations which is evil. Each wants to profit at the expense of, and rise on the ruin of, the other.

Indian nationalism has struck a different path. It wants to organize itself or to find full self-expression for the benefit and service of humanity at large … God having cast my lot in the midst of the people of India, I should be untrue to my Maker if I failed to serve them. If I do not know how to serve them I shall never know how to serve humanity. And I cannot possibly go wrong so long as I do not harm other nations in the act of serving my country.

Mahatma Gandhi (Young India, 18 June 1925, p211)

NON-COOPERATION WITH EVIL IS AS MUCH A DUTY AS IS COOPERATION WITH GOOD (GANDHI)

NON-COOPERATION WITH EVIL IS AS MUCH A DUTY AS IS COOPERATION WITH GOOD (GANDHI)

ALL TRUTH PASSES THROUGH THREE STAGES; FIRST, IT IS RIDICULED, SECOND, IT IS VIOLENTLY OPPOSED, THIRD, IT IS ACCEPTED AS BEING SELF-EVIDENT. (Arthur Schopenhauer)

I WILL TELL YOU ONE THING FOR SURE. ONCE YOU GET TO THE POINT WHERE YOU ARE ACTUALLY DOING THINGS FOR TRUTH'S SAKE, THEN NOBODY CAN EVER TOUCH YOU AGAIN BECAUSE YOU ARE HARMONIZING WITH A GREATER POWER. (George Harrison)

THE WORLD ALWAYS INVISIBLY AND DANGEROUSLY REVOLVES AROUND PHILOSOPHERS (Nietzsche)

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

INTERPLANETARY SHOCK WAVE SPARKS AURORAS

 

Surprising forecasters, an interplanetary shock wave hit Earth's magnetic field on Jan. 11th. The impact just after 08:30 UT did not trigger a geomagnetic storm. However, strong magnetic fields downstream of the shockfront opened a crack in Earth's magnetosphere. Solar wind poured in to fuel a nice display of Arctic auroras:

"I was running around my apartment like a maniac, looking for pants and camera equipment," says photographer Markus Varik of Tromsø, Norway. " I didn't have enough time to go to completely dark location--but I didn't need to. The auroras were so bright."

The shock wave was not expected. In retrospect, perhaps, it should have been. On Jan. 8th, a huge filament of magnetism launched itself off the surface of the sun: movie. At first the blast did not seem to be Earth-directed. However, yesterday's event may have been a glancing blow from the debris. Aurora alerts: SMS Text.

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MEANWHILE IN ENGLAND: "The solar eruption and consequent shockwave reported on Spaceweather.com certainly was geoeffective, sparking not only auroras, but also twitching magnetometer needles," reports Stuart Green who recorded the shaking of his local magnetic field in Preston UK:

"It is always so exciting to experience the effects of space weather here at ground level," he says.

Green's magnetometer is buried in his backyard garden about 0.5 meters deep. This allows very sensitive (sub nanotesla) measurements of magnetic declination. The instrument has little trouble detecting geomagnetic storms, CMEs, and interplanetary transients like the one that hit Earth on Jan. 11th.

Space Weather News for Jan. 11, 2021
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