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I've posted this before, but Carl Sagan's commentary is worth repeating here. The image is called Pale Blue Dot, and was taken by Voyager 1 from about the same distance Neptune (6 billion km). Although the Earth is clearly blue, it is actually only 0.12 of a pixel in Voyager's camera.

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"From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it's different. Consider again 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."

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"Former deputy of Ukraine, candidate in the 2004 parliament elections. He has never hidden his pro-Russian views. He categorically did not believe in Russia's armed invasion of Ukraine.. In mid-February, he talked about the humanity of the Russians: “Are we expecting the same form of occupation today?! Why didn’t the Russian Federation act like fascists in the annexed Crimea?” When the troops entered Bucha, the invaders settled in his vast estate, Rzhavskyy tried to reach an understanding with them. Later he was dissatisfied with their behavior and refused to give them more vodka. He was ruthlessly shot right after. In his own house. In front of people. Moscow "brothers" showed him their true face. So he wouldn’t have any more doubt..."

 

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🥶 “Today, a law firm representing the interests of Netflix users filed a class action lawsuit against the American Netflix service with the Khamovnichesky district court of Moscow,” the law firm Chernyshov, Lukoyanov & Partners said, according to a report by the news agency RIA. “The reason for the lawsuit was a violation of Russian users’ rights due to Netflix’s unilateral refusal to provide services in Russia.”  
https://www.theguardian.com/media/2022/apr/13/netflix-subscribers-russia-class-action-loss-service-ukraine 

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