Do the Planets really travel around the Sun?

I like DJ Sadhu’s Solar model.   His video shows how the planets in our solar system follow in orbit behind the Sun as our central star travels through space.  But, I think that the Sun also travels in an orbit of it’s own.  Perhaps, as the Vedas teach, the Sun journeys around the center of the Milky Way Galaxy, over very long spans of time.  This brings us to the ideas expressed in the Vedas about infinitely repeating cycles.  Perhaps the Sun even orbits around a binary star system.  Maybe, both of these are true.    After all, have you ever seen Saturn, Venus or Mercury go behind the Sun?  We certainly saw Venus go in front of the Sun last Summer.

I also wonder if the Precession of the Equinoxes is actually cause by a timed, earth wobble, as is commonly thought, or if our entire solar system might be traveling in relation to the background of stars, causing their apparent shift of 1 degree backwards every 72 years.

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Cosmic Rays and Human DNA

This video includes footage of Carl Sagan from COSMOS TV series.  In, this episode, Sagan sits inside a cave with a gieger counter, as it picks up bits of radiation zooming around at near light speed.  Then, Sagan says, “The evolution of life on Earth is driven in part through mutations by the deaths of distant stars.”   The description for this video reads as follows:

Is our fate indeed written in the stars? Is there a connection between climate change & the human DNA? 

Ever since the discovery in the 1920s that radiation can cause gene mutations, scientists speculated on the role that high energy cosmic rays might have played in evolution.

With this video we are touching a subject which many consider as controversial. Our personal view on that is that it shouldn’t be regarded that way, as “action and interaction” is the physics law governing all that’s happening in the Universe. Just keep an open mind and start by listening to some great scientists who tried to explain their findings in an easy to understand way.

Facts:
– cosmic radiation (galactic radiation) reaches Earth every single moment
– human DNA is holding all information needed to build and “run” the human body
– human DNA is a long polymer made from repeating units called nucleotides
– the main role of DNA molecules is the long-term storage of information
– molecules do interact with radiation
– the mechanism of how does highly energetic radiation – interact with the DNA structure is not yet properly understood
– molecules interact at atomic level with incoming radiation
– the effects depend on the characteristics (frequency, speed of particles, etc) of the disturbing radiation and how is it absorbed or deflected by the “guest” structure


Hotei the Laughing Buddha is Japanese Santa Claus

Hotei as SantaSource: Tofugu
Hotei as Santa
Source: Tofugu

According to this Tofugu story, Hotei is an ancient man turned laughing Buddha who gives presents to children before the New Year.  He and Santa Claus have a great deal in common.

Hotei is the Japanese God of Contentment and Happiness, and his legend goes all the way back to ancient China. According to the Chinese tradition, Hotei was a Zen Buddhist monk who lived in the 10th century before he became a god. In Japan, Hotei is one of the Seven Gods of Luck, lording over satisfaction, abundance, and happiness. He’s also the patron of children, fortunetellers, and bartenders.

Author John writes that Hotei has become known as the Laughing Buddha in Western Culture.   Here’s more on the similarities between Santa Claus and Hotei of Japan from this author.

Hotei also carries around a large linen bag where he stores gifts and fortunes for those who believe in him. He most often gives to the poor and needy, and his bag never empties. Hotei doesn’t have any elves or a winter workshop or anything, but who needs one when you’ve got a magic bag? This is also where he got the name Hotei, literally meaning “cloth bag” in Japanese.

Tofugu gives Hotei a make-over in several pictures posted along with the article.   Here’s one named Santa-Hotei.

Source: Tofugu
Source: Tofugu

California Shipping Lanes to be shifted to protect Endangered Whales

Source: AP
Source: AP

The L.A. Times reports that the International Maritime Organization has approved proposals to move international shipping lanes out of the way of a popular whale seeking krill congregation spot.  On December 5th, 2012, the L.A. Times reported that a whale had died from injuries sustained in a possible ship strike.  Here’s more from the article:

“We all agreed if we could move the lane a little bit away from the islands, it could reduce the risk to the blue whales,” Chris Mobley, superintendent of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, said in announcing the changes Thursday.