NEWS: Is Pluto a binary planet? Depends on who you talk to. We now know Pluto has a whole bunch of moons, Nix, Hydra Cerberus and Vulcan. (and maybe even more, as well as a couple’a ring systems) And then there’s Charon. First observed in 1978. Charon doesn’t orbit around Pluto. They orbit around each other! In my book that makes them/it a binary planet.
It must be noted that the IAU (International Astronomical Union) didn’t approve of Charon’s upstart ambitions and dumbed it down to just another of Pluto’s moons. This is the same IAU who, in 2006 decided Pluto was just another lump of rock in the Kuiper Belt and downgraded it from Sol’s 9th planet to a dwarf planet.
Charon the ‘moon’, is not to be confused with Chiron, the minor planet/asteroid orbiting between Saturn and Uranus, first observed in 1977 and subsequently reclassified as a comet – but also officially called a minor planet.
Still with me?
Thankfully, all those chunks of rock, and other awesome sounding cosmic stuff, don’t give a tinkers cuss what the hominidae on the third chunk of rock from the sun think.
On to the object of today’s P.P.
For more about P.P.’s, here’s the link to the inaugural Passion Plays post
I used to be loyal to all sorts of things because that’s the way I was brought up. Working class Brits both my parents. You made do with what you had, didn’t make waves, and did as you were told, which usually entailed doing and using things the way your parents had, and their parents before them.
That blind loyalty only lasted until I was old enough to make my own decisions about Life, the Universe, and Everything.
The other day I did one of those on-line surveys. It was about some product, I can’t remember what, but what stuck in my mind was the way the questions were worded.
To paraphrase just one of them: Would you be willing to pay more for a brand product, rather than a generic or store brand? The rest of the questions were variations on the same theme … the short answer is, no.
Longer answer: Hell, no!
If a brand is going to charge more just so someone can swan around with it’s logo prominently displayed on whatever they just bought, or pretend to feel superior to others who haven’t brought that brand then it’s time to look for an alternative. Lets face it, not one product in our overstuffed consumer society is truly unique.
There are always alternatives.
P.S. Style, personal preference, and belonging, however, are completely different kittens in completely different kettles.
“All stories interest me, and some haunt me until I end up writing them. Certain themes keep coming up: justice, loyalty, violence, death, political and social issues, freedom” – Isabel Allende, writer
A little Dame Kiri perfection on this almost Spring day. (sorry about the wide screen distortion. I couldn’t find another clip without it)