He was depressed over losing a lawsuit to his old business associate, Roman Abramovich; had failed to secure what he thought was his rightful property after the death of another, much closer associate, Badri Patarkatsishvili; was losing a decade-long battle to his former protege, Vladimir Putin; and was also, on top of all that, apparently running out of money. With him he took many of the secrets, and insights, and schemes, that nearly destroyed Russia in the decade after the Soviet Union fell apart.
Berezovsky wasn’t just an oligarch: he was the first oligarch.
A video of the Sun raining coronal ejectus; Awe-inspiring, no doubt, and a testament to the amazing power of both our current technology and the universe.
But something nags at the back of my mind. Maybe I’m nitpicking an unimportant detail, but as I was watching I couldn’t help but thinking that ‘rain’ was an inaccurate term. APOD asks, ‘Does it rain on the sun?’ and answers in the affirmative, but I want to scream No. No, it does not rain on the sun. Why do we have to compare a phenomenon all of its own with something immediately available to our experience? Can’t coronal ejections be coronal ejections? Can’t we broaden on conceptual vocabulary?
I refute my own point in my mind at this point, and remind myself that correlations and connections, apt or no, are a beautiful facet of the human mind. We must associate rain with stars, clouds with pillows, and emotions with Gods in order to live and discover; disover the facts and discover poetry.
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