From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.
The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.
He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.
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Two stories yesterday suggested that there might be hope that a revolt might be brewing in California against the fascist Democratic one-party rule that presently dominates the state:
- Voters Defeat ‘Green New Deal’ Advocate in Los Angeles City Council Race
- California: ‘resistance’ state has donated more to Trump than to most Democrats in 2020 race
In the first story, a Republican defeated a leftist Democratic — who favored the socialist New Green Deal put forth by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) — for a seat on the Los Angeles City Council.
In the second story it appears that Trump is actually raising more money in California than most of the Democratic candidates for president, and he is doing it with mostly small donations.
I wouldn’t get your hopes up. In Los Angeles the victor won but only narrowly. As for California’s campaign donations, Trump’s totals ($3.2 million) pale in comparison to the more than $26 million Californians have donated to all the Democratic candidates total.
Meanwhile, the state’s Department of Education has accepted an anti-Semitic and ethnic studies curriculum fashioned by academics and politicians blatantly hostile to both Israel and Jews.
The proposed curriculum section on “Arab American Studies Course Outline” contains a number of passages concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, such as “Direct Action Front for Palestine and Black Lives Matter,” “Call to Boycott, Divest, and Sanction Israel” and “Comparative Border Studies: Palestine and Mexico.” It also includes studying national figures such as Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), the late Columbia University professor Edward Said, Women’s March leader Linda Sarsour, the late radio personality Casey Kasem, actress Alia Shawkat and the late White House correspondent Helen Thomas—all of whom are associated with anti-Semitic and anti-Israel rhetoric, and in the case of the congresswomen, a push to enact legislation punishing Israel.
As for the Holocaust and past oppression against Jews, the curriculum considers these irrelevant, and leaves them out completely.
Nor is this the only example of California’s growing totalitarian culture. In 2018 the one-party Democratic legislature passed a law that requires
…publicly-held corporations headquartered in California to have at least one director “who self-identifies her gender as a woman” on their boards by December 31, 2019. Up to three such persons are required by December 31, 2021, depending on the size of the board.
Judicial Watch has now sued the state to block implementation of this unconstitutional law.
Both stories by the way are perfect examples for why my use of the word “fascist” to describe California is very apt and accurate. Here is Merriam-Webster’s definition:
A political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition
Race-based? Check. Economic and social regimentation? Check. Autocratic government? Check. As for the forcible suppression of opposition, consider the following collection of stories from only the past two years, all from California:
- School fires teacher for praising western civilization
- Leftist San Fran shuts down Airbnb business
- Democrat calls for boycott of company for donating to GOP
- Los Angeles leftist groups call for “violence against the enemies of the people.”
- San Francisco legislators propose banning company cafeterias
These are only a small selection. I could make a list hundreds of stories long, all illustrating the fascist and totalitarian culture that now dominates California politics.
And of course, there is UC-Berkeley, the place where the Free Speech Movement began in the 1960s, now fully in support of censorship and the violent suppression of dissent:
- Leftists brownshirts stalk and plan violence against conservatives
- UC-Berkeley’s chancellor orders removal of posters, starts investigation
- Berkeley mayor belongs to group that organized riots against Milo Yiannopoulos
Since the riots in 2017 against conservative speakers at Berkeley, the campus has successfully shut down any further such invites. If you want to live in a leftist bubble where no opposition or dissent is tolerated, then UC-Berkeley is the place for you!
In fact, this pervasive tyrannical culture now dominates all the coastal cities of California, which control its state legislature and hold all political power. Worse, a majority of the general public in these cities appear to enthusiastically support this culture.
Prepare for worse. This intolerance will not back down. I fully expect California to go into full revolt against the United States should Trump win the 2020 election, possibly even pushing for secession. When that happens the question will then be whether the U.S., led by Trump, will be willing to do the bloody work of enforcing the results of a popular election while keeping itself as a union (as was wisely chosen by Lincoln in 1861), or allow California to leave.
Sadly, right now I think we don’t have the courage to do the former, which in the long run will be very bad, not only of the people of U.S. but for Californians especially.
Every July, to celebrate the anniversary of the start of Behind the Black in 2010, I hold a month-long fund-raising campaign to make it possible for me to continue my work here for another year.
This year's fund-raising drive however is more significant in that it is also the 10th anniversary of this website's founding. It is hard to believe, but I have been doing this for a full decade, during which I have written more than 22,000 posts, of which more than 1,000 were essays and almost 2,600 were evening pauses.
This year's fund drive is also more important because of the growing intolerance of free speech and dissent in American culture. Increasingly people who don't like what they read are blatantly acting to blackball sites like mine. I have tried to insulate myself from this tyrannical effort by not depending on Google advertising or cross-posts Facebook or Twitter. Though this prevents them from having a hold on me, it also acts to limit my exposure.
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