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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Nor is this the first time the left has gone after private citizens who took political positions they didn’t like:
After California voters approved Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriage in 2008, opponents published the names of donors, who were later linked with zip codes and Google Maps. Donors reported getting death threats. Boycotts were set against businesses, and activists encouraged customers to call and harass business owners. Among the activists’ arguments for why Mr. VanderSloot is antigay is that his wife donated to the campaign for Proposition 8. [emphasis mine]
And then there is the actor/comedian Jon Lovitz, who in the past week has expressed some strong opinions against President Obama. It seems that his friends in Hollywood are now worried that he might hurt his career by criticizing a Democratic President, and “have warned him to dial it back.”
As a former film producer and screenwriter as well as film teacher at both New York University and the New School, I can tell you without hesitation that in the liberal-dominated entertainment industry there is no tolerance for differing political views. If you are conservative and people find out, you will be blacklisted.
Or to put it in more plain language, “Shut up!”
The left likes to claim it is the home of civility, tolerance, and fairness. In truth, the left is where the worst kinds of oppressive, close-minded, and mean-spirited behavior in the political world gets supported and promoted. It is time that every decent American calls them on it.
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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