The final week of my annual February birthday month fund-raising campaign for Behind the Black has begun. I continue to be overwhelmed by the outpouring of support, including numerous donations and a surge of new subscribers willing to commit to donating anywhere from $2 to $25 per month. Wow! The numbers are too many to send out individual thank you’s, so please forgive me for thanking you all with this one announcement.


The campaign however must go on, especially because I have added more regular features to my daily workload. In addition to my daily never-ending reporting on space exploration and science, my regular launch reports, my monthly sunspot updates, the regular cool images, and the evening pauses I post each evening, I have now added a daily weekday post I have entitled "Today's blacklisted American." Its goal is not to discuss policy or politics, but to note the endless examples occurring across the United States where some jack-booted thug or thugs think it is proper and acceptable to censor, blackball, cancel, and destroy an innocent American, merely because that American has expressed or holds an opinion or is of a race or religion that is no longer considered acceptable to the dominant leftist and bigoted culture. I want to make clear to every American that a large number of your fellow citizens no longer believe in the enlightened concept of freedom of speech or the idea of treating each person by the quality of their character.


Instead, they wish to shut you up, and oppress you if you happen to disagree with them or have the wrong skin color. This evil must be exposed.


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The most interesting comment threads of December

Many of the posts here at Behind the Black are not much more than me providing my readers a link to what I consider to be an important story, what I categorize as a point of information. Ever so often, however, one of these posts will touch a nerve and generate a great deal of comments and discussion, most of which is generally well written and thoughtful.

In December two posts in particular resulted in a lot of debate. Because these comments were part of a point of information, however, they ended up being lost amid the many similar posts. I have decided to highlight both threads here on the front page because I think it worthwhile for others to read what was written.

Thread 1: A preliminary copy of the next IPCC report has been leaked.

Here was a case where several readers who believe in global warming challenged my skeptical take on the IPCC, and I and others responded. The give and take is quite illuminating.

Thread 2: The state where this past weekend’s mass murder occurred is considered to have the fifth strongest gun laws in the nation.

In suggesting with this link that the mob-like rush to impose new gun control laws on the federal level after the Connecticut mass murder was a mistake, regular reader Jim asked, quite reasonably, “So what’s to be done? Given the number of recent events like this, and the absolute horror of Newtown, what if anything is to be done?” The responses from myself and others I think gives us a much more reasonable and rational look at this sad affair than we have seen from the mainstream press.

Pioneer cover

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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  • wodun

    It is nice to see so many conflicting view points but I would like to point out to people that a post shouldn’t have to put a fire in your belly for you to comment on it :)

  • Rene Borbon

    Good debate really makes for better solutions. That’s what is often lacking on TV. Of course, maybe I shouldn’t say that since I haven’t had TV in my apartment for a full year now. Am I missing anything?

    I very much enjoy this site and hope to pick up your book soon. Thank you for moderating and interesting subjects!

  • Jim

    Indeed…it we can’t debate all of these points reasonably (a lesson I myself struggle with, but hopefully I am improving on), there is then no hope. Lots of tough issues facing all of us in America. We need reasonable discussion and solutions. And that does not mean passion is eliminated. Passion is good too.
    Happy New Year to all.

  • wodun

    Game of Thrones, Justified, The Walking Dead, Archer, Sons of Anarchy, Boardwalk Empires and a couple others :)

    These days there are a lot of cool series to watch but sometimes it nice to wait a season or two buy the dvd or rent it on netflix and watch it all marathon style.

  • Thanks for your suggestions wodun. I do have Netflix and watch using the marathon style approach.

  • Paul Lake

    I enjoy a good debate. But I lost track of thread 1. Is there no way to be notified if a thread I’m involved in has a new comment or reply? What’s the best way to keep track of the discussion?

  • You will just have to check back periodically. The only way you find out about responses is if someone replies to you directly. If they instead comment to the post itself you won’t get an email.

    It is partly for this reason I highlighted these two threads.

Readers: the rules for commenting!


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