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.

 
Available everywhere for $3.99 (before discount) at amazon, Barnes & Noble, all ebook vendors, or direct from the ebook publisher, ebookit.
 

AmeriCorps volunteers have discovered that the health plans provided by this federal program are insufficient to meet the requirements of Obamacare.

AmeriCorps volunteers have discovered that the health plans provided by this federal program are insufficient to meet the requirements of Obamacare.

If they don’t buy additional health insurance they will be subject to fines under the healthcare law.

I especially like this quote:

Sarah L. Sklaw, a 22-year-old Vista member from New York City, said: “I really support the Affordable Care Act, and I don’t want to be a naysayer. But it was surprising and frustrating to be told that our health coverage would not meet the law’s standards, especially because the Corporation for National and Community Service told us at orientation in August that we did not need to worry about the issue.”

In other words, she supported Obamacare, partly because she was told “if she liked her health plan, she could keep her health plan. Period.” She has now discovered that this was a lie and is angry. Who wudda thunk it?

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4 comments

  • Pzatchok

    At least she doesn’t want to be a naysayer, none of her friends would like that.

  • D. K. Williams

    This is so screwed up on many many levels.

  • MrTSP91

    She’s probably disappointed because she thought it was going to be free.

  • Edward

    Someone recently compared Obamacare to buying a car with all the options. Obamacare requires that we buy the most expensive healthcare insurance available, it is just the payment plan that differs.

    Naturally we are complaining that we have to pay too much for things that we don’t want or don’t need. Men’s insurance comes with pregnancy care, women’s plans with prostate care. We are being treated as though we are all hermaphrodites.

    No wonder it is all screwed up, it does not take reality into account — or even the real needs of We the People, or even Mary Strasser’s people.

    This is what happens when the intelligencia running the country turn out to be not so smart after all.

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