Arianespace suspends all launches from French Guiana due to COVID-19


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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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The insanity mounts! Arianespace today announced it is suspending all launches from its French Guiana launchsite due to COVID-19.

No word on how long this suspension will last. So far, French Guiana has six confirmed cases of the Wuhan virus. In recent years that nation has routinely seen between one to two thousand flu cases. I wonder why they didn’t shut down then?

Or if they can ever reopen, considering the severity of flu cases annually?

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  • Cotour

    Related: My email of the day from several days ago.

    TO THY SELF BE TRUE

    And if I adhere to that saying, and I do, I must point out the conclusions that my thinking arrives at, specifically related to our American politics and what is currently underway in the world. As you may know I have been writing about our American politics for some time now, if you do not know that and someone has sent this to you then know that for the past 4 or so years I have written about our American politics pretty much every couple of days, none stop. And that is after another 10 years of retraining myself in how our politics and the real exercise of power is executed in the real world resulting in something I call S.O.M. (Strategy Over Morality). And I do that primarily and unapologetically in support of our American Constitution, and president Trump and his administration at this moment in time.

    And what exactly does my retraining in American politics and S.O.M. tell me? From the point of view of the forces that stand in stark opposition to Trump and his plainly stated and executed American and American Constitution oriented administration and agenda, he MUST GO at any cost and by any means necessary. And that is an absolute statement of fact IMO, and I mean by any means necessary. I call these forces that oppose America as formulated and the Trump administration, Globalists, Sorosian and or Leftist oriented political operators. And they are without doubt not interested in America remaining as formulated or further reverted to a more American oriented formulation and operation, which Trump without doubt IMO is moving strongly towards. Trump as an individual is a real and true existential threat to this very real Leftist, Globalist domination agenda. A Globalist (Soros) world model that the Chinese see as belonging to them. And at this point the Chinese must see the fulfilling of that agenda as theirs and is to be fulfilled at any cost.

    What has Trump put so much stock in and what has propelled and supported Trump in his pro American efforts? The valuation of the stock market and a strong American economy. And what is going on right now in America and the world? A virus contagion which apparently has emanated from Wuhan China and is spreading throughout the world and is on track to causing possibly a financial depression not seen since 2008 or even 1929 or worse. And the virus was introduced to humans either through what is called a “wet” market where a variety of caged animals are stored one on top of each other thus developing these viral variants that breach the human host and infect them. OR, as some credible people have proposed that the Corona virus is the result of an “escaped” virus from a bio lab or bio weapons lab in Wuhan China. The former being the result of bad sanitary practices, and the later being the result of the exercise of a government / military type strategy operation that would serve many purposes. Namely disrupting the Trump / American reboot juggernaut. Ultimately IMO the Globalists and the Chinese can justify the shedding of some of their people in the short term in order to dominate the planet in the long term.

    Since Trump had his inauguration the deep state, the FBI, the CIA, the DNC, the Mueller team, the Congressional impeachment team, the Globalists etc. etc have ALL been trying non stop to remove this president because of how he stands in opposition to what is plainly their institutional corruption and blatant institutional and un Constitutional abuse of power. This is a fact without doubt, and Trump thus far has been immune from their attacks. What has been going on is political warfare of the first order.

    So whether this virus contagion is the result of bad sanitary practices in a Chinese market, or is the purposeful result of a dark strategy by Globalists, the Chinese or some deep state arms length operatives who were and are in line to dominate a Globalist type model in the world may not be able to be fully known by the public. But this virus is without doubt causing the needed drastic negative effects in the one and only and last fronts that can take Trump out.

    And it is underway just 8 months from the election that would extend Trumps pro American, anti Globalist, anti Chinese and anti Democrat party un American agenda. That is IMO how desperate these players have become. The growing cascading negative financial consequences of this virus are at this point real and undeniable, this will be long and deep and will hurt many. This will be a transformational event. Just what the doctor ordered, perfect timing. (There are no coincidences at this level IMO)

    By any means necessary is a real and plausible strategy and these kinds of things that cut this deep like this virus and the fear that it fosters at this particular opportune time at such an important political inflection point in how the world operates now and into the future is how political business is done, have no doubt. Whether you can comprehend it all or not.

    And who would the Democrats install as president if Trump were to fail? At this point in time Democrats propose the pliable and empty vessel, Joe Biden, who oversaw relations between China and America for his boss, president Obama. And who’s son, Bo, received $1.5 billion dollars in an “Investment” directly from the Chinese government after he arrived on vice president Bidens Air Force 2 trip on official business not that long ago. Not too overtly corrupt and self serving. (Sarcasm)

    There are two conversations going on, which one is true and which one will you believe? America, your going to have to figure it out. Choose wisely, and there is one single man that stands between you and the Globalists who need America as formulated to go away.

    This IMO is for all the marbles.

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