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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Climate change protesters mob local UK spaceport council

Mob rule: A local Cornwall council meeting yesterday approved a $10 million grant for a new spaceport despite protesters screaming and yelling in the gallery and outside, forcing the meeting to end early.

After deciding not to defer a decision, councillors voted to grant £10.32m of capital funding to the spaceport by 66 to 34, with one abstention.

The gallery then erupted with chants as protesters launched paper airplanes. The chamber was then cleared of councillors and the meeting adjourned as the crowds continued to chant and shouted at councillors as they left saying things like “shame on you”. [emphasis mine]

Police were required to maintain order.

I have highlighted the vote count to note that these protesters clearly did not have that much real support. Their protests however remain a good intimidation tactic, so expect more protests if this project continues, especially because it appears the climate change crowd is beginning to behave as if any new technology is a threat. From the article it appears the protests were dominated by global warming activists from the group Extinction Rebellion. Also, “the groups Red Rebels and deathly-looking Penitents were joined by locals carrying signs and flags.”

I grant that it might not make sense for this local council to spend so much money for a spaceport, especially because they are doing it mostly for Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic. They are likely to find the money wasted.

The protests however are mindless and an act of bullying, and are not the way to debate this or any subject sanely.

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  • ” . . . deathly-looking Penitents. . .” Checking calendar: yep, 2019, not 1319. Do these people even know what a penitent is? What ‘sin’ do they think they’ve committed? If they feel (Feelings. Nothing more than feeeelings), guilty about nothing more than being born into Western civilization, that’s a level of self-loathing that precludes rational thinking. This should be pointed out to them. Publicly and often.

  • Edward

    Blair Ivey asked: “What ‘sin’ do they think they’ve committed?

    Well, they probably drove to the protest, using powered transportation. The signs look like they were made from items that were manufactured using power, as were the costumes. Using power in any way, shape, or form is not environmentally friendly and will surely lead to the proposed demise of the world at the end of 2030.

    By the way, now that we are 1/5th of the way through the century, how are those previous predictions coming along? You know, the predictions of rising sea levels and skyrocketing temperatures by the end of the century. Is the sea rise on schedule? Or the temperature rise? How about the end of snow and the total melting of the arctic ice in summer; weren’t those supposed to have happened by now? There’s a little snow in the mountains, around me, and having this snow in November is earlier than anyone that I know can remember.

    Hmm. I’m feeling a chill. I think I will turn up the thermostat.

  • Dave

    Society at large has gotten more wealthy. That [negative] phenomenon of “idle rich” can extend down deep into the middle class. Combine that with an absence of God, and some handy indoctrination by the educational establishment reinforced by pop media, and we have these Red Rebels, Penitents, and over here, Antifa. Wayward youth looking for purpose, putting on brown shirts and cleaning up society fills that role.

    Blair is right about a level of self-loathing. Combined with their self-claimed police powers, they will do a lot of harm if it continued uncorrected.

  • Questioner


    I add here a resource for your study and in order to present to you what caused the mess.

    Paul Gottfried and Tom Woods: Cultural Marxism and the Frankfurt School

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