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I am now in the final week of my July fund-raising campaign for Behind the Black, celebrating its 14th anniversary. Thank you all, from the people who have donated small amounts to those who have given large sums. I cannot truly express how much your support means to me.


The support of my readers through the years has given me the freedom and ability to analyze objectively the ongoing renaissance in space, as well as the cultural changes -- for good or ill -- that are happening across America. Four years ago, just before the 2020 election I wrote that Joe Biden's mental health was suspect. Only in the past two weeks has the mainstream media decided to recognize that basic fact.


Fourteen years ago I wrote that SLS and Orion were a bad ideas, a waste of money, would be years behind schedule, and better replaced by commercial private enterprise. Even today NASA and Congress refuses to recognize this reality.


In 2020 when the world panicked over COVID I wrote that the panic was unnecessary, that the virus was apparently simply a variation of the flu, that masks were not simply pointless but if worn incorrectly were a health threat, that the lockdowns were a disaster and did nothing to stop the spread of COVID. Only in the past year have some of our so-called experts in the health field have begun to recognize these facts.


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Microsoft gives people another reason to dump Windows

Why I use Linux: In its effort to convince users of earlier versions of Windows to upgrade to Windows 10, Microsoft is now inserting a full screen pop-up upgrade notification, often at decidedly unwanted moments.

The Redmond software giant confirmed today it will start showing dark blue screens urging people to install the latest version of Windows. The full-screen ads will pop up on Windows 7 and 8.1 desktops from now until July 30, when the free upgrade period ends.

Genesis cover

On Christmas Eve 1968 three Americans became the first humans to visit another world. What they did to celebrate was unexpected and profound, and will be remembered throughout all human history. Genesis: the Story of Apollo 8, Robert Zimmerman's classic history of humanity's first journey to another world, tells that story, and it is now available as both an ebook and an audiobook, both with a foreword by Valerie Anders and a new introduction by Robert Zimmerman.


The print edition can be purchased at Amazon. Or you can buy it directly from the author and get an autographed copy.

The ebook is available everywhere for $5.99 (before discount) at amazon, or direct from my ebook publisher, ebookit. If you buy it from ebookit you don't support the big tech companies and the author gets a bigger cut much sooner.

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"Not simply about one mission, [Genesis] is also the history of America's quest for the moon... Zimmerman has done a masterful job of tying disparate events together into a solid account of one of America's greatest human triumphs."--San Antonio Express-News


  • chris l

    The evil of Windows 10 starts with the EULA. Microsoft apparently thinks declaring ownership of any files I have on my computer is an acceptable idea. I on the other hand, think giving a faceless corporation rights to pictures of my granddaughter is a stupid (and creepy) idea. So I am fighting a battle to keep this malware off my computer.

  • LocalFluff

    I am satisfied with Win 7. After several decades, they finally managed to make a reasonably stable operating system, congratulations! I won’t fix that which aint broken. I won’t upgrade until death do us apart. I know it is just a matter of time, but the longer I can hold my nose, the better.

  • Stu Harris

    µSoft have now started forcing 2 a.m. installations of 10. Here’s something you can install as a defense:

  • Orion314

    Reiterate , Disable, delete last WIN7 update , load/run Spybot Anti-Beacon, never had a WIN10 update issue

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  • Phill O

    ” D K Rögnvald Williams
    July 2, 2016 at 9:36 pm


    I seriously doubt that! He may call him from time to time at the White house though.

  • James Stephens

    In all fairness Microsoft has been warning people about the push to W-10 for a wile. But more often then not, Microsoft forgets O.S. business is as much about perception as anything else. Chaotic release schedules, nagging and surprise midnight software pushes sell a lot of Macs.

  • Gealon

    And this is why I disabled automatic updates. I check for and install the updates I want, when I want and my computer doesn’t restart it’s self in the middle of a game ever again. I’ll keep my windows 7, it works for me, has what I want and need and isn’t loaded with spyware. *Cough* Not that Microsoft would ever load their beloved 10 with spyware. *Cough.*

  • wayne

    Mosquito nets for everyone, D.D.T. for no one.

  • Chris

    Microsoft delenda est!

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