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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More forgotten vials of deadly diseases discovered

FDA officials now admit that when they discovered six undocumented vials of smallpox in a facility in Maryland they also found 327 additional vials that contained dengue, influenza and rickettsia.

FDA scientists said they have not yet confirmed whether the newly disclosed vials actually contained the pathogens listed on their labels. The agency is conducting a nationwide search of all cold storage units for any other missing samples.

Investigators destroyed 32 vials containing tissue samples and a non-contagious virus related to smallpox. Several unlabeled vials were sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for testing and the remaining 279 samples were shipped to the Department of Homeland Security for safekeeping.

The FDA’s deputy director is quoted with what might be the understatement of the year. “The reasons why these samples went unnoticed for this long is something we’re actively trying to understand.” You think so, eh?

Let’s just make a quick list of the alphabet soup of federal agencies that we have discovered in the last few months to be either corrupt, incredibly incompetent, or spendthrifts: FDA, CDC, IRS, VA, HHS, NIH, GAO, DHS, TSA. We can add the State Department for its wonderful work in Benghazi, as well as the Border Patrol for their stellar effort in securing the border. I also know that the management at NASA leaves much to be desired.

We can also be sure that this is a partial list. It suggests something that any reasonably intelligent person should quickly see: The federal government is a corrupt mess, and should be overhauled so aggressively that when we are done we shouldn’t recognize it anymore. Certainly its size should be slashed by half, if only to cut off the excess funds that are being funneled to an uncountable number of corrupt practices.

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6 comments

  • DK Williams

    Sad but true.

  • Pzatchok

    “Let’s just make a quick list of the alphabet soup of federal agencies that we have discovered in the last few months to be either corrupt, incredibly incompetent, or spendthrifts: FDA, CDC, IRS, VA, HHS, NIH, GAO, DHS, TSA. We can add the State Department for its wonderful work in Benghazi, as well as the Border Patrol for their stellar effort in securing the border. I also know that the management at NASA leaves much to be desired.”

    But they all meant well.

  • LTCStein

    Ever hear of “span of control”? The federal government has grown to such a size that control is no longer possible. Liberals would call for more “managers”. I say it is too big and needs to be radically down sized. We’re broke so it will collapse eventually. These are symptoms of its approach. Down sizing is needed so we can keep what is needed. Jettison what is not Constitutionally required.

  • “But they all meant well.”

    Actually, I would not make that assumption. In fact, the IRS, VA, GAO, DHS scandals were precisely because they didn’t give a damn or were intentionally trying to attack specific Americans for their political beliefs.

    And even if they did mean well in some circumstances, we all know where good intentions take us.

  • Phineas Worthington

    I couldn’t agree more. The problems are so numerous its overwhelming. A way back is implementing the limits spelled out in our Constitution. Sadly, seemingly half the populace interpret our document as a license for unlimited government.

  • Orion314

    To be fair, history, government , the USC, the “bill of rights”, and many other things that readers of this site take as a given ( in that we understand these things and what they mean…) are NOT taught in public schools, and that is no accident, but rather by design…..

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