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.

San Francisco legislators propose banning company cafeterias

Fascist California: Two San Francisco supervisors plan to introduce local legislation that will ban companies from having their own cafeterias for employees.

The measure, proposed by Supervisor Ahsha Safai and co-sponsored by Supervisor Aaron Peskin, would adjust zoning laws to ban workplace cafeterias moving forward, but would not be retroactive.

Peskin said the measure, was inspired by tech companies like Twitter and Airbnb, which are widely known to have access to dining in their own buildings, depriving nearby restaurants of the dollars usually spent by nearby workers. The measure has the support of Gwyneth Borden, executive director of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association and other local merchants.

Under the legislation which is expected to be introduced Tuesday, “you can’t have an industrial kitchen in your office building,” Peskin said. Peskin said the legislation sought to avoid the “Amazon effect that impacts retail and restaurants across the county,” he said. “This is forward thinking legislation.”

Isn’t it amazing how these leftists think that they not only have the right to dictate how everyone else lives their lives, they are also arrogantly convinced that they are anointed with the perfect wisdom necessary to impose their will.

As I have said, California is not a place you should consider moving to, at this time. It is heading for Venezuela, and should get there in about a decade.

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  • Tom

    And after that law is passed, the Supervisors and the Restaurant Group could advocate for a law banning household refrigerators. That would most certainly increase business at the S.F. area restaurants. Who cares about personal property and ownership rights. It’s all “For the People!”

  • Michael

    I realize it may be a fine point for interpretation but makes me wonder if a restaurant worker will be forced to go to another restaurant to have lunch.

  • pzatchok

    But we must spread the wealth.

    Since it will now take longer to get lunch will the companies give them the extra time?

  • Stephen Taylor

    Being born in Santa Monica in the 40’s and growing up in Southern California in the 50’s really was a ‘wonderful life’.

    Unfortunately the politics of the left has subsequently created an living environment that is the antithesis the freedom and happiness I enjoyed in my early years.

    On the the topic company cafeterias, change the proposed law to have the employees who eat for free at the company cafeteria pay a ‘meal fee’ (say $5) directly to the city. The city can then redistribute the fee (after taking their ‘cut’ of course) to the workers at area restaurants.

    The beauty of this plan is all those liberal Google, Facebook, & Twitter employees who pay this new fee can feel wonderful about themselves and brag to all their friends about helping the down trodden, low income restaurant workers.

    I know this will work great, as all these high paid liberal employees truly believe how wonderful it is to have the government redistribute wealth, so how can they not love this idea.

  • TL

    Funny to hear them cite the “Amazon effect” on this topic. Amazon has been very vocal about building their Seattle offices with far less cafeteria space then needed for the number of employees to force them to patronize local restaurants.

  • Dick Eagleson

    Company cafeterias won’t be replaced by restaurant meals eaten out but by brown-bag lunches eaten at desks. Resorting to this level of blatantly corrupt coercion to boost their businesses has now eliminated any sympathy I might have had for Bay Area restaurants facing CA’s mandatory $15/hr. minimum wage that is coming along in a couple more years.

  • Max

    Along with free healthcare, free housing, free transportation, free money, aren’t those restaurant owners going to be surprised when they pass a law forcing them to hand out free food…

  • Cotour

    The problem, excuse me, one of the many problems with the government type model of operation is that there is no concept of stasis. Especially when there is involved this Liberal and now Leftist, SJW type of philosophy which in time demands that government must control the individual. Its un American.

    They just can not help themselves from “helping”, that is there measure of and justification for the existence of their positions. Its quite offensive and insulting to the point where the independent thinker and self sufficient individual must be rendered dependent and crippled and resentful. And even if they have the best intentions in mind they can never see or even detect the line past which they should not go.

    And in time because they can never see that line past which they should not go they will eventually become the monsters that they tell everyone they are protecting them from. It is inevitable, just a matter of time and so we have the political warfare that we are engaged in today. If they can not see then the rational American must wrest power from them so they can possibly gain some perspective and come to see through positive results that there is a line past which government should not go.

    And so we draw the line, go no further.

    As a matter of fact, you have gone too far, cease and desist.

  • wayne

    We went too far, 80 years ago:

    Milton Friedman –
    FDR and Social Security
    excerpt from Free To Choose

  • Cotour

    Its time to dial it and them back.

    (Was much happier to hear that you were running the program and not a client of the program. Talking about programs :)

  • wayne

    It’s a very thin line, between Staff & Client.

    Jordan Peterson
    “The Wave”
    (Music by Kira the Don)

  • Cotour

    Just for you Wayne, a comparison between Jordan Peterson and Professor Richard Wolff (Marxist extraordinaire) on the subject of Marxism.

    Wolff’s almost childish and stunted promotion of Marxism and the “co operative” as the “fair” solution to all business models in our country and the world. Having run several businesses over a considerable amount of years, and surviving, I find Wolff’s solutions to be much more than silly. What he proposes is so out of sequence farcical and disjointed that I do not know where to begin, a fantasy of the first order.

    The system that Mr. Wolff if he were to have to depend on it would I am certain have him down to a trim 120 pounds rather than the hefty 200 plus pounds that he appears to enjoy as he cashes his capitalistic based pay check while he promotes his folly.

    This kind of stuff plays well in the minds of the young, unexperienced and idealistic, so much more than silly.

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