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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Scientists to appease racist Black Lives Matter movement

Yesterday I received an email press release from the American Astronomical Society (AAS), stating the following:

The American Astronomical Society (AAS) endorses the grassroots efforts to #ShutDownSTEM, #ShutDownAcademia, and #Strike4BlackLives on Wednesday, 10 June. The AAS Board of Trustees encourages everyone in our community to make a lifelong commitment to action to eradicate anti-Black racism in the astronomical sciences, in other STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields, and in academia and research more generally.

Internally at the AAS Executive Office, regularly scheduled Wednesday meetings have been cancelled and staff have been given the option of using the day to find time and space for individual reflection, learning, and action. We have postponed a professional development webinar that was originally scheduled for 10 June and will not be using email, Zoom, or any of our other communication channels for normal Society business that day.

THIS MEANS WE WILL NOT DISTRIBUTE ANY PRESS RELEASES ON WEDNESDAY, 10 JUNE.

This action by the AAS is part of a new kowtowing effort by scientists, dubbed #ShutDownSTEM and ‘Strike For Black Lives’, that is calling for a worldwide pause in all science work today, June 10, to signal their solidarity with that movement. As stated by these quislings at the second link (from the science journal Science):

Those who participate should “stop all usual academic work for the day, including teaching, research, and service responsibilities,” the organizers of Strike For Black Lives write on their website. Black strikers should spend the day doing “whatever nourishes their hearts,” it states, while non-Black strikers should “take actions that center Black lives and agitate for change in our communities.”

I wish to note that what will “nourish my heart” today will be to continue to work, as normal, posting and writing. I am also stating herewith that this feel-good do-nothing protest is a piece of garbage and will do nothing to end bigotry. If anything, it will increase it in its biased political favoritism towards one race over all others. Moreover, this protest is really nothing more than a political movement aimed at gaining power, and since I disagree with its political goals (favoring blacks in all things over everyone else), I will not only not participate, I will bluntly condemn it.

I realize in this increasingly fascist country, this action on my part might cause me trouble. So be it. I do not bow to tyrants, or bigots.

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23 comments

  • Gene Shipp

    Same here. Keep up the good work. And thanks for posting it.

  • Ray Van Dune

    These maneuvers are blatantly designed to INCREASE racial tensions, since they are insufficiently high enough for the nefarious project of destroying this country.

  • genetics73

    Ever since gender fluidity has become a new mantra, science has ceased to exist – what we see is propaganda on par with Lysenkoism of the Soviet Union. The moment “infallibility” of science it assumed, the true science is gone. The same applies to the “science” of climate change.

  • Cotour

    “Gender fluidity”, defund the cops, eliminate the police, “White privilege”, 69 genders, the right to live and crap in the street, releasing all criminals from lock up, not prosecuting looters etc, etc, its a long list.

    ALL THE “PROGRESSIVE” / Leftist agenda, where up is down, right is wrong, black is white, this is all done through special planning and psychological calculation and manipulation, this is the “Progressive” / Leftist agenda to acquire political power. Where nothing makes common sense and people live in fear because their system of civilization no longer makes sense to them. And that kind of fear confuses people and that is exactly what is intended.

    This is not by coincidence this is all by careful planning. This is not Liberal Democrat light, this is the real attempt to install Socialism in America. The Liberal Democrats, now lead through fear by the real deal Leftists among them who will come after them if they back off their current basket of insanity that is proposed.

    Just one more arrow in Trumps quiver.

    PS: Back Lives Matters is a Marxist / Socialist / revolutionary organization who allies with the gay community to broaden their impact. Little do these players realize that in the Jim Jones system that they intend they will be the first to be devalued in the chaos that will ensue. So naïve in their passions.

  • Carson Hirner

    Bravo Bob.

    We are increasingly living in Heinlein’s Crazy Years.

    Here in Canada, we don’t yet have the violence you Americans are experiencing, but we do have a virtue signalling dunce head Prime Minister in Turdeau. And he took the knee in public, but only when surrounded by about a dozen RCMP guards!

    As much as I would loathe to see it, maybe some blood spilled to refresh the tree of liberty is what’s needed?

  • torn

    more propaganda from terrorists

  • MDN

    I just hope DJT was correct in his tweet earlier this week predicting his re-election through the support of the “Silent Majority.” I pray to God he is right and that most Americans are as alarmed by these developments as those on this blog.

  • MDN

    And thank God too for the Secret Ballot!

  • m d mill

    Only Black Lives Matter…apparently.

  • Andi

    Carson,

    I feel sorry for Canada. I lived there when the current PM’s daddy was PM, and am totally surprised that the son is PM.

  • Chris

    More evidence that “scientists” are working without any data, only on conjecture that gives the outcomes they desire.

  • wayne

    “This is Your Brain on Drugs”
    -the extended cut-
    https://youtu.be/LQsQbuNWmnE
    2:14

  • pzatchok

    I don’t know about anyplace else but STEM projects in my area are centered on promoting minorities and women.

    Go ahead shut down the projects helping you.

    And why are Asian minorities ahead of everyone in collage?

  • wayne

    Ray-
    excellent use of “nefarious!” (It sings!)

    good stuff by all…

    pzatchok-
    I’ve noticed that as well in my area.
    ref our Asian friends; hard-working and family-oriented, comes to mind.

    the American Astronomical Society ;
    How ‘progressive’ of them! Never been a member, glad to see they’ve showed us their cards once and for all.
    We have Black Holes, Dark Matter, Dark Energy, …hmmm, sounds Racists to me!

    indulge me momentarily, I’m waiting for a bunch-o-stuff on YouTube, to vanish down the memory hole…

    Bugs the Bunny
    “Southern Fried Rabbit”
    1953 Warner Bros
    https://youtu.be/H8D93Awa434
    0:51

  • Laddino

    Radical Democrat dementia has them repeating ‘68 & ‘72 all over again, and the Sleeping Giant / Silent Majority will arise again. The Libs and MSM won’t know what hit them. Hysterics soon to follow.

  • Star Bird

    In that case they have stopped being real scientists and have become nothing but politcal advocates for some rediculous idea so they might as well resign and take up Pilitcal Grandstanding just like the Union of Concerned Scientists do

  • HarvardR

    I smell disparate impact against scientists of Asian descent.

  • Gary M.

    This is Eric Weinstein’s thoughtful and direct contribution.

    https://youtu.be/EQjBZVssr1I

  • wayne

    Gary M-
    Good stuff.

  • fred

    Black privilege reigns supreme in the USA, but it’s the progressive Left that demeans blacks more than anyone else
    https://www.naturalnews.com/2020-06-07-black-privilege-reigns-supreme-in-the-usa.html

    “They have been going on and on about this thug for 24 hours here in Houston. Every damn channel every 5 minutes it seems. I lost count of how many memorial services they have had. They have elevated this guy to sainthood, a common thug you would find on any street corner in the hood. He has done nothing great in his life and was more then likely destined for jail again. Yes he died tragically and needlessly, but he is by no stretch of the imagination a saint, no hero, not even a decent man, yet they are holding him up as the second coming. The black community is being used once again, and once again, they fall for it hook, line, and sinker.” – POne

    Donations to “BlackLivesMatter.com” all go to . . . The Democrat National Committee
    https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/news-nation/donations-to-blacklivesmatter-com-all-go-to-the-democrat-national-committee

  • Cotour

    Black Lives Matter is an interesting organization when you begin to look at it.

    From their site: About

    “Every day, we recommit to healing ourselves and each other, and to co-creating alongside comrades, allies, and family a culture where each person feels seen, heard, and supported.”

    *All is good as long as a person “Feels” that they are seen, heard and supported?

    “We are self-reflexive and do the work required to dismantle cisgender privilege and uplift Black trans folk”

    *Cisgender women have privilege?

    “We build a space that affirms Black women and is free from sexism, misogyny, and environments in which men are centered.”

    *This organization is primarily about black women and excludes black men?

    “We practice empathy. We engage comrades with the intent to learn about and connect with their contexts.”

    *Again they are emphasizing “feelings” and “emotions”, all subject perspective. And of course they indemnify as “Comrades” which means that they identify primarily as Marxist / Leftist.

    “We make our spaces family-friendly and enable parents to fully participate with their children. We dismantle the patriarchal practice that requires mothers to work “double shifts” so that they can mother in private even as they participate in public justice work.”

    *They are recognizing that the black family has been destroyed (Do they understand that it is the democrats that have destroyed it with the culture of dependency?) Again, this is a black women’s organization, which I find interesting and it actually makes sense to me.

    “We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.”

    *It really does “Take A Village”. This is a necessary structure because the black family has been destroyed by the Democrat culture of dependency. Very sad.

    “We foster a queer‐affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking, or rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual (unless s/he or they disclose otherwise).”

    *”Hetronormative thinking”, that says it all. These women totally reject the black man and have discarded them because they have been gutted by the garbage street rat / tribal culture that they have manifested as a result of the Democrat party culture of dependency. Be proud Democrats and Democrat leadership.

    And this picture says it all, these are Marxists plain and simple. Here we see one of the founders of black lives matter posing with of all people, Nicholas Maduro, dictator, I mean president of Venezuela. He is like the modern Fidel Castro, light.
    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/06/mayhem_made_in_venezuela_take_a_look_at_the_photos_of_blm_leaders_whooping_it_up_with_nicolas_maduro_in_harlem_and_caracas.html

    “The event in Harlem provided the Maduro with an opportunity to reach out to American progressives and to share a stage with black thinkers and activists, including actor Danny Glover, Democratic New York state Sen. Bill Perkins, and co-founder of BlackLivesMatter Opal Tometi.”

    And there it is, “Progressive” equals Marxist / Leftist. Are you paying attention meat and potatoes American Democrats? This is what your leadership is now aligned with and what will be in the White House should Joe Biden become president. Such a silly thought when I write it, Joe Biden as president. Silly.

    So what have we learned here? Radical black women who from what I can gather by their manifesto basically have rejected black men and have usurped their leadership in these racial and poltical issues are the force and drivers of this from their own words Leftist bus.

    Very interesting.

  • Cotour

    I sent my post above to my lady friend who recently told me that she has had enough of the Democrat party, called them “Sheeple”. And in her transformation she continues on with her old learned and indoctrinated thought process. She replied to my email: “I won’t even read this one”. (Because it dared to analyzing Black Lives Matter for what it actually is all about.)

    Reality is sometimes difficult to reconcile when you are in transition between emotional, reactionary and literal interpretations, and an objective interpretation of reality. The tendency is to back slide, I can not allow that.

    #1: You choose ignorance? There is a difference between the literal interpretation of the term Black Lives Matter, and who could disagree with that? Not me.

    And there is the organization “Black Lives Matter” and who formulated it and what in fact in means and intends. If you choose ignorance and not being able to distinguish between a literal interpretation and what an organization is about then there is no hope.

    Ignorance is its own reward.

    #2: Given your standard for making sure you are informed and what you refuse to recognize you would have had no problem supporting this organization, “ARAYANS FOR LOVE”. The literal meaning of which, who could argue with? Who is against love?

    https://hitlersmasterrace.weebly.com/

    There are two things going on here 1. There are genuine people, like you and many others, me even, who read the term Black Lives Matter and take it for its literal interpretation. I fully support the protests related to the abuse of power that cost George Floyd his life. What is the Constitution about? Its the counter balance to the nature of man related to the abuse of power. Simple.

    And then there is the political / psychological operation that incorporates through there messaging efforts you and the other well meaning and genuine people in America into their Marxist based anti American agenda.

    Politics is the dirtiest, filthiest activity that human beings participate in, and there is a reason why that is. Because its all about real power and real control over people.

    Do not choose ignorance.

  • wodun

    “I wish to note that what will “nourish my heart” today will be to continue to work, as normal, posting and writing.”

    You aren’t black though. Black people are supposed to take a spa day while non-Black people are supposed to engage in penance or flagellation.

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