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Sony Shuts More Plants, Toyota Extends Production Halts as Recession Looms

The real disaster in Japan: Scores of factories (including Sony and Toyota) remain closed due to power shutdowns and the inability to get supplies and power.

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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One comment

  • LINO

    Why do they (the media) keep focusing on the problems with the reactors and radiation after all these people have been killed by the earthquake?

    Probably because a lot more people are at risk and the powers that be have a vested interst in forestalling panic:

    Kyodo News / AP
    Severe Nuclear Breach Feared in Japan
    Suspicion rose as workers waded into water 10,000 times more radioactive than normal.

    The dead are a tragedy. They should be mourned. They cannot be resurrected.

    The reactors are the tragedy that follows. We need to protect the living.

    ….if this makes energy production more difficult in the rest of the world, so be it. Maybe it’s time we looked at alternative energy sources with more zeal and vigor.


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