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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Supreme Court rules against goverment unions

The leftist losing streak continues: The Supreme Court today ruled that government employees cannot be forced to pay dues to government unions.

The court’s conservative majority scrapped a 41-year-old decision that had allowed states to require that public employees pay some fees to unions that represent them, even if the workers choose not to join.

The 5-4 decision fulfills a longtime wish of conservatives to get rid of the so-called fair share fees that non-members pay to unions in roughly two dozen states. Organized labor is a key Democratic constituency.

The court ruled that the laws violate the First Amendment by compelling workers to support unions they may disagree with. “States and public-sector unions may no longer extract agency fees from nonconsenting employees,” Justice Samuel Alito said in his majority opinion in the latest case in which Justice Neil Gorsuch, an appointee of President Donald Trump, provided a key fifth vote for a conservative outcome.

Since government workers tend to be leftist anyway, especially in the federal government, I don’t expect this ruling to impact their fund-raising that much, initially. Over time, however, the unions are going to see their power recede as more and more employees decide they don’t need, or want, the unions.

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3 comments

  • Phill O

    The bottom line with people (especially leftists) is their own pocket book.

    Consider Victoria British Columbia, a very leftist city. It has minimal sewage treatment in many areas and people have refused taxes to fix the problem. They want another jurisdiction to pay for it! This I got from a leftist friend!

  • A Owen

    “they don’t need, or want, the unions”

    Or just prefer to have the money in their own pockets.

    Some Exposé of the lifestyle of the Union bosses would certainly make some members decide to keep their cash.

  • Col Beausabre

    “Some Exposé of the lifestyle of the Union bosses would certainly make some members decide to keep their cash.”

    They live in the sane areas as the company execs, have the same type of houses, send their kids to the same schools, shop the same stores, wear the same clothes, vacation the same places, drive the same model cars, etc

    One reason is because way, way too many union bosses are ex-labor lawyers, who have never spent a day in the factory or mine and have no idea of how to do the job of the rank and file. One reform would be for union constitutions require the bosses to have spent a period time on the shop floor.

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