The five men arrested for planning to blow up a bridge in Ohio turn out to all be active Occupy Wall Street activists.

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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Why am I not surprised? The five men arrested for planning to blow up a bridge in Ohio turn out to all be active Occupy Wall Street activists.

As despicable as this act of violence might have been, it is just as despicable for major news organizations to fail to mention the important fact that they are Occupiers.


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  • wodun

    Not just active with OWS but at least one of them has a leadership role with OWS. Something to do with PR, iirc, which make the cries of them not representing OWS kind of funny.

  • JGL

    Talking about selective media reporting, this is a transcript of another version of the G. Zimmerman case ( I assume no relation) where another reporter was fired, symbolically Im sure.

    This is an example of pure fact creation forget about omission.

    The manipulation appears in the version marked “doctored version” after the words “drugs or something” in that sentence.

    In a story for the “Today” show on March 20, Luciano used part of the George Zimmerman 911 call in which an entire phrase was taken from a later part of the conversation:

    The doctored version:

    Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good or on drugs or something. He’s got his hand in his waistband. And he’s a black male.
    Dispatcher: Are you following him?
    Zimmerman: Yeah.
    Dispatcher: Okay, we don’t need you to do that.

    But here’s how the call really went:

    Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.
    Dispatcher: OK, and this guy — is he white, black, or Hispanic?
    Zimmerman: He looks black.

  • Kelly Starks

    It sure helps if you have crooked press and/or politicians in your pocket.

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