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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The Obama administration’s Interior Department has decided let the people in a remote Aleut community die rather than risk the lives of the birds in a wildlife refuge.

The Obama administration’s Interior Department has decided to let the people in a remote Aleut community die rather than risk the lives of the birds in a wildlife refuge.

The Aleuts have tried for three decades to get permission to build a 11 mile long gravel road to connect their village with the nearest hospital. The federal government has repeatedly denied them permission because part of that road would go through a wildlife refuge. During that time 19 people have died because they couldn’t get to adequate medical facilities due to the lack of transportation. The quote below from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is quite amazing, revealing starkly how little she (and the rest of the Obama administration) cares about the lives of others.

During an August visit to Alaska, Jewell was told that building a road that connects King Cove and Cold Bay was vital. But in December, Jewell rejected the road saying it would jeopardize waterfowl in the refuge. “She stood up in the gymnasium and told those kids, ‘I’ve listened to your stories, now I have to listen to the animals,” Democratic state Rep. Bob Herron told a local television station. “You could have heard a pin drop in that gymnasium.” [emphasis mine]

The comments about this story on this webpage are right on the money. The Aleuts should build that road anyway, and dare the federal government to do something about it.

But I like this comment the best: “I’ve been saying for years that progressives LOVE humanity–they just hate actual people.”

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7 comments

  • Cotour

    And how many birds are killed each year from the developing wind power generation industry?

    http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-many-birds-do-wind-turbines-really-kill-180948154/?no-ist

  • Chris Kirkendall

    Some have pointed out that these wacko environmentalists are mostly hard-core Leftists, and to the Left, individual human life is of no consequence – it’s all about survival of the SYSTEM, ya see. That’s why Stalin could coldly execute many millions of his own people, a record that actually dwarfs Hitler’s. There are too many similar examples to name them all – Mao, Pol Pot, etc. Marxism is anti-God & anti individual human rights. These Leftist wackos try to equate human life – which is God’s finest creation – with animal & even plant life. It’s all well & good that we treat animals with care & respect, & nurture the Earth & all life on it, including plants – that was all part of God’s plan & he commands us to do so. But NOT at the expense of His finest creation! These folks are literally insane…

  • Chris,

    Though I entirely agree with you, I would prefer you did not use terms like “wacko”. The goal is to convince and persuade, not offend. If someone honestly and sincerely believes in radical environmentalism we will never change their minds by insulting them right off the bat.

  • Samsa

    The correct term is not “wacko” but fascist. They are everywhere and we must be vigilant.

  • Cotour

    Re post:
    Here are some interesting proposals, Genghis Khan was apparently an accidental green machine way back in the 1200′s. He apparently killed so many people, about 12 percent of the entire worlds population at the time, that the results of his “cleansing” was to begin the first real effort in the green movement.

    1. Is it possible that such a relatively small number of human beings at the level of technology of the day really detectable at all related to the climate on the planet?

    2. Dosnt this kind of interpretation of “global warming” / “climate change” what ever the newest variant terminology of the day might be indicate the intent of the movement? Are we to preparing for the justification for “cleansing”? Is this where this all ends?

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1350272/Genghis-Khan-killed-people-forests-grew-carbon-levels-dropped.html

    http://www.ecology.com/population-estimates-year-2050/

  • Chris L

    Thank goodness the Great White Mother is here to teach the ignorant savages about how to live with mother earth. A few native American lives is a small price to pay (none of them were likely to get into an Ivy League school anyway) to serve blessed Gaia. The difference between this woman and the folks behind the Trail of Tears is what exactly?

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