My annual February birthday month fund-raising campaign for Behind the Black is now over. It was the best February campaign ever, and the second best of all of my month-long fund-raising campaigns.


There were too many people who contributed to thank you all personally. If I did so I would not have time for the next day or so to actually do any further posts, and I suspect my supporters would prefer me posting on space and culture over getting individual thank you notes.


Let this public thank suffice. I say this often, but I must tell you all that you cannot imagine how much your support means to me. I’ve spent my life fighting a culture hostile to my perspective, a hostility that has often served to squelch my success. Your donations have now allowed me to bypass that hostility to reach a large audience.


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Trump administration withholds $65 million from UN PLO agency

The Trump administration today withheld $65 million of a $125 million payment from the UN agency that is supposed to provide aid to Palestinian refugees but has instead been repeatedly found to use it to help the PLO and Hamas in terrorist acts.

In a letter, the State Department notified the U.N. Relief and Works Agency that the U.S. is withholding $65 million of a planned $125 million funding installment. The letter also makes clear that additional U.S. donations will be contingent on major changes by UNRWA, which has been heavily criticized by Israel. “We would like to see some reforms be made,” said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, adding that changes are needed to the way the agency operates and is funded. “This is not aimed at punishing anyone.”

The State Department said it was releasing the rest of the installment — $60 million — to prevent the agency from running out of cash by the end of the month and closing down. The U.S. is UNWRA’s largest donor, supplying nearly 30 percent of its budget. The agency focuses on providing health care, education and social services to Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.

Not surprisingly, the PLO is reacting like a five year old, throwing a tantrum, as if it deserves this money no matter what it does.

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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  • Localfluff

    How many in these “refugee camps” are really refugees who fled Israel 70 years ago? There are seven times more people living in the camps now than when they were once established, so their population seems to be thriving.

    Where is the activism of the UN to equivalently work to restore East Prussia, where German marines started ww2 in the traditional way by heavy gunfire from a pocket battleship, as a reborn German state to which all the refugees from there can return? Where is the logic of the UN? Where are the moral values?

    By the way, Sweden is the closest of all allies in the world to the Palestinian terrorists. Palestine has a member in the UN Security Counsel this year, with Sweden as their agent. Every time you hear about Sweden and foreign policy, think about Palestine, because their fight to exterminate Israel is the only interest that the Swedish ministry of foreign affairs cares about to promote. (100 000s of islamic immigrants have already scared away the handful of jews who used to live in my hometown Malmoe, so they are truly proud of their conquest and encouraged to advance).

  • Jim Jakoubek

    The one thing that gets me about this whole conflict is that it amounts to “What period of history is right?”

    By this I mean that the region of Israel/Palestine has changed hands so many times over the last 2000+ years or
    so pretty much every conquering army that has come through the region has a claim.

    Follow the timeline. It has been under the control of Christians, Jews, Palestinians or whoever else came through
    and has switched back and forth over and over again.

    So, the question arises, where does one put their finger on the timeline and say “This is how it should be.”

    To me, the answer is simple. It is how it is now and the people involved should realize this and learn to deal with
    it and find a way to live in peace. Funding either/both sides only draws out the conflict and as long as that happens
    nobody has the incentive to sit down and actually talk peace.

    Bravo once again President Trump. This action is long overdue.

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