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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Trump pulls U.S. from Iran nuclear deal

As he promised during the campaign as well as several times since he became President, Trump today announced that the U.S. is leaving the Iran nuclear treaty that had been negotiated by the Obama administration.

Laying out his case, Trump contended, “If we do nothing, we know exactly what will happen. In just a short period of time, the world’s leading state sponsor of terror will be on the cusp of acquiring the world’s most dangerous weapons.”

The administration said it would re-impose sanctions on Iran immediately but allow grace periods for businesses to wind down activity. Companies and banks doing business with Iran will have to scramble to extricate themselves or run afoul of the U.S. government.

…Trump, who repeatedly criticized the accord during his presidential campaign, said Tuesday that documents recently released by Netanyahu showed Iran had attempted to develop a nuclear bomb in the previous decade, especially before 2003. Although Trump gave no explicit evidence that Iran violated the deal, he said Iran had clearly lied in the past and could not be trusted.

The AP article at the link is a decidedly anti-Trump partisan hit job, less interested in reporting this news story than telling us how terrible Trump’s actions are. Nor should we be surprised, as two of the AP writers who contributed to the story are based in Tehran.

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  • Des

    The AP are an international news agency, they should have reporters in Iran. If someone condemned an AP news story about Israel because they used reporters in Israel they would be called anti-semititic.

  • Phill O

    If Iran is sponsoring terrorism with the money the USA is giving, does that make sense?

  • Cotour


    Real wins.

    You can not argue with results, three North Korean prisoners are in the air and on their way home.

    Trump is setting a new standard for politicians in America where American interests and actual accomplishments are number one and political correctness and politics are seen for what they are, distractions and pandering to ignorance in the interests of mainly do nothing self interested bureaucrats.

  • wodun

    In exchange, Iran agreed to restrictions on its nuclear program, making it impossible to produce a bomb and establishing rigorous inspections.

    This is false. There are no rigorous inspections and it is not impossible for Iran to produce nuclear weapons.

    Iran gets to continue work on nuclear weapons development, although restrained in some areas, and at the end of the “deal’s” time frame, they get to develop nuclear weapons with the blessing of Obama and the other interested parties. The “deal” did nothing other than delay Iran while also allowing them to continue weapons development over the time frame.

    He declared he was making the world safer, but he also deepened his isolation on the world stage and revived doubts about American credibility.

    Trump isn’t isolated. This is an Iranian talking point that many in the DNC media find attractive. It isn’t true.

    There is no truth in withdrawing damages American credibility. We followed the rules in withdrawing. What withdrawal shows is that countries should familiarize themselves with the American system of government and not be deluded that when a non-binding agreement is made, that it will be binding.

    It actually builds credibility for Trump because it shows he will walk from a bad deal. Having a deal isn’t the goal and agreeing to a bad one is just as bad as there not being one. Good lesson for NK, China, Russia, Syria, Mexico, Canada, ect.

  • pzatchok

    If Iran truly wanted to de-weaponize they would with or without Americas involvement.

    Either they do not want to stop and will make nuclear material and weapons no matter what.
    Or they will stop all on their own.

    If they have to have a promise from America that we will never attack them unless they break international law then they already have it. Just let international inspectors into anyplace they want at any time.

    You do not bribe criminals. Eventually the bribes are so small and or run out. You punish criminals and put them away from general society.
    Its time the international community came to an agreement on what constitutes a criminal regime. Once decided then these groups can be tried and punished.
    Until then we can only negotiate with them and hope they are willing to make and hold to deals.
    But we do not bribe them and let them keep power.

  • Phill O

    pzatchok You seem to be on the right track. You remind me of our visiting Polish scientist at the SLOWPOKE facility. He had a refreshing view on the USSR.

  • pzatchok

    If it can be proven that Iran is directly attacking Israel with their own troops and materials then that is an open declaration of war against a LONG time ally of ours in the middle east.

    Reason enough to drop into Israel a large amount of air defense forces and stage other forces closer to Iran for future air raids.

    Remove their…
    Coastal defenses.
    Ships and boats.
    Air defenses.
    Munitions facilities.
    Nuclear production facilities.

    Then civilian facilities…
    Oil storage.
    Power plants.
    Ship yards and dry docks.
    Telecommunication facilities.
    Road and rail bridges that can be used to move material towards Israel.

    All starting right after the midterm elections. Keep proving Irans culpability in terrorism until then.

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