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.
Capitalism in space: The Outer Space office of the United Nations has announced an opportunity for member nations to express their interest in doing a science mission using Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser reusable spaceship.
The UN announcement states that
The purpose of this Call for Interest (CFI) is to provide a summary of the proposed mission and to solicit information from Member States interested in providing experiments, payloads, or satellites that could be flown on this mission. The CFI also has the objective of gathering information on the interested countries so that UNOOSA may better understand the demand for this type of mission.
The actual call [pdf] roughly describes a mission lasting 2 to 3 weeks and carrying about 20 experiments. This call is designed to give them a better idea of what those experiments might be, what nations wish to participate, and where the funding for the mission might come from. The actual announcement to submit experiment proposals won’t come until March 2018.
Being a UN mission, it is not surprising that it wants to focus on a variety of leftwing “Sustainable Development Goals”:
- No Poverty
- Zero Hunger
- Good Health and Well-Being
- Quality Education
- Gender Equality
- Clean Water and Sanitation
- Affordable and Clean Energy
- Decent Work and Economic Growth
- Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
- Reduced Inequalities
- Sustainable Cities and Communities
- Responsible Consumption and Production
- Climate Action
- Life Below Water
- Life on Land
- Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
- Partnerships for the Goals
Many of these areas of research actually make sense. Many are leftist Orwellian propaganda positions that have nothing to do with space research and are solely designed to give them power over the language and thus everyone else. Anyone who opposes “strong institutions” must therefore also oppose “Peace and Justice” and must be a fascist! You are against “Reduced Inequalities?” You must be a racist!
The problem is that the strong institutions they desire will not be used to establish peace, justice and reduced inequalities. Instead they will impose tyranny on us all in an effort to create the left’s typical fantasy about utopia. The result will be disasters like Venezuela, the Soviet Union, and North Korea.
The irony here is that the leftist UN is doing this using a spaceship built entirely on the concepts of freedom and capitalism, ideas that interestingly are not included in these “sustainable development goals” and are actually the best proven ways to bring about sustainability and wealth. Sierra Nevada is trying to develop customers for its reusable spaceship, and while the UN wallows in leftist dogma, it will be making money and building spaceships that will bring wealth to itself and to the United States.
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