"Only a few of us have the courage for what we really know."














There is no expedition to which a man will not go
 to avoid the real labor of thinking.

Thomas Edison                                          















No, no, you're not thinking, you're just being logical.

Niels Bohr                                                 




















It is important for the human race to spread out into space for the survival of the species.  Life on Earth is at the ever-increasing risk of being wiped out by a disaster, such as sudden global warming, nuclear war, a genetically engineered virus or other dangers we have not yet thought of. 

Stephen Hawking







When we had The Right Stuff

Scott Carpenter, 1925 - 2013
Project Mercury






Voyager 1
From an era when our vision was heroic,
Still responding to commands and sending back data,
Has slipped the surly bonds of Sol.
Humanity has now left home
And entered the cosmos.







"I would like to die on Mars -- just not on impact"



Mission to Mars














"That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."

Neil Armstrong
1930 - 2012






The closest most of us will come  
to standing on another planet.

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Curiosity rover: Martian solar day 2


















21 July 2011
Last Space Shuttle Returns


The purpose of humans is to explore, not just make money and rut and look at pictures from telescopes and robots. This is a pretty planet, but I want to be OUT THERE!!! Alas, that's not in the cards, because we've been wallowing in consumerist self-gratification since Apollo, when a mission to Jupiter by 2001 was quite plausible. Instead, 2001 achieved 9/11 followed by a decade of fecklessness, culminating in the end of manned space flight as a national endeavor, with hardly a whimper.  Now it's up to a few visionaries and the young, who still look up and dream.














Space junk, low earth orbit, 2009
(European Space Agency)







And so, as Americans continue to wallow in media-driven consumerist self-gratification . . .

Others take up the future's mission

28 September 2008
Chinese cosmonauts returning from their first space walk.







Arthur C. Clarke
1917 - 2008
Humanity has failed to live up to his vision.
"Jupiter Mission" 2001 -- seemed doable in 1967.
How pitifully feckless we've become.







3 August 2007
About tipsy astronauts . . .







Wally Schirra
Mercury, Gemini, Apollo












Satellite Composite











Zeitgeist Disco


Himmler-Hamster, Goebbels-Gerbils


The Right Word













"When they take away our right to own handguns, only criminals will have them."

NRA moments

Sheriff: 10-year-old kills mother, self

(CNN)  A 10-year-old Arcola, North Carolina, boy shot and killed his mother before taking his own life, according to the Warren County Sheriff's Department.

"Gun control will only take guns from the hands of law abiding individuals"

Columbine . . . no criminal records

In Pennsylvania and man with no criminal record forced his way into an Amish schoolhouse, then sexually assulted and shot dead five school children before shooting himself.

An Iowa man shot and killed his parents and three sisters.  He had no criminal record. 

A Virginia Tech student committed the worst gun massacre in modern American history.  He had no criminal record.

Newtown, Connecticut . . . . no criminal record

. . . and on and on















A religion is its people, not just a set of precepts; and since people are what they do, Islam is what was happening on 11 September 2001, just as Christianity is what was happening in Europe's Wars of Religion four centuries ago. Though militants still infest the Judeo-Christian community, they are regarded by mainstream Jews and Christians as anathema.  By contrast, the Muslim mainstream continue to embrace their murderous militants -- to lie to the outside world in claiming to have disavowed them, to lie even about the name of their religion -- to insist that Islam means Peace, when it actually means Submission. Islam, in its manifestations before the world, has evolved little from its barbarous infancy: it remains the cultural articulation of and justification for murder, enslavement, intolerance and oppression.  

It is the religion of the hashshashin, the assassin.






Is morality based on a categorical imperative,
or is it based on aesthetic?

Can we debate this question honestly?



David Brooks

"Today, many psychologists, cognitive scientists and even philosophers
embrace...moral thinking [as] more like aesthetics."










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