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Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Way Out: A Reflection Upon The New Year

To be (a nebish) or not to be (a nebish)... That is the underlying issue for a conscience that makes cowards of us all. Thus we are brought via an internal dialogue of disparate voices, whether it be in the course of our currency or rather in the vast reaches of imagination of upheaval into which history has molded our assumptions toward a pathway out of this crisis.

For it is as evident now as ever that proceeding to pay homage to a failed monetary system leads humanity nowhere but to death and the limitless woes of  a new new dark age. If we assume that the world can not accommodate the creation of an alternative to the diseased outlook of an imperial control by technocratic enablers of austerity then we assume that our own existence is a species indistinct from dumb biology. That is indeed what the bilge that is being daily delivered and indoctrinated as if by a wink into the acceptable public newspeak and so-called education system.

If this mentality is not uprooted then we are mere spectators to the unfolding tragedy upon the stage of this world. So it is either the demise of an unofficial oligarchy wielded most notably as financial control that now has a death grip upon futurity or the way out by taking up arms (though they be but words) and putting an end to the tyranny that usurps our true and immortal mission.

Look upward, oh child of creation and the answer is there...We were made to move off this isolated watery rock upon mental pinions that make us in the likeness of evolution's Creator. America used to be that mission as a flank against the baleful dark age on Europe's demise. Now the flank is the frontier beyond the old new world. It is only in the movement and endeavor forever out in space that we can once more to our own selves be true.


  1. A Confident China Outlines Its Next Five Years in Space

    Today China released a white paper, outlining its accomplishments in space since the release of the previous report in 2006, and a general plan for the next five years. As compared to the previous report, the Chinese government makes few general remarks about its reasons for exploring space or overall goals, assuming that its recent activities have already made that case. The purpose of the white paper, its states, is to “help people around the world gain a better understanding of the Chinese space industry.”
    In its highly-visible manned space program, the goals from the previous period have been met on schedule, of space walks, and space rendezvous and docking. Over the next year, Shenzhou-9 and Shenzhou-10 will be launched, unmanned or manned, to dock with the Tiangong-1 orbiting vehicle. Man-tended space laboratories, manned ships, and unmanned space freighters will be launched, and technologies developed for long-duration stays in orbit. “China will conduct studies on the preliminary plan for a human lunar landing.” No plan has been approved yet, or date specified, but that clearly is the goal. The next step in the unmanned lunar program is a soft landing, and then deploying a rover to survey the Moon. Later, the third stage of the Moon program will include returning a sample of soil to the Earth.
    China has put increasing effort in to international cooperative space agreements, and over the past five years concluded bilateral agreements with Germany, Venezuela, South Africa, Thailand, and Britain, and up-graded its cooperation with Russia, Ukraine, and France. Referring to the 800–pound gorilla in the room, the report simply states: “The director of (NASA) visited China and the two sides will continue to make (sic) dialogue regarding the space field.” The white paper reasserts the principle that, at least from the Chinese viewpoint, “Outer space is the common wealth of mankind. Exploration, development and utilization of outer space are an unremitting pursuit of mankind.”

  2. Russia Takes Determined Steps to Rebuild Its Space Industry

    Over the past two days, recently-appointed Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who is responsible for overseeing the effort to find and fix the problems in Russia's space and defense industries, announced initiatives to rebuild what had been the remarkable Soviet space program. First, he ordered that by January 25th, Russian space agency head Vladimir Popovkin present an analysis of the string of accidents in the space sector that have taken place over the past twelve months, along with a list of immediate measures to correct the problems. Former Roscosmos head, Yuri Koptev, will conduct the study, he announced.

    Second, to reverse the dramatic loss of critical manpower in the space sector, Rogozin announced that a "personnel reserve' for the national space industry will be created. The shortage of skilled personnel will be addressed through the participation of veterans of the Soviet space program, who can mentor young recruits, and focus on professional training. It was announced that on January 23rd, Rogozin will meet with the rectors of leading Russian universities working for the defense, space, and nuclear power industries, to spur this effort.

    Third, within 50 days, by order of Rogozin and Prime Minister Putin, the Russian space agency is to prepare and present a strategy for development of the space sector up to 2030, and later. The document will be presented to Putin. "If we do not look in the future, we shall loose a lot — from the staff to technologies," Rogozin is quoted by ITAR-TASS as saying.

    After the collapse of the Soviet Union, many of the top leaders in the scientific and space communities left the country, coming particularly to the United States. That, and the near-death contraction of spending on space missions, technology development, personnel, and hardware, nearly killed what had been a world leader in space exploration. These new initiatives will start the process of rebuilding the creative capabilities of the former Soviet scientific community.


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