The November 23rd Wall Street Journal article on a NASA project to guard us from asteroids hitting earth suggests little urgency since experts predict the chances of such events are likely far in the future.
You can read about the practice projectile project here.
The first planetary defense mission takes to the skies early Wednesday, when the NASA launches a space probe designed to deflect a distant asteroid in a test of technology that might one day save the world.
— Jason Leopold (@JasonLeopold) November 23, 2021
With the glamor and clamor now accorded to Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and other space jockeys I feel sure the majority of public opinion will favor such initiatives, particularly when accorded predictions of urgency and fear. Does Elon want his remains buried on Mars? Not too much running water there.
Being forehanded should be applauded, but this suggests to me more need to pay salaries than to save us from more urgent efforts to keep global warming from accelerating as predicted in the near future, based on the horrific events already happening.
And further to some, while this spending seems so forehanded, the complete lack of world leaders’ attention to the rapid growth of human numbers, having grown 4 times in my 90 year lifetime from 2 billion to 8, and now with that effect being exemplified by the worldwide migration of desperate people to wealthier nations!
Instead of encouraging female equality by increasing all nations to favor the inexpensive, safe and readily available methods of family planning efforts with more funding, we have the zealots on our Supreme Court salivating in their anticipation of putting down Roe which had allowed safe, mostly early abortions since 1973.
The nearly 50-year-old right to legal abortion is in immediate danger in the US, as the Supreme Court prepares to hear a case next week that could overturn the landmark 1973 Roe vs Wade case for abortion rights https://t.co/6UCBeEQUuh
— Financial Times (@FinancialTimes) November 26, 2021
Like our election laws which worked perfectly in 2020, now being attacked by those anxious to keep minorities from the polls, these were problems which did not need to be “fixed”.
Stupidity and cupidity keep prevailing wherever one looks. Vast spending by the Military Industrial Complex or its NASA equivalent goes on unabated as the wealth gap expands and many of the furious poor left behind still misguidedly think their savior is Donald Trump, who cut corporate taxes from 35 percent to 21 as one of his first Presidential acts. Didn’t the poor realize those savings for the rich were the monies that could have helped them with vital needs like universal health care and paid leave and on and on? Obviously not!
So when Roe goes down and Republicans win Congressional control in the midterms will Trump win in 2024? Will the non-governing GOP continue to whine about the national debt which the immediate past President so greatly expanded.
Talk about horror stories, but with climate and other crises looming maybe some of these sleeping richies will realize that unless priorities get changed their conditions of life will also deteriorate. And quite soon.
The daunting underlying issue of course remains racism not only here but worldwide. Nuanced by this Washington Post article one can see how pervasive the issue is.
Today on #PostReports we're wrapping up our Teens in America series with an episode that's very relevant to the holiday season!
Listen in as Iris Santalucia has tough conversations with her parents about the role white privilege plays in her familyhttps://t.co/SXx4ggpISt
— Sabby Robinson (@sabby_robinson) November 23, 2021
I got some encouragement from the Aubrey verdict, but we have long way to go and very little time to fix things.
"What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?": https://t.co/fHuh0CG6JD
"We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?": https://t.co/TA4j7cp1tE
"From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013": https://t.co/lkC2t3E1A9 pic.twitter.com/bQsL2mLBcO
— Church and State (@ChurchAndStateN) November 1, 2021
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