Reinventing America's Purpose in Space
Future missions to space should concentrate on eliminating threats to Earth, expanding civilization beyond our planet and harvesting extraterrestrial energy resources.
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Due in part to tightening budgets, the nation has lost its sense of unity around our presence in outer space, says space advocate Robert Lancaster. To secure funding for future missions and to renew our collective fascination with the final frontier, he recommends developing missions in these three areas: Eliminating threats to the planet, such as asteroids; extending civilization beyond Earth; and discovering and using resources which do not exist at home such as space-based solar power and Helium-3.
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NASA may have been an effective political organization when its purpose (let's face it) was capturing the world's imagination before the Soviet Union could. But Lancaster says its bureaucracy was not built to innovate boldly or achieve the three objectives he outlines. Curiously, he puts no faith in the budding private space industry. Instead, he sees the military as the most capable actor when it comes to achieving mission objectives, exploring and colonizing new territory, and exploiting natural resources.
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Antimicrobial resistance is growing worldwide, rendering many "work horse" medicines ineffective. Without intervention, drug-resistant pathogens could lead to millions of deaths by 2050. Thankfully, companies like Pfizer are taking action.
- Antimicrobial-resistant pathogens are one of the largest threats to global health today.
- As we get older, our immune systems age, increasing our risk of life threatening infections. Without reliable antibiotics, life expectancy could decline for the first time in modern history.
- If antibiotics become ineffective, common infections could result in hospitalization or even death. Life-saving interventions like cancer treatments and organ transplantation would become more difficult, more often resulting in death. Routine procedures would become hard to perform.
- Without intervention, resistant pathogens could result in 10 million annual deaths by 2050.
- By taking a multi-faceted approach—inclusive of adherence to good stewardship, surveillance and responsible manufacturing practices, as well as an emphasis on prevention and treatment—companies like Pfizer are fighting to help curb the spread.
Long hidden under trees, it's utterly massive
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
Christmas has many pagan and secular traditions that early Christians incorporated into this new holiday.
- Christmas was heavily influenced by the Roman festival of Saturnalia.
- The historical Jesus was not born on December 25th as many contemporary Christians believe.
- Many staple Christmas traditions predated the festival and were tied into ancient pagan worship of the sun and related directly to the winter solstice.
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