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A resounding “Meh.”
surreality, chameleons in space!, space
saxifrage00
So it’s the anniversary of the moon landings. Am I the only one who’s reaction is firstly “meh,” and secondly, “well, bloody lot we’ve managed to do since then, isn’t it?”

Am I supposed to be impressed that we hit the moon in 1969 and have done jack all to get us into space since? It’s actually rather depressing.

Less sardonically facetious, I’m not all that about the landing’s anniversary, but I do look around at current efforts and have to feel like we’re in a much less imaginative age. We’re making great strides with electronics and communications technology here on Earth, and that’s cool and stuff, but it won’t do us much good when we overcrowd the planet. We’re way behind the curve for getting into space. China has a space program now, to get out there and off the planet, and I’m pleased—someone needs to do it. Bush has the imagination and vision of a spirochete when you put him beside Kennedy, and the Democrats are trying to ape him and the Republicans so much that it’s laughable that NASA will ever regain the peak that they reached with Apollo 11.

A resounding “Meh.”

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I grew up on that era of sci-fi, too, in a word where man-and-tech-vs-environment, man-vs-conservatism, or man-vs-Christianity were really the only plot conflicts available. Seems easier, really.

Today on the buss, some guy sat down beside a woman and her child, who was playing with a cellphone, and said: is that cellphone on? They're very dangerous, the radiation they emit is bad for children, you know. I'm not trying to be nosy, but I'm worried about it.

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