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Astronaut on the moon

NASA has made its supercool database of pictures and other types of media available to the public with some limitations. I think near earth/lunar space operations can be made highly financially profitable within our lifetime. We have barely scratched the surface of what is possible with our current level of technology. The United States needs to lead this activity in a massive way by getting private enterprise involved.

The primary purpose of NASA should be encouraging capitalism by private companies in space. NASA should facilitate mining of the lunar surface and asteroids for the purpose of constructing massive and numerous space based solar power generation plants which can transmit their power to earth 24/7 without interference from the weather in an environmentally friendly manner. The United States Department of Energy has articles available online about this idea and Wikipedia also has links to many other articles related to space based solar power.

Any country that establishes a large scale mining colony on the moon could easily obtain a significant military advantage over other countries that may make atomic weapons militarily obsolete. An electromagnetic mass driver based on the moon could be used to launch compacted lunar material of various sizes to be used as impact weapons against targets on earth and there would be no practical defense. A mass driver would be needed for mining operations and it could do double duty as a military launch device. It takes less energy to launch payloads from the moon than from earth which would make railgun type electromagnetic mass drivers theoretically feasible. The United States Navy currently has railguns on its ships which operate like a future mass driver would.

A commercial mass driver for launching lunar material into space would always have the potential of being used as a weapon of mass destruction even if it was never used for that purpose. Smaller lunar railguns could be used for smaller or mobile targets. Lunar railguns/mass drivers could also be used to launch payloads capable of diverting natural asteroids that threaten to impact the earth. In my opinion a scenario of this type is almost inevitable in the long run if humans colonize space. Treaties which prohibit weapons in space can’t be enforced if a large industrial complex is present on the lunar surface.

Military activity in space is not desirable but I suspect it is on the minds of the military for all nations considering using space for commercial purposes. Space is not a magical fairyland of unicorns and rainbows that prevents all conflict between nations. Human realities will eventually creep into large space operations and this could result in violent international actions.


Forced Government Vaccinations

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I am not opposed to vaccinations but I am suspicious of any type of forced government program that you can’t refuse. Vaccinations seem like a good thing and all of my family is vaccinated but when the government makes you an offer you are not allowed to refuse, it could be used for evil purposes in the future.

Osama bin Laden was located and killed by the United States using a fake vaccination program to collect information in Pakistan. Forced vaccination can be used to collect information and to deny you services such as public school should you refuse to cooperate. Our government seems almost benign at this time but will it always be so kind and honest?

I am not opposed to modern medical treatments but they should be under the control of the individual or their parents. The state may be allowed to intervene in extremely rare instances such as when a child needs insulin to survive and the parents refuse. The state should be required to provide accommodations to anyone with a religious or personal objection to intrusive government programs.

Are MAGA hats evil?

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Some people believe that Make America Great Again hats are the Swastika of today.  I have personally talked to an agitated person with this belief for over an hour and he believed it was his moral duty to verbally and possibly physically confront anyone he saw wearing a MAGA hat.  I think that this belief is incorrect and that these people need help of some kind.  I don’t own a MAGA hat and I am not a supporter of everything Donald espouses but the MAGA hat is not the Swastika.  Donald Trump is not Hitler in spite of any attempt to demonize him.  He may be stupid and guilty of violations of the law but this has not been proven yet and even if proven would not make him as evil as Hitler.

Attacking an innocent person who is simply wearing a MAGA hat proves that the attacker has hate in his heart.  The hate speech of verbally assaulting innocent MAGA people for no cause should be a legally punishable offense called a hate crime.  Just because your side fairly lost a presidential election does not give you the right to assault people having an opposing political belief.  There is a current attempt by segments of our society to equate the Nazi party and Trump supporters.  This attempt gives mentally unbalanced people the idea that it is acceptable to use physical violence and verbal assaults to destroy the life of anyone who openly supports Trump. This is truly frightening.

The Bible is the answer to hatred of any stripe.

“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.” Romans 12:9 NIV

“The arrogant cannot stand in your presence. You hate all who do wrong;” Psalm 5:5 NIV

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? ” Matthew 5:43-46

The Nazi party killed Jews and other people because they had hate in their heart.  The vast majority of Trump supporters are not advocating crimes against humanity and they have legitimate political beliefs that they should be allowed to express without fear.  There are dangerous fringe elements in all political parties.  Physical violence is only morally acceptable for the purpose of stopping clear evil and not for the purpose of shutting someone up because you are losing a political argument and presidential elections.

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