Has NASA Made It Easier For Aliens To Invade Earth?

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This is a sensationalistic headline, to be sure—but when we consider that no less a formidable mind as Stephen Hawking has warned us that life on other worlds just might be “rapacious marauders roaming the cosmos in search of resources to plunder, and planets to conquer and colonise,” maybe not that sensationalistic.

National Geographic explores the possibility that the map to Earth etched into the twin Voyager spacecraft might lead aliens right to our front door. You see, they were launched in the late 1970s, and by now both are in the outer-reaches of our solar system and beyond.

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NASA’s “Planetary Protection Officer” Position Is A Big Deal

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There is an awful lot of very interesting stuff happening at the moment—stuff that I believe is going to have a major impact on the future of humanity. (though you wouldn’t know it by the relative lack of importance given to these stories by the media).

We have the instance of AI creating their own language (shut down immediately by researchers from Facebook). We have the DNA of an embryo that was successfully “edited.” And we have this open job position offered by NASA, for a “Planetary Protection Officer.”

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Getting Clear On What The New Aeon Is And Is Not

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Sometimes, I get intuitions on things. Sometimes, I don’t wholly agree with the intuitions that I get. But I listen to them anyway. I give them a fighting chance to get through my discernment.

And so one of the powerful sort of intuitions I had last week involved what the “New Age”—the new Aeon—is, and what it isn’t. And I really didn’t “like” it. But it sort of made sense anyway, even from a non-esoteric point of view.

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Are You Prepared For The Coming Space Economy?

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Mining for rare metals and gases on asteroids has the potential to be “highly disruptive” to the world’s economy, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. analysts have recently concluded. Bringing back the incredibly valuable stores of resources like platinum back to Earth would “crater the market for metal” back home.

These analysts, in notes dated April 4, believe that we will be asteroid mining within eight years. And so my question is: are we (the financial markets, corporations, governments, humans on Earth) prepared to have our very economy radically altered by the massive influx of all these new resources?

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Earthers Vs. Offworlders

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whose side are you on???

Don’t let anybody tell you that we’re gonna get on rocketships and live on Mars—this is our home.
—Al Gore, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power”

Just a quick thought I had after watching the trailer for An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power, and it leads into this growing trend I’m sensing called “Earthers Vs. Offworlders.” It goes like this:

You know all those Republicans and other conservative/corporate types who say they don’t believe in global warming? I think only a very small percentage of them actually don’t believe in it. These people are many things…but stupid is not one of them. I think most of them do believe in it…but feel that things are too far gone to be worth investing in fixing.

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U.S. Government Orders NASA To Send Humans To Mars By 2033

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Well, this is it, people: both chambers of Congress have just passed the NASA Authorization Act of 2017, which gives the space agency almost 20 billion dollars in funding, as well as the mandate:

Not later than 120 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator shall contract with an independent, non-governmental systems engineering and technical assistance organization to study a Mars human space flight mission to be launched in 2033.

But the “National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017”—sponsored by a Senator. Ted Cruz —is so much more than that. You can read the entire thing at the link and even download it as a PDF if you’d like; and you really should. This is the type of stuff you need to educate yourself on, stuff the mainstream news does not make a priority to cover in any real depth.

As to why so many members of Congress who don’t seem to care much about global warming (or, indeed, even believe in its existence) would be willing to toss so many billions towards “wacky space stuff”that’s a question, isn’t it?

Anyway: another step on The Road to 2020.

Jeff Bezos Plans To Put Independent Bookstores Out Of Business On The Moon

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Just because you are slowly-deteriorating clone stuck in a mining colony on the moon doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get your Amazon packages.

So Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has created a plan, which he’s shopping around now to NASA and the White House, to have a shipping system go back-and-forth from the Earth to the moon by the mid-2020s. These cargo missions would function…sort of like Amazon. You know, you get your food, medical supplies, equipment, bulk-rate cat treats, and etc.

Said Bezos to The Washington Post regarding the venture (which would be carried out by his space company Blue Origin):

It is time for America to return to the Moon—this time to stay. A permanently inhabited lunar settlement is a difficult and worthy objective. I sense a lot of people are excited about this.

Mid-2020, huh? We seem to be moving a little faster on the time-clock than originally planned on the whole space colonization thing…