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Exoplanet Habitability & Human Adaptation

An Ethical Treatise

Why Don’t We Just Go Find Out If We Can Live There? One of the challenges space explorers would face is determining the habitability of a planet. Signs of oxygen in the atmosphere don’t mean it is breathable. A breathable atmosphere is likely mitigated by a hostile biosphere or environmental conditions you don’t know about until you arrive.

The ethical problem is how to determine habitability without dooming the explorers. Yes, space explorers and potential colonists would probably be volunteers, assuming they’re all fully informed adults. However, they’d still be faced with the challenge of fully exploring a planet and mapping out the risks without losing so many of their number that they are doomed, they are now too few to survive while waiting for a follow-up ship or having lost their viability as a colony.

How the Star Wars Sequels Could Have Succeeded

Use the Force, Disney

When did Star Wars “jump the shark?” Compared to Star Trek, right out of the gate….  Star Trek was from the very beginning back in the mid-sixties a reasonable and optimistic extrapolation into the future of the historical course of American well-ordered liberty.

Johnny Tremain: Rites of Passage in Classical Literature for Boys, Part 4

And some of us would die – so other men can stand up on their feet like men. A great many are going to die for that. They have in the past. They will a hundred years from now – two hundred. God grant there will always be men good enough.”

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes is an overtly moralistic tale, and an unabashed, old-fashioned ode to the patriotism and spirit of the founding generation. It was written in the afterglow of “the Greatest Generation’s” victory in WWII. Its protagonist begins the story as a uniquely talented and bright silversmith’s apprentice. Johnny was only too aware of his best qualities – which in turn brought out his worst. He lorded over and bullied the other apprentices, especially the older but duller Dove. The blowback was disastrous – literally crippling – and changed the course of a life Johnny had well planned.

Zapped by the Trickster Roseanne

Part 4 in the Roseanne Reboot Blog Discussion

In Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice, Otho Fenlock, the New York interior decorator, is caught acting badly and stripped of his hip clothes and arrogant ways and zapped into a leisure suit by Beetlejuice himself. Horror of horrors: the hipster becomes the hayseed. Thanks to Roseanne on ABC, the American left has been zapped by another trickster as funny as Beetlejuice; their screams and gnashing of teeth taking us back to the night of Trump’s victory. The American left has been caught in the middle of main street USA, trying to hide with skinny arms, not their nakedness, but their plaid leisure suit.

Whether it’s a zinger from Roseanne or a sublime factoid of historical reality from Victor Davis Hanson, the elites have been driven from the Garden of Hipness, even though they still control the educational system, Hollywood, and the media. The left is no longer hip.

When Did Star Wars Jump the Shark?

And can we finally agree that Star Trek has triumphed in the franchise contest?

This week, the wildly successful, self-published thriller author Robert Bidinotto had some thoughts on the state of Star Wars today:

SOME TIME BACK, I watched “The Force Awakens” and was bored to tears. The plot was a worn retread of many elements of the original “Star Wars: A New Hope,” without the chemistry and light-hearted fun of that cast, or the sense of menace of a truly “big” villain. As Yogi said, deja-vu all over again. And the second “Star Wars” prequel trilogy was just plain dull. Now I’m hearing negative things about “The Last Jedi,” which I haven’t seen and probably won’t. Is it safe to say Mr. Lucas’s franchise has jumped the shark?

Roseanne’s Big League Co-Star Brings Ratings Bonanza

Finding a positively-spun conservative character on the boob tube can be as challenging as finding a Blue Dog Democrat

In the film Sideways, when Miles goes into the home of the easy waitress to reclaim Jack’s wallet, he hears muffled noises coming from the bedroom. The unsavory couple from the wrong side of the tracks are having sex on the bed, and their television set is on. Onscreen are Bush and Rumsfeld. In Little Miss Sunshine, while Dwyane and Frank wait in the lobby for the beauty pageant to start, President Bush is on the television. Frank (Steve Carell) switches the set off with a look of perturbation, as if viewing it was just another brick in the wall of their unfulfilled lives. In I, Tonya, in a scene set in the either the disreputable Jeff Gillooly or the deranged Shawn Eckhardt’s paneled basement (I can’t remember which), a Reagan poster is seen, and zoomed in on.

The entertainment landscape is rife with examples like this. This is Hollywood’s relentless message about conservatives: they are the bad people, the low-class people, the evil people that more evolved types must endure and hopefully overcome. Don’t get me wrong — I loved all three of those films…

Roseanne Barr Vs. the World of Leftist Slights

I am hoping that Roseanne, like Trump, doesn’t give a damn

The Left is so uncharitable. Whenever I see the multi-symbol “coexist” bumper sticker I think the driver probably really means they want PC book burning.

Take Roxane Gay, for example, writing in the March 29, New York Times, about Roseanne Barr’s new show. Gay introduces Roseanne to the uncharitable slant she will face for as long as Barr uses her star power to humanize the enemies of the Left.

Ms. Gay admits she used to love the original Roseanne show. Back then, Ms. Gay found Roseanne “edgy and provocative”. The 1990s “Roseanne” was “a smart, hilarious and groundbreaking show that covered a lot of important ground in prime-time television.” But now, suddenly, Roseanne is “noxious, transphobic, racist and small-minded,” even “absurd and offensive.” Moreover, “Her views are muddled and incoherent.”

Roseanne: The Ultimate Reality Show

What is the secret to the success of the rebooted sitcom?

Obviously in a strict sense Roseanne is not a reality show – the Connor family is fictional.  It does portray the foibles of working class life humorously and accurately, but that does not set it apart from the myriad of other good sitcoms. What garnered 18 million viewers, generated a cultural phenomenon, and has set the left’s hair on fire is Roseanne’s and Dan’s clear-eyed view of the world as it actually exists, and their anticipation of unintended consequences.

Easter Thoughts and of Freedom Dying

A Resurrection Reflection on a Nation Divided

It is Easter weekend and my mind wanders, my thoughts are sad and full of fear for what is overtaking us. Yes, His rising fills me with great wonder, gives me reassurance as to what lies ahead.  But in this world, the Left marches, ever marches on, every day freedom erodes, the insidious march and relentless, doggedness of their pursuit to destroy America’s liberty, to bind us, reeducate us, to mold a new man in a Utopian vision. For they are God, they are creating a heaven on earth and we are nothing, worse than nothing, an obstacle in their long progressive drive. We stand in their way, they of the angels, we block them; therefore we must be destroyed.

Goliath on the March

Who’s the Real David? David Hogg Vs. Kyle Kashuv

MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” has the unique ability to get any story, fact, or analogy ass backwards on a regular basis. The day before the March for Our Lives rally, a liberal guest, amidst a sea of liberal Joesters, gloated that the Parkland students couldn’t really be criticized, since, after all, they’re the Parkland students. The reporter then likened the teen movement against the NRA to David and Goliath.

Goliath was a braggart who challenged the Israelites to fight only him in order to win all or lose all. Today’s Goliath is David Hogg, Parkland survivor and braggart, hardly the boy shepherd whose story of bravery is actually echoed by the National Rifle Association.