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an opinion about the Columbia space shuttle incident
My sister told me that one of our other sisters called her and was "practically bawling" over the space shuttle mishap. I told her that there was a similar response by someone in my household. I relayed to her something that I had once heard; that when we experience personal grief about an incident such as this one, or weep at certain scenes in a film, that such events act as an impetus for us to cry unshed tears over something that we are still holding onto, suppressed emotions that we have not allowed ourselves to feel and heal.

My sister, much to my surprise since she does not like to talk politics, said that what we should be crying about is all of the innocent people in Iraq who will be victims of our war on them. I rarely broach such subjects with my family after the door to my being a part of it was nearly closed after I voraciously began filling their e-mail inboxes with probable reasons why 9.11 happened. But when given the opportunity to discuss these issues, I take it as a sign that people are rousing from their 9.11 blind patriotic obedience, and are ready to be on the side of truth.

I passionately told her that I had similar feelings about this, that there is always sadness with loss of life, but that these astronauts were aware of the inherent risks of traveling through space in a metal canister.

I could feel my blood begin simmering as we continued our discussion. I knew that even though I had taken a step back from the intense level of activism that I had been angaged in, that my anger was still very much alive and not far beneath the surface.

Knowing that my sister's 16 year old son was convinced that the right thing to do for his country after 9.11 was to join the ranks of soldiers with a mission to "kick ass", I blurted out to her, "How in the hell is it an act of honor to go to another country and kill innocent people?"

I told her that there was talk of Bush dropping 800 missiles on Iraq in a two-day period. I continued with my tirade saying that our government boasts about the good deeds that we do in other countries, but that in reality we do not even take care of people in this one, that the number of homelessness and hungry americans swells - like their empty bellies - by the day. "Imagine", I told her, "how many people we could feed with those 800 missiles that will be raining down on and killing people".

I went on to tell her about Iraqi babies that are born with grotesque birth defects as a result of the depleted uranium littering Iraq from the Gulf War. She knew nothing about this, though was not surprised to learn of it. I, through choked anger, told her that there are hundreds of thousands of Gulf War Veterans who are sick and dying, who upon returning from the war reunited with their wives and girlfriends only to pass on the contagion to them and then went on to give birth to defected babies.

One of the first thoughts that I had after hearing about the space shuttle Columbia was, is this something that we should be doing, shuttling out of the earth into space? I know that this thought would meet with a great deal of disapproval by many, especially those in the scientific world that want to dissect the universe into understandable, precise and orderly compartments.

I think that our first mission must be to learn to respect and care for the earth and all of her inhabitants before we venture outside of it in search of new frontiers. We do not even understand what lies within our own. We are at odds with one another, we engage in barbaric behavior and fight and kill for what is not even ours. We commit ecocide with utter abandon and with no thoughts of tomorrow. Space travel plays a part in destroying the ozone layer, which is reason enough not to do it. There are no benefits that outweigh the gross negligence and wanton destruction of one planet in search of others.

However, I think that there is a genuine desire to journey through time and space. And we can do this, each of us, in the form of astral travel. We can achieve this through dreamtime and in meditatation. (Psychedelics can open windows when used ritually but cause an opposite effect when used habitually.)

Perhaps a force hurled this intrusive spaceship back to earth as a message to us that we are meddling with something that is not ours to meddle with. Maybe we are being told that our real work lies in learning about ourselves towards the ultimate goal of self-realization in which we will discover far greater mysteries of the universe. Think of the resources that we would save and the enlightenment that we could achieve. This is where the heart of real space travel resides.
Space Shuttles and the military 02.Feb.2003 17:40

Orwell's long lost cousin

The space shuttle continues to enjoy a multi billion dollar budget (5 billion I think) because it is part of the slush fund/corporate welfare apparatus of the US military. We get brainwashed that it is pursuing science for the welfare of humanity blah blah and blah. But in reality, it is corporate welfare pure and simple mixed with pork barrel politics.

Also watch how much the government throws at investigating the causes of the deaths of seven people who happen to be astronauts compared to investigating the causes and deaths of 3000 people on 9/11.

The Bushies have allocated $3 milliion for the "independent investigation" of 9/11. The right wing wackos spent $62 million on Clinton's blowjobs and his stain on a blue dress. Sort of misguided priorities, eh? Definitely deliberately misguided.

One corporate media, TIME magazine, has an essay in the online edition on ending the space shuttle program, go to:
 link to www.time.com

My Uncle George Orwell is turning in his grave!

ENGLISH TEACHER NOW HISTORY ANGEL 02.Feb.2003 19:26

NOT

cspan this pm, shuttle boss says telemitry shows heat on north (left) side, controls responding to "pressure wave". i think shot down with airborn laser to give the maggots an "event" while fucking us some more. watch cspan, scientists are not good liars. nasa is cool

you are not alone 02.Feb.2003 19:58

peace aussie

"I rarely broach such subjects with my family after the door to my being a part of it was nearly closed after I voraciously began filling their e-mail inboxes with probable reasons why 9.11 happened."
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Me too.

Hmm. . 03.Feb.2003 13:19

gentle warrior

I am touched by this article. it really gets down to the real effect, and the differences people have in their feelings, reactions, and the effects on their lives. I don't even agree on all of it, (I like NASA, but agree on the rest. If we spent less money on military planes and more on space shuttles and peaceful technology, we might have gotten to travel physically to other planets. I like that idea.)

If everything was written like this, maybe people would listen. Maybe they wouldn't. But it sure as hell beats hurling accusations and insults at everyone who doesn't agree.

I have a friend who doesn't like to talk about politics because it is too depressing. Anybody who complains about her "Venting" seems to be missing the point of all of this. If we care about people, and we care about what effect war has on people, than knowing each others feelings is what it's about. It connects us to the real war. real people. Real lives. Real feelings. Not just the sterilized versions we see on TV.

The Price of Peace 03.Feb.2003 22:18

scherazade

The price of peace, as Peace Rebel Girl, has learned is to be perceived by others as impractical, sentimental, weak, and perhaps politically unsophisticated. Nevertheless, we have a choice of chaos or Cosmos; and I suspect God would create order, not chaos. Therefore, if we have chaos, it will be of our own making and it can only result in suffering, not just for people whose eyes we have never seen and whose poetry has never moved us, but for the air and the water that we share with one another. This is precisely the ecocide referred to by Rebel; and it is the price we all pay if we the people do not require our government to act responsibly. Personally, I do not want my legacy to the world to be one of anti-American sentiment, environmental degradation, and space exploitation instead of exploration. I would like to believe that there are those who understand that it is not "our way of life" that needs protecting but life itself that requires protection. Our way is genocidal and ultimately suicidal because we cannot be healthy if we poison the Planet. No one has a right to do this to another individual or even to an animal or plant; yet this is what "our way of life" includes at this time. To live without posing a risk to others is to live in harmony. To live in harmony is to find one's personal place of safety and probably also creativity. Wouldn't we wish it on everyone?