So much news right now, I'm overwhelmed. Truly, overwhelmed (remember, only posts with # are official SBPDL).
However, news of space exploration being halted on the grounds of insufficient outreach to Muslim nations has been greeted with incredulity by most normal people:
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a recent interview that his "foremost" mission as the head of America's space exploration agency is to improve relations with the Muslim world.
Bolden said in an interview with Al Jazeera that strengthening those ties was among the top tasks President Obama assigned him. He said better interaction with the Muslim world would ultimately advance space travel.
"When I became the NASA administrator -- or before I became the NASA administrator -- he charged me with three things. One was he wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math, he wanted me to expand our international relationships, and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science ... and math and engineering," Bolden said in the interview.
The NASA administrator was in the Middle East last month marking the one-year anniversary since Obama delivered an address to Muslim nations in Cairo. Bolden spoke in June at the American University in Cairo -- in his interview with Al Jazeera, he described space travel as an international collaboration of which Muslim nations must be a part.
"It is a matter of trying to reach out and get the best of all worlds, if you will, and there is much to be gained by drawing in the contributions that are possible from the Muslim (nations)," he said. He held up the International Space Station as a model, praising the contributions there from the Russians and the Chinese.
Space exploration has long been an entry at Stuff Black People Don't Like, and the statement fro the head of NASA should prove sufficient in validation of my blog (of course, Google censoring the website should be more than enough as well).
Thankfully, African nations are leading the push into space. The website First African in Space details the exploits of an astronaut that penetrated earth's atmosphere for low-orbit in 2002. However, upon examination of the website incontrovertible proof is provided that the first African in space was of non-African descent.
Thankfully, the new South Africa is investing money into a space program that has the mission of actually exploring space, as opposed to Muslim outreach. Nigeria and other African nations are also replacing the United States role as the creative force behind carrying mankind's hopes and dreams into space.
And who can forget Uganda's president declaring the intentions of that nation to penetrate into endless abyss of space?:
Africans must travel to the moon to investigate what developed nations have been doing in outer space, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said Saturday.Apollo 13 and The Right Stuff are both movies that glorify Pre-Obama America and a people who once had the audacity to travel to the moon. That audacious and fearless attitude is best directed in helping propel the self-esteem of Muslim nations skyward and to help them dream big and uplift every Mohammedan heart.
"The Americans have gone to the moon. And the Russians. The Chinese and Indians will go there soon. Africans are the only ones who are stuck here," Museveni said, addressing a meeting of the Uganda Law Society in Entebbe.
"We must also go there and say: 'What are you people doing up here?'."
Museveni urged the assembly of Uganda's top lawyers to support East African integration, arguing that one of the region's goals should be to develop a space programme.
"Uganda alone cannot go to the moon. We are too small. But East Africa united can. That is what East African integration is all about," he said. "Then we can say to the Americans: 'What are you doing here all alone?'."
Museveni has vocally campaigned for a common East African economic and political zone.
Negotiations to establish a tariff free trade zone including Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda have been ongoing for months.
Museveni on Saturday also called for enhanced political integration among the East African nations, suggesting the region would be strengthened by becoming one country.
The future of NASA is to be relegated to the punchline from the film Dumb and Dumber, when Lloyd Christmas finds out, rather belatedly, that we landed on the moon.
The achievements of NASA occurred at a time of profound whiteness - an embarrassing fact to Black Run America - and thus all energy and efforts of the interstellar government agency have been grounded to a most terrestrial goal.
The 1996 movie Independence Day, perhaps the most politically incorrect movie ever made, has an interesting montage scene at the end where the alien ships have been downed in a global aerial battle, the citizens of emerging victorious. In one scene, scurrying from the jungle are African males carrying spears and raising them triumphantly, celebrating the destroyed alien ship that utilized a gravitational device to hover in the air miles above the ground.
It would be foolish to believe any arm could contain the power to throw a spear the required distance to bring ruin to the spaceship, but somehow the absurdity of the scene managed to withstand editing and found its way into the finished version of the film.
This one scene epitomizes the vast differences that exist in humanity, as the valley in human biodiversity is a wide gulf that no amount of wishing will ever cause to go away.
NASA's grandest accomplishment, sending a man to the moon, is of little concern anymore and will be excised from future textbooks giving way to the true final frontier facing man: helping out the Muslim world.
Dumb and Dumber indeed.
Then again, NASA was always a pitiable waste of money. The billions, trillion (perhaps quadrillions) spent on space travel would have been better spent on earthly endeavors, perhaps uplifting the poor and wretched.
The desire since time immemorial to travel into space and traverse the unknown has been a driving force behind the creative minds of the top civilizations that have arisen on earth. Though they may have fallen, new civilizations arose with aspirations of exploring the heavens.
Finally, those dreams came to fruition when a people decided to sever the roots that had held mankind to the ground so harshly for centuries. On July 20, 1969, a date which commemorates the culmination of that peoples ingenuity, a man stepped onto the moon and came in peace for all mankind.
The apex of space travel was achieved nearly 41 years ago. Now, the ambitions of a distinct people have been tied down, chained to the people of earth who never resolved to lose those terrestrial ropes in the first place.
People will forget that we ever went to the moon, as Lloyd Christmas shows but a glimpse of the future in the aforementioned movie.