Sputnik

The Space Age began sixty years ago, October 4, 1957, when Russia put a beach ball-size chunk of metal into orbit in earth’s atmosphere (Newsweek, Sky & Telescope, Space, Space again).  It’s funny to think how insignificant that accomplishment seems now, yet how momentous it was at the time.  I suppose the most significant accomplishments and threats of our era, from the moon landing to North Korea’s ICBMs can trace their origins to this Russian orb.

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I also want to follow up on my last post, which didn’t seem to come out quite right.  I think I was trying to say something like this:

Perhaps there’s no single one factor to blame for this gun violence. However, there is a common denominator, and that is a war-drenched, violence-imbued, profit-driven military industrial complex that has invaded almost every aspect of our lives.

Ask yourself: Who are these shooters modelling themselves after? Where are they finding the inspiration for their weaponry and tactics? Whose stance and techniques are they mirroring?

In almost every instance, you can connect the dots back to the military.

We are a military culture.

We have been a nation at war for most of our existence.

Or, like this:

Americans do not merely engage in violence; they are also entertained by it.

I was just too lazy to get it right.  So, please take a look at those articles.  They’re a bit more ambitious.

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In other news, it seems that Santa Claus is (or was) real after all (Daily Sabah, BBC).  Now I wish I had been better this year.

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