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  •  Few things more subversive... (5+ / 0-)

    Than Dr. Sagan's "Pale Blue Dot"

    "I was so easy to defeat, I was so easy to control, I didn't even know there was a war." -9.75, -8.41

    by RonV on Sun Dec 28, 2008 at 07:45:23 PM PST

    •  Acknowledging our small, vulnerable position in (3+ / 0-)
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      the universe is unpatriotic, anti-capitalist, anti-nationalist, and fundamentally heretical...and suggests that besides 'truth' having a liberal bias, finding we have but a bit role in vastness of the entire universe demands a liberal response, embracing all our humanity to make this little blue spot work as well as possible for those so lucky to share a birthright to this planet.  Food, water, shelter, clothing, medicine, justice--are these too much to ask of our species to share with civility and dignity while sharing this unique but very small point in the universe?

      When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

      by antirove on Sun Dec 28, 2008 at 08:01:40 PM PST

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      •  I attended a lunch with Story Musgrave long ago (2+ / 0-)
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        He said much the same as you. For him, being in space transformed a fighter pilot and an engineer into a poet and a painter.

        One guest stood up and thanked him for his service to his country, as a military pilot. He kinda glared back.

        Another asked, "What about the threat from Chinese space plans?"

        His answer? "We should be helping them."

        "Seeing our planet as a whole, enables one to see our planet as a whole" - Tad Daley

        by Bill White on Sun Dec 28, 2008 at 08:10:03 PM PST

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        •  Insightful! ESA cooperates with many nations now, (2+ / 0-)
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          so it seems like a small step for a privileged subset of mankind to pull this together so all mankind can make that big step to being full citizens of the universe, allied for peaceful benefits for all.

          When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

          by antirove on Sun Dec 28, 2008 at 08:42:04 PM PST

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