China and Bust!

Who Makes Your Electronics And Missiles?

On September 29th 2011, 6 years ago,  China launched its Tiangong-1 Space Lab (video).  Launched on a Long-March rocket from the Gobi desert,  it was the  first step towards the creation of a Space Station to be completed in 2020.  The year 2020, is the year that the international space station was to be  scheduled for decommission (better known as the junk yard).  If a new one is not built, or something done to extend the life of the current one, this will leave China with the Earth’s only space station!

China is not currently part of the International space station project because the US had refused to let it become part of the project.  One reason is because of US concerns about China’s military goals for space.  Not at all unreasonable.

If you recall,  it was building roads that helped the Roman Empire expand and become a historic power. Through history the power of transportation,  communication and technology has been an asset in times of war or even cold war.  If concerns about China are real,  should they be making most of our technology?   The answer is obvious!

How far has China gone in the direction of dominating space?  Almost nothing is seen in our news media chinese-tiangong-space-station-3regarding their achievements.  Here are a few to ponder:   In 2003, China put its first man in space,   In 2008 China achieved its first space walk,   In 2010 China launched its first unmanned mission to the Moon to map its surface (probably a precursor to a future lunar landing).   Make no mistake about it,  China has forward thinking leadership and plans to be a space faring power! China Aims to Become Global aerospace power, Says President Xi Jinping

It is clearly time to see that our government helps stimulate the growth of industry and technology in America.  Leaving it to Transnational corporations, with no allegiance to America is tantamount to inviting a Trojan Horse into the Pentagon.  Most of our very large corporations are more concerned about shareholder profit than America’s future. This myopia,  is helping fuel the economic challenges of America. Stimulating local manufacturing and regaining President Kennedy’s focus on space is essential to the future of our children and our Nation’s existence. Lets hope that Donald Trump can see this future and work to restore our nation’s self reliance.  Depending upon China for our technology is not a very wise decision for our long term survival.

Janr Ssor

 

 

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The Force Awakens – Secretly Named Clone Wars!

We need a contest to see who can match the most scenes from the “New” Star Wars movie 2015 to the old star war movies.  I will start first and you see how many you can recall, if you are not a millennial child who has never seen the old star wars that this one, with all its great action scenes and 3-d, is really a clone of!  By the way, I am not saying this movie was not entertaining and worth seeing.  It was a lot of fun; however, it a lacks seriously in creativity that I think could have made it a whole new adventure.   Here is my very quick list of clones concepts / scenes:

  1. The evil “Darth Vader” hooded villain, is a son of Hans Solo. Luke was the son of Darth Vader.
  2. When escaping from villain’s in the Millennium Falcon,  they hid under the deck (oh yes they revived the Millennium Falcon)
  3. The Empires great weapon is a Planet turned into a death star, but yes it is just a bigger Death Star.
  4. To destroy the “new” death star, they have to target one spot that is weak and blow it up (Gee does that sound familiar?)
  5. To do this our heroes have to go down on the planet (which is the death star in this case) and yet go through the long tunnel fighting off storm troopers to disable a power source so the incoming Jedi Pilots can blow the weak spot! How creative!
  6. The Secret Map to the location of Luke Skywalker, is hidden oddly enough in the new version of R2D2 just as Lea did it 20 years ago.
  7. The bar scene where “scoundrels” go and our heros go, just as in the old star wars, has almost the identical musicians.
  8. Instead of of the wise old Jedi, Yoda,  we now have the bar owner who is short and wrinkled like Yoda, but looks like an old Japanese lady wearing welding goggles.
  9. The final scenes where Ray (the new Lea) defeats Ben the new Darth Vader, ends with them being separated by an earthquake like chasm of fire as the planet is collapsing. Ray is rescued in the Falcon by the Wookie but you know that Ben did not die and will rise again, just like Darth Vader did.

I am sure I have missed tons of stuff that was copied from the old Star Wars movies that you can show are cloned.  This is why the movie’s secret name is “The Clone Wars.”  It is a clone with lack of  creativity.  All that said it is entertaining and well done; however, for creativity,  I give it a zero.  For 3-d, colorful action and good characters, I give it an 8 out of 10. It was fun!  I just hope they are more creative in the next release.

NOW:  add the scenes I have missed and lets see how much more was cloned…………….. come on!  Its fun!