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    Re: Gingrich pledges moon colony during presidency

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    Gingrich pledges moon colony during presidency - Election 2012 - The Washington Post

    bread and circuses. a circus indeed. and people believe those lies.amazing.
    Its possible.....but just for a sec think about, the importance of establishing a moon colony (regardless if its Newt, Obama, left, right or whatever)

    I know it's far off but bear with me..Whichever political entity controls the moon, potentially has an unbeatable weapon

    Has anyone read Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. In the book, hydroponically grown wheat is shipped from the moon to earth. Bear in mind, the energy expenditure from the moon to the earth is much less than earth to moon. Cargo is launched from the moon with an electromagnetic catapult. When the colony gets pissed off and revolts, they bomb earth, particularly Cheyenne Mountain, with rocks. You simply cut out a large rock, slap a steel band around it for the magnet to grab. Gravity does the rest and it hits the earth at 10/12 km/s, releasing energy comparable to a small nuke.

    And that my friends, is one of the fears of moon colonization. Hmmm...What if the Chinese get there first????

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    Re: Gingrich pledges moon colony during presidency

    Quote Originally Posted by ric27 View Post
    Its possible.....but just for a sec think about, the importance of establishing a moon colony (regardless if its Newt, Obama, left, right or whatever)

    I know it's far off but bear with me..Whichever political entity controls the moon, potentially has an unbeatable weapon

    Has anyone read Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. In the book, hydroponically grown wheat is shipped from the moon to earth. Bear in mind, the energy expenditure from the moon to the earth is much less than earth to moon. Cargo is launched from the moon with an electromagnetic catapult. When the colony gets pissed off and revolts, they bomb earth, particularly Cheyenne Mountain, with rocks. You simply cut out a large rock, slap a steel band around it for the magnet to grab. Gravity does the rest and it hits the earth at 10/12 km/s, releasing energy comparable to a small nuke.

    And that my friends, is one of the fears of moon colonization. Hmmm...What if the Chinese get there first????
    Tell me you're joking.

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    Re: Gingrich pledges moon colony during presidency

    Quote Originally Posted by AdamT View Post
    Tell me you're joking.
    One of the great drives man has (there are several) is to see what is beyond the next horizon.... forces that develop our technology

    The human race is ****ed unless we develop the capability to either (A) live in space in self-sustaining, spinning stations, and/or (B) find an earth-like planet within reasonable distance to colonize.

    Oh btw.....Did you read about, the asteroid barely missing earth? Whew! That was pretty close

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    If I thought he could actually make it happen, that would just about be reason enough to vote for him.

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    Re: Gingrich pledges moon colony during presidency

    Quote Originally Posted by AdamT View Post
    Tell me you're joking.

    Don't feel bad, many people have trouble grasping the basics of orbital mechanics, or imagining things outside their own limited experience.

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    Re: Gingrich pledges moon colony during presidency

    Quote Originally Posted by ric27 View Post
    Its possible.....but just for a sec think about, the importance of establishing a moon colony (regardless if its Newt, Obama, left, right or whatever)

    I know it's far off but bear with me..Whichever political entity controls the moon, potentially has an unbeatable weapon

    Has anyone read Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. In the book, hydroponically grown wheat is shipped from the moon to earth. Bear in mind, the energy expenditure from the moon to the earth is much less than earth to moon. Cargo is launched from the moon with an electromagnetic catapult. When the colony gets pissed off and revolts, they bomb earth, particularly Cheyenne Mountain, with rocks. You simply cut out a large rock, slap a steel band around it for the magnet to grab. Gravity does the rest and it hits the earth at 10/12 km/s, releasing energy comparable to a small nuke.

    And that my friends, is one of the fears of moon colonization. Hmmm...What if the Chinese get there first????
    I have read every story Heinlein ever wrote. He was a great writer, but he was also a bit of a racist. You can see it in "Farnham's Freehold". Seems that a lot of sci-fi writers are racist. Larry Niven cowrote Lucifer's hammer, in which a comet strikes Earth. Black Americans become cannibals in that one. LOL.
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    Re: Gingrich pledges moon colony during presidency

    I would vote for him if there was even an inkling of a chance he could make it happen. It's a pretty bold and audacious statement though! I wonder who will fall for it?

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    Re: Gingrich pledges moon colony during presidency

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    I have read every story Heinlein ever wrote. He was a great writer, but he was also a bit of a racist. You can see it in "Farnham's Freehold". Seems that a lot of sci-fi writers are racist. Larry Niven cowrote Lucifer's hammer, in which a comet strikes Earth. Black Americans become cannibals in that one. LOL.

    What in the flying **** has that got to do with anything?

    Heinlein, as a product of his time, was probably far LESS racist than most of his peers.... Niven/Pournelle wrote Lucifer's Hammer in the late 70's or early 80's, a time when people openly worried about "race-war" in the US with dead seriousness.... you can't judge these people out of context. Sci-Fi writers are no more racist than any other class of author.

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    Re: Gingrich pledges moon colony during presidency

    Hell we could have colonized the moon and mars with all of the money wasted in bailouts over the last 4 years. It would have been money a lot better spent. People would have more work than they imagine instead of imagining what it would be like to work...

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