Martian Chronicles

Lee Judge

Tonight somewhere deep in a hollar in West Virginia a little girl is going to bed, and she is hungry.  In Alabama or Mississippi a little boy wonders what bananas taste like, as he has never tasted one.  In Kentucky and Tennessee folks are really hurting for groceries, in what some have called “The Greatest Country on the face of the planet.”

Not long ago, a friend of mine sent me an interesting link on “How To Get To Mars” that I found extremely interesting and at the same time, somewhat disturbing.  Click Here for: “How to Get to Mars.   It seems that man has all this technology at his fingertips, but instead of stopping to utilize what it is that he has created or discovered, he marches on to other lofty goals and plateaus of discovery, and ignores the problems that surround him on all sides.

It costs a lot of money to go to Mars, or to insert a huge machine into the upper atmosphere and space.  Where is the payback?  How does this huge expenditure of funds (that we apparently do not have) benefit mankind in general?

Meanwhile, back home on earth, our children go to bed at night and quite a few of them are hungry.  We seem to do this everywhere we go and in all the things we do.  I have said it before, “We build bridges and highways in countries where the populace ride a donkey to town, and hate our guts.”  Something is wrong with our priorities in this country, as Jesus said, “Suffer the little children not.”

For my money, I can see no logical reason for us as a nation to be sending anything to Mars or anywhere else for that matter.

Unfortunately, as citizens we have no say-so in how our government spends our tax dollar.  They can reach out to other planets and galaxies with impunity and we have no recourse.  The tragic thing about all this, is that there is unparalleled beauty right here on our planet, but they are too blind to see it.

There is untold beauty and still plenty of mystery to be explored right here on our own planet.

Have a great weekend

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One More Mountain To Cross  
The Worry Tree  
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Good Decorations (audio)  
More Not Fresh Pressed Baloney  
Girl Of My Dreams

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  2. This is a great post, Don. I often wonder when we will… as a country and even as a world, make realizations about humanitarian needs, and quit sinking money and time into endeavors of greatness that lead to nothing important. I’m so disgusted by government nonchalance of the hungry and homeless. Pardon my French, but I find most of them to be fat bastards who could care less about the real problems and concerns of society.

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    • I don’t know if it is a great post, but I felt it was a good one. I would leave the great writing and posting to those who are far more talented than I. But I do thank you for it. The government feels they are doing a good job, after all, they give the disadvantaged welfare programs and all these other great socially redeeming and morally filling issues, like free phones, food stamps, child care, on and on.

      Truth is, a lot of children get dropped thru the cracks and they lose out.

      Don

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  3. One thing I’ve never understood ’bout the poverty thing, hunger issues, adoptions, etc. here in the US of A, is WHY the likes of Brad Pitt and Angelina go OUTSIDE the US of A to do their “good” thing? I mean COME ON folks ! are there not hundreds of thousands of kids going hungry in your own country? Are there not thousands of abandoned children stuck in agencies with little or no hope of being adopted.
    The costs involved in trips to the moon, mars, or where ever in the universe somehow don’t seem to add up in regards to a “payback” in value to the masses. I know I’ll never see a colony on the moon, or mars in my lifetime, let alone several generations after me.

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    • I read an article on space exploration and it said that all of the experiments that they did on the space shuttle and the space station, could very well be replicated on earth, and were for the most part, not all that spectacular.

      There are even some that are now lusting to get into space to mine lunar planets and rocks for precious minerals. Having successfully screwed up this planet, it is now time to seek out others, to plunder in some misguided exploitative manner.

      Seems like the human thing to do I guess.

      Don

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