NatGeo - Mars

Posted by ycandrea 1 year, 2 months ago to Technology
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We just started binge watching a new series put out my NatGeo who is very left-leaning. We have only watched two episodes and it is really good. It mixes facts with foreseeable outcomes for the future. It jumps back and forth from real things happening with Mars space travel planning in 2016 to the actual colonization in 2033. Very well done so far. We are waiting for leftist ideologies to seep in. I hope they can keep that crap out of it. We'll see.

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  • Posted by freedomforall 1 year, 1 month ago
    I'm sorry to say this is as politically correct as I would have expected NatGeo to be.
    NatGeo wants us to believe that we should be thankful that women will be completely in charge of colonization of Mars; otherwise humanity is doomed. The male chosen commander of the effort is killed due his own stupidity in the 2nd episode. Naturally an Asian female takes over and successfully commands in spite of her own misgivings and inexperience. The other male crew members lose their tempers regularly, talk to themselves, and must be calmed down by a female who thinks herself to be a psychiatrist.
    The next mission crew is led by a brilliant scientist- female of course- who brings along he husband who has apparently been space sick for the entire trip, while the female crew members had no problems. He then goes mad and commits suicide.
    Oh, and except for the original commander, all the significant characters have foreign accents or are otherwise obviously not American.
    As Maurice Chevalier sang, "Thank Heaven, for little girls." According to NatGeo only women can lead any colonization effort successfully.
    Yet another load of irrational rubbish from the biased Hollywood gang.
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    • Posted by $ pixelate 1 year, 1 month ago
      Thanks for the scoop -- I understand that the latest STD (Star Trek Discovery) series suffers from similar afflictions. In any case, I made the choice to turn off the TV back in 1999 and have not missed it... that includes avoiding Netflix and the rest of the rabble.

      I will, on occasion, look up at one or more of the monitors at my fitness center to see what is being pumped out into the airwaves in terms of "news, education and entertainment." Painting with a wide brush, it all appears to be a lot of superficial flash that melds into a mush of banality and distraction.
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      • Posted by $ Temlakos 1 year, 1 month ago
        And that is why I have concluded that the Star Trek franchise is absolutely unsalvageable until the franchise passes into the public domain. Which will not happen before its Second Diamond Jubilee, according to the Copyright Act of 1973.

        So I'm working on my own story arc that addresses everything wrong with Star Trek even as they played it out originally, before the Kelvin Time Line and the Discovery show.

        Transporters: do not bear mentioning at all. I don't believe teleportation would be possible, or even entered into, except by the ultimate collectivist society that believed intelligent beings interchangeable.

        Replicators: will suffer from cumulative program faults and deliberate contamination by those in authority.

        Needless to say, my protagonists will be revolutionaries and freedom fighters.
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        • Posted by 1 year, 1 month ago
          I can't wait to read it! Or see it?
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          • Posted by $ Temlakos 1 year, 1 month ago
            I doubt Hollywood will want to touch it with a three-meter pole. So that means going to an "indy."

            If you know anything about the Star Trek franchise, then you know that events prior to the creation of the Kelvin Timeline left off with the Federation having fought, and barely won, the longest and costliest war in its history. Logically, within fifteen years you would have considerable migration to the "Gamma Quadrant" (actually at nine-o'clock in relation to the galactic center, if we are at six-o'clock). Now you would have two societies, one debt-ridden, one free-and-clear. Then the debt-ridden society would try to tax the free-and-clear society to pay for the war.

            And if that sounds familiar, it should!

            But there's more. The Next Generation created a character in the form of an android having a "positronic brain." They shamelessly borrowed that concept from Isaac Asimov, and why the Asimov estate did not sue them for copyright violation, I'll never know. But that character behaved exactly like an autistic savant. And that's how I have recast that character--not an AI, but an autistic savant who, after an accident that normally would have killed him, got a total-body prosthesis. Meaning they transplanted his entire central nervous system into a new mechanical body. And on a mission in which he made a mutiny and actually told his former CO, "Saddle up" and "Lock and load" (as seen in the movie Insurrection), the authorities locked him up and put him into a coma for fifteen years. Then a nurse switched him on, accidentally-on-purpose, and immediately he pressed her into his service to escape from the hospital. And from that moment on, he was planning revolution.

            I'm working on carefully adapting elements of the Star Trek arc in ways different enough that they can't sue. Which in some cases is easy, because--well, you see, the story of the autistic savant who gets broken out of a coma is somewhat autobiographical. Which is why I'm going to start with it.
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    • Posted by freedomforall 1 year, 1 month ago
      Oh, almost forgot, as the 2nd season starts the evil corporations appear to rape Mars for profit. Of course.
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      • Posted by freedomforall 1 year, 1 month ago
        Corporations are represented by white males, of course. Undoubtedly they will fail against the powerful statist females. The actor that played AS's Francisco D'Anconia appears in the second season, too.
        They blame corporations by commenting on the failure of capitalism to solve problems and showing video of flooding, hurricanes, fires. Naturally they only show video and never accuse anyone because they would get destroyed if taken to court on the evidence.
        Then they are showing video of how great Greenpeace is combating evil capitalists.
        Definitely biased statist propaganda.
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  • Posted by Leonard 1 year, 1 month ago
    It was and still is a good show, but I’m tired of all the Corporation bashing.
    What it does point out is the NEED to set the rules before colonization or terraforming any extra terrestrial body, and that opens up a whole new topic and can of worms.
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  • Posted by wiggys 1 year, 1 month ago
    and i was educated with objectivism to think in terms of reality.
    colonizing the moon which is much closer is a pipe dream and you think mars will happen by 2033 or ever is going to happen. wake up to reality people.
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  • Posted by $ Radio_Randy 1 year, 1 month ago
    Watch the movie "Alien Vs. Predator". The "I am Woman" black actress is not just the only survivor out of a mainly male cast, but she ends up being honored by the "predator" for her courage in the battle.

    I like the sci-fi aspect of the movie, but reject the hidden message that Hollywierd insists upon injecting into it.
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  • Posted by Owlsrayne 1 year, 1 month ago
    I am very upset with Nat Geo: Mars, the predominance of women leaders, a female scientist who is borderline mentally unstable going after a Corporate Drilling Co.who gets blamed for the Martian disease outbreak when it's her own fault not paying attention to the lab cultures. Men are portrayed as weak and ineffective. other than that it's a visually stunning show. right now I have it recorded on Tivo and will have to get in the mood to watch more gender and Corporate bashing. Right now I'm waiting for Orville.
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  • Posted by ProfChuck 1 year, 1 month ago
    I did a lot of work on Mars mission planning while at JPL and NASA. NatGeo gets the technology pretty much right and the personal problems experienced by the various crew members are consistent with NASA's concerns. I doubt that much will come of a mars expedition unless something of significant commercial value is discovered. If not it will remain a scientific curiosity much like Antarctica. There are several companies that are studying and pursuing asteroid and lunar mining and if Mars has commercial value it will be included in the mix. Political interest in space exploration and exploitation shifts with the political winds and cannot be relied upon. If space industrialization is to become a reality it will only do so as part of commercial ventures.
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  • Posted by 1 year, 2 months ago
    What is cool is it is completely funded by private enterprise but they use government facilities like Cape Canaveral and mission control.
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