Oct 042016

I was directed to this opinion piece:

Humans to Mars: a deeply disturbing idea

Which had the usual screamingly leftist anti-human reasoning we’ve all come to know and expect:

One of many cultural phenomena that worry me as much as the U.S. presidential campaign (I voted for Bernie in the primary, and I am voting for Hillary on election day) is the persistent public cheerleading for the human colonization of Mars. The media repeat every bit of the libertarian narrative of progress and freedom that they’re feed with virtually no critical analysis.

And it only goes downhill from there. Colonizing Mars is “elitist.” “Humanity is too immature to leave home.” Musks’ idea of charging $200,000 for a trip to Mars is fundamentally unfair because Syrian refugees won’t be able to afford it.

The following day, this intellectual giant posted a followup, dealing with the comments she received in light of her screed. Lo and behold, it turns out she’s among the worst form of Social Justice Warrior: she whines that those darn awful men are dismissing her apparently just because she’s a woman. And not because her notions are hare-brained and culturally, nationally, and species-suicidal.

So, nothing you’d find particularly surprising coming out of the anti-science pits of despair called modern Liberal Arts. Another nobody best left ignored, consigned to the dustbin of history. But here’s where it gets depressing… take a look at her C.V.:

Manager of Communications , NASA Astrobiology  Program, Jan. 2007 – present.
• Communication  research, planning,  and  analysis, NASA Planetary Protection Office, Sept. 2002 – 2006.
•  Director of Communications , SPACEHAB, Inc., Washington,  D.C., Sept. 1999 – Aug. 2002 .
• Chancellor’s Fellow  (1996 – 97, Knight  Fellow  (1997 – 99) , Indiana U. School  of Journalism.
• Director of Science Communication,  Life Sciences Division,  NASA HQ, Oct. 1994 – Aug.  1996.
• Manager of education  and  out reach, exploration office, NASA HQ, Dec. 1993 – Oct. 1994 .
• Senior editor/analyst, BDM International, April 1990 – December 1993.
• Editor, Lockheed Engineering & Sciences Co., July 1988 – April 1990.
• Senior editor for space, Air & Space/Smithsonian magazine, December 1985 – July 1988.
• Public affairs officer, National Commission on  Space, Sept. – Dec. 1985.
• Consultant, National Science Foundation, August – September 1985 .
• Editor, Space Business News, June  1983 – August 1985.

This is why we can’t have nice things.


After reading that much anti-progress SJW nonsense, I need some brain cleaner to flush the bullcrap from my memory. I have the feeling that these little ditties represent pretty much the direct opposite worldview…


 Posted by at 9:36 pm
  • RLBH

    See also: the use of STEM by arts and social sciences types as a kind of curse, as though a grounding in hard sciences makes people unfit to have opinions.

    • Brianna

      But of course. After all, how likely is someone with a solid grounding in the hard sciences to agree with the SJW point of views?

      • Scottlowther

        Clearly you hate women.

        • Brianna

          But of course. All engineers hate women. Especially the female engineers. We really hate women. Especially ourselves.

          • Scottlowther

            I’ve heard tell of earlier generations of male engineers trying to keep the womenfolk out. Guys who graduated in, say, the 60’s or before. But honestly, I never saw dude-gineers anywhere near my own age who were opposed to having dame-gineers about. Mostly lamenting the lack of ’em.

    • Herp McDerp

      Their current strategy seems to be to try to get a piece of the action by changing the acronym from STEM to STEAM — Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. (Yes, I’m serious!) But one of these things is not like the others.

      • Scottlowther
      • RLBH

        Well, if that’s how they want to play it, then insist on straight white males being represented in equal opportunities movements. Two can play at that game.

  • wwJames

    Interesting that this person seems to have spent most of her professional life bouncing from one job to another and staying at each a couple of years or, in a few cases, a couple of months. I wonder if that is a measure of how long it takes her employers to get fed up with her stupidity.

    In any case, the stupid is strong in her and she is best dealt with by just ignoring her and her ilk.

    As people have said before, “The meek shall inherit the Earth – six feet of it. The rest of us will inherit the stars.”

    • DJF

      I noticed that too. I am betting that former employers were happy when she moved on to another job

      She also would not be the person to go on a Mars trip, she would change jobs halfway through

    • Doug Pirahna

      Her updated CV (posted above) shows the longest she’s held one particular job since the late 70’s is 5 years (I didn’t count ‘consultant’)

      I have co-workers that have worked here for 0ver 40 years and some in the same position for over 20.

  • MzUnGu

    Astrobiology’s interest in Mars is finding microbe on Mars… sending 100 ppl there is likely to contaminate the hell out of it. So, as a PR person for astrobiology, she’s singing the right tune.

    • sferrin

      I’d have to say, if there are microbes on Mars, well, TS. Guess they’ll get to find out if they’re going to go the way of Wells’ Martians, because there’s no logical reason for not going to Mars anyway.

      • Scottlowther

        Martian microbes is a topic that often points out the screamingly racist nature of many of the anti-space SJWs. Who among us has not seen at least a few times someone whine about colonizing Mars being a bad thing, because the colonization of America displaced and exterminated a whole lot of Native American Injuns? What they are doing is equating Cherokee to Martian microbes.

        Now, if we find an actual intelligent species native on Mars… I say the planet is theirs. But if life on Mars is currently no more advanced that lichen? Build a few zoos for ’em, and move on in. Mars is *not* going to become an abode of life any more lush than it currently is without the intervention of intelligence.

        • publiusr

          Mars IS Ceti Alpha V. It is a dying world, and we can only help it by warming it.

          Still, I can see eco-feminists going after space as being penetrative and male. Etc.
          This is why Musk must needs be flexible. If Trump wins–don’t go after SLS–but F-35, Talk him into making a separate Space Force branch of the Military–and sell BFR that way. Forget ITS for the moment.

          If Hillary wins, sell BFR as a Space Based Solar Powersat launcher–don’t go after SLS–but go after F-35. Futurmatic looks to make more money of F-35 parts than SLS, so push for them to have a role in BFR.

          Again–forget ITS for now–but sell BFR the way I pushed for shuttle-derived HLLVs.

          I have an old gov’t book that has the numbers and e-mail for all Congressmen/Senators. For years, on my own dime, I called and wrote e-mails to Senators, especially. I’d like to think I had a little something to do with spaceflights direction in my HLV advocacy on the web for some years. I did what Obama didn’t–talk to Congress.

          Musk needs to do the same thing.

  • I’m skeptical about Musk’s Mars colonization plan, mostly because I’m more of a Dandridge Cole/ Gerald O’Neal guy. But I’m glad he’s trying something. The linked article is not criticism, it is just Calvinistic scolding by a sourpuss who thinks that the proper model for human society is a pot of crabs.

  • otherles

    Social Justice Warrior, Airlock, Space…oh dear…I was about to suggest something.

  • Herp McDerp

    I know of at least two organizations with circular logos (GE and NASA) that give this bit of advice to employees about making statements to the public: “Don’t embarrass the meatball.”

    Doctor Linda has embarrassed the meatball.

    I wonder how much longer she’ll have that job?

    • Scottlowther

      Considering that on her page she proudly points out that she has been railing against space tourism since at least 2006, it’s unreasonable to assume that NASA has been unaware. I imagine she has the job as long as she wants it.

      • Tango_Charlie

        The C.V. on her blog (which is surprisingly more up to date than the PDF [ https://doctorlinda.wordpress.com/my-c-v/ ]) makes it look like she stopped being a NASA employee back in the 2007-09 time frame. Alas, it looks like she’s now involved in ‘promoting’ STEM.

        • Scottlowther

          Says she’s now a “consultant” to the NASA Astrobiology program. Whatever *that* means.

  • Herp McDerp

    I am deeply engaged in the modern world (or, as I call it, the
    post-postmodern world) and all of its problems and challenges. This is
    what a public scholar does, and that is what I am.

    Doctoral dissertation: “Sex! Aliens! Harvard? Rhetorical Boundary-Work in the Media – A Case Study of the Role of Journalists in the Social Construction of Scientific Authority.”

    Arrgghh. I’m sure that she believes her Ph.D. puts her on the same level (if not higher) as those stinky old male engineers and physicists, and thus she is qualified to enlighten us with her deep philosophical musings.

    I’m reminded of an observation that I read long ago, possibly by Jerry Pournelle: “The Army Mule is a valued member of the team in the Army-Navy football game, but that doesn’t mean he teaches any classes at West Point.”

  • David Blappy Guertin

    OK, so here’s my opinion. Yup we need to go to Mars “eventually” to at least look for life. Should we colonize it beyond a few science and research and maybe mining stations? Probably not. Humanity needs to learn to live IN space. We need to live in orbital colonies and figure out how to do it.

    But that’s a way away. The biggest hurdle we have right now just getting to LEO on the cheap. Only Russia and the Chinese have an actual operating system to do it and they are using 60 or more year old methods. Putting humans in a glorified warhead on top of Ordnance. That’s NEVER going to get cheap enough no matter how many “grain silos” you land on their asses and reuse.

    We need a truly reusable system with high flight rate that follows the airliner model of resuability. I don’t see too much going on with this. A lot of the stuff on TAV in the 80’s and the NASP on the 90’s was working towards those but those ever flew ad black projects we never heard about it. There should be a LOT more energy being expended on getting to LEO than there is. Forget (meaning still think about it don’t focus on it yet) Mars or even the Moon right now. Focus on getting humans and cargo to LEO at an extremely affordable price. Once we can do that the rest of the Solar System will open up for exploration and exploitation of the resources we need out there.

    That is what I believe needs to be happening first.

    • Scottlowther

      The problem is, rockets have achieved a level of performance that cannot be greatly improved. Some improvement in operations and reusability and whatnot can be expected, but *really* low cost fully reusable would require a *lot* of expense.

      To get anything like airliner cost levels will probably require a wholly different way to get to orbit. And that would require even more development expense, coupled with a good chance of failure. See: airbreathing launchers. Sixty years of work, nothing to show.

      • David Blappy Guertin

        I understand what you are saying but there HAS been a ton of work done on Hypersonics. I’ve read everything you sell on the subject plus every public domain NASA/NACA document on the internet. It might be a more costly but not by order of magnitude. We HAVE the technology right now but it needs to be put together in a creative and clever fashion to get the job done.

        I guess my point is everyone is blathering about Mars or the Moon and spending all of this money but no one is eve trying to do something really new and disruptive. I love that SpaceX and Blue Origin are making baby steps but it will never get us where we need to be. Lets hope Blue Origin starts flying little pink bodies successfully soon and making some real cash. That will open up some investor wallets so the real Space Race can begin.

        Lets not talk about what NASA is being forced to do with the SLS when many of the engineers I talk to over there cringe at the fact they are being required to build a costly and antiquated architecture.

        Of course on the gripping hand we have no Idea what the USAF and CIA are flying out of places like Groom Lake. 😉 We can only dream about that stuff I suppose.

  • MattM

    I’ve wondered why NASA Public Relations has been so crappy for a long, long time.
    Now I know.

  • Michael

    No one had ever heard of her before we stirred this pot. She’s an outsider whose place inside the space world is a direct result of a combination of affirmative action rules (which mandate hiring of women) and the concept of diversity (which promotes hiring of those who are opposed to the organization’s goals).

    It may be that she’s looking for another job. Any publicity is good publicity. If we promote this girl’s thinking we are being used to assist her in expanding her career, which is working against us.

    Her approach to space exploration is the same thing that drives those who promoted Hillary and Obama. It’s reduction of a great and grand adventure to the level of significance as a pre-school girls’ tea party. At such tea parties every gets to have all the cookies they wish to have, there’s plenty of tea, and everyone gets a chance to pour … but it means nothing in the real world of adult achievement.

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