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Keyword: usexceptionalism

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  • Space Shuttle. Days gone by.

    04/29/2013 7:46:03 PM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies ^ | 4/28/2013 | N/A
    Possible that this has been on here before but it's a nice remeberance of what once was despite the enormous costs. It paid my bills for 36+ years so thanks to all you taxpayers. Hell, I even paid myself some of it.
  • NASA's Bolden: criticism of agency’s direction ‘undermines nation’s goals at a very critical time’

    09/20/2012 2:43:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | September 19, 2012
    NASA Administrator Charles Bolden dismissed rumors that the future of U.S. space exploration is in jeopardy and rejected speculation that his agency has no plans for future human spaceflight. “Those who perpetuate that myth only hurt the space program,” Bolden told businessmen, academics and journalists Tuesday afternoon at the National Press Club. “Such talk undermines our nation’s goals at a very critical time,” he said. “The truth is we have an ambitious series of deep space destinations we plan to explore and we are hard at work exploring the hardware and the technologies to get us there.” ....“If you look...
  • Lunar paranoia haunts US establishment

    06/27/2012 2:02:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Global Times ^ | June 26, 2012 | Han Zhu
    The successful launch of the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft has attracted worldwide attention. People in some countries, while approving China's rapid progress in space technology, feel it a shame that their own role in space has largely slowed down. Such responses are generally normal. However, a recent article published by Foreign Policy, "Red Moon Rising," astoundingly depicts China's lunar exploration plan as first step toward a "moon colony." The author, US professor John Hickman, predicts that Washington is wearing blinders if it thinks the 1968 Outer Space Treaty will prevent a Chinese lunar land grab. He believes Beijing might seek to assert...
  • America's 'Oh [crap]!' Moment

    11/04/2011 7:30:12 AM PDT · by dervish · 75 replies
    US News ^ | 10/30/11 | Niall Ferguson
    <p>Civilizations don’t rise, fall, and then gently decline, as inevitably and predictably as the four seasons or the seven ages of man. History isn’t one smooth, parabolic curve after another. Its shape is more like an exponentially steepening slope that quite suddenly drops off like a cliff.</p> <p>'snip'</p> <p>'snip'</p>
  • The American 21st Century

    12/30/2010 1:25:02 PM PST · by Delacon · 24 replies · 47+ views
    National Review Online ^ | December 30, 2010 | Victor Davis Hanson
    America’s rivals lack the culture necessary to sustain greatness. The current debt, recession, wars, and political infighting have depressed Americans into thinking their country soon will be overtaken by more vigorous rivals abroad. Yet this is an American fear as old as it is improbable.In the 1930s, the Great Depression supposedly marked the end of freewheeling American capitalism. The 1950s were caricatured as a period of mindless American conformity, McCarthyism, and obsequious company men.By the late 1960s, the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., along with the Vietnam War, had fueled a hippie counterculture that...
  • Obama believes in his own exceptionalism

    04/06/2009 3:10:25 AM PDT · by Scanian · 16 replies · 938+ views ^ | April 6, 2009 | Chris Stirewalt
    When a foreign journalist asks the president of the United States a chuffy question about American exceptionalism, one would expect either a quick, sharply worded dodge or a long, diplomatic evasion. What no president before the current one would have attempted was to take up the issue like a professor leading a seminar on foreign affairs. But that’s just what Obama did at a NATO news conference. Commenting on American exceptionalism is like trying to tell a friend about a complex movie or a great meal. You’re bound to get something wrong, and you’ll certainly leave out important parts. Presidents...