Can Mike Pence Actually Help Save Humanity?

I read a couple of different articles this morning, via Google News. By the time I had finished them, I came away feeling like maybe, just maybe, Mike Pence may actually play a role in the saving of humanity.

Full disclosure, Vice President Mike Pence is one of my least favorite people. I find his policies to be regressive, out of touch and punitive. That and I believe that religion has no place in leading our country.

Back to the articles. The first is from Fox News discussing how the newly discovered, dying planet may shed some light on the fate of our own planet. When, in about 5–6 billion years from now, our Sun will eventually, and violently, go from a yellow dwarf star to a white dwarf star. The inner solar system will be wiped out in the process, including the Earth.

However, during the process, Mars will get pushed out further and will likely survive the transition. I may be more of a realist than an optimist but, I am hopeful that our civilization will continue to evolve, survive and thrive, long into the future. On to the next.

Destroyed ‘past Earth’ reveals our apocalyptic future, study says

A terrifying new study may have provided a window into Earth’s ultimate fate by looking at a newly discovered dying planet nearly 400 light years away. The study, published in Science, shows that the chunk of the unnamed dead planet (known as a “planetesimal”) has a metal core and is circling the white dwarf star, known as SDSS J122859.93+104032.9, once every two hours.

The second article comes from Ars Technica, in regards to a recent speech given by VP Mike Pence. Where he has charged NASA with ratcheting up our plans of returning to the Moon. Moving the goal post from 2028 to 2024. The news was received by the aerospace community with a healthy and understandable level of skepticism. Having previously been let down by Republican administrations in the past.

Regardless of Pence’s reasoning for charging NASA with halving the timeline, it’s a win in my book. Even if for some godforsaken reason, we are the only intelligent species in the Universe, doesn’t that make our mission of expansion and exploration even more important?

The sooner we get to the Moon and then Mars, the sooner that we’ll be one step closer to ensuring the long-term survival of our species. And, who knows, those four years could very well help to determine our success.

Here’s why NASA’s audacious return to the Moon just might work

Speaking in front of a high-fidelity model of the Apollo program’s Lunar Module spacecraft, Vice President Mike Pence charged NASA with accelerating its Moon plans last week. Instead of 2028, Pence wanted boots on the ground four years earlier, before the end of 2024.

An Open Question To NASA & Other Space Agencies

First, thank you for taking the time to read this. While reading the Business Insider article regarding India “decommissioning” one of their satellites, with a missile and the dangerous space debris associated with it.

Half way through I started to think about how this adds to an already present and increasing problem circling our planet. I had a thought. 

Can a satellite equipped with an electromagnet be put into orbit? Where the magnet can be activated and deactivated for short bursts, pulling in more and more debris, eventually resulting in a “snowball” effect, leaving a larger mass to manage.

Really interested what you think about this and whether or not it would be a viable idea. 

Thanks again,
Jeff Torres

@UNOOSA
United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

@NASA

'A terrible, terrible thing': NASA said India's satellite destruction created so much space junk it now threatens the safety of the International Space Station https://t.co/vsrTGvc3gw

— Catherine Rampell (@crampell) April 3, 2019

The U.S. Healthcare Cost Crisis

The cost of healthcare services in the U.S. is affecting Americans’ financial health in multiple ways:

  • Forty-five percent of Americans fear bankruptcy should a major health event strike.
  • Americans have collectively borrowed an estimated $88 billion in the last year to cover healthcare costs.
  • 2.7 million Americans have borrowed at least $10,000 to pay for care for themselves or a member of their household in the last 12 months.

You can download the full report here.

Mike Ellrich from @Gallup discuses the physical toll of #HCcosts in America, based on findings from our national survey#HCIDC #HCcosts pic.twitter.com/M72uLaM5oX

— West Health (@WestHealth) April 2, 2019

Trump Claims, Republicans Are The Party Of Healthcare, Are They?

Trump claims that Republicans will be known as “The Party of Healthcare” but, will they though, maybe? There is a slight chance (albeit, a small one) that Trump may feel so much political and personal heat that he’ll actually try to put forward a single-payer type system, which happens to be overwhelmingly popular among Americans. We shall see.




Democratic Candidates Refuse to Vote On The GND

#WednesdayWisdom

Apparently, #WeThePeople have failed to make it clear to our representatives, our #thoughts regarding #ClimateChange. We take the threat of climate change seriously and it’s affects that will negatively impact all of our futures.

We’re counting on them to implement #ClimateActionNOW to mitigate those negative effects. @AOC’s #GreenNewDeal resolution is, thus far, the closest thing to a serious proposal offered up by any representative or candidate for office. 

It’s bad enough that we have to face off against oil and gas lobbyists but, now we find ourselves having to fight our representatives as well.

Please, contact your representatives and let them know that you want them to fight for us, our future and our children’s futures.

3,000 Americans died in Hurricane María. The Midwest is drowning as we speak. 100s of Flint families were pumped w/ poisoned water & our water infrastructure is imperiled across the country.

GOP thinks this is a joke.

They choose to laugh+delay.
We choose to lead.#GreenNewDeal https://t.co/FWO2bvx0wD

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 27, 2019