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Russia’s future moon mission will check if America actually landed there

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Russias future moon mission will check if America actually landed there

Conspiracy theories surrounding the Apollo program have existed for longer than many of us have been alive and have evolved so much in that time that they’ve essentially formed their own sub-genre of conspiracy theory. They vary wildly in terms of complexity and plausibility, but most of them claim that, for any number of reasons and by any number of means, NASA faked the manned moon landings of the late 1960s and early 1970s. This belief is especially prevalent among Russians, with a poll conducted by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) finding that about 57% of Russians believe NASA faked the manned moon landings, which isn’t exactly surprising.

With the success of the Apollo 11 mission in 1969, which saw Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong become the first men to set foot on the moon, the United States effectively “won” one of the biggest pissing matches of the Cold War: the Space Race. While it’s hard to say the Soviet Union “lost” the Space Race given how many economic, social, and technological benefits it gained from the competition, the United States asserting its technological superiority with the Apollo 11 mission definitely left a bad taste in the mouths of the Soviet people. This taste still lingers in the mouths of many Russians, which is why it’s not surprising to learn that so many of them believe the Americans had to cheat in order to “win” the Space Race.

This topic was actually brought up during a recent conversation between Dmitry Rogozin, the Director General of Russia’s space agency, and Igor Dodon, the President of Moldova. During the conversation, Mr. Rogozin was asked whether or not NASA actually sent men to the moon with the Apollo program, to which he responded that Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, will attempt to verify the authenticity of NASA’s claims during one of its future missions to the moon. It should be noted that his response was accompanied by a smile and a shrug, meaning it may very well have been a joke, but the context of his conversation with President Dodon is far more interesting than the meaning of any of his comments.

The two men were discussing the future of space exploration, a topic which has seen a resurgence of interest in recent years. The end of the Space Race saw interest in space exploration wane significantly; why compete in a competition that’s already over? That isn’t to say that countries stopped caring about space, far from it, but space missions became less about national prestige and more about pure science, which meant it was less interesting to the public and, by extension, the politicians who represented them. However, with rising powers like China and India wanting to demonstrate their technological capabilities to the world and billionaires like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos dreaming of their own, private space missions, interest in space exploration has been exploding. There are even claims that we’re entering a new Space Race, only this time there are more competitors and private corporations will play a much larger role.

China, India, Israel, Japan, Germany, Russia, and the United States are all working to land robots on the moon in the future, but only China, Japan, Russia, and the United States are working to land humans on the moon. By the time either China or Japan have actually completed their manned lunar landings, however, Russia should be in the process of building a permanent lunar base and the United States may have already completed its own such base, possibly with the help of Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin. As for Mars, only China, the European Union, India, Japan, and the United States are working to land robots on the planet, while only the United States is working to land humans there. Elon Musk’s SpaceX, an American company, is also working to send humans to Mars, but Musk is notorious for promising more than he can deliver, so SpaceX’s plans for Mars should be taken with a grain of salt for the time being.

It’s clear that the United States will be far and away the biggest player in the so-called “Space Race 2.0”, with Russia being a distant second and China and Japan following somewhere behind. The other nations are more like participants than actual competitors, but then again, this isn’t exactly a competition. Unlike the first Space Race, this isn’t a pissing match, and all the participants are collaborating with one another in an effort to further our understanding of the universe and potentially lay the foundations for the future of human civilization. While growing tensions around the world may change this in the future, as it stands now, the next Space Race looks to be much more friendly and mutually beneficial than the last one. I’m looking forward to it!

I’m also looking forward to seeing if 57% of Russians in the 2030s will think America faked the Mars landings.

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  1. Public Citizen

    November 26, 2018 at 1:06 am

    So what evidence and oversight will there be to ensure that the Russians don’t fake their mission to the Moon in the same fashion that the conspiracy theorists allege the NASA Moon Landings were purportedly faked?

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Is ‘techno-populism’ heading to America soon?

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Is techno-populism heading to America soon

Most Americans have heard of “populism” even if many aren’t quite sure what it really means. Now, there’s a new trend that may be creeping into America. “Techno-populism” is growing more popular in other countries such as Italy and may be on the verge of becoming a big thing here in the United States.

The idea of techno-populism is that our leaders tend to be those who align with technocrats. Some even believe technocrats themselves, such as Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, and pretty much everyone in the upper management echelons at Google, will actually be the leaders in America.

Gonz at Face Like the Sun YouTube channel put out an interesting video about how President Trump just signed a push for improving our artificial intelligence technology. Pay close attention. This may end up becoming something worth noting.

 


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Why we need to believe Ephesians 6:12 today, perhaps more than ever before

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Ephesians 6:12

The idea of doing a podcast has been weighing on me lately. It’s not really even a long-term itch; after it reached my mind just a few days ago, that turned into a very stout and concentrated calling that hit my heart like a ton of bricks. It went from not being a consideration to being something I absolutely had to do in less than a week.

The first episode is done and we’re ready for people to hear it and give feedback.

This podcast’s primary topic is going to be Ephesians 6:12. If you’re not familiar with the verse, you may wonder how we intend to do an enire sustained series of podcasts surrounding a single verse. Upon reading it, you should realize that what it suggests and the topics it encompasses could easily be turned into a daily show if necessary.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

At some point, we will be moving this and other episodes we do to a true podcast hosting site. We’ll also distribute it to multiple places for download and direct listening, but to get things rolling we’ll be using YouTube and Facebook to publish the podcasts.

This one is general in its focus. Future episodes will be more specific. We want to get feedback as soon and often as possible.

When we realize we’re not fighting against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers, our perspectives on how to wage this battle become more clear. Hopefully, this show will be a blessing to you as much as it has been to us.

 


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Launching the ‘Principalities and Powers Podcast’ shortly

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For the past few weeks, I’ve been wanting to do something around the idea that the teachings of Paul to the Ephesians, particularly in chapter 6, are not only relevant today but may be more relevant than any time in the past. Specifically, I believe we’re facing the threats Paul warned us about in Ephesians 6:12.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

My first thought was to write an article, but on various websites I’ve probably written five or six articles on the topic over the years. Then, I thought it deserved the article series treatment; one core article with several attached articles that go into specifics about what we are facing.

Again, this would have been too small. For a very brief time I considered writing a book on the matter, but anything I were to write today would be at least partially obsolete by the time it was printed and distributed. That’s the nature of today’s world in respects to Ephesians 6:12. The rulers of the darkness are working overtime and making changes to everything around us.

That’s when the podcast idea came to mind. It’s been years since I’ve participated in a weekly podcast. I’ve been on several in the past two or three years but as far as doing my own, those days are far behind me. Now, it’s time to get back to it.

For now, I’m going to do a handful of podcasts and upload them first to YouTube. It’s important to find the proper distribution, hosting, and marketing for the podcast, so rather than put the first episodes in a temporary home as I search for partners, it makes more sense to house them where I know they’ll continue indefinitely. Since I’ll be putting them on YouTube regardless of where they’re hosted for the sake of iTunes and other platforms, it’s best to start there until we’re ready for full launch.

I’d ask that those of you interested in helping push this project forward faster either donate directly to this site, which will be funding it now and likely into the foreseeable future, or at least use our Amazon link to get us some commission while you shop.

There are plenty of Christian podcasts. There are likely even more political podcasts. There’s a handful of reputable conspiracy theory podcasts that aren’t trying to convince us chemicals in the water are turning the frogs gay. But I have yet to find one that approaches this particular topic the way I intend to.

If we examine the world through a Biblical lens and report on all the things that are happening that don’t make any sense to our rational and thoughtful worldview, we’ll find the sources of many of our problems are more supernatural than many realize.

We’ll be recording episodes soon. Stay tuned!

 


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