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April 5, 2018

The Search for a Lifeless Planet

Filed under: Mainstream Media, Scientism/Technocracy — Tags: , , — Russell Bangs @ 4:02 am

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They fetishize Mars precisely because it’s a lifeless desert. This is their aspiration for Earth

 
 
At the leading edge of space-travel fantasy propaganda, the NASA/SETI complex continues its campaign to search for “life on Mars”. This involves a number of “rovers” aimlessly trundling around. There are two currently active. “Opportunity” is a glorified roller skate, while “Curiosity” is more like an off-road vehicle, thus better symbolic of the destruction mentality. All this is preparation for the Mars 2020 mission.
 
The whole program, which its proponents freely admit is primarily about US prestige and propaganda for technocracy as such (and fat government contracts, though they don’t freely admit that part), has cost over $5 billion so far, and the 2020 mission will at least double this if it goes ahead. Goes to show how there’s always endless money available for anything the system wants to do, while it’s only where the elites don’t want to do something that suddenly “we can’t afford it”. As the ringing clarion call went, “Trillions for Wall Street and war, not a cent for single payer!” The entire political class and its voters agreed on that in 2016.
 
Although you’ll hear all kinds of hype about what the Mars missions are learning about the geology, climate, hydrological history, etc. of the planet (and this all coming from people who are ferociously hostile to funding the study of Earth’s ecology or the effects of industrial poisons upon human and ecological health), it mostly boils down to the search for life on Mars. (Again, those most interested are those most hostile to the study of life on Earth.)
 
 
That’s Big Science for you, always working the flim-flam. Of course as early as the 1960s James Lovelock told NASA you don’t need to send a spaceship to Mars to check for life. All you need to do is analyze its atmosphere, which can be done from Earth. A living planet will have a dynamic atmosphere, a dead one will have an inert one.
 
But even then NASA was far less interested in science than in publicity and big budgets. Of course the $1 billion Viking mission confirmed what easy, inexpensive atmospheric analysis already knew – there’s no life on Mars. And all the subsequent roving and $ billions have continued to confirm what we knew from the start before the first mission ever was launched.
 
(Of course the magazine feature I linked above has not even a single mention of Lovelock’s recommendation. No surprise there, the New York Times as well cares zero about actual science, but cares only about the propaganda of scientism and technocracy.)
 
As I’ve been writing since the earliest days of this blog, scientism is a fundamentalist religion and technocracy is the corresponding ideology and mode of power organization. Neither seeks the good of humanity. Both seek only their own total power. This logically means they actively seek the extermination of humanity and of all uncontrolled life. Their power imperatives give them no choice, and they choose to do it anyway since the core of their vision is the total extermination of all life and its replacement by a self-replicating machine.
 
The idiocies of Big Science are a relatively innocuous, if extremely expensive, aspect of the propaganda campaign for what is ultimately intended to be an absolute and total extermination campaign. When you hear of a search for life on Mars, remember that this is in the service of the search for a lifeless Earth.
 
 
 
 
 

April 8, 2015

Scientism’s Equivalent of “Alien Abductions”

Filed under: Corporatism, Mainstream Media, Scientism/Technocracy — Tags: — Russell Bangs @ 1:32 pm

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Or, NASA desperate to justify its continued funding.
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It’s not unlikely the universe is full of life. But there’s no reason to think humanity is going to “discover” it anytime soon, if ever. (The emotional dream of doing so is exactly that – a kind of religious faith. See the Zaitsev quote here for the “Good News”.) This “scientific” prediction, i.e. media stunt, is just the typical tabloidism of scientism PR and corporate welfare advocacy.
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My prediction is that eventually they will make some kind of observation which some of them will claim is proof of extraterrestrial life. (This has been attempted before, but they couldn’t make it stick.) Other scientists, probably a minority at first, will correctly refute this hoax but be temporarily shouted down by the establishment and the mainstream media. The same kind of thing is already happening everywhere in science and scholarship, as corporate-decreed “science” has become Science As Such, while real science has abdicated for the time being. Whatever way humanity will get it back won’t be from within the establishment.

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