Discrediting reporters is more important to Blasie Boehmer than the truth.

In our media-saturated, post-truth world, people in power are trying very hard to shape our opinion. They want us to take their word and never look into things for ourselves. Take this example:

Blaise Boehmer is a communication specialist and works with Jason Kenney. Here he claims that Janet French is making things up about what Mr Kenney has said. But if you watch the video for yourself, Mr Kenney does say he thinks the NDP is cutting history from social studies. From the video:

The NDP is rewriting our school curriculum […] Now, if you go thorough this [curriculum] outline you’re gonna see every conceivable theme about political correctness. Lots of political ideas and content that they want to inflict on young people, but no reference to the critical subjects that help to develop what I would call civic literacy, to help young people become knowledgeable and responsible citizens, no reference to Canadian history, no reference to Alberta history or to parliamentary government, confederation, the rule of law, economic literacy, none of that but the worst thing is this. In their entire 13-page social studies draft outline they don’t mention once Canadian military history […]

His words are very clear. He wants his supporters to believe that the NDP is removing history, especially Canadian military history, from the curriculum. That’s exactly what Janet French said, and what Mr Boehmer denies happened.

For the record, here is the Draft Outline. It is a high level document that lists desired learning outcomes, rather than specific programs of study. It’s the standard way the Albertan Government outlines educational material.

For example, to understand “Stories of place and knowing the land and how it sustains us foster a sense of belonging and personal and collective responsibility to be stewards of the land” Grade 10 students will explore the theme of “To what extent do perspectives on relationships with the land influence resource use and approaches to development?” You can use all sorts of current and historic examples to explore this topic. In no way does this outline suggest schools stop teaching history.

The current political play book is to lie to the public’s face, and hope we don’t notice.

To the MOOOON!

SpaceX, the ever innovating rocket company, is planing on sending two people on an Apollo 8 style flyby mission to our moon. Apollo 8 is where the iconic Earth Rise picture is from, and is the inspiration for many environmental movements. The images Apollo 8 brought back let us see ourselves as a blue marble floating in the black sea of space, something no other human in history had experienced. That’s no small feat.

 

Two people have placed a significant deposit to be flown around the moon.  Only a short 70 years ago, this was something only National super powers could do. The revelation that private citizens are paying their way to a moon trip in 2019 is amazing.  With the social media connectivity that we have now, this event will no doubt be just as culturally moving as the Apollo missions. Their Instagram account is going to have so many followers…

My guess is that Dennis Tito is behind this. He had plans to do a Mars flyby in 2018 but that never materialized. The mission will use the Dragon 2, a crew capsule that will be used to send astronauts to the ISS. The Dragon 2 is also testing systems for the larger Red Dragon that is being developed for crewed Mars missions. A flyby of the moon is a great way to test the life support systems of the Red Dragon and gain valuable data.

Better still if someone is paying for a part of it.