Mars Missions

I’m a big fan of all things Mars. I love that planet, with it’s mythologies, geology, water, possible life and similarities to Earth. I’m very excited about the new missions being brought to life. These new generation companies are much better at getting media attention therefore the general public is aware of them. That in and of itself is a victory. People love a good story, and companies like MarsOne are tapping into that.

MarsOne is currently accepting applications for one way colonization trips to Mars. There is a lot of negative press about the mission. Some people scoff at the one way trip, some complain about the gap in technology and others don’t buy into their financing model. A one way trip makes economic sense, and for an adventurer like me, it’s a non-issue. This is a major leap in the evolution of the human race… It’s a potential fork in the road. A hundred generations of humans living on Mars will create a Martian Race. There are currently gaps in the technology and the money from franchising and TV isn’t the greatest, however they are making an effort and that’s fantastic.

No new inventions are needed to land humans on Mars. There might be delays, there might be cost overruns, there might even be failures, but it can be done. -Bas Lansdorp MarsOne CEO

I’ve applied for my position on the mission and I’m currently working on my application.

Playground Politics and the Bully

Justin Trudeau is the new leader of the Liberal Party. As a Canadian, this is a big deal since we don’t do legacy politics. South of the boarder there are the Kennedy and Bush families that have generations in politics. It’s a new concept for Canadians. This fact has been picked up by international news outlets as well. It’s an exciting new era of politics. How did Justin’s view of his father influence his policies and understanding of Canada? How can the country benefit from this experience? Unfortunately, the conversation here at home is more about bickering than issues.

This isn’t policy

The Conservatives launched an add campaign against Justin as soon as he was named Leader. They even have a website specifically set up to mock him. http://www.justinoverhishead.ca/ This sort of behavior doesn’t benefit Canadians at all. The site isn’t about policy discussion, but rather name calling. The Conservatives don’t see it that way. Here’s a quote from Jenni Byrne, the National Campaign Manager for 2011:

On Monday, we launched three new ads informing Canadians that Justin Trudeau is in way over his head.

Unsurprisingly, some members of the media are criticizing our new TV ads. They are circling the wagons.

But here’s the truth — these ads have spread farther and faster than any ads we’ve ever done. We are communicating directly with Canadians rather than passing through the media’s “filter”.

Ah yes, the truth. The truth is that these ads have spread because they are a ridiculous hyperbole wrapped in contempt. The Conservatives hate dissenting opinions so much that they resort to childish behavior like the school yard bully. This behavior is truly revolting when in context with the recent suicide of Rehtaeh Parsons. I’d like to be able to say that this is an isolated incident, but it’s not.

Double Standard

But the Conservatives march on. They are planing on mailing out information designed to undermine the credibility of Mr Trudeau to Canadian households. This isn’t even an election! They want Canadians to distrust the Liberal Leader instead of hearing him out. They don’t want to listen to opinion, they want to tell you what to think. We need open and honest policy debate in this country to face very real global issues. The Conservatives are demonstrating they do not want honest debate.

In over his head? Let the man speak so we can deiced that for ourselves! Let’s have debates on policy, not back and forth name calling. This isn’t government, this is playground bullying; the Conservatives condemn it with one breath, and commit it with the other. You can do better than this, you are embarrassing us.