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Anderson Cooper did a great interview with him and his brother this evening if anyone is interested.  

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@DiAnne I'll suffer through AC to listen to the interview...JB is an interesting individual.  Thanks for the heads up.

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I was surprised that no one posted on here about today's Blue Origin flight.  I think it's amazing that 82 year old Wally Funk finally made it into space!  It looks like a new generation of space exploration is being born.

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I'm frankly tired of the media fawning over Bezos, Branson and the rest. I could not care less, and I'll bet I'm not alone. 😴

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I watched the launch and very brief ride of a lifetime and had mixed feelings about it.  On one hand I thought it was exciting and great and pleased that all went according to plan.

 

On the other hand I wondered what the purpose of this was?  Other than he could afford to do this.  He is employing lots of people.  He is obviously a smart guy, a self-made titan of industry much like Vanderbilt, Rockefeller or Henry Ford.

 

But does this further pollute our atmosphere?  Are millionaires now going to be joy-riding in rockets other than their private jets?  I don't know enough about it, but I guess you cant stop progress.

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@jellyBEAN It is small steps.  If our planet becomes uninhabitable in the future for whatever reason, this could be a start to keeping mankind going.  It may not affect us personally, but possibly for future generations.

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I liked and agreed with Stephen Colbert's take on the me, me, me, it's all about me attitude of the non tax paying billionaire. 

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This looked like a glorified amusement park ride.

 

It's "space tourism." Sounds like fun for billionaires and millionaires.

 

Wally Funk wants to go up again.  I hope she realizes she'll have to pay for it next time.

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@jellyBEAN wrote:

I watched the launch and very brief ride of a lifetime and had mixed feelings about it.  On one hand I thought it was exciting and great and pleased that all went according to plan.

 

On the other hand I wondered what the purpose of this was?  Other than he could afford to do this.  He is employing lots of people.  He is obviously a smart guy, a self-made titan of industry much like Vanderbilt, Rockefeller or Henry Ford.

 

But does this further pollute our atmosphere?  Are millionaires now going to be joy-riding in rockets other than their private jets?  I don't know enough about it, but I guess you cant stop progress.


Excellent post and I'm still stinging from the thousands of jobs lost in TX and the push for no fossil fuels whatsoever.  Cat Frustrated

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I  too have mixed feelings about it.....