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Who Should We Send to Mars?

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RUSH: AP story: "Invoking the spirit of 'Star Trek' in a scholarly article entitled 'To Boldly Go,' two scientists contend human travel to Mars could happen much more quickly and cheaply if the missions are made one-way. They argue that it would be little different from early settlers to North America, who left Europe with little expectation of return. 'The main point is to get Mars exploration moving,' said Dirk Schulze-Makuch of Washington State University, who wrote the article in the latest 'Journal of Cosmology' with Paul Davies of Arizona State University. The colleagues state -- in one of 55 articles in the issue devoted to exploring Mars -- that humans must begin colonizing another planet as a hedge against a catastrophe on Earth."

Now we start thinking who to send, right? If it's one way? (laughing) It's one way, who do we send? At the top of the list, George Soros, 'cause they say later in the story we are gonna need a billionaire to fund this because the private sector is probably gonna have the best opportunity to fund it. So send Soros, send every environmentalist wacko. Get hold of Stephen Hawking and let him lead the way because he thinks that this has to happen. Now, get this: "Mars is a six-month flight away, possesses surface gravity, an atmosphere, abundant water, carbon dioxide and essential minerals." Now, wait just a second. Carbon monoxide, we thought that was the most dangerous substance on earth. Carbon monoxide trapped greenhouse gas is leading to the destruction of planet Earth. Now these guys are happy that there's carbon dioxide on Mars.

"They propose the missions start by sending two two-person teams, in separate ships, to Mars. More colonists and regular supply ships would follow. The technology already exists, or is within easy reach, they wrote." The more I read this, the more I'm tending to support it, depending on if I get to choose who goes, you know, since it's a one-way trip. "Davies and Schulze-Makuch say it's important to realize they're not proposing a 'suicide mission.' 'The astronauts would go to Mars with the intention of staying for the rest of their lives, as trailblazers of a permanent human Mars colony,' they wrote, while acknowledging the proposal is a tough sell for NASA, with its intense focus on safety. They think the private sector might be a better place to try their plan. 'What we would need is an eccentric billionaire,' Schulze-Makuch said. 'There are people who have the money to put this into reality.'" And that's where I think George Soros comes into play. Send the environmentalist wackos, a perfect world: no pollution, no electricity, you gotta mine for water. A pristine world they can keep pristine and, by the way, they go there and they die, they don't come back. That's the mission. It's not a suicide mission. They go there and they colonize to get ready for the rest of us to join them.

They say we'll be ready to start this mission in 20 years. Two decades. Now, in two decades won't we all have died from man-made global warming? Do we have two decades to wait? It gets better here: "'You would send a little bit older folks, around 60 or something like that,' Schulze-Makuch said, bringing to mind the aging heroes who save the day in 'Space Cowboys.' That's because the mission would undoubtedly reduce a person's lifespan, from a lack of medical care and exposure to radiation." So they suggest sending old people who are gonna die sooner than anybody else anyway. Send them in the mission. They're gonna die of radiation and no health care. And yet it's not a suicide mission. Now we're getting down to the crux of the idea. Death panels. This is how they're gonna manifest themselves. I wonder if this proposal's actually buried somewhere in the health care bill and we just haven't found it yet. It's over 2,000 pages.

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