Many strategists and policymakers have concluded that because space-based systems are seen as exposed to attack—with little way to defend them—that the offense is the stronger form of warfare in space. This conclusion is incorrect and has led to an underdeveloped US space strategy.
“Every man is entitled to his own opinion… but not his own facts!”
I get the impression that more Americans are taking notice of “fake news”, but when asked by others where they should get their news it is hard to come up with a list of empirically neutral and unbiased news. First, we should acknowledge which sources are biased (based on Pew research scaled from -10 to +10):
- Far left/ highly liberal: New Yorker, Slate.
- Left: Daily Show, The Guardian, Al Jazeera America (shut down April 2016), NPR, Colbert Report, New York Times
- Left leaning: BuzzFeed, PBS, BBC, Huffington Post, Washington Post, The Economist, Politico
- Slightly left of average: MSNBC, CNN, NBC
- Average, but left of neutral: CBS, Google News, Bloomberg, ABC, USA Today
- Right leaning: Fox News
- Right: Drudge Report
- Far Right/ highly conservative: Breitbart, Rush Limbaugh, The Blaze, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck
If I had to create a list of sources I consider to be empirically neutral, I would go with the following:
The U.S. budget has operated under a “baseline budget” system, or, more accurately, a “current services baseline” since 1974. The gist of the baseline budget is this: regardless of whether or not Congress passes a budget in the current year, the currently baselined, or existing budget is automatically passed–often with an increase that is commensurate with inflation. The scam here is that politicians campaign using “cuts” that are hidden within the noise of the baseline. In order to truly change the American financial crisis, we need to eliminate the current services baseline and move to a zero baseline.
The United States, Russia, and China all have some space weapon capability. The question going forward should be how these nations can come together and agree to limit (and possibly eliminate, ha ha) space weapons.
China and Russia have been pushing for a debate on a Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space (PAROS) treaty, which would ensure that states observe a prohibition on space weaponization. Russia and China have also submitted a draft treaty to the UN preventing the placement of weapons in outer space. However, in all likelihood, the United States would not want an arms-control treaty if it means limiting the U.S. National Missile Defense system (which has de facto ASAT applications).
Here is Mr. Trump’s entire inauguration speech with annotations. Go ahead and look for the Bee Movie references yourself, because there are none. My favorite quotable:
When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.
I found this Star Wars fan fiction story of Darth Vader dealing with the death of Obi Wan Kenobi and Kenobi’s struggles as a Force ghost.