Virgin Galactic Gets Back To Work: China reaches the moon as public school teachers instruct mediocrity

It was a good evening for me while seeing the new movie Interstellar—which I had been looking forward to for quite a long time. See my review here. Going into a premier of the film I received news that Virgin Galactic was planning to resume their testing with their back-up to SpaceShipTwo after the tragic crash just days prior within six months. That is better than I had hoped as I have expressed my concern explicitly in maintaining the progress and schedule of tourism space travel from the Spaceport of America in the wake of their tragedy. After watching Richard Branson’s exclusive with CNN seen below, it made my viewing of Interstellar even better as I see Virgin Galactic as the only hope combating the themes of that film which centers on human regression in the wake of Cold War motivations.

The most powerful parts of Interstellar was the meeting that Cooper had with his daughter’s school teacher—where he had to confront her about a Common Core issue of teaching revisionist history—specifically, that the Apollo programs were false and that the world needed to focus more on taking care of its home, instead of leaving it. That mentality is at the core of the progressive movement and is attached to most government school programs in the West—environmental concerns over technical innovation, care for the poor instead of fixing what makes people poor, emotion over logic, and safety over adventure—that kind of thing. Yet—a communist country at the same time that Virgin had their disaster, reached the moon and returned back to earth after an eight-day mission—as reported:

After an eight-day trip into space, China’s first experimental moon orbiter was successfully recovered on Saturday in the northern Inner Mongolia region. The mission was a test run for the country’s first unmanned return probe to the lunar surface in 2017, which would make China the third country in the world to meet such a challenge after the US and the former Soviet Union.

China’s latest lunar mission aimed to obtain experimental data and testing-technologies about re-entry to Earth’s atmosphere for China’s fourth lunar probe, Chang’e 5. The military-led State of Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND) hopes in three years time to gather samples from the moon’s surface during the lunar visit.

I watch a lot of news and I had to really do some digging to find that story—it certainly wasn’t on the networks, it wasn’t on CNN, it wasn’t on MSNBC, and it certainly wasn’t on Fox either their main station or their business network. As a person who certainly feels the same level of betrayal the makers of Interstellar felt as they made their wonderful movie about space it is an insult to have been beaten by a slow-moving communist country like China when America was the pioneer of aviation, and space exploration to begin with. I am around the same age as Christopher and Jonathan Nolan and I agree with them, my generation was promised teleportation devices and jet packs, instead we have been given Facebook and Instagram—silly social media inventions so that we can communicate with other neurotic human beings who think in the same small ways that the Common Core teacher in Interstellar did. People who actually think that America used space exploration as a propaganda war against Russia, and that they never happened. If you listen to many of today’s youth taught by these same types of teachers—this realization is not far off. So it was wonderful to receive news that Virgin Galactic was getting back on their horse quickly and returning to vehicle testing in 2015. It was also wonderful to see the American flag planted on distant planets in distant galaxies in the movie Interstellar—even though it was a fictional occurrence—it was good to see.

But what concerned me the most was the general attitude that many had after Virgin Galactic suffered a catastrophic crash during flight testing on Halloween of 2014. Too many people seemed to gloat in the tragedy pointing to the ultimate failure of Branson’s efforts simply because they hated the program as a leisure activity for the “rich.” What upset me the most was that even people who are my friends jumped on the bandwagon of “rich” hating and slamming the intent of Virgin Galactic. Obviously the crash had brought clearly to the surface the deep feelings most people have—mostly formed by their educations and careers which currently divides our society right down the middle of ideology. A sample article of this “rich” bashing can be seen from my friend at the following link.

The other aspect of the tragedy which came out in the CNN interview provided by Branson upon announcing the continuation of their flight testing even as the NTSB is still conducting their investigation is that loss of human life means we should stop reaching for the stars—or doing anything for that matter. Because a test pilot died at Virgin Galactic that the program should be scrapped—it was astonishing how many Americans actually turned their thoughts in that direction in the wake of the disaster. The blame falls entirely on the shoulders of our education system which has taught entire generations that safety is more important than achievement, and that a death within the collective hurts more than a death of an individual adventurer. The trend today is to personalize everyone into the collective so that every school shooting, every police beating, every fallen star anchors the feet of the human race to the slugs of society in such a way as to hope that those dim-witted caricatures of existence might be elevated from their stations of passivity by the lofty efforts of the ambitious.

When flat screen television sets first came out over a decade ago, they were well over $10,000—even for small ones. Today, my wife and I were shopping at Wal-Mart looking to put them in every room of our house for around $300 each. In the beginning only the “rich” could afford flat screens, computers, and other amenities. Once those items reached mass production and had the kinks worked out, they became much cheaper and obtainable for the masses of the world. This is the same kind of thing that will come in the wake of Virgin Galactic. At first the prices of tickets have to be expensive, the company has to build not just one or two more of their space ships, but they need an entire fleet of them at $500 million each. That revenue has to come out of profit—profit made off the first 5% of civilization into space—which I intend to be among. Once Virgin has a fleet of ships, construction of hotels and shortened travel between countries can begin to take place moving space tourism into an expanded category of industrial exploration.

This whole hatred of the “rich” comes from the progressive sectors of society which is dominated by teacher unions and government employees who are resistant to change. And when changes are forced on them, they push back in passive aggressive ways—like the teacher in Interstellar—denying that the Apollo program ever happened. Meanwhile, as everyone on planet earth was slamming Virgin Galactic for trying to do something the American government through NASA should have been doing twenty years ago—China powered by the interest off our debt is flying to the moon—and back. Our school teachers in America now teach that we should halt progress of Virgin Galactic because one man died and that the effort was vile and evil because it’s “for profit.” Whereas China is willing to build their ships out of the bodies of their citizens and expend however many lives it takes to achieve the goals of their state sponsored endeavors.

The “rich” are that way because they are productive and had ideas realized that touched many lives. That is how you become “rich.” Richard Branson did this by selling music—then creating an airline. His actions touched the masses of society so he became “rich.” That is not something to be envied—it’s to be celebrated. Richard Branson didn’t roll over in bed one day and have billions of dollars deposited on his tongue. He made it from nothing—from a void in marketplace economics that he discovered. So he deserves to be honored as a hero of human achievement instead of a villain driven by jealously from ancient communist propaganda which resides to this very day in our public schools.

From my perspective Richard Branson is one of the only ones who is trying to fulfill the promise to my generation—that we don’t need to regress into a collective misery—we need to “ADVANCE” into a higher civilization. If you want to help the poor in Africa, let Virgin Galactic give them satellites so that they can play on that stupid Facebook and learn about medicine from the West. Or learn how to retrieve water from the ground over the Internet. Teach them to help themselves instead of sitting around swatting bugs and praying to ancient Gods that will never hear or come to their aid. If you want to help inject more money into a global economy stop this ridiculous incestuous relationship we have with all the countries of the earth and move that economy into space, into mines on the moon, mines on Mars, harvesting in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. And drop the jealousy against the “rich.” If you want to be “rich” go invent something and become “rich.” Stop complaining and conducting your life under the premise of victimization—this is the primary fault of the current global public education system as guided by progressive teacher unions—and it is a severe detriment to progress.

Meanwhile—as the rest of the world sorts out its small-minded thoughts on the matter it was refreshing to see that Virgin Galactic is filled with people who still think in the way that built America. Not everyone at the company is “rich” like Richard Branson, but they work on the next ship because they have a passion for space exploration—and it takes the “rich” to get the whole thing off the ground because it is they who can pay for the fuel and creation of more ships and more spaceports across the face of the earth. It is a shame that this respect is not taught in public education. As a result, too many people believe inaccurately that the “rich” are to envied when the real villain is complacency and indecision. At least when it comes to Virgin Galactic, it’s not a problem—thank, God!

Rich Hoffman


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