Dear Simon, if I may respond to these latest exciting space related developments,
As we reach the 50th anniversary of the Great Moon Landing Hoax, we should expect copious amounts of silliness oozing into our TV sets and computer screens - courtesy of the media outlets owned by what I like to call the "Nutwork"
Indeed. And flooded the internet is with new schemes to promote the relative ease of blasting up into the heavens.
When I click, 'Google' on my Samsung smart phone there is a tab called 'Discover' which then gives you stories selected by Google for your delictation.
I started to notce how space heavy those selections are. It seems everybody is at it these days. Israel (crash landing), India shooting down a Satellite, Trump developing a space army, a new cold war, Space X as a constant and another perhaps 8 other private companies all vying for massive contracts and hoping to share NASA launch pads! In fact, it's easy these days! The only people struggling are the Americans who have targeted 2024 as the next point at which they will be able to perform a moon landing! The main problem for them sadly is cash. They just don't have enough! Forget the intervening 50 years of development, it's just too expensive for the country whom own 25% of global resources off of the back of 3 to 4% of the worlds population! Just can't quite afford it. As somebody else remarked.....keep shaking those charity tins. Come on tax payers. Don't you want another uplifting feel good drama to crow about and embolden the exceptionalism of the USA?
One of the comments on this thread suggest that more and more people are waking up to it. Sadly, I disagree with this concept and feel the author might have fallen prey to confirmation bias. We surround ourselves with people willing and able to think. As a personal aside, I never foresaw Brexit happening as I knew nobody who voted or would be willing to vote for it. Similarly, you'll not meet a cluesforum member who believes entirely (maybe even partially) in space related tales!
On this point, I have honestly never heard anybody voluntarily suggest that a) there are elements of the media that might be a sham or questionable or b) any elements of the space related stories coming out of the media to be questionable. Or.....at the very best you will hear people crudely articulate some kind of worry, but then quickly snap out of it for fear of sounding like a 'conspiracist'. Oh on that note, British people or viewers of the BBC might have noticed the tremendous resurgence of the linking of conspiracy to anti-semitism. I do like to support my statements with articles, but there are simply too many. The enveloping and shaping of minds in this respect of left leaning politics and anti-antisemitism and conspiracy is almost complete. The BBC is of course not alone in this. It is a global media effort. Any day on which there is no BBC story of antisemitism in the labour party or the world, you will find it in other outlets. This ensures everybody is touched. Antisemitism was even linked to the yellow vest protest 'movement' in France as were the consiracists!
As remarked on this thread, the Israeli imagery supporting their alleged attempt are utterly ridiculous and yet? Nothing. Not a whisper anywhere of foul play. The more space related stories you have help to cement the idea that it is simple and can be done forges the idea that it is easy. Forget any of the awkward practicalities such as the complete impossibility of NASA ever sharing a launch pad with anybody, let alone a variety of billionaires getting involved with a retail background! No problem. Cash is all you need.
This deluge of stories from 'competing' countries helps to envelop us in a propaganda dome, identical to that of Truman Burbank. You cannot see the wood for the trees. This drive seems perfect to promote a massive media accomplishment of a studio based 'real' moon landing by 2024. When it happens there will be no questioning because launching bits of metal have now become common place. Space X is now being 'rivaled' by none other than the Amazons founder and a range of other private enterprises! Israeli imagery is seem for a day and then submerged in new layers the very next day giving nobody any time to sit and ponder them. This strategy with Trump worked beautifully with his early bold lies that were run by the media. None were ever really examined. There was no time!
Meanwhile, longer running dramas such as the Trump Russia election funding abruptly came to an end with the Mueller report with equally no public remarks! Two years of speculation and no case to answer! Brexit rumbles on as a triumph for the medias slick operation with thousands of stories and yet nobody has a clue as to 'what is going on'.
Soon the stories will be of, 'Space too full' or 'Earth's atmosphere reaches crisis point' or 'Satellites hitting one another'. There are really no limits to how far these stories can go. When you write the script, you can take it anywhere you want. You can see that space as a whole will be a new frontier for fear based propaganda or a new 'theatre' for news 'stories'. Trump with his space fleet and India shooting down a satellite have teed that up nicely. Funnily, those countries involved in the space drama gives clues as to which nations are closest to one another. Each country only being allowed to 'enter the space realm' once they have made inextricable ties and sworn allegiance to the propaganda flag. This would paint Russia and the USA as indeed two of the closest countries on the planet in total contradiction to their Punch and Judy portrayal since the dawn of TV and before.
Forgive me, but I can't wait for 2024. I cannot wait to see what half a decade of planning will bring in terms of new media techniques, CGI, augmented reality and with a large helping of bias of omission thrown in too! It's going to be a feast for the eyes.