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Rand Simberg

Rand Simberg is a recovering aerospace engineer and a consultant in space commercialization, space tourism and Internet security. He offers occasionally biting commentary about infinity and beyond at his weblog, Transterrestrial Musings.
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The Bioethics of Mars One

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 - by Rand Simberg

It would be irresponsible to even attempt conception on Mars.

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A Culture of Intimidation

Friday, May 17th, 2013 - by Rand Simberg

If Barack Obama didn’t directly order the harassment of his political enemies, he certainly encouraged it.

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That Nineties Show

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 - by Rand Simberg

It’s a bad rerun of a show that was awful the first time, and yet ran far too long.

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Are Homosexuals Born, or Made?

Friday, May 3rd, 2013 - by Rand Simberg

Jason Collins’ coming-out party raises interesting scientific questions.

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Another ‘Successful Failure’ for SpaceX

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 - by Rand Simberg

The vessel's excellent team overcame a mid-flight glitch and completed the mission.

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Where No Man (or Woman) Has Gone Before

Thursday, February 28th, 2013 - by Rand Simberg

Dennis Tito's plan to go to Mars by 2018 has skeptics scoffing and space buffs cheering.

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Chuck Hagel vs. ‘Advise and Consent’: Know Your Constitutional Duty, Senators

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 - by Rand Simberg

The clause has nothing to do with party. It is a necessary check on Executive Branch power.

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A Manned Mission to Mars This Decade?

Sunday, February 24th, 2013 - by Rand Simberg

A private venture to the Red Planet may be possible.

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Chelyabinsk: What, Exactly, Just Happened? (Updated)

Friday, February 15th, 2013 - by Rand Simberg

The jury should still be out on whether this was related to the other asteroid. More: Did Another Space Rock Crash in Cuba?

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Ten Years After Columbia

Friday, February 1st, 2013 - by Rand Simberg

A moment by moment review of how the Columbia space shuttle fell apart high above the western United States.

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Another Private Company Announces Plans to Mine Asteroids

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 - by Rand Simberg

Deep Space Industries goes beyond mining to include space-based manufacturing.

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Time for Some Common-Sense Publishing Controls

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012 - by Rand Simberg

What would Second Amendment bloviators say if we applied their logic to the First Amendment?

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How Realistic Are Golden Spike’s Plans?

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012 - by Rand Simberg

The company's proposed lunar mission will depend on whether investors have confidence in its plans.

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Egypt’s ‘Moderate’ and ‘Pragmatic’ Dictator

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012 - by Rand Simberg

President Morsi and the "non-ideological" Muslim Brotherhood. More: Why Doesn’t Egypt’s Military Do Something About Morsi’s Power Grab?

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The Politicians’ War On Science

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 - by Rand Simberg

It's a war both Red and Blue.

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The Ideological Underpinnings of the Tax Rate Debate

Friday, November 23rd, 2012 - by Rand Simberg

One side supports "growth" while the other side supports "social justice."

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Chuck Woods vs. Cindy Sheehan: Whom Does Media Give ‘Absolute Moral Authority’?

Friday, November 2nd, 2012 - by Rand Simberg

The grieving father's tribute to honor has received attention from exactly one network, while Sheehan was ubiquitous.

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The Climate-Change Ambulance Chasers

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 - by Rand Simberg

Hurricane Sandy reminds us that climate hysterics can never resist an opportunity to use a natural disaster to flog their anti-technology, anti-humanity hobbyhorse.

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An Examiner Hit Piece on SpaceX

Friday, October 12th, 2012 - by Rand Simberg

Twisting the facts and adding a few of its own.

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Ambassador Chris Stevens Is Dead; Al-Qaeda Is Alive

Sunday, September 30th, 2012 - by Rand Simberg

The false campaign narrative of the president’s foreign policy.

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German Troops Riot in Italy over Disney Film!

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012 - by Rand Simberg

Featuring an insulting Donald Duck, it seems like crude propaganda. Generals Patton and Clark were asked for comment, but their response was unprintable.

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The Democrats’ False Narrative on the Auto Industry

Friday, September 21st, 2012 - by Rand Simberg

No, Obama did not "save" the auto industry.

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The Obama Campaign’s New False Narrative

Sunday, September 9th, 2012 - by Rand Simberg

Was fixing the economic mess really too big a job for any president?

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The False Narratives of the Obama Campaign

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 - by Rand Simberg

How Romney can fight back against "The Big Lie."

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The GOP’s Non-Existent Space Policy

Friday, August 31st, 2012 - by Rand Simberg

When innocuous platitudes substitute for serious proposals to reform NASA and jump start private space ventures.

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