Introduction On a sunny day in early MarchWarren G. Harding took the oath to become the twenty-ninth president of the United States. Then, between andnearly seven hundred thousand Americans died in a flu epidemic that hit nearly 20 percent of the American population. Waves of labor strikes, meanwhile, hit soon after the war.
Garden Worlds, Park Worlds Motives For Colonization As Rick Robinson mentioned, the real reason for extraterrestrial colonization is so that science fiction authors and game designers will have a marvelous background for their creations.
But who are we trying to kid? Science fiction, particularly hard SF, is not known for engaging the whole range of human experience. This is no knock on it; all the branches of Romance are selective.
The truth is that we want space colonies so that they can rebel against Earth, form an Empire, and generally play out History with a capital H, with lots of explosions and other cool stuff along the way.
Westerns are set in the wild west, the corresponding location in science fiction is an interstellar colony. The tired old "calling the jackrabbit a smeerp" trick. Un-lazy writers can and have written award-winning novels which technically are "westerns set in space" but are not pulling a Bad Durston: He cut out his super-hyper-drive for the landing He spurred hard for a low overhange of rim-rock They should — one is merely a western transplanted to some alien and impossible planet.
Population Explosion But Terra becoming overpopulated can not be solved by colonization. Noted science popularizer Isaac Asimov pointed out the flaw in that solution. Currently population growth is about million people a year, or abouta day. It is a lot easier to use contraception.
The other thing to note is that as nations become industrialized, their population growth tends to level offor even decline. This removes population pressure as a colonization motive. The newscaster went on to say that the Spaceship Mayflower had finally been commissioned and that the rolls were now opened for emigrants.
Pretty lucky for them, I thought. No twerps like Jones. And a brand new planet. The spuds were ready. I took a quick look at my ration accounts, decided we could afford it, and set out a couple of pats of butterine for them.
The broiler was ringing; I removed the steaks, set everything out, and switched on the candles, just as Anne would have done. That way you never get your accounts fouled up.
Dad sniffed the steaks and grinned. This was a good crop year and they started operating the Montana yeast plant besides. Try it on your slide rule. Dad is absent-minded; he lets ration points get into the incinerator. When I salvage, I really salvage. The untaxed quota for our family was three children, then my brother Pat and I came along in one giant economy package.
We were a surprise to everyone, especially to my parents, my three sisters, and the tax adjusters. Maybe Dad did not handle the emergency right. Many families get an extra child quota on an exchange basis with another family, or something, especially when the tax-free limit has already been filled with all boys or all girls.
But Dad was stubborn, maintaining that the law was unconstitutional, unjust, discriminatory, against public morals, and contrary to the will of God. He could reel off a list of important people who were youngest children of large families, from Benjamin Franklin to the first governor of Pluto, then he would demand to know where the human race would have been without them?
He could have paid the annual head tax on us supernumeraries, applied for a seven-person flat, and relaxed to the inevitable. Then he could have asked for reclassification. Instead he claimed exemption for us twins each year, always ended by paying our head tax with his check stamped "Paid under Protest!
When Pat and I were little we slept in homemade cribs in the bathroom which could not have been convenient for anybody, then when we were bigger we slept on the living-room couch, which was inconvenient for everybody, especially our sisters, who found it cramping to their social life.
Dad could have solved all this by putting in for family emigration to Mars or Venus, or the Jovian moons, and he used to bring up the subject. But this was the one thing that would make Mum more stubborn than he was.04Apr12 - Inaugural Bilderberg meeting held in Nazis Oosterbeek Hexenkessel ten years after Arnhem slaughter.
As we have already heard, TWO chairmen - former SS officer Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands and Lord Peter Carrington were both heavily involved in the Nijmegen/Arnhem Operation Market Garden debacle of September (see below).
INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION What were some of the major issues that these reformers shifted the balance of power in the world " Increase of wealth & power in industrialized countries " Europe / US " Decrease in wealth & power in non-industrialized countries " Africa / Asia / Latin America Who where some of the major reformers of this era?!
These years were largely those of the Omayyad Amirs and Caliphs, who may be said to have presided over the Golden Age of Islâmic Spain. The suprisingly rapid decline of the Omayyads in the 11th century quickly led to complete political fragmentation and to grave vulnerability to the rising Christian Kingdoms.
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Emerging first in the Italian city states free market capitalism arrived full scale with the Industrial Revolution in Western Europe, a revolution that brought about a remarkable release of creative energy and productive ability, an enormous increase of production.