Dinosaur (original / biological meaning): any of a group of reptilian creatures notable for large size, fearsome appearance and ferocity, that once dominated the planet’s prehistoric landscape but became extinct when they failed to adapt to environmental changes

Dinosaur (metaphorical / political meaning): a person or entity that is impractically…

Space Exploration

It’s a fact: Humankind is headed for Mars. The Red Planet beckons, and humans are answering the call.

NASA, Perseverance Rover, February 2021

Since the first successful flyby in 1965, four space agencies have made it to Mars: NASA, the former Soviet Union space program, the European Space Agency and the Indian Space Research Organization.

Say you dropped in from outer space for a quick review of the American political scene, circa early 2021. You could be forgiven for thinking, among other things, that the Republican party seems a bit unhinged.

Depending on who you ask these days, the GOP is dead, or nearly dead…

In an essay published in Medium two months ago (“Climate Change — It’s Worse Than You Think”) I noted that:

…if public policy is to address climate change with the urgency it actually demands, it is first necessary to make the case for that urgency in terms that a majority…

In an address in his home state of Delaware on January 19, President-elect Joseph R. Biden demonstrated one of the most important ways he differs from outgoing President Donald Trump. Speaking about the gratitude he feels toward the people of Delaware, and reflecting on the losses he has felt in…

Very soon, Donald Trump will leave the U.S. presidency, one way or another. But his supporters will remain a powerful force in the electorate for years to come. They might seek to reinstall a resurgent Trump in 2024, though impeachment proceedings now underway could forestall that option. …

How to Do Space

There is a vast universe of work to do for humankind to grow from our Earth-based launch programs to something of truly Star Trek proportions. It doesn’t mean we won’t try.

Space Force & Starfleet Graphic: WKMG

Within the ever-popular Star Trek fictional universe, Starfleet is described as a uniformed space force maintained by the United Federation of Planets (“the Federation”) as the principal means for conducting deep space exploration, research, defense, peacekeeping and diplomacy.

Within that narrative, Starfleet began as an Earth agency not unlike NASA…

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire — and there’s a lot of smoke

Elaine Kamarck, a Senior Fellow at the prestigious Brookings Institution, recently raised the question, “Does Trump owe Russia?” Writing on the Brookings website on July 10, 2020, Kamarck outlined a long series of questionable moves Trump has made during his time in office that, in aggregate, suggest an attitude of…

Dangers Loom. Time Is Short. What We Do Matters Now.

On December 7, 2020, a news story from Common Dreams described an open letter sent by some 250 scientists and scholars to policymakers of many governments warning of impending “societal disruption and collapse due to damage to the climate and environment.” …

America’s Prospects for the Future Aren’t Promising

Generally speaking, I prefer a glass-half-full approach to life whenever possible. I’d rather believe there is a way forward, light at the end of the tunnel, than not. I suspect most mentally healthy people feel the same.

But I’m also committed to the proposition that denial is almost never a…

Michael Lindemann

Futurist, street philosopher, agitator, closet musician, planetary advocate

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