NASA

Space Force

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Your DGB for today is to let Mike Pence (*sigh*) know that we would very much like for children to be returned to their asylum-seeking parents and maybe health care thank you, before we’d like a “Space Force.”

Today our science-denyin’ VP gave one of his patented disappointed-dad speeches about Trump’s proposed Space Force, which, as Dan Rather pointed out, sounds like “boys playing in a sandbox with their G.I. Joe's and model rocket ships, not a sober or coherent evaluation of the risks of military escalation in or on the final frontier.” If the Trump administration were serious about the mission (instead of just using as an excuse to test out “cool” new logos), it would have proposed increasing funding to the “space force” we already have

This brand new endeavor comes with an initial price tag of $8B. Yep, that’s “billion” with a “b.” While this administration can’t be bothered to turn the lights on in Puerto Rico, clean up the water in Flint, return scared little kids to their parents, or pay for life-saving GRS in the military, it can apparently ask for money to fulfil one rich asshole’s low-rent Buck Rogers fantasy. These priorities are all out of whack, so we’re asking you to let Pence and Trump and your own members of congress know what we’d prefer to see done with eight billion dollars.

 

Jim Bridenstine

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Your DGB for today is to oppose the nomination of Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) to lead NASA.

Jim has most of the regressive requirements for being tapped by Trump for an administrative position, such as xenophobia and an inability to accept empirical evidence, so it’s easy to see why Trump likes him.

Here’s a handy list of the terrible things Bridenstine has said about the LGBTQ+ community over the years: https://www.glaad.org/tap/jim-bridenstine

Here’s a fun interview in which he talks out of an alternate orifice about climate science: http://www.omagdigital.com/publication/?i=307413&article_id=2500588&view=articleBrowser&ver=html5#{%22issue_id%22:307413,%22view%22:%22articleBrowser%22,%22article_id%22:%222500588%22}

And here’s NASA’s current and comprehensive climate change page, which would probably disappear under Jim’s leadership: https://climate.nasa.gov/

You’ll contact your Senators using Resistbot or Countable and tell them we don’t want a backwards politician leading our space program.