Long Reads: The Cruz missile, difficulties of space travel and the act of killing

Approx Reading Time-10Stretch out for Long Reads Sunday as Richard Jackson exposes the forked tongue of Ted Cruz, kills for the sake of killing and explores the final frontier.

 

Ted Cruz’s Howitzer – Andy Kroll (The New Republic)

The US political debate has a level of open public vitriol that is not seen anywhere else. Name calling is one thing, but chastising someone as an enemy (the way Fox News and Sarah Palin do) inspires violence, as evidenced by the 2011 shooting in Tucson where Jared Loughner killed six people and almost killed US Representative Gabriel Giffords.

With this in mind, I am sure you can imagine the dislike that I have for the subject of this article. Jeff Roe, Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign manager, has a history of running excessively aggressive political campaigns. Ted Cruz is also a man that I loathe; he is a compulsive liar and a dangerous individual. It seems that Roe and Cruz are made for each other.

Quote: “Roe and his tactics have been blamed for damaging opponents’ lives and reputations, and even for contributing to a gubernatorial candidate’s suicide.”

 

The break–off effect – Sydney Brownstone (Fast Company)

If humans are to become a multi-planet species as many people (from Elon Musk of SpaceX to astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson) have sought, then we obviously need to conquer space travel. Unfortunately, as this article details, some pilots tend to have breakdowns as they move into the upper stratosphere of earth – bit of a problem.

The movies make it seem so easy too.

Money quote: “Whether it was the ergonomics of the planes, the isolation, an individual person’s psychology, or the perspective of being up so high, break-off sometimes seemed to produce emotional extremes in pilots and others being prepped for space exploration. Some not only felt separated from Earth. They also felt like they had detached from reality.”

 

Killings – Daniel Wallace (Bitter Southerner)

The writer of this piece, Daniel Wallace, sets out to actively kill a chicken. He doesn’t do it for food, he doesn’t do it for annoyance at the chicken, he does it to feel and understand what it’s like to kill something.

 

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