What to do with all those asteroids after we get done shooting at them with Japanese space cannon, hauling them to lunar orbit and mining them at our newly established corporate branches on the newly subdivided properties on the Moon?

According to this idea, the always-clever Russians are proposing that we simply turn them into space ships:

Asteroids should be colonized or used as transport to planets, Russian scientists say

What is intriguing here is something that I hinted about in the blogs a couple of days ago, namely, that while there is a rush in some quarters to privatize and corporatize space along the "Venetian" lines of private corporations like the Dutch East Indies Company, there will be inevitable pushback from nations with different space agendas... or at least, seemingly different agendas.

Now, by way of historical background, the Russians have been down this "celestial-body-as-spaceship" road before. In the 1960s, Soviet scientists proposed that our Moon was one gigantic spaceship, that it had indeed been "hollowed out" and used as a spaceship and - quite literally - steered here and parked in its strange orbit around the Earth (and if you don't believe me, just do a little research on all the bizarre things the Moon does, and then try to reconcile that with the "fission-from-the-Pacific-Ocean" or the "rovering celestial object captured by Earth's gravity" models). Later on, as I recounted in my most recent book Covert Wars and the Clash of Civilizations, a Russian astronomer, Shklovski, proposed that the Martian Moons Phobos and Deimos might be hollowed out asteroids and thus "spaceships" of a sort. Indeed, it was Richard C. Hoagland who first drew attention to Shlovski's book in connection with the equally bizarre findings of the European Space Agency when it took radar tomographs of Phobos.

Thus the idea is not new for the Russians.

So why bring it up again now, in an article full of references to asteroid mining? There seem to be two basic possibilities here: (1) a new space race or (2) the Russians are telling us "the other part of the story." And I suspect the latter may be true, but let's deal with the first a bit.

The article, you'll have noted, places the "colonize the asteroids" in a careful juxtaposition with "asteroid mining," the current space meme being promoted in the West chiefly by NASA, along the space collateralization and privatization model we've been examining here on this site from time to time.  It would be "easier" the article assures us to colonize asteroids rather than mine them.  Thus we are given the outlines of a new "competition" between Russia and the West over the future direction of human activity in space.

But I suspect that the stronger case can be made for (2), that the Russian's, in typical dialectical fashion, are telling us "the rest of the story." In this respect, we need to recall that there are, in spite of all public differences between the USA and Russia, quiet talks concerning the joint construction of a planetary "asteroid defense" system, a system that perforce would require close coopoeration and coordination between the planet's two major space powers.  In this dialectical theater, the Russians could equally be preparing the ground for the synthesis already being prepared by the apparent debate between the "mining future"(thesis), and the "colonizing" future (antithesis). The "synthesis" being simply that mining is a convenient way to hollow out an asteroid, and once whatever minerals are extracted, then, not wishing to allow anything to go to waste, they could be turned into habitats or even, as the Russians are arguing, spaceships.  There would be asteroid mining companies. There would asteroid reclamation companies, making asteroids the perfect new luxury condos, or, for the Amerikan side of the equation, the perfect new private prison colonies.

In short, there is more going on in this article than mere apparent opposition to NASA schemes for privatization. In fact, it is noteworthy that the article does not strongly challenge the notion of space collateralization or privatization per se, but merely the "mining" version of the asteroid future. In short, by talking about colonization, the Russians are serving clear notice that they intend to be involved as major players in the future of the human presence in outer space, corporatized or otherwise.

See you on the flip side.

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. Margaret on November 24, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Asteroids are the best real estate in the Solar System …

    All of a sudden the msm is full of asteroid mining news. Guess who is backing asteroid mining startup Planetary Resources: Google … I expect we’ll be hearing a lot about them as they’ve teamed up with NASA to find a suitable asteroid to pull into orbit around the moon.

    … and PBS’s Nova science series just aired a special: Asteroid–Doomsday or Payday

  2. marcos toledo on November 22, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    That’s a good one Mr. Farrell Botany Bays in space another place for our elites to dump us trash in. What else is new same old story.

  3. Ramura on November 19, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Oh, those clever Russians, indeed! NOW we know what THAT was all about! 🙂

  4. Frankie Calcutta on November 19, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Thanks to the Russians for taking this topic main stream. Moon spaceships have always been a conversation stopper. Many a cocktail party I have brought this up, only to be deadpanned. I have more luck bringing up in conversations our nation’s need to follow in the footsteps of Russia and purge our jewish oligarchs.

    • Frankie Calcutta on November 19, 2013 at 1:27 pm

      just kidding of course. I know our oligarchs are German and not jewish.

      • jedi on November 19, 2013 at 1:31 pm

        and I always thought they were Ethiopian….such a dolt i am….i am iam…..

      • Frankie Calcutta on November 19, 2013 at 1:33 pm

        The truth is: I don’t know who our oligarchs are anymore.

        • jedi on November 19, 2013 at 1:35 pm

          they are not the good guys, remember they voted and nailed the good guys to the cross and freed the murderer

      • Frankie Calcutta on November 19, 2013 at 1:56 pm

        I’ve always had a hunch the world is being run by a gaggle of Taiwanese housewives who started day trading a couple decades ago and haven’t made a bad trade since. They now control the lion’s share of the world’s wealth. Now with their computer geek sons and grandsons, they have taken over the internet and watch everybody.

      • henry on November 19, 2013 at 3:48 pm

        Ben Fulford calls these oligarchs “Satan worshipping Babylonians (not Jewish)”. Dr.Farrell has also made it quite clear on the byteshow that “it’s not simply a ‘Jewish conspiracy'”.
        The new TV series “Sleepy Hollow” portrayed the Hessian soldiers as worshippers of Moloch, waging a secret war against the founding fathers of America.
        In Graham Hancock’s new book “War Gods”, whether its Aztec king Moctezuma doing human sacrifice by the demand of ‘war god’ Huitzilopochtli or Spanish conquistador Cortes commiting genocide against native population because of a voice influenced him, they are the same “Demiurge” that’s misguiding humanity for thousands of years.
        Ofcourse, the ‘devil’ has different names in Hinduism or Taoism, but as Graham Hancock points out, basically its the same negative entity.

        It’s also a philosophical question.
        I try to look at all things as Yin vs Yang, positive vs negative energies, a “Taoist” way of looking at things.
        Another way of looking at things is i imagine water is the “truth”, most mortals deliberately put the water into certain types of container and present to themselves and others as if its the ‘truth’, its this shape or that shape, while in reality it actually has no shape.
        But mortals are mortals, their mindset is “petty”, to say the least.

        • Frankie Calcutta on November 19, 2013 at 7:18 pm


          I agree with what you say but I would not rule out we may be dealing with an aberrant alien gene pool of a hive mentality most sinister. After I get done with my current business venture– I have contracted a Chinese manufacturer to mass produce 10 million Twerkin’ Hillary Bobble dolls for the 2016 Presidential race– I plan to develop sunglasses that will allow one to see the aliens among us. If anyone knows any geneticists who formally worked on secret genome projects and have not been assassinated yet, let me know. I plan to hire a cadre of scientists to develop these special sunglasses. After watching that Mark Dice youtube video the other day on MLK, I’m certain these sunglasses will sell like hotcakes.

          Henry, I always enjoy the info and good commentary you provide.

  5. DownunderET on November 19, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Off Topic:

    New interview with Joseph and George Ann on “Vipers” now up at the Byte Show. Seems like Joseph and George Ann were vaccinated with some sort of amnesia serum.

    It’s a hoot and I’m still laughing my tits off.

    • Margaret on November 19, 2013 at 2:23 pm

      Hi Downunder, Maybe Joseph’s sinus meds from the vidchat hadn’t worn off, he warned of ‘loopiness’ … or else they were sharing laughing gas. It was a lot of fun and, as always, a great conversation. So, it was an alchemical experience for you? 😉

  6. Robert Barricklow on November 19, 2013 at 9:05 am

    As time moves on into these “space” scenarios, it looks more & more likely, that an experienced darker-hand is moving the strings, behind the scenes.

    A hand that has “been there & done that”.

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