In yesterday's News and Views from the Nefarium, I speculated about what I thought would be the next "meme" to be pushed by Mr. Globaloney, and the latest "twist" in GMO geopolitics. I noted that the opening of a case against Mon(ster)santo's corporate "black ops" division by French prosecutors might be seized upon to create a push for a consistent global policy about GMOs, about heirloom seeds, and the creation of international institutions with enough teeth to back them up. I'm not on the globaloney band wagon, of course, but that is my suspicion. Similarly, we've been tracking another emerging "meme" in the past few days, that of coupling global polanetary issues (like asteroid strikes) and the emerging talk of an international effort to create a planetary asteroid defense system. Yesterday's blog referred to high level talks between NASA's Jim Bridenstine and Roscosmos' Dmitri Rogozin.
I don't know about you, but there's no doubt in mind that there has been an "upward trend" in the amount of space-related stories, and most of them concentrating on the idea of some sort of "threat" that's "out there" that we "down here" need to prepare for. I've even advanced the idea that things such as "carbon footprint taxes" and all the other usual globaloney might be the chosen funding mechanism to create these weapons systems.
In keeping with that "upward trend" of stories, many people spotted this story and passed it along(and thank you to all of you who did):
Senator Cruz is saying something I've been arguing for a long time, namely, that with the coming commercialization of space and all the talk about mining the Moon and asteroids, not to mention the fact that both the USA and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg have now passed laws stating essentially that whatever resources corporations might manage to find out there, they own those resources. Stop and let that one sink in, for the way I'm reading those laws, they might also apply to any artifacts or technologies that might be found out there, say, on Mars or the Saturnian moon Iapetus. But the bottom line is, that commercialization will require protection of space assets, and that in turn will require the weaponization of space to protect those assets from "whatever" (asteroids) and "whomever". It's this that Senator Cruz recently addressed in the US Senate:
“Since the ancient Greeks first put to sea, nations have recognized the necessity of naval forces and maintaining a superior capability to protect waterborne travel and commerce from bad actors,” said Cruz, the chairman of the subcommittee on aviation and space, adding, “Pirates threaten the open seas, and the same is possible in space. In this same way, I believe we too must now recognize the necessity of a Space Force to defend the nation and to protect space commerce and civil space exploration.”
Ok... space pirates. This little statement came on the floor of the US Senate, the same Senate that according to recent stories in the media had former Democratic Majority leader Senator Harry Reid funding bills for UFO studies (as if they hadn't been studied covertly by the US military and intelligence since the 1950s). So one may either assume that Senators Reid and Cruz have been drinking too much Swampington, D.C. Koolaid and taken leave of their senses, or that, being reasonably intelligent men, they are speaking from a reasoned position, and perhaps even from a position of some degree of "inside knowledge."
It's that last possibility that informs today's foray into our trademark High Octane Speculation. Consider what "space pirates" implies; it implies either someone "down here" with (1) the money, (2) the infrastructure, (3) the expertise, and (4) the technology to become "space pirates." It furthermore implies that they would have the means and resources to "fence" whatever space swag they went out and "pirated." It implies, in effect, either "rogue nations" or rogue groups, extra-territorial actors. On the other hand, it might imply someone "out there" with similar resources.
Either way one slices it, it's an extremely odd statement to make, and no, in this instance, I do not think Senator Cruz has been drinking too much of the Swampington D.C. Koolaid. In effect, Senator Cruz has more or less made my own prediction and line of reasoning behind space commercialization and its inevitable weaponization "official."
The real question is - which I leave it to the reader to decide - is whether or not the remark was made based upon some sort of "inside knowledge" that the rest of us are not privy to.
It's when you consider his remarks with everything else we've blogged about regarding space this week, that one gets the impression that "something" is definitely going on. And if my "Versailles template" and "quarantine zone" hypotheses regarding space are true, then what we're also looking at is a kind of "space version" of the remilitarization of the Rhineland, and a unilateral abrogation of whatever "space Versailles" might have been in place.
See you on the flip side...