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09-21-12 -- Drew Phillips - Vijay Prashad - Paul Graham (MP3 & Video LOADED)

Drew Phillips on End the Fed silver dime cards - Vijay Prashad, author of Arab Spring, Libyan Winter, talks about Libya - Paul Graham, President and Chairman of the Open Luna Project, talks about private space travel to the moon

Program Date:  Friday, September 21, 2012
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Media Type: Audio   •  Time: 121:0 Mins and Secs

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Media Type: Audio   •  Time: 121:0 Mins and Secs
Guests Drew Phillips
Topics Current News and Events , End the Fed Silver Dime Cards

Drew Phillips on End the Fed silver dime cards - Vijay Prashad, author of Arab Spring, Libyan Winter, talks about Libya - Paul Graham, President and Chairman of the Open Luna Project, talks about private space travel to the moon
September 21st, 2012
Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock
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Hour 1
Ernest goes over the
current news and events
Drew Phillips - Segment 2 and 3

Feature Article  •  Global Edition
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End The Fed Silver Dime Cards, Home Printing.
Drew Phillips
   Print your own End The Fed silver Dime cards from Dont Tread On Meme.com
Silver Circle Movie interview. Download the Silver Calculator App for your iPhone & Droid
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2012-09-21 Hour 1 Current News and Events
(Video Archive):

Guests Vijay Prashad

Topics Libya , Author: Arab Spring, Libyan Winter

Hour 2
Vijay Prashad
Professor of International Studies
Webpage: TrinColl.Edu

Vijay Prashad is Professor of International Studies at Trinity College. He is the author of fourteen books, most recently Arab Spring, Libyan Winter (AK Press), which India's The Hindu called "a book that deserves to become essential reading, a canonical account of a world-historic chain of events." He is a columnist for Frontline (India) and a correspondent for Asia Times, an editor at Bol (Pakistan) and Himal (Nepal) and a writer for al-Akhbar (Lebanon) and Counterpunch (USA). In December, Verso Books will publish his The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South, which former UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali calls "a contribution to the intellectual-cum-political emancipation of developing countries and their empowerment through greater self-reliance on their own intellectual and analytical resources."

Vijay Prashad is the author of fourteen books, most recently:
Arab Spring, Libyan Winter (AK Press and LeftWord, April 2012). Review from Publishers Weekly.
Uncle Swami: Being South Asian in America (The New Press, June 2012). Review from Publishers Weekly.

In the Winter of 2012-13 he will publish:

The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South (Verso and LeftWord, 2013).

His forthcoming edited books, in a special Dispatches series he edits for LeftWord Books, include:

[co-edited with Qalandar Bux Memon and Madiha Tahir] Dispatches from Pakistan (LeftWord, 2012). [co-edited with Paul Amar] Dispatches from the Arab Revolt (LeftWord, 2012).

Prashad writes regularly in the media: as a columnist for Frontline magazine (Chennai, India), a contributing editor for Himal South Asia (Kathmandu, Nepal), a contributing editor for Bol (Lahore, Pakistan), a fortnightly contributor to Asia Times, an occasional correspondent for al-Akhbar (Beirut, Lebanon) and a regular contributor to Counterpunch.

He is also the author of The Darker Nations: A People's History of the Third World (The New Press, paperback 2008), which was chosen as the best nonfiction book of 2008 by the Asian American Writers' Workshop and which won the 2009 Muzaffar Ahmad Book Prize; and of two books chosen by the Village Voice as books of the year, Karma of Brown Folk (2000) and Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting: Afro-Asian Connections and the Myth of Cultural Purity (2001).
News Link  • 
The mystery of the Syria contact group
09-21-2012  •  www.atimes.com/Vijay Prashad 
In late August, Egypt's new president Mohammed Morsi proposed the formation of a regional initiative to stem the conflict in Syria. Five decades ago, Egypt and Syria were yoked together to form the United Arab Republic, an experiment that lasted less

News Link  • 
Foreign Policy
Why Presidents Love Foreign Affairs
09-21-2012  •  New York Times DANIEL W. DREZNER 
Why do presidents campaign as economic wizards but govern as foreign policy leaders? The first thing to realize is that presidents are not doing this on purpose. Their focus on foreign policy actually reveals the constraints on the modern American presidency

News Link  • 
Gen. David Petraeus: We Can't Leave Afghanistan Now, They Have Trillions of Dollars of Minerals
09-21-2012  •  www.youtube.com 
... Afghanistan is blessed with the presence of what are trillions, with an 'S' on the end, trillions of dollars worth of minerals if, and only if, you can get the extractive technology, the human capital operated, the lines of communication to enable you to get it out of the country and all the rest of that.

2012-09-21 Hour 2 Vijay Prashad
Author: Arab Spring, Libyan Winter
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Guests Paul Graham

Topics President and Chairman of Open Luna Project , Private Space Travel

Hour 3
Paul Graham
Webpage: OpenLuna.Org
Paul  worked as an Engineer for the Mars Society's Mission Support since the FMARS 2002 season, and was the  Engineering Team Coordinator until 2009. Paul was also on the 4 Frontiers Generation II Mars Settlement Programming team as a dual division head (Building Trades & Mars Suits.) He attended Colorado School of Mines where he studied Engineering Physics, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering as a triple major. He has worked in every building trade, including several years as a plumber, a tinner and an electrician, has extensive RV experience from construction, repair, refitting and living and even spent a few days working on the ARES rover.
Currently he is the CEO of Kepler Shipyards, an aerospace design and manufacturing firm currently working on launch vehicle development & New Frontiers Technologies, who are manufacturing and developing terrestrial applications for pressurized habitat, suit and other space technology, and Alpine Systems Engineering, a Linux/Unix consulting and Web/e-mail hosting company where he spends most of his time building and managing servers and figuring new and creative ways to use or abuse computers and electronic hardware. He is currently working on several Embedded controller real time telemetry and streaming media projects. He has also worked with developing rural broadband using several extreme long-range wireless technologies. His other interests include writing (He is currently writing a novel, a movie script, and a childrens story having several published short stories and non-fiction magazine articles), photography, videography, theater, acting, mountaineering, hiking and other outdoor activities, SCUBA diving, and he is an amateur radio operator (KC0IFZ).

OpenLuna Mission

Mission Plan
The OpenLuna Foundation aims to return mankind to the moon through private enterprise. Initial goals focus on a stepped program of robotic missions coupled with extensive public relations and outreach. Following these purely robotic missions, a short series of manned missions will construct a small, approximately 8 person outpost based on a location scouted by the robotic missions. This outpost will be open for anyone's use (private individuals to government agencies), provided they respect our ethical conduct and heritage policies. Most of the work on the missions is being done on the wiki.

The OpenLuna Foundation takes a unique approach in that:

All aspects of the mission plan and hardware will be open source. This information will be publicly available and community support and involvement will be actively pursued and welcomed. Special efforts will be made to involve students, educational facilities, and amateur space enthusiasts. A strong media presence will be a priority. The entertainment and educational potential of the mission will be exploited to allow the mission to reach the maximum number of people possible. This furthers the educational potential of the mission, provides publicity for sponsors (which will encourage support for future missions), and demonstrates to people that this is possible in the present and inspires the next generation to continue and exceed these mission goals. Mission hardware will be light and geared toward continuity from one mission to future missions. This will save costs and simplify the mission and hardware development. Superfluous hardware will be removed from missions and each component will be made in the lightest fashion possible. This may create initial complications, but it will balance out over the span of the program. Risk levels will be assessed and considered to balance risk with the cost of safety to the ability of the mission to continue forward. Much like an Alpine expedition, moderate risks will be acceptable in favor of exploration. Access to all scientific data and acceptance of outside research proposals will be encouraged.

Phase one - "Scout" class mission
Multiple small scout rovers, delivered by a single lander. The lander will "hop" around to deposit the rovers, similar to an upside down candy-dispenser. There will be two of these lander/rover combinations in the initial launch, one being left in orbit until the results from the first landed unit are analyzed. Based on determinations from the Science Team, the second lander will either land at a secondary search location, and distribute it's rovers there, or distribute rovers around the existing sites for greater detail. A communications satellite will be placed in orbit around the moon with this launch.

Phase two - "Boomerang" class sample return mission
The locations for these sample return missions will be determined by the rovers from Scout class missions. We plan for 180-200kg of samples returned and a rover that can loiter indefinitely "prospecting" and gathering further information. The landing is planned for the southern pole. We will be looking for water, He-3, and a good location for a future shelter and outpost. Land will be "claimed" for the project (as provided for by international law and treaty, see growing and evolving discussion of lunar and other non-Earthly land ownership debates/policies). Place at minimum one communications satellite in orbit with the first launch. At least two of these missions are planned to give a good spread of target areas and rigorously test the technology. Rock samples will be returned to the University of Western Ontario, CPSX and, after being safely cleared, then distributed to those who requested them or auctioned. Profits from this and other income opportunities will be used to fund the next mission. Media opportunities will include auctioning samples, contests to include students at various levels, naming rights as appropriate, documentary rights, etc.

Phase three - "Pathfinder" class mission
Presuming satisfactory site characteristics, tests, and technology development, this mission will be manned. A person with a lunar "tent" as a safety stop will stay as long as safely feasible, testing technology and preparing the site for future construction. This first manned lander will be named "Tranquility" in honor of Apollo 11 (and Firefly/Serenity). Formal announcement of outpost construction plans for Phase four. Development of licensed merchandise, mock and real space/surface suits, other things as they are thought of.

Phase four - "Explorer" class mission
Launch up to three more astronauts (as many as possible given technology and supplies). Bring shelter materials as determined by Phase three and spend approximately one to three days building an outpost. If feasible and safe, leave two volunteers on the surface.

Phase five - "Shakedown" mission
Launch up to five more astronauts (as many as possible given technology and supplies). Bring shelter materials as determined by Phase four and spend as much as two weeks testing every system by use in the outpost. If feasible and safe, leave a volunteer on the surface. Announce the completion of the outpost and offer reservations and use to NASA, ESA, JAXA, other space agencies, and private individuals and organizations.

Further Plans
Develop mining, a scientific outpost, in-situ life support as quickly as possible. We will start looking at better surface transport, and a secondary site for a second or third outpost, preferably on the far side for a telescope, or lava tube sites. Work with a launch provider to improve launch and landing capabilities. Work on a capsule to increase crew comfort. Primary concerns will be given to making the facilities self sufficient, developing infrastructure to further exploration, and Lunar utilization, and working to further educate and inspire the general population.

What is OpenLuna?

The OpenLuna Foundation's mission is to extend humanity’s reach into space. OpenLuna is embarking on a systematic program of robotic missions combined with extensive public relations, educational, and outreach campaigns. Following the robotic missions, a short series of crewed missions will take place, culminating in the construction of a six to ten person, self-sustaining outpost on the lunar surface. The outpost will be made available for public use. 

OpenLuna is part of the rapidly growing new-space industry; companies lead by innovative entrepreneurs and supported by technical staff inspired by NASA, fueled by the information age and communicating on the worldwide web. New-space is one of the few growing industries in the current economy.

Membership Opportunity :

OpenLuna is a public outreach, privately funded (sponsors, members, entertainment revenue) program.  Membership means having an active participation in this exciting industry for everyone.  The program has varied membership levels to accommodate wide participation.  If you can be a part of the next manned mission to space, why would you not?  Click here to join.

Our research and technology are open-source allowing/requiring widespread interest, enthusiam and involvement for the education and enrichment of all.

Strong media presence is critical for furthering the educational potential of the mission and providing publicity for sponsors. 

Mission hardware will be light weight and geared toward continuity to reduce costs and increase reliability. 

Open source means that all scientific data gathered will be freely available.

 An educational public access website will be designed to compile data for training and to in-spire future generations to pursue STEAM sub-jects at all ages. 

Acceptance of outside research proposals and collaborative projects are encouraged. 

A 501(c)(3) privately funded organization with no dependency on government funds. 

Outpost graphic by Kelley Sands of Kelley Designs

News Link  • 
Space Travel and Exploration
The OpenLuna Foundation aims to return mankind to the moon through private enterprise
09-21-2012  •  OpenLuna.Org 
Initial goals focus on a stepped program of robotic missions coupled with extensive public relations and outreach. Following these purely robotic missions, a short series of manned missions will construct a small, approximately 8 person outpost based

2012-09-12 Hour 3 Paul Graham
Open Luna Project - Private Space Travel
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