To the moon, all of you conspiracy theorists

One small step for man. One giant leap for nutjobs. Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of one of America’s greatest …

One small step for man. One giant leap for nutjobs.

Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of one of America’s greatest achievements — the first humans to land on the moon.

Or did we?

When Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin took those first lunar steps on July 21, 1969, Armstrong famously declared, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” That “small step” marked the culmination of centuries of scientific progress, and Americans stood proud.

Well, most Americans. Despite overwhelming evidence, including the collection of moon rocks and NASA images, the conspiracy nuts were soon out in force, claiming the moon landing was an elaborate hoax.

In 1976, writer Bill Kaysing published a conspiracy pamphlet titled “We Never Went to the Moon,” claiming the moonwalk footage was a fake, staged in a studio. In 2001, Fox News gave fresh blood to the lunar “truther” movement, airing a “Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon?” special and interviewing a parade of Apollo 11 skeptics, including Kaysing and conspiracy filmmaker Bart Sibrel.

A year later, Sibrel assaulted Aldrin in a Beverly Hills hotel, screaming insults and poking him with a Bible. After one poke too many, Aldrin responded by socking Sibrel in the jaw, who then ran away. One small step for the good guys?

The number of conspiracy nuts mushroomed with the advent of social media, from lunar “truthers” to 9/11 “truthers” to anti-vaxxers to Holocaust deniers. Among their vilest smears is that the gunning down of children at Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012 never happened and was a hoax, further compounding the grief of the parents.

Today, any cretin with a computer living in his or her parents’ basement can post a new “theory” that might go viral and bring instant notoriety in growing circles of similarly stunted intellects. Look Mom, I’m famous!

One might wonder how the human race has gotten this far. At that point, it’s good to remember that if we were able to get to the moon, there’s not much we can’t do.

So let’s keep the faith, and celebrate the Apollo 11 astronauts’ achievement with pride!

Follow playwright Mike Vogel at @mikewrite7.

(source: https://www.amny.com/opinion/lunar-landing-apollo-anniversary-truthers-moon-1-33913468/ )

Will Smith to Help Raise $50 Million to Fight Homelessness

As reported in The Washington Post, Will Smith and Dame Helen Mirren will each read a bedtime story during a one-night fundraising event to help fight global homelessness. On December 7th, Smith has agreed to partner with The World’s Big Sleep Out, a campaign that seeks to raise money to end homelessness and displacement around the world. In an effort to raise $50 million, The World’s Big Sleep Out encourages people to organize or join a “sleep out” for one night to support various charities throughout the world.

“For one night, in backyards, hometowns and iconic locations across the globe, we will sleep out in unison to create the world’s largest display of solidarity with and support of those experiencing homelessness and displacement,” The Big Sleep Out states on its website.

Smith will be reading in Times Square in New York City, while Mirren will be doing hers in Trafalgar Square in London. Each location is expected to feature live performances. The sleep out is also planned in other major cities, including Chicago, Amsterdam, Madrid, and Los Angeles.

Will Smith
Will Smith will participate in the World’s Big Sleep Out on December 7th (Image: BigSleepOut.com)

100% of the funds raised from the New York event will go toward registered charities helping homeless and displaced people. International partners for the campaign include UNICEF USAMalala FundSocial Bite, and The Institute of Global Homelessness.

“I am blown away by the response to The World’s Big Sleep Out so far and incredibly excited to have 50 cities all over the world taking part, Josh Littlejohn MBE, the founder of World’s Big Sleep Out, said in a statement. “It doesn’t matter if you are taking part in Times Square or in your back garden with your family, by sleeping out for one night on December 7th, we can simultaneously express our compassion for homeless people who have no other choice and raise life-saving funds to make a difference. We can also send a message to the world’s political leaders that urgent action is required to address the human suffering that we each witness on our streets every day.” (source: https://www.blackenterprise.com/will-smith-50-million-homelessness/ )

Moving to Ireland – Cottage Restoration, Self-sufficiency and Sustainable Living

My name’s Daniel. I’m English, but in the summer of 2016 I gave up the rat-race to restore a derelict stone cottage in the wilds of western Ireland, where I currently live in a wee caravan on site.
It’s a slow process, but I’m also attempting to create a permaculture smallholding on the acre of wasteland, turning it into something beautiful and sustainable for generations to come; with a fruit and nut orchard, forest garden, and of course the odd chicken and duck to keep the weeds (and slugs) in check!
As if that wasn’t enough, I’m also attempting to film and VLOG the process, from building projects, to farming and foraging, to the simple (and not so simple) ups and downs of my life here in the Irish wilderness!
You’ll find a lot more information in the attached video and associated YouTube channel. Any support you may be able to offer, however small, would be life-changing, and immensely appreciated.

Thanks for reading!



Duran Duran at Kennedy Space Center Apollo 11 50th Anniversary

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Duran Duran

50 years after Apollo 11 made its historic launch, leading to the first two people landing on the Moon, Duran Duran hosted a 50th anniversary concert on Tuesday (July 16) in celebration at the Rocket Garden at Kennedy Space Center Visitor.
In a video uploaded from the event, the band performs “The Universe Alone,” off their 2015 album, Paper Gods. Simon LeBon croons in an out-of-this-world production as the screen behind him displays an astonishing image of stars in space. The performance was backed by an orchestra and choir, adding to the emotion. (source: Billboard.com)

Bart Sibrel: Moon Landing 50th anniversary

What the notoriously corrupt United States federal government is claiming is to have sent men to the moon in 1969, on the very FIRST attempt, even though right here on earth Mt. Everest and the South Pole took NUMEROUS tries before success, allegedly accomplishing this amazing feat with FIFTY YEAR OLDER technology (a cell phone has ONE MILLION times more computing power than ALL of NASA did back then), yet FIFTY years later the farthest NASA can now send astronauts from Earth is only 1/1000th the distance as claimed half a century ago, despite there being five decades more advancements in rockets and computers.

If Toyota claimed they made a car FIFTY years ago that could travel 50,000 miles on one gallon of gasoline, yet today their best car can only go 50 miles per gallon, or 1/1000th the distance, would not their forgery be incredibly obvious? If it were not for people’s emotional attachment to the fifty year unrepeatable moon landing claim, also with only 1/1000th the distance capable five decades later, they would otherwise easily recognize it as the fraud that it sadly is.

The alleged moon landings are the only technological claim in the entire history of the world, such as the first automobile, airplane, or nuclear power, which was not far surpassed in capability fifty years later, much less could not be duplicated by any nation on earth fifty years later. The supposed moon landings are also the only time in the entire history of the world that such claimed breakthrough technology was deliberately destroyed afterwards, actually only done so to hide the evidence of their fraud.

Seeing how it is IMPOSSIBLE for technology to go backwards and today NASA can only send astronauts 1/1000th the distance from the Earth as was claimed FIFTY years ago on the very FIRST attempt with FIVE DECADES OLDER technology, the only remaining conclusion is that the 1969 claim was a government forgery. It is that simple.

How Moon Landing Conspiracy Theories Spread Before the Internet

by Matt Novak
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Conspiracy theories about the Moon landing have been around for years. Decades, in fact. And while it’s easier than ever to spread false stories thanks to the internet, the belief that humans never landed on the Moon is way older than the web.
How did people learn about Moon landing conspiracy theories before the internet? People of the 20th century had a strange and primitive technology known as books.
The 1974 self-published book We Never Went to the Moon by Bill Kaysing was the first lengthy discussion on the topic committed to paper. Kaysing, who died in 2005, was a technical writer at space contractor Rocketdyne in the 1950s, which led some people to think that Kaysing knew what he was talking about when he insisted that the Moon landings were actually filmed at a production studio in Area 51. People believed Kaysing despite the fact that he would sometimes admit he knew “zero” about rockets.
Kaysing didn’t have to work too hard to convince an already skeptical public that the Apollo space program and the first Moon landing on July 20, 1969 was a sham. Americans of the late 1960s and early 1970s were already living through one of the most disheartening eras of the 20th century, with everything from the Vietnam War to the corruption of Watergate leading the average person to distrust anything their government might be telling them.
The Knight newspaper company in July 1970 found that a whopping 30 percent of Americans believed the Moon landing had been faked. And a Gallup poll in 1976 found that 28 percent of Americans believed that the Moon landing had been staged by the U.S. government—pretty consistent findings throughout the 1970s.

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Kaysing thought he had a lot of reasons to believe the U.S. government needed to fake the Moon landing. First, he insisted that it simply wasn’t possible given the technology of the day. This argument was made through a lot of hand-waving and by suggesting that his firsthand knowledge from Rocketdyne gave him some special insight.
“As a witness to many rocket engine tests at the Santa Susana lab, I saw many failures, blowups and premature engine cutoffs due to incipient disaster,” Kaysing wrote in his book. “Even after the relatively modest Atlas engine cluster was accepted by the Air Force for use in the Atlas ICBM, failures occurred with repeated regularity.”
But his most damning evidence that the Moon landing was a hoax was perhaps the most easy to discredit. Specifically, Kaysing wrote, repeatedly, that the absence of stars in the photos taken on the Moon proved humans never went there.
“There are no stars in any of their pictures,” Kaysing told a New Jersey newspaper in 1977. “If they were taken on the moon there would have been some stars in evidence.” The suggestion was that this was some kind of oversight on the part of NASA and proved that it was all fake.
The reality? There are a lot of good reasons that you don’t see stars in the photos from the Moon. But people here in the 21st century probably understand that today better than they could in the 1970s. Anyone who’s used a smartphone to take pictures when there’s a single annoying light source can get easily frustrated. Astronauts are exposed to a lot more direct sunlight in space, so if you expose the photo using an appropriate aperture for the surface of the Moon, you’re not going to capture the relatively little light from stars.
If you set the camera’s aperture wide to capture the stars, you’d get something like this demonstration from a great debunker of the Moon hoax people by VideoFromSpace on YouTube.
Kaysing thought he had a lot of reasons to believe the U.S. government needed to fake the Moon landing. First, he insisted that it simply wasn’t possible given the technology of the day. This argument was made through a lot of hand-waving and by suggesting that his firsthand knowledge from Rocketdyne gave him some special insight.
“As a witness to many rocket engine tests at the Santa Susana lab, I saw many failures, blowups and premature engine cutoffs due to incipient disaster,” Kaysing wrote in his book. “Even after the relatively modest Atlas engine cluster was accepted by the Air Force for use in the Atlas ICBM, failures occurred with repeated regularity.”
But his most damning evidence that the Moon landing was a hoax was perhaps the most easy to discredit. Specifically, Kaysing wrote, repeatedly, that the absence of stars in the photos taken on the Moon proved humans never went there.
“There are no stars in any of their pictures,” Kaysing told a New Jersey newspaper in 1977. “If they were taken on the moon there would have been some stars in evidence.” The suggestion was that this was some kind of oversight on the part of NASA and proved that it was all fake.
The reality? There are a lot of good reasons that you don’t see stars in the photos from the Moon. But people here in the 21st century probably understand that today better than they could in the 1970s. Anyone who’s used a smartphone to take pictures when there’s a single annoying light source can get easily frustrated. Astronauts are exposed to a lot more direct sunlight in space, so if you expose the photo using an appropriate aperture for the surface of the Moon, you’re not going to capture the relatively little light from stars.
If you set the camera’s aperture wide to capture the stars, you’d get something like this demonstration from a great debunker of the Moon hoax people by VideoFromSpace on YouTube.
Another one of Kaysing’s claims was that acclaimed director Stanley Kubrick was probably involved in faking the Moon landings. Kubrick’s 1968 movie 2001: A Space Odyssey included some of the most impressive special effects work that had been done to date and it helped create the theory that Kubrick had actually directed the footage we know today as the Apollo landings.
“While ‘2001’ was being filmed, Kubrick and his crew consulted with nearly 70 industrial and aerospace corporations, universities, observatories, weather bureaus, laboratories and other institutions to ensure that the film would be technically accurate,” Kaysing wrote. “Had this been done for ASP without the cover of ‘2001’, much suspicion would have been directed towards those making the inquires.”
What’s ASP? According to Kaysing, that stands for the “Apollo Simulation Project.” In fact, Kaysing even points to the ballooning budget of the film as more evidence that Kubrick was in on the moon hoax, insinuating that the director was paid by NASA to stage a cover-up.
Kaysing’s book also included photos of hotels in Las Vegas—the place where Kaysing said the astronauts lived while they were supposed to be on the Moon. In fact, Kaysing suggests that the astronauts insisted on Vegas because guys like Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and their publicity “managers” wanted to live it up in style.
Hard to argue with that, right?
Another piece of “evidence” that Kaysing spends considerable time on throughout the book is the fact that the practice sessions that astronauts conducted look like a fake Moon landing. Admittedly, I made the same joke back in 2014 before I had even heard of Kaysing’s book.
And the photos really do look like prep for a fake landing. But they’re not. They’re just training. Obviously these photos have stuck around and are used on the internet as “evidence” even today.

Neil Armstrong practices using a video camera during a lunar surface simulation at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston in April of 1969, three months before he would actually walk on the Moon
Ralph Rene is another Moon hoaxer who gained prominence before most American were online, having published a book called MENSA Lectures, retitled The Last Skeptic Of Science after Mensa reportedly sued for using the name without permission. But it was Rene’s second book, published in 1994, that made him a folk hero of the Moon hoax community. Called NASA Mooned America!, the book, which is still available on Amazon, has many similarities to Kaysing’s work in the 1970s, but includes some even more outlandish claims.
One of the most damning pieces of evidence that Rene has? The astronauts don’t look sufficiently excited upon their return. Rene published this photo to show that the astronauts were actually embarrassed that they’d just lied to the American public:
(source. https://paleofuture.gizmodo.com/how-moon-landing-conspiracy-theories-spread-before-the-1835483705 )

MIT Science Reporter — “Landing on the Moon”

This 1966 MIT Science Reporter television program details the development and construction of the Lunar Excursion Module (LEM), the only vehicle of the three Apollo spacecraft modules that actually lands on the moon. Project engineer Thomas Kelly gives a tour of the LEM at Grumman Aircraft in Long Island, NY, and demonstrates the LEM Automatic Checkout System, while test pilot Robert Smyth demonstrates the lunar landing simulator via an electronic computer-controlled model of the Moon. The program is presented by MIT in association with WGBH-TV Boston, and hosted by MIT reporter John Fitch; it was produced for NASA. MIT Museum Collections.

Moon Landing at 50: A Guide to TV Specials Celebrating Apollo 11’s 1969 Feat

Multiple television channels including National Geographic, Smithsonian and Discovery will air special coverage throughout the month.

Multiple television channels including National Geographic, Smithsonian and Discovery will air special coverage throughout the month.

July 20, 2019, marks 50 years since Apollo 11 made its historic landing on the moon. Since then, Hollywood has taken creative liberties to celebrate the feat, part of the space race against the Soviet Union. Projects include the Damien Chazelle film First Man, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and Al Reinert’s For All MankindMoon landing enthusiasts (or disbelievers) can celebrate Apollo 11’s landing by watching such Hollywood projects, but multiple television networks including National Geographic, Smithsonian and Discovery will air their own special coverage throughout the month.The channels will commemorate the lunar landing with programs such as new episodes of Smithsonian’s Apollo’s Moon Shot, Chasing the Moon from PBS and BBC America’s Wonders of the Moon.Suit up and read on for a list of Apollo 11-inspired TV programs.July 5
Apollo: Back to the Moon (6 p.m. ET/PT, National Geographic)July 6
Lost Tapes, The: Apollo 13 (3 p.m., Smithsonian)

July 7
Apollo’s Moon Shot: Rocket Fever (6 a.m., Smithsonian)
Apollo’s Moon Shot: Triumph and Tragedy (7 a.m., Smithsonian)
Apollo’s Moon Shot: One Giant Leap (8 a.m., Smithsonian)
Apollo: Missions to the Moon (9 p.m., National Geographic)
The Day We Walked the Moon (9 p.m., Smithsonian)

July 8
The Armstrong Tapes (9 p.m., National Geographic)
Challenger Disaster: The Final Mission (10 p.m., National Geographic)
Chasing the Moon (9 p.m., PBS)

July 9
Apollo: Back to the Moon (9 p.m., National Geographic)

July 10
Nova: Back to the Moon (8 p.m., PBS)

July 14
Moon Landing: The Lost Tapes (10 p.m., History)

July 16
Nova: Apollo’s Daring Mission (10 p.m., PBS)

July 17
8 Days: to the Moon and Back (9 p.m., PBS)

July 18
When We Were Apollo (8:30 p.m., PBS)
Apollo’s Moon Shot: Brink of Disaster (9 p.m., Smithsonian)

July 19
NASA’s Giant Leaps: Past and Future – Celebrating Apollo 50th as We Go Forward to the Moon (1 p.m., Science)
Wonders of the Moon (10 p.m., BBC America)

July 20
Apollo: The Forgotten Films (8 p.m., Discovery)
Moon Landing Live (9 p.m., BBC America)
Confessions From Space: Apollo (10 p.m., Discovery)

(source: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/apollo-11-moon-landing-1969-tv-shows-celebrating-50th-anniversary-1222497 )