Monday, April 16, 2018

Blue Origin Orbital Rocket May Get Support From US Military

Blue Origin is currently competing against SpaceX, ULA (United Launch Alliance) and Orbital ATK for future Air Force contracts to produce newer orbital-class rockets.

If successful for Blue Origin, this will certify Blue Origin's New Glenn rocket for future US National Security missions. ULA, who has long held contracts with the US military, had also helped Blue Origin produce the BE-4 engine that will be used within the New Glenn rocket. ULA had also won previous funding opportunities for Air Force projects, which will help Blue Origin in the long run. SpaceX, Orbital ATK and Aerojet Rocketdyne had also received funding in 2016 for advances in rocket propulsion, Blue Origin respectively is currently working on getting their first major US military contract.

In 2019 the Air Force is set to choose only two private companies to seal a private-public partnership for future national security missions. ULA has held the title as being the military's favorite provider, while SpaceX brought back the space race,but there's no telling where Blue Origin will takes these contracts. If they end up landing the 2019 deal, then Blue Origin just may be a household name. Blue Origin isn't in direct competition to SpaceX or ULA but Blue Origin is looking to capitalize wherever it's most efficient for them.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Trump Orders Strike On Syria With France and UK

Donald Trump has just confirmed that France and the UK will join the US military on a strike on Syrian "chemical targets". The US claims Bashar al-Assad's regime was behind the chemical attack in Douma, near Damascus (the capitol of Syria), which had claimed the lives of more than 40 people on April 7, 2018.

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Syria, who is allied with Russia and supported by China, has been blamed for multiple gas attacks that have occurred throughout the Syrian civil war, but it has yet to have been proven. In fact, there is more evidence that shows it was the United States backed rebels that committed these atrocities under the Obama administration in 2013, which it seem history is repeating itself under the Trump administration.

Many supporters of Trump have applauded his actions and his toughness against the Syrian regime while others are puzzled by the actions of Trump as they mirror the actions of Obama when handling allegations of chemical attacks. There has not been any official deceleration by any non-partisan investigators that confirm that the Syrian government was behind the chemical attacks.

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This could lead to some major problems between the United States and Russia, and may even effect our already rocky relationship with China. Beijing and Damascus do have a fair relationship, Beijing has even offered to assist Syria in reconstruction as the civil war (which is currently being won by Assad) was slowly coming to an end but this action by the United States may end that deal.

Russia, who has called for multiple international investigations over these chemical attack allegations, has repeated for the US to not attack its military ally, Syria, or face repercussions. Russian and US relations are deteriorating quickly over these past few administrations, which return us to a high tension point which could lead to another cold war.

Donald Trump is treading in dangerous waters with war hawks. China and Russia have gone on the defensive with Trump pushing too strongly. This may lead to some serious economic tension between these economic powerhouses.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Should Transgenders Compete In Opposite-Sex Sports?

Certain people are concerned that there are transgender students competing at school sport competitions. The most recent complaint had to do with a pre-op girl who believe's he's a boy, is that fine?

This person, Mack Beggs, ended up holding the title for the school's female wrestling season for 2 years, even though he's been taking testosterone injections. The school has allowed this 'boy' to compete in a "girls league" because the district had ruled that students must compete in leagues according to the gender identified in their birth certificate's. Essentially meaning even a post-operation boy can compete in full physical-contact sports within a female league.

Naturally, this has caused quite a stir within the more conservative, traditional crowd. Many believe they should compete in leagues according to their birth gender, which has caused many progressive communities to oppose it as every individual has their own particular case and are affected differently (emotionally, psychologically, etc). Lots of people see a problem with transgender students competing in the "wrong league", I am not one of them.

It seems as though many people on both sides of the argument are ignoring a key point to all of this. Did these transgender students break any of the rules, or break any serious rules (ones that normally can be applied with exceptions)? For the most part, there hasn't been any serious rules broken, not even with taking testosterone injections (in some cases). Transgender athletes have been following the rules, and have accepted that they must fall into one gender based league or the other, but conflicted groups and emotions are causing problems for these gifted students.

Personally, I believe that there shouldn't be a league for different genders for most sports. I'd like to see a professional basketball league with female/male players (including transgenders, etc), competing for the MVP of the year. Not only in basketball but football, soccer... hell, even boxing and mixed martial arts. I think individuals have a lot to prove, and if people really do believe they are the best or have the best skills in their particular field, then they should prove it and out compete the best in their field.. regardless of sex.

Just like the transgender bathroom debate, the transgender sports debate is just petty. There is a simple fix, but people want to make things complicated.