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Anybody remember the great era of Dutch Imperialism? [Jan. 29th, 2010|02:43 pm]
Young Geoffrey
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Being first is no guarantee that you'll still be around at the finish line.

While the U.S. is apparently giving up on returning to the moon any time soon, India is planning to send its first astronaut into orbit in 2016, while China is talking about doing it next year.

In the abstract, I don't give a damn who gets a critical mass of human beings outside of the bull's eye we laughingly call Planet Earth, but I have recently discovered in my bigoted heart of hearts, that I'd hoped it would be the West — preferably English-speaking — that managed it first.

Methinks it's time for Young Geoffrey to lose the parochialism.