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Eat the wealthy, however allow them to construct rockets within the meantime

Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic went to area (or the neighborhood of area) in a PR-suffused occasion over the weekend. It was all quite twee, full of maudlin riffs about childhood desires and riddled with hero worship. And the stream saved stuttering whereas a number of the deliberate vehicle-to-Earth communications failed.

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However the launch completed what it got down to do: A couple of people made it to into zero gravity after launching their rocket-powered area airplane from a bigger plane, flipping it round on the prime of its arc in order that its passengers may get view of our residence whereas floating. Then it got here again to the floor and, we’re certain, a lot champagne was consumed.

Within the aftermath of the occasion, numerous people are pissed. Complaints have rolled in, dissing the occasion and customarily mocking the expense concerned when there are different points to handle. A sampling follows. Word that these are merely illustrative examples of a normal vibe. I’ve exactly zero beef with anybody within the following tweets or articles:

And from the media facet of issues, this stood out today from the Tribune:

I disagree.

Certain, it’s maddening that Jeff Bezos’ new yacht will require a second boat in order that he can have a cellular heliport on the go — his new boat has sails, so you’ll be able to’t chopper to it — whereas the corporate that constructed his fortune churns through workers with abandon and squeezes its drivers a lot that they need to piss in bottles attributable to scheduling constraints.

And, sure, Branson is annoying numerous the time. He additionally owns an island and likes himself an excessive amount of.