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Ryan Maue has proposed the Richard Branson take as many celebrities as possible into space. Please list the lucky celebrities you would like to see participate in this dynamic new space program.

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66 Responses to Reader Survey

  1. juaneismann says:

    I would like to list all the so-called climate scientists but I lost track of my list. However, Hanson and Gleick are co-owners of the top spot.

  2. ozspeaksup says:

    juLiar Gillard, Clive Palmer, Christine Milne, kevin Rudd, and quite a few more aussie agw pollies
    Tim Flannery to head of list!
    oooh that Lewindowsky? ?? lewpaper fella and Cook as well

    • ozspeaksup says:

      Gore ,hansen,mehrlich, and M Strong for my o/s choices:-)
      aw hell the IPCC and brussels mob too
      planes nearly full I guess?

  3. etudiant says:

    Guys, this is seriously mean spirited. and reflects very poorly on this community.
    Reader Ryan Maue is either heartless or a troll.

    • but but but whats wrong with taking the “mean spirited people into space? Do not forget Micheal Moore.

      • Robertv says:

        Do we know if there were problems with the gas tank ?

        • Billy Liar says:

          Unlikely but possible. It was apparent the first flight with a different solid fuel – a polyamide based thermoplastic rather than hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene (HTPB).

          Although slightly more powerful than the baseline HTPB-fueled RM2 hybrid rocket motor made by Sierra Nevada, the switch to the alternate fuel does not require additional structural reinforcement or major systems changes, Whitesides says. The cartridge containing the polyamide, a form of benign thermoplastic developed by engineers at Scaled Composites, will be integrated into SS2’s large, mid-fuselage mounted nitrous oxide tank in the same way as the baseline motor. Although the installation of the new cartridge will “require a few tweaks to the plumbing system,” the integrated fuel canister and nozzle assembly will connect to the oxidizer tank valve without added modifications, he adds.

          Read the first two comments.

        • This is one of my favorite moments in the series. The “deer in the headlights” look on young Michael Moore’s face is priceless.

          The confrontation with Milton Friedman could have been the moment of clarity when a deeply disturbed and confused young man realized what an intellectual midget he is but, more importantly, that he understands intellectual midgetry better than anyone else and can make millions making pinko movies for the “differently intelligent”.

          And what a bottomless market he tapped into. Pure genius! Vive le capitalisme!

        • philjourdan says:

          Soros makes millions shorting the currencies that made him rich. Moore makes millions trashing the system that made him rich. Dante would have a field day with today’s liberals.

      • Hell_is_like_newark says:

        You’ll need a bigger rocket for Moore.

    • Ernest Bush says:

      At least this is presented in a joking way. Think about what the left has been saying needs to happen to skeptics. Everything from outright slaughter to concentration camps, and they were screaming those things in anger.

    • Guys, this is seriously mean spirited …

      Steven Goddard is in an interesting company. General George S. Patton was a seriously mean-spirited guy:

      “The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.”

      My broader take on the subject is here:

      I have a strong opinion about this but—as I also say there—I have sympathy for the good people who disagree. Maybe they are just better humans than me.

      Patton also said:

      ”If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.”

  4. philjourdan says:

    Start with Ed Begley Jr (the apple fell far from that tree). And make sure Sean Penn and Danny Glover have reserved seats.

  5. Steve Case says:

    Really I’m the 1st Michael Mann?

  6. ralphcramdo says:

    PLEASE give Al Gore and Tom Steyer a ride!

  7. darwin says:

    I nominate Cher and Ashley Judd.

  8. darwin says:

    oh … and Neil Young.

  9. To make a joke out of this disaster is disrespectful of the man who had to hit the ground and die?

    And also of his family and friends?

    • stewart pid says:

      Richard with all respect who has died (hit the ground) … perhaps I’m misunderstanding your comment?
      I would have to go with Darwin above and put Neil Young on the hopefully one way trip to boldly go where man has never gone before (at least a five year voyage).

      • I’m not sure if you’re serious or not, but in case you are:

        At 10.51am PST 31 October 2014, SpaceShipTwo experienced an in-flight anomaly followed by a catastrophic explosion and crash.[63][64] The flight was the first test of SpaceShipTwo with new plastic-based fuel, replacing the original—a rubber-based solid fuel that had not met expectations.[65] The crash caused one fatality and one injury.[66]

        Media reports stated that The California Highway Patrol had confirmed that one person was dead and another (the pilot) had suffered “major injuries” but was able to eject, and that the deceased co-pilot’s body was recovered from the wreckage.[67]

        • stewart pid says:

          Yeah thanks Richard …. I had just found the piece on the crash on Bloomberg and returned to Tony’s sight to apologize. I had been reading a lot the past several days and missed the news whether on the internet or TV. I knew of the crash of the space station flight earlier this week and so was confused since it was unmanned. You are right this is a tragedy and perhaps we should refrain from sarcasm.

    • OK Let’s never make any jokes about any subject or location where someone else has died.

  10. Bruce says:

    I don’t think this is disrespectful. The next flight might work out just fine. Leonard DiCaprio took at least 20 intercontinental flights last year preaching austerity for the 99%. He can do the next eco-sermon from space.

    • Oh, is that the new standard then? If the whole thing might have just been a fluke, then it’s all good, let the humor commence? Sorry, I didn’t get the memo. I mean, the “tweet”.

      • Adam Gallon says:

        When I heard about Princess Diana’s death, my first thoughts were “What will come first, sick jokes or crazy conspiracy theories”?
        It was a very close-run thing!

      • I’m sorry you think it’s appropriate to make a joke like that!

        You should not be sorry I read things that weren’t written. You and I both do that all the time! It is an essential part of effective communication. You certainly succeeded in communicating your thoughts regarding how we should think about the disaster.

        Keep on with your joke if you insist, and see where it gets you.

  11. gator69 says:

    Were gonna need a bigger space ship!

  12. Uh oh… Cue up the “skeptics issue death threats” meme.

    “Breaking: Deniers issue list of celebrities to travel on Branson’s death machines”.

    I give it less than a day. It’s probably already too late.

  13. SMS says:

    Because I agree with Robert Fowler that this is a bit of a morbid idea, rather than a person, why not send up some ideas we don’t agree with. Send up progressivism, CAGW, holes in the ozone, anything Obama has to say, anything FDR said or did, socialism, ( I know, I’m doing a lot of crossing over), and the idea that humans can control the environment.

  14. Williiam Baird says:

    Top of my list are John Selwyn Gummer alias Lord Deben and ‘mad’ Ed Davey.

  15. geran says:

    Don’t forget Daryl Hannah, that well know climate “scientist”.

  16. Edmonton Al says:

    I’m still waiting for an “American Spring”.

  17. GoneWithTheWind says:

    Former and current presidents, leaders of congress.

  18. Ben Vorlich says:

    Vivienne Westwood and Emma Thompson (if I am allowed two nominations).

    This type of humour is common in the UK and is known as Black Humour, based on the premise if you don’t laugh you’ll cry.

  19. Louis Hooffstetter says:

    The founders of ‘Real Climate’ are only celebrities in their own minds, but that’s close enough for me. I’d contribute to a one way ticket for whole crew.

  20. Eric Barnes says:

    All the actors who attend the comintern convention Democratic National Convention. Do that about for about 5 or 6 election cycles and we should be good.

  21. Stephen Richards says:

    The list would be so long that the plane would have crashed before I finished writing all the names of the scumbags

  22. Beale says:

    Dare I even guess the carbon footprint of this program?

  23. Tony, this post is your apogee. With this one post and your defense of it, you have taken a substantial good reputation, and blown it completely to pieces.

    You express agreement with the statement we should not refrain from joking about violent death, out of respect for the fallen or for any other reason.

    Then let’s see if you have the stomach to come up with a climate joke about civilians getting shot out of the sky, like the two babies who fell and hit the ground in the Ukraine, never understanding what was happening. I haven’t yet seen any jokes about that disaster. You might get a lot of supportive responses with that one. And it’s related to the Russian energy export situation, so there you go.

    You could follow that up with some real strong climate jokes about all the people who’ve been gassed in chemical weapon attacks. I haven’t seen anything about that. Not even from the United Kingdom. I’m sure many, if not most, of the attackers were climate alarmists. You might get a few happy responses from that joke.

    Now here’s one. I haven’t yet, in all my days, seen a single joke, climate or otherwise, about the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. (Or Tokyo, or Hamburg, or Dresden.) These were all related to Hitler, who was a known environmental nut job. You’d probably get one or two supportive responses if you went there. What are you waiting for?

    You know what, this concept might make an interesting series of posts. Here’s some more ideas for “funny” jokes about horrific deaths:

    – The victims of the Hillsborough disaster
    – The victims of the carpet-bombing of London
    – The people who died when the Titanic sank
    – The victims of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake
    – People who’ve died in coal mining disasters
    – The NASA astronauts who died in the Apollo fire

    Surely there must be some way that all these events can be tied to an environmental lunatic, so that you can feel justified thinking about the same thing happening to a bunch of alarmists.

    You know it’s the funniest thing. Even though I’m told this is a common practice today, I don’t think I’ve ever seen or heard a single joke about any of these violent deaths! How strange that none of them have yet been tapped for their “obvious” comedic potential.

    I guess those jokes are all out there somewhere. I guess I’m just a complete idiot and moron for never having heard them. That must be why you haven’t used them — because you figure that everyone but the most sequestered moron has already heard them before!

  24. Barbara says:

    Sorry, R.T.F. but you are taking life/death all too seriously. Maybe some chocolate would help? The good, happy brain chemicals, you know? Works for me! Of course, we grieve for the copilot and his family, etc. Annnndd, everyone with a sense of humor, maybe we need the idiots around so that we can laugh at their nonsense. I do mean “non” sense. They are worried about a few degrees of temperature change? Where I live, the daily temp. range is ten times that and more in summer on a daily basis. Can’t scare me!

  25. Robertv says:

    I personally think there is a necessity for making ‘jokes’ to cope with tragic events. It is about getting over the fear of death a death we as intelligent beings know we have to face one day.

  26. Branson’s definition of outer space is lame.

  27. jdseanjd says:

    I’d nominate Jim Carter, who plays the butler in Downton Abbey, for frightening kids re Christmas.
    Also the slime MPs in parliament making money from the CAGW scam, while hiking power bills for the poor, leading to excess winter deaths in the UK. Tim Yeo & John Selwyn Gummer, Lord Deben.
    Or, put in search box : An upload from Santa himself : “Christmas 2013 might be cancelled !”
    1.47 mins.

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