Fun how this works, isn’t it?

Jeff Bezos will fly on the first passenger flight of his space company Blue Origin, which the company plans to launch on July 20, the billionaire announced on Monday.

“I want to go on this flight because it’s the thing I’ve wanted to do all my life,” Bezos said in a video posted to his Instagram.

So this bloke wanted to go into space. He sets up a company, makes a passel of money, builds his own rocket and goes.

How different from wokeism in its varied guises. Which is that the newly favoured must be given space on the rocket someone else has built.

12 thoughts on “Fun how this works, isn’t it?”

  1. Dennis, Bullshit Detector

    How different from wokeism in its varied guises. Which is that the newly favoured must be given space on the rocket someone else has built.

    Bezos owns the Washington Post. As such, he’s one of the planet’s foremost enablers of ‘wokeism’.

    Not doubt he’s all for the newly favored getting first dibs on anything he doesn’t want…

  2. It’s a nice “Yes, I dare to sit in my own expensive toy, because I think it’s safe enough..” gesture.

  3. @ Grikath
    This is where I ask people to look up the reason for inventing photo-finishes. Bruce Ismay, the CEO-equivalent of White Star Line sailed on the first voyage of the “unsinkable” Titanic and he didn’t drown but many other passengers did. A year or so later his *brother’s* horse won the Derby (or some comparable race) and the judges all recorded that the next fastest horse had won because they despised Ismay for not going down with the ship although all contemporary reports showed either that all women and children had already got into lifeboats before he did or that he reasonably believed that that they had.
    The other consequence, apart from photo-finishes, was a requirement that there be enough lifeboats for all passengers. Asimov and Henlein expect lifeboats in spaceships but Bezos has not yet designed one.

  4. @John77 Asimov and Heinlein did. Then again, in most of their stories/universes the “lifeboats” were actually the landing craft aboard the spaceships. And spacesuits.. ( up to stuff like the Mobile Armor in Starship Troopers )

    Except in their early or juvenile market work, spaceships actually never touched ground. Built in space, for space, with none of the considerations you need for atmospheric exposure at speed. And they made a point of that in their stories.

    Same really goes for.. ( looks at bookshelves ) Niven, Vance, LeGuin, Lackey, Anderson, and some minor gods..

  5. Bloke in North Dorset

    He’s not built his own rocket.

    *I* paid for that son of a bitch.

    And no, not through Amazon purchases – through fucking tax subsidies.

    It wasn’t Bezos holding a gun to your head, though.

  6. john77- photo finishes- interesting factoid and (relating to another thread) the one sports management grad i know recently got a job with the modern descendant- Hawkeye. At least one very plum job in that field.

  7. it’s the thing I’ve wanted to do all my life

    Popping out of the vaginal tunnel, Bezos was heard to say, “I want to be on the first Blue Origin passenger space flight”.

  8. Bloke in North Dorset
    June 8, 2021 at 4:18 am

    He’s not built his own rocket.

    *I* paid for that son of a bitch.

    And no, not through Amazon purchases – through fucking tax subsidies.

    It wasn’t Bezos holding a gun to your head, though.

    No, but it was Bezos that took the money from the guy who held the gun to my head and took my money.

  9. Personally I would prefer to pay Jeff to deliver my goods the next day at a reasonable price than a high street retailer at a ridiculously inflated price, us parking charges and petrol

    I owe them nothing ,they have fleeced me for decades

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