Walking on the Moon


Posted On: Tuesday - July 20th 2021 7:28PM MST
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It was 52 years ago about 4 hours ago, when Man, but specifically, 2 Americans named Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, first walked on the surface of the moon. This historic "giant step for mankind" is one of the few events that Peak Stupidity DID remember to memorialize on the right day. On the half-century anniversary, we posted Peak America - 1/2 Century Ago Today.

Even when looking back from 52 years, but especially at the time, this was not only an amazing accomplishment, but a thing of awe. Two men were walking on another world! (10 more did, and some of them drove around and even drove a golf ball.)

For years afterward, Americans had a standard complaint that I believe started out as "We can send a man to the moon, but we still can't cure the common cold!" Peak Stupidity's version of 52 years later, with help from our new hero to replace Neil Armstrong, Dr. Anthony Fauci goes "We can cure the common cold, but we can't send a man to the moon anymore!"

Upon request by commenter "The Alarmist", we feature today some more music by The Police, a great 3-piece English rock band of the 1970s and '80s. They are a favorite of ours, and we've featured at least 4 of their songs here already our posts: Of course the Russians love their children, you dumb bass player! - De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da, The Carbon Neutrality of Davy Jone's Locker - Message in a Bottle, Surgeon Colonel Sting on Social Distancing - Don't Stand so Close to Me, and Ghost in the machine - Re-Humanize Yourself.

I didn't expect to find a video with the old Saturn V rocket at Kennedy Space Center and the moon landing footage - nice job by the video maker - I assume this is the official video. Also, they flew in there in a Piper Navajo, which was cool too!



The Police:

Sting – Lead and backing vocals, bass guitar, keyboards.
Andy Summers – Guitar, backing and occasional lead vocals, keyboards.
Stewart Copeland – Drums, percussion, backing and occasional lead vocals, keyboards. saxophone, and harmonica.

In the video, both Sting and Andy Summers are playing guitar. Who's playing bass, doing that reggae beat, then? Stewart Copeland may have gotten kind of bored, so he just occasionally drums on the rocket, haha. This song was from the band's 2nd album, Reggatta de Blanc, from 1979

Giant steps are what you take, walking on the moon.

Comments:
Sad to Say
Tuesday - July 27th 2021 10:30PM MST
PS Dear Moderator: Sorry to break it to you but you of all people should know: "They lie about everything."

Including July 20, 1969. No need to waste time establishing facts other than this one--In the four decades since, USA has not returned for the succeeding (meaningful) chapter. There is not a single pioneering instance in history where pushing forward to new frontiers from an established beachhead has failed to be exploited, furthered and promoted.

Richard Nixon on the White House LAND LINE--to the moon(!)--is the real tell--that one is an absolute joke. Then take a look at the video of the press conference by the three astronauts post-mission. Don't get me wrong--these men did their best as military officers following orders doubtless being told them that world peace and national security were at grave risk without their full participation. They deserve respect and deference because no doubt they were doing their best under massive pressure.

But just look at the video--they look like somebody beat them up, stole their lunch money, then shot their dogs. One need not be an expert in non-verbal communication to easily see these gentlemen are clearly not very happy about what they are doing and are clearly making the best of a very bad situation.

https://www.google.com/search?q=youtube+apollo+11+post+mission+press+conference&oq=youtube+apollo+11+post+mission+press+conference+&aqs=chrome..69i57.13311j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

Dozens of other details all lead a careful researcher to the same conclusion but won't trouble anyone with them here. Plenty of others have done so convincingly and scientifically. Doubters need to drop their blinders and begin reading careful researchers from all over the world.

It really would help for people to understand how massive and ubiquitous are the lies, and this one is the whopper of whoppers.

I WISH this fairy tale were true as much as anybody. I love my country and its countless real accomplishments. And doubtless, this comment will be pilloried by 99% of other commenters. But when carefully examined, this event is when, after their success with JFK's murder, the big boys decided they could pull off another one on unsuspecting Americans and the rest of the world. And they did!

Sorry to burst anyone's bubble, but once one starts looking at the subject carefully, the only sensible conclusion is the one at the top of this comment:
"They lie about everything." But the music and related posts are all very cool, so thanks for that.
Ganderson
Wednesday - July 21st 2021 3:29PM MST
PS

Not to slight Gordon and the lads- Walking on the Moon is a great song.

So is Walking on the Sun
Ganderson
Wednesday - July 21st 2021 3:26PM MST
PS

Part of not being as much of a Deadhead is the joy of discovery is still there for you.
“Standing on the Moon “ is one of my favorite later Dead songs- I think your mood stems from the fact that it is a very sad song- the narrator has passed:

“Standing on the moon
Where talk is cheap and vision true
Standing on the moon
But I would rather be with you
Somewhere in San Francisco
On a back porch in July
Just looking up to heaven
At this crescent in the sky

Standing on the moon
With nothing left to do
A lovely view of heaven
But I'd rather be with you - be with you…”

Dead and Co still do this (well, I think) as the traditional late second set slow number- think Black Peter, Stella Blue, etc. Johnny Boy used to sing it, but now Bob does- I thought Mayer’s voice was a better fit.
Robert
Wednesday - July 21st 2021 2:20PM MST
PS: Mr Ike, Same year, same style, same politics, but very different message: (The Last Poets were more angry with their fellows, than with Whitey.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iqlv-KiJDOU

The Alarmist
Wednesday - July 21st 2021 12:48PM MST
PS

Mr. PeterIke, the poor get Medicaid. Maybe Whitey went to the Moon as a first step to getting away from the problem children here on Earth, but as usual, their emotions side-tracked them from continuing the mission.

Worst. Supremacists. Ever!
Moderator
Wednesday - July 21st 2021 12:45PM MST
PS: Robert, don't make the hysterics angry.

Peter, don't make the black kids angry. (I agree with the comment. Paul Kersey pounds this in again and again. Imagine if we hadn't fallen for all this back in 1965!) It's even sadder when listening to this Dead song for some reason.
Moderator
Wednesday - July 21st 2021 12:42PM MST
PS: You're welcome, Alarmist. I agree. That REM song is not my favorite anyway, and it's about Andy Kaufman, maybe more of a weirdo than Michael Stipe himself. Also, REM is the band that I make the least effort to glean anything of the lyrics from. I had no idea what Stipe was going on about, even the title, on "What's the Frequency, Kenneth" till years later. It actually has a neat story behind it, covered by PS way back - here:

https://www.peakstupidity.com/index.php?post=316

Mr. Ganderson, I was about to ask you what song those lyrics were from. That'd have been embarrassing, as I guess I'm not as much of a Dead Head as I'd thought. Ahhha, listening now, and I DO remember it. Thanks! Next year then.

PeterIke
Wednesday - July 21st 2021 10:33AM MST
PS
The only reason we were able to achieve this was because whitey was puttin' down the brothas. As Gil Scott Heron wrote (and sort of sang):

A rat done bit my sister Nell
(With whitey on the moon)

Her face and arms began to swell
(And whitey's on the moon)

I can't pay no doctor bills
(But whitey's on the moon)

Ten years from now I'll be payin' still
(While whitey's on the moon)


Und so weiter. It goes on and on, and of course the reason the rat bit his sister and he can't pay his doctor bills is... whitey stole all the money. To which I add... what doctor bills? Wasn't Medicare around by 1970? Indeed it was, but you know.

I recall even at the time there was a bubbling undercurrent of people saying, "Why are we spending money on going to the moon when there's so many problems here in America?" And of course now that we've spent, what, 1000x more on "the problems" than we ever spent going to the moon, the problems are still here, but we can't go to the moon anymore. It's almost like money isn't the answer. And that our spending priorities are... unsound.

Oh well. Whitey's not on the moon anymore, but soon the Yellow Man might be. They will look down upon us and laugh.
Robert
Wednesday - July 21st 2021 10:02AM MST
PS: No curing the common cold in this county. I just learned that less than 40% of the over-18 population got the not-vaxx jab/shot!
Ganderson
Wednesday - July 21st 2021 5:22AM MST
PS
“…there’s a metal flag beside me
Someone planted long ago
Old Glory standing stiffly
Crimson, white and indigo… indigo…
The Alarmist
Wednesday - July 21st 2021 4:21AM MST
PS

Thanks. I figured it was more appropriate than REM’s “Man on the Moon” ;)
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