Common Sense Comes to Town!

Common sense is the most fairly distributed thing in the world, for each one thinks he is so well-endowed with it that even those who are hardest to satisfy in all other matters are not in the habit of desiring more of it than they already have. (Descartes)

Gettin’ High

Posted on | April 5, 2011 | No Comments

In the « Free Advertisement » category, Virgin Galactic, a company part of Richard Branson’s enormous conglomerate, has granted the BBC exclusive access to its new commercial space vehicle, Space Ship Two (Space Ship One was built by a competing company headed by billionaire Paul Allen).

This leads me to conclude that Branson, after making its way in the business world by allowing listeners to get high to the sound of progressive rock music, now allows them to quite literally get higher and higher. Space Ship Two made its test flight about a year ago, and should begin commercial service by the end of the year. Booking has already topped 410 reservations, at least according to Virgin Galactic’s web site.

It is undoubtedly a huge step ahead in the democratization of space travel, despite its prohibitive cost: 200,000 dollars. Nevertheless, this could be a clever way to fly out of reach of our recurring electoral campaigns.

How much would you be willing to pay for such an experience?

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