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As William Shatner Breaks Record by Traveling Into Space, Fellow Actors Blast Him for Idiotically Woke Reasons

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William Shatner has boldly gone where no nonagenarian has gone before.

On Oct. 13, the “Star Trek” icon blasted off into space aboard one of Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin suborbital space capsule for a 10-minute flight. By doing so, Captain Kirk became the oldest human in space, according to The Guardian.

“I hope I never recover from this,” the 90-year-old Shatner said after touching down from a flight that took him from an airfield in the west Texas desert to 66 miles above the Earth’s surface and to the final frontier.

“I’m so filled with emotion about what just happened,” he said. “It’s extraordinary, extraordinary. It’s so much larger than me and life. It hasn’t got anything to do with the little green men and the blue orb. It has to do with the enormity and the quickness and the suddenness of life and death.

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“To see the blue color whip by you, and now you’re staring into blackness … everybody in the world needs to do this. Everybody in the world needs to see this.”

Not according to two woke actors and one woke royal. To them, no one needs to see this — because, you know, the environment.

In an appearance on Britain’s “The Jonathan Ross Show,” actress Joan Collins — she of “Dynasty” fame, who also appeared in an episode of the original “Star Trek” as a love interest of Captain Kirk’s — was decidedly unimpressed.

“It’s amazing, isn’t it? What a fool. Who wants to do that? No, absolutely not. Did you see Bill Shatner?” she said, according to the Guardian.

“He was in the air and they were turning him upside down. Let’s take care of this planet first before we start going off.”

Yes, well, about that:

The private jet didn’t leave Earth’s orbit, granted, but Collins’ fame has dulled to the point where the 88-year-old actress can fly commercial like the rest of the rabblement without being bothered — and the only history she was making on the private jet was leaving Twitter receipts for an absurd statement she’d make five years hence.

But wait: Collins wasn’t the only thespian willing to knock Shatner’s spaceflight on Jonathan Ross’ show. Brian Cox — the actor who plays a thinly veiled version of Rupert Murdoch on HBO’s hit series “Succession” — also felt it was irresponsible.

“No, absolutely not. I think it’s ridiculous,” Cox said when asked if he would visit space.

“I remember watching [Sir Richard] Branson and Bezos going up for their 11 minutes or whatever. … No, we do not need more spaceships. We’ve got enough crap flying around up there. We do not need any more.”

Remember, this is Brian Cox the British actor, not Brian Cox the prominent British physicist. Not that I’d count on either one to deliver a definitive account of whether Bill Shatner should be boarding a Blue Origin spacecraft, but I think I’d be willing to hear more about how Earth has “got enough crap flying around up there” from the physicist.

Of course, there’s a reason certain Britons are criticizing Shatner’s Blue Origin flight: One of the Windsors is, too.

In an interview with BBC Sounds that was to be aired the day after Shatner’s flight, Prince William criticized space exploration and tourism, citing environmental reasons.

“We need some of the world’s greatest brains and minds fixed on trying to repair this planet, not trying to find the next place to go and live,” William said.

“I think that ultimately is what sold it for me — that really is quite crucial to be focusing on this [planet] rather than giving up and heading out into space to try and think of solutions for the future.”

I understand William is one of the Windsors we mostly don’t mind — he’s not his characterless brother or the human trainwreck that is Prince Andrew — but the second-in-line to the throne is still little more than a living tourist attraction for Britannia and the Commonwealth.

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That means emitting a lot of carbon, however. In fact, CNN reported that in 2019 — the last year before the COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to much of its agenda — the royal family nearly doubled its carbon output from travel.

If William and the rest of the British royals are truly serious about stopping climate change through small acts of personal sacrifice, they should retire to the English countryside, give up most of their mansions, their jets and their limousines, and simply become the absurd 21st-century P.G. Wodehouse caricatures that they already are, not the figureheads of the United Kingdom.

They won’t, of course, so the moral ground William stands upon when he lectures us about the environment will always be unsustainably shaky.

Shatner has tried to run public relations on this one, saying the trip was a “baby step” to getting “polluting industries … off of Earth.”

He shouldn’t even bother.

Space tourism is a natural step in human development, but also one that will remain rare and out-of-reach for almost everyone. If it becomes more widely available, it can be done in a sustainable way.

Moreover, space tourism in general and Shatner’s trip in particular shouldn’t be fair game for individuals who want to score wokeness brownie points — yet don’t live sustainably themselves.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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State Trooper Came Mere Inches from Losing His Life, Dashcam Caught the Whole Thing

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Every cop knows that death rides with him on every patrol, emerging out of nowhere when a shift may seem routine.

For one Idaho state trooper, that moment almost came on Wednesday along Interstate 84 near the town of Meridian, according to the Idaho Stateman.

Dashcam video of the incident shows that in less time than it takes to read this sentence, the trooper and a motorist he was helping on the shoulder of the highway had to jump over a concrete median as a pickup truck came barreling toward them.

According to an Idaho State Police news release, the trooper had been helping a motorist with a flat tire.

The officer was wearing a yellow safety vest. His patrol car had its emergency lights on and was parked behind the Toyota with the flat tire.

What the dashcam video does not show was described in the release.

“One vehicle began to slow prior to passing the patrol car. That vehicle was hit by another, causing a chain reaction of four eastbound vehicles,” the release said.

But that was not all.

“Two involved pickups were pushed left, sideswiping the parked patrol car and hitting the rear of the Toyota.”

The trooper was taken to a hospital with injuries sustained when he vaulted the concrete barrier, but was sent home with what the release called “minor injuries.”

The owner of the wrecked Toyota was also injured leaping out of the truck’s way, but was not taken to a hospital.

The wreckage from the chain reaction crash blocked the highway for about 90 minutes.

“Traffic stops are very high risk. They’re necessary to keep people safe on the road and to help those stranded, but we need motorists’ help so we can all go home at night,” Idaho State Police Sgt. Brandalyn Crapo said.

“Slowing down and moving over for emergency vehicles and workers isn’t just a courtesy, it’s the law. Drivers need to be alert to emergency lights and vehicles and always alert to what’s happening around them. That keeps all of us safe.”

Idaho law requires drivers to slow down, change lanes or both when passing police and other emergency vehicles that are stopped on the roadway.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Every cop knows that death rides with him on every patrol, emerging out of nowhere when a shift may seem routine. For one Idaho state trooper, that moment almost came on Wednesday along Interstate 84 near the town of Meridian, according to the Idaho Stateman. Dashcam video of the incident shows that in less time than it takes to read this sentence, the trooper and a motorist he was helping on the shoulder of the highway had to jump over a concrete median as a pickup truck came barreling toward them. Idaho State Trooper injured while helping man on the freeway. Notice how quickly the trooper jumped in front of the man. pic.twitter.com/2TuCTIYGdE — Yoshi The Patriot (@rinohuntah) December 3, 2021 According to an Idaho State Police news release, the trooper had been helping a motorist with a flat tire. The officer was wearing a yellow safety vest. His patrol car had its emergency lights on and was parked behind the Toyota with the flat tire. What the dashcam video does not show was described in the release. “One vehicle began to slow prior to passing the patrol car. That vehicle was hit by another, causing a chain reaction of four eastbound vehicles,” the release said. But that was not all. “Two involved pickups were pushed left, sideswiping the parked patrol car and hitting the rear of the Toyota.” The trooper was taken to a hospital with injuries sustained when he vaulted the concrete barrier, but was sent home with what the release called “minor injuries.” The owner of the wrecked Toyota was also injured leaping out of the truck’s way, but was not taken to a hospital. The wreckage from the chain reaction crash blocked the highway for about 90 minutes. “Traffic stops are very high risk. They’re necessary…

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Store Apologizes After Employee Sign with Instructions on How to Deal with Africans Goes Public

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An Australian store has been forced to apologize for a sign that warned staff to sound an alert if an African customer entered the store.

An IGA store in Melbourne was pilloried on social media because of a sign behind the counter that read, “If an African customer comes to the bottle shop, presses [sic] the button for assistant immediately! Minimum two staffs in front while we serve Africans,” the sign read, according to Australia’s News.com.au.

In its reporting on the sign, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. said the sign had been in place for three years before it was noticed by anyone and became a social media furor.

“Sure they’re independently owned but the African community should be allowed to feel safe and comfortable at their local supermarket,” a TikTok comment read.

The ABC report quoted the store manager, who it did not name, as offering apologies for any offense.

“We don’t really mean for this, we apologize for what we’ve done. I’m sorry it will never happen again like that,” he said. “I’ve done the wrong thing for the public, we should not do like this.”

The manager said he should have told employees to hit the button if they saw a group of strangers in the store.

“It is my mistake. Big mistake,” he said.

A poster using the name Jack he on Twitter said he was the store manager and offered an explanation.

“Im store manager iGA sunshine west, we got robbed by 5 African men, one of the staff had a gun put to our head, we were scared, Im sorry for that i done,i told the ABC news all the reason behind this, But i don’t see any main point been reported, this is unfair, unfair news,” he tweeted.

ABC reported that a spokesperson for wholesaler Metcash, which operates the IGAs, said the company had the offending sign removed.

“This type of behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in any IGA store across the country,” a spokesman said.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting local communities across Australia, we will ensure ALL IGA employees continue to create a shopping environment where all are welcome and equal,” the spokesman said.

The store now has a new note.

“We would like to apologies [sic] to anyone that got offended by the note we had … it was not our intention to offend,” the note says.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

An Australian store has been forced to apologize for a sign that warned staff to sound an alert if an African customer entered the store. An IGA store in Melbourne was pilloried on social media because of a sign behind the counter that read, “If an African customer comes to the bottle shop, presses [sic] the button for assistant immediately! Minimum two staffs in front while we serve Africans,” the sign read, according to Australia’s News.com.au. In its reporting on the sign, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. said the sign had been in place for three years before it was noticed by anyone and became a social media furor. “Sure they’re independently owned but the African community should be allowed to feel safe and comfortable at their local supermarket,” a TikTok comment read. ‘Completely unacceptable’: IGA supermarket under fire for sign racially profiling African customers https://t.co/83nMJg7SgU — Natalie Spencer (@natscloset) December 2, 2021 The ABC report quoted the store manager, who it did not name, as offering apologies for any offense. “We don’t really mean for this, we apologize for what we’ve done. I’m sorry it will never happen again like that,” he said. “I’ve done the wrong thing for the public, we should not do like this.” The manager said he should have told employees to hit the button if they saw a group of strangers in the store. “It is my mistake. Big mistake,” he said. A poster using the name Jack he on Twitter said he was the store manager and offered an explanation. “Im store manager iGA sunshine west, we got robbed by 5 African men, one of the staff had a gun put to our head, we were scared, Im sorry for that i done,i told the ABC news all the reason behind this, But i don’t see any…

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