A Rat Done Bit My Sister Nell and Whitey’s Poo is On the Moon.

16 Dec

by Russ McSpaddenapollo-11-01 / Earth First! News

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One Small Step for Man, One Giant Sh*t for the Moon?

On July 20, 1969, American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin of the Apollo 11 space mission touched down on the lunar surface. It was a pretty big deal to many and cost some $20 billion bucks.  You know, “”one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” as Armstrong put it.

But just a year later,  in his spoken-word piece “Whitey On the Moon”, the hard biting and rebellious poet and songwriter, Gil Scott Heron, asked some pretty poignant questions about race, poverty and technology in the U.S. ” Was all that money I made last year(for Whitey on the moon?) / How come there ain’t no money here? (Hmm! Whitey’s on the moon).

In the face of the dire poverty and racism that affected (and continues to affect) black communities, an expensive trip to the moon for two hillbillies might’ve certainly given one pause as to who was excluded in that “giant leap for mankind.”

But it gets worse.

As it turns out, probably unbeknownst to our revolutionary poet, whitey also left behind a few gifts on the moon before hightailing it home: a flag, some wrenches, batteries, a pair of lunar boots, old food containers and, well, according to NASA documents, they left their shit.

For millenia, poets and dreamers have  pondered in awe, the beauty, mystery, and meaning of the moon and in 1969, two men finally voyaged the 230-some-thousand miles to visit it, to touch and study it, and then they took a crap on it.

Check out this video to get the down and dirty on the shit that was left behind.

And most importantly, please check out Gil Scot Heron’s “Whitey On the Moon” below:

4 Responses to “A Rat Done Bit My Sister Nell and Whitey’s Poo is On the Moon.”

  1. peterbill23 December 17, 2012 at 12:32 am #

    if there is one good thing the US has done- its put whitey on the moon. for all our fuck ups, profligacy, destruction, etc… getting a human being to the moon is alright. is not the blue marble photo worth it?

    the notion of manifest destiny that unified the first U.S americans to plunder and exploit the continent should be converted upwards- we need hope, we need space, we need to explore. and obviously we are never going to fix our mess on earth. if one see more hope for humanity other than being a botulism outbreak on the face of the earth(an all to reasonable interpretation: look up the life cycle of this bacterium), well that hope lies in space. If we are lucky, we will avoid destroying the biome from which we derive.

    gil scott heron rocks BTW, and “whitey on the moon” is funny and well put- but it always has bummed me out with its cynicism- I am curious from my earth firsters- can has ahmurika done anything good? perhaps bad timing to ask due to recent events, but…

    oh, and racism can work all ways, brutha…

    • tucsonoffice December 17, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

      We’ll since whitey landed on the moon they’ve actually shot the thing with missiles to check the hydrogen and mineral content, gearing up for mining the lunar surface. Most of the “rovers” they sent up there have been seeking to better understand mining potential.

      I know its great to imagine saving the Earth by spreading humans throughout the cosmos but um…I don’t know if the other planets will be happy.

      “Despite all the serious scientific talk about hydrogen signatures and lunar regolith, flying a rocket booster into the moon at 5,600 mph to trigger a massive explosion is just flat-out cool. ‘We’re certainly going to be making a big splash,’ says Kimberly Ennico, the LCROSS payload scientist. ‘We’re going to see something, but I don’t know what to expect. I know on the night of the impact, I’ll be running on adrenaline.’

      There ain’t just shit up there, they’ve bombed the moon!

  2. Marcus Roberts December 27, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    Hi there, * can you please remove me from your mailing list!!!!

    *I was really looking forward from recieving periodic emails on environmental issues from your service but as i have been blanket bombed with over 10 emails a day for 2 months it has taken up alot of my time to delete them, usually with out reading one as i am so frustrated by the amount as i have to sift threw them in order to find important college and work documents.

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    all the best and keep up the good fight

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    • tucsonoffice December 27, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

      We don’t have a mailing list Marcus. You must have signed up through your wordpress account. You’ll need to change the settings.

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