The Garden

A blog by Marijn van Hoorn

Laughing at the United States Space Force for several hundred words

Marijn van Hoorn
A montage of a headline reading “Titan has more oil than Earth” and an edited image of the Space Force flag being planted on Titan.

Ah, the Space Force™, that organisation with the most noble goal of exporting the United States’ military–industrial complex to the only place it hasn’t yet invaded for oil.α Maybe it’s a bit mean of me to laugh at the US from my comfy chair in Europe, but good lord, they’re literally calling themselves guardians of the galaxyβ — you can’t make this sort of thing up.

I suppose either astronaut would have been inaccurate — the space force’s actual responsibilities are mostly to do with overseeing communications satellites and such (what’s the space version of “chair force”?) — or they wanted to reserve the term for civilians, which would be fair enough. (“Guardians” is still silly, though.)

And we mustn’t forget their very Star Trekian seal:γ

The seal of the United States Space Force, which bears a suspicious resemblance to the seal of Starfleet from ‘Star Trek’.

Last but not least, an unnamed senior airman in the Space Force was recently demoted for skipping fitness training to buy a PS5 instead. Quoth our noble space cadet:

Yolo, PS5 > letters of discipline

Also in space, cyber- and outer…

  • Iō Saturn­alia! I thought about, in the tradition of turning norms of their heads, asking some of you people to write the blog for a day, but that seemed like it would have been more work than fun for them. Maybe next year.
  • Jupiter and Saturn are in conjunction. I missed the window tonight, but i’ll have to take a peek with my telescope tomorrow…δ
  • One loan word per language: I spent four days on this and will gladly self-promote it
  • Blob Opera: Good fun; go have a play around with it.
  • If you’re in desperate need of a laugh, go look at the Google Image search results for “minimalist nativity scene”