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To: Nikolaos Soloviev Delivered-To: Nikolaos Soloviev Received: from qec2.helio.earthsys.gov by qec.sv14417 with ESMTPS id 4D4A053AB9513878 for Received: from relay4.qec1.ganymede.earthsys.gov by qec2.helio.earthsys.gov Received: from relay2.qec6.rs001.l4.earthsys.gov by relay4.qec1.ganymede.earthsys.gov Received: from mta192.sendcast.net by relay1.local.rs001.l4.earthsys.gov Subject: Headlines: September 5-11, 2421 Date: 12 Sep 2421 00:03:21 +0000 Date-Local: 29 Mar 2419 03:27:21 +0000 Content-Type: text/plain; charset="utf8" HEADLINES FOR SEPTEMBER 5 - SEPTEMBER 11, 2421 ⦿ MOON-TITAN TREATY "ABSURD" CLAIMS ANDERS MAXWELL September 5 (UPI) - Former president of Earth, Anders Maxwell, in a September 4 appearance on "This Week Tonight" discounted persistent rumors that the governments of Luna and Titan will soon announce an alliance. "Look," a visibly agitated Maxwell said. "Even if we're going to grant these secessionist, scofflaw regimes the courtesy of being called governments, there is no chance they're going to throw in together. After all the time and effort they spent insisting they owed nothing to Earth and should be allowed to do just as they please regardless of any effect it might have on the mother planet, to imagine that either of them might turn around now and give the other, or anyone, a veto over any action they might choose to take - it's frankly absurd." Maxwell dismissed claims of increased traffic between Titan and Luna as merely economic in nature. "Smuggling, that's what they're doing," Maxwell said. "Dodging the Titan embargo. Well, we'll see about that. I have it on good authority that the General Assembly is considering a bill to extend that embargo to Luna. Let's see how they do when neither of them has any more access to insystem markets, and all they can do is sell to rock-hopping belter scum and those layabout Martian miners." Reached for comment, a spokesman for Public Information noted that Maxwell has recently returned to public life from a five-year term of custodial supervision imposed following his impeachment for peculation, and no longer has any role in government. "We appreciate Mr. Maxwell's prior service, despite its ignoble end," the spokesman said. "His current statements are those of a private individual, and cannot be taken as representative of any position Earth's government may or may not have on this or any other matter." ⦿ MILITARY BUILDUP RUMORS "FALSE" SAYS PUBLIC INFORMATION September 6 (UPI) - In response to rumors of a military buildup ahead of a widely predicted Moon-Titan treaty announcement, a spokeswoman from Earth's Office of Public Information addressed a press conference with this firm statement: "The President has recently become aware of rumors swirling around various in- and out-system bulletins about potential responses to the political situation between Earth, Earth's moon, and the FTL research colony on Titan. "Let me be clear: Rumors of a military buildup are categorically false. We are actively investigating these claims, and expect soon to report that we have identified their origin. In the meantime, our representatives to Earth's moon and the Titan colony have been instructed to communicate to their counterparts our most sincere wishes for continued peaceful relations." The spokeswoman declined to entertain questions. ⦿ MARTIAN STRIKE ENTERS MONTH 4; "STRONG MEASURES" SAYS GOVERNOR September 7 (MNN) - Today begins the fourth month of the Martian mining guilds' general strike, with no sign of substantive concessions from either side. Martian governor Reinhard Ritter, backed by a squad of armed guards, made an appearance outside Red Rock Guild headquarters to warn guild leaders that they are "risking strong measures" unless they resolve to come to the negotiating table very soon. "The Martian Trust has listened in the past to your legitimate concerns, and we will do so again," Governor Ritter said in a prepared statement. "We understand that a degree of give and take is necessary for a productive working relationship. However, we will not forever tolerate work stoppages, sabotage, and other undisciplined manifestations of directionless unrest. I beseech you: Do not make it necessary for the Trust to investigate options beyond amicable resolution." A representative of the Red Rock Guild responded, in a statement directly to Mars Newsnet, that Governor Ritter's claims amount to "a self-serving denial of the lethally dangerous working conditions, and the lack of medical and economic support for the hard-working Martian labor force, which have driven us to take these measures in defense of our lives and our loved ones." Asked for comment on these statements, the Martian Trust headquarters in Chicago said only that they have complete confidence in Governor Ritter's ability to "effectively resolve" the situation, and that the governor has the full support of the Martian Trust. Shortly before press time, a self-described spokesperson for Ceres Hollow sent a recorded statement which, as far as could be understood, expressed strong support for the Martian guilds' position, and threatened "dire consequences" should the Martian Trust resort to coercion. Reached for brief comment on the retaliatory claim, retired wing general and military analyst Nathan Coopersmith described it as "nonsense". ⦿ GREEN GANYMEDE "SEVERELY IMPACTED" BY JOVIAN WEATHER EXTREMES September 7 (UPI) - In the latest blow to the prospects of the Green Ganymede Project, radiation flares produced by fluctuations in Jupiter's upper cloud layers have "severely impacted" the viability of the project's pilot farm domes. "We're still working to understand the full extent of the damage," the project's engineering head said today. "It will take some time to be certain, but at this point we're not confident that any of this season's crops will survive. We're already seeing germline mutations and outright inviability of some specimens across all our species, including the radiation-hardened cultivars." The joint project between Earth and Earth's moon has seen a number of setbacks over recent months. This is the seventh crop failure in the project's two years of operation, and commentators across the inner planets have suggested that farming on Ganymede may prove fundamentally unworkable. Supporters argue that not enough time has passed to make any final determination possible, and a spokesman for the External Resource Administration said that Earth's position in the project will not change as a result of this latest bad news. "We have identified the largest single cause of Earth's resource crisis as the investment of resources in outer system colonies," the spokesman said in a prepared statement. "The Green Ganymede Project offers a real prospect of redressing this imbalance by enabling the outer system to return some measure of those resources and help speed Earth's recovery. We will work to ensure the project succeeds in every way we can." In after-hours trading today, Archer DuPont Monsanto stock dropped over three percent on the news. ⦿ FERTILITY SOCIETY: 2421 "WELL BELOW EXPECTATIONS" SO FAR September 8 (UPI) - The Fertility Society of Earth today reported that total births thus far across the planet are less than half the society's target projection for the year to date. Analysts say this tracks with the general birthrate trend over the last fifty years, but the Society strikes a cautionary note: "As Earth's economy, climate, and biosphere continue to recover in accord with government projections," said a Fertility Society spokeswoman, "it is disappointing that our citizens' birth rates continue to lag behind. Sustaining and expanding our current growth requires that we produce a sufficient labor and tax base to do the work that lies ahead. If we will not make the necessary sacrifices, we cannot expect to maintain the preeminence throughout the system that humanity's cradle deserves." Shortly before press time, the Internal Resource Administration released this prepared statement: "In line with economic goals for 2422 and the first half of this decade more generally, next year's individual responsibility surcharge will increase by 25% for citizens filing singly and 15% for members of married couples filing jointly. An increase to family subsidy refunds is currently under consideration. As always, we remind the populace of Earth that the surest way to prosperity, for each of us and all together, is a large and healthy family." ⦿ WYOMING RIOTS "FALSE REPORTING" SAYS POPULATION ADMINISTRATION September 8 (UPI) - A spokesman for the Population Administration's Landmass Optimization Office stated today that recent claims of rioting among newly rehoused residents of the Wyoming New Prospects Facility are "false reporting". "While some isolated incidents have occurred among members of the August and September intake classes, these incidents are just that: isolated. The recent claims by fringe commentators of a general outbreak of violence contain no truth whatsoever, and such false reporting only imperils the vitally important goals of the optimization project as a whole. Our targeted intervention teams are as always prepared to ensure the safety and security of all residents both within the New Prospects Facility and outside it," the spokesman said in a prepared statement. When asked about reports of ongoing resource shortfalls among private contractors tasked with supplying subsistence supplies and agricultural equipment to the facility, the spokesman declined to confirm or deny, stating that federal privilege applies to all information about contract negotiations in progress. ⦿ ROSS 128 VENTURES DENIES CRASH CLAIMS: "PREPOSTEROUS" September 9 (Investors Daily) - At a press conference this morning, Koenraad Gertodtenhaupt, a senior vice president of Ross 128 Ventures, LLC, stated firmly that there is no truth in recent Lunar claims of a colony ship crash. The ship in question is 'Voortrekker', a prototype torch ship which for the last 25 years has been en route to the nearby star Ross 128. For the past several weeks, various sources close to the Lunar government have claimed that 'Voortrekker' did not, in fact, recently land on its target planet, but instead crashed there with the loss of much of its crew. In a brief statement at the entrance of the historic Chrysler Building, where the Ross 128 firm has its offices, Gertodtenhaupt said: "The board of Ross 128 Ventures wishes most firmly to dissuade these rumors regarding our friends aboard Voortrekker. The ship made planetfall just over a month ago, and her former crew are hard at work in the early stages of developing one of the first permanent human habitations outside Earth's own solar system." "We are in regular QEC contact with our friends at Ross 128," Gertodtenhaupt continued. "at all levels up to and including Nick Soloviev, the chairman of Voortrekker's own board. Nothing we have heard inclines us to confirm the dangerous and irresponsible rumors spread by sources on Earth's moon who should know better than to claim such falsehoods are true news. Such actions can only complicate the colonists' work, and strike fear into the hearts of their families and loved ones back home." Gertodtenhaupt took no questions before reentering the building. ⦿ SYSTEMWIDE WAGNER REVIVAL "SUSPENDED" AMID ASSAULT CLAIMS September 10 (UPI) - In the wake of sexual malconduct allegations made against conductor Watanabe Fezile by several musicians now under his baton, the Three Planets Reinforced Symphony announced today that their interplanetary tour is "suspended", with Watanabe and his accusers recalled to Earth for talks potentially leading to arbitration of the claims. "We regret the necessity of this action," said a spokesman for the Three Planets board. "We must, however, treat these claims with utmost gravity, and we're sure our audiences will understand." 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