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Comment: Re:Why do the tax payers have to pay for all this? (Score 1) 100

by Fwipp (#49107287) Attached to: ISS Crew Install Cables For 2017 Arrival of Commercial Capsules

Ohhhhh you're mixing up "not sending humans into orbit to chill out" with "not doing useful space research"

Seriously, humans cost *so* much to get up there. It cost us over $150 billion (inflation-adjusted) to go to the moon. The ISS has (coincidentally) also cost about $150 billion so far.

Opportunity and Spirit cost us less than a billion. Sending Cassini to orbit Saturn was about $3 billion.

Do you think the ISS has provided 50x the value of Cassini? As much value as we could have gotten from 300 rovers?

Comment: Re:Aggression (Score 1) 532

by Fwipp (#49102753) Attached to: Stephen Hawking: Biggest Human Failing Is Aggression

This just in, taxes are violent, therefore we should have a government that runs entirely on charitable donations. Therefore, it's hypocritical for any tax-funded government to worry about murdering.

Sorry about your misanthropy; but I'm actually worried about *actual* violence perpetuated by our government. You know, like slaughtering civilians in those silly sand countries.

"Right now I feel that I've got my feet on the ground as far as my head is concerned." -- Baseball pitcher Bo Belinsky