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Comment Re:I'd have said space x... (Score 2) 126 126

NASA is a government agency. Why should anyone trust what they say? It's always going to be in their best interests to spin the public and for the bureaucrats who socialize the risks to maximizing their share of tax revenues. See how that works? Corporations are aggregates of people. Bureaucracies too, are made up of people. People behave, in aggregate, like people, their trustworthiness every changing, highly circumstantial, and always on a spectrum. Trust, which is a shared mental state between people, is a function of transparency. I trust you as long as I can either see what you are doing, or observe their effects over time. By that measure, NASA has been pretty damned good. Space-x has a way to go, but can build trust by delivering successful launches over time. Even NASA has flubbed its share of launches, especially pre-Mercury. Gratuitous "evil corporations" jibes, however, can make one look a little nutty. Just my take.

Comment Re:One small problem (Score 1) 509 509

I rise in full agreement, and offer my applause to your eloquence. Individuals have rights. Governments have powers. I hope that there might some in this forum who might find this explanation of the basic principle somewhat familiar: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed..."

Comment Re:The right way to do this: (Score 1) 288 288

This appears to be the functional equivalent of a holding down the power switch, maybe a little quicker. Just what one needs. Well, probably not, but if you're that paranoid, you either have a mental condition or otherwise engage in behaviors that merit paranoia.

Comment Re:It has an acronym , so it will fail. (Score 1) 149 149

The sciences are harder, less subjective and more rigorous, so of course GPA's are lower. Now, lets willingly suspend disbelief and stipulate that injecting money into STEM "programs" for women and minorities substantially increases STEM graduates in the U.S. Does that mean we will be able to reduce H1B visas because the workforce size is sufficient for demand? Or, does that mean we will have more STEM degrees working at Walmart, because H1B's will still cost less than indigenous workers? By the way, I can remember living in California in the early 70's when the lottery was being passed by proposition and promise that all of it would go to education. A lot of it did, and school facilities and staff, especially auxiliary non-teaching staff, increased significantly. Student achievement measured in standardized test scores, however, improved not a whit. So it goes.

Comment Re: Politics aside for a moment. (Score 4, Interesting) 538 538

Setting aside completely whether I agree or disagree with your main point, I have to take exception with your assertion that "if you don't deploy you aren't real military anyway." Truth is, "real military" goes when and where "real military" is ordered to go, and does whatever job "real military" is assigned to do. If one spends one's tour in CONUS exclusively at a supply depot or on some administrative staff, it's because that's where Uncle Sam orders one, and that's where one contributes to overall national security. (I say this, by the way, from the perspective of one who has deployed operationally many, many, times over a military career spanning three decades -- no offense meant, just a pet peeve).

Comment Re:Politics aside for a moment. (Score 1) 538 538

Two salient quotations, purely for enjoyment: (1) “Power tends to isolate those who hold too much of it. Eventually, they lose touch with reality ... and fall.” (2) “All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible.” -- FRANK HERBERT ("Dune Messiah," and "Heretics of Dune," respectively)

Comment Re:Frank Herbert was right (Score 2) 784 784

Note that Montgomery County, Maryland, is a bedroom community for the U.S. Capitol. Its residents are overwhelmingly denizens of the ecosystem of national government (government officials, workers, support contractors, lobbyists, and parasitic non-profits). As such Montgomery County, and indeed the Beltway megapolis at large, fully reflects the values and mores of those who consider themselves the ruling class. Yes, this is how these people view the world. This is how they see you as subjects.

Comment Re:Why is this being covered on slashdot? (Score 1) 784 784

How insightful. Greetings from the Democratic Peoples' Republic of Maryland (DPRM), and welcome to our highly advanced Nanny State. We are indeed programming future generations to utterly depend on the One Party for their wellbeing, cradle to grave, in joyful and obedient service to our elite maternal benefactors. statism |sttizm| noun a political system in which the state has substantial centralized control over social and economic affairs: the rise of authoritarian statism.

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