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Comment Re:NOT whoever gets there first (Score 1) 239

No, I mean each individual needs to be all of those things, because "rugged individualism" doesn't work in harsh environments like space. For every two or three men we sent up in a tin can in the early days of space flight, there were scores of people supporting them on the ground.

But please, go on insulting me for no reason. You're making a good case for yourself and people like you to be shipped off-world.

Comment Re:NOT whoever gets there first (Score 1) 239

1. If Armstrong found gold on the moon, and the same amount of gold was brought back as the lunar samples that were retrieved, (382 kilos), at today's gold cost, it would be worth $13,297,026.54. Against the total cost of the Apollo program, adjusted for inflation, that would leave them (in today's dollars) around $136b in the hole.

2. I sure hope each of those "rugged individualist libertarians" are simultaneously physicists, engineers, pilots, botanists and doctors, because otherwise they're not getting far in space all on their own.

Comment Re:Bad framing (Score 1) 246

When you're poor. When you don't have $400. Not like you have $400 in savings that you shouldn't touch, when you literally do not and can not get together $400. You just soldier on and try to survive without health care because you literally can not afford it. You postpone it because there is no other option.

Comment Re: "If you think you already know everything... (Score 1) 269

That's fine, but here's another bit of science: abortion rates are the same whether or not they're illegal. So while people can debate the point of viability, the nature of life, etc, until the cows come home, the reality on the ground is that abortions are going to happen, and it's a question of whether they're going to happen safely, or at a great danger to women. Just like liberals need to accept that fundamentalists aren't going away any time soon, so too do conservatives need to accept the same about abortions.

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