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Comment Re:A Rover? (Score 1) 50

I didn't even mention corporations, that was someone else. I was just making an observation that our standard of living and what we deem as essential possessions and such have changed considerably since the era of the space race. America isn't poorer than it was before, the funding could be had.. but I don't think most folks would want to make any sacrifices in order to free up money to fund truly large space programs.

Yes, if it was cheaper, it'd be more likely to happen. Also true that if there was revenue to be had either through tourism, mining, or who knows what.. that could also make it happen. Virgin and SpaceX might get there. Who knows.

Comment Re:A Rover? (Score 1) 50

That depends on what you view our role to be in this existence. You can send a robot up a mountain too, but climbers generally prefer to climb it themselves. I'm not in favor of spending a fortune on human space travel right now, but at the same time.. can you imagine our existence if we went with the lowest cost option for everything in life?

Comment Re:A Rover? (Score 1) 50

You're reading ideology into a non-ideological comment. I greatly prefer that people retain as much of their income as possible. I would love it if we could choose parts of the government to fund voluntarily rather than the funds be removed from our pay before it ever hits our checking accounts. I don't ever expect to see that happen, but it could create a government that is actually "for the people".

The point I was trying to make is that a lot of great things were done during the race to the moon, but the average family didn't have the kind of possessions that we take for granted today. If everyone made do with what they had during that time period, there would be money to fund a more aggressive space program.

The only thing I can say about the moon is that with the technology we have today compared to what we had back then, I would think we'd be able to get people on the moon for a heck of a lot less money. Why bother? I have no idea. Maybe as a stepping stone to Mars. Why go to Mars? No idea there either, but then again, why do so many people go mountain climbing?

Comment Re:Unionize (Score 1) 350

I can tell you've never been to a town meeting. Everyone complains about the various city employee unions. In my city, the teacher's union stalled on contract negotiations until the students were back in school, then threatened to strike if their demands weren't met. Which was great since teachers aren't allowed to strike because it was obvious to lawmakers that this scenario would happen. Then look at all the cities declaring bankruptcy because they can't afford the pension liabilities because the unions crafted themselves such sweet deals that they're impossible to fund.

Comment Re:I said "No, I won't put that code in." (Score 1) 569

If the engineering work was done in any country other than the US, they probably didn't break any laws. Whoever was involved with certifying the vehicles as being compliant would probably be the criminal, but you'd have to wonder if they were even aware of this "feature" in those vehicles.

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