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Comment: Re:and yet, the GOP blocks private space. (Score 2) 96

by Virtucon (#49705739) Attached to: Russian Rocket Crashes In Siberia

Sorry, that article was published and you somehow don't provide any citation that it's wrong. Strange.. Obama asked for funding of Proton's and Manned rockets to service the ISS and change crews, it's his decision and its hypocritical but he's fucked himself by his administration's decisions regarding NASA and manned launch capabilities. The smart thing would be to mothball the ISS until the US manned capability returns because it appears that international politics and Russian failures put the ISS mission at risk anyway.

Oddly, the GOP is split. About 1/2 of them are pushing it, and the other half are joining O and the dems in saying NO.

Oddly the Democrats are concerned on Obama's key trade policy in the TPP, are not advocating that there should be dissent?

Stop blaming the GOP for all the worlds problems and stop sniffing Obama's farts, it'll cause brain damage.

Comment: Re:and yet, the GOP blocks private space. (Score 1) 96

by Virtucon (#49705709) Attached to: Russian Rocket Crashes In Siberia

And it was the Obama administration who came up with the plan, you have it wrong. The Obama administration stopped the shuttle, the Bush administration had a plan to replace it and I think you'll find that both sides of the aisle wanted to keep the shuttles and not lose any US manned launch capabilities.

It's interesting to hear these comments from a few years ago.

Also, you should review the mixed messages about NASA and space exploration that have come from this administration. Sure, blame the GOP but without any leadership it's no wonder why we're in the predicament we are now.

Neil Armstrong, Jim Lovell, and Eugene Cernan, commanders of Apollo 11, Apollo 13, and Apollo 17 respectively, said:

        "When President Obama recently released his budget for NASA, he proposed a slight increase in total funding...the accompanying decision to cancel the Constellation program, its Ares 1 and Ares V rockets, and the Orion spacecraft, is devastating."
        "It appears that we will have wasted our current ten plus billion dollar investment in Constellation and, equally importantly, we will have lost the many years required to recreate the equivalent of what we will have discarded."[18]
        "For The United States, the leading space faring nation for nearly half a century, to be without carriage to low Earth orbit and with no human exploration capability to go beyond Earth orbit for an indeterminate time into the future, destines our nation to become one of second or even third rate stature. While the President's plan envisages humans traveling away from Earth and perhaps toward Mars at some time in the future, the lack of developed rockets and spacecraft will assure that ability will not be available for many years."[19]

Comment: Re:Strange quality problems (Score 3, Informative) 96

by Virtucon (#49705553) Attached to: Russian Rocket Crashes In Siberia

You're still full of shit

As of May 2015, ten Proton-M launches have failed.

How is somehow a western conspiracy that these rockets have failed. What motivation would the US have in sabotaging a launch system that's still used by the ISS of which NASA spends over $3B supporting?

If you also would bother to read here: I think you'll find that although it's gotten better with the Proton K and Proton M, they still have a failure once in awhile. As you go back in time, you'll find that those beloved Protons had more failures than you'd probably like to admit. To be sure, the Atlas/Delta and Titan launch vehicles have also had their share of failures. It comes with the territory so drop the bullshit of it being
a conspiracy or sabotage and just admit that shit happens!

Comment: Re:and yet, the GOP blocks private space. (Score 2, Insightful) 96

by Virtucon (#49705531) Attached to: Russian Rocket Crashes In Siberia

Sabotage huh? Any proof of that or are you just echoing what Russia Today says? Launching things into space isn't without risks and it knows no geopolitical boundaries.

I think you'll also find that NASA's budget continually grows yet they're not flying shuttles, they still have the ISS (3+ Billion/yr) and they still
have their other programs.

Also, if you look at the administrations request for NASA they were funded above their 2015 budget. If the Executive Branch asks for X dollars and Congress funds them above X, your argument about "funded NASA accordingly" is full of shit. If you exclude ISS, NASA has $15B to play with.

Oh and the privatization of space launches was pushed for by the current administration.

Get your facts straight next time please.

Comment: Re:and yet, the GOP blocks private space. (Score 3, Informative) 96

by Virtucon (#49705485) Attached to: Russian Rocket Crashes In Siberia

Actually you'll find that the request for funding for Russian rockets comes from the current administration. Last time I checked, he wasn't a member of the GOP.
It's hypocritical to say you'll sanction Russia for issues in the Ukraine yet lobby congress for money to buy the rockets.

Comment: Re:Just block China already. (Score 3, Insightful) 101

So protecting your data and your intellectual property is racist? That's a new play on the race card. It's not about blocking the Chinese people from accessing information, shit their own government does a pretty good job of that already. It's about blocking concerted, direct espionage against US companies, educational institutions and the government. It's not some pimple faced teenager trying to break in for fun, it's about the theft of our technology. Sure, technology leaks and history is replete with examples but this wholesale theft needs to be curtailed and if necessary start blocking IP address ranges; better yet we need a great firewall of China for traffic going to/from China.

Air pollution is really making us pay through the nose.