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Comment: Re: Well, well, well. (Score 5, Insightful) 292 292

by blue trane (#50006503) Attached to: A Failure For SpaceX: Falcon 9 Explodes During Ascension

Do we want a nation of Ayn Rands merely writing about technology, or do we want to actually implement the technology? If the latter, government spending is essential because the market is way too shortsighted and prefers to take risks on balance sheets, with derivative instruments, rather than push the envelope of technological development.

Comment: Re:Start by getting the GOVERNMENT out of it (Score 1) 27 27

by blue trane (#50003535) Attached to: Philanthropy For Hackers

Madison was wrong. Other founding fathers such as Hamilton understood the General Welfare provision very broadly. Anyway we don't need taxes; fund the government at zero cost through the Fed. Banks make use of the Fed's financing powers, let the government direct the Fed to finance a basic income. Indexation of all incomes hedges against any potential unexpected inflation by keeping purchasing power from decreasing.

Comment: Re:What a lot of horse?shit (Score -1, Troll) 295 295

And scientists concoct fables about big bangs and multiverses and fought tooth and nail against the theory of continental drift for decades. How do you know you're not just as wrong now as scientists were about tectonic plate theory? Tomorrow you might suddenly find out the Native Americans are right after all. In any case those observatories are ugly poop that destroy natural mountain landscapes. Shoot those scientists up to space to build a telescope. I bet they'd prefer that.

Comment: Re:The protesters complaints are NUTS!!! (Score 0) 295 295

In Arizona, Baboquivari is a sacred site. It stands out, it is very distinctive from large distances away. Next range over has Kitt Peak Observatory, which is ugly and destroys the natural mountain's ridge line. Screw Kitt Peak. Just say no to earth-bound observatories. Put 'em in space. I bet the scientists would like that too.

Comment: Re:Glaing Error (Score -1, Troll) 295 295

Why should I care about the scientists? They seem like a bunch of asswipes to me. Fuck 'em. Give them lots of money funded at zero cost through the Fed, and let them fuck off into space where they can build telescopes to their hearts' content. Everyone wins!

Comment: Re:Glaing Error (Score 0) 295 295

And scientists should mellow the shit out, fucking think what the fuck they're doing to the natural environment, just enjoy nature for what it is, look up at the skies with their natural eyes, and fuck off someplace else for their telescopes. Send em to the moon.

Comment: Re:Par for the course for religion (Score 3, Interesting) 295 295

What law gives the government the right to destroy sacred land?


The project "is predicated on this idea that we have some permission to take over these spaces and use them for scientific research," Adam Burgasser, an associate professor of astrophysics at the University of California, San Diego, told BuzzFeed. "Even though I benefit greatly from that professionally, I don't think we can make that assumption that we have rights to this mountain," he added.

The perversity of nature is nowhere better demonstrated by the fact that, when exposed to the same atmosphere, bread becomes hard while crackers become soft.