You're not offended by a legal code which doesn't forbid rape?
To amplify the thought, they could have pitched it for fitness and activity monitoring, or to identify what times of day are causing stress without being particularly noticed.
The histories of the SR-71 program show an irrational, tribalist rejection of anything that didn't drop bombs or refuel bombers. It's more than a little disturbing to read about.
Maybe the CIA should have taken it over. It was their program in the first place (look up "Oxcart").
Fear thrives on ignorance. Imagine where we'd be without spy satellites.
Neither a satellite not a Global Hawk could collect air samples downwind from Yongbyon. The Global Hawk would get shot down.
Mercury, cadmium, and other chemical poisons are poisonous forever. They are also harder to detect.
We've found tolerable solutions to our other toxic waste problems. Spent fuel adds the proliferation problem but is otherwise the same.
Energy policy for nerds:
As xtal points out, the important thing most people don't get about the numbers is the sheer size.
It is, it turns out, actually possible to get usefully large contributions from what are considered green sources. But you need nation-sized installations.
Stopping the chain reaction is the easy part. What causes meltdowns is that short-lived fission products keep decaying and generating so much energy that there needs to be continued cooling.
> Show me someone building an airplane
Visit the Experimental Aircraft Association. There's a thriving community doing just that.
The "Vax with anything'ers" are not just complacent, but actively encouraging the "Anti-Vaxers".