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Comment: Re:Oh noes (Score 1) 233

by rdpratt (#37399282) Attached to: Appropriations Bill Threatens Future Space Science Missions
I, too, hope you're just trolololololing. There ARE still jobs in astronomy; they may not pay as well as some fancy banker position, but I'd rather do something I actually enjoy instead of something I don't. I have a job currently, in the field, and make more than the dozens of business majors I knew in college do as well. That market is saturated with undereducated and overprivileged kids who all think they'll hit it big, when, in fact, they won't. Will some become millionaires? I'm sure. However, don't discredit me, or anyone else in a similar position (science and engineering in general), because your job was outsourced. Way to suggest that space isn't "21st century" enough.

Comment: Oh noes (Score 1) 233

by rdpratt (#37379492) Attached to: Appropriations Bill Threatens Future Space Science Missions
As a recent graduate of an Astronomy program, all these recent cuts are making me sweat. How can we really complain about "not enough engineers" and "American science isn't what it should be" when every day I read about more cuts to the industry? How can we really have anything to dream and hope for, as human beings, as space exploration comes to a halt? What are the millions of children who want to become Astronauts going to dream about at night? Becoming a movie or hip-hop star? As a culture we need ideals that can produce hopes and dreams for our future; otherwise we won't have much of a future at all. Cutting spending to the space industry is the quickest way to crush all these aspirations.

Comment: oh ho ho ho (Score 1) 272

by rdpratt (#36599484) Attached to: LSD Alleviates 'Suicide Headaches'
I used to get migranes all the time. I'm not sure if "cluster headaches" falls into this category, but after tripping the first time on LSD in high school I never had them again. I also didn't turn into a mumbling and nonsensical piece of shit afterwards either. I'm glad drugs like LSD are beginning to be seen in medical experiments. After they were banned in the 60s many experts became upset because of the positive results the drug was showing in trials, regardless of it's prominence as a recreational drug.

Comment: Nuclear know...nice (Score 1) 964

by rdpratt (#35637522) Attached to: Americans Favor Moratorium On New Nuclear Reactors
It's so hard, understandably, to argue for nuclear energy after something like this. No matter what any scientists say the general public will never be able to grasp how relatively safe nuclear power is. So long as we don't construct every single one of them in a region which has it's own damn nickname for how many earthquakes it gets people shouldn't be concerned about it being destroyed by a natural disaster. There are plenty of nuclear power plants in places like the Gulf Coast which are hit, hard, by hurricanes every year. In the end we have no other way of generating power as refined (no pun intended) and readily available as nuclear power.

Man Wants to Donate His Heart Before He Dies 456

Posted by samzenpus
from the cart-before-the-horse dept.
Gary Phebus wants to donate his heart, lungs, and liver. The problem is he wants to donate them before he dies. Gary was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease, in 2008. Phebus says he'd like to be able to donate his organs before they deteriorate, and doesn't consider his request suicide because he's "dead anyway."

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