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Comment Superconducting Super Collider (Score 3, Interesting) 50

The Space Station (or "waste station", as we used to call it) helped kill the Superconducting Super Collider by taking away research dollars in 1992-1993.

Manned space flight is ridiculously expensive. The SSC, though greatly less glamorous, would have done a lot more for our understanding of the universe. So I don't see funding the ISS as an accomplishment.

Comment Re:Idiotic (Score 1) 591

That's irrelevant, as the justice system is not to be a method for taking revenge, but to make society a better place to live in, with less crime.

Reality is never that simple. Justice systems have multiple inputs and must serve a variety of needs. Some of those are political, and some of them are providing revenge.

"Confound these ancestors.... They've stolen our best ideas!" - Ben Jonson