Every nation on earth has weather and climate scientists. WTF do we need NASA to study the weather?
First of all, weather is not climate.
Second, those scientists in other nations depend on the data collected by NASA, since no one else can do it as well.
Third, the idiot currently heading the committee that plans to eviscerate the NASA earth sciences program to the tune of $300 million per year sees no problem blowing hundreds of times as much money on Cold War fighter jets. One might ask,why do we need to spend $1.5 trillion dollars on F35 strike fighters that can't turn, can't climb, run hackable software, and explode when struck by lightning or running on warm fuel?
This is not about the money at all. They just don't want anyone looking into this, period.
And what about that space stuff? Remember the space stuff?
Why yes, we just saw a story about space stuff:
NASA hopes to send the first round-trip, manned spaceflight to Mars by the 2030s. If the mission succeeds, astronauts could spend several years potentially being bombarded with cosmic rays- high-energy particles launched across space by supernovae and other galactic explosions. Now, a study in mice suggests these particles could alter the shape of neurons, impairing astronauts' memories and other cognitive abilities. In the prefrontal cortex, a brain region associated with executive function, a range of high-level cognitive tasks such as reasoning, short-term memory, and problem-solving, neurons had 30% to 40% fewer branches, called dendrites, which receive electrical input from other cells.
It's pretty clear that Republicans are seeking to get people into space so they can expand their voter base.
Instead of watching discourse spread and meaningful legislation come to pass we're watching a largely uninformed electorate occasionally mistake snowden for assange on national television, and the elected officials with whom our protection they are charged bungle through bills that dont really do much of anything. We're seeing the alternative that no nation wants, and that alternative is a two-tier us-versus-them system in which groups of dedicated hackers fight back. It sets the stage for good-versus-bad and the determinant for this assertion to eventually become the existence of crypto or passwords and ones general willingness to divulge them in the face of overwhelming yet unconstitutional authoritarian presence.
expect 3 letter government organizations to get frustrated, and angry, very quickly. Aaron Schwartz was a prime example of how, in the future, citizens who act to protect themselves with crypto and security will face the bureaucratic version of biblical retribution in the form of endless charges, indefinite espionage, and a litany of convictable offenses that would result in a lifetime of imprisonment for anyone who dares not to divulge their password.
The bill leaves intact surveillance programs conducted by the Drug Enforcement Agency
the average age of a congress critter is 62. These politicians still believe things like communism and the war on drugs are legitimate aspects of foreign and domestic policy, not just ginned up talking points from the administrations they floated.
and levies high penalties against those offering "material support" to terrorists.
Queue the age range again. at 62 the greyhairs on the senate and house floors respond more to "isms" like communism, socialism, and terrorism than they do independent research from political and social scientists. To them, politics is established cannon and they discern that which is sacrosanct and true from that which is patently false over a medium rare tenderloin.
It also renews the expiring parts of the Patriot Act through 2019.
Blame George Bush, but really blame politicians for making a bill thats toxic to democracy but even more toxic to repeal. Im certain you could find more than half of the house or senate willing to repeal a bill called the "spy on all people forever and build a torture prison" act, but you wont find so much as a ball of pocket lint in the carpet willing to touch "patriot" act. We've built a genuine third-rail that isnt getting dismantled until it zaps the ever-loving fuck out of someone with more brass than sense.
Its not that apple doesnt make an excellent product, they truly do! But I for one am getting tired of having to take the same bently to the same helicopter every other week to send my manservant into the apple "store" as the common people call it to have it replaced. A man can only tolerate so much car champagne before the aftertaste of the lox comingling with the alsace vintage becomes too much to bear.
Republican Party: We're glad you asked rand and happy to hear youve considered being a republican brand president. In order to best serve the interests of our constituents, their yachts, and various institutions named in their honour, we're going to ask you to toe-the-line with our conservative fiscal policy and principal of small government. Please select from one or more of the following principles we believe assists in small government and lower taxes:
1. Repealing affordable healthcare for millions of americans and replacing it with a faint mumbling noise.
2. Outlawing homosexual marriage
3. Outlawing abortion
4. obstruct or repeal a meaningful federal regulation: EPA, FDA, FCC.
5. Funnel billions of dollars into a foreign war with no clear objective other than amorphous freedom/patriotism/democracy
6. oppose decriminalization of marijuana and/or prison reform.
as a bonus you may call for a government shutdown but only while affirming 'in god we trust' on the currency.
Power doesnt run things like it used to, and while IBM is pushing it for virtualization you can do the same thing big iron touts with more hardware and lower cost. Where IBM isnt challenged is in SAP and JDEdwards, markets where its written itself in as defacto hardware provider. IBM supports linux, true, and fought valiantly in its name, but what IBM represents is a client server sales model that doesnt scale to a world where even the toaster is expected to run an apache or memcache instance.