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Guns Gone Mad and Asteroids Gone Crazy

FletchforFreedom Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 10:36 AM
And the CEO of IBM was proved LAUGHABLY WRONG in short order (and without consideration of the space program at all). The whole premise is ludicrous. By definition, if government can see a demand for computing power and become a CUSTOMER for such technology, obviously so can others. Similarly, the assertion about medical breakthroughs is built entirely on the same ridiculous premise. The PRIVATE SECTOR is the key driver of research (including medical) and has always been VASTLY more efficient. The myth of government driven technological strength is long debunked.

With science today largely funded by government, you knew it wouldn‘t be long before the recent asteroid encounter in Chelyabinsk, Russia would lead to well-meaning, but mostly hysterical cries that we MUST DO SOMETHING about it;  “something” that costs a lot of money; “something” that involves thick scientific studies; and- the best part- “something” that promises no results for the fifty-to-a-hundred thousand years of program costs, run by the central and federal  government of the US-of-A.

If we don’t do “something,” NOW they’ll say, we’ll risk plague, locusts, drought and the usual assortment of frogs lets loose by the...