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Guns Gone Mad and Asteroids Gone Crazy

Rich L. Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 9:37 AM
The SR-71 was also built with sliderules. So what? That does not mean that computers and smart phones would not have been developed without the space program. It may have taken a couple of years longer, but people would have seen the usefulness of computers that the CEO of IBM couldn't.

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...