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  •  Umm...this is important to society as a whole. (9+ / 0-)

    To the species as a whole.  And whether or not recognition of that fact could filter up through the corrupt fascist psychosis that is a Republican Congress - or the myopia and pusillanimous mediocrity that is a Democratic Congress - doesn't change that.  Texas the wealthy however you want, but if you resent their doing bold, philanthropic things with their money because it you reminds that they have money, that's insane.

    They call it a "free" market because they expect you to work for free.

    by Troubadour on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 06:41:50 AM PST

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    •  It can be (0+ / 0-)

      But it will be inherently prisoner to the whims and priorities of the patrons. I stipulate that some basic science will unavoidably gained. But this might primarily be the interplanetary version of the "Blue Riband" for decades.

      When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

      by Egalitare on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 11:03:02 AM PST

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      •  Don't care who funds it. (0+ / 0-)

        If democracy won't get humanity out there - and so far it has mostly degenerated the space program into useless, unambitious pork projects - then give plutocracy a shot.  As long as someone gets out there, we all do.

        They call it a "free" market because they expect you to work for free.

        by Troubadour on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 12:13:57 PM PST

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