posted on Oct, 13 2008 @ 11:48 PM
reply to post by MoonMine
What is more realistic? The presence of an alien spaceship eliminating all activity in the troposphere, or satellites failing to transmit data, or
more simply a software bug in Google Earth?
Originally posted by WISHADOWNew companies would emerge much the same way as NASA of course and the great never ending funnel will again
take its toll on the dollar.
Oh, you're completely wrong here. NASA is operated by the government. It is in no way a private company. With private ventures, you have individuals
seeking profit, so there is no room for inefficiency. There would be no blatant government spending, along with the present lack of discourse on that
which is being spent (blame this on the government's blind trust in NASA) in such a privatized space industry. You'd have several thousand companies
emerge tomorrow, all competing in totally unique niches, if NASA were dismantled immediately. You'd see investment in the order of hundreds of
billions of dollars in less than a week. NASA is a complete waste of taxpayer dollars; it's inefficient, it's expensive, and produces very little
(compared to that which could be done in an equivalent private sector) for the amount spent.
NASA is undermining billions of dollars of capital production in the form of investment, because no one individual can afford to penetrate this
industry without great personal risk and liability. This would all be corrected within a few decades if NASA were just dismantled. So right now I'm
hoping countries such as China and Japan back off on their national space administration goals, and provide greater incentive for civilian
participation. This is starting to happen in the form of space prizes in the U.S. and Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic. But it's easy enough for
one of the richest businessmen on the planet to produce the capital for whatever he pleases, so that doesn't really count.
[edit on 14-10-2008 by cognoscente]