posted on Jan, 31 2003 @ 10:37 AM
My point was exactly what Mad Scientist said.
Even if you had the plans for a Space Shuttle, there's no way that you and a group of friends could manufacture it locally. It takes some expensive
infrastructure and sophisticated machines to make these things. The Russians didn't have that capability right after the war. They were playing
"me too" for a long time.
Now, there's no doubt that they DID benefit from their own group of German scientists -- the space race proves that.
UP, I think we need to have a talk about gas and oil companies. The big and powerful companies aren't just drilling for gas and oil and doing
pipelines. They manufacture plastics and other such things and also resell power -- so they are buying and building hydroelectric plants and other
forms of power to use and to resell. Cheap or free power would do them a favor, since they could spend more of their oil and gas making high-demand
plastics, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, etc, etc and they wouldn't be at the mercy of the Saudi cartels.
The only companies whose sole function is oil and gas are the small drilling companies.
Tales of patent theft to prevent "free energy" getting into the hands of the people are false (all you have to do is look at the US patents online
to see how many of these are filed and are still in the hands of the creators.)
Some of those screaming about suppression of ideas have never filed a patent in their lives.
The reason that they're not being commercially produced is that they don't work.