Monday, September 27, 2010

Congress Recesses on Humanity

http://www.space.com/news/house-recess-nasa-bill-100927.html

I've been struggling over the past week or so to find something to blog about. Soyuz lands, a few asteroid things here, some math models playing with astrophysics theories there, but in short, basically everything is resting on Congress and their ability (inability?) to actually fund the federal aspects of the space industry to a point where it's really effective.

Well, I guess we get to wait a bit longer. I just love how politicians talk about their love of space, science, engineering and technology, but never really give two craps when it's an election season. I am so sick of these lawyers and career politicians with their fancy degrees and absolutely no technical knowledge of how to actually better the human race. Of course, that's not their goal, is it? It's all about the latest poll and the next election.

This broken f-ing system is showing itself to be what it is, over and over, yet people blindly follow along without giving two thoughts to how life COULD be if we maybe got some real smart people in places where it mattered.

End rant.

6 comments:

Marcel F. Williams said...

I think its pretty obvious that this country is in an economic and political decline. Politically, we have two parties that claim to represent the middle but are usually ruled by the extreme right or the extreme left. That's why I believe that its time for a third party that represents independents and political moderates. And recent polls show that the American people are ready for such a third party.

But the current political polarization between the left and the right has paralyzed the political process at a time when a new global economic model is rapidly rising in Asia that doesn't require political freedom or democracy!

Norman Copeland said...

It's true that love does show itself around the world at many different opportunities, sometimes briefly because of rare occurances and often flukes play a role, but, it is the love which rises and it is true to say that there is a lot of love watching in the heavens [especially the naughty people who plot horrible things], I try to support people like alesha dixon [aleshadixon.net] with the truth that she puts into her work [first appeared with misteeq and appeared in farrell williams video 'she likes to move'].

There is a lot of us considering our future from lots of different walks of genre, and hopefully the right words are being said on the street, in the cafes, in the pubs, in the offices, I hope people realise that to be involved with important things that could possibly change our history for the better, it is a good policy to keep an impeccable sheet, obviously people use references as direct evidence of tendancies, though I am a moderate tempered person its good practice to keep things as professional as possible, its just unfortunate that sometimes that does not relate to the office staff involved in intelligence, serveilence and maintenance.

Hopefully the bomb dropping community is sensitive to ungoing maintenance in the feild.


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quetzy said...

Hey Douglas!

Well, I guess that even if we can't change the system we can still build a new one independently. If it proves to be good, people will see it and want to adopt it.
Of course, this requires some serious funding and willpower, but it is not impossible (there is something to think and write about though - what steps do we need to take to start building such a city/state?)

There is one piece of news I heard the other day that reminded me of the Venus project - it's that people started to move into Masdar City:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/26/arts/design/26masdar.html?_r=1

I'm not as worried about the ghetto effect as the article writer, and well - we have to start somewhere (it would be self-paralyzing to only act if you are absolutely sure that there is not a single negative repercussion).
If the idea of such sustainable cities spreads, everyone should be having a better living environment (no matter if they live in such a city or not).

In any case, as you are one of the more knowledgeable proponents of the Venus project-like ideas, I wonder what you think about how to proceed with building something like that, or at least closer to it.

Cheers,
Daniel

Douglas Mallette said...

I'm familiar with Masdar, and like the initial concept. I wish it was circular instead of square. lol.

This is a case of architecture working with science instead of isolated as a separate thing. The author of that NYT article is a schmuck though. He's an architectural critic...big f-ing deal. Most architects think they're scientists or engineers, but they're not. if they were civil engineering educated architects, that would be slightly different.

They're artists, plain and simple. Glorified artists that make things people reside or work in. Make it pretty so it costs more. lol. So of course he's shunning the idea of Masdar, because he's a product of the system, and obviously biased against the concept since he throws out the word Utopia as an attack.

As for doing something similar, sure...but it requires funding. The UAE has that kind of funding, but they're not quite thinking completely like an RBE. I wish we could address them. :)

quetzy said...

Hey, sorry I'm a bit late to reply here...

"Make it pretty so it costs more." <-- one of the things that's wrong in the World today... have you seen BBCs movie/series called "The Century of Self"? It's an interesting watch on how the consumer/celebrity/brand society was created.

In defense of architects, I know a few who put utility over looks, by far ;)


As for funding, it might turn out that more can be accomplished by trying to get the rich individuals to see investments in such ideas as their way of helping out and leaving a mark in the World than by trying to appeal to countries. Corporations are becoming more powerful than countries nowadays anyway, and are also more prone and able to spend money on projects that most of the population might not even support.
Governments always think of votes first, and space exploration is not the highest on the list of priorities of your average Joe.

When you said "wish we could address them"... maybe we can? Of course some high up UAE financial leaders are beyond our reach, but maybe getting in touch with some of the people in Masdar's development is possible and - however low the chance - might prove to be fruitful?
It's not like you're a nobody, and with a well thought out argument you might just affect them to get to implement some positive changes...

Douglas Mallette said...

quetzy - I appreciate the complement, but I am still a relative nobody when it comes to the global stage. lol.

However, I have contacts I can pursue. :)