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War, Science, and Philosophy in a Fractured World.

America’s Penis

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Well, one of the great boondoggles in American history is going to attempt another launch. Cross your fingers. Our national penis, the space shuttle, the cancerous growth that has been consuming the American space program from the inside out since the seventies is going to once again take its’ chances. The crew has a one in one hundred chance of dying according to NASA, which certainly doesn’t fill me with confidence. This is called C.Y.A., now at least if the shuttle blows up NASA can say they knew it was dangerous. Alas, the heady days of the seventies are long gone, when shuttle proponents promised safe, cheap, space travel!

Would you get in a vehicle that killed an average of one passenger every eight trips? Dear God I wouldn’t, I don’t even want to hang around anyone who would take a such a risk. I mean, I think people who jump out of perfectly good airplanes are nuts, and don’t even get me started on jumping off bridges with rubber bands tied to your legs. But even these thrill seekers know they are likely going to go home safe and sound each night. The shuttle crew are made of sterner stuff no doubt.

It’s sad really. I choose to believe that the sophomoric enthusiasm that led to the space shuttle program was genuine, though there were certainly some that wanted it because it was a cash cow or for its’ military applications. Now that it is painfully obvious that the shuttle is unworkable and we’ve lost decades and dollars, only a few want to say that the Emperor has no clothes. Including me of course, I said the shuttle was a stupid idea back in the day. Sometimes I hate being right.

I sincerely hope that the crew of the Discovery fly safe and sound. God speed little shuttle.

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Written by unitedcats

June 30, 2006 at 9:26 pm

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  1. Anonymous

    July 1, 2006 at 8:32 am

  2. ..Discovery…

    dr. gonzo

    July 2, 2006 at 6:55 pm


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