If we didn't spend that $2.5 billion (over eight years, BTW) on the MSL, most likely it would've been spent building part of a stealth bomber or put in the pocket of a one-percenter, so I don't think it's reasonable to blame NASA for our fiscal problems or the fact that pressing social concerns remain unaddressed.
The way I look at it is that, as complicated and time-intensive as it is, landing a truck with pinpoint precision millions of miles away on another planet is the *easy* stuff. If we can't all come together and agree to do the easy stuff, then there's no way in hell we'll manage to come together and do the hard stuff here on Earth.
I ran into Mike Rowe, host of TV's "Dirty Jobs," while out having drinks—he's a super cool guy, was just kickin it with his producer, even put on his trademark baseball cap to take this pic with me—http://j.mp/yioPo0
Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers, my dear FFers. See http://friendfeed.com/biteme.... Following the accident, Jack was transferred to a Sacramento trauma hospital for surgery. He later experienced post-op complications that necessitated another emergency surgery.
Peoples of FriendFeed, there's a 99% chance you're linked to Anne, or Jessie or Jim or Kelly or Kristin or Jack himself. Please send all your positive healing thoughts to Jack - husband of Anne and dad of the rest and one of the nicest people on the planet. He was involved in a serious car accident. Please do what you do in your own way. Thanks