"I don't need to know this"??? Wrong. If your job title is captain, you are in the cockpit of one of the largest airliners in the world, and you are carrying 300 passengers, yes, you DO need to know how to fly a @#~@#$% airplane.
Even if the AT failed, it was the pilot's responsibility to check the altitude and airspeed.
No. The passengers did not have any "right" not to be "uncomfortable" about someone else expressing an opinion on a beeping T-shirt, so none of their rights were violated. They are the morons. This is exactly the kind of arbitrary, stupid BS discrimination the Constitution is supposed to protect against.
It's only a "luxury" for people who are deeply ignorant about the relatively insignificant cost, and the incredible benefits.
Space exploration pays for itself several times over, so the cost is not really an issue, and the benefits are priceless.
We are going to have to disagree about that. Even in war, there are "war crimes." There are rules of engagement. There is a difference between killing an enemy soldier in the battlefield and killing unarmed civilians. War is not a blank check for all kinds of atrocities.
"Yes the military budget is not insignificant. Without them though we wouldn't be here." I heard you, and I disagree. And I explained why I disagree.
We don't need a $620 billion military for defense. We don't need that AT ALL.
Again, what are we trying to defend ourselves from? What kind of attack? What kind of weapons? How would our military be effective against those attacks and those weapons?
No. Lots of people understand it. And like science itself, it's independently verifiable. It's not a matter of opinion, taste, choice or belief.
If you believed the world is flat, yes, you would be an ignorant fool, because of the mountains of evidence that contradict that "belief," not just because I would disagree with it.
If we didn't spend 620 billion/yr on "Defense," we wouldn't be here? Ha!
Sorry, but I have some bad news for you. That kind of money has nothing to do with keeping us or our interests safe. We don't need 11 supercarriers, when no other country has even ONE. Who or what the hell are we trying to protect ourselves from?
This is not about defense. This is a BUSINESS. This is about moving our tax money to private contractors, who build weapons that will never be used. But that doesn't matter, because they are making money building them. Mission accomplished.
It's not an evil conspiracy, it's just a system we set up, where we spend ridiculous amounts of money on weapons we could never use. Because if we did, there would be no one left on the planet. That machine keeps growing, out of control. We are just too stupid to stop it or even slow it down, say "that's enough," and actually use those resources for more productive things. Things that could actually benefit us.
You are still making very uninformed and narrow-minded statements. This is not a redundant mission. We will keep advancing learning new things, even if you insist on sticking your head in the sand. We've already learned a lot by designing a robot that could land by itself in a completely new way on another planet. The landing, alone, was worth the entire mission. And now we'll keep making new discoveries.
Just because we haven't found evidence of life SO FAR, it doesn't mean it's been "confirmed" there isn't any. That's completely illogical. It's completely flawed thinking. If you had been in charge of the Christopher Columbus expeditions, you would have turned back one week into the trip. "It's just water. It just keeps going. There's nothing new here, it's confirmed."
The cost of this mission to Mars was $2.5 billion OVER EIGHT YEARS. This would not have fed the poor or cleaned any water. You need a very different amount of money to have any real effect on those problems. Otherw