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(Yahoo)   NASA puts out call for commercial space taxis. Astronauts look forward to having to give directions to the driver, unknown fluids on the seat cushions, careening through traffic, circling Mercury three times, all courtesy from some guy from Senegal   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 21
    More: Interesting, NASA, taxis, Senegal, Orbital Sciences, NASA Administrator, astronauts, International Space Station, Sierra Nevada Corp.  
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2013-11-20 08:23:57 AM  
is there a single thing the government can do on its own without privitizing?
 
2013-11-20 10:14:02 AM  

NickelP: is there a single thing the government can do on its own without privitizing?


Stick you up for cash
 
2013-11-20 10:20:08 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-11-20 10:23:30 AM  
Don't forget, subby: only accept cash so they don't have to report income. Gotta qualify for that Section 8 housing, y'know.
 
2013-11-20 10:27:01 AM  
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-11-20 10:34:32 AM  
i.telegraph.co.uk
 
2013-11-20 10:35:21 AM  
If your get into a space taxi and the driver's name is Jebediah, BAIL OUT!
 
2013-11-20 10:36:14 AM  
LOOK AT SIGN!

Sign:  "Driver Only Speaks Three Words Of English."
 
2013-11-20 10:37:34 AM  
i44.tinypic.com
 
2013-11-20 11:00:19 AM  

Stahi: LOOK AT SIGN!

Sign:  "Driver Only Speaks Three Words Of English."


Well of course, he's from Rigel 7.  We should build a wall or something.
 
2013-11-20 11:03:09 AM  
Great, now The Knowledge test will include celestial mechanics.
 
2013-11-20 11:53:24 AM  
Not looking forward to getting to Venus by way of Neptune.
 
2013-11-20 12:06:22 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-11-20 12:10:51 PM  

Ivo Shandor: [i.imgur.com image 320x200]


came for this, was getting nervous i'd have to do it myself.

//pad 3 please
 
2013-11-20 12:11:36 PM  

Ivo Shandor: [i.imgur.com image 320x200]


Just edged me out, although I was just going to just go with "Pad 4, please!"
 
2013-11-20 01:06:52 PM  

Uzzah: Ivo Shandor: [i.imgur.com image 320x200]

Just edged me out, although I was just going to just go with "Pad 4, please!"


Wow, C64 memories are coming back with that one
 
2013-11-20 02:12:58 PM  
Can I have a Space Marilu Henner drive me around?
 
2013-11-20 02:32:45 PM  
media.mwcradio.com
All figures in $ Millions.  Please use exact change.
 
2013-11-20 03:28:06 PM  
all courtesy from some guy from Senegal

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2013-11-20 06:29:08 PM  

NickelP: is there a single thing the government can do on its own without privitizing?


Okay, I'll bite.

In functional terms, "government" is just a way to describe everyone getting together and deciding to get something done. The multiple levels of bureaucracy can sometimes obfuscate that basic premise, but ultimately the purpose of government is to allocate resources to get things done that otherwise wouldn't happen because either no one can individually pony up the resources, or the investment would take too long to pay off for any individual or corporation to bankroll the endeavour. Sometimes the best way to do that is to form a state-run agency to go and complete the task; other times it's a better use of the public's tax money to contract a private entity with experience in the field. There are advantages and disadvantages to both.

NASA happens to be an excellent primary research facility, but mass production isn't part of its mission or area of expertise. When NASA builds you a rocket, it's going to be a one-off vehicle custom engineered for the job, and while it will probably do very well at its job, it's necessarily going to be insanely expensive. That's fine when you want an advanced prototype to test the limits of the technological envelope; if what you need is a space truck that has to do one job and do it in large numbers, it makes a lot more sense to farm the work out to somebody who has manufacturing experience and a profit motive to keep costs down.
 
2013-11-20 11:23:03 PM  
Multi-pass
 
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