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(White House)   Fed up with low NASA funding, six-year-old donates life's savings to agency and starts petition to pressure the president to increase funding levels   (petitions.whitehouse.gov) divider line 55
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2013-12-12 08:45:10 AM
Kid should've saved that money. Not that I don't like NASA, but parents would've been better to put it in a fund than to pay for 1/10,000,000th of a rocket
 
2013-12-12 08:47:24 AM

machoprogrammer: Kid should've saved that money. Not that I don't like NASA, but parents would've been better to put it in a fund than to pay for 1/10,000,000th of a rocket


That's very close to heresy or lese-majesté. Tread carefully. I hear someone 3D printing a stake...
 
2013-12-12 08:52:42 AM
I'm sure his dad didn't influence him in any way.
 
2013-12-12 08:58:52 AM
I am also going to donate the amount of money I had saved up when I was 6.

$2.62 will take us to Infinity and Beyond!
 
2013-12-12 09:00:57 AM
Typical champagne socialist. Kid knows he can give his money away because he will be looked after by the bank of mum and dad. But he uses his act of generosity as a cover to try and apply political pressure on other people, forcing them to contribute money they maybe can't spare of threat of imprisonment.
 
2013-12-12 09:02:53 AM
At least the little guy dreams big.

Of course from purely rational point of view the value of such a donation is infinitelysmall, but when people ever were rational? So instead of rational point of view let's get back to practical.

Considering the publicity and general exposure the gesture generated, and considering that children at 6 are not particularly concerned with lifetime savings, but (at least some of them) are pretty concerned with general attention, I'd say a money well-spent both for a kid and NASA.
 
2013-12-12 09:03:48 AM
Adjusting for inflation, NASA is still within 10% of its highest budget since the end of the Apollo program.  The US still spends more on space exploration than the rest of the world combined.
 
2013-12-12 09:05:23 AM

THE GREAT NAME: Typical champagne socialist. Kid knows he can give his money away because he will be looked after by the bank of mum and dad. But he uses his act of generosity as a cover to try and apply political pressure on other people, forcing them to contribute money they maybe can't spare of threat of imprisonment.


Holy shiat I think you need some help.  More like parents were talking about NASA not having funding and kid wanted to send some money since all kids love space things.

Man I can't believe you stretched that far.
 
2013-12-12 09:11:21 AM
Unfortunately, it's not the President the six year old idealist needs to convince.
 
2013-12-12 09:25:19 AM
a six year olds life savings?  at six I had a few wads of gum and some thumb tacks or something of equal value
 
2013-12-12 09:39:13 AM

mudpants: a six year olds life savings?  at six I had a few wads of gum and some thumb tacks or something of equal value


I had a wooden truck made by my uncle.  One of the wheels had fallen off.
 
2013-12-12 09:46:27 AM

meanmutton: Adjusting for inflation, NASA is still within 10% of its highest budget since the end of the Apollo program.  The US still spends more on space exploration than the rest of the world combined.


I would be more than happy if the US poured 1/2 of its military budget into NASA for just 2 years.
 
2013-12-12 09:49:46 AM
Sounds like the kid would have been better off spending his money on a basic Civics textbook ;
then he'd learn which branch of the gummint appropriates funds for NASA.
 
2013-12-12 09:55:19 AM
This thread went to crazytown fast.  I'mma join in.

THIS farkING KID JUST WANTS TO FUND A MOON PROGRAM SO THE REPTILIANS CAN FERRY SLAVES TO THEIR SEX PITS ON JUPITER! 3D PRINTERS!! POLITICS!!!
 
2013-12-12 10:00:43 AM
Stop prostituting your 6-year-old, asshole.
 
2013-12-12 10:10:02 AM
When I was six I would have done the same. Now I am older than six I feel warm and fuzzy reading that this six year old has done it.

This means my heart is not dead and cold like a stone and that my world has some hope in it, unlike some people in this thread.

Adjusting for inflation, at the height of the Iraq war, the USA was spending the same amount as the ENTIRE APOLLO PROGRAM ($100Bn) every four months which means, all the work, all the training and most important, all the R&D could be done over every four months starting from scratch.

This means that instead of the Iraq war we could have had about 120 moon landings (assuming some time off and failed launches)

That`s your moon base right there. It got pissed down the drain on a pointless war which turned out to be for false reasons and illegal anyway.

QA is right you know, we won`t get useful things in space but for the wrong reasons.

They think it is just not possible. It`s totally possible but we just need to stop hitting ourselves in the head as a species and go for a walk instead. I think we are too crazy to do that.
 
2013-12-12 10:11:55 AM

Free Radical: I would be more than happy if the US poured 1/2 of its military budget into NASA for just 2 years.


This.

Yes, they have a budget, but it's a 30 year-old budget that may have worked before, but it's not enough to keep doing what we want to do in the future. Seeing the shuttles scuttled without a suitable replacement should have been a signal of this.

Also, inventions that were developed for the space program have advanced personal-level technology many, many times over the decades. What we discover by pouring R&D money into research at NASA leads to better choices and products for the rest of the country. We should be rushing to fund the hell out of them and businesses that use this tech to create new things should be championing it. Instead - Hurrrr Taxes too high! Durrr - PBS and NASA cost my tax dollars!
 
2013-12-12 10:12:13 AM
Much as I appreciate the little guy dreaming big, the government should put far more into education than NASA.  Give the states a few billion each to improve schools and paying teachers what they're actually worth.  Or perhaps in some cases, hiring teachers that are actually worth what they're paid.

/Except Texas.  They'll just spend it on guns and creationism.
 
2013-12-12 10:12:22 AM
Want to help NASA? Don't encourage your kid to throw what ever amount of money he has saved up at it, instead go and encourage him to study calculus and engineering.
 
2013-12-12 10:12:41 AM

mutterfark: Unfortunately, it's not the President the six year old idealist needs to convince.


Actually, it is. Obama has cut spending for NASA considerably. Both parties are equally at fault. I know, Republicans are anti science and all that crap, but Democrats aren't exactly helping us out in the whole NASA funding either.
 
2013-12-12 10:15:17 AM

Psychopusher: /Except Texas.  They'll just spend it on guns and creationism.



And propane

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2013-12-12 10:17:15 AM

meanmutton: Adjusting for inflation, NASA is still within 10% of its highest budget since the end of the Apollo program.  The US still spends more on space exploration than the rest of the world combined.


the 2011 military budget alone also was more than all years of NASA funding combined.
 
2013-12-12 10:29:12 AM

machoprogrammer: mutterfark: Unfortunately, it's not the President the six year old idealist needs to convince.

Actually, it is. Obama has cut spending for NASA considerably. Both parties are equally at fault. I know, Republicans are anti science and all that crap, but Democrats aren't exactly helping us out in the whole NASA funding either.


Agree.  Everyone had to give a little this last time around, but I think the military could stand more than a small haircut.  it's the single largest discretionary spending program on the planet.  Kudos to this kid.  Even a six year old understands how important our dreams of the stars can be.

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2013-12-12 10:30:15 AM
Look at what NASA has done with .5% of the national budget. They have discovered and engineered marvels increasing science tremendously. So give them 5% of the national budget and sell off the scientific breakthroughs. We would find ourselves out of the deficit and we would be out exploring the other planets. Think of all the resources we could bring back for our country. Politicians are so narrow minded.
 
2013-12-12 10:35:37 AM

Free Radical: meanmutton: Adjusting for inflation, NASA is still within 10% of its highest budget since the end of the Apollo program.  The US still spends more on space exploration than the rest of the world combined.

I would be more than happy if the US poured 1/2 of its military budget into NASA for just 2 years.


I think taking about 3% of the military budget would more than double NASA's.
 
2013-12-12 10:35:44 AM

A Cave Geek: machoprogrammer: mutterfark: Unfortunately, it's not the President the six year old idealist needs to convince.

Actually, it is. Obama has cut spending for NASA considerably. Both parties are equally at fault. I know, Republicans are anti science and all that crap, but Democrats aren't exactly helping us out in the whole NASA funding either.

Agree.  Everyone had to give a little this last time around, but I think the military could stand more than a small haircut.  it's the single largest discretionary spending program on the planet.  Kudos to this kid.  Even a six year old understands how important our dreams of the stars can be.

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I agree 100%. Imagine what NASA could do with 3% of the national budget. The thought of it being 10% almost makes me sexually excited
 
2013-12-12 10:36:12 AM
And the military would almost undoubtedly benefit anyway.
 
2013-12-12 10:43:36 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: machoprogrammer: Kid should've saved that money. Not that I don't like NASA, but parents would've been better to put it in a fund than to pay for 1/10,000,000th of a rocket

That's very close to heresy or lese-majesté. Tread carefully. I hear someone 3D printing a stake...


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Deep thoughts with TechnoBevets
 
2013-12-12 10:46:14 AM

machoprogrammer: mutterfark: Unfortunately, it's not the President the six year old idealist needs to convince.

Actually, it is. Obama has cut spending for NASA considerably. Both parties are equally at fault. I know, Republicans are anti science and all that crap, but Democrats aren't exactly helping us out in the whole NASA funding either.


I though Congress controls the purse-strings? The President may propose a budget, but Congress approves? I ask only because I don't think the President could sponsor Anne Frank as a tragic heroine and get it approved by the Oompa Loompa and his friends in the Mad Tea Party.

My youngest sister was born three days before Apollo 11 launched. I had the entire Gulf Oil space collection, books figurines and all. I wanted to be in a freaking Moon dome and "fly" with wings like a short story I read. Didn't get any of those things. Instead I listened as Skylab crashed into Australia, and Congress killed the Super Collider. I would LOVE to see more spending on space exploration. Both probes and manned.

But sure, shame President Obama into doing more if that's what you believe will help.
 
2013-12-12 10:49:40 AM

mutterfark: machoprogrammer: mutterfark: Unfortunately, it's not the President the six year old idealist needs to convince.

Actually, it is. Obama has cut spending for NASA considerably. Both parties are equally at fault. I know, Republicans are anti science and all that crap, but Democrats aren't exactly helping us out in the whole NASA funding either.

I though Congress controls the purse-strings? The President may propose a budget, but Congress approves? I ask only because I don't think the President could sponsor Anne Frank as a tragic heroine and get it approved by the Oompa Loompa and his friends in the Mad Tea Party.

My youngest sister was born three days before Apollo 11 launched. I had the entire Gulf Oil space collection, books figurines and all. I wanted to be in a freaking Moon dome and "fly" with wings like a short story I read. Didn't get any of those things. Instead I listened as Skylab crashed into Australia, and Congress killed the Super Collider. I would LOVE to see more spending on space exploration. Both probes and manned.

But sure, shame President Obama into doing more if that's what you believe will help.


Neil Degrasse Tyson has interesting thoughts on it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7Q8UvJ1wvk
 
2013-12-12 10:58:18 AM
Interesting, yes. Politically pragmatic or viable? I don't know. I will respectfully disagree with your opinion, while sharing your disappointment with the result. Because i really do want to see more spent on space, and pure science in general.

/sorry if i was a d**k
 
2013-12-12 11:07:43 AM

Relatively Obscure: And the military would almost undoubtedly benefit anyway.


Yeah they would have to make a space branch of the military for rescue operations and defense.
 
2013-12-12 11:23:52 AM

meanmutton: Adjusting for inflation, NASA is still within 10% of its highest budget since the end of the Apollo program.  The US still spends more on space exploration than the rest of the world combined.


The entire NASA budget, all of it for all years, is still less than one year at the Department of Defense.  Given the trivial amounts of money spent on the space program, we've made massive gains from it.  If we spent the DOD budget on NASA, we'd all take occasional trips up to the moon.  Not that there's anything to see there, and the only thing anyone ever does is go to one sh*tty theme park.
 
2013-12-12 11:35:43 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: That's very close to heresy or lese-majesté. Tread carefully. I hear someone 3D printing a stake...


You're still gonna die.
 
2013-12-12 11:56:49 AM

mutterfark: Unfortunately, it's not the President the six year old idealist needs to convince.

 
2013-12-12 12:29:52 PM

theorellior: Quantum Apostrophe: That's very close to heresy or lese-majesté. Tread carefully. I hear someone 3D printing a stake...

You're still gonna die.


Right here, along with you and everyone else. But there is no fundamental physical reason for our short lifespan, but there are plenty of fundamental physical reasons that no one's gonna retire in their Mars condo next to a Mars Wal Mart.

So, still think the Sun has nothing to do with entropy locally? You really need to work on your shocking ignorance of basic physics.
 
2013-12-12 12:37:20 PM
Economically speaking, that kid got several times back in intangibles what he paid out in cash. Positive attention from his parents and lots of other people, increased attention on the space programs (any/all of them), potentially increased donations from like-minded people, and another voice added to the group saying "For fark's sake, let's GOOOOOOOO!", which increases inclusiveness, provides courage to people who haven't spoken up yet, and contributes to the impression of a larger, more politically powerful group that politicians might consider courting.

tl;dr: For fark's sake, let's GOOOOOOO!
 
2013-12-12 12:39:25 PM
Does EVERY science related thread have to end up pammed up with Life Extension nuttery?

It's not "ironic" or constructive to engage in a discussion. It feeds the troll. Please stop.
 
2013-12-12 12:42:58 PM

Aidan: Economically speaking, that kid got several times back in intangibles what he paid out in cash.


Oh FFS... That's such mush-brained nonsense...

Aidan: tl;dr: For fark's sake, let's GOOOOOOO!


What's stopping you? More importantly, what's motivating you? Do you not have basic knowledge of what a deadly, empty hell space is? I mean the reality of it, not the naive and over-optimistic nonsense you see in sci-fi.
 
2013-12-12 12:44:25 PM
If nothing else I have to say I'm impressed with Quantum Apostrophe's single handed ability to shiat in every Space or Sci-fi thread that appears.

Night or day, rain or shine.  Its almost like he is GorGor reborn, but without the porn to redeem him.
 
2013-12-12 12:55:54 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: So, still think the Sun has nothing to do with entropy locally? You really need to work on your shocking ignorance of basic physics.


Tick tick tick, man, it's ringing in your ears. Where's your sun now?
 
2013-12-12 12:56:02 PM

Noctusxx: If nothing else I have to say I'm impressed with Quantum Apostrophe's single handed ability to shiat in every Space or Sci-fi thread that appears.

Night or day, rain or shine.  Its almost like he is GorGor reborn, but without the porn to redeem him.


Probably still stewing over his NASA rejection letter.
 
2013-12-12 01:01:53 PM
Don't we have better things to spend money on? NASA will always be important, but now doesn't seem like the best time to throw bags of money at it. I know some of you are sad the cold war is over, but we've got a dozen other countries now picking up the slack in space exploration. I'd rather spend money to fix things up on earth (and yes, I get that a space exploration ultimately benefits life on this planet).
 
2013-12-12 01:07:03 PM

kazikian: Don't we have better things to spend money on? NASA will always be important, but now doesn't seem like the best time to throw bags of money at it. I know some of you are sad the cold war is over, but we've got a dozen other countries now picking up the slack in space exploration. I'd rather spend money to fix things up on earth (and yes, I get that a space exploration ultimately benefits life on this planet).


I don't know, but anything that gives jobs to Americans in this economy is also putting money into the economy at large.  Its better than sending money overseas.
 
2013-12-12 01:28:25 PM

kazikian: Don't we have better things to spend money on? NASA will always be important, but now doesn't seem like the best time to throw bags of money at it. I know some of you are sad the cold war is over, but we've got a dozen other countries now picking up the slack in space exploration. I'd rather spend money to fix things up on earth (and yes, I get that a space exploration ultimately benefits life on this planet).


That's a totally fair question!

Would you be willing to take a few minutes to hear Neil deGrasse Tyson's answer?It's totally worth your time, I promise you.
 
2013-12-12 01:28:25 PM
Oh look, another opportunity for QA to be a threadshiatting asshole.  You know he never misses one!
 
2013-12-12 01:41:08 PM
The kid will learn a valuable lesson. You can give and give, and nothing will change.


/Santa isn't real either.
 
2013-12-12 03:12:46 PM

Khellendros: Quantum Apostrophe: machoprogrammer: Kid should've saved that money. Not that I don't like NASA, but parents would've been better to put it in a fund than to pay for 1/10,000,000th of a rocket

That's very close to heresy or lese-majesté. Tread carefully. I hear someone 3D printing a stake...

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Deep thoughts with TechnoBevets

This is the best description to date.
 
2013-12-12 03:29:24 PM
I would sign this if I didn't have to register with their shiatty little site.
 
2013-12-12 03:47:43 PM
untaken_name


I'm sure his dad didn't influence him in any way.

^ This. I'm all for funding space toys, but this BS isn't helpful.
 
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