So, you think the Mars missions are a waste of money?

I’m hearing a lot of comments from people about how the Curiosity mission to Mars was a “waste of money”. They also claim that because of the space program a lot of money that could be used to benefit our lives is “wasted”. Honestly, I hear a lot of complaining about how the whole space program, NASA, the JPL, and even new private companies like Virgin Galactic are a waste of money. The people who say these things don’t realize that most of the benefits from the space program don’t come from space but come from our own planet. When the space program was just beginning and it’s founders were asking Congress for money, Congress told them that they would give the space program money as long as the technology developed to put men into space also benefits the people on Earth. Every list has computers and the internet (neither of which was invented by the space program but many of their advances did come from the space program) so I won’t include these two. Here is a list of technologies that I’m willing to bet every naysayer has used the majority of. Continue reading

A logical approach to same sex marriages

Recently the same sex marriage debate has been heating up once again. Each time this debate pops up the voices, on both sides, get louder and louder. The battle lines are being drawn and states, cities, companies, and millions of people are all voicing their beliefs when it comes to the “gay marriage” debate.

What I’m doing is taking a logical, analytically, and factual look at the benefits as well as the disadvantages. I’ll also look at the claims that both sides make to see if they are factual, misleading, speculation, or flat out lies.

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5 Biggest Losers from the AT&T / T-Mobile buyout.

A lot of people in telecom are watching the AT&T / T-Mobile merger but many more people need to watch what is going on.  We’re looking at the foundation of another MABell but this time we could have two MABells and with wireless as opposed to the big wire line behemoth that was broken up in 1984.  AT&T should remember this well.

Everyone thinks that if the government allows it then it is good for everyone, right?  Wrong.  Clearly the big winner will be AT&T – they’ll have roughly 130 million subscribers or close to 1/3 of the US wireless consumer base.  Verizon would be second with 101 million and Sprint would be third with 50 million.  Just to give a hint at the spread, Metro PCS would be fourth with a whopping 8 million.

So, who would be the losers? Continue reading