[Wolves] You'll like like this

Peter Cannon peter at cannon-linux.co.uk
Sat Apr 15 18:01:29 BST 2006

today (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/04/13/letters/):

"    I've said it before and I'll say it again..

    Any NASA project that doesn't involve intergalatic space travel,
laser guns or light sabres is a complete and utter waste of money.

    As a taxpayer I demand my money is spent on proper space stuff, not
some crappy mission to collect space amoeba or whatever else these
idiots think they can trick us into believing is extra-terrestrial life.
Does it have 10 arms, blue-glowing skin and a transparent skull? No,
then it's not a bloody alien, it's a bloody rock. I've seen rocks
before, and they're no more interesting just because they come from a
different planet.

    Does water from the Moon cure cancer or enable me to fly? No, then
it's bloody tap water, and I'm having my tax dollars wasted filling up
buckets with something my kids can collect at the bloody seaside.

    For Christ's sake, what don't these people get? If we wanted Moon
water we'd have gone back to that boring, lifeless lump of rock decades
ago. So get a bloody clue.. we want space aliens, holodecks and our own
personal X-Wing fighters, not bloody rocks from Mars or water from the
bloody Moon.

    In my somewhat out to lunch opinion, the greatest opportunity missed
by NASA was not putting Gene Roddenberry in charge while he was still alive.

    But there is some hope, George Lucas is alive and well - and armed
with your average Star Wars special effects budget he'll have space
craft flitting between planets and astronauts duking it out with light
sabres before the year is out.

    I may not have the guile of your average Nigerian Owlseller, but I'm
personally going to see if I can convince NASA to do the right thing and
hire someone who understands what a space agency should be doing.

Peter Cannon
"There is every excuse for not knowing
there is no excuse for not asking"

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