To Mars and Back in 80 Days

February 10th, 2009

In 1873 Jules Verne published the novel “Around the World in 80 Days“, in which an English Gentleman attempts to circumnavigate the Earth on bet. At the time the story was taken as simple fiction.

In 1889 Nellie Bly actually succeeded in making the trip and did it in just 72 days.

Today the Space Shuttle can make the trip in about 90 minuets.

A new plasma based rocket engine system, named Vasimr, has just recently been approved for testing on the ISS in 2012. The new engine could make it possible to travel to Mars in as little as 39 days, making around trip voyage of less than 80 days.

could we finally be on the Brink.

Nasa Web Site

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Cantor Quake

imageHouse Majority leader Eric Cantor is getting some flack for this recent comments after Tuesday’s east coast earthquake.

There is an appropriate federal role in incidents like this.

Obviously, the problem is that people in Virginia don’t have earthquake insurance.

All of us know that the federal government is busy spending money it doesn’t have.

While suggesting that any disaster relief be offset with spending cuts elsewhere.

There are very few things that I agree with Cantor on, DADT, DOMA, ENDA, just to name a few; my gut instinct here is to agree with him. Now, Think Progress makes it seem in their commentary as if Cantor doesn’t want to provide any federal aid to folks in Virginia who suffered property damage from the quake, which isn’t what he said as you can see in the quote above, but even if he had I’d have a hard time not agreeing with that as well.

I truly don’t believe that our Federal government should come running with it’s credit card out every time there Mother Nature has a hissy fit. Now don’t get me wrong, I understand that there are times where it’s necessary for the Fed to lend a hand in a disaster. The impending hurricane Irene being a good example. Having the National Guard help fill sandbags and even provide them in a flood is another example of good government help. Rescuing people stuck in New Orleans during Katrina is another one.

But if your home gets flattened by twister and you were dumb enough not have insurance or know if your policy covered twisters then I’m sorry for your loss but the government has no business bailing you out. If your Virginia business takes a hit because of an earthquake and you didn’t have earthquake insurance, you’re on your own.

Now the flip side of that of course is that I would be ok if the government were to say provide you with a low or no interest loan to help you rebuild, but to expect a handout from Uncle Sam for every disaster is part of the crap thinking that landed us with national debt that would make the Great Wall of China look like a speed bump.

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