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Re: Michael J. Woods On NASA's Motives - Fleming

From: Lan Fleming <lfleming5.nul>
Date: Sun, 01 Feb 2004 16:27:19 -0600
Fwd Date: Mon, 02 Feb 2004 10:06:32 -0500
Subject: Re: Michael J. Woods On NASA's Motives - Fleming

>From: Eleanor White <eleanor.nul>
>To: UFO UpDates <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Sun, 01 Feb 2004 10:05:24 -0500
>Subject: Michael J. Woods On NASA's Motives


>Michael stated that NASA could not be covering up artifacts
>because nothing would spur generous budget allocations like
>finding artificial structures and implements on Mars.  I'd like
>to comment that Michael's point would only be true _if_ NASA
>management and higher members of the NASA chain of command are,
>behind the scenes and above all else, wanting a larger budget.

Whenever someone criticizes NASA, the assertion is always made
by somebody that NASA couldn't be biased against finding life
because they'd get a larger budget if they did. That's an
extremely simplistic view. NASA is not a monolithic organization
where everyone shares the same goals. An increase in NASA's
budget for searching for evidence of life (which is close to
zero right now) would likely mean a decrease in the budget for
geologists to search for rocks. To some extent, it's a zero sum
game. There are always going to be turf battles and short-
sighted struggles over who gets the available funds as opposed
to cooperative planning on how to get more funds for everybody.

The early images from the Spirit rover showed a number of
unusual-looking porous rocks and that "mud-like" material that
nobody has explained yet. Instead of sending the rover to
examine the interesting features close to where it landed, they
ignored them and sent the rover straight to an uninteresting-
looking volcanic rock. Spirit may have lost an Opportunity here
(pun intended) for some major discoveries. To me this sort of
decision suggests a bias in favor of the familiar over the
unfamiliar and unexpected. I would think it should be the other
way around on a mission of exploration.

Speaking of different organizations internal to NASA having
different agendas: I recently read in disbelief that Northwest
Airlines has admitted sending personal information about their
passengers to NASA without the passengers knowing about it. It
almost sounds like a paranoid conspiracy theory, but it
apparently is a fact that NASA has been involved in what amounts
to spying on the public in the name of national security. It
makes me wonder if acronym "NASA" now stands for the National
Airline Spy Agency. I doubt that whatever NASA group is involved
in these covert intelligence activities cares much about whether
or not there's life on Mars - unless the Martians are booking
flights on Northwest.

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