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 <snip> >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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