Tuesday, January 20, 2004

You know I love a good conspiracy theory as much as the next gal, but this, I dare say, doesn't qualify as a conspiracy theory as much as an explainer. I couldn't for the life of me figure out the whole "going to Mars" thing. Yeah, I heard the whole, "bringing America together under a common lofty goal" crap, but coming from the idealistic sinkhole of the current administration it struck me as odd. Also, we're already in debt up to our eyeballs with this bullshit war and people are understandably very concerned with our myriad domestic problems we can't pay to fix, so why Mars? This might be why-

Industry Hopes Soar With Space Plan

excerpt..."President Bush emphasized American ingenuity, international cooperation and human destiny when he announced his new space policy this week, but the plan also reflected long-held ambitions of the U.S. aerospace and energy industries. For years, they have labored to persuade NASA to pursue interplanetary voyages more aggressively, with companies standing to reap billions of dollars from the contracts and spinoff technologies that would result.

Industry officials said yesterday that they see a huge boon to business in Bush's "renewed spirit of discovery," which set a mission to Mars as a long-range goal after astronauts build a science base on the moon. Among the companies that could profit from the plan are Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin Corp., Boeing Co. and Halliburton Co., which Vice President Cheney headed before he joined Bush's ticket.

Now I get it-Bang, Zoom.....

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