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  •  I don't think you understand the technology. (3+ / 0-)
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    We are mere decades from colonizing Mars.  Technologically replicating the human mind in any but the most trivial, superficial, and transient ways is centuries away, no matter what Ray Kurzweil thinks.

    Freedom isn't free: You have to pay taxes for it.

    by Troubadour on Thu Jun 06, 2013 at 11:40:27 AM PDT

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    •  Wanna bet? (0+ / 0-)
      We are mere decades from colonizing Mars.
      Just not true.

      It rubs the loofah on its skin or else it gets the falafel again.

      by Fishgrease on Thu Jun 06, 2013 at 12:11:16 PM PDT

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      •  Elon Musk says it is, you say it isn't. (1+ / 0-)
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        Elon Musk is better at rocketry than Lockheed Martin, and built the world's greatest car that happens to also be an EV.  Yeah, I'm going to believe Elon knows what he's talking about.  If he told me he could make warp drive work in five years, I would be guardedly optimistic.

        Freedom isn't free: You have to pay taxes for it.

        by Troubadour on Thu Jun 06, 2013 at 12:14:08 PM PDT

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        •  We can disagree. (0+ / 0-)

          I think Elon Musk is a nutcase.

          It rubs the loofah on its skin or else it gets the falafel again.

          by Fishgrease on Thu Jun 06, 2013 at 12:17:46 PM PDT

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          •  A nutcase who builds the world's greatest car (0+ / 0-)

            that wins Motor Trend's Car of the Year, pays back a half-billion-dollar government loan a decade early, and makes a profitable company out of building and selling it, and meanwhile creates a space launch company from scratch that cuts the price of reaching orbit 75%, wins NASA contracts left and right, and does things routinely that engineers had snorted at before it did them...yeah, that's not a nutcase.  That's a genius.  And calling someone like that a nutcase makes you sound like a buffoon shaking your fist at a mountain.

            Freedom isn't free: You have to pay taxes for it.

            by Troubadour on Thu Jun 06, 2013 at 12:21:17 PM PDT

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            •  Love the cars (0+ / 0-)

              As expensive as they are. But this?

              Elon Musk is better at rocketry than Lockheed Martin
              That's just silly.

              It rubs the loofah on its skin or else it gets the falafel again.

              by Fishgrease on Thu Jun 06, 2013 at 12:30:02 PM PDT

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              •  Then why is SpaceX eating their lunch? (0+ / 0-)

                Why did the Air Force scramble to give ULA a 20-year exclusive contract at prices several times higher than SpaceX is offering?  Why is SpaceX's commercial launch manifest 40-deep, while ULA has zero private customers?  This is one of my areas of interest that I've been tracking for years, so I know what I'm talking about.

                Freedom isn't free: You have to pay taxes for it.

                by Troubadour on Thu Jun 06, 2013 at 12:35:19 PM PDT

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            •  Call me a buffoon. (0+ / 0-)

              And then 20 years from now, when we still haven't even landed a human on Mars, much less began colonization, you're going to have to take that back.

              It rubs the loofah on its skin or else it gets the falafel again.

              by Fishgrease on Thu Jun 06, 2013 at 12:33:13 PM PDT

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