The Search for More Pork on Mars Continues
Tea Party Economist
by Gary North: Conspiracy
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any life on Mars. There is no evidence that there ever was life
on Mars. But there is surely pork on Mars. NASA wants to continue
to slice off plenty of it.
is eligible for sequestration, preferably 100% sequestration. NASA
does nothing worth financing by the private sector. It never has.
But now there are threats of sequestration. NASA is running scared.
a bureaucracy to do? Recycle that old favorite, life on Mars.
To keep the
search going, the media run stories once a month on weve
almost found it. The basic story never changes; only the names
of obscure scientists change. Because nothing is ever proven, NASA
has to keep adding new names of almost, but not quite yet
experts. I mean, it would look silly if the same old scientists
kept saying almost, but not yet.
report is in the Sydney Morning Herald. You will recognize
its outline. The outline never changes. It begins with a question
a question that has produced no answer for a century. Was
there once life on the Red Planet?
answer still eludes us, yet every sample from NASAs Curiosity
rover takes scientists a step closer to deciding whether Mars
today freezing cold, bone dry and bombarded by radiation
might once have been habitable.
The pork search is open-ended. It will continue until NASA is sequestered
once and for all. The search will go on, no matter what. This is
government-funded science. No search ever ends until there is a
discovery that confirms the thesis. At that point, the budget doubles,
in order to pursue the discoverys fabulous implications. This
is inter-generational pork.
sophisticated on-board laboratory, the rovers latest discovery
is of clay minerals including sulphur, nitrogen, hydrogen,
oxygen, phosphorus and carbon. They were found in powder drilled
recently from a sedimentary rock near a former streambed.
The $2 billion
machine dug a 2.5-inch
hole. Thats not quite a billion dollars per inch. It found
nothing significant. It will therefore continue to dig holes until
it ceases to function.
Look, the more
holes it drills, the lower the cost per inch of holes. These are
called dry holes in oil field research. They are called
additional scientific research at NASA.
be called pork holes.
like these represent a cross-section of key ingredients for life,
suggesting Mars may once have sported an alien community of living
do not create life. Scientists dont know what created life,
but cross-sections surely didnt.
the new results fall far short of evidence for life itself
past or present. All the same, the picture now emerging of conditions
on the fourth rock from the sun is encouraging. And scientists
findings show that habitable environments existed on Mars, says
CSIRO astrophysicist Kurt Liffman. It really is an important
result: there are signs of water alteration, where the water was
would have been conducive to primitive life-forms, Dr Liffman
explains, although there is no evidence for these life-forms so
Nothing yet. We need another hole. Maybe there will be fossils
in the next hole. Each hole is 2.5 inches deep. There is plenty
of planet remaining.
boasts similar environments: dried lakebeds, for example, where
ancient bacteria reside beneath the surface.
There is life here on earth. There are also dried lakebeds
here. There is lots of dry dirt on Mars. Lets pretend these
on . . . at 2.5 inches per step.
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