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thenewgreen  ·  2304 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Philae has landed! (We landed on a comet. +1 for humans)

Your argument was perhaps best summed up by Gil Scott-Heron in Whitey on the Moon:

It's not an accurate representation of our choices. There are any number of expenditures in our national budget that dwarf that of NASA's etc. It's not space vs food and to color it as that is a pretty naive thing to do, don't you think?

Lintel  ·  2304 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Not a bad find. You're talking nationally, I'm talking humanely. Whitey/whiney on the moon has nothing to do with it.

It might not be space vs food per se but it's (take-your-pick) vs human decency. Yes, naive I might be but I do not see the importance of shouting 'excelsior!' for landing on a speck of spacedust whilst allowing individuals of your own species to die of malnourishment, preventable disease and pollution.