Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Hey, YOU elected these idiots!

Link here
The Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act of 2004, by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., passed the House last month and will now go to the president for his signature. "This is a great victory for the future of America's space efforts,'' Rohrabacher said. "The people who will invest the type of big dollars necessary to make this a major new step in mankind's ascent into space have been waiting for the government to lay down the regulatory regime and set the rules of the game, and this is the first major step towards doing that.''

The Good Representative seems to have missed the part of US legal theory that states that the CONSTITUTION restricts the government and the citizens can do anything they want unless there is a specific injunction AGAINST it.


I wonder if they'll define defecation and urination in law for all those people wanting to invest in the toilet market? Maybe tell us how to have sex to help the condom manufacturers?

Oh, why am I posting this? You know they'll think it's a great idea and try to do it.

CORRECTION, 15 Dec 04: Rick B filled me in on the details the article didn't quite clarify: The government wanted to regulate all such activity. The new law only regulates activity for bystanders--passengers fly at their own risk. As stated, that's not a bad idea.

I'm leaving the above because I'm not going to hide my mistakes--I used a single poor source and reached a wrong conclusion. This is a lesson.


Blogger The Casual Observer said...

Three posts in one day?

Did i create a monster?

December 14, 2004 at 7:59 PM  
Blogger Michael Z. Williamson said...

Nah, the shine will wear off in a hurry.

December 14, 2004 at 8:03 PM  
Blogger The Casual Observer said...

Oooh of course! Of Course!!

Ya' know you should be able to link to your other sites on the blog...

December 14, 2004 at 8:52 PM  
Blogger Rick Boatright said...

Mike Mike Mike, the law as passed LIMITS the fed regulation of commercial spaceflight to only regulations to protect the safety of bystanders on the ground. No restriction on what you want to fly, and it specifically says "If you're stupid enough to climb into an experimental rocket and go zoomie, your heirs can't expect to collect from the operators." It LIMITS the FAA from doing what they were FIRST suggesting, which was to regulate commercial space on the same basis they regulate commercial aviation... "All reasonable effort to ensure passenger safety." No one would EVER have flown. The Space Access folks, Jerry Pournelle, Scaled Composites, xcor, and Paul Allen fought DESPIRITLY to get this out 'cause without it commercial space flight was going to be dead dead dead. This was a GOOD THING.

December 15, 2004 at 2:48 PM  
Blogger Kevin Ess said...

Good for you for not editing your posts. Too many bloggers like to make it look like they're always right, when in reality, we know they're mildly retarded.

January 21, 2005 at 2:22 PM  

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