Goodbye Space Shuttle

Space ShuttleVia Modern Mythology:

Many of you know by now that the US space program, though not ended in its entirety, has been demonstrably downgraded, and now faces an uncertain privatized future.

This isn’t new, the dismantling of the shuttle program is just the external proof of something that has long been in the works: the continued ideology of privatization at work.

I was saddened by this news, but not so much because of the mothballing of a program that is admittedly mired in many ways in an abandoned past.

No. It further shows that our government either doesn’t understand the nature of the scientific endeavor, or more likely, simply doesn’t care. Short term profit has completely overtaken American mythology in the past few decades, and it is leading us into a death spiral from which there may be no escape until we reach the other side of the vortex.

I’ll admit my bias in this upfront: I have a lot of shall we say misgivings about the idea that everything does better when privatized. Certain systems become inherently unhealthy for the people within them when privatized, while other systems perform better based on a profit motive …

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  • Iconoclastfast

    Amidst the increasing swaths of irrelevant Youtube videos that rear their ugly heads on this site, that was a refreshing read. Thank you.

  • DeepCough

    “When humans finally colonize deep space, it will be the corporations that own everything. The IBM Stellarsphere; the Microsoft Galaxy; Planet Starbucks.” ~”Fight Club”

  • DeepCough

    “When humans finally colonize deep space, it will be the corporations that own everything. The IBM Stellarsphere; the Microsoft Galaxy; Planet Starbucks.” ~”Fight Club”

  • MoralDrift

    Its very sad for me, I grew up on the space coast

  • Anonymous

    Its very sad for me, I grew up on the space coast

  • HURRR

    Amidst the increasing swaths of irrelevant Youtube videos that rear
    their ugly heads on this site, that was a refreshing read. Thank you.

  • justagirl

    it relates to mythology because mind controlling space elves be manning curcio’s space shuttle.

  • justagirl

    it relates to mythology because mind controlling space elves be manning curcio’s space shuttle.

    • Jamie Lee

      Heh. Sure. 

      Or - http://www.modernmythology.net/p/what-is-modern-myth.html

      • justagirl

        that’s just like.. your opinion, man..

        • Hadrian999

          great movie

  • http://www.facebook.com/agent139 Jamie Lee

    Heh. Sure. 

    Or - http://www.modernmythology.net/p/what-is-modern-myth.html

  • justagirl

    that’s just like.. your opinion, man..

  • Hadrian999

    great movie