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    This Black Friday, just last week, Americans spent 27 billion dollars in ONE DAY!!!

    Gillette spent more on the R&D for their latest razor than NASA gets each year. We (Americans) spent more on dog food last year than NASA got. It really is insane!!
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    I did the math:

    300 million americans.
    Subtract 120 million (children and retired) who don't work;
    That leaves 180 million working Americans (I'm making easy to calculate!)

    NASA's budget $18 billion, divided by 180 million working americans =
    $100 per person per year.

    That comes to 27¢ a day...

    (Canada is even worse: Applying the same equation as above, working Canadians spend only ¢6 a day for the Canadian Space Agency...).

    I think NASA (and other Space Agencies) have to start making a better job of "selling" themselves to lawmakers and to the public.

    Without wanting to sound overly dramatic, I honestly think the future of humanity depends on it.
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    By law, NASA is not allowed to promote themselves. Same as the CIA and FBI and others. They're civilian organizations within the government.
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    Wow.
    I did not know that.

    All kinds of lobbyists and PACs influence Congress with campaingn contributions, revolving-door schemes, kickbacks and outright bribes but if a civilian agency tries to highlight the good it does, it's muzzled...

    There is definitelly something rotten in the kingdom of Denmark.
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