Gorbachev of the Soviet Union was hailed as a modernizer of now Russia.....America loved him. He took a socialist state where all government assets were public and with the next leader, Yeltsin systematically gave all that was public to a handful of Russian families.....Russia's 1%. There was no taxpayer money to help in the transition, but then everything in Russia was state....plenty with which to work. In America, the 1% are doing the same thing with taxpayers paving the way. They have to give the appearance of working within a framework of the Rule of Law, but as we see.....they aren't really worrying about that.
Let me get back to my favorite government agency, NASA. Well on its way to privatization with Bush and Obama. The public owns all the NASA accomplishments....the moon landing, astronomical research and imagery, all heading into private hands. Will you be riding the Space taxi by SpaceX? We can barely afford to take the toll roads in Mongomery County to work! No, you are paying yet again for affluent development. NASA AND ACADEMIC RESEARCHERS HAVE MAPPED OUT JUST WHERE THE RARE ELEMENTS AND MINERAL DEPOSITS ARE LOCATED ON THE MOON AND THEY NEEDED TO CLAIM FOR THE US AND PRIVATIZE THESE AREAS FOR FUTURE MINING.......THAT IS WHY WE ARE SEEING THE SHIFT TOWARDS PRIVATIZING. WE WOULDN'T WANT ALL THOSE MINES BELONGING TO THE PUBLIC! I have watched as plans for space elevators develop that will move the bounty from the moon to earth......a sci-fiction that may come true development. So, as with all the natural resources that should be public assets; oil, natural gas, etc., the 1% are taking it from you and I. Northern Europe is so progressive because it's oil wealth is public, allowing their citizens a high standard of life. DO YOU SEE THE PROBLEM HERE IN AMERICA------
MAKE A CHANGE------VOTE YOUR INCUMBANT OUT!
May 29, 2012 11:17 AM
NASA releases moon landing guidelines for Google Lunar X Prize By Kevin Hayes CBS Evening News
Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., the lunar module pilot of the first lunar landing mission, stands next to a United States flag July 20, 1969, during an Apollo 11 Extravehicular Activity (EVA) on the surface of the Moon. (NASA/Newsmakers)
(CBS) The teams competing for Google's Lunar X Prize have agreed that if they reach the moon, they will abide by NASA's guidelines to protect historic sites on the lunar surface - like the sites of the Apollo moon landings.
The Lunar X Prize is a $30 million competition sponsored by Google that calls for a privately-funded landing of a robot rover on the moon by the end of 2015. Twenty-six teams are vying for the prize.
The guidelines, according to NASA, were put together with the cooperation of the X Prize Foundation, which is overseeing the competition, along with the teams.
"NASA and the next generation of lunar explorers," the NASA press release says, "share a common interest in preserving humanity's first steps on another celestial body and protecting ongoing science from the potentially damaging effects of nearby landers."
The guidelines protect artifacts from the Apollo moon landings and unmanned lunar landing sites, as well as "indicators of U.S. human, human-robotic lunar presence, including footprints, rover tracks, etc."
Portions of the Lunar X Prize will be awarded based on various accomplishments, including, fittingly, photographing the protected sites: "Additional bonus prizes," the X prize Foundation says, "will be awarded for photographing a Lunar Heritage, Apollo or Surveyor spacecraft site."
Last week SpaceX, a privately-funded space exploration venture, successfully launched a capsule delivering supplies to the International Space Station.
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TAKING JUST AN EDUCATED GUESS, AS I DON'T HAVE TIME TO INVESTIGATE, I FEEL SAFE TO SUGGEST THAT MARYLAND'S TRANSPORTATION TRUST HAS GONE TO A LARGE EXTENT TO PRIVATIZING THE MTA----MARYLAND TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY-----TO FRENCH COMPANY VEOLIA. TAXPAYER MONEY HELPS TO BUY THE INFRASTRUCTURE, LIKE THE VEHICLES, AND SUPPLIMENTS THE SALARIES OF WORKERS........AS TAX CREDITS, AND THE PRIVATE COMPANY KEEPS THE PROFITS ON OPERATIONS. YOUR TAX DOLLARS ARE FUELING THE INITIAL GROWTH OF THIS BUSINESS IN THE WEALTHY BELTWAY COUNTIES AND IN THE 'ENTERPRISE ZONES' IN AFFLUENT BALTIMORE DEVELOPMENT.......THE DOWNTOWN CROWD RIDES FOR FREE------ON YOUR TAB! AS YOU CAN SEE, BEN CARDIN, WHO THIS JOURNALIST FEELS WAS FRAUDULENTLY REELECTED IN THE PRIMARY, LOVES THIS PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP!
THIS IS WHY THIRD WAY DEMOCRATS IN MARYLAND WANT TO ADD ALL THOSE ROAD TAXES; GAS, BRIDGE AND ROAD TOLLS; TO PAY FOR THIS! WE WANT TO PAY TAXES, BUT WE WANT OUR TAXES SENT TO OUR COMMUNITIES!
CARDIN JOINS VEOLIA TO LAUNCH BALTIMORE’S FIRST PROPANE AUTOGAS TAXI FLEET Friday, May 11, 2012
WASHINGTON--U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today attended a special ceremony today at the headquarters of Veolia Transportation to launch Baltimore’s first propane autogas taxi fleet. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot and other officials also attended the launch.
Veolia Transportation -- the largest private provider of multiple modes of transportation in North America -- is converting 300 of its taxis nationwide from gasoline to propane autogas. The company also has installed an autogas fueling station in Baltimore to serve 50 Checker and Yellow taxis.
“I want to commend Veolia Transportation for taking the lead in using more energy-efficient propane in its taxi fleet,” said Senator Cardin, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee. “Veolia has become an industry role model for how transportation companies can make a difference by helping to reduce our nation’s reliance on foreign oil.”
Veolia Transportation is Baltimore City’s largest operator of taxicab services. Operating under the names Yellow, Checker, and Sun Cabs in Baltimore City, and Jimmy’s Cab in Baltimore County, the company currently serves approximately five million people annually with a fleet of nearly 700 vehicles.
Veolia Transportation’s propane autogas vehicle conversions are being completed under the Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program (SPADP). Under the public-private partnership, Program fleets are converting more than 1,200 autogas vehicles and implementing more than 30 autogas fueling stations throughout the southeastern United States, Pittsburgh and Denver.
In addition to the 50 Checker Yellow taxis in Baltimore by the end of 2012, Veolia Transportation will convert more than 250 of the taxis it operates in Pittsburgh, Jacksonville and Denver to run on propane autogas.