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MAVEN Mission To Mars Will Proceed, Despite Shutdown

samzenpus posted about a year ago | from the game-on dept.

Mars 87

necro81 writes "Due to the ongoing shutdown of the U.S. Government, NASA is largely grounded. This is bad for all kinds of reasons, but one particularly bad outcome would have been missing the launch window for the MAVEN spacecraft, due to launch 18 November. The next launch window would not have been until 2016. MAVEN, thankfully, has been given the go-ahead, in large part because this orbiter will serve as a vital communications link for the Opportunity and Curiosity rovers currently on the surface. Currently, these rovers are served by two aging orbiters: Mars Odyssey (launched 2001) and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (launched 2005). Maintaining communications with the rovers is considered essential, hence the preparations and launch will proceed. (NASA's official mission website is currently offline.)"

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Thank goodness (4, Insightful)

Errol backfiring (1280012) | about a year ago | (#45034339)

To quote Scotty: "You cannot change the law of physics!". It would be a sad day we would have to explain to later generations that we missed a launch window because of a childish fight of some politicians.

Re:Thank goodness (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45034513)

Explain to older generations that we missed launching MAVEN? I think they will probably be more pissed about abandoning Lunar exploration, the demise of US manned launch capabilities for almost a decade, and the failure to exploit the once in 175 year planetary alignment to explore the ice giants with more than one probe. They might also be pissed that even though NASA shut down temporarily, it had fallen less than 0.5% of the federal spending. Older generations will never know or care if a 2 or 3 year launch window was missed. They will only care about the big things.

Re:Thank goodness (2)

TWiTfan (2887093) | about 10 months ago | (#45036593)

More likely, future generations will ask "What the hell is 'NASA'?"

Re:Thank goodness (1)

cusco (717999) | about 10 months ago | (#45036765)

And then say, "You mean people really DID go to the moon? Which mining company sponsored that?"

Re:Thank goodness (1)

BenfromMO (3109565) | about 10 months ago | (#45039365)

That is when us the old geezers tell the people that it was the mining company USSR which forced us through their evil ways to venture to the moon just to mine the coal and cheese that were there. The cheese and coal were mined out, we came back, and now people who happily eat cheese tell the world that we never even ventured there. Don't they know where their cheese comes from? Young whipper-snappers nowadays...and get the heck of my lawn.

Re:Thank goodness (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45036117)

How about explaining to later generations why they were left the bill for our greed?

Re:Thank goodness (1)

argStyopa (232550) | about 10 months ago | (#45036141)

I rather doubt our congresspeople (of either party) can spell "future generations", much less consider it when planning their next campaign.

Re:Thank goodness (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45038003)

Yr cynicism is tiresome and counter-productive

Re:Thank goodness (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45042167)

I personally find the cynicism of the congresspeople to be far more tiresome and counter-productive.

Re:Thank goodness (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45036909)

NASA is now dealing with the Feds in the same way the Citizens are dealing with the DEA. They need Comm satellites, we need healthy anti-stress abilities. Oh, and use Cannabis, as Marijuana is a racial slur.

Re:Thank goodness (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45037987)

let's launch most of Congress instead...

Re:Thank goodness (1)

khallow (566160) | about 10 months ago | (#45038373)

It would be a sad day we would have to explain to later generations that we missed a launch window because of a childish fight of some politicians.

The good news is that you don't have to explain a thing. If they're not complete idiots, they'll understand because they'll be doing the same thing.

Oh well. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45034357)

I have complained how NASA is a waste of tax dollars. At least Congress has wised up to this and put the kibosh on this folly for now. Especially with a certain default on all US debt two weeks away.

The best thing that has happened to the US in a long time is this fiscal shutdown. Because the left doesn't understand the concept of debt and the fact that eventually every penny is going to have to be paid somehow, most likely in the way of land sales (think the Louisiana Purchase, but in reverse) to China. I'm hoping the nation stays on Cruz Control. People might complain, but there shouldn't be a "nonessential government service" in the first place. If it isn't essential, it needs to be contracted out to the private sector.

This shutdown is the best thing that happened to the US since Carter was thrown in the street in January of 1981.

Ironic CAPTCHA: defaults

Re:Oh well. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45034423)

But but but I never grew up so I am naive and I have childish hopes so I believe the liberal idea of gov't as a santa claus that should provide everything I want. If I just get upset enough and insulting enough to people who tell me that can't happen, and wish really really hard on a star, it'll all work out somehow and we can ignore the debt and gov't doesn't need strict limits since it will never turn into a tyranny because it just Can't Happen Here!.

Re:Oh well. (1)

bobbied (2522392) | about 10 months ago | (#45035223)

Your sarcasm is duly noted..

Re:Oh well. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45037869)

Shut up, Newt.

The Shutdown is a lie (0, Offtopic)

SargentDU (1161355) | about a year ago | (#45034369)

Why are they doing all the drama? The nation has already had 17 "shutdowns," and it is just an excuse to furlough ( that is let federal employees have days off ) with pay so it is just a show to try to shame or scare the public into doing a unpleasant thing ( continue to bring on board an unpopular law, parts of which apparently the administration can arbitrarily postpone for a year, while the general population has to conform and do as it says, except for those the administration gives exemptions to including the three branches of the federal government ). The corruption is bleeding through the surface. The president is a product of the corrupt Chicago Democrat machine after all.

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (2)

vikingpower (768921) | about a year ago | (#45034441)

Ummmm... AFAIK, the federal employees have days off WITHOUT pay...

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45034493)

Supposedly. Except that once the shutdown ends, you can bet that they'll be given "retroactive" pay for the days they spent not doing anything. Which, in all honestly, is probably the best work any government employee will have ever done, but still not something I want my tax dollars wasted on.

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45034507)

It's murky water.

The employees who are essential and are continuing to work, will have their pay delayed until the shutdown is over.

Some employees won't actually be working, but will have their pay delayed.

Others won't be working, but will not be payed.

Still others will simply be laid off.

And finally, people who work with the government(but not for the government) will also get laid off due to their position being moot.

There may be other groups I'm not thinking of, but hopefully this will clear some confusion that people are having.

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45034545)

I have a friend who works on a nuclear submarine. His wife says they may not get payed for a while. Even the 'essential' employees will get tired of not getting payed if it continues long enough.

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (1)

bobbied (2522392) | about 10 months ago | (#45035331)

If he is *IN* the Navy, he will be paid on time. If he is a civilian, there may be a delay but eventually he will be paid.

At least until the 17th when the debt ceiling arrives.... After that it is anybodies guess what bills will be paid...

This government "shutdown" thing is just a warm up act, the real show will start on the 17th (or whenever the Treasury decides they've run out of money.) To mix metaphors, this whole thing is a game of musical chairs. On the 17th, the music stops for the last time. Problem is, there will be 500+ in congress and 1 from the White-house all looking to sit in that last chair. The main show then starts.

Grab your popcorn, turn on the TV and set up all your favorite news outlets so you can easily switch between them... The fun begins.

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (1)

cusco (717999) | about 10 months ago | (#45036775)

The military will get paid. Congress is quite aware that they will not be allowed to piss off the military.

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (1)

bobbied (2522392) | about 10 months ago | (#45037489)

Actually, the military is already going to be paid. The bill that funds paying the military was passed by the house and senate and signed by the president days ago. See H.R. 3210 which became law 9/30/13.

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45037599)

Why are government employees who are currently not working (due to the government shutdown) going to be paid for work (back pay) that they did not perform? When a civilian is laid off, the employer does not continue to pay them. Or am I missing something here?

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (3, Informative)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | about 10 months ago | (#45034639)

Yes, but it's generally expected that once congress gets back in order they'll authorised back-pay, as has happened in previous shutdowns. Some of the employees may need to borrow money to get them through the crisis, but they'll get paid. Eventually. Probably.

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (1)

dj245 (732906) | about 10 months ago | (#45038089)

Yes, but it's generally expected that once congress gets back in order they'll authorised back-pay, as has happened in previous shutdowns. Some of the employees may need to borrow money to get them through the crisis, but they'll get paid. Eventually. Probably.

My cousin and his wife are both sitting at home. They are both pretty sure that this time is different, and they likely will NOT be paid.

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (1)

BenfromMO (3109565) | about 10 months ago | (#45039335)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/federal_government/house-and-senate-bills-would-pay-federal-workers-for-shutdown-furloughs/2013/10/03/d2fc8096-2c58-11e3-97a3-ff2758228523_story.html

its already happening. So yea, they will get paid like always meaning the shut-down was nothing but a free vacation to the federal employees. The only losers will be the taxpayers who are paying the workers to do nothing. Something I have always wondered, if they are going to get back-pay anyway, why aren't they working? and if that is the case, why in the world do we call it a shut-down in the first place? Its such a farce really.

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (1)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | about 10 months ago | (#45042583)

Because of a quirk of how the government operates in the US. The federal government cannot spent money without congressional authorisation, even if it has the money to spend. Authorisation has now run out - which means no paying the employees. Nor can they be asked to work for free, as there is no way to promise they will be paid in future - it's almost certain that congress is going to authorise back-pay, but 'almost' isn't good enough.

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (0)

rubycodez (864176) | about 10 months ago | (#45035587)

so what? two-thirds of the federal govenrment serves no good purpose, they're just parasites on our dime. it would be better if they were working outside the government actually creating wealth and adding value, instead of being a cost sink

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (4, Insightful)

Jeremi (14640) | about 10 months ago | (#45036057)

so what? two-thirds of the federal govenrment serves no good purpose, they're just parasites on our dime.

... according to your own personal definition of "no good purpose". The problem is there are 316 million people in the USA, and every one of them has a different idea of what parts of the government are worth funding, and which are a waste of money. What you see as worthless I may see as an essential service, and vice versa.

Fortunately, we have a mechanism for resolving these disputes, it's called representative democracy. People vote for representatives who then represent their views in the legislature, and those representatives vote on laws and policy. Through this mechanism, the people's will can be (roughly) reflected by the government's policies.

The problem we have currently is that there is a 20% minority (the Tea Party) that is laboring under the delusion that they are a majority, and therefore they think they have the right to coerce the rest of the nation into doing things their way. Procedural shenanigans notwithstanding, that's not how a democracy works, as the Republicans are quickly finding out.

TL;DR: If the Tea Partiers want a nation with a low-tax/low-service government, they need to convince a majority of American voters to elect Tea Party representatives, at which point they'll have control and they can govern as they see fit. Until then, they need to get out of the way; we've a country to run and their narcissistic bullshit is pointless and destructive.

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (1)

rubycodez (864176) | about 10 months ago | (#45036647)

how about not mass murdering and maiming people for profit? yes, some people think that's great

we have government in the back pockets of large corporations, sorry to hear you've bought into that "representative democracy" propaganda.

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (1)

khallow (566160) | about 10 months ago | (#45038873)

The problem we have currently is that there is a 20% minority (the Tea Party) that is laboring under the delusion that they are a majority, and therefore they think they have the right to coerce the rest of the nation into doing things their way.

Not much of a problem then. If we're going to talk about politics, I imagine things like the decades long declining competitiveness of US labor in the world (and the interesting political inability to address that issue) or the fact that entitlement spending is more than infrastructure spending, would be more useful issues to discuss. Complaining that there's 20% of the US voters who don't want to play ball with you just doesn't make that list.

It's also worth noting here that "getting in the way" is a fine US political tradition going back to well before the country was created. What are you going to give the Tea Partiers to get out of the way? If it's just empty words, then you might just have to live with a little disappointment.

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (1)

Jeremi (14640) | about 10 months ago | (#45043327)

What are you going to give the Tea Partiers to get out of the way?

Personally I'm just going to roll my eyes at them, since I'm not directly involved in the process.

If I was the Democratic Party, OTOH, I would give them -- absolutely nothing, other than the chance to stop the ongoing self-destruction of the Republican Party, whenever they feel like they've done themselves enough damage.

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (1)

notanalien_justgreen (2596219) | about 10 months ago | (#45037053)

I don't know - I like that there are people inspecting meat for consumption, guarding our borders, designing missions for space travel, researching cures for diseases, enforcing federal laws, coordinating satellite communication and orbits, collect and distribute taxes/refunds, coordinating infrastructure development, social security and medicare, etc. etc. etc.

There's a million things the federal government does that are useful. Yeah, there's some waste in there - but to randomly attack with "two-thirds of the federal govenrment serves no good purpose" is just hyperbole. It only feels that way because the majority of the government is actually still up and running today. I almost wish a real shutdown would happen so people like you would realize how many functions the government really does serve.

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (1)

rubycodez (864176) | about 10 months ago | (#45037617)

a few hundred thousand dead Iraqis have relatives that would disagree with your rosey world view. and some billionaires with an evil government in their pocket who would totally agree it's nice you have such a view

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (0)

khallow (566160) | about 10 months ago | (#45038919)

There's a million things the federal government does that are useful.

Well, if there are two million things that the federal government does which are useless, then the original statement remains true. It's also worth noting here that some of those "million things" would be more usefully done by anyone other than the government.

I almost wish a real shutdown would happen so people like you would realize how many functions the government really does serve.

Careful, we might decide we like it.

Doing all of your work for you (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45037567)

only serves no good purpose because, you yourself, are of no good.

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (1)

cusco (717999) | about 10 months ago | (#45037905)

I don't think the Pentagon actually sucks up that much of the budget, they're only about half. Of course most of the interest that we pay wouldn't have been necessary to borrow in the first place if it weren't for the military spending, so maybe you're closer than I think.

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (2)

MacTO (1161105) | about a year ago | (#45034453)

Just because you don't agree with a democratically elected government doesn't mean that it is corrupt, and it doesn't mean that its policies are unpopular. (By unpopular, I assume you mean that the majority disagree with it.)

I also find it mildly ironic that a person who accuses the government of corruption seems to feel that the current situation is normal, since misappropriating a law that deals with the government's budgetary process in order to combat a law that would otherwise pass through the legislature strikes me as corruption.

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (3, Informative)

khallow (566160) | about a year ago | (#45034515)

Just because you don't agree with a democratically elected government doesn't mean that it is corrupt

You could read his post. As noted, the Obama administration has decided which parts of the law to delay and which not to, even though they weren't given that option (in other words, illegally). Various waivers of Obamacare provisions have been made to Democrat party allies. And there is indeed an exemption for certain government employees (I just know of Congress and its staff having a specific exemption).

When certain people have to follow the law and other, better connected people don't, that's corruption whether you agree with it or not.

and it doesn't mean that its policies are unpopular

There, I would go by public opinion too. Polls indicate most people don't have a clue. So it's not unpopular as I would see it - yet.

I also find it mildly ironic that a person who accuses the government of corruption seems to feel that the current situation is normal, since misappropriating a law that deals with the government's budgetary process in order to combat a law that would otherwise pass through the legislature strikes me as corruption.

Why is that corruption? This is how the law is meant to be used. It's incentive for people to compromise rather than not pass some sort of funding legislation (real budgets or the current continuing resolutions) for years on end.

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (1)

blackraven14250 (902843) | about 10 months ago | (#45034691)

Do you have a source for the non-government waivers? Genuinely curious.

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (0)

khallow (566160) | about 10 months ago | (#45035423)

Here's a somewhat biased article [heartland.org] , but it does describe the sorts of waivers issued.

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (4, Informative)

dukeblue219 (212029) | about 10 months ago | (#45034783)

"And there is indeed an exemption for certain government employees (I just know of Congress and its staff having a specific exemption)."

Congress does not have an Obamacare waiver. In fact, Congressmen and their staffs are now *required* to purchase health insurance from the new health care exchanges and have lost their existing government health plans. This is a bizarre misconception I hear all the time from the right, so I'm guessing it's coming from talk radio but I have no idea. Yes, the government is subsizing part of their coverage just as most other employers do, but I will repeat: Congress is REQUIRED to purchase health care provided by the ACA.

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45035921)

Yes, the government is subsizing part of their coverage just as most other employers do, but I will repeat: Congress is REQUIRED to purchase health care provided by the ACA.

Subsidies for NON-Congress people stop at about $40K. I believe most members of Congress are paid $172K.
Congress is getting subsidies to pay for their exchanges while an average person would not. It is a special rule for people in Congress to not have to meet means testing for subsidies.

Now you can make the argument that its just "employer paid", but we were told it would be so cheap that would no longer matter. Now the TRUTH is coming out and its more like $15k a year if your employer doesn't cover it and they think they shouldn't have to be burdened with the costs they tossed on everyone else who didn't have a job with insurance so they are required to buy it themselves. The rule was put in to force Congress to deal with the mess themselves or repeal it, they chose to ignore the mess they created and let you deal with it.

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45037611)

Congress is a large employer. Many large employers bought health insurance for their workers already and Obamacare mandates that they all do so in future. Congress was one of those large employers.

BUT THE REPUBLICANS DIDN'T LIKE THAT so they pushed for an amendment requiring Congress workers to get their health insurance from Obamacare's non-employer markets, which doesn't make any sense, but they figured when the Democrats said "No, that's stupid" they could spin it as "See, Democrats don't want Obamacare, they're just forcing others to use it". So, fine, the Democrats accepted the stupid Republican amendment

BUT AGAIN THE REPUBLICANS DIDN'T LIKE THAT so they said you can't subsidise medical care for employees (even though Congress has done that for many years). They tried to push through an amendment that would effectively cut pay to all Congressional staff by thousands of dollars, pretending that this was an "Obamacare subsidy" when in fact it's part of those employees normal pay and conditions.

And this time their own staff rebelled, because it's all very well being in favour of protecting rapists and eliminating welfare, but when it comes to your family going without because your employer wanted to look good on Fox News then it all gets very real. So that plan never happened.

The ONLY reason Congress is special at all in the Obamacare legislation is because REPUBLICANS insisted on it. So when you hear a REPUBLICAN moaning about that, remember they VOTED to make things the way they're complaining about. Hmmm, what's that about eh?

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (1)

Heathren-bert (671356) | about 10 months ago | (#45039267)

We had our insurance guy from work speak to us (I work in a healthcare environment, and several of our clients may be eligible for ACA or have questions about it) and he had mentioned that when he met with our state government, they were told that they were going to have to get their insurance through the 'marketplace'. But I've seen several other people here state that Congress was exempt, made me question if I had heard our guy correctly. I'm glad to hear someone state otherwise (and truth). When you hear the same lie over, and over, it makes you question what you think is the truth.

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (1)

cusco (717999) | about 10 months ago | (#45035907)

made to Democratic party allies FTFY

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (1)

khallow (566160) | about 10 months ago | (#45037851)

I don't use that word with respect to the Democrat party. It's a free propaganda gift to an undeserving target.

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (1)

cusco (717999) | about 10 months ago | (#45037945)

That's their name. 'Democrat party' was never in use until Rush Limbaugh started spouting it about a decade ago and the rest of the talk radio 'personalities' followed his lead.

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (2)

khallow (566160) | about 10 months ago | (#45038067)

It predates Rush Limbaugh though it came in to usage shortly after the Second World War. My view on this is that it's a cheap rhetorical opportunity for me to say "fuck you" to a deserving group of people.

If this bothers you, then good. You are the kind of person I wish to bother by using this term.

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (1)

cusco (717999) | about 10 months ago | (#45038231)

Makes it easy to identify wingnuts, didn't know you wanted to be associated with them. Never mind then.

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (1)

khallow (566160) | about 10 months ago | (#45038353)

What sort of people complains about such a thing in the first place? Rocks and glass houses.

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45038541)

I disagree, I find it much more descriptive. Surely a "democratic party" would be willing to negotiate with democratically elected representatives - but, well, the Democrat Party isn't. Which doesn't make them very democratic at all, does it?

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (1)

bobbied (2522392) | about 10 months ago | (#45035615)

since misappropriating a law that deals with the government's budgetary process in order to combat a law that would otherwise pass through the legislature strikes me as corruption.

So, you are saying that the ACA would be able to pass if it where suggested today? I think it's fairly clear that it would NOT make it out of the house if they tried to pass it today. When it passed, It was rushed though the Senate because the special election for Ted Kennedy's seat was poised to make it impossible for the bill to get a filibuster proof cloture vote. This bill pretty much got though both chambers by the skin of it's teeth on very partisan votes.

There have been TWO congressional elections since, and support for the ACA has been clearly down in the house in both of them.

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (1)

cusco (717999) | about 10 months ago | (#45036813)

There have been TWO congressional elections since, and support for the ACA has been clearly down in the house in both of them.

So what? They haven't repealed the law, so it still has to go into effect.

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (1)

bobbied (2522392) | about 10 months ago | (#45037591)

True that... The law IS in effect and if the president's rhetoric reflects his actual position will remain in effect for at least 3 years and 4 months.

I was addressing the idea that the house should just stand down and let the funding for the ACA flow dispute their objections. As long as everybody is working within their constitutional authority you are free to advance your views using any means available. If the republicans want to go to the mat on this, they have the right (if not the moral obligation) to do so, just like the president has the right (as well as the moral obligation) to veto laws he doesn't feel are good ideas.

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (4, Informative)

milkmage (795746) | about 10 months ago | (#45034737)

"to furlough ( that is let federal employees have days off ) with pay"

furlough is UNPAID leave.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furlough [wikipedia.org]
a furlough (/frlo/; from Dutch: "verlof", leave of absence) is a temporary unpaid leave of some employees due to special needs of a company, which may be due to economic conditions at the specific employer or in the economy as a whole.

the Affordable Care Act was made LAW last year. get it? LAW. So some politicians are ignoring the LAW and holding the REST OF THE GOVERNMENT hostage.

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (1, Troll)

khallow (566160) | about 10 months ago | (#45038999)

It's also known that Obamacare violates several parts of the US Constitution, namely, the Ninth and Tenth Amendments. And the US Supreme Court similarly illegally severed portions of the Obamacare law even though the Constitution didn't grant them the authority to do so. That latter point means that when the US Supreme Court found a portion of the law was unconstitutional, it should have overturn the entire law.

You speak of LAW when it suits you. It is legal to hold the REST OF THE GOVERNMENT hostage in order to block implementation of a law. It is not legal to violate the constitution.

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (1)

milkmage (795746) | about 10 months ago | (#45042527)

"It is legal to hold the REST OF THE GOVERNMENT "

I never made any claim about the legality of holding the government hostage.. all I said is some politicians are ignoring it. much the same way Colorado and Washington are ignoring Federal pot laws (which is also an 10th Amendment issue)

the great thing about the American Justice system is if you don't like the law, you can change it... unless you don't have the votes.

Boehner is from Ohio. Ohio didn't vote against Federally mandated healthcare... the Speaker of the House isn't representing his constituents... he's challenging the White House because of his own position. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution#National_health_care_nullification [wikipedia.org]

Boehner is about as UNDEMOCRATIC as can be. This country is based on Democracy.. you rather live under some other system? MOVE.

Let's ask the Federal Employees in Ohio how long they're willing to go without pay so their Rep can stand on his soapbox. Money is a strong motivator. The lack of is even stronger.

In 2 weeks, if the government is still on furlough, the US will default on it's bonds. The worlds most powerful economic entity will look like Greece and Italy to the rest of the world... because mandatory health care is such a terrible thing?

Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face.

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (1)

khallow (566160) | about 10 months ago | (#45043453)

Boehner is about as UNDEMOCRATIC as can be. This country is based on Democracy.. you rather live under some other system? MOVE.

I see you don't get it. This is democracy in action. People will not always agree with you on stuff and they'll often get creative in how they try to push their interests.

guards keep unpaid volunteers out of buildings (1)

peter303 (12292) | about 10 months ago | (#45035651)

Soem animal science experiemnts have been terminated this week due to lack of constant care.

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (1)

intermodal (534361) | about 10 months ago | (#45035745)

Especially given all the obviously unnecessary ways in which Dear Leader has been making things inconvenient in ways none of the other shutdowns (and this one too, really) actually allow for. The barricading of an outdoor, unstaffed WWII memorial? The barricades in the part of the Mount Vernon parking lot that are on public land (despite Mount Vernon itself being open and privately owned)? Forcing a tavern where the Founders used to hang out in Philadelphia, a private business leasing a building from the government in the historic district, to close for the duration of the shutdown? This is not only unnecessary, but petty, dictatorial, and unprecedented.

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45035947)

I wouldn't be surprised if we see a constitutional amendment come out of this shutdown that removes budgeting authority from Congress or limits its scope. At the very least parliamentary rules will be changed to keep the Speaker from arbitrarily seizing control of Congress.

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45037355)

So you think there is support to move further away from following the constitution of the United States? It is the Senate that is not debating or considering the many bills started in the House to keep the government going. You are incorrect in saying the Speaker of the House is at fault. Obama is not negotiating and it appears Reid in control of the Senate is his pawn in this mode of operation.

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (1)

khallow (566160) | about 10 months ago | (#45039013)

I wouldn't be surprised if we see a constitutional amendment come out of this shutdown

You'd be the only one. I'd start looking for pod people, if that happened. It doesn't make sense to do so, especially since there's no other valid party to replace Congress.

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (2)

mcgrew (92797) | about 10 months ago | (#45037271)

it is just a show to try to shame or scare the public into doing a unpleasant thing ( continue to bring on board an unpopular law

Unpopular with the right because they think poor people should just die, fuck 'em, and unpopular with the left who want the insurance industry's parasites completely OUT of the health care and want us to have something sane like Europe and Canada has. But Congress passed ACA, Republicans tried unsuccessfully to repeal it, the Republican candidate for President ran on a platform of "kill Obamacare" and lost, so the childish tea party shuts down the government because the majority won't go along with their looneyness.

Yes, I called you a loon. Whether left or right wing, ideologues are loonie tunes and should be ignored.

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (1)

SargentDU (1161355) | about 10 months ago | (#45037445)

Well, You are a Loon yourself. You throwing such thoughts as coming from me must be a reflection of your own thoughts because I never thought anyone should die. Name calling is so intellectual of you. I only reflected it to show your lameness.

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (1)

mcgrew (92797) | about 10 months ago | (#45043131)

I've never claimed to be normal.

Re:The Shutdown is a lie (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45037733)

so the childish tea party shuts down the government because the majority won't go along with their looneyness.

You can't blame the shutdown on the Tea Party, no matter how much you want to. First off, the Tea Party doesn't have that much influence in Congress. Secondly, the Republicans tried their hardest to prevent a shutdown, and the Democrats refused.

The Democrats want this shutdown. They're convinced it will be a repeat of 1996, and help them win back the House. The Republicans as a whole have done everything they can to help minimize the impact of the shutdown, but the Democrats refuse to budge.

You can't blame this on the Republicans or the Tea Party. This is a Democrat Shutdown, pure and simple.

you forgot to add muslim comunist fascist (0)

publiclurker (952615) | about 10 months ago | (#45037581)

to your self-centered teabagging rant there, son.

Correction (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45034417)

in large part because this orbiter will serve as a vital communications link for the US Government Spying Operations

FTFY

Re:Correction (0)

Skiron (735617) | about a year ago | (#45034525)

Ummm. I bet they have not stopped working, either.

Yes they have stopped working. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45035021)

As much as they are motivated to keep on toiling.

Acquaintances of mine who are NASA employees have been told "do not use your NASA cellphone, do not use your NASA email. If you do, you will potentially be subject to disciplinary sanctions." They've also turned off all the various document servers.

The problem, from an administrative manager standpoint, is that it is illegal to work for no pay (it's related to the whole minimum wage laws thing). If you let someone work, and do not pay them on schedule, you're subject to enormous penalties, under a variety of federal and state laws.

In some states, you can be prosecuted under laws designed to prevent slavery and indentured servitude.

Now, if you had a pre-existing volunteer relationship, that's fine. But if you have been doing some kind of work, and you were being paid, and now you're doing that exact same kind of work, and not getting paid, that rings all sorts of alarms with labor laws.

And no, you cannot "donate" resources (goods and services) to the government, except in well defined circumstances. This is to prevent bribery and graft. Historically, when someone gives something, there's an expectation of a quid pro quo.

Re:Correction (2)

dukeblue219 (212029) | about 10 months ago | (#45034799)

Yeah, because a small scientific orbiter in Martian orbit would be a great way to spy on people on Earth.

Re:Correction (2)

bobbied (2522392) | about 10 months ago | (#45035393)

Who says it's for monitoring folks on EARTH?

NSA is a proactive organization you know.. It may be a few years out, but *somebody* must be planning a trip and the NSA KNOWS about it..

Re:Correction (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45036351)

Who says it's for monitoring folks on EARTH?

NSA is a proactive organization you know.. It may be a few years out, but *somebody* must be planning a trip and the NSA KNOWS about it..

"They're onto us? Our plan to infiltrate the invaders' government with radical elements, shut it down for three weeks, cause economic chaos, and thereby throw the blueworlders' invasion plans off schedule by years? Dammit, who leaked? Speaker K'Breel will have the leaker's gelsacs for... well, I don't know whether it'll be for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snacktime, let's just say it's going to involve a fork and a lot of leakage!"

Re:Correction (1)

cusco (717999) | about 10 months ago | (#45035953)

In space no one can hear you WOOSH . . .

Re:Correction (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45035307)

in large part because this orbiter will serve as a vital communications link for the US Government Spying Operations

FTFY

We're spying on Martians now? Brilliant!

Priorities (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45034537)

The US could give some priorities to important stuff but right now all that matters is military spending and feeding the security scam business. The money is there, its just not spent on sane stuff.

pom.xml (1)

digitaltraveller (167469) | about 10 months ago | (#45035009)

We are sending maven to mars? Thank goodness for small mercies.

An engineer at NASA told me it's not really that great at producing something called binaries for CI, assembly:single notwithstanding. No idea what he meant, but he seemed to know what he's talking about.

I imagine the mission will come off without a hitch as long as our network connection to it remains up at all times to receive all the useful verbose reporting it gives us.

 

Re:pom.xml (1)

Brian Feldman (350) | about 10 months ago | (#45045899)

Oh, don't worry, they'd make sure to send mvn -o off to space; download times for dependency updates would certainly not be stellar.

Apache Maven going to mars? (1, Funny)

bobbied (2522392) | about 10 months ago | (#45035857)

Why would NASA send Maven to Mars? Are they building Java apps up there or something?

http://maven.apache.org/ [apache.org]

Never believed NASA was a waste.... Until now...

Maven? (1)

Gareth Iwan Fairclough (2831535) | about 10 months ago | (#45035977)

First Riften, now Mars. Good grief those Black Briars get around!

Yeah, but (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45036437)

Someone will roll back a requirement that's explicitly declared in the pom.xml and the operators will be forced to pore over hundreds of google entries that all say to RTFM or that you're on the wrong thread.

Just use a CVS mission to mars and call that it.

from the wiki (1)

thygate (1590197) | about 10 months ago | (#45037789)

"the highly elliptical orbit of the spacecraft will limit its usefulness as a relay for operating landers on the surface." while the summary says "Maintaining communications with the rovers is considered essential, hence the preparations and launch will proceed. "

Who decides? (1)

manu0601 (2221348) | about 10 months ago | (#45041367)

Who decides what parts of the federal state is allowed to run during shutdown? And what are the constraints on the choice?
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