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Is Gingrich lunar or luny?

 
 
parados
 
Reply Thu 26 Jan, 2012 08:38 am
Gingrich promises US moon colony by 2020

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/01/25/10237875-gingrich-promises-us-moon-colony-by-2020

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"At one point early in my career I introduced the northwest ordinance for space and I said when we got -- I think the number is 13,000 -- when we have 13,000 Americans living on the moon they can petition to become a state," Gingrich said,


Is this doable by 2020?
Can he pay for it without raising taxes?
 
mysteryman
 
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Reply Thu 26 Jan, 2012 11:40 am
@parados,
Yes its doable, and maybe he can do it without raising taxes. Either way, its something that should have been done tmyears ago.
Linkat
 
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Reply Thu 26 Jan, 2012 11:53 am
@mysteryman,
I'm sure you could do this via investments I'd imagine alot of people would like to invest in such a venture.
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H2O MAN
 
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Reply Thu 26 Jan, 2012 02:55 pm
@parados,


Help me Obama, would the moon become the 58th or 59th state?
High Seas
 
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Reply Thu 26 Jan, 2012 03:56 pm
@H2O MAN,
If you read the article you'll see only the "permanent settlement" part is said to be possible by 2020 (which it is, now that water has been found on the Moon) and not a settlement of over 130,000 people - trust Parados to conflate 2 distinct ideas. How to spell "loony" is something he should know, though!
H2O MAN
 
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Reply Thu 26 Jan, 2012 04:04 pm
@High Seas,


Occupy the moon!
farmerman
 
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Reply Thu 26 Jan, 2012 04:10 pm
@High Seas,
Quote:
. How to spell "loony" is something he should know, though!
Hes just trying his hand at recalling the clssic root (or Rut-e) for someone who is a lunatic. Anyway, Ive seen the word luny as a perfectly acceptable option to loony or looney.

Just today I found out the etymology of the phrase "ALL NINE YARDS"
farmerman
 
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Reply Thu 26 Jan, 2012 04:11 pm
@H2O MAN,
PSSST, shes on your side of the aisle, seems the GOPers are engaged in eating their young.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Thu 26 Jan, 2012 04:15 pm
I suspect he does know how to spell loony . . . which refers to someone who behaves like a particular water fowl, as opposed to a reference to the earth's satellite.
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High Seas
 
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Reply Thu 26 Jan, 2012 04:22 pm
@farmerman,
Well I'm glad to see you concerning that water on the Moon - is it easily accessible? Some of it is supposed to be liquid already, the rest frozen. And the Moon has some gravity, unlike the space station, so humans won't see their bones crumble to dust as happens after a few months now.

And lots of people involved in space programs (not just Gingrich) are worried sick about our dependence on the Russian heavy lift rockets. The space shuttle program was never very effective, but the space station is vital. What happened to US rockets? I remember the USAF had plenty of heavy lift ones, where are they?
farmerman
 
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Reply Thu 26 Jan, 2012 04:26 pm
@High Seas,
all I know is what I read. Water is held in solid solution as hydrates , in xl lattices and as frozen crystal duff in polar craters. Ivve never seen any estimates (or if I have, Ive forgeotten the amounts).
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parados
 
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Reply Thu 26 Jan, 2012 09:00 pm
@High Seas,
Quote:
trust Parados to conflate 2 distinct ideas.
Luny and lunar are contrasted, not conflated. Spendius would have got the references but then he's read The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

Quote:
How to spell "loony" is something he should know, though!
Do you always argue with dictionaries that give multiple spellings? Colour your world a little more often HS.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Thu 26 Jan, 2012 09:31 pm
I love the idea, but I don't believe I will live to see it.
H2O MAN
 
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Reply Fri 27 Jan, 2012 04:05 am
@edgarblythe,



Obama would love to plant a Muslim flag on the moon.
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parados
 
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Reply Fri 27 Jan, 2012 08:25 am
It seems Romney, in the debate last night, told Gingrich he would be fired if he brought that idea to a CEO of a company.


"That idea" being spending 100 billion to put a colony on the moon by 2020.
H2O MAN
 
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Reply Fri 27 Jan, 2012 08:36 am
@parados,
The head of the Nasa has said Barack Obama told him to make "reaching out to the Muslim world" one of the space agency's top priorities.
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joefromchicago
 
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Reply Fri 27 Jan, 2012 10:11 am
Here is a documentary that outlines Gingrich's plans for a lunar expedition.
High Seas
 
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Reply Fri 27 Jan, 2012 10:18 am
@joefromchicago,
Thanks Joe, I'd like to watch it later as right now my firewall won't let me access it - btw, amazing that anyone made a documentary within 24 hours of Newt Gingrich's speech in Florida!

He doesn't advocate an "expedition" though, he'd like to see a permanently inhabited station on the Moon (like the current space station) and financed in much the same way, by several technologically advanced nations joining together.
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Fri 27 Jan, 2012 12:01 pm
Setanta
 
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Reply Fri 27 Jan, 2012 12:04 pm
Now that was pretty damned hilarious . . .
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