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posted by mrpg on Tuesday March 13 2018, @01:08PM   Printer-friendly
from the alien-subject dept.

NASA's acting administrator, Robert M. Lightfoot Jr., has announced that he will retire on April 30. The U.S. Senate has not yet voted on confirming Jim Bridenstine as a permanent replacement:

[...] In September, President Trump nominated Jim Bridenstine, a Republican congressman from Oklahoma, to be the next administrator. But the Senate has yet to vote to confirm Mr. Bridenstine.

All 49 Democrats in the Senate appear unified in opposition, in part because Mr. Bridenstine gave a speech disparaging climate change several years ago. Senator Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, has also expressed doubts about Mr. Bridenstine.

The space agency's No. 2 position, deputy administrator, is vacant. The Trump administration has yet to nominate anyone. Steve Jurczyk, formerly the associate administrator for space technology, was named in late February as a temporary fill-in for Mr. Lightfoot's previous job, associate administrator. NASA is also lacking a chief of staff.

[...] Mr. Lightfoot's 406 days as acting administrator is by far the longest NASA has operated without a permanent leader, eclipsing the 176 days that passed at the start of the Obama administration before Mr. Bolden was confirmed.

Previously: President Trump Nominates Congressman Jim Bridenstine to Lead NASA

Related: President Trump Signs Space Policy Directive 1

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 13 2018, @04:00PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 13 2018, @04:00PM (#651856)

    Like the CIA, FBI, NSA, DIA, NGA, NRO, ONI... etc ad nauseam did leading to 9/11?

    Could, should, would... didn't.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 13 2018, @04:10PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 13 2018, @04:10PM (#651864)

    In other words, your reply is yet another horrific example of humanity's propensity for fallacious thinking.

    In your case, you're guilty of making a False Equivalence []:

    A common way for this fallacy to be perpetuated is one shared trait between two subjects is assumed to show equivalence, especially in order of magnitude, when equivalence is not necessarily the logical result.[2] False equivalence is a common result when an anecdotal similarity is pointed out as equal, but the claim of equivalence doesn't bear because the similarity is based on oversimplification or ignorance of additional factors. The pattern of the fallacy is often as such: "If A is the set of c and d, and B is the set of d and e, then since they both contain d, A and B are equal". d is not required to exist in both sets; only a passing similarity is required to cause this fallacy to be used.

    False equivalence arguments are often used in journalism[3][4] and in politics, where the minor flaws of one candidate may be compared to major flaws of another.[5][6]

  • (Score: 0, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 13 2018, @05:06PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 13 2018, @05:06PM (#651882)

    don't be so ignorant/naive. you think some people didn't know that explosive charges were being planted all week? you think just any random bearded goat humpers can walk around in the basement setting up explosives? or you think a coke can full of jet fuel took down three buildings (perfectly in their own foot print. never mind that people normally have to pay big money for specialists to pull those demos off and at least one demo expert was quoted as saying it was a "beautiful job", in the sense that the operators were highly skilled.), at least two of which won awards for their awesome construction and were designed to withstand jet crashes and one which wasn't even hit but magically was able to be demolished way before any new charges could have been set up and the lease holder is on tape saying "they made the decision to pull it, so they pulled it".

    you want to believe these "do gooder" pigs just didn't communicate? i guess not like they communicated in OKC when the atf was paged and told not to go to work that day? just how brainwashed are you?