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ObamaCare clusterfuck: Engineers, then and now

Here's the story of how one engineer made sure the United States chose the right engineering strategy for the Apollo moon landing project:

[John C. Houbolt's] efforts in the early 1960s are largely credited with convincing NASA to focus on the launch of a module carrying a crew from lunar orbit, rather than a rocket from earth or a space craft while orbiting the planet.

Houbolt argued that a lunar orbit rendezvous, or lor, would not only be less mechanically and financially onerous than building a huge rocket to take man to the moon or launching a craft while orbiting the earth, but lor was the only option to meet President John F. Kennedy’s challenge before the end of the decade.

NASA describes “the bold step of skipping proper channels” that Houbolt took by pushing the issue in a private letter in 1961 to an incoming administrator.

“Do we want to go to the moon or not?” Houbolt asks. “... why is a much less grandiose scheme involving rendezvous ostracized or put on the defensive? I fully realize that contacting you in this manner is somewhat unorthodox, but the issues at stake are crucial enough to us all that an unusual course is warranted.”

So, fast forward to ObamaCare.

Of all the the software engineers and techies on the project, did nobody think of blowing the whistle -- or, for the "creative class," giving their guy a heads up -- even after Henry Chao lowered expectations to "Let's just make sure it's not a third-world experience"? (And, at launch, it turned out to be worse than that?)

Were there no John C. Houbolts among them?

Apparently not.

Why the massive administration clusterfuck that led to the ObamaCare launch is a total non-story continues to amaze me. No matter how the Obots mewl and puke about press coverage, the press is clearly in the tank for the guy.

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Submitted by jo6pac on

find it entertaining when some obots says this very techy then I like to remind them JP & NASA talk to Rover on Mars and http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/jul/09/nasa-voyager-solar-system... and they can't figure this out. It gets real quiet. Hell an F-1 race car have onboard computers crunching bits into the millions per minute and sending the info back home and to engineers at the race track. They don't run MS or Apple nothing but custom made.

I do think this was a feature and not a mistake.