ToDaZeD Excercize in Teh Stoopud

count the ways…

To avoid the exploitation of the still-pristine worlds beyond Earth — which could lead to the total exhaustion of all the resources within humanity’s reach — scientists are proposing to limit the expanse of space that space firms could gain access to.

…the proposal calls for 85 percent of the solar system to be off-limits to industrial activities and human development, which would leave just over one-eighth of space available for mining.

Yepperz. This’ll work out swell!


  1. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted May 14, 2019 at 10:48 am |

    Well, the alien species living on the selected 15% just might have something to say about that.
    ‘Course that’s not the first time our elites ignored the affected voters.

  2. neal
    Posted May 14, 2019 at 11:19 am |

    Who ya gonna call? Humans in the hood?

  3. Joe
    Posted May 14, 2019 at 11:53 am |

    I’m starting to think “scientist” is code for “over-educated dipsh__”. To quote “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, “”Space…” says the introduction to the Hitchhikers Guide, “…is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the market, but that’s just peanuts compared to space…” and so on.” Where do these goobers think stuff comes from? It just falls out of the sky? Wait, that’s space; space is the freaking sky. And, yes, things just fall out of it. If mankind had another billion years before space went ahead and dropped something on us to wipe us out, there’s no possible way we could put a tiny bug speck of a dent in the resources that are out there, floating around in the sky. That is if we were able to send vehicles into space large enough to carry a sufficient quantity of ‘whatever’ to make the trip worth the effort. Pointless goons. They need to go back to being big, nerdy goofs and stop trying to look like they have an idea.

  4. Lord of the Fleas
    Posted May 14, 2019 at 12:05 pm |

    ^ And what was the latest anticipated launch date for the B Ark again?…

  5. Nomen Nescio
    Posted May 14, 2019 at 2:14 pm |

    ^ all the telephone sanitizers are anxious to get going.

  6. Dr. Jay
    Posted May 14, 2019 at 2:59 pm |

    I’m sorry . . . What?. . . Oh, I see . . . No, wait . . . Nuh uh . . . What?

  7. DougM (a 20th-Century guy)
    Posted May 14, 2019 at 4:02 pm |

    Kind’a puzzled by the value of preserving the pristine wilderness of uninhabitable rocks. I mean, it’s not like anybody important is gonna be there gazing from their vacation home’s deck at the sunset over rolling hills of forest with snow-capped mountains in the background while grilling trout they caught or steaming clams they dug only this morning.

    Nah, best we keep diggin’ holes in the pristine Earth where we can see ‘em.

    Besides, they seem to be good with, what, 15%?, so they’re not anti-mining, they’re just negotiating the fee for their blessing.

    Don’t recall anyfrikkinbody askin’ fer their danged blessing.

    (What? Yeah, can’t wait for the Pope to divide up the New Worlds between Spain and Portugal.)

  8. TheBigHarry
    Posted May 14, 2019 at 5:51 pm |

    The sun contains more than 99.8% of the total mass of the Solar System, so everything else is good to go.

  9. DougM (a 20th-Century guy)
    Posted May 14, 2019 at 8:31 pm |

    ^ Aaaaand the astronomy prof wins!
    I’ll call you when I need a good lawyer.

  10. Veeshir
    Posted May 14, 2019 at 9:58 pm |

    This century has a decided lack of people who actually think about the things they say. It makes you more stupider just trying to figure out how to call them idiots.
    Although…. TheBigHarry made me less stupider. Go BigHarry!

  11. MikeAZ
    Posted May 15, 2019 at 6:41 am |

    All right, maybe I’m over-thinking this.

    Who’s going to post the NO TRESPASSING signs around the “no-go” areas? What’s it going to cost, and who’s going to pay for it?

    Suppose, SOMEDAY, somebody finds something worth going after out there. Are we going to begin a special space program to move all the hole digging and dirt pushing equipment (battery/electric powered?) to this new found gold rush? How about the places where the workers will have to live, or are we going to do all this like with self-driving cars, where some wonk in a windowless room is going to be driving a game console to make it all happen?

    Once we dig up these treasures, do we process them somewhere out there, or do we ship it home first?

    If we ship it home, can we safely “soft land” something the size and weight of a freight car?

    What if, as occasionally happens, re-entry goes wrong and the incoming space treasure lands “elsewhere?” Who owns it? Finders keepers?

    We’re going to need some time to figure these things out. And lots more single malt. Maybe we could get a NASA grant….

  12. DougM (a 20th-Century guy)
    Posted May 15, 2019 at 9:16 am |

    ^ I think you broke the code. Grant money.

  13. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted May 15, 2019 at 9:49 am |

    TheBigHarry@8 [and Reason] Winning Teh InnarToobz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!