Friday, January 16, 2009

Ongoing Cover-Up: Conclusion to Bloody Nose, Sexual Harassment and a Deserter - Part 3

Background from Parts 1 and 2 can be found here.

Remember headlines like this one?

Dec 10, 2008 -CAPE CANAVERAL – ORLANDO SENTINEL : NASA has become a transition problem for Obama -- Here are some excerpts

NASA administrator Mike Griffin is not cooperating with President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team, is obstructing its efforts to get information and has told its leader that she is “not qualified” to judge his rocket program, the Orlando Sentinel has learned.

In a heated 40-minute conversation last week with Lori Garver, a former NASA associate administrator who heads the space transition team, a red-faced Griffin demanded to speak directly to Obama, according to witnesses. In addition, Griffin is scripting NASA employees and civilian contractors on what they can tell the transition team and has warned aerospace executives not to criticize the agency’s moon program, sources said.

...transition-team interviews have been monitored by NASA officials “taking copious notes,” according to congressional and space-community sources. Employees who met with the team were told to tell their managers about the interview.The tensions are due to the fact that NASA’s human space flight program is facing its biggest crossroads since the end of the Apollo era in the 1970s. The space shuttle is scheduled to be retired in 2010, and the next-generation Constellation rockets won’t fly before 2015.

NASA’s Chief of Strategic Communications, denied that Griffin is trying to keep information from the team, or that he is seeking a meeting with Obama.
What is at the core of the policy differences? All manner of problems have been inferred from space aliens to absence of engineering expertise (Garver is not one), but Lori Garver may be a gender-obsessed feminist:

Member, Board of Directors, Women in Aerospace, 2001-2004
Member, Board of Advisors, Women of Washington, 1998 – 2000
Member, Board of Directors, Women in Aerospace, 1989-1994
President, Women in Aerospace, 1993

Will Garver endorse continuing expensive delays for cautious research relative to a politically incorrect topic? Probably not so much, we believe. The topic, which has befuddled NASA and ESA since 1997, are major Behavior and Performance Working Group concerns relative to gender during space exploration.

One might think Garver has no choice but to continue prelimary, psychological studies in gender problems. To non-strategic thinkers more delays may sound consistent with budgetary constraints (do we still have those?), but it will certainly retard space science, space industry employment, and allow potential adversaries imperilling leads in space.

Despite NASA's cover story (the space shuttle is scheduled to be retired in 2010, and the next-generation Constellation rockets won’t fly before 2015), M.E. believes requisite gender studies are really what will not be complete before 2015. Here is something NBC News space analyst James Oberg reported that tends to support our opinion:

The medical stresses will grow more severe as NASA moves through a string of complex missions on the international space station, through the twilight years of the space shuttle era, and onward to a new era that will take humans beyond low Earth orbit. Human weaknesses that may have been tolerable before now may, at some point, reach a breaking point. To forestall such disasters, a fuller appreciation of the history of medical screening is needed. source [color added]

Notice how the timeline for medical stresses is tied together with space shuttle retirement? If so, you probably picked up on the convenient, politically correct euphemism for future gender

problems (confidentiality required by H.I.P.A.A.'s Privacy Rule, of course).

Unless politicians allow realities of gender (differences) in various space assignments, submarines included, the magnitude of tragedies we are about to see will be devastating. Meantime, Hollywood will have a field day with politically correct depictions of what never really happened.

Politicians of the anthropogenic climate change stripe would probably be more comfortable promoting chemically nuetering males through drinking water than admiting to gender differences, however.

Submarines are always silent and strange. Rarely, however, relevant information is leaked through the space program, we have said before.



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