G Burch wrote--
<<I'm sorry, I don't usually do this sort of thing, but I can't help it
You say that you "have little knowledge of the internal workings of NASA" but
make the assertion that "The scientific talent that NASA has is stifled by beurocratic [sic] red tape." This sounds like a statement of fact that could
only be based on "knoweldge of the internal workings of NASA.">>
I will be the first to admit that judgement without complete knowledge can be dangerous. I apologize for making such a rash statement, perhaps the wording was not well thought out. I justify my statement by a rule of thumb that I use. When in doubt, dont let the government get involved. I am a firm believer that govt agencies are inefficient. Even if a particular agency is productive at a given time I feel that they inevitably become detrimental. If you disagree with this I would be happy to continue via private e mail (no need to clutter the list).