Listen to some astronauts describing the “overview effect”, which is how a person’s worldview of the planet changes after seeing it for themselves from space. The Daily Overview does its best to show those of us who are earthbound this phenomenon by posting a new satellite image each day.
When I started my expansion of the Biomes Center three years ago, I approached the state's quasi-governmental Economic Development Corporation to help out with financing. The EDC's main mission is to encourage job growth in RI. They helped me out, but the funds were a pittance and I had to jump through hoops for a ridiculously small grant. Meanwhile they doled out $75 million to Curt Shilling's now bankrupt 38 Studios. I've hired six employees since then and Curt and the then Republican Governor screwed the taxpayers of my state. The NYT has a good article on the entire debacle that is worth a read. For what the state threw away on a single startup that went nowhere they could have funded over a hundred small businesses like mine and would have created hundreds, or even thousands, of new jobs.