Chapter 16 starts out with Senator Proxmire You Can Do It! Senator Proxmire's Exercise, Diet, and Relaxation Plan
proposing that we elimated funding for the project of SETI in 1981 because of funding issues. I am sure that the government used that funding for much more necessary items because we always fund welfare and Hud and we all now how successful THOSE programs are!!!
Back then NASA was able to look to the space shuttle program for solace. Unfortunately, where can the space shuttle scientist turn to now?
However, Drake added a new element to his theory in honor of the senator
P= How many elected office does an advanced technological civilization have that are scientifically ignorant? If the answer is P=1, no need to waste your time :-)
Oh well. Maybe Chapter 17 will be more enjoyable.