New Rule: Make Earth Great Again | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

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Comments: 2 373

  • Chris Mcnair
    Chris Mcnair 8 days ago

    so retarded there is no new frontier except a extremely large unexplored universe that is more stupid then millennials bill I'm very disappointed

  • Chris Mcnair
    Chris Mcnair 8 days ago

    Bill Maher stop hating on Mars and science the TV you have a show on science your car science ac in your house power fridge shower all science so if you don't like science stop using stuff that came from science

  • Marie loius None
    Marie loius None 9 days ago +1

    We should go to Mars just because its simply cool. However, we don't have to go there in 10, 20,30 or 40 years. we have so many problems on earth to fix first... If a private company can go there without a penny of tax payer's money, then I hope they go tomorrow if they want. Otherwise, shut the f**k up about going to Mars.

  • TheOwlCreek
    TheOwlCreek 10 days ago +1

    BILL DOESN'T WANT US TO GO TO MARS BECAUSE THE UNITED STATES GIVES 3 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR TO ISRAEL AND SPACE TRAVEL CUTS INTO THE ZIONIST FUNDS THAT HELP THE SONS OF ABRAHAM CONTROL THE WORLD!

  • Saje Williams
    Saje Williams 18 days ago

    We could probably learn a lot about how to fix our mistakes by working another planet's ecology. Exploration and exploitation of the available resources of the solar system could give us new technologies and allow us to ease back, if not reverse, the exploitation of Earth's most vulnerable resources. Space and the scientific advances it spurs can easily stand in for the technological leaps afforded by the rigors of warfare. On Earth we might not have invented radar as soon but for the immediate threat of attack, but in space a collision is more likely to be an accident than a product of hostile intent so similar but more sensitive equipment might be needed. Something capable of detecting and reacting to such threats far earlier than necessary in atmosphere.

    That's not even considering the materials we might be able to make using space based mining and refining, potentially with no need to risk human lives at all.

    Then again, I sometimes wonder what it would take to fake an alien invasion and convince humanity it had to work together or die. How many would buy THAT conspiracy theory? And how many would see through it but keep their mouths shut anyway, just for the potential benefits?

  • Adam Borison
    Adam Borison 29 days ago +1

    Why can't we do both? To think that humanity will spend its entire existence on this one rock is ridiculous. Trying to stop our expansion to other planets is just another way of trying to stop progress. And it is alike to all other ways of trying to stop progress is one crucial way: it will never work. When you tell the United States to stop trying to travel into space, you just make it more likely that Russia or China will get there first. Space is the future, and I want the United States to be involved in the future of our species.

  • Jason Wane
    Jason Wane 1 month ago

    The children on the 2 billion settlement of New Lagos will learn about the naysayers who thought it was not worth worth doing and laughed at. Once we have Mars all bets are off - it's off to the moons of the outer planets and space stations and asteroids and generation ships. Earth will always be our speciai home

  • John Benton
    John Benton 1 month ago

    HEAR FUCKING HEAR.

  • Nic Quattromani
    Nic Quattromani 1 month ago

    Well fuck you, Bill Maher.

  • Kaaxe
    Kaaxe 1 month ago

    I think the comment section is missing what he is saying entierly

  • KARTHIKEYAN P
    KARTHIKEYAN P 1 month ago

    Makes a lot more sense today (trump pulls out... of Paris deal) than it did when it aired...

  • Bobby Galli
    Bobby Galli 1 month ago

    When I hear a government saying, “Let’s not worry about going to Mars
    right now when we still have so many problems right here on Earth”—
    it sounds to me like a person saying, “I’ll worry about my health later
    when I don’t have so many bills to pay.” There will always, always be
    important problems to address on Earth, but if we allow what’s urgent
    here to prevent us from addressing what’s important in the big picture,
    we’re allowing ourselves to take a huge existential risk.
    -Tim Urban

  • TheCannedWalrus
    TheCannedWalrus 1 month ago +1

    this is fucking idiotic

  • The Ultimate Reductionist

    To the anti-bloated-military people:
    Yes - we SHOULD stop wasting trillions on war.
    But - NO - we STILL can NOT do both (clean up earth AND go to Mars), let alone do both "easily".
    Thermodynamics prevents doing both. Therefore, we should NOT waste precious human energy on Mars.

  • The Ultimate Reductionist

    I agree, Bill. Fuck Mars. I'll bet the property taxes there are outrageous (but still not as high as in New Jersey).

  • Sorin Irimies
    Sorin Irimies 1 month ago

    People are fucking bored that's why thy want to "go to Mars".

  • Sorin Irimies
    Sorin Irimies 1 month ago

    Planting trees would be too simple for over engineering addicts.

  • Sorin Irimies
    Sorin Irimies 1 month ago

    Let's start or continuing planting trees. And let's not be ashamed about it.

  • Jacqueline Iona
    Jacqueline Iona 1 month ago

    I agree with Bill with this Mars thing...stupid people with too much money and don't know what to do with it... pffffft

  • Nessie8
    Nessie8 1 month ago

    It's not the point of this video, but on a personal note, as an atheist, the way he described the earth felt poignant ("mangos, butterflies."). Too often, I've been accused of not understanding the beauty of earth as I did not view it as a god's creation. In fact, I'm constantly in awe of sunsets and waterfalls and cool breezes, and strive to protect it. Some people accuse atheists of being cold and arrogant, but many of us appreciate Earth as much as the next person.

  • green house
    green house 1 month ago

    what an idiot. we are going to terraform mars first, and you know the rest, or do you?
    also he did this to get attention. more attention to his show = more $$$ for him.
    also his show is dying, and he is about to be replaced, he needs to do this to get attention to stay on air.

  • phaedrusalt
    phaedrusalt 1 month ago

    Did you know that EVERY DAY the Earth is hit with more than 100 TONS of space stuff? Luckily, most of it's pretty small. (That dust behind your dresser? Yeah, some of it's from space!) But about every 2000 years a chunk the size of a football field hits the Earth, and it causes some pretty nasty damage to the area. For comparison, an asteroid a half-mile across would pretty much wipe us out altogether. (That's right, all of mankind, gone in one very short blast. And there's not a damn thing we could do about it, no matter what "Armageddon" would have you believe.) And there are asteroids out there that are nearly 600 miles across! That's why we need to go to Mars, not because it's great, but because right now we've got all of our eggs in one basket, and it would be a shame if all of mankind were wiped out.

    It's a good thing that Maher doesn't set policy.

  • kaveh setayesh
    kaveh setayesh 2 months ago

    completely disagree, does not matter what billionaires and politicians say we WILL go to mars sooner or later, human is EXPLORER because human can imagine can dream and can keep fighting for that dream, and don't worry Earth will survive but for human to survive we need to move as we did 7 million years ago from forest in Africa into almost allover the planet. always a fan bill :)

  • Fom
    Fom 2 months ago +1

    Man.. you all want to move to mars but you can't even deal with the mosquitoes in summer cmon

  • Jonanice
    Jonanice 2 months ago +1

    If humans are ever going to populate on another planet - we need to ensure our survival on this one lasts the length of time needed to get there. His point about mars is we can't run before we can walk so stop destroying this planet for a second n focus on that first & foremost.
    Also how's about putting more into the education system & helping scientists & engineers etc... because that'll lead to more scientific breakthroughs & innovative technologies that we'd need in order to reach an existence on Mars

  • Farside
    Farside 2 months ago

    Evolution of man on Mars. Doesnt happen we die. you can't suddenly throw an earth creature into an enviroment with .10 g, an atmosphere with equivalent pressure to 70000 feet, no magnetosphere. You have a better chance turning Venus into a Coruscant than living on mars. The atmosphere may be lethal but science can alter that. Science cannot alter a gravity well(so far).

  • techfour9
    techfour9 2 months ago

    More than half the fucking idiots in this stupid fucking country don't believe in Global Warming, that's why we have trump. Mars is our Noah's Ark, and the stupid conservative fucks ruining our planet are the ones who will drown in the flood.

  • Lumby1
    Lumby1 2 months ago

    We are a strange animal.

  • suicune690
    suicune690 2 months ago

    The real problem Mars has is that it has no metal core, which is why it has no magnetosphere and has lost most of its atmosphere due to solar wind. It may have had simple life billions of years ago, but the sun gradually killed it. We can't give it a new core.

  • Joseph Vanni
    Joseph Vanni 2 months ago

    Somewhere out there in the infinite Cosmos is that planet where the women are insatiable nymphomaniacs,...going to Mars is the first step in finding it😘🚀

  • C B
    C B 2 months ago

    1492

  • Sean G
    Sean G 2 months ago

    Completely disagree with this. We don't want to colonize Mars so that we can keep trashing this planet, we want to colonize Mars as a backup in the unfortunate event we'd need one once our planet is destroyed and the damage is irreversible. Also who doesn't want to go to different planets and explore? Besides there are vast seas of knowledge out there waiting to be tapped but we won't ever reach them if we limit ourselves to this planet. We can possibly use the knowledge we discover to find solutions to problem here on Earth. The argument that Mars shouldn't be colonized because we can't even take care of our own planet is the stupidest of arguments, period. This is why I will help colonize Mars and later colonize Venus. This way we won't all die if a large meteor hits Earth and we aren't able to survive the damage.

  • Rory Miller
    Rory Miller 2 months ago

    Let me just preface this comment by saying: I agree with your idea of "put Earth first." Petty squabbles over man-made borders far too often cloud our judgments when it comes to the preservation of the planet as a whole.

    However -

    the point of Going to Mars is not to suggest that we should throw Earth away. The point of Going to Mars is to encourage the scientific advancement of the human race. When humans of any IQ-level convince themselves that "there is no more frontier," we become complacent.

    I will gladly concede to your points that Mars has no air, little water, and no natural resources. However, that should not be viewed as a deterrent for exploration, that should be viewed as a challenge to be overcome. New challenges bring about new innovations, which benefit everyone, not just the space-faring among us: improvements to microwave ovens, radial tires, and highway shoulders are all examples of NASA-driven research. And that's just a tiny fraction of the countless contributions to improved living that such research has wrought.

    I respect your idea that Earth is our home and should be our priority, and once again, I agree wholeheartedly. However, I would kindly suggest you are missing the greater message that Going to Mars sends to younger generations of Earth-faring humans: our days of exploration are far from over. There is literally an entire universe for us to explore and learn from. And I rebuke any notions that humankind has reached any kind of apex in its existence. On the contrary, we're just getting started.

  • Lisa
    Lisa 2 months ago

    Could there be oil on Mars?

  • tubewatcher38
    tubewatcher38 2 months ago

    Put earth first ? With republicans controlling the white house & congress?? C'mon Bill, get real.

  • Marishka Grayson
    Marishka Grayson 2 months ago

    Thank you for your impassioned please Bill! Some might say we're like fish and like to shit in our own drinking water...and some might say, we're simply insane.

  • TheBonuzen
    TheBonuzen 2 months ago

    I think that in the far far far far future we NEED to "switch" planets (Or just give up and let the human race die). There are things we cant defend the earth from. However, right now the only threat this planet has agaisnt it is us and as long as we are the ones destroying the planet there is no point in moving to another one. We need to fix our shit here first.

  • Dennis Hastings
    Dennis Hastings 2 months ago

    We should build a base on the moon first. Create a colony. Learn to live on an airless planet where we can get supplies from Earth when things go wrong. Work out the bugs of habitat development. We'll have to use nuclear power and solar. Figure that out on the moon. Use tunneling machines and create an underground city. The moon is the place to start the grand adventure... not Mars. Bill is right.

  • Yeshwanth Vejendla
    Yeshwanth Vejendla 2 months ago

    i think you should also encourage people to go and explore mars

  • Misterlikeseverythin
    Misterlikeseverythin 2 months ago

    I didn't realize people see Mars this way. From a science stand point, even if Global Warming gets extreme, Earth is still better. It would be much easier to build habitats on Earth then on Mars. Even if air becomes toxic and it burns your skin to step outside, Earth still has gravity, magnetic field, oxygen, water and even infrastructure.
    It would take ages to terraform Mars and even then we would have to continuously send energy to immense magnets in orbit which provide shielding for the atmosphere and from the radioactive particles coming from the Sun. It would take asteroid mining, mass drivers and just so much effort and money to make Mars habitable.

  • The Ultimate Reductionist
    The Ultimate Reductionist 2 months ago +1

    To the Mars fans: If there existed no physical constraints, I would agree 100% with you: do both (save humanity on earth, go to Mars) But, given all the physical laws/equations/constraints we KNOW regarding energy, entropy, complexity of technology,
    Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW): all effort must be to save humanity on earth, first, before venturing out to Mars.

  • The Ultimate Reductionist
    The Ultimate Reductionist 2 months ago +1

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU, Mr Maher, for DEMOLISHING this MARS obsession shit.
    THAT SHIT AIN'T HAPPENING for AT LEAST 100 years, if then.
    Only after we bring world human population back down to a safe sustainable 10^9, at most,
    powered by as much solar & wind energy as possible, and many other forms of technology get perfected,
    THEN we might think about visiting Mars.
    Until then we have a fossil fuel addiction and Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) crisis that requires
    MASSIVE IMMEDIATE actions to stop RIGHT NOW.

  • big Cahuna
    big Cahuna 2 months ago

    "they say '' there is a thin but breathable atmosphere on Mars. I've never been there, but "they" say America has anti-gravity ships capable of going there and beyond. .

  • WhiskeyTuesday
    WhiskeyTuesday 2 months ago

    I agree with the underlying point but keep in mind that over the course of the 16 years between now and 2033, 450 billion dollars is about less than 1% of 1% of likely GDP.

    Should the US be spending 1/100th of 1/100th of GDP on saving earth from itself? Yes, and then some. Much more than that. But it's still true that further frontiers like the moon race, the mars project, etc. are the only thing other than warfare that tends to massively stimulate technological innovation, which leads to economic expansion.

  • Samuel Hartman
    Samuel Hartman 2 months ago

    Disagree, Bill. 450b is nothing compared to what the military spends in ONE year. NASA breeds innovation, it's well-documented.

  • Scorpio Dynasty X
    Scorpio Dynasty X 2 months ago

    #MEGA

  • 56b9
    56b9 2 months ago

    This is the type of thinking that will seal our fates as a dead single-planet species.

  • Franz Fortuny Loret de Mola

    The idea is so clear, so simple. Let us not allow those 100 billion neurons get in the way of what is really convenient for the species combined with its habitat. -- Mars as a challenge? Ok, fine; play with it. But Earth goes first: this is here and now.

  • Franz Fortuny Loret de Mola

    Exactly. Every single word here needs to be heard and clearly understood by everybody.

  • CharlieBarbarossa
    CharlieBarbarossa 2 months ago

    Huge disappointing straw-man argument there. It's perfectly possible to go for Mars while also helping Earth, which is precisely what Elon Musk is doing with SpaceX and Tesla respectively. Invite him to the show and he'll explain it to you.

  • Ernoburger
    Ernoburger 2 months ago

    If you look at the people who want to go to Mars and look at their attitudes, you will find these are the same people doing their hardest to combat climate change and educate people about it. Wether it's Bill Nye or Elon Musk, these folks try to work on climate change and warn about it every single day. Musk has called climate change "humanities attempt at trying to win the Darwin Award." If you don't know the Darwin Award, look it up. Going to Mars and combating climate change are not contrary things, they are in the same category, springing from the same mindset: Rational, scientific, enthusiastic and optimistic (optimistic IF we finally follow our global scientific data and do the rational, mutually beneficial thing).

  • Curien247
    Curien247 2 months ago

    Multi-task, Multi-pass?

  • Genevieve Gallagher
    Genevieve Gallagher 2 months ago

    I love Bill, but I'm not quite sure I get the mars point. I thought bacteria had been found up there, or maybe it was that they're hoping to, but the people who research mars are the same type of people who believe in climate change. I say why not do both.

  • S. Bakyhnh
    S. Bakyhnh 2 months ago

    #MEGA

  • Jay K
    Jay K 2 months ago

    He doesn't get it. it's not about Mars being heaven, it's about being able to go beyond earth. We must be a space faring civilisation.

  • Isamu80
    Isamu80 2 months ago

    Congress would rather spend the money of sending people in rockets to other planets on sending rockets on this planet into people.

  • DJ Explorer
    DJ Explorer 2 months ago

    if we don't change = we are doomed, but let's keep it real if we don't become multi-planet species = we are doomed as well!

  • Ixeeyl Prieml
    Ixeeyl Prieml 2 months ago

    He was describing himself until he pulled up the picture of Mike Pence.

  • CharlieBarbarossa
    CharlieBarbarossa 2 months ago +1

    No, we're not saying Mars instead of Earth. We wanna do both at the same time. Don't start a false dichotomy.

  • Adam Weishaupt
    Adam Weishaupt 2 months ago

    Bill Maher: Stop talking about mars
    Comment section: no

  • Adam Weishaupt
    Adam Weishaupt 2 months ago

    Could someone please show him Elon Musk talking about his motivation to work on getting to mars. I think it would change his mind on this subject.

  • Robin Dixon
    Robin Dixon 2 months ago

    Dude. Going to mars and learning to terraform will not just be beneficial for martian living, but it will surely help us here on earth, too. You want to eliminate greenhouse gases? well, we'll have to do that if we go to mars. Mars provides motivation for people. Its hard to get people motivated to fix earth, however, people will jump on the change to get involved with mars. Also, making mars livable will take decades at least, so we'll be forced to fix earth in the meantime anyway

  • Carl Watts
    Carl Watts 2 months ago

    LETS ALL GET ANGRY at the small skinny kid who gets a snack every once in a while because people are starving!!!!! meanwhile bunch of fat kids pass by and empty the cupboard and you dont say anything....

  • TheRavenBC
    TheRavenBC 2 months ago

    Bravo Bill :)

  • Dan B
    Dan B 2 months ago

    We should care about Earth the most
    But a back up and advancing our knowledge about other planets is not harmful

  • Howard Sheinfeld
    Howard Sheinfeld 2 months ago

    Bill, you should show a picture of the surface of Venus, or a sketch of an astronomer's conception if no photo is available or possible.  This would portray the ultimate result of a few decades of GOP environmental policies.  Don't be so quick to put down the terraforming of Mars; it might be the only alternative to human extinction.

  • Jägerschnitzel
    Jägerschnitzel 2 months ago

    If we don't get our act together before leaving Earth, we'll make whatever place we go just as bad as Earth.
    It's that simple.

  • Nick SlymS
    Nick SlymS 2 months ago

    fuck ört

  • zgrillo2004
    zgrillo2004 2 months ago

    You are a fucking hatemonger and a wiener, you Short stupid white comedian Fuck

  • Grace Mejia
    Grace Mejia 2 months ago

    I think Hollywood should make a climate change consequences movie which all the red neck states get shitted, prob then they will believe climate change is real.

  • Ethelred Hardrede
    Ethelred Hardrede 2 months ago

    Fuck you Bill. We can go to Mars and fix the Earth.

    Learn to multitask.

  • RimaNari
    RimaNari 2 months ago

    I agree with the first half, where the connotation is 'we have to get our shit together on earth first'. The second half is more ideologic which I am in strong disagreement with. It's entirely fine if people get inspired by the idea of traveling to Mars, if there are movies about it, if it's discussed. And it's fine if we eventually go to Mars. However, we first have to fix things here, don't we?

  • Lord Albrus
    Lord Albrus 2 months ago

    Space travel and colonization of other planets is a good idea Bill. There are lots of things we cant control that will eventually wipe out a massive precentage of life on the planet. We know this because its happened multiple times before. If we dont eventually get off the planet and colonize elsewhere then we will eventually end like the millions of species who inhabited the earth long before us.

  • tucker odonnell
    tucker odonnell 2 months ago

    i wanna go to mars but i don't want the earth to still be there

  • Andrew Monfort
    Andrew Monfort 2 months ago

    So, CO2 is a big problem on Mars. It's also the main problem in Earth's climate change. Turning CO2 into carbon and O2 efficiently is an important part of Terra forming. While reaction rates are concentration dependant, it's possible that finding an engineered solution for one planet will lead to advances and solutions to CO2 concentration problems elsewhere.

  • KnowYour God
    KnowYour God 2 months ago

    That cap should have been green.

  • KnowYour God
    KnowYour God 2 months ago +2

    After 50 years people will watch this video and laugh.

  • Carl Watts
    Carl Watts 2 months ago

    Why do so many people assume that wanting to colonize mars implies neglect for earth? Can't it be the most awesome and exciting adventure? Isn't it a logical step to make? Why not sooner rather than later?

    Life shouldn't be solely about solving problems.. A small part of our attention and resources would be well spent on inspiring ventures in my opinion.

    • Carl Watts
      Carl Watts 2 months ago

      People arent really familiar with big numbers and statistics. its easy to think that a few billion dollars is alot but when you look at the bigger picture of where resources go and the total pool of money you see that it's really not that much, especially considering what we ge back from it. The mars curiosity rover project cost 2.6 billion dollars but the mission spans over years and the annual cost per person is about 42 cents per person per year... i'd say thats worth it to have a rover roaming on another planet sending us back pictures and other data.

      same with hubble. that one cost us 1.6 dollars per year. not a bad price for the awe inspiring pictures in my opinion.

      So i think you didnt dive deep into into the math.


    • Carl Watts
      Carl Watts 2 months ago

      1. Misplaced efforts. tiny percentage of taxdollars go to nasa. (average of 0.5% since apollo program ended). Its kindof like getting angry at a small skinny kid who once in a while takes a small snack while there are fat kids around munching away all day.
      2. we can easily give 98% of resources to other problems and 2% to nasa which would be quadruple what its gotten last decades.
      3. i think your figure isnt quite correct or at the very least misleading. i assume it would be spread out over a number of years like with other projects. nasa budget last years has been under 20 billion a year which is about 65 dollars per person per year.
      4. if you really dont have an adventurous spirit theres still the utilitarian argument. doing projects such as trying to get to mars is a very hard technical problem and solutions found in the process will most likely benefit other sectors.
      5. another utilitarian argument: embarking on such missions has inspired and will inspire many children to pursue studies and a carreer in science and engineering which is good for the economy and humanity in general. youd be amazed if youd look at the true ROI from the apollo program, so many children became scientists and engineers because of it. and it's a gift that is still giving


    • junkdna83
      junkdna83 2 months ago

      Because it isn't free, and the BILLIONS we've already spent on each single fucking robot, or the half-TRILLION to put humans on Mars is so crazy expensive it would have a SEVERE effect on what we can accomplish HERE. We can't just print more money to pay for it. We have to trade-off what we want to do here with going there, so it's not at all hard to see how that causes us to NEGLECT problems we have right here on Earth. If we didn't have starving people all over the world, war, famine, and just the normal day-to-day struggle of people supporting their families, maybe it would seem more reasonable, but the Earth is way too fucked up to consider this pet project.

      Not to mention, for many people it's not an "exciting adventure" - it's not going to some foreign planet like in Star Trek, it's spending an INSANE amount of money to essentially go to an off-world Bakersfield. It's rocks and dirt in the middle of fucking nowhere. We already have tons of pictures of Mars. It sucks. Forget about it. We are on Earth, right here, right now.

      You're right, life isn't just about solving problems. It's also not about support some crazy rich people's (Branson, Musk, etc) pet projects. What about the billions of us who DON'T get to go to Mars? What about the 300 million Americans who don't get to go to Mars? At half-billion dollars to get humans to Mars, that works out to $1500 PER PERSON, more if you dive deeper into the math. Is that really worth it just for the 300 million of us who DON'T get to go, just to see some pictures and videos of what we already know is on Mars? Definitely fucking not. Fucking stupid.


  • Wikardo Kado
    Wikardo Kado 2 months ago

    Whats wrong travelling to Mars?! Its time to move on.

    • lander77477
      lander77477 2 months ago

      because there is nothing there, no air, no food, no water, might as well move to an asteroid in the middle of space


  • Nunya Bidness
    Nunya Bidness 2 months ago +2

    Finally someone said it. Thanks Bill Maher!

  • KevJJ888
    KevJJ888 2 months ago

    I want a Make Earth Great Again cap! And all proceeds go to our National Parks.

  • Serge
    Serge 2 months ago

    Should've used blue hat instead

  • Catalin Dochitoiu
    Catalin Dochitoiu 2 months ago

    Bill. William. You are my one and only preacher, the only religion I accept (how do you like that? ).So on to my point. . why do you lash out at visionaries? (forgive my borrowing, that's what a dick would do ) What's next, the Hadron Colider and scientific research at large? These are things that bear fruit a century later. Think of a world without electricity or microbiology. Solar panels were developed for satellites. I understand that you're trying to fight dirty, because that's what everyone seems to be doing - and Republicans some more. But don't fight blindly.

    • Catalin Dochitoiu
      Catalin Dochitoiu 2 months ago

      Well, duh!! That is not all that LHC does. You proved my point handsomely.

      In the long run you cannot terraform the moon. But meanwhile, as part of the effort to go to Mars, they could move all space launching activities to the Moon. Wouldn't that be. ... Eco-friendly? ?


    • junkdna83
      junkdna83 2 months ago

      If you think that's the only thing the LHC does then you are nothing but a troll. "We don't have the slightest idea what's on Mars"??? Are you serious? You are a troll. We've spent BILLIONS already on numerous probes and instruments to analyze soil, have thousands of high definition pictures of every corner of the planet, we've analyzed rocks, dirt, wind, even the magnetic fields. We know plenty about that worthless desert wasteland, no reason to waste more on it.

      Some dinosaurs didn't die, and to escape an asteroid similar to that many people could survive with simple bomb shelters, much cheaper than going to Mars, and available to many more people than the few who would win a lottery and get to go to Mars. If you really think going to Mars to escape an asteroid is reasonable, then I would say the Moon is equally good as Mars, and much closer/cheaper/easier to get to. Going to Mars at this point in time is just a fantasy by stupid people. In 50-100 years that could change, but right now it's fucking retarded.


    • Catalin Dochitoiu
      Catalin Dochitoiu 2 months ago

      Yes, the LHC. Primarily, it confirms a theory from the 60s that was already accepted by 2010, and which, most importantly, DOES NOT Make Earth Great Again. Defend please! And no, we do not have the slightest idea what is on Mars, and what we spent for what we think we know is less than peanuts compared to, say, the cosmetics industry. Go pick on them first.

      The dinosaurs died because they did not go to Mars.


    • junkdna83
      junkdna83 2 months ago

      You can compare Mars to the LHC or solar panels or whatever, but the fact is that Mars is a worthless endeavor. It's a desert, rocks and dirt. We already know what's there, we have tons of pictures and data we've already spent BILLIONS to get, and we fucking know what's there. It doesn't have anything to do with "visionaries" - people like Branson or Musk are so filthy rich they are just disconnected to what's going on, they think of themselves like "visionaries" of the past, but they are just disconnected from the average person and can't see the bigger picture. True visionaries can see a clean planet without famine or war, not a stupid pet project that comes at an insane cost with no benefit.


  • TheBigBadRedMantis
    TheBigBadRedMantis 2 months ago

    i wander what do the losers in the audience get to stay there and laugh at a sign 4 a few hours? maybe a book of actual jokes.

  • Edgard do Amaral Pinheiro

    This is just me speculating, but I dont think Bill wants to cut funding for Mars exploration. I just think he is criticizing the idea that we dont need to worry much about Earth because we got Mars as a back up planet.

  • Phil Lewis
    Phil Lewis 2 months ago

    Building and developing self-sustaining communities on Mars where resources are tight and the need to recycle everything is necessary; on top of that you have no fossil fuels so you'd need alternative energy to power everything. How could that possibly set an example for Earth communities?

    • Phil Lewis
      Phil Lewis 2 months ago

      Maher is arguing to cut funding for one area of scientific exploration that would yield countless technological benefits to fund others rather than address the massive military spending that could be reduced to fund both areas. Are you okay with that?
      Choose one but not both? Why not?


    • junkdna83
      junkdna83 2 months ago

      Acting like sending humans to Mars in case we get hit by a huge asteroid proves two things: 1) you have almost no concept of the statistical likelihood (almost-nil) of getting catastrophically hit again, particularly in such a tiny timeframe as the next century, and 2) you severely over-estimate the damage the asteroid 65mya did, or how easy it would be to survive it.

      Even if it were worth preparing for an asteroid (it's not) it would be much more beneficial to just build lots of bomb shelters and food storage. The reason it's not worth preparing for is simple: The probability of a catastrophic event is tiny, and spending billions preparing for it provides almost no return on investment. There just aren't as many large objects flying around space threatening our planet today as there were tens or hundreds of millions of years ago, and even back then when the likelihood was much higher it only happened 2 or 3 times over 4 billion years. Whereas the probably that we face famine and climate change from pollution and other problems is a solid 100% because that's already happening, right now, so why waste our money on a far-out situation glorified by movies, when we have actual real-world things to deal with that are already affecting us? Worrying about asteroids is pure paranoia, conspiracy theory level crap.

      It's funny how you compare an extinction level event with that tiny pitiful meteor over Russia, which are very common, those little ones hit us all the time. Even the one that "killed" the dinosaurs wasn't as big as everybody acts like, tons of life survived, even some dinosaurs survived (today we call them alligators and crocodiles and birds). And even if one massive one did hit us, billions of people would die, so the few dozen or few hundred that "colonize" mars would only last a little while longer. Basic bomb shelters would be enough to survive one similar to the one 65mya and would allow many many many more people to survive. People on the opposite side of the planet from a direct hit would barely be affected, people not hit directly would survive the 1-2 year "nuclear winter" event in bomb shelters. Much more valuable to build bomb shelters, or devices to identify and divert asteroids.


    • Phil Lewis
      Phil Lewis 2 months ago

      But what good would any of that do if another extinction-level event happens? The meteor that blew up over Russia just four years ago came completely out of the blue. Are we just going to sit on this planet and hope our luck holds out indefinitely?

      Maher is framing a Mars project as a "do over" rather than as a stepping stone.


    • junkdna83
      junkdna83 2 months ago

      Because we can study recycling and alternative energy here on Earth without sending billions and trillions on a pet project/glorified vacations to Mars for the filthy rich. Anything we build on Mars along those lines would be on such a small scale it wouldn't dent the trash/energy problems we have here on Earth. We already have technologies and paths to cleaning our planet without Mars. Those exist today, right now.


  • S3R3ND1P1TY
    S3R3ND1P1TY 2 months ago +2

    I agree with this guy, fuck what the comments say.

  • ravener
    ravener 2 months ago

    suck a wet lemon bill, sometimes you need to expand before you can fix the core issues. with your mentality humanity would still be in a godforsaken valley somewhere in Africa.

    • ravener
      ravener 2 months ago

      i didn't mention the immense industrial benefits to a presence in space, but it should be obvious given the looming rare earth mineral shortage. not surprisingly "rare earth" minerals aren't so rare in asteroids.


    • ravener
      ravener 2 months ago

      first of all, you arent spending any significant money on going to mars, you have at best spent a few billion dollars in the last 50 years on mars, it's not like NASA's budget is just poured into mars.
      secondly, most realistic plans when it comes to colonizing mars at this point are privately funded, meaning you don't pay shit. i consider it mostly a bad thing since you are basically giving mars to the proverbial highest bidder.

      people tend to talk about Africa as if it's uniformly shitty, it's not. africa is pretty much better that ever, and asia is quickly catching up to the west in many areas. it makes no sense to stifle progression in the name of equalizing the world. it's great to help out of course, but starting a new dark age isnt really the solution.

      going to mars will always be a big deal if you never invest in technologies to do it.
      we've had the technology to do round trips (having a single ship go to all planets and back) since the late 60s, and the tech to efficiently send millions of tonnes of cargo to mars cheaply (via project Orion, or other nuclear propulsion systems), but as always with these issues it all comes down to politics (darn nuclear test ban treaty *shakes fist*). it's a lot more expensive to do with chemical rockets, but it's not undoable, and as stated, since you don't pay you don't get to whine.


    • junkdna83
      junkdna83 2 months ago

      "Expanding" on to Mars has nothing to do with "fixing the core issues." Early humans didn't spend massive resources to travel from Africa to the Mid-East, Europe, Asia and ultimately the Americas. We literally just fucking walked around to all those places. Maybe in 50 years or 100 years when our technology has advanced to a point where going to Mars isn't a big deal, isn't costing us insane amounts of money that we could use trying to fix famine or pollution, maybe then we can think about going to Mars. But right now, the whole thing is a joke. It's a barren wasteland. Rocks 'n dirt. We already have pictures and data of it. It's not some magical place. It sucks.


  • Heroic Love
    Heroic Love 2 months ago

    Mars can be given an Earth-like atmosphere through continuous fucking and farting and slave labor.

  • Psychedelic Colors
    Psychedelic Colors 2 months ago

    Save Earth. Go to Mars.

  • Psychedelic Colors
    Psychedelic Colors 2 months ago

    He acts like Earth will be here forever. Every planet haves a ending.

  • Psychedelic Colors
    Psychedelic Colors 2 months ago

    We will learn more in space. If we get there we can mine other planets then Ares. Bill doesn't realize if we get to other planets we don't have to use materials from our planet.

  • onyx1186
    onyx1186 2 months ago

    a rare miss for you bill...

  • Drexler Pytagoras
    Drexler Pytagoras 2 months ago

    "Earth is the cradle of mankind, but one can not stay in ones cradle forever" Arthur C. Clarke.
    And by the way if it was not for space exploration and satellites much of the climate change on earth would not have been noticed at all. It is perhaps more precarious that mankind become a multi planetary species than you may think. We need to inovate and push forward and outwards, or we will stagnate in a violent competition of earths finite and dwindling resources.

  • Arthur Anderson
    Arthur Anderson 2 months ago

    Bill is absolutelt right, why not do over(invest in) this world Earth than "Mars"!!!

  • Kitchen Trout
    Kitchen Trout 2 months ago

    I bet the majority of people defending Mars exploration in this comment section are either engineers or aspiring engineers that have a big poster of Elon Musk in their room that they jerk off to every night.

  • Connor Stein
    Connor Stein 2 months ago

    The people in this comment section missed Bill's point. he's saying: How are we supposed to get to mars if we die off (thanks to our stupidity and greed) before we even get to develop the technology to colonise?

    THAT was his point. Take care of your home first and then think about moving once you get the money type of thing.

  • markyncole
    markyncole 2 months ago

    Mar ain't the kind of place to raise your kids

  • BattousaiHBr
    BattousaiHBr 2 months ago

    this is the first time i saw bill come off as a complete retard.
    bill, please educate yourself about this, it really seems like you did absolutely no research. maybe, you know, ask the smart billionaires who do think this is a good idea and actually working on the problem on why mars is a good idea?

  • vasp99
    vasp99 2 months ago

    Bill couldn't possibly be more wrong . Let's keep shooting for the stars and ignore the whining of defeatists like Bill .

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