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Google founders can fly jet out of Moffett

Original post made on Sep 13, 2007

NASA has struck an agreement with Google founders Larry Page and Sergei Brin allowing the billionaires to fly their Boeing 767 in and out of Moffett Field whenever they like, the agency said Monday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, September 12, 2007, 9:43 AM

Comments (12)

Posted by Concerned citizen, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Sep 13, 2007 at 8:43 pm

It's amazing what money and power can do.

Posted by MVREsidentX, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Sep 13, 2007 at 10:33 pm

There goes the end to peaceful sleep in Mountain View. Get ready to hear the giant roar of a 767 at 3am. This sounds like Larry Ellison and his Gulf Stream jet at San Jose all over again. Anyone else tired of all this rule bending for billionaires? Why weren't us lowly little residents consulted about this? Seems money and money alone is what talks in this town.

Posted by Bernie Brightman, a resident of North Whisman
on Sep 14, 2007 at 2:25 pm

I live on Easy Street within close walking distance to Moffett Field and I would like to know whether we live in a republic or in a dictatorship where the rich can do whatever they like?

P.S. Hey MV Voice, according to your map I don't live in any neighborhood at all. Please fix your map!

Posted by Curious Observer, a resident of Jackson Park
on Sep 16, 2007 at 8:49 pm

Curious Observer is a registered user.

What's next, escorted motorcades through the city because they don't want to be bothered stopping at red lights? More and more Google is beginning to fall out of favor with me.

Posted by John, a resident of The Crossings
on Sep 17, 2007 at 6:57 pm

Exactly - next thing we know, Larry Ellison will be making a "donation" (bribe) to NASA/Moffett and landing his jet(s). Do we still live in a democracy?

Posted by Frances, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Sep 17, 2007 at 11:39 pm

Ugh. Not cool Google.

Posted by Rita Rosberg, a resident of another community
on Sep 18, 2007 at 3:39 pm

How quickly we all forget what life was like, and how time consuming it was to gather information in the not-too-distant past. I think that the least we can do in appreciation for the great gift that they've given us (namely time . . . the stuff that life is made of) is to graciously allow them a few perks. With the time that they save by using Moffett, who knows what wonders may be in store for us in the future?

Posted by Curious Observer, a resident of Jackson Park
on Sep 18, 2007 at 11:38 pm

Curious Observer is a registered user.

Great gift? Google archives every single search that you've done using their site. At any point in time, they can produce a record of all your searches. Who knows what they'll do with this information. The possibilities are frightening. Their "gift" comes with a price and it's a price I suggest we use with caution.

Posted by stop crying, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Sep 20, 2007 at 8:52 pm

stop your crying. You live in silicon valley! Technology Capitol of the United States if not the world. I wonder how many of you use the free wifi provided by google. Or walk through some of the public parks sponsered by google. Some of you probably own stock and are receiving a nice return on your investment, thanks to google. Stop crying, suck it up, or move to the suburbs where technology isn't so rampid.

Posted by Bernie Brightman, a resident of North Whisman
on Sep 22, 2007 at 11:17 am

If you think google provided free WiFi for you, you're suffering from solipsism. Nice spelling on "rampant" by the way.

Posted by Curious Observer, a resident of Jackson Park
on Sep 22, 2007 at 7:29 pm

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My last say on the matter: Beware of Geeks bearing gifts.

Posted by Carl Orta, a resident of another community
on Oct 19, 2007 at 12:23 am

NASA Space act did not envision private business/party airplanes adding to our crowded air space over Santa Clara county. Traffic from San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose is already quite congested according to airline pilots polled privately. Allowing Moffett traffic to be inserted is looking for trouble. Also, the use by Google to do "pretend" science is a joke, and will only lead to more flounting of the law.

Huge joint study in the mid-90's by the neighboring cities and NASA concluded that use of Moffett for civilian traffic was not a good use and was strongly opposed by the neighbor cities. At that time NASA declared it's self to be a good neighbor and never do anything opposed by the cities. We should not embark on this path of darkening our skies - beginning with Google.

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