The loss of life is like nothing else we can experience as a company, or a culture….that much is sure.
That being said, the ways a winery handles one of their wine gifts going bad (just ask the masters at http://www.uncorkedventures.com/WineGifts) or a vintage getting poor rankings from a major wine critic, can be useful for a government dealing with more serious problems.
First, you’ll hear the winery talk about how this was an isolated incident. Second, they will blame something outside of their control like the weather. For something like the US government and Nasa or the Astronomy community as a whole, it might be deffered maintaince on their equipment because of the bad economy and how that deferral lead to being off by a few percent. That few percent added up over time to lead to this huge problem.
Makes sense right?