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Space shuttle Endeavour  (Source:
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the California Science Center are still moving forward with the transport

It looks like the California Science Center is barking up the wrong tree with its latest project -- cutting down 400 trees to transport NASA space shuttle Endeavour. 
Endeavour, which served nearly 30 years in NASA's space shuttle program and completed 25 missions, was retired in 2011 along with the other two members of the program -- Discovery and Atlantis. All three are now being put on display, where Discovery was sent to the National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia and Atlantis was sent to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. 
Now, Endeavour will soon be heading to its final resting place, but there's just one problem (actually, more like 400 problems): about 400 trees will have to cut down in order to transport Endeavour to the California Science Center in Los Angeles. It's approximately a 12-mile trip from the Los Angeles airport to the California Science Center, where power lines and traffic will have to be addressed as well.
But LA residents aren't upset about possible traffic and power issues during the transport; they're more concerned with the cutting down of 400 tall, old trees. According to some local residents, it would take much too long for the trees to grow back to the point they're at now. 
"They are cutting down these really big, majestic trees," said Lark Galloway-Gilliam, a local resident. "It will be beyond my lifetime before they will be tall like this again."
However, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the California Science Center don't plan to let 400 trees stop them from having the historic piece of space history on display in their city. The California Science Center even offered to replant twice as many trees in the path that they're cutting. 
LA residents countered that cutting the trees isn't only a bad environmental move, but it will also reduce home values in the area. 
Endeavour will ultimately make its way to the California Science Center on October 12. 

Source: Yahoo News

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RE: Shuttle Clear Cutting
By corduroygt on 9/5/2012 4:19:49 PM , Rating: 1
You realize the ratios are that way because there are more rich people in CA and the current federal tax policy favors them to pay a lower percentage of their income, right?

This still does not change the fact that taxes paid by those millionaires in CA go to prop up the dumbass republicans in the flyover states instead of closing their state's budget deficit.

Sorry, if you take money from blue states, you have to live the blue state way. Allow gay marriage, stop with the creationism crap, get nationalized healthcare and then we'll give you some money.

I really with they seceded and became their own third world country.

RE: Shuttle Clear Cutting
By Solandri on 9/5/2012 5:20:35 PM , Rating: 2
You realize the ratios are that way because there are more rich people in CA and the current federal tax policy favors them to pay a lower percentage of their income, right?

The duplicitous thinking needed to come up with that line of reasoning is simply mindboggling.

First, rich people pay a substantially higher percentage of their income in income taxes. Forget what you read in blogs or political websites. Go look at the IRS tax stats.

It's a spreadsheet so you can crunch the numbers to your heart's content. Average percentage of adjusted gross income paid as federal income taxes is:

$0-$100k = 11.3%
> $100k = 26.8%
> $1 mil = 28.3%

Second, California pays a more in taxes than it gets back because of progressive taxation policies advocated by the left. You cannot argue that it's fair for the rich to pay more in taxes than they get back in services. Then turn right around and argue that it's unfair that California (a rich state) pays more in taxes than it gets back in services.

They are the same thing. Either you believe the rich deserve to pay more, and that California deserves to pay more than it gets back in services. Or you believe that the rich should pay only as much as they get back in services, and that California should get as much in services as it pays in taxes. Mixing and matching the two as you're doing is hypocritical.

RE: Shuttle Clear Cutting
By corduroygt on 9/5/2012 5:42:25 PM , Rating: 1
Deceptive GOP at work again. Most of the rich get their income from investments, which are taxed at much lower rates, so you are wrong on that point.

Second, my whole point of not paying for the red states was pointing out to the hypocrisy of the situation. Here we are blue staters, paying for all these idiots in the red states, who are against welfare WHILE receiving it. They are the true hypocrites, and that's what my point was. They will become a 3rd world country if we stopped their aid, and that's not what we want. As long as they give up their outdated ways of thinking, they are welcome in the union.

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