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Major Tim

#1 Post by Dave B » December 18th, 2015, 9:33 am

We don't seem to have a general space thread, here are some shots of Major Tim's launch.

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#2 Post by Alan H » December 18th, 2015, 10:14 am

Wow!
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#3 Post by Dave B » December 22nd, 2015, 5:46 am

Not Major Tim but still on the space theme, SpaceX has completed a successful satelite launch and vehicle return!
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#4 Post by Alan H » December 22nd, 2015, 10:14 am

That was quite amazing, wasn't it?
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#5 Post by Dave B » December 22nd, 2015, 12:43 pm

I thought so as well :)
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#6 Post by Dave B » December 22nd, 2015, 5:01 pm

Now they need to find a way of flying the second stage back :D
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#7 Post by Ken H » December 24th, 2015, 3:24 pm

I watched part of the SpaceX launch and retrieval live on the internet. Another success for founder Elon Musk. I've seen a couple of his electric Tesla cars around here lately.
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#8 Post by Alan H » December 24th, 2015, 4:02 pm

Ken H wrote:I watched part of the SpaceX launch and retrieval live on the internet. Another success for founder Elon Musk. I've seen a couple of his electric Tesla cars around here lately.
I've had a short test drive of a Tesla - very nice!

But does Musk actually pay any taxes anywhere?
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#9 Post by Ken H » December 24th, 2015, 9:16 pm

Alan H wrote:
Ken H wrote:I watched part of the SpaceX launch and retrieval live on the internet. Another success for founder Elon Musk. I've seen a couple of his electric Tesla cars around here lately.
I've had a short test drive of a Tesla - very nice!

But does Musk actually pay any taxes anywhere?
Probably not. He gets tax breaks and government subsidies to keep his companies afloat. His major enterprises, including Tesla are losing money.

I suppose he gets government assistance because they are considered environment-friendly. So we taxpayers fund his businesses!
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#10 Post by Dave B » December 24th, 2015, 9:30 pm

If giving him tax breaks advances research into cutting edge tech I feel it is more justified than filling already bulging private bank accounts.

He has given the Tesla patents away. Maybe he will do a Zuckerberg!
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#11 Post by Nick » December 25th, 2015, 9:43 am

Alan H wrote:But does Musk actually pay any taxes anywhere?
I expect he pays all the taxes which the law requires. What else should he do?

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#12 Post by Alan H » December 25th, 2015, 10:10 am

Nick wrote:
Alan H wrote:But does Musk actually pay any taxes anywhere?
I expect he pays all the taxes which the law requires. What else should he do?
Did you get that one in a xmas cracker today? Again.
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#13 Post by lewist » December 25th, 2015, 10:46 am

How about a New Year resolution, folks?

Instead of slagging each other off, why don't we agree that there are serious flaws in the tax systems of the world that let seriously rich people and corporations off scot free, whereas we cattle can't get off with a penny, and look for ways to remedy that?

Merry Humbug to all. :hilarity:
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#14 Post by Ken H » December 25th, 2015, 3:42 pm

In the US, the tax burden is increasingly being put on the middle class while the republican party wants to give further tax breaks to corporations and the wealthy. "Trickle-down" economics has never worked over here.

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#15 Post by Dave B » December 25th, 2015, 4:38 pm

Has trickle down ever worked anywhere?
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#16 Post by Nick » December 25th, 2015, 7:30 pm

Dave B wrote:Has trickle down ever worked anywhere?
Of course!

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#17 Post by Dave B » December 25th, 2015, 8:01 pm

Nick wrote:
Dave B wrote:Has trickle down ever worked anywhere?
Of course!
Examples with values please, Nick.

I might ask that you post such in the "Government" thread, this one is getting a tadvtoo far off theme!
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#18 Post by Ken H » December 25th, 2015, 8:08 pm

Nick wrote:
Dave B wrote:Has trickle down ever worked anywhere?
Of course!
Trickle down is just being pissed on! I'll take Clintonomics over Reaganomics any day.

Btw, it's 85 degrees (29 C) here today. Warmest xmas I ever remember. Dying for some cool weather...
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#19 Post by Ninny » December 26th, 2015, 8:56 am

I thought this thread was about the adorable Tim Peake!

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#20 Post by Dave B » December 26th, 2015, 9:10 am

Ninny wrote:I thought this thread was about the adorable Tim Peake!
Oh, you mean the bloke who dials wrog numbers?

Yes, Ninny, plus other orbital bits with no other home - but not the economy!
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