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Submitted by kavanagh. on 2006-03-09 11:15 AM.
Tax season is here. Who's paying the most federal income tax?
  • Top 1% of taxpayers paid 33.9% of all individual income taxes
  • Top 5% of taxpayers paid 53.3% of all individual income taxes
  • Top 50% of taxpayers paid virtually all individual income taxes
Since President George W. Bush's June 7, 2001 tax cut:
  • Share of taxes paid by bottom 50% of taxpayers fell from 4.15% to 3.65%
  • Share of taxes paid by top 1% of taxpayers rose from 30.5% to 33.9%

Source: U.S. Internal Revenue Service

Submitted by kavanagh. on 2006-02-28 10:16 PM. recreation
Just watched a great PBS special on two great voyages in search of the Northwest Passage.

The first voyage was the British Royal Navy's ill-fated Franklin expedition of 1845. The second account was the succesful Norwegian Amundsen journey from 1903-1906

Nova | Arctic Passage

Submitted by kavanagh. on 2006-02-24 10:06 AM. space
Wikipedia is a popular free encyclopedia that can be edited by anyone

I've spent a remarkable amount of time authoring the Private Spaceflight encyclopedia entry in hopes of providing greater understanding of the interesting subject.

Submitted by kavanagh. on 2006-02-15 11:20 AM.
The president's proposals didn't simply provide a short-term stimulus. They did provide a stimulus, but they also did far more: By lowering the cost of capital, the president's proposals improved the inherent efficiency of the economy.

This business expansion led to a substantial increase in employment. In the intervening period, some 4.7 million new jobs have been created and the unemployment rate -- 6.3% in 2003 -- today stands at 4.7%, lower than the average of the 1970s, '80s and '90s.

The Heart of the Economy
February 15, 2006; Page A16
Wall Street Journal

Submitted by kavanagh. on 2006-02-05 11:48 AM. recreation
Click on the photo to see Joshua with family and friends

Submitted by kavanagh. on 2006-02-05 11:44 AM. space
"We have to do something dramatic to reduce the cost of getting to space," said Mr. Musk in an interview in his cubicle at SpaceX's offices here.

"If we can get the cost low, we can extend life to another planet. "I want to help make humanity a space-faring civilization," he said with disarming — or alarming — candor.

A Bold Plan to Go Where Men Have Gone Before
New York Times, February 5, 2006

Submitted by kavanagh. on 2006-02-02 04:22 PM. space
Astronomers spot stars traveling so fast they that will be ejected from the galaxy

Stars become exiles when their path takes them too close to the supermassive black hole that exists at the Milky Way's center. In general, exiled stars start out as part of binary systems. Just as engineers can boost the velocity of spacecraft by maneuvering them close to planets, these stars receive a huge gravitational kick from the black hole, enough to eject them completely from the galaxy, and to break the bond with their binary partner.

Rogue Star Dangers Thought Slight
Washington DC (SPX) Jan 31, 2006

Submitted by kavanagh. on 2006-01-31 08:22 PM.
We left Sisters Hospital for the Parker home.

See all the new photos from home.

Submitted by kavanagh. on 2006-01-28 11:07 AM.
Born: 5:59PM, Friday, January 27, 2006. Weight: 6 lbs 7.7 oz.

See all Kelly's labor and delivery photos

Submitted by kavanagh. on 2006-01-27 03:46 AM.
Kelly's water broke 15 minutes ago.

See you at Sisters of Charity Hospital!