Warnings: mild-ish homophobia, religious controversy
A/N: This little oneshot is what I’d call a product of “vent writing.” In regards to my whole sexuality questioning dilemma I addressed a few days ago, I felt like writing this oneshot was the only way for me to talk about what caused it all. So yeah, thanks for reading loves <3
They were eating ice cream at this new ice cream shop downtown. Dan figured that he and his dad should go to it since his piano teacher gave him that gift card that said: “Buy one cone, get your second one 50% off!”
Not wanting to sound like I’m shaming anyone who doesn’t understand the US tax code, but y’all need to know, anyone who claims that rich or marginally rich people pay over half of their income in taxes is full of shit.
Firstly, because the highest tax bracket is 39.6%, which you might be able to tell is less than 50%.
But second, because the US tax system uses graduated brackets. No matter how much you make, the first $9275 is taxes at 10%. If you made $10K in 2016, a whole $725 is taxes at the second tax bracket of 15%. If you make the median US income of $51,939 then you’re still going to have $9275 taxed at 10%, and then $28375 at 15%, and the remaining $14,289 at 25%. If you know anything about math, you can probably tell that this means, even though your tax bracket is 25%, you’re not actually being taxed at 25%. At that median income, your real tax percentage is actually 16.86%
And thirdly, this is all based on normal income. Long term capital gains, i.e. the biggest source of income for affluent Americans, are taxed at a substantially lower rate.
So once again, no shame if you don’t understand the tax code and think it’s too complicated for you to get. But I can 100% guarantee that anyone complaining about the rich paying “too much” in taxes is either straight up lying, or manipulating their data so much that it no longer even bears a passing resemblance to the truth.
This cute little track was one that passed my radar when it first came to light on Floor 50 but on my second listen, it’s waltz-like rhythms and adorable little flicks in the melody couldn’t stop me from daring to try my own cover and a friend helped to give me the final push with that ADORABLE art ; ;
I am not the first to cover this lovely piece and I certainly won’t be the last but I hope it touches your heart the same way the darkness did mine… a-ahem… Anyway, please enjoy! <3
Astronauts conduct a spacewalk on the International Space Station to
prepare it for future activities. Peggy Whitson became the new women’s record holder for number of spacewalks and more!
International Space Station
Work continued aboard the International Space Station. Spacewalkers Shane Kimbrough and Peggy Whitson used the station’s robotic arm to move the Pressurized Mating Adapter-3 on March 24 to move a module to accommodate U.S. commercial spacecraft carrying astronauts on future missions. They continued this work on March 30. Another spacewalk to complete the work is slated for April.
James Webb Space Telescope
Engineers at our Goddard Space Flight Center Center complete vibration and acoustic tesing on the James Webb Space Telescope, which was subjected to earsplitting noice and shaken 50-100 times per second to simulate the rigors of launch.
Data from our MAVEN, our Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, and published in the journal Science, concludes that solar wind and radiation are responsible for stripping Mars of its atmosphere and turning it into the frigid desert world it is today.
Most of the gas ever in the Red Planet’s atmosphere has been lost to space. The MAVEN team focused on the gas argon, estimating that 65% of it has been stripped from the planet. In 2015, the science team determined that atmospheric gas continues to be lost to space.
We participated in a Women’s History Month celebration and the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. The program feature NASA astronauts and engineers. The were also projects to get girls interested in sciene, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, education. There was also a screening of the film ‘Hidden Figures,’ which relates the story of African-American female mathematicians who were instrumental in the agency’s efforts to launch humans to space.
NASA App on Fire TV
We’ve released our latest free NASA app on a whole new platform–Amazon Fire TV! The app is already available for Apple TV, iOS, and Android.Viewers can stream NASA TV, access 16,000+, download video and more!