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Old 02-03-2012, 06:59 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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What do you guys think of this idea?

Legislation has been proposed to provide tax breaks to Virginia residents who send their cremated remains into outer space. The idea is that space burials will help a local industry--MARS (Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport). MARS is a fledgling, but important employer on Virginia's eastern shore that needs to change direction now that NASA funds are drying up.

Apparently this idea has a fair amount of bipartisan support. Who knew?

Here's how it would work. You would have to enter a prepaid contract with the spaceport facility. The tax deduction would be up to $2,500 in any one year and up to $8,000 total. The program would be in effect from 2013 through 2020. For $2,995, the remains can orbit Earth. Moon orbit is available for $9,995. Or you could choose to be sent into deep space for $12,500.

I suppose there are other benefits to this. Cemeteries take up a lot of real estate and can attract vandalism.

I dunno, what do you guys think? Is this a brilliant idea from our elected leaders or lunar lunacy?
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Old 02-03-2012, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Tysons Corner
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I think the money could be better spent... you know.... for living people.

Cremation without representation could be our bumper sticker though
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Old 02-03-2012, 07:33 AM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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I don't think it's the government's job to prop up businesses that are predicated on crazy ideas. If you took a job at a freaking space port, you should've had some idea that hey, maybe this isn't a sure bet.

Now more than ever, the government needs all the tax revenue it's entitled to.

Also, we shouldn't be littering space; some of that crap ends up coming back down to earth.
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Old 02-03-2012, 07:35 AM
 
Location: Tysons Corner
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Oh,

Maybe Don't Dead On Me

Perhaps Live Free or Die... and be shot into space

Give me Liberty or give me Space Travel?


These puns doing anything for anyone?
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Old 02-03-2012, 07:43 AM
 
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Oh,Maybe Don't Dead On Me
Pretty good!

I guess the only certain things in life are death and tax breaks.
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Old 02-03-2012, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Brambleton, VA
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I am all for it...only because my husband wants his ashes sent into deep space. I could use the discount.
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Old 02-03-2012, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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I suppose at the "send off" ceremony they play "Live and Let Die" Or maybe "Stardust"?

The thing I wonder about is what happens if you don't happen to die for another 50-60 years. Are they guaranteeing the space port will still be around?
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Old 02-03-2012, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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I am all for it...only because my husband wants his ashes sent into deep space. I could use the discount.
LOL you know normie used to post about having her ashes sent up with the July 4th fireworks. I wouldn't be surprised if she signs up for something like this.
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Old 02-03-2012, 10:53 AM
 
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I think is a horrible idea. Using space as our landfill is wrong. Look at this picture of current pollution around our planet and this is just the LARGE debris. Do we really need more up there?

Also, do we really want to be the planet known as being the one with all the junk in it's orbit? How bad is it when you see a house with all the trash in it's front yard? Now think about that on a global level. Right off the bat other planets will be all "Look at Earth, they don't even worry about cleaning up their orbit for visitors." and what not.
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Old 02-03-2012, 11:36 AM
 
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I haven't had to go through a family member dying... but I'd like to ask what is the cost for a normal burial service as opposed to, sending the ashes to outer space?
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