Not only did Houston NOT get a Shuttle for the Johnson Space Center, we lose our trainer too.
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The people of Houston are up in arms about not getting a Shuttle. Considering we are the city that did that to the Saturn V, which needed private money to save it, I don't know what they're complaining about. We don't want to spend a dime on anything here -- we cut the fat, then continue on to the bone.
I found one link that discusses it, but I'm sure there are better ones:
A neighbor who works for NASA told me the story of when they went to Star City many years back (I'm guessing late 80s early 90s?). He said the first time they went, a room cost $6 a night no matter how many stayed in the room. The second time, it was $6 per person. The next time it was $30 per person. I think the Russians understand capitalism pretty well by now.
To all the fellas out there with ladies to impress, it's easy to do just follow these steps:
1. Cut a hole in a box
2. Put your wave in that box
3. Make her open the box
At first I thought
This is a very common attitude that is degrading our lives in all areas in my opinion. To me, it's like playing chess and looking just one move ahead.
And I'm quite happy without Flash, TYVM.
At least here in North America, our general aversion to unions is entirely rational. Unions here do not foster creativity - they foster group think.
There are creative professions that also have unions. Remember the writers strike a few years ago?