Friday, September 30, 2011

activist post erased: internet censorship or cybermetrics psyop?

activist post erased: internet censorship or cybermetrics psyop?Was the removal of Activist Post (AP), a week ago, only an attempt at clumsy internet censorship? The website released a statement regarding its takedown. The following response from Blogger, who hosts Activist Post, was provided: "I'm an engineer on blogger. I'd like to apologise on behalf of the team for the removal of activistpost.com. The removal was caused by an automated process, and we restored the blog as soon as the issue was brought to our attention." New World Next Week (NWNW) provides a great take on AP's takedown, beginning at 10:50 mark of broadcast - a must see! NWNW suggests a relationship with growth of internet as a news source and apparent censorship of AP, a popular alternative news site! Could it also be a cybermetrics psyop to measure support of alternative media?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

net neutrality rules published, lawsuits soon to follow

from threat level: The FCC has finally officially published long-delayed rules prohibiting cable, DSL and wireless internet companies from blocking websites and requiring them to disclose how they slow down or throttle their networks. The so-called Net Neutrality rules (.pdf), passed along party lines in late December last year in a 3-2 vote, were published in the Federal Register Friday and will go into effect on November 20.

update: free press files lawsuit on fcc's net neutrality rules*

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

uars located without space agency assist

Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) final resting spot located! Satellite retrieval was quick by "Men In Black" without personal injury or radiation exposure, in other words, no liability to NASA. You Tube video, "NASA Satellite Falls On Car," seems as factual and much more entertaining than the space agency's press release. Clyde Lewis is right, NASA should be called down over misleading reports released by agency about UARS reentry! "It's unlikely anyone actually observed reentry," offers Nick Johnson, chief scientist for orbital debris, in their video press release. Was there a liability concern over plutonium aboard satellite? Or, was it just a psyop to get us to look up in the sky but for what? The only obvious conclusion were the lies offered up by NASA for public consumption!

Monday, September 26, 2011

moon to have 'no-fly zones' by october?

moon to have 'no-fly zones' by october?
from thehindu.com: According to Science, by the end of this month NASA is expected to come up with a set of “recommendations” for spacecraft and astronauts visiting the “U.S. government property on the moon.” Of course, these recommendations will not be legally binding as the 1967 Outer Space Treaty makes it clear that the lunar surface has no owner. Despite the lack of ownership, NASA is hopeful that other countries will respect the U.S. sentiments. Incidentally, the restriction list contains more than the historical sites. For instance, the list includes studying discarded food and abandoned astronaut faeces.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

iss streaming time-lapse view of flying over the earth!


"A time-lapse taken from the front of the International Space Station as it orbits our planet at night. This movie begins over the Pacific Ocean and continues over North and South America before entering daylight near Antarctica." A satellite makes an appearance at 55 sec, if you can spot it. It's an experience!

asteroid 4 vesta: factoids and vestoids

asteroid 4 vesta: factoids and vestoidsAsteroid 4 Vesta is the brightest object in the Asteroid belt, sometimes, viewable with the naked eye. German Astronomer Heinrich Olbers discovered Vesta, on March 29, 1807, the fourth "minor planet" as they were called to be detected after Ceres, Pallas and Juno. Olbers gave honor of naming Vesta to mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss. In mythology, Vesta is goddess of the hearth and sister to Ceres.

Vesta has a differentiated interior with a crust and mantle, as a result, classified a protoplanet. The asteroid's dark regions reveal basaltic areas a direct result of lava flow. Astronomers believe Vesta's close proximity to Jupiter and the giant neighbor's gravitational pull, possibly, prevented further development into a full planet.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

living in a radioactive world: c.h.u.d.

living in a radioactive world: c.h.u.d.Is predictive programming as significant as so often stressed? Alan Watt gives a concise view of role played by predictive programming and its recognized importance since the time of Plato. Watt also makes clear Hollywood's (the Magus' holy wood) primary role in the process. A review of C.H.U.D., a 1984 B-grade flick, seems prophetic - or just predictive - when its storyline of corrupt officials who dispose of radioactive waste in a clandestine program dubbed, "Contamination Hazard Underground Disposal," seems uncomfortably close to our present reality!

Friday, September 23, 2011

'faster than light' particles may be physics revolution

'faster than light' particles may be physics revolution
from reuters: Leading scientists said on Friday the discovery of sub-atomic particles apparently traveling faster than light could force a major rethink of theories on the makeup of the cosmos if independently confirmed. Jeff Forshaw, a professor of particle physics at Britain's Manchester University, told Reuters the results if confirmed would mean it would be possible in theory to "send information into the past... In other words, time travel into the past would become possible...(though) that does not mean we'll be building time-machines anytime soon."

Thursday, September 22, 2011

9/22 defcon: secure boot & game transfer phenomena

onstar tracks your car even when you cancel service*
windows 8 secure boot would 'exclude' linux*
comcast's $9.99 internet for low-income families goes nationwide*
what will video games be like in a few decades?*
video games intruding on reality: 'game transfer phenomena'*

denver drill 'operation mountain guardian' near elenin alignment dates

from the intel hub: On Friday September 23rd, a large scale terrorism drill involving 81 agencies will take place in Denver, Colorado. The drill, made possible by a FEMA Homeland Security grant, has been dubbed “Operation Mountain Guardian” and will include military personal. Residents have been warned to expect loud noises and smoke as well as many different emergency and military vehicles.

The fact that most major terror attacks have coincided with “drills” used to confuse and distract first responders not privy to the inside plan has been heavily documented, with the 7/7 attacks in London and 9/11 attacks in New York City being prime examples.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

alien invasion imminent? summer sees a spike in ufo sightings

ufo sightings ramp-up as government plans staged invasion?*
from pcmag: Is an alien invasion imminent? The past six weeks have seen a spike in UFO sightings in the United States, according to an organization that tracks reports of unidentified flying objects. The Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) reports that there were 1,013 such sightings in August, up from an average of about 500 per month nationwide. "It's pretty exciting," Clifford Clift, the international director of MUFON, told Life's Little Mysteries last week. "[T]hat's an interesting spike in sighting reports."

bluebeam flashback:
tv fakery, holographic projections & audio spotlights*


christian newswire update:
hubble discovery confirms god created the universe*

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

defunct uar sat: friday est. reentry

defunct uar sat: friday est. reentry The 6.5-ton Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite, or UARS, projected to fall back to Earth on Friday, reports the Telegraph. UARS carried into orbit in 1991 by the Space Shuttle, operated for 14 years, collecting measurements of ozone and other chemicals in atmosphere. NASA believes 26 parts are large enough to survive reentry somewhere over North or South America. A 6.5 ton object would jump start any space junk recovery business, where's our Fred Sanford of Space?

china on the cyberattack!

china on the cyberattack!Is it the law of the jungle or just payback? China internet buzz set off rumors of cyberattacks on Japan commemorating, on Sept 18th, 80th anniversary of the Manchurian Incident.

The Telegraph article reports: "the attacks took place on Saturday and Sunday... and affected the sites of the National Personnel Authority, the Cabinet Office and a government video distribution service...Hackers also targeted Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., which has admitted that computers and servers at eight of its plants across the country had been compromised." Is China turning predator, jumping on a weakened foe and who is next?

how a troubled wv lawyer foisted a 'teen anal nightmare' on the nation

how a troubled wv lawyer foisted a 'teen anal nightmare' on the nation
from arstechnica: In September 2010, West Coast Productions—maker of such films as Teen Anal Nightmare 2 and Juicy White Anal Booty 4—paired up with West Virginia lawyer Ken Ford to file a set of mass lawsuits against online file-sharers. Ford was the brains behind the Adult Copyright Company, which promised to help the porn industry cash in on the epidemic of piracy. His business model involved suing thousands of people at once in "Doe" copyright infringement lawsuits, even though the defendants lived all over the country, the film producer was in California, and the court was in West Virginia. After filing suit, Ford would try to turn lists of IP addresses collected from BitTorrent into real names and addresses, then attempted to settle each case for a few thousand dollars each.

Monday, September 19, 2011

sony forces gamers to promise they won't sue en-masse for hacks

sony forces gamers to promise they won't sue en-masse for hacks
from threat level: After being spectacularly hacked multiple times earlier this year, Sony has decided it’s tired of being sued for its security failures and other issues and is requiring gamers on its Play Station Network to sign an agreement saying they won’t join class-action lawsuits to take the tech giant to court in the future.

Sony quietly updated its terms of service (.pdf) last week to require online gamers to agree to waive their right to any class-action lawsuit in order to log in to their network accounts. Updates to the 21-page, 10,000-word agreement would force current and new players alike to take any grievances to an arbitrator instead. An exclusion exists for disputes that would normally be filed and resolved in small-claims court.

Players have 30 days after signing the agreement to void the arbitration agreement and retain their right to file a class-action lawsuit, but only if they send a letter to Sony, via regular post, asserting they do not consent to the arbitration clause.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

fifties finest sci-fi movie doubleheader

fifties finest sci-fi movie doubleheaderYou think you have problems? Take in fifties finest sci-fi doubleheader and forget your own worries! Ray Harryhausen supplies special effects in 1956 film, "Earth vs the Flying Saucers," starring Hugh Marlowe. Humans misunderstand and fire upon aliens, who are monitoring Project Skyhook, which leads to retaliation and full scale invasion! Wouldn't an alien invasion make you forget your own difficulties? Didn't a President from Hollywood express a similar sentiment? In the 1953 film, "It Came From Outer Space," plot has humans assisting aliens until their malfunctioning craft is repaired.  The movie stars Richard Carlson and Barbara Rush. The quaint mood music of these films seems enchanting at this remote date!  Wikipedia entries for both movies, here and here, add to their enjoyment. Admission is free!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

soyuz lands safely, rattles nerves

from ap: A Russian Soyuz capsule carrying three returning astronauts from the International Space Station touched down safely Friday in the central steppes of Kazakhstan, but not without rattling nerves after a breakdown in communications. NASA astronaut Ron Garan and Russian cosmonauts Andrei Borisenko and Alexander Samokutyayev landed some 93 miles southeast of the city of Zhezkazgan at 10 a.m. local time after 164 days in space.

comet elenin 2011 video roundup

Elenin videos abound on You Tube many are well-done. You may await your fate, on the autumnal equinox, by watching videos. "Comet Elenin is coming (2011)", "Comet 2010X1, Elenin, 3Day Eclipse!!!! Urgent!!!!", "Comet Elenin Update and "Comet Elenin on Swiss Bank Note and MORE!!!" are set to music, entertaining and all under five minutes.

elenin and three days of darkness prophecy

elenin and three days of darkness prophecy
Will there be three days of darkness as in Bible prophecy? Is September 25 - 27 alignment of Comet Elenin a fit? A You Tube video asks whether the comet's 40 million mile wide tail, can reflect enough sunlight, to leave Earth in darkness? The video asserts not since the time of Moses has such an event occurred! It seems, a little comet hysteria crept into the discourse, as in 1910, Earth passed through the tail of Halley's Comet. David Morrison, NASA astrobiologist and their chief debunker, calls idea silly a comet blocking out the Sun. A recent post at the Miracles and Prophecies website, includes idea, object's gaseous tail may contain deadly hydrogen cyanide. The poison gas will fan over the planet as Earth passes through its tail! We'll meet our fate, soon enough, in less than two weeks!

elenin extravaganza: next window sept 22 - oct 1

elenin extravaganza: next window sept 22 - oct 1A weekend Elenin extravaganza begins with 9Nania's forecasts, who made her name with 3-9 forecast two days ahead of Japan's 3/11 quake. A fan compilation of 9Nania greatest hits can be viewed here. A recent video takes viewer step by step through previous Elenin alignments, dating to Feb. 27, 2010, which coincided with Chile quake. The ten year researcher observes quakes and pole shifts occur during spring and fall alignments (approx. every 188 days), she also suspects a large dark object following behind Elenin. The most recent prediction of a quake to coincide with fall alignment, did occur in Fiji on Sept. 15th. 9Nania warns of window from Sept. 22 to Oct. 1 because of next alignment with Elenin (pictured). Obama's scheduled visit to Denver on Sept. 26th, may be to seek shelter under Denver International Airport in Deep Underground Military Base there, according to 9Nania, who also points to NASA now projecting reentry burn of large decommissioned satellite in the same time frame. 9Nania has her detractors, but anyone with a rational facility, wants to consider coincidences between alignments and quakes!

Friday, September 16, 2011

george van tassel and the integratron

george van tassel and the integratron
The UFO conventions in Roswell, NM are popular and well-known, but few know about the  UFO Spacecraft Conventions held at Giant Rock in CA. George Van Tassel , a contactee, hosted conventions there from the 50s through mid-70s. In 1959, ten thousand UFO enthusiasts braved desert heat to attend, which seems remarkable today.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

9/15 defcon: virgin, havoc & white space

virgin aims for first space launch within a year*
virgin aims for first space launch within a year
US military plane forced to land after north korean electronic attack in march*
netflix for books? amazon is considering*
cry #havoc! and let slip the tweets of war*
white space database system, would manage unlicensed broadband devices, to face its first trial*
google purchases big blue patents to defend android*
twin towers on mars*

hacker ring appears to make good on promise to expose celebrities

hacker ring appears to make good on promise to expose celebrities
from threat level: A ring of hackers that boasted it would pry into celebrities’ phones and e-mail accounts appears to have delivered on that promise. Reported hacks of actresses Scarlett Johannson and Mila Kunis led to racy photos posted on the web. The FBI is reportedly investigating the alleged hack involving Johansson, as well as intrusions into the phone, Twitter and e-mail accounts of some 50 other celebrities, including Vanessa Hudgens and Jessica Alba. A group calling itself Hollywood Leaks, self-identified as an offshoot of Anonymous, boasted last month in a YouTube video that it would be targeting celebrities and the “Jew-controlled media” over the next weeks.

related updates:
nbc twitter hacked in anti-corporate attack by
anonymous splinter group 'the script kiddies'
*

threats posted on white house facebook page*
hackers are the new mob: white house gets serious on cybercrime*
actor to plead guilty to leaking black swan to bittorrent*
hotfile turns tables, accuses warner brothers of dmca abuse*
cbs using interactive billboards to promote 'person of interest'*
video: issa declines investigation into news corp. phone hacking*

scientists discover tattooine-style world 200 lightyears off

two suns, yes. captive princesses in gold bikinis, unlikely...
scientists discover tattooine-style world 200 lightyears off
from theregister.co.uk: Scientists have discovered a planet that orbits two suns, like Luke Skywalker's home planet Tatooine in Star Wars. Two hundred light-years away from Earth, gaseous Kepler-16b is similar to Saturn in both size and mass and – like the desert planet that nurtured the young Skywalker – enjoys a double sunset.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

future nasa rocket to be most powerful ever built

future nasa rocket to be most powerful ever built
from ap: To soar far away from Earth and even on to Mars, NASA has dreamed up the world's most powerful rocket, a behemoth that borrows from the workhorse liquid rockets that sent Apollo missions into space four decades ago. But with a price tag that some estimate at $35 billion, it may not fly with Congress. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and several members of Congress on Wednesday unveiled the Obama administration's much-delayed general plans for its rocket design, called the Space Launch System. The multibillion-dollar program would carry astronauts in a capsule on top, and the first mission would be 10 years off if all goes as planned. Unmanned test launches are expected from Cape Canaveral, Fla., in six years. Calling it the "largest, most powerful rocket built," NASA's exploration and operations chief, William Gerstenmaier, said the rocket will be tough to construct. But when NASA does it, "we'll have a capability to go beyond low-Earth orbit like no other nation does here on Earth," he said in a telephone briefing Wednesday.

'wi-fi refugees' shelter in west virginia mountains

'technological lepers' seek refuge in mountains of west virginia*
'wi-fi refugees' shelter in west virginia mountains
from allgov: For those physically affected by wireless signals, the place to go is in a remote part of West Virginia made possible by the U.S. government.

In the small town of Green Bank (population: 143), residents can live free of wireless signals. Exposure to Wi-Fi and mobile phone communications can cause a variety of ailments to about 5% of Americans who suffer from Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS).

Although the cell phone and Wi-Fi industries insist that the condition is purely psychological, sufferers of EHS insist that its symptoms range from acute headaches and skin burning to muscle twitching and chronic pain.

But in the Allegheny Mountains, Green Bank’s populace doesn’t have to worry about EHS. That’s because they live within the National Radio Quiet Zone, where wireless is banned across 13,000 square miles to prevent transmissions interfering with several radio telescopes, including those of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and others used by the military and spy agencies at the U.S. Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) at Sugar Grove. The quiet zone was established in 1958.

For anyone not living in a place like Green Bank, they must resort to staying indoors, literally separated from the rest of the world using a Faraday Cage, built of wire mesh that blocks out radio waves.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

comet elenin debunked!

comet elenin debunked!
Comet Elenin hysteria transits into darker skies! Stuart Robbins devotes the Comet Elenin Special on Exposing Pseudoastronomy podcast to dispelling claims. "For some odd reason, there are a lot of crazy claims out there about Comet Elenin. In recognition of its closest approach to the sun on September 10, this bonus episode addresses many of the common claims out there about the comet including an exposé into Richard Hoagland's magical numerology that apparently proves it's a spaceship." You can read along with Comet Elenin Special shownotes. Robbins, a PHD in astrophysics, lectures on critical thinking and takes on the Moon Hoax and Apocalyse 2012 as his subject matters in some other presentations. Will Stuart Robbins fill the role of space skeptic as Michael Schermer has as 9/11 skeptic?

1 in 3,200 odds of being hit by uars sat upon reentry

1 in 3,200 odds of being hit by uars sat upon reentry
Space junk crashing to Earth in late September, provides huge 6.5 ton example of issue. In "Look Out Below! Huge Satellite Coming in for Uncontrolled Rentry," Universe Today provides actuarial odds of being hit by UARS, but the reentry point is much less clear! “'We do know with 99.9 percent accuracy that it will re-enter the atmosphere somewhere between 57 degrees north and 57 degrees south, which means it will be anywhere from northern Canada to southern South America,' said Major Michael Duncan, deputy chief of space situational awareness with the Air Force’s U.S. Strategic Command. 'That is truly the best estimation we can give you at this point in time.” There are about 26 components that are big enough to survive and make it down to Earth, the largest weighing more than 150 kg (330 pounds.)"

Is it too audacious to believe NASA can provide a better estimate of reentry point? A simulation of UARS orbit and most recent article available at Space.com. Are you feeling lucky? Odds of being killed in an auto accident are 1 in 6,500. Odds of being struck by lighting in your lifetime are 1 in 10,000. Will the future bring a new standard of comparison? What are the odds?

Monday, September 12, 2011

'find my car' app for mall zombies also handy for police

from smh: Westfield's new app means you'll never lose your car in the shopping centre again - and police now have at their fingertips technology to track down stolen and unregistered vehicles. Westfield Bondi Junction in Sydney recently added to its iPhone app the functionality for shoppers to find their parked car by entering its license plate number.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

retro-vision: anti-grav effect suppressed by von braun

retro-vision: anti-grav effect suppressed by von braun
Did American space program trip unexpectedly over an anti-gravity effect of spinning rockets with Explorer I satellite? Richard C Hoagland, with the benefit of hindsight, takes a long look into rearview mirror in essay, "Von Braun's 50 Year Secret: The US Explorer I Discovery that Could Have Saved the World...". Young readers don't realize what kind of world it was in 1958, where one telephone line connected Explorer I launch mission leaders with Washington DC and there were no professional tracking stations on opposite side of the world! In the essay, Hoagland suspects Von Braun was baffled by unexpected high orbit obtained by Explorer I satellite (orbital apogee of 1592 miles compared to 1000 mile expectation).

secret access: ufos on the record

secret access: ufos on the record
A new documentary on the History Channel,"Secret Access: UFOs On The Record," provides nice summary of well-known cases but nonetheless still officially suppressed. A Herald Tribune article by Billy Cox via NHNE PULSE, "History Channel Gets It Right," "...'Secret Access” report by The History Channel — 'UFOs On The Record' — is the sort of crisp advocacy journalism one might easily envision in PBS’ 'Frontline' rotation. Focused (if not a tad overproduced), expertly sourced, and devoid of the tripe that too often characterizes network programming on this issue, 'UFOs On The Record' is a foundational model for jump-starting a national conversation so desperately overdue."

Saturday, September 10, 2011

successful liftoff for nasa 'grail' spacecraft

successful liftoff for nasa 'grail' spacecraft
from redorbit: After multiple delays, including one earlier in the day, NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission successfully launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida shortly after 9 a.m. on Saturday morning... The primary objective of the GRAIL project is to “determine the structure of the lunar interior, from crust to core, and to advance understanding of the thermal evolution of the moon,” according to a Saturday morning post to the launch news section of the mission’s official homepage.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

the moon has two faces

the moon has two faces
Our moon's near and far sides differ in thickness and composition. Two researchers propose a collision theory to account for the highlands on far side in a recent Nature article, "Early Earth may have had two moons". The theory proposed by planetary scientist Erik Asphaug and co-author Martin Jutzi, relies on Lagrange points to speculate a second moon orbited around Earth in the remote past. The researchers suggest a smaller moon (1/13th the size of our known moon) broke free of its Lagrange point and collided with the far side in a relatively slow impact, which resulted in an accretion of matter to form highlands instead of a crater.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

sunspot 1283: three solar flares earthbound

sunspot 1283 three solar flares earthbound
A solar flare alert issued by Spaceweather.com. The website reports third significant flare from sunspot 1283 since Sept. 6th. "All three eruptions propelled CMEs in the general direction of Earth. Not one of the CMEs, however, will hit our planet squarely. Glancing blows from the three clouds will commence sometime on Sept. 9th and continue through Sept. 11th..." High latitude skywatchers will likely see nice auroras for next few days!

sun's great conveyor belt

sun's great conveyor belt Does the Sun's Great Conveyor Belt of circulating hot plasma control 11 year solar cycle of maximums and minimums? "The Great Conveyor Belt is a massive circulating current of fire (hot plasma) within the sun. It has two branches, north and south, each taking about 40 years to complete one circuit. Researchers believe the turning of the belt controls the sunspot cycle." A Daily Galaxy article asks very question, "Sun's "Great Conveyor Belt" --Does this 40-Year Cycle Control Sunspots?". Physicist David Hathaway and Lisa Rightmire measured speed of flow with SOHO data and found a relationship,"...as the number of sunspots increases on the Sun, the speed of the Great Conveyor Belt decreases, and vice versa: fewer sunspots and the faster the speed of the Belt... It's the 40-year circuit that scientists think is the controlling mechanism for the approximate 11-year solar cycle—when a lot of sunspots occur (solar maximums) for about half the cycle and when only a few (or no) sunspots occur (solar minimums) for the other half of the cycle." Reader is left to assume a straightforward four solar cycles per completion of circuit made by the Great Conveyor Belt? It's more input for your mind!

iapetus: is saturn moon artificial?

iapetus: is saturn moon artificial?Is Iapetus an artificial moon? Saturn's third largest moon orbits at a much greater distance 2,213,000 miles than the planet's other large moons, Titan and Rhea. Richard C Hoagland examines unusual and baffling physical characteristics of Iapetus in a 2005 article, "Moon With a View: Or, What Did Arthur Know...and When Did He Know It?". The rings of Saturn would be clearly visible from Iapetus, appearing about four times the size of our moon in its sky. The Moons of Saturn are named after Titans of Greek Mythology. Iapetus, whose parents were Uranus (Heaven) and Gaia (Earth), is considered a Titan of mortal life and father of Prometheus and Atlas. Prometheus is the creator of mankind.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

eyes on the solar system: free astronomy software

eyes on the solar system: free astronomy softwareAstronomy software application, Eyes On The Solar System (EOSS), an amazing 3-D visualization tool is available free online! The first step is download a Unity Web Player plug-in and you're ready to go. You may select a number of tours of the Solar System, which includes more than just planets to see such as spacecraft missions. It's sophisticated stuff and makes you wonder if the Jetsons Space Age may have finally arrived? You can get up to speed by taking in an intro to EOSS, provided by JPL Astronomer babe Amy Mainzer. You are at the controls - and there are many - to customize your own tour of the virtual Solar System. Thanks goes to Universe Today for the invaluable link. Come on, let's go Space Truckin'!

amazon ceo bezos' rocket fails during test

from pcmag: Space tourism was dealt a setback this week after a spacecraft funded by Amazon chief Jeff Bezos was lost during a recent test.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

japan disaster: radiation update

japan disaster: radiation update American somnambulists live as if radiation is a far away problem. An Inspector unit records 178 times background radiation on August 20th, 2011 in St. Louis, MO. The reading dispels wishful thinking; perhaps there's no problem. We're living in a radioactive age. Americans conduct themselves as if our leadership will look after them? In reality, our government is attempting a huge dodge, unwilling to face the catastrophe! A recent article by P F Louis, "Nuclear expert says Fukushima radiation coming to USA, massive cover-up under way," believes our government will pretend absolutely nothing is wrong! A clue to the dimensions of our dilemma comes when this article points out: "Geiger counters formally measured with Rems (Roentgen equivalent man) or millirems. The figures on Geiger counters now represent mSv units per hour. There is always a low level of measurable background radiation in our environment from celestial bodies and earthly elements...Whenever Geiger counters measure more, there is concern. Putting concerns into perspective, smoking a pack and a half of cigarettes (tobacco leaves absorb radioactive isotopes) daily causes an annual exposure level of 13 mSv per year."

the real cowboys and aliens

the real cowboys and aliens
New Mexico historian John LeMay and Texas UFO researcher Noe Torres, the authors of "The Real Cowboys & Aliens: UFO Encounters of the Old West", the book that explores "fourteen bizarre incidents, including the reported recovery in 1897 of a spaceship and its alien pilot in the Texas frontier town of Aurora."  Clyde Lewis interviewed Torres and LeMay on Ground Zero Live and wrote the accompanying article called "Aurora". The featured incidents, taken from over a thousand compiled cases, include: an underwater UFO that nearly electrocuted two men in 1893 near Tacoma, WA., a UFO explosion in 1891 over a Texas Cotton Gin and Bigfoot from Outer Space, a 1888 incident related by Native Americans. It seems, in retrospect, that Hollywood missed an entire genre completely: cowboys and aliens!

aurora, texas crash of 1879

aurora, texas crash of 1879
The Aurora, Texas Crash of 1897 was part of a wave of mystery airship sightings that swept across the United States. The original story, as reported by S E Haydon, an Aurora resident, states that "about 6 o'clock this morning the early risers of Aurora were astonished at the sudden appearance of the airship which has been sailing around the country. It was traveling due north and much nearer the earth than before...It sailed over the public square and when it reached the north part of town it collided with the tower of Judge Proctor's windmill and went into pieces with a terrific explosion, scattering debris over several acres of ground, wrecking the windmill... The pilot of the ship is supposed to have been the only one aboard and, while his remains were badly disfigured, enough of the original has been picked up to show that he was not an inhabitant of this world." The 'pilot' was given a funeral and buried in the local cemetery. The story faded away until Bill Case, a Dallas Times Herald writer and state MUFON director, revived interest with a 1973 investigation.