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Wonky Planet Discovery and Algae Against War

The theory of planetary formation is now being questioned.

A discovery of a planet that orbits its parent star in reverse of its spin is certainly an oddity; only three have been discovered to date.

Now planetary scientists are scratching their heads about how this phenomenon can occur:

Astronomers have found an extrasolar planet with an “outlandish orbit” that circles its star either backwards, or at an angle of around 90º to the orientation of the star’s rotation.Planets in our own Solar System orbit in the same plane and direction as the Sun’s own rotation. This led astronomers to propose the ‘nebula hypothesis’ – whereby planets form from a flat, swirling disk of gas around a proto-Sun.

Now two teams of astronomers – one in Japan and the other in the U.S. – have independently discovered a planet about 1,000 light-years away, which orbits its star either in reverse or at an angle of more than 86º.

Predicted but never seen

Such objects have been predicted in models of Solar System formation, whereby a companion star or gravity from another planet knocks it out of orbit. However this strange phenomenon has never been observed until now.

The exoplanet, HAT-P-7b, is 1.8 times the mass of Jupiter and orbits a star about 1.5 times the mass of the Sun. Out of the more than 400 exoplanets discovered so far, only three are known to have misaligned orbits, but none as widely divergent from their Sun’s orbital plane as this one.

Details of the discovery (made using Hawaii’s Subaru Telescope) were published in October by both astronomers led by Norio Narita, from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan in Tokyo, and a second team led by Joshua Winn from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, USA.

Blue-shift

The teams calculated the distant planet’s orbit by looking at how its transit affected the spectrum of light from its rotating star. As the surface of the star spins towards us, its light is blue-shifted (the light spectrum is shifted towards the blue end of the spectrum) due to the Doppler effect (where light is squashed or stretched depending on its motion towards or away from us).

The other side of the star spinning away from us is red-shifted, so astronomers expected to see a blue- then red-shift pattern. But because of the interference of the dark body of the transiting planet, this pattern is reversed in HAT-P-7’s case.

“The extraordinary orbit of HAT-P-7b presents an extreme case for theories of planet formation and subsequent orbital evolution,” write Winn and colleagues in their paper.

It just goes to show that Humanity must spread out to the stars to visit these sites personally, instruments and probes just don’t cut it!

Outlandish planet has wonky orbit

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One of the biggest arguments in the memestream is whether global warming/freezing/climate change is man-made or natural.

The petro-chemical/hydrocarbon industry runs our planet de facto and global wars are occurring this very minute in order to secure these resources for certain nations/empires, the very same resources that are contributing to ‘anthropic’ climate change.

But what if a very suitable substitute came along that was able to use the same infrastructure as the above industry with no muss, no fuss and most inportantly, no wars?

One of the nascent industry’s biggest and most well-heeled players, Sapphire Energy, announced last week that it would be producing 1 million gallons of diesel and jet fuel a year by 2011, double its initial estimates.

The La Jolla, Calif.-based company – with big-name backers like Bill Gates and the Rockefeller family – says it will be producing more than 100 million gallons a year by 2018 and 1 billion gallons a year by 2020 – enough to meet almost 3 percent of the U.S. renewable fuel standard (RFS) of 36 billion gallons.

But there’s a hitch: Federal law makes no room for algae-based fuel in the RFS. The 2007 energy law caps corn ethanol production at 15 billion gallons a year by 2015 and has the remaining 21 billion gallons of renewable fuels coming from advanced biofuels, including 17 billion gallons from cellulosic biofuels and biodiesel.

“There needs to be policy work done to incorporate these new concepts like algae, which is an organism that actually consumes large amounts of carbon in the process of creating a liquid transportation fuel,” said Tim Zenk, vice president of corporate affairs at Sapphire.


Sapphire is working to get lipids(oils) from various strains of algae, which would then be fed directly into the current refining cycle, as any other crude product. Source

Algae-based fuel producers use sunlight, water and carbon dioxide to convert carbon dioxide into sugar, which the algae metabolize into lipids, or oil. The industry says it can do so using non-potable water and without converting more forests into farm fields – thus addressing major criticisms of corn- and soy-based biofuels.

Sapphire says its technology is unique because it produces a fuel that can be used with existing U.S. pipelines, refineries, cars, trucks and airplanes. “We are 100 percent convinced that the only way to address climate and energy security is to use the same infrastructure we already have,” Zenk said.

Zenk said his company is supported by major oil companies. Its newly appointed president, C.J. Warner, is a 10-year BP executive.

“They really like us because we’re providing them with what they do today, which is refining crude oil,” Zenk said. “It’s not ethanol, it’s not biodiesel. It has the same molecules as gas, diesel or jet fuels.”

The company’s jet fuel was tested earlier this year by two of three airlines testing the commercial use of algae-based fuels in flight. Continental Airlines reported that the Boeing 737-800 test flight on Jan. 7 was successful. That test was the first commercial airline test of algae-based biofuel.

“Continental’s primary role in the demonstration was to show that the biofuel blend would perform just like traditional jet fuel in our existing aircraft without modification of the engines or the aircraft,” said Holden Shannon, Continental’s senior vice president for global research and security, during a congressional hearing last month. “This is important because … the current engine and airframe technology is unlikely to change materially for many years, so it is crucial that alternative fuel be safe for use with the current aircraft technology.”

Zenk said the test flight showed that algae fuel gets better mileage than petroleum-based jet fuel. “We noticed a 4 percent increase in energy density in the fuels because of the lower-burning temperatures in the engine itself, which resulted in greater fuel mileage,” he said.

But more work needs to be done. Both Zenk and Shannon noted the long certification process to approve jet fuels for commercial aviation. Still, the airline industry thinks it could be using biofuels in its flights on a large scale within three to five years. And Sapphire said its “drop in” transportation fuels – jet fuel, gasoline and diesel – will be ready for commercial deployment in three years.

“Fuel from algae is not just a laboratory experiment or something to speculate on for years to come,” said Brian Goodall, Sapphire’s vice president of downstream technology, in a statement. “We’ve worked tirelessly, and the technology is ready now.”

Indeed, creating fuel from algae is not as far-fetched as it may seem. Petroleum crude oil used today to create gasoline, jet fuel, plastics and other substances was once pond scum – albeit 500 million years ago.

At that time, the Earth’s atmosphere contained 18 times more carbon dioxide than it does today, which resulted in a giant algal bloom. The algae grew over a period of 100 million years and then died. After time, temperature and pressure worked their magic, and that algae became the crude oil extracted today from the Rocky Mountain West and other reservoirs around the world.

“Once we figured this all out and applied modern biology to it – genetics, genetic engineering, molecular biology – it allowed us to think creatively about how to speed up the evolution of that product, that commodity that we value today, by about 500 million years,” Zenk said.

Many things come into play; the military-industrial-congressional-complex/military keynesism for example.

Will the American Federal Empire give up a main portion of their economic engine (war) in order to switch to a ‘renewable’ fuel source in the midst of a ‘great recession’ ?

Doubtful.

Is Algae the Biofuel of the Future?

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Hardy Terran Microbes on Mars and The Lunar X Prize Winner

Can microscopic Earth-life survive on Mars?

A recent experiment certainly shows that it’s possible:

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Multiple missions have been sent to Mars with the hopes of testing the surface of the planet for life – or the conditions that could create life – on the Red Planet. The question of whether life in the form of bacteria (or something even more exotic!) exists on Mars is hotly debated, and still requires a resolute yes or no. Experiments done right here on Earth that simulate the conditions on Mars and their effects on terrestrial bacteria show that it is entirely possible for certain strains of bacteria to weather the harsh environment of Mars.

A team led by Giuseppe Galletta of the Department of Astronomy at the University of Padova simulated the conditions present on Mars, and then introduced several strains of bacteria into the simulator to record their survival rate. The simulator – named LISA (Laboratorio Italiano Simulazione Ambienti) – reproduced surface conditions on Mars, with temperatures ranging from +23 to -80 degrees Celsius (73 to -112 Fahrenheit), a 95% CO2 atmosphere at low pressures of 6 to 9 millibars, and very strong ultraviolet radiation. The results – some of the strains of bacteria were shown to survive up to 28 hours under these conditions, an amazing feat given that there is nowhere on the surface of the Earth where the temperatures get this low or the ultraviolet radiation is as strong as on Mars.

Two of the strains of bacteria tested – Bacillus pumilus and Bacillus Nealsonii – are both commonly used in laboratory tests of extreme environmental factors and their effects on bacteria because of their ability to produce endospores when stressed. Endospores are internal structures of the bacteria that encapsulate the DNA and part of the cytoplasm in a thick wall, to prevent the DNA from being damaged.

Galletta’s team found that the vegetative cells of the bacteria died after only a few minutes, due to the low water content and high UV radiation. The endospores, however, were able to survive between 4 and 28 hours, even when exposed directly to the UV light. The researchers simulated the dusty surface of Mars by blowing volcanic ash or dust of red iron oxide on the samples. When covered with the dust, the samples showed an even higher percentage of survival, meaning that it’s possible for a hardy bacterial strain to survive underneath the surface of the soil for very long periods of time. The deeper underneath the soil an organism is, the more hospitable the conditions become; water content increases, and the UV radiation is absorbed from the soil above.

Given these findings, and all of the rich data that came in last year from the Phoenix lander – especially the discovery of perchlorates –  continuing the search for life on Mars still seems a plausible endeavor.

Well, if we depend on NASA confirming life on Mars or not, we’ll be waiting for another 100 years. It just ain’t gonna happen.

It’ll be a consortium of nations, private industry or world governments coming clean that someone has advanced technology and humans are already there that decides the issue!

Bacteria Could Survive in Martian Soil

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The Lunar X Prize Goes To Masten!

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Caption: Masten Space Systems rocket, Xoie preparing to launch from the Mojave Air and Space Port in the 2009 Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander X PRIZE Challenge

The race for the $2 million Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander X PRIZE Challenge (NGLLXPC) incentivized prize purse, funded by NASA and presented by the X PRIZE Foundation, has come to an exciting finish. Masten Space Systems, led by David Masten, will be awarded the top $1 million prize on Nov. 5 in Washington D.C. at the Rayburn House Office Building. This is the largest incentivized prize awarded by the X PRIZE Foundation since the 2004 Ansari X PRIZE competition.

The NGLLXPC rocket race literally came down to the wire. Masten Space Systems, along with other competing teams descended upon the Mojave Desert last week in a head-to-head showdown. The Masten team set out to chase down Armadillo Aerospace for the Level 2, first-place prize of $1 million. On Oct. 30, in their final attempt, Masten Space Systems successfully launched their ‘Xoie’ vehicle and achieved an average landing accuracy of 19 cm to beat Armadillo Aerospace’s previous accuracy mark of 87 cm. According to competition officials the Masten team achieved accurate landings and won the first-place prize for Level 2 of the NGLLXPC. Armadillo Aerospace, led by id Software founder John Carmack will take home the second place prize of $500,000.

“We are all very excited to have David Masten and John Carmack take the top prizes in the 2009 Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander X PRIZE Challenge. It is an honor to award these teams $2 million in prize money,” said Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation. “This space race was exciting to watch and experience, as these dedicated teams raced to advance space technology. It is clear that the emerging space industry will continue to benefit from the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander X PRIZE Challenge.”

The criterion for the Level 2 NGLLXPC requires the rocket to simulate a full lunar lander mission. The flight profile must closely simulate the task of descending from lunar orbit to the lunar surface, refueling and returning to lunar orbit. To match the performance of such a mission here on Earth, the vehicle must fly along a proscribed mission profiled designed to show both control and power, ascending to a height of 50 meters, translating horizontally to a landing pad 50 meters away, landing safely on a rocky lunar-replica surface after at least 180 seconds of flight time. The flight profile must be repeated, with the rocket demonstrating repeat-use capability by returning to the original launch site.

Since the NGLLXPC competition launched in 2006, one dozen teams have worked to design rockets capable of being used as part of Moon 2.0, a new era of international and sustainable lunar exploration that draws on both government and private involvement. These rocket designs have already found additional missions, with competing teams already carrying out important development work for NASA, the US Department of Defense, and a variety of private and academic customers. Throughout the competition NASA put up $2 million in prize money as part of their Centennial Challenges program. The NGLLXPC was comprised of two levels; each level included both first and second place prizes. The $350,000 first-place prize for Level 1 went to Armadillo Aerospace at last year’s competition. Masten Space Systems will take home the second-place prize of $150,000 in the Level 1 portion of the challenge.

The NGLLXPC was operated by the X PRIZE Foundation at no cost to NASA. This was made possible by the generous support of Northrop Grumman Corporation, which built the original Apollo Lunar Modules used to safely carry crew down to the lunar surface in the 1960s and 1970s. Northrop Grumman supported the competition throughout the four years in which it was offered.

The ultimate goal of the NGLLXPC is to inspire entrepreneurs who can enable a new era of commercial exploration. These milestone events within the privately funded space sector continue to demonstrate the value of prizes and how they stimulate innovation. The successful flights from all of the private space companies continue to underscore the report to President Obama by the Augustine Commission, which called for increased commercial sector participation both in orbital operations and NASA’s efforts to reach the Moon by 2020. Now, more than ever, the time is right for private industry to supply NASA with hardware and services to enable suborbital, orbital, and lunar exploration.

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Caption: The Armadillo rocket, Scorpius launches from the pad in the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander X PRIZE Challenge

I kept track of this challenge the whole time and the vids were great!

Both teams were quick on the turn-around-time and I couldn’t believe how close these people got to those vehicles before they even cooled off!

Quite a lot of folks look down on the ‘nuspace’ enterprises because they have an unproven track record yet and, of course, the lack of billions of dollars to do their research and development on.

But the technology is 65 years old, so it doesn’t necessarily require all that big money to build something reliable, reusable.

And profitable.

Just a little intelligence, time and elbow grease as Masten, Armadillo and even though they didn’t win anything, Unreasonable Rocket has proven, is required.

Okay, sure, a couple million bucks as incentive didn’t hurt either!

Lunar Lander Competition Awards $2 Million in Prizes

*It should be noted that there are several parts to the Lunar X Prize, the lander competition is just one part.

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Tuesday Bankster Tinfoil

How the banksters on Wall Street stole everything and how the politicos let them:

On Tuesday, March 11th, 2008, somebody — nobody knows who — made one of the craziest bets Wall Street has ever seen. The mystery figure spent $1.7 million on a series of options, gambling that shares in the venerable investment bank Bear Stearns would lose more than half their value in nine days or less. It was madness — “like buying 1.7 million lottery tickets,” according to one financial analyst.

But what’s even crazier is that the bet paid.

At the close of business that afternoon, Bear Stearns was trading at $62.97. At that point, whoever made the gamble owned the right to sell huge bundles of Bear stock, at $30 and $25, on or before March 20th. In order for the bet to pay, Bear would have to fall harder and faster than any Wall Street brokerage in history.

The very next day, March 12th, Bear went into free fall. By the end of the week, the firm had lost virtually all of its cash and was clinging to promises of state aid; by the weekend, it was being knocked to its knees by the Fed and the Treasury, and forced at the barrel of a shotgun to sell itself to JPMorgan Chase (which had been given $29 billion in public money to marry its hunchbacked new bride) at the humiliating price of … $2 a share. Whoever bought those options on March 11th woke up on the morning of March 17th having made 159 times his money, or roughly $270 million. This trader was either the luckiest guy in the world, the smartest son of a bitch ever or…

Or what? That this was a brazen case of insider manipulation was so obvious that even Sen. Chris Dodd, chairman of the pillow-soft-touch Senate Banking Committee, couldn’t help but remark on it a few weeks later, when questioning Christopher Cox, the then-chief of the Securities and Exchange Commission. “I would hope that you’re looking at this,” Dodd said. “This kind of spike must have triggered some sort of bells and whistles at the SEC. This goes beyond rumors.”

Cox nodded sternly and promised, yes, he would look into it. What actually happened is another matter. Although the SEC issued more than 50 subpoenas to Wall Street firms, it has yet to identify the mysterious trader who somehow seemed to know in advance that one of the five largest investment banks in America was going to completely tank in a matter of days. “I’ve seen the SEC send agents overseas in a simple insider-trading case to investigate profits of maybe $2,000,” says Brent Baker, a former senior counsel for the commission. “But they did nothing to stop this.”

The SEC’s halfhearted oversight didn’t go unnoticed by the market. Six months after Bear was eaten by predators, virtually the same scenario repeated itself in the case of Lehman Brothers — another top-five investment bank that in September 2008 was vaporized in an obvious case of market manipulation. From there, the financial crisis was on, and the global economy went into full-blown crater mode.

Like all the great merchants of the bubble economy, Bear and Lehman were leveraged to the hilt and vulnerable to collapse. Many of the methods that outsiders used to knock them over were mostly legal: Credit markers were pulled, rumors were spread through the media, and legitimate short-sellers pressured the stock price down. But when Bear and Lehman made their final leap off the cliff of history, both undeniably got a push — especially in the form of a flat-out counterfeiting scheme called naked short-selling.

I don’t hold any thought of these criminals ever coming to justice; they own too many businesses, judges and politicians for this.

The only way these people will ever be caught is through a whole-sale revolution.

Wall Street’s Naked Swindle

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Want some more bankster ‘tinfoil?’

Well here’s some more!

One of America’s wealthiest men was among six hedge fund managers and corporate executives arrested Friday in a hedge fund insider trading case that prosecutors say generated more than $25-million (U.S.) in illegal profits and should be a wake-up call for Wall Street.

Raj Rajaratnam, a partner in Galleon Management and a portfolio manager for Galleon Group LLP, a hedge fund with up to $7-billion in assets under management, was accused of conspiring with others to trade based on insider information about several publicly traded companies, including Google Inc.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara told a news conference it was the largest hedge fund case ever prosecuted and marked the first use of court-authorized wiretaps to capture conversations by suspects in an insider trading case.

He said the case should cause financial professionals considering insider trades in the future to wonder whether law enforcement is listening.

“Greed is not good,” Mr. Bharara said. “This case should be a wake-up call for Wall Street.”

Joseph Demarest Jr., the head of the New York FBI office, said it was clear that “the $20-million in illicit profits come at the expense of the average public investor.”

The Securities and Exchange Commission, which brought separate civil charges, said the scheme generated more than $25-million in illegal profits.

Robert Khuzami, director of enforcement at the SEC, said the charges show Mr. Rajaratnam’s “secret of success was not genius trading strategies.”

“He is not the master of the universe. He is a master of the Rolodex,” Mr. Khuzami said.

Galleon Group said in a statement it was shocked to learn of Mr. Rajaratnam’s arrest at his apartment. “We had no knowledge of the investigation before it was made public and we intend to co-operate fully with the relevant authorities,” the statement said.

The firm added that Galleon “continues to operate and is highly liquid.”

Mr. Rajaratnam, 52, was ranked No. 559 by Forbes magazine this year among the world’s wealthiest billionaires, with a $1.3-billion net worth.

Mr. Rajaratnam – born in Sri Lanka and a graduate of University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business – has been described as a savvy manager of billions of dollars in technology and health-care hedge funds at Galleon, which he started in 1996. The firm is based in New York City with offices in California, China, Taiwan and India. He lives in New York.

According to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, Mr. Rajaratnam obtained insider information and then caused the Galleon Technology Funds to execute trades that earned a profit of more than $12.7-million between January, 2006, and July, 2007. Other schemes garnered millions more, authorities said.

A spokesman for Mr. Rajaratnam did not immediately return a phone call for comment Friday.

The timing of the arrests may be explained by a footnote in the complaint against Mr. Rajaratnam. In it, an FBI agent said he had learned that Mr. Rajaratnam had been warned to be careful and that Mr. Rajaratnam, in response, had said that a former employee of the Galleon Group was likely be wearing a “wire.”

The agent said he learned from federal authorities that Mr. Rajaratnam had obtained a plane ticket to fly from Kennedy International Airport to London on Friday and to return to New York from Geneva, Switzerland next Thursday.

Also charged in the scheme are Rajiv Goel, 51, of Los Altos, Calif., a director of strategic investments at Intel Capital, the investment arm of Intel Corp. (INTC-Q20.410.231.14%) ; Anil Kumar, 51, of Santa Clara, Calif., a director at McKinsey & Co. Inc., a global management consulting firm; and Robert Moffat, 53, of Ridgefield, Conn., senior vice-president and group executive at International Business Machines Corp.’s (IBM-N123.061.421.17%) Systems and Technology Group.

The others charged in the case were identified as Danielle Chiesi, 43, of New York City, and Mark Kurland, 60, also of New York City.

According to court papers, Ms. Chiesi worked for New Castle, the equity hedge fund group of Bear Stearns Asset Management Inc. that had assets worth about $1-billion under management. Mr. Kurland is a top executive at New Castle.

Mr. Kumar’s lawyer, Isabelle Kirshner, said of her client prior to his first court appearance: “He’s distraught.”

Kerry Lawrence, an attorney representing Mr. Moffat, said: “He’s shocked by the charges.”

It was not immediately clear who would represent the others in their initial court appearances.

A criminal complaint filed in the case shows that an unidentified person involved in the insider trading scheme began co-operating and authorities obtained wiretaps of conversations between the defendants.

In one conversation about a pending deal that was described in a criminal complaint, Ms. Chiesi is quoted as saying: “I’m dead if this leaks. I really am. … and my career is over. I’ll be like Martha [expletive] Stewart.”

I don’t know why this arsehole mentioned Martha Stewart, she didn’t scam nearly as much money as this idiot did!

But he’s not the only one I’m sure and he’s was clearly ‘thrown under the bus!’

Billionaire charged in insider trading case

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The beginning of the end of the American Federal Empire?

You’ve heard the rumor that Middle Eastern oil producers, plus China, Japan and France have all agreed to start trading oil using a basket of currencies – instead of the dollar – starting in 9 years (see this explanation for why the governments are denying the rumor).

But – whether or not the rumor is true – the world has actually been moving away from the dollar as the preferred method for settling trades for years.

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday:

 

China and Russia are working on ways to eventually settle their trade with the Chinese yuan and Russian ruble, senior government officials from the two countries said Tuesday.

 

In January, it was reported that China had reached a similar arrangement with Brazil:

 

The Brazilian Central Bank announced it had reached an initial understanding with China for the gradual elimination of the US dollar in bilateral trade operations which in 2009 are estimated to reach 40 billion US dollars.

 

Indeed, as I pointed out in March 2007, many countries started moving out of the dollars as the basis for international trade settlements, including:

 

  • Venezuela and 12 other Latin American countries as well as Cuba
  • Many other countries

As I and many others have argued for years, everyone wants to get out of the dollar, but not all at once. Foreign central banks want to move out of dollars gradually so they are not left holding worthless paper.

But the process actually started a while back.

Yeah I know, we’ve been predicting the ene of the AFE for a while now and it really hasn’t happened yet.

But as the poster noted, this is going to happen over a period of nine years, so it isn’t going to be quick.

Bu$hco initiated the process and the Obamanator is going to manage it.

The left/right paradigm is bullsh*t and is just a cover for the globalists.

China and Russia Developing Yuan-Ruble Trade Settlement

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NASA Stimulus, Satellite Demolition Derby and Secrets, Cover-ups and Conspiracies Galore!

NASA stands to receive $1 billion of a $789 billion economic stimulus package negotiated by House and Senate conferees and headed for a vote in both chambers as soon as today, congressional sources said.

The conferees reached a deal Wednesday that reconciles the differences between the House and Senate versions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The compromise roughly split the difference between the Senate’s proposed $1.3 billion for NASA and the $600 million included in the House version of the bill.

The compromise spending plan includes $400 million to narrow the gap between the planned 2010 retirement of the space shuttle and the first flight of its successor. The Senate measure had called for $450 million; the House version included no money for narrowing the gap.  

NASA also would receive the House request of $400 million for Earth science and climate monitoring projects and $150 million for aeronautics under the compromise. The Senate had proposed spending $50 million more in each area.

I’m glad NASA got some money to extend the shuttle some, I wasn’t too enamored of paying Russia to get us into space. Embarrassing.

Khrushchev would’ve got a chuckle though!

http://www.space.com/news/090212-senate-nasa-stimulus-update.html

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The collision between U.S. and Russian satellites, the first “car crash” in outer space, highlights an urgent need to better manage increasingly dense space traffic, analysts say.

    A commercial satellite owned by Iridium Satellite LLC, collided with a defunct Russian military satellite at nearly 790 km over Siberia on Tuesday. The collision spewed out a pair of massive debris clouds that pose possible risks to other spacecraft.

    MORE DEBRIS TO EMERGE

    It has been documented that the collision already caused 600 pieces of debris, said Dr. William Marshall, an expert on small spacecraft at U.S. space agency NASA’s Ames Research Center in California.

    “We don’t know whether that’s the final number yet. It always takes a few days for the U.S.-based surveillance network to track all of the pieces of debris. But certainly there is a possibility that more debris will emerge.” Marshall told Xinhua in a telephone interview Thursday.

    “In a few days we’ll find out for sure,” said Marshall, who is also an advisor to the SpaceSecurity.org project.

    Marshall said there have been three previous cases in which satellites hit debris. One was a definitive case in which a French satellite, Cerise, hit a piece of debris, leaving the spacecraft severely damaged. There were other two cases in which Russian satellites seemed to have been hit by pieces of debris.

Actually, I’m surprised this hasn’t happened before now. It probably has, but apparently word got leaked before the usual propaganda meme-control could get out.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-02/13/content_10813311.htm

Here’s a link showing the number of satellites orbiting Earth; http://www.universetoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/sat_track1.jpg

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Secret and Suppressed II explores the current parade of cryptocracies, cults, secret societies and international Nazified elites. It examines what the periodicals and electronic media still refuse to take seriously: debates about the nature of evolution that offer more than a dumb show of crypto-Christians and pseudo-skeptics; details about occult themes running in the background of today’s space program; symbolic resonances in popular cultures from Nashville to Santa Cruz; weather warfare technology, fusion reactors; and the technology of political disenfranchisement; unsettled arguments about historical conspiracies and just tidbits of oddball and underreported information that Keith called “demons from the far side of the Truth.”

Excerpt from Secret and Suppressed II, published by Feral House.

http://feralhouse.com/titles/images/secretandsuppressed2_excerpt.pdf

Feral House link; http://feralhouse.com/titles/new_releases/secret_and_suppressed_ii.php

This looks like a good read to me, right up my alley!

Hat tip to UFO Mystic

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“…wash, rinse, repeat…”

Reporting from Edwards Air Force Base — NASA rolled out its next-generation space capsule here Wednesday, revealing a bulbous module that is scheduled to carry humans back to the moon in 2020 and eventually onward to Mars.
Unlike the space-plane shape of the shuttles, the new Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle looks strikingly similar to the old Apollo space capsule that carried Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to the moon and back in 1969, with Armstrong and Aldrin becoming the first humans to walk on the lunar surface.
 
There is one key difference, however. The test module, unveiled at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, is substantially bigger — 16.5 feet in diameter compared with Apollo 11’s 12.8 feet.
Still, cramming six astronauts inside will make it “pretty cozy,” he said.

The craft’s extra girth will allow it to carry six astronauts instead of Apollo’s three.

“This is the same shape as Apollo,” said Gary Martin, the project manager for the test program at Dryden. “But the extra space translates into twice as much volume as Apollo.”

Oooh, I’m impressed! /not!

How many times can the wheel be reinvented?

Quite a few apparently.

New NASA capsule Orion resembles Apollo

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Finding ancient meteorites on the moon would be exciting enough, but what they may contain really interests Houtkooper.

Consider simple bacterial life on the early Earth, existing inside a rock which is then blasted off the surface of the planet by a large impact. In theory, some of these samples could have landed in lunar craters like Shackleton. Once there, they would be perfectly preserved in a deep freeze for billions of years. Life carried to the moon in this way would almost certainly be dead, although it is possible that some hardy creatures could survive the journey in a dormant state. As Houtkooper succinctly states, “there could be signs of life from early Earth on the moon.”

Things get particularly interesting when a large impact on the moon by an object around 10 km in diameter is considered. If that were to occur, enough material would be thrown up to create a very thin lunar atmosphere. This tenuous atmosphere could last a few hundred years, just enough time to spark into action any dormant life that had been carried to the moon from other worlds.

So it is possible that, dotted throughout the moon’s colorful history, it may have hosted simple but live alien organisms.

Panspermia has made a comeback in recent months, both as a means of transferring life throughout the Cosmos naturally and artificially.

Viability of the organisms being transported about is the issue.

How can living things withstand the rigors of freezing cold, solar and cosmic radiation?

Here are some articles that might answer some of these questions:

Eight-Legged Space Survivor Gives ‘Panspermia’ New Life

Cold Storage: Moon Might Preserve Alien Life

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Here’s something from Crowlspace that should’ve been in my recent SETI post:

A ~ 10-metre object on a heliocentric orbit, now catalogued as 1991 VG, made a close approach to the Earth in 1991 December, and was discovered a month before perigee with the Spacewatch telescope at Kitt Peak. Its very Earth-like orbit and observations of rapid brightness fluctuations argue for it being an artificial body rather than an asteroid. None of the handful of man-made rocket bodies left in heliocentric orbits during the space age have purely gravitational orbits returning to the Earth at that time, and in an3′ case the a priori probability of discovery for 1991 VG was very small, of order one in 100,000 per anmun. In addition, the small perigee distance observed might be interpreted as an indicator of a controlled rather than a random encounter with the Earth, and thus it might be argued that 1991 VG is a candidate as an alien probe observed in the vicinity of our planet.

I think mainstream SETI is afraid of finding Bracewell Probes, because it shakes them from the comfortable notion that material interstellar travel is impossible and any civilization is a safe thousands of light-years away, accessible only by micro and radio waves.

Adam Crowl does ask an interesting question, “…if it is a probe, then why is it suddenly becoming visible? Based on our primitive attempts at invisibility cloaks using meta-materials I suspect any advanced technological species will be able to remain unseen by primitive eyes… yet here we have a probe making itself blatant. Hmmm…”

Hmmm indeed Adam.

SETA and VG 1991

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The Wall Street Bailout Bill is Actually a Huge Pork Sandwich

Much has been said about the Wall Street bailout bill this past week and by people more versed in economics than I. Comments ranging from “Planned Illuminati Implosion” to “The Beginning of the American Police State” have made their way across the InnerTubes like seeds blown from a dandelion. The main idea I take from this however, is that the American taxpayer and the next three generations will be paying for the past eight years of the NWO patsy Bu$hco Criminal Cult and that this will amount to eternal slavery for the sheeple.

Most of my readers will agree with this assessment and then add a few of their own for good measure, so I’m preaching to the choir essentially.

But does anyone know what’s exactly inside of this bill?

According to Yahoo ! News, the “sweeteners” and other additives to this ‘bill’, have little to do with Wall Street:

Wind power developers, disaster victims, college students, teachers and millions of taxpayers and businesses stand to see substantial benefits from the tax relief package that lawmakers added to the huge financial rescue plan.

So will more narrowly focused groups, including motor sports racetrack owners, film producers and bicycle commuters.

Virtually all of the tax breaks already exist. But many of them expired Jan. 1 for use in the current tax year, and the others will expire three months from now unless Congress renews them.

The largest group of beneficiaries in what is now the tax portion of the financial rescue bill is about 20 million mainly upper-middle income taxpayers. Without congressional action, the AMT, with originally was supposed to affect only the very rich, would add some $2,000 this year to the tax bill of people mostly earning under $200,000 a year.

Thousands of businesses are waiting for renewal of the research-and-development tax credit, which expired at the end of last year. Without that credit, industry advocates say, high tech, biotech and aerospace companies would have trouble hiring the highly skilled workers needed to compete with foreign competitors.

The Information Technology Association of America reports an $18.5 billion drop in R&D activity since the beginning of the year when the credit lapsed. The R&D credit extension would cost $19 billion over 10 years. The cost of the entire tax portion of the bill is close to $110 billion.

The renewable energy incentives include an eight-year extension of investment credits for solar energy, as well as breaks for wind, geothermal and other alternative sources. The solar industry says extension of the credits through 2016 would produce an extra 440,000 jobs and more than $230 billion in investments.

The measure also has $8 billion in tax breaks for disaster victims, $5 billion for higher education tuition deductions and $400 million in deductions for teachers who buy school supplies with their own money.

There are $3 billion in deductions for residents of states without income taxes that have state and local sales taxes. Extending the deduction would save Texans a projected $1.2 billion a year or an average of $520 per filer claiming the deduction, said Matt Mackowiak, spokesman for Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas.

Of course representatives from Texas like the pork additives, they have been the biggest recipients of Federal largess over the past eight years, receiving $1.87 per dollar of tax they pay to the Empire. So what’s a little more?

Now, I’m not against hurricane victims finally getting paid for what’s been due them for over three years here ( I’m assuming Katrina and recent victims ), but I do have issue with NASCAR venues getting another year of tax breaks amounting to eight years total. That’s a three billion dollar a year entertainment industry, WTF!

In short, this bill probably won’t help the economy out in the end anyway, pundits already claim the US Empire is in recession and that this bailout will just make it drag out more, turning it into a real Depression. And truth be told, nobody has a clue how all this is going to pan out, the talking bobble-heads are as clueless as anyone else!

It’s gonna be a tough winter, I’m sure I could eat a huge pork sandwich during that time!

Tax breaks big and small sweeten financial bailout

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Schwarz Rants

Karl Schwarz, a nanotechnology entrenpeneur and NWO/Zionist hater has been on the warpath lately when it comes to “Bu$hco Dirty Diapers” in the Caspian Sea area of Central Asia. He may be full of himself as Geez says, but he’s blunt and to the point:

It really is not Russia’s fault that US political and military planners cannot read a map.  
 
Nor is it their fault that for three decades US schemers and $$$-dreamers have planned to try to steal the Caspian Basin area from Russia, and even from the nations that were once part of the USSR. Nor it is Russia’s fault that the US is led by such morons and incompetent people that they cannot get anything done anywhere on Earth.
 
his entire fiasco in Georgia is a US-Israel planned operation to back Russia up from the US precious pipeline right-of-way across Georgia. That pipeline does not pass through South Ossetia – at its closest point it is 55km away.
 
The Zionist Neocon Globalists at CNN have tried to convince American Sheeple that Russia started this.  Not a chance. Russia did not start this…but they will end it. Yet another armored division has entered South Ossetia to push out the Georgian Army, led by US and Israeli Jew advisors. Russian armor and troops have also flooded into the other breakaway region of Abkhasia.
 
Many of the BBC reporters are starting to ask the hard questions and the pathetic answers, or no answer, are beginning to show.
 
Some Simple Facts
 
1.                  When the USSR disbanded, South Ossetia and Abkhasia voted to stay with Russia, not Georgia.  I have not seen the vote tally for Abkhasia but in South Ossetia the voter turn out was 95% and 99% of those voters elected to stay with Russia.  The US and Saakashvili have tried to undermine that democratic choice ever since the people of South Ossetia made their decision.
 
2.                  The current president of Georgia is American educated, very much a Zionist globalist and New World Order proponent. He is a US and Zionist puppet.
 
3.                  The current Minister of Defense in Georgia is former Zionist Israel Army.
 
4The Candy Rice visit to Georgia – while Bush and Medvedev were at the G8 Meetings in Hokkaido, Japan – was simply a staged photo op to assure the Zionist Masters that the US was standing with its puppet regime in Georgia.  It was also announced during her trip to Georgia that the DoD had scheduled war games for Georgia for most of the month of July. Those war games ended July 31, Georgia attacked August 8.  Do the math.
 
5.                  The purpose of the war games was to train the Georgian Army in ‘counterterrorism operations’ and ‘door-to-door urban warfare.’  In reality, it was prepping it to invade South Ossetia.
 
6.                  There was no ‘urban war’ or ‘terrorism’ in South Ossetia until Georgia and its US and Israeli Jew advisors personally delivered them.
 
7.                  The advisors included both US military and Zionist Israel military. Evidently, Ukraine troops were also involved in the invasion and murdering of civilians.  The war started with the death of at least 10 Russian peacekeepers, and then Georgia with its US and Zionist Jew advisors started in on the genocide of civilians….something the zhids especially love to do.
 
8.                  Israel has been providing military equipment to Georgia for years.  Israel lusts to stir up war and dissension and terrorism. The US does, too.  Human sacrifice and financial plunder are their life’s blood.
 
 
So, all those US and Israeli advisors stayed right there after the end of July, and directed the Georgia attack on South Ossetia killing – so far – over 2,000 and injuring many more.  By any definition, the attack by Georgia was a premeditated act of war and sheer, genocidal terrorism…ultimately ordered and orchestrated by the US and Zionist Israel.
 
10.              President Medvedev has instructed Russian military judicial and forensics professionals to document these war crimes against the people of South Ossetia.  Russia intends to press charges for war crimes against the perpetrators.
 
Many of the major networks of the Zionist-controlled MSM continue to attempt to try to brainwash the American Sheeple into believing Russia was and is the aggressor.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  This has been a US-Israeli directed war carried out by their puppet regime in Georgia.  Russia responded, logically, properly and quickly to the attack…the sovereign right of any nation to defend its territory and citizens. The people of South Ossetia made the decision in the early 1990s to stay with Russia.  Most of the people who live there have Russian passports, not Georgian passports.
 
13.              Now it is the US, Israel and Georgia who are refusing to recognize a democratic vote of the people.  Democracy? No, it is sham US policy, lies and double-speak. It is all about that damned pipeline across Georgia.
 
14. And let’s not forget the name George Soros as being right  in the middle of all this.  Soros is “Mr Pipeline” and aids and abets US and UK aims in that department all over the Black Sea and EU venues.  George is one of the front men for attempted US hegemony in this part of the world, always using his Zionist Jew connections to open doors and milk the locals for all he can.  That George fails to get anything done – over and over again – is completely consistent with the peoples of the EU and Black Sea areas being sick and tired of US and Zionist Israel interference and intimidation, and plundering of their lives.
 
15.              Into Monday, EU time, Georgia still has troops fighting in South Ossetia….and Russia is still eliminating them.  Russian jets continue to hit targets inside of Georgia until Georgians wise up and get out of South Ossetia.
 
 
and Meanwhile, Deadye Dick and the Village Idiot continue pointing the finger at Russia and demanding a ‘cease fire’ when it was the US, Israel and their puppet Saakashvili that started this fiasco. Evidently, from their ivory towers in DC and villas in TelAviv, these vile Zionist Neocons thought this was going to be yet another cake walk. They have now found out otherwise.
 
17.              The Russian Black Sea fleet has blockaded Georgia to prevent any further military arms from coming into Georgia from Israel and the US.
 
18.           Ukraine has been involved in this fiasco as well, and made the mind-boggling statement that the Russian fleet cannot come back to its home port in the Crimea region of Ukraine. I think, when the time comes, the 1,000 pound Russian Bear is going to park, eat or sleep wherever it damn well wishes. Expect the Ukrainian people to be up in arms very soon about Ukraine involving itself in the BushCo-TelAviv directed South Ossetian sneak attack, terrorism and genocide.
 
19.              In reaction to the Ukraine naval port threat and its involvement in the Georgia conflict, Russia immediately changed the value of the Ruble versus the Ukraine dollar as first punishment. The Ukraine economy is so weak that such a move by Russia will be felt by all Ukrainians, including those pensioners Russia pays for each month. If there is a God in Heaven, Yuchenko’s days will be numbered, too, with Ukrainians, most of whom have seen their wages fall to less than $500 a month. Yes, you read that right, $500 or less a month.
 
20.              It is apparent the US, Israel and Georgia underestimated what the blowback to their plotting would be. These delusional, killer morons are not good, America. If you think they are “defending America” you need to think again.
 
21.              Russia has also rushed humanitarian aid into South Ossetia.
 
22.   The idiot ‘war planners’ of the US and Israel forgot to plan for that.  The crisis and human suffering is increasing by the hour in Georgia. Saakashvili is about to go apoplectic at the level of ‘humanitarian catastrophe’ these idiots have led him, and Georgia, into.
 
23.              My bet is the Georgian people will soon cast their vote and team back up with Russia.  It is obvious the US and Israel and Soros only care about the pipeline and oil and gas…a fact being realized by more Georgians every day.

It should be noted that one of the original aims of the PNAC was to have fiefdom client states set up all the way from the Horn of Africa and up through client states Ukraine and Georgia with the Bu$hco anti-missile shield that’s supposed to “deter Axis of Evil Iranian” missiles. Yeah right, Cheneyburton knew what those missiles were all about because that was a plan from the 1970s when he was cutting his criminal chops in Tricky Dicky’s Misadministration. The plan has always been to snag Central Asian oil and box in the USSR/Russia.

But guess what happened on the way to Dubai, the Russians and the Chinese long ago figured it out and now this neocon/zionist wetdream is exploding all over, and not in the place where it was meant to feel good! Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!  8))

Georgia – Just the facts and the truth

More Schwarz rants

Hat tip to Jeff Rense

Did the U.S. use H.A.A.R.P. against China?

Benjamin Fulford, a Canadian expat living in Japan and once Asian bureau chief for Forbes magazine has accused the United States (the U.S. shadow government specifically) of using their “earthquake machine” or H.A.A.R.P. against China, Burma and Micronesia:

Now, I have accused Fulford of being a misinformant for the same NWO he supposedly wants to bring down in the past and I’m certainly leery of him now. He has this “Pollyanna-ish” air about him that rankles my native cynicism concerning world affairs and the Order’s place in it. He’s even interviewed David Rockefeller, one of the wannabe-pharaohs of the Order, second only to the Rothschilds and the old inbred royalty of Europe. They looked amicable to me.

We are rushing toward a cusp point in human history, thanks to the Order and their machinations. Fulford, and I grudgingly give him some props here, seems to be bringing light to such, but I’m holding court on this later so to speak.

As I have said in the past, Fulford has to convince me that he is credible.

What do you think?

Info on H.A.A.R.P.

Dad2059’s past posts on Fulford

Fulford’s interviews with David Rockefeller

Jeff Rense’s May 28, 2008 radio interview with Fulford

Benjamin Fulford Interview Part Three

Here is the final part to Project Camelot’s interview of Benjamin Fulford’s Ultimatum. Fulford is extremely optomistic and hopeful about the outcome. Surprise: The Pentagon as a force for world rebuilding and good?

I may not be from Missouri, but in this case I’ll pretend to be; Show me!

Part 3 – Fulford Interview

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Note: An alert commentor informed me that Part Two was pulled from YouTube, this video might be as well. If they are, download the links at the Project Camelot site. Also be aware they have been under attack recently when some important posts came up deleted. We are dealing with dangerous forces and cyberattacks are real.

But when one investigates the reasons the way the world has turned, and not for the best, sometimes the payoff is worth the risk!

Federal Reserve Bubble Bath; Updated

Eric Janzsen writes in the online February ’08 Harper’s Magazine:

Our economy is in serious trouble. Both the production-consumption sector and the FIRE sector know that a debt-deflation Armageddon is nigh, and both are praying for a timely miracle, a new bubble to keep the economy from slipping into a depression.

We have learned that the industry in any given bubble must support hundreds or thousands of separate firms financed by not billions but trillions of dollars in new securities that Wall Street will create and sell. Like housing in the late 1990s, this sector of the economy must already be formed and growing even as the previous bubble deflates. For those investing in that sector, legislation guaranteeing favorable tax treatment, along with other protections and advantages for investors, should already be in place or under review. Finally, the industry must be popular, its name on the lips of government policymakers and journalists. It should be familiar to those who watch television news or read newspapers.

There are a number of plausible candidates for the next bubble, but only a few meet all the criteria. Health care must expand to meet the needs of the aging baby boomers, but there is as yet no enabling government legislation to make way for a health-care bubble; the same holds true of the pharmaceutical industry, which could hyperinflate only if the Food and Drug Administration was gutted of its power. A second technology boom—under the rubric “Web 2.0”—is based on improvements to existing technology rather than any new discovery. The capital-intensive biotechnology industry will not inflate, as it requires too much specialized intelligence.

There is one industry that fits the bill: alternative energy, the development of more energy-efficient products, along with viable alternatives to oil, including wind, solar, and geothermal power, along with the use of nuclear energy to produce sustainable oil substitutes, such as liquefied hydrogen from water. Indeed, the next bubble is already being branded. Wired magazine, returning to its roots in boosterism, put ethanol on the cover of its October 2007 issue, advising its readers to forget oil; NBC had a “Green Week” in November 2007, with themed shows beating away at an ecological message and Al Gore making a guest appearance on the sitcom 30 Rock. Improbably, Gore threatens to become the poster boy for the new new new economy: he has joined the legendary venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, which assisted at the births of Amazon.com and Google, to oversee the “climate change solutions group,” thus providing a massive dose of Nobel Prize–winning credibility that will be most useful when its first alternative-energy investments are taken public before a credulous mob. Other ventures—Lazard Capital Markets, Generation Investment Management, Nth Power, EnerTech Capital, and Battery Ventures—are funding an array of startups working on improvements to solar cells, to biofuels production, to batteries, to “energy management” software, and so on. (link)

Wow. My ol’ buddy Highwayman sure called this one right, especially about ‘favorable tax treatment’, meaning Wall Street firms will get the favorable part, not us:

Yep, the Canadian element of Gore/Suzuki Morons Inc. are yapping their fool heads off, once again, bleating the virtues of a “Carbon Tax” that supposedly will make big business pay for polluting the environment! But, you know who REALLY is going to pay, now, don’t you? US! Not big business, whom ‘Stupid Pants’ really worships, but the common people! (link)

Say what you want about The Highwayman, (in fact, he doesn’t care what anyone thinks of him, he loves a good fight!) he has studied the world bankers and financiers for almost thirty years, so he has a good feel for what they do to the world’s working poor and middle classes. Yes, he’s a Christian and people accuse him of being a ranting fundie at times, but he’s a friend and never hid who he is from anybody.

Unfortunately, this economic bubble and tax the poor scheme the Federal Reserve gangsters have imposed upon us since 1913 is the only game in town. As Janzsen notes in his essay; “Given the current state of our economy, the only thing worse than a new bubble would be its absence.

It gives the old tome ‘bubble, bubble, toil and trouble’ life like Frankenstein’s Monster! (Gawd, another cliche, somebody make me stop!)

Update: Interview of Investor Eric Janzsen in Wired Magazine; http://www.wired.com/science/planetearth/news/2008/03/cleantech_bubble