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Agelbert Newz / Re: Agelbert's Newz Channel
« Last post by agelbert on Today at 06:46:28 PM »
That was an interesting video.  I actually watched the whole thing.

I've known about the Space Elevator concept for at least a decade, and in principle it's plausible.  The manufacturing and engineering challenges to actually building such a thing are incredible though, and I think his estimates of being able to get one up in 20 years are overly optimistic.

About the only thing that surprises me is that so far Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos hasn't done an IPO underwritten by The Squid to  get the Big Elevator Corporation (Stock Ticker code BEC) off the ground. (pun intended)  ::)

Anybody got any idea what kind of accent the narrator has is?  I never heard anyone speak English with that accent.

RE

He's hearing impaired. Probably about 20%. His delivery is similar to my youngest son's. He's hearing impaired as well.

Thank you, AZ  :emthup:
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Koch Brothers Sabotage Trump's Big Plans BECAUSE TRUMP'S plan, as cruel as it is, isn't CRUEL ENOUGH FOR THEM (03/23/17)

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/oMNTy43dLdo" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/oMNTy43dLdo</a>

Published on Mar 24, 2017


The Koch brothers want Trump to know who’s really in charge of the Republican party. Cenk Uygur, the host of The Young Turks, tell you how they’re sabotaging Trump’s healthcare efforts

“Washington (CNN) In a last-minute effort to sink the Republican health care bill, a powerful network of conservative donors said Wednesday it would create a new fund for Republican 2018 reelection races -- but they'll only open it up to GOPers who vote against the bill.

The advocacy groups helmed by Charles and David Koch have unveiled a new pool of money for advertisements, field programs and mailings that would exclude those who vote for the health care bill they oppose on Thursday. The effort, which they described as worth millions of dollars, is an explicit warning to on-the-fence Republicans from one of the most influential players in electoral politics not to cross them.

The Koch-aligned networks oppose the bill because they think it does not do enough to scale back former President Barack Obama's health care policies.”


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Agelbert Newz / Re: Upward Bound: Space Elevators
« Last post by azozeo on Today at 06:44:28 PM »
That was an interesting video.  I actually watched the whole thing.

I've known about the Space Elevator concept for at least a decade, and in principle it's plausible.  The manufacturing and engineering challenges to actually building such a thing are incredible though, and I think his estimates of being able to get one up in 20 years are overly optimistic.

About the only thing that surprises me is that so far Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos hasn't done an IPO underwritten by The Squid to  get the Big Elevator Corporation (Stock Ticker code BEC) off the ground. (pun intended)  ::)

Anybody got any idea what kind of accent the narrator has is?  I never heard anyone speak English with that accent.

RE

He's hearing impaired. Probably about 20%. His delivery is similar to my youngest son's. He's hearing impaired as well.
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Marathon Man Newz / Re: Westminster attacked!
« Last post by azozeo on Today at 06:38:18 PM »
A reason/motive
It's jekyl/hyde . The neighbors are stunned. He snapped.
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Agelbert NOTE: Excellent explanation of how, exactly, the fossil fuel industry PURCHASED our government.

(Republicans) Have Polluted Our Minds as Well as Our Air & Water (w/Guest Jeffrey Sachs)

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/deMZI-QMUnQ" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/deMZI-QMUnQ</a>


Published on Mar 24, 2017

Thom talks with Jeffrey Sachs (Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, Author - Building the New American Economy: Smart, Fair, & Sustainable) about some of the current challenges facing the country and what we'll have to deal with in the near future.
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Agelbert NOTE: This is VERY hot news about "how it is "working" in our Fossil Fuel Gooberment.   :evil4: :evil4: :evil4:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/CA-VA9wmrwA" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/CA-VA9wmrwA</a>


Published on Mar 24, 2017


Thom talks with Greg Palast (Investigative Reporter & Contributor - Rolling Stone Magazine, Author & Filmmaker - The Best Democracy Money Can Buy) about the current battle for control of the republican party between the billionaire Koch brothers and Paul Ryan's super PAC.
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Geopolitics / Re: Trumpty-Dumpty POTUS Thread
« Last post by agelbert on Today at 05:50:47 PM »
The Truth Of Trump’s “I Alone Can Fix It” Canard

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/juvYqEF3BzA" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/juvYqEF3BzA</a>

The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQ

UNCEASING INCOMPETENCE

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/2ntA246Fokg" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/2ntA246Fokg</a>

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Geopolitics / Re: Trumpty-Dumpty POTUS Thread
« Last post by luciddreams on Today at 05:49:08 PM »
I've long agreed with that assessment!

🤗

Dump is a large steamy pile of dump straight through the sump pump dump.

He's a larger pile of dump than  you for sure.  He's a larger pile of dump than anyone, he's the largest dump pile of all.

🤣
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Marathon Man Newz / Re: Westminster attacked!
« Last post by RE on Today at 05:48:31 PM »

And the guy? Born British. What was he afraid of? Answer that, and you'll have the key.


Sigh.  You're pushing me.  ::)

He could have been afraid of many things.

Perhaps he was afraid of ending up as a Homeless Cripple Freezing to Death on the Streets of London, England.

RE

I'm just itchin' to hear your spin, O'Wise1.
Don't dangle the carrot. Go 3rd person so you don't make anyone cry  :icon_mrgreen:

Figure out what is MISSING from this story and you will know what went down here.

RE

https://www.buzzfeed.com/emilydugan/this-is-the-man-behind-the-westminster-attack?utm_term=.xhRR3LD2m#.yw9GPz4MZ

This Is What We Know About Adrian Elms, The Man Who Carried Out The Westminster Attack


Khalid Masood – born Adrian Elms – has been named as the man who killed four people and injured 50 others in an attack on Westminster on Wednesday.
Originally posted on Mar. 23, 2017, at 7:32 a.m. Updated on Mar. 24, 2017, at 9:16 a.m.
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Khalid Masood, the man who attacked parliament this week, was born Adrian Elms in Dartford, Kent, on Christmas Day in 1964. He was also later known as Adrian Russell Ajao, after the man his mother married.

The 52-year-old killed three pedestrians by driving into them on Westminster Bridge and injured 50 others before fatally stabbing a police officer and being shot by police on Wednesday. Shortly after the attack, police confirmed it was being investigated as a terrorist incident.

Masood had a string of criminal convictions and was known to MI5. By Friday, police had made 11 arrests in connection with the attack, but continue to investigate whether he acted alone. Searches have been carried out at addresses in Brighton, southeast London, east London, Surrey, Manchester, Carmarthenshire, and Birmingham.

Masood had been investigated “some years ago” as part of an investigation into violent extremism, prime minister Theresa May told MPs on Thursday. But despite a history of violent criminal offences he was only ever seen as “peripheral” in historical terror investigations.

It is assumed by police that he was acting on extreme Islamist ideology. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack on Thursday.

A former intelligence official told BuzzFeed News: “The service had him as an SOI [subject of interest] a few years ago but think he didn’t meet the threshold for investigation so was not investigated further.”

They added: “My sense is this was pre-ISIL but the increased sophistication online and in messaging has awakened or re-radicalised him and then he’s acted as a lone wolf or perhaps as part of a small circle of extremists but with a very small, neat invisible footprint.”


Khalid Masood Metropolitan police

The Metropolitan police said in a statement: “Masood was not the subject of any current investigations and there was no prior intelligence about his intent to mount a terrorist attack.”

Masood’s first conviction was in November 1983 for criminal damage and his most recent was in December 2003 for possession of a knife. He was also convicted of GBH, assaults, and public order offences, but nothing terrorism-related.

In 2000, while living in the village of Northiam, Sussex, Masood, still known then as Elms, was convicted for slashing a man’s face after an argument in a pub. The victim, Piers Mott, was left needing stitches, and Elms was jailed for two years.

Northiam resident Adrian Baker, who said he had lived in the village for the past 25 years, told the Press Association on Friday: “I do remember a fracas involving a guy called Piers Mott. This was a long time ago. I remember Elms being a bit of a troubled character.”

Three years later Masood was accused of stabbing a man in the nose in Eastbourne, and was jailed for six months for possession of an offensive weapon.

It is understood Masood had a partner and several children, including a 5-year-old boy. A marriage certificate seen by BuzzFeed News showed he married a woman called Farzana Malik in Medway, Kent, in 2004.

While Masood is believed to have lived in a string of addresses in the south of England, London, and Luton – the latter with a 39-year-old woman understood to have been arrested in east London this week – it’s believed he most recently lived in a block of new flats on Quayside, a cul-de-sac in Birmingham near the canal.

The flat was raided by anti-terror police at 11pm on Wednesday night after the attack.


The block of flats where Masood lived most recently in Quayside, a cul-de-sac in Birmingham. Aisha Gani / BuzzFeed News / Via BuzzFeed News

A next-door neighbour who gave her name as Iwona, 45, said he had lived there for seven months.

“I am really surprised, I cannot believe it, I cannot believe it,” she told BuzzFeed News. “As I said, when I saw him I couldn’t even think someone could do something like this. Now I am scared, someone like this living close to me.

“Sometimes in the afternoon I saw him taking care of the garden, washing the car, and he was very calm.”

Iwona described the woman he lived with there as being in her thirties and said she wore “Islamic clothing”. The neighbour said she hadn’t seen Masood for a few months and that he just “took a van and went”. Then, 10 days ago, the woman and child followed. “The family moved quickly and took their things out of the garage,” Iwona said.


Masood’s neighbour Iwona at her flat in Quayside, Birmingham. Aisha Gani / BuzzFeed News / Via BuzzFeed News

Another neighbour, who gave her name as Sam, said: “He moved out in December and I never really spoke to him. I didn’t know his name before.

“He had a little boy who was 5 years old. There was a woman – I didn’t know if it was his wife or daughter. We’d just say hello in the street.”

It was in Birmingham that Masood hired the Hyundai Tucson from Enterprise-Rent-a-Car that he used in his fatal attack, reportedly telling staff he was a teacher.

The Department for Education said Masood never held qualified status as a teacher, but according to The Sun newspaper he claimed on his CV to have an economics degree and to be a “senior English teacher” at a TEFL college in Luton in 2009. The Sun also said Masood travelled to Saudi Arabia in 2005, where he taught English, but this has yet to be verified.

It is not known when Masood converted to Islam, or changed his name, although he stopped using his birth name on the electoral roll from at least 2009.

Speaking in the House of Commons on Thursday morning, the prime minister confirmed that Masood was known to the security services but said “he was not part of the current intelligence picture” and that “there was no prior intelligence of his intent to attack the capital”. Echoing police, she said the “working assumption is that the attacker was inspired by Islamist ideology”.

After leaving Birmingham this week, Masood travelled to Brighton, where he spent Tuesday night in the Preston Park Hotel. Its manager Sabeur Toumi told Sky News Masood gave no indication of what was to happen the next day. “He was just like any other guest who checks into the hotel,” he said. “We had a brief conversation about where he came from in Birmingham.

“He talked about his family, his mum, his dad, his wife. He said his dad was ill and his mum was upset.”

Janet Ajao, Masood’s mother, was last night reportedly too upset to speak to reporters from her home in rural Wales.

On Friday the earliest picture of Masood, then known as Adrian Ajao, emerged. It showed him as a teenager at school in Tunbridge Wells, posing after a charity football match.


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“I am really, really shocked. He was in my class. He was a smashing guy, really nice chap. The picture of us in the football team was after we did a 24-hour sponsored football match to raise money for the sports hall,” said Stuart Knight, who went to school with Masood, to The Guardian.

“We would have been about 14 years old. Everyone got on with Adrian, he was a lovely bloke. He was a bright student, he loved sport. He was in the rugby team.”

Two days earlier, Masood began his attack by mounting the pavement on Westminster Bridge and driving into pedestrians, killing 51-year-old American tourist Kurt Cochran, who was celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary; 43-year-old Spanish teacher Aysha Frade, who was travelling to pick up her two young daughters from school; and 75-year-old Leslie Rhodes from south London, who had been visiting someone in hospital.

After crashing the car into a fence outside the Palace of Westminster, Masood ran into the parliamentary estate through an open gate, fatally stabbing 48-year-old PC Keith Palmer, a father and husband, before being shot by police.

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Emily Dugan is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
Contact Emily Dugan at emily.dugan@buzzfeed.com.
Aisha Gani is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
Contact Aisha Gani at Aisha.Gani@BuzzFeed.com.
Alberto Nardelli is Europe editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
Contact Alberto Nardelli at Alberto.Nardelli@buzzfeed.com.
Matthew Champion is a weekend editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
Contact Matthew Champion at matthew.champion@buzzfeed.com.
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He said something in this piece that grabbed me. I wish everyone on earth could have this perspective on our planet.



“I never heard any astronaut say that he wanted to go to the moon so he would be able to look back and see Earth.
“We all wanted to see what the moon looked like close up. Yet, for most of us, the most memorable sight was not of the moon, but of our beautiful blue and white home, moving majestically around the sun, all alone in infinite black space.”



Astronaut who walked on the moon: ‘why I know aliens haven’t visited Earth’
MARCH 24, 20174:15PM


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HE was an astronaut on the second manned mission to the moon and the fourth man to walk on its surface.
Alan Bean, 85, is one of only 12 people to have taken “one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind” on the moon.
The lunar module pilot was one of three crew members on-board Apollo 12 who walked on the moon 10 days after it launched on November 14, 1969.
The crew’s primary mission objectives included an extensive series of lunar exploration tasks by the lunar module and the deployment of the Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package to be left on the moon’s surface to gather seismic, scientific and engineering data.
Mr Bean has logged 1,671 hours and 45 minutes in space — 10 hours and 26 minutes of that were spent on the moon and in Earth’s orbit.
His experiences in space have led Mr Bean to develop some interesting theories about the possibility of alien life.
“I do not believe that anyone from outer space has ever visited the Earth,” Mr Bean told news.com.au from his home in Houston, Texas.
“One of reasons I don’t believe they have been here is that civilisations that are more advanced are more altruistic and friendly — like Earth, which is better than it used to be — so they would have landed and said ‘we come in peace and we know from our studies you have cancer that kills people, we solved that problem 50 years ago, here’s the gadget we put on a person’s chest that will cure it, we will show you how to make it’.
“Just like some day, say 1000 years from now, when we can go to another star and see a planet, that’s what we would do because we will know how to cure cancer, cure birth defects, so we would teach them.”

The crew members of Skylab 3: commander and astronaut Alan L. Bean; scientist, pilot and astronaut Owen K. Garriott, and astronaut and pilot Jack R. Lousma. This crew spent 59 days and 11 hours in orbit.
The crew members of Skylab 3: commander and astronaut Alan L. Bean; scientist, pilot and astronaut Owen K. Garriott, and astronaut and pilot Jack R. Lousma. This crew spent 59 days and 11 hours in orbit.Source:Supplied


Mr Bean doesn’t doubt for a second that we are not alone.
“There’s so many billions of stars and these stars have planets around them so there must be statistically many planets around many stars that have formed life,” he said.
“Maybe some of them are like our life was 100,000 years ago, and some of them are like we are now, and there are probably some out there that are a 10,000 years in the future from where we are now.”
Astronaut Alan Bean on the moon, surrounded by a blue halo caused by vapour emissions from his backpack, featured in Michael Light's 2000 photographic exhibition ‘Full Moon’.
Astronaut Alan Bean on the moon, surrounded by a blue halo caused by vapour emissions from his backpack, featured in Michael Light's 2000 photographic exhibition ‘Full Moon’.Source:News Corp Australia
Astronaut Alan Bean on the second manned moon landing mission in November 1969. Picture: November 1969.
Astronaut Alan Bean on the second manned moon landing mission in November 1969. Picture: November 1969.Source:News Corp Australia
Mr Bean resigned from NASA in 1981 to become an artist. In his paintings he depicts the experiences of astronauts, including himself, who have walked on the moon. It’s a small club but it’s also one that he draws never-ending inspiration from.
“Even if I lived to 185 years old I wouldn’t run out of ideas of things to paint on this topic,” he said.
He uses textured and lunar tools, “sprinkled with bits of Apollo spacecraft and a touch of moon dust” to create his masterpieces, which sell for tens or hundreds of thousands of US dollars each via his website.
“I’m the only person on Earth who can do these paintings (from a first hand perspective),” he said.
“I work seven days a week painting to this day.”


http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/space/astronaut-who-walked-on-the-moon-why-i-know-aliens-havent-visited-earth/news-story/cf021030a1a1b21d712512eb118d6b61
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