Russian Scientists Find Traces of Sea Plankton in Space on ISS – International Space Station

Microorganisms could be found on the ISS surface thanks to high-precision equipment. An experiment of taking samples from illuminators and the ISS surface has brought unique results, as scientists had found traces of sea plankton there, the chief of an orbital mission on Russia’s ISS segment told reporters.

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August 28, 2014
Article from ITAR-TASS

Results of the scope of scientific experiments which had been conducted for a quite long time were summed up in the previous year, confirming that some organisms can live on the surface of the International Space Station (ISS) for years amid factors of a space flight, such as zero gravity, temperature conditions and hard cosmic radiation. Several surveys proved that these organisms can even develop.

Microorganisms could be found on the ISS surface thanks to high-precision equipment. “Results of the experiment are absolutely unique. We have found traces of sea plankton and microscopic particles on the illuminator surface. This should be studied further,” chief of the Russian ISS orbital mission Vladimir Solovyev said.

He noted that it was not quite clear how these microscopic particles could have appeared on the surface of the space station.

In reply to a question on how the ISS surface is contaminated now, the space specialist said that the ISS surface was polluted very strongly due to operation of space engines and other factors. “We are conducting special works to polish somehow and put illuminators in order. This is particularly needed during long space flights,” Solovyev added.

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33 Stunningly Beautiful Mineral Specimens That Will Leave You Wanting More

Incredible collection of the beauty of something as natural as mineral formations.  The colours and structures created by nature is truly awe inspiring. 

August 19, 2014
Source : Distractify

 

Acanthite Silver

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Aquamarine on Muscovite

Bayldonite

bayldonite

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Bismuth

Black Opal

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Blue Callaghanite on White Hydromagnesite Continue reading

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Evita Ochel Essay – What Will My Parents Think? – The Rite of Liberation

The connections we have to our parents, or to those whom we consider our guardians, run deep and have profound consequences for the course of our lives. It is natural to be guided by our parents’ approval and live based on their expectations when we are young children. It is after all first from them that we learn about ourselves and our world. However what greatly limits the quality of our life is if we don’t transition into our own way of living and being as we grow into adults. In this essay we will explore the challenges of living based on the expectations of our parents, and the essential rite of liberation required for our personal evolution.

evita_ochel_onlyAugust 18, 2014
By Evita Ochel
Essay from Evolving Beings

 

This essay is intended for all adults, regardless of your age, and regardless if your parents are alive or deceased, as we can still be under their influence in both cases. The inspiration for it has come from the countless individuals that I have heard from or known, either directly or indirectly through the years, whose lives revolved around the paradigm: what will my parents think. As the observer, I became aware of so much guilt, fear, doubt, turmoil, toxic influences, held back aspirations, dreams limited potential, and more, due to the restricted thinking based on parental approval. So much unnecessary drama, trauma and suffering that could be alleviated if we could only find a way to liberate ourselves beyond the limits of this self-imposed construct.

From my experience thus far, we are all affected by this to some degree. Whether you are 20, 40 or 60 years old, depending on the choices at hand you may still find yourself filled with hesitation or dread to some degree, as to what your parent(s) will think of your particular decision, expression or life choice, no matter how big or small. Whether to enter into a new relationship with the person in question, or to end a relationship with your current partner. Whether to take a particular job, or leave a particular job. Whether it is to travel or move to a certain destination, or not. Whether it be that you are pregnant or that you choose not to have children. From matters dealing with our finances, sexuality, spirituality and everything in between, we can often find ourselves perplexed or filled with sheer dread at the thought of telling or having our parents know. And this isn’t only about the bigger choices, but even about the seemingly regular things like what you choose to wear, or how you choose to express yourself in the way you think, speak and act. Mild trepidation can often turn into serious anxiety for many, where sleepless nights, headaches, fatigue, weight gain and ailing health can all become a part of the package all too often. Of course it doesn’t have to be this way. There is an alternate path, but like with all things, you need to put yourself on it and take it with mindfulness and confidence.

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About Time – The End of Sea World – All Aquariums Too Follow, Hopefully

The end of Sea World and all other Zoo’s that only serve to exploit and profit from the suffering of other animals is abhorrent for anyone of evolved consciousness.  This cannot end soon enough.  That along with the facilities that facilitate the capture and selling of these beautiful mammals. — TRp

The Cove

The Cove

August 18, 2014

By Kenneth Lerer
Article from The Dodo

SeaWorld, as we know it today, is over. It’s only a matter of time. The company is finished. Here’s why.

1. The SeaWorld brand is now tarnished, at best.

Toxic? Likely. The brand represents the torture of whales for an increasing population of concerned citizens. If you love whales (and who doesn’t), you don’t like SeaWorld.

2. Wall Street has turned on SeaWorld.

The stock is down over the last year by 45% and $1.6 billion in market cap has evaporated. You can sometimes fight City Hall, but it’s nearly impossible to fight Wall Street. And Wall Street is done with SeaWorld.

3. Consumers are turning away from SeaWorld.

Attendance has dropped 4.3 percent over the first 6 months of 2014. It takes forever and a day for consumers to return to a company once they have walked away. And they usually never come back.

4. The internet has turned against SeaWorld.

Blackfish,” The Oceanic Preservation Society, The Dodo, over 100,000 users on Change.org and many other sites have made it their business to actively campaign against SeaWorld’s mistreatment of animals. SeaWorld can’t survive that, plain and simple.

The Cove
The Cove

5. Incompetence.

SeaWorld has proven itself totally inept in dealing with 1, 2, 3 and 4. They haven’t got a clue.

Business as usual is not a solution. SeaWorld can hold on for a few more years, as its stock continues to fall into the single digits and its market cap becomes untenable. Or SeaWorld management and investors can hit the reset button. Begin a program to provide a better life for the whales it has in captivity, be a world-wide leader and symbol of caring for animals, save its brand and save the company. I’m sure they can figure out a better use for those tanks.

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A Dear Jon (Voight) Letter About Gaza and the History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Dear Jon Voight,

We write to you as admirers of your work for many years. We are also professors of modern Middle Eastern studies, specializing on the history and contemporary realities of Israel, Zionism and Palestine, and between the two of us, we have written and edited over half a dozen books on the country and the two peoples who are destined — or doomed, depending on your point of view — to share it.

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August 18, 2014

By : Gil Hochberg (Professor, Department of Comparative Literature, UCLA)
        Mark LeVine (Professor, Department of History, UC Irvine and Lund University, Center for Middle Eastern Studies)
Source : Huffington Post

 

We have read your open letter to Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and other critics of the latest Israeli bombing and invasion of Gaza, in response to their own open letter condemning Israeli actions during the war. Your passion for defending Israel is clearly as great as your passion for acting. However, behind your passion is a view of Israel’s history and current actions that are utterly at odds with the actual history and present-day realities in the country. They are simply dead-wrong, and your belief in them has led you to adopt views that will ultimately — and at this rate, sooner rather than later — doom, not defend, Israel. Moreover, while you have laudably said that they or other actors should not face industry sanctions for standing up to Israel, we believe that the intensity of your criticism, coupled with the inaccuracy of the arguments, not only exacerbates the rewriting of the conflict’s history in the mainstream media but contributes both to a toxic atmosphere of hatred against Palestinians and to a purported blacklist against them.

Let us begin with your opening argument:

They are obviously ignorant of the whole story of Israel’s birth, when in 1948 the Jewish people were offered by the UN a portion of the land originally set aside for them in 1921, and the Arab Palestinians were offered the other half. The Arabs rejected the offer, and the Jews accepted, only to be attacked by five surrounding Arab countries committed to driving them into the sea. But the Israelis won. The Arabs tried it again in 1967, and again in 1973, launching a sneak attack on the holiest Jewish holiday. Each time the Jews prevailed but not without great loss of life. And when Israel was not fighting a major war, it was defending itself against terrorist campaigns.

This is the traditional narrative of Israel’s birth, part of what Israeli hisitorian Simha Flapan described as the “myths” surrounding Israel in his famous 1987 book The Birth of Israel: Myths and Realities. However, this is a distortion of the actual history, which saw Zionism arrive on the soil of a Palestine that was already in the midst of its own modernization, against which what Israeli sociologist Gershon Shafir describes as a “militant [Zionist] nationalist movement” developed, deploying the “conquest of labor” and then the “conquest of land” to increasingly powerful effect once the British conquered Palestine in 1917.

After three decades of British rule that was legally committed — through the Balfour Declaration and the Palestine Mandate — to facilitate the creation of a Jewish “national home” at the expense of fostering Palestinian Arab nationalism, outright civil war became inevitable. When war finally came, the Zionist leadership “accepted” the terms of the 1947 Partition Plan. In reality, they had little intention of actually fulfilling them, and over the next year, through intercommunal conflict and then all-out war, three quarters of a million Palestinians were permanently forced from their homes, and over 500 villages were destroyed.


Documentary below gives an in depth look at Zionism and how this ideology has shaped Palestine and the surrounding regions. — TRp

1890’s to the Present – The Zionist Story – Documentary on the History of Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide Carried Out Against the People of Palestine


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Bank for International Settlements – Financial Reporter Adam LeBor Investigates the Banks Where Banks Keeps Their Money – Audio

No one listening to this interview is probably rich enough to know very much about the Bank for International Settlements, but the shadowy, extra-national institution makes decisions and shapes policies that affect the world in ways you don’t know very much about because they’re shadowy and extra-national.

Book by Adam LeBor

Book by Adam LeBor

August 17, 2014

Source This is Hell!

Journalist Adam LeBor cuts into the shadows with Tower of Basel: The Shadowy History of the Secret Bank that Runs the World, the first investigative history of the Bank for International Settlements.

Adam calls into This is Hell! to talk about BIS’s roots in both sides of WWII, how the Euro planned for decades behind the scenes by the bank, and what secret finance meetings mean for sovereignty and transparency in an age of global finance, austerity and unrest.


 

Below follows a brief synopsis of the book Tower of Basel written by Adam LeBor, an author and a reported based out of Budapest.

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Adam Lebor

Adam Lebor

Tower of Basel is the first investigative history of the world’s most secretive global financial institution. Based on extensive archival research in Switzerland, Britain, and the United States, and in-depth interviews with key decision-makers—including Paul Volcker, the former chairman of the US Federal Reserve; Sir Mervyn King, governor of the Bank of England; and former senior Bank for International Settlements managers and officials—Tower of Basel tells the inside story of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS): the central bankers’ own bank. Continue reading

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Keiser Report on RT – End of No-Alternative-to-Dollar Era – The End of Empire

If you ever wanted a financial explanation to the geopolitical game being played at the cost of hundreds of thousands of lives over the last decade, don’t miss this episode.  The great empire that has been built up for so long is finally on its death throws as the beast is literally attacking itself, just to keep a Ponzi scheme going that is enriching the same people in the same places.  The second half interview with Michael Hudson and the end of the 60 year cycle is priceless. — TRp

keiser_report.nAugust 17, 2014
Source Youtube

In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert note that as the Empire collapses, they’ve killed all the boogeymen and yet blood for oil has not helped create escape velocity.

They also discuss what the return of humpback whales and great white sharks to the waters off Manhattan can tell us about the end of a monoculture in fiat currencies where the dollar has reigned supreme.

In the second half, Max interviews Dr. Michael Hudson about the war machine, Judge Griesa’s ruling, super imperialism and the end of a 60 year cycle in which there was no alternative to the dollar.

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Evita Ochel – Can We Be Spiritual Without a Belief in God? –

On this episode of Conscious Connection, host Evita Ochel (http://www.evitaochel.com) answers a question dealing with spirituality, religion and believing in a deity—God.

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Topics covered in the video include:

- Topic questions for the video —– (0:57)
– Evolutionary changes away from religion —– (2:00)
– Understanding the modern challenges of our language —– (3:53)
– The role of personal interpretation —– (6:03)
– Understanding “spiritual”, “God” and “pantheism” —– (8:24)
– Connecting with our personal spiritual evolution —– (12:25)

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Evidence Mounts – Video of Incendiary Weapons Being Used by Ukraine Government Over Donetsk – White Phosphorus

Video evidence is revealing the initial claims of the use of White Phosphorus could have been accurate after all.  The first claim came in early June on the village of Semyonovka, near Slovyansk.  Human Rights Watch went on to cast doubt on that particular event, this event may be harder to dismiss.

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By The Red Pill

The second incident on 26th of July 2014 was also caught on video.  The video once again  showing what appears to be white phosphorus use.  This instance was directed at the city of Donetsk.

The third and most recent August 14th event will hopefully be the tipping point where the international community starts asking some really hard questions.  What is really happening there?  Who is funding all this?  What is the real geopolitical move happening here?  How is it that the US is supporting a government that would do such a thing?

Below is a brief description on the legality of using incendiary weapons over populated areas.

As described in Weapons Law

The 1980 Protocol III on Incendiary Weapons of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons restricts use of incendiary weapons as a means or method of warfare during armed conflict.

The 1980 Protocol on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Incendiary Weapons was adopted on 10 October 1980 and entered into force on 2 December 1983. The Protocol places restrictions on the use of incendiary weapons as a means or method of warfare during an international armed conflict. It also applies to non-international armed conflict if a state party has ratified the 2001 Amendment to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons.

Now here from newest to oldest are the videos that claim to show the incendiary weapons actually being used over populated areas of Eastern Ukraine. Continue reading

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ESA Rosetta Mission to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Could Shatter Mainstream ‘Dirty Snowball’ Comet Understanding – Electric Comet Model To Fill Gap

Three Surprising Comet Facts We’ve Already Learned from Rosetta

For the comet probe Rosetta, the good science is just beginning. But the long-traveled probe is already sending back surprises.

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August 15, 2014
By William Herkewitz
Article from Popular Mechanics

Today, after 10 years of space travel, the Rosetta explorer became the first to orbit a comet. The best is yet to come—the scientists behind the satellite are preparing to land a harpoon-like probe on the surface this November. Yet new information is already pouring in. What scientists have discovered is already starting to transform our understanding of Rosetta’s target comet, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (C-G for short), and cometary science.

Here are three surprising facts we’ve already learned:

1. C-G looks nothing like we’d expect

Holger Sierks, the lead scientist behind OSIRIS—Rosetta’s 4-megapixel-camera—explains that while Rosetta has been approaching its rendezvous with C-G for years, the probe is only just now getting its first snapshots of the comet’s core. “It took us up until June just to fill one single pixel of our camera,” Sierks says. Now that the satellite is a mere 60 miles away, more recent images have detailed C-G’s odd shape: something halfway between a rubber ducky and a lumpy potato.


Current Standard Model of the ‘Dirty Snowball’ composition of Comets

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Rosetta Mission Findings by the Thunderbolts Project

No Room for Dirty Snowballs | Space News


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Just a Coindcidence – AIDS And Ebola Found To Use Same Mechanism To Spread In Body – Just Another Piece in the Depopulation Effort?

The viruses that cause AIDS and Ebola, two deadly, contagious and highly feared diseases, spread through the body using the same mechanism, U.S.-based researchers said on Friday.

AIDs-HIV-disease-causes-Symptoms-prevention-and-treatment_21August 14, 2014
Article from Rense

 

The researchers, led by Dr. Paul Bieniasz of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center at New York’s Rockefeller University, said they hoped their finding might lead to the discovery of new drugs to help treat HIV and Ebola infections.

Their study, published in the December issue of the journal Nature Medicine, shows HIV and Ebola use a protein called Tsg101 to bud from the cells they infect.

Both viruses hijack cells, inject their genetic material, and turn the cells into little virus factories. New copies of the virus “bud” from the cells in one of the steps of this process, before going in search of new cells to infect.

As both HIV and Ebola bud, Tsg101 attaches to the virus and helps it to emerge from the cell, the researchers reported.

They said it might be possible to design a drug that interferes with this process. That would presumably prevent the spread of the virus in an infected person.

“It’s remarkable to see two such different viruses share a common budding mechanism,” Bieniasz said in a statement.

“This may present a new target for drugs to treat HIV and Ebola infection, and our research team has begun working on drug discovery based on this research.”

To confirm the study findings, the researchers genetically engineered a hybrid of HIV and Ebola, and a hybrid of HIV and the Tsg101 protein.

Both engineered viruses were able to infect new cells, they said.

There is no cure for either HIV or Ebola infection. Ebola causes a hemorrhagic disease that kills 70 percent of its victims within days.

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