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Sorry UFO conspiracy theorists… this one doesn’t wash

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Image captured on  July 14… and guess what..? transmission not working again.

Before we paid extra dollars to get unlimited internet bandwidth (telecommunications prices are unduly expensive in Canada) I watched the ISS live feed* often. There’s a forum there where you can talk to others watching the world spin, which can be a fun and educational way to pass the time. A cheap trip to space too, if you have half an imagination!

Ironically, I watch the feed less now that we have unlimited internet. But I still have been checking it out in short bursts over the past 5 weeks. And it seems that the feed’s reliability has suffered dramatically—UFO or not.

So, to those conspiracy theorists who say that the ISS feed was intentionally cut because of a UFO sighting: I think that’s rubbish. Most of the time it seems that the astronauts on board the ISS are so busy that they haven’t a clue if the feed is working or not. And they regularly cut transmission if they need to route power for something going on within the ISS. Remember, they don’t have a wall outlet for practically limitless power, like we do.

Okay, but did NASA (on Earth) cut the feed? Always possible but again, as I say, over the past 5 weeks the feed hasn’t been working most of the times that I’ve visited. And it’s not due to a spotty internet connection because we’re now using a fast and reliable provider. So those who say NASA cut the feed should look at the statistics. If 50% of the time the thing’s not working, it’s spurious to say that another outage (when there happens to be a UFO in sight) was intentional.

The conspiracy theorists also seem to assume that rows of individuals at the NASA control center are keenly watching the ISS feed, like in the old Apollo days. But whenever I’ve seen a shot of the NASA control room on Earth, it looks like there’s a person, maybe two, sort of passing the time in a largely abandoned, half darkened room, maybe eating some potato chips… hardly sitting there just waiting to hit the CUT button for any UFO footage.— MC

* There are actually two feeds that enthusiasts flip back and forth between. Here’s the second one: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/iss-hdev-payload/pop-out


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Alert! Russian Rocket Carrying Highly Toxic Waste May Land In Canadian Arctic


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Researcher – Aliens might be detected by their planetary emissions

Every planet would be unique so there’s really no baseline for comparison, I would think.

See also https://epages.wordpress.com/2016/05/01/ets-we-are-not-alone-or-are-we/

— MC


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ETs – We are not alone… or are we?

I think the biggest problem with stories like this is that they assume ET life would be like ours… both in terms of (1) chemical makeup / physical needs and (2) means of communicating.

Many psychics, introverts and mystics claim to be in contact with ETs. The biggest problem with THAT idea is that we can’t really confirm nor deny their claims. They are probably sensing something. But is it their imagination? Or might they be deceived by unfriendly spiritual powers (along the lines of the Christian notion of the discernment of spirits)?

The more I listen to popular talk shows about ETs, the more some sound like cheesy fronts or covers to me. Or maybe just sheer entertainment hucksterism. I can’t be sure, of course, but it seems like the same old types of somewhat clever/somewhat goofy characters keep reappearing on these broadcasts and podcasts, telling the same kind of kooky stories: Long-winded tales about cattle mutilations, bright overhead lights on the highway, etc.

I think ETs could exist. But not necessarily in the anthropomorphic way they’re often portrayed.


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Climate change – Is it any wonder… you’re too cool to fool…


Lava and plumes from the Holuhraun Fissure Eruption by the Bardarbunga Volcano, Iceland. On August 29, 2014, a fissure eruption started in Holuhraun at the northern end of a magma intrusion that had moved progressively north, from the Bardarbunga volcano. Bardarbunga is a stratovolcano located under Vatnajokull, Iceland’s most extensive glacier.

When David Bowie was still with us, God Bless his forever hip soul, I got into this big, gnarly debate about climate change at his web site forum. I had thought that fans of Bowie would be intelligent, open-minded folk. But to my surprise I often found uninspiring conventionality, especially when it came to thinking intelligently about the multifaceted phenomenon of climate change. I simply wanted to question not only the science but, perhaps, more important, the interpretation of findings about climate change. Science always has an interpretive stage, no matter what data it looks at.

Today I found this article, which suggests that cosmic events, way beyond our atmosphere, may have a profound effect on climate. Another factor often overlooked is that magma flows below the Earth’s surface. So fissures and leaks could possibly affect surface temperate, along with the generally agreed upon factor of CO2.

Anyhow, I imagine Dr. Bowie would have endorsed intelligent thought on this, rather than an uncritical, clannish acceptance of the mainstream explanation for and interpretation of global warming.

MC


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The complexities of actually getting people to Mars

Editors note – sorry for messing up the heading with the wrong tweet in earlier post. It’s morning, I’m having my coffee and trying out an old computer with new USB wireless adapter (excuses but true!)


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NASA gearing up to launch next gen telescope