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    Russia Threatens Criminal Charges Against NASA Astronaut

    The Russian space corporation, Roscosmos, said it has completed an investigation into a "hole" found in a Soyuz spacecraft when the vehicle was docked to the International Space Station in 2018.

    Moreover, Roscosmos told the Russian publication RIA Novosti that it has sent the results of the investigation to law enforcement officials. "All results of the investigation regarding the hole in the habitation module of the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft were transmitted to Law Enforcement officials," Roscosmos said. No further details were provided.

    While no astronauts or cosmonauts were ultimately in danger, the August 2018 incident has been embarrassing for Russian space officials. At the time, a 2 mm breach was discovered in the orbital module of the Soyuz MS-09 vehicle docked with the International Space Station. Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev, European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst, and NASA's Serena Auñón-Chancellor had flown to the station inside this Soyuz in June.

    Left unchecked, the small hole would have depressurized the station in about two weeks. However, cosmonauts were able to patch the hole with epoxy, and the Soyuz spacecraft safely flew Prokopyev, Gerst, and Auñón-Chancellor back to Earth at the scheduled end of their six-month mission.



    Image of the hole in Soyuz MS-09 vehicle docked to the International Space Station in 2018


    Since then, the focus has been on what—or who—may have caused the hole. A micrometeoroid strike was soon ruled out. Some Russian media reported that the hole had been caused by a manufacturing or testing defect, and this seems to be the most plausible theory. At the same time, however, sources in the Russian government started baseless rumors that perhaps a disgruntled NASA astronaut had drilled the hole.

    The Russian state news service, TASS, escalated the issue in April when it published accusations that Auñón-Chancellor had "an acute psychological crisis" after suffering an instance of deep vein thrombosis in space and drilled the hole in an attempt to expedite her return to Earth. NASA pushed back against those claims at the time.

    Now, with the announcement that its investigation is complete, Russian officials have floated another theory. In the RIA Novosti article, translated for Ars by Rob Mitchell, the publication cites reports that Auñón-Chancellor may have drilled the hole "due to stress after an unsuccessful romantic relationship with another crew member."

    As The World Turns indeed.

    NASA, again, strongly asserted that these attacks on Auñón-Chancellor are without merit. "These attacks are false and lack any credibility," NASA Administrator Bill Nelson told Ars. "I fully support Serena and stand behind all of our astronauts."

    NASA has known, with certainty, that this account lacks validity since 2018. The agency's space station program, based in Houston, was able to immediately determine that pressures began falling on the space station in late August 2018. NASA also knew the precise locations of the US astronauts on board the station before the leak occurred—and at the moment it began. None of the US astronauts on the station were near the Russian segment where the Soyuz vehicle was docked. US officials shared this data with Russians at the time.

    This latest provocation—NASA officials and the astronaut office are incensed by charges like these—come at a perilous time. After Russia's military shot down its own satellite as part of a test earlier this month, astronauts on board the space station had to shelter inside their spacecraft for more than two hours out of concern for debris. A spacewalk planned for Tuesday morning also had to be delayed at the last minute due to debris concerns, although it was not immediately clear that this was due to debris from the Cosmos 1408 collision on November 15.

    Published 30th November by Eric Berger – Ars Technica
    https://arstechnica.com/science/2021...asa-astronaut/

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    Amazon's Dark Secret: It Has Failed to Protect Your Data

    Voyeurs. Sabotaged accounts. Backdoor schemes.

    For years, the retail giant has handled your information less carefully than it handles your packages.





    On September 26, 2018, a row of tech executives filed into a marble- and wood-paneled hearing room and sat down behind a row of tabletop microphones and tiny water bottles. They had all been called to testify before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee on a dry subject—the safekeeping and privacy of customer data—that had recently been making large numbers of people mad as hell.

    Committee chair John Thune, of South Dakota, gaveled the hearing to order, then began listing events from the past year that had shown how an economy built on data can go luridly wrong. It had been 12 months since the news broke that an eminently preventable breach at the credit agency Equifax had claimed the names, social security numbers, and other sensitive credentials of more than 145 million Americans. And it had been six months since Facebook was engulfed in scandal over Cambridge Analytica, a political intelligence firm that had managed to harvest private information from up to 87 million Facebook users for a seemingly Bond-villainesque psychographic scheme to help put Donald Trump in the White House.

    Notably absent from the lineup was anyone from Facebook or Equifax, which had been grilled by Congress separately. So for the assembled execs, the hearing marked an opportunity to start lobbying for friendly regulations—and to assure Congress that, of course, their companies had the issue completely under control.

    No executive at the hearing projected quite as much aloof confidence on this count as Andrew DeVore, the representative from Amazon, a company that rarely testifies before Congress. After the briefest of greetings, he began his opening remarks by quoting one of his company’s core maxims to the senators: “Amazon’s mission is to be Earth’s most customer-centric company.” It was a stock line, but it made the associate general counsel sound a bit like he was speaking as an emissary from a larger and more important planet.

    DeVore, a former prosecutor with rugged features, made clear that what Amazon needed most from lawmakers was minimal interference.





    At that very moment inside Amazon, the division charged with keeping customer data safe for the company’s retail operation was in a state of turmoil: understaffed, demoralized, worn down from frequent changes in leadership, and—by its own leaders’ accounts—severely handicapped in its ability to do its job. That year and the one before it, the team had been warning Amazon’s executives that the retailer’s information was at risk. And the company’s own practices were fanning the danger.

    According to internal documents reviewed by Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting and WIRED, Amazon’s vast empire of customer data—its metastasizing record of what you search for, what you buy, what shows you watch, what pills you take, what you say to Alexa, and who’s at your front door—had become so sprawling, fragmented, and promiscuously shared within the company that the security division couldn’t even map all of it, much less adequately defend its borders.

    By the time DeVore started testifying about Amazon’s long-standing commitment to privacy and security, the dangers that the security division had identified weren’t just theoretical. According to Reveal and WIRED’s findings, they were real, and they were pervasive. Across Amazon, some low-level employees were using their data privileges to snoop on the purchases of celebrities, while others were taking bribes to help shady sellers sabotage competitors’ businesses, doctor Amazon’s review system and sell knock-off products to unsuspecting customers. Millions of credit card numbers had sat in the wrong place on Amazon’s internal network for years, with the security team unable to establish definitively whether they’d been unduly accessed. And a program that allowed sellers to extract their own metrics had become a backdoor for third-party developers to amass Amazon customer data. In fact, not long before September’s hearing, Amazon had discovered that a Chinese data firm had been harvesting millions of customers’ information in a scheme reminiscent of Cambridge Analytica.

    Published 18th November 2021 by Will Evans – Reveal/Wired
    https://revealnews.org/article/insid...ckdoor-access/
    https://www.wired.com/story/amazon-f...investigation/
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    Watch 2021's Only Total Solar Eclipse – Time-Lapse

    The total solar eclipse on Dec. 4, 2021 was captured from Union Glacier, Antarctica.

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    Light Pillar Over Volcanic Etna by Giancarlo Tinè


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    Have You Ever Seen A Ring Galaxy? Hoag's Object

    In 1950, astronomer Arthur Hoag discovered an unusual entity, now known as Hoag's Object; 70 years later, scientists are still trying to piece together this galactic mystery.

    Almost all galaxies are spirals, elliptical, or irregular of some sort. However, a few oddballs fit into none of these categories, and one galaxy stands alone. If you look closely at the serpent constellation slithering over the northern sky, you might see a ring galaxy called the Hoag's Object. There's another ring galaxy within the ring galaxy.

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    UFO Formation Filmed Over South China Sea

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    Nine lights visible, then it becomes twelve lights in formation, closest object disappears then three more objects reappear on outside of formation. Filmed at 39,000 ft over the South China Sea, lights all then slowly vanish.
    Credit: www.mufon.com

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    The Sky This Week

    Monday, December 6 - Crescent Moon Passes Venus (after sunset)



    Tuesday, December 7 - Moon Meets Saturn (early evening)



    Thursday, December 9 - Comet Leonard in the East (pre-dawn)



    Friday, December 10 - Half-moon Near Neptune and Pallas (evening)


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    How AI is Taking Over Your Phone

    Ever wonder how the smart phone in your pocket does what it does? Well, its no secret that in the last few years phone makers have turned to machine learning and neural networks to do the hard stuff that we take for granted. This, combined with the custom GPU's that power them and training data, and there is a revolution in your pocket that will spread from the supercomputers in research labs to main stream computing, and its all happening right now.

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    Ghosts of the Comedy Store

    Hollywood … the land of dreams ... of celluloid heroes … a place where your wildest dreams can come true; you just have to want it bad enough. At least, that’s what legions of young wannabes and talented misfits believe. They flock to Tinsel Town, with a story, something to prove, and a dream. What happens when that dream goes unfulfilled? … when the dreamer gets steam-rolled in the dream factory? What if you’re not “The One”? … if you’re not talented, or lucky, or crazy enough to truly make it? Well, then your stories have much darker endings.

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    Our Lost Ancient Past – Interview By Ra Castaldo

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    A Walk Through The Temple Of Seti The First At Abydos In Egypt 2021

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    Weird Motorsport Moments

    Hmm. I wonder how this happened.

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    Ancient Aliens & Secret Societies - Mike Bara

    Mike Bara is a bestselling author, lecturer and TV personality. He began his writing career after spending more than 25 years as an engineering designer/consultant for major aerospace companies, where he was a card-carrying member of the Military/Industrial complex.

    A self-described "born again conspiracy theorist", Mike's first book, Dark Mission-The Secret History of NASA (co-authored with Richard C. Hoagland) was a New York Times bestseller in 2007. His second book, The Choice, examined theories about hyper-dimensional physics, planetary formation, conscious thought and how they relate to the Mayan Calendar, Hopi prophecies and the current era of dramatic change, followed by Ancient Aliens on the Moon, Ancient Aliens on Mars, and Ancient Aliens on Mars II. His latest tome, Ancient Aliens and Secret Societies, reveals the links between fraternal organizations like the Freemasons and the Ancient Alien presence on Earth.

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    Stuart Talbott: Predictions of Thornhill and the EU Model | Thunderbolts

    The Electric Universe

    Space discovery has served as the ideal testing ground for the theoretical predictions of Wal Thornhill and the Electric Universe Model, as well as the discipline of plasma cosmology. These predictions become more powerful when juxtaposed against failed predictions and the endless surprises of the gravity-centric Standard Model. Independent researcher, Stuart Talbott, details multiple Thornhill predictions such as elucidating Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, the plumes on its moon Io, Saturn's hexagonal polar hot spots—and his forecast on NASA's Deep Impact mission where an energetic electrical 'flash' would precede immediately before a copper projectile slammed into the nucleus of comet Temple One—shocking mainstream science on the Fourth of July in 2005.

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    From those wacky wordsmiths at Earthsky.org


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    Sun Sends Out a Strong M1.4-Class Solar Flare - Radio Blackout Over the Indian Ocean

    Solar and space weather news from Nemesis Maturity, Athens, Greece.

    Published 5th December 2021 (3:12)


    Stargazer's delight

    Comet Leonard is Now Visible - Geminid Meteors to Light Up the Skies

    Dazzling Venus After Sunset

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    What if the Earth Had ALL the Moons of Jupiter?

    What could happen? It depends on how far the moons are from earth. In most cases, there will be an unstable balance between Earth and the moons, and between the moons themselves. There would be destruction, aka collisions, mayhem, etc. With collisions happening, the debris could fall onto earth, and that would be devastating for all of us. What’s another thing that could happen? You would see crazy amounts of lights in the sky. Moons everywhere, especially at night, the sky would be much brighter than normal. So if you thought our moon in the night sky was amazing, imagine seeing dozens of them, all different sized lights in the sky.

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    It's that time of year ...



    Somewhere in the Skies | Top UFO Stories of 2021

    On episode 242 of SOMEWHERE IN THE SKIES, we count down the top UFO stories to invade our media outlets this past year! We are joined by UFO Jane, journalist and frequent contributor to The Unidentified Celebrity Review, and Micah Hanks, creator of The Debrief and host of the Micah Hanks Program. From Skinwalkers at the Pentagon to NASA finally getting in on the UFO game. From UFOs over nuclear installations to Luis Elizondo's GQ interview. This and so much more as we hurdle our way through the final days of 2021 with hope for what comes next in a new year or revelations, discoveries, and of course... UFOs!

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    There's a starman waiting in the sky
    He'd like to come and meet us
    But he thinks he'd blow our minds
    There's a starman waiting in the sky
    He's told us not to blow it
    Cause he knows it's all worthwhile

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