Night sky ‘no longer the norm’: Scientists say Elon Musk’s satellite network will permanently mar our view of the stars

26-08-20 07:31:00,

Clear, unobstructed images of the stars above will “no longer be the norm,” a group of US scientists warned, thanks to Elon Musk’s network of Starlink satellites. But Musk is not the only businessman who may blot out the sky.

Musk launched his Starlink project last year with a lofty goal: to bring high-speed internet access to the remotest corners of our planet, using tens of thousands of low-Earth orbit satellites (LEOsats) to ensure blanket coverage. To that end, he’s already fired several hundred of these devices into orbit, with the most recent launch – three weeks ago – seeing another 60 shot into the sky.

Scientists have already warned Musk that these satellites have clouded their vision of the heavens and interfered with their research. According to a new report by more than 250 scientists, astronomers, engineers and other stargazers, however, the change will likely be permanent.

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“Nighttime images without the passage of a Sun-illuminated satellite will no longer be the norm,” read the report, published on Tuesday after a conference on the issue in July. The report’s authors include members of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and American Astronomical Society, and these space scholars foresee Musk’s network putting their research in danger.

Giant 30-meter telescopes, like those at Arizona’s Lowell Observatory and the Vera C. Rubin Observatory in Chile, “significantly enhance mankind’s understanding of the cosmos,” Lowell’s Jeff Hall said in an NSF press release, cautioning that clusters of communications satellites “could have serious negative consequences” for this research.

Musk’s starlink satellites orbit between 340 and 550 kilometers (210 to 340 miles) above the Earth, and therefore don’t interfere with observation during the night’s darkest hours. However, Musk is not the only billionaire with dreams of saturating the sky with satellites, and Richard Branson’s OneWeb project – which went bankrupt this year and was bought by the UK government and an Indian telecommunications consortium – plans on launching 48,000 satellites into orbit at 1,200 kilometers (750 miles). At this height, the report states that they will be illuminated by sunlight “all night long.”

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Nuclear 9/11 Can No Longer Be Ignored, It is Killing Us All | New Eastern Outlook

03-09-19 08:18:00,

It is all about lying. Few knew what a shield truth had been until it was gone.

We don’t have to go back so many years to find a painful example, in fact August 2019 gives us lots of material to deal with. Let’s look at the Hezbollah missile attack on what was claimed to be an Israeli command convoy. Hezbollah claims they hit a general.

Here is what Hezbollah did, they released a poor-quality video from miles away, showing smoke only.

Believing this was all there was, Israel announced that a missile landed “near an Israeli village” and that the IDF staged a fake rescue of wounded at an imaginary missile hit scene, just as a joke. This story was carried in the mainstream media as it was sourced to the IDF high command and directly to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. In a time of liars, these will do as well as any.

Almanar, a media organization in Lebanon, then published the real video which is also hosted at Veterans Today with commentary by Jim W. Dean. Hezbollah had gotten right up to the Israeli base, we can see the command vehicles loaded from so very close up. Then they drive down the road and it happens. We see one of two missiles fired and both hit with devastating effect.

Hezbollah’s intelligence organization, one few know rivals the Mossad, had waited for days for Israel’s top military commander to leave his headquarters. He was assassinated.

Hezbollah says they used two Russian Kornet missiles to destroy his Wolf type mine resistant command vehicle. Our sources say tehse are Iranian Dehalivieh missiles, copied from the Russian design and manufactured in Iran.

Hezbollah, of course, was retaliating against Israel for two drone assassination attacks inside Beirut only days before. Instead of reporting the truth, that Hezbollah, as shown in 2006, can defeat Israeli defenses at will, Israel chose to lie to its own people, as it always does.

Israel withholds any “bad news,” like the sinkings of two of its Dolphin submarines or the loss of planes including one shot down over Yemen.

Lies make anything possible, hiding the truth from the public for sure,

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Orwell’s 1984 No Longer Reads Like Fiction: It’s The Reality Of Our Times

01-07-19 07:51:00,

Authored by Robert Bridge, op-ed via,

70 years ago, the British writer George Orwell captured the essence of technology in its ability to shape our destinies in his seminal work, 1984. The tragedy of our times is that we have failed to heed his warning.

No matter how many times I read 1984, the feeling of total helplessness and despair that weaves itself throughout Orwell’s masterpiece never fails to take me by surprise. Although usually referred to as a ‘dystopian futuristic novel’, it is actually a horror story on a scale far greater than anything that has emerged from the minds of prolific writers like Stephen King or Dean Koontz. The reason is simple. The nightmare world that the protagonist Winston Smith inhabits, a place called Oceania, is all too easily imaginable. Man, as opposed to some imaginary clown or demon, is the evil monster. 

In the very first pages of the book, Orwell demonstrates an uncanny ability to foresee future trends in technology. Describing the protagonist Winston Smith’s frugal London flat, he mentions an instrument called a ‘telescreen’, which sounds strikingly similar to the handheld ‘smartphone’ that is enthusiastically used by billions of people around the world today.

“Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two makes four. If that is granted, all else follows” #orwell #1984

— Dennis Junk (@DJunkInTheTrunk) June 26, 2019

Orwell describes the ubiquitous device as an “oblong metal plaque like a dulled mirror” affixed to the wall that “could be dimmed, but there was no way of shutting it off completely.” Sound familiar? It is through this gadget that the rulers of Oceania are able to monitor the actions of its citizens every minute of every day. At the same time, the denizens of 1984 were never allowed to forget they were living in a totalitarian surveillance state, under the control of the much-feared Thought Police. Massive posters with the slogan ‘Big Brother is Watching You’ were as prevalent as our modern-day advertising billboards. Today, however, such polite warnings about surveillance would seem redundant, as reports of unauthorized spying still gets the occasional lazy nod in the media now and then.

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America Is No Longer A Nation –

10-04-19 12:25:00,

America Is No Longer A Nation

Paul Craig Roberts

The America in which I grew up and lived my early adult life was a nation. Over the course of my life I have watched my country turn into a Tower of Babel. Homogeneity and shared values permitted us to understand one another. This doesn’t mean that there was uniformity or that things were perfect. A Baptist wasn’t a Catholic. A WASP was not a black laborer. A female was not a male. Blacks and poor whites had a hard time becoming middle class, but it could be done. It was possible for middle class people to become “well off,” but difficult to become rich. Immigration was controlled, and the reduction of inflows had helped the Irish and Italians to integrate into society.

Police were helpful and didn’t burst into homes with guns blazing or rough you up on traffic stops. On important issues, compromises could be reached and reforms implemented. English was the language. If you telephoned a service provider, utility, or bank, you quickly were connected to a real person capable of handling every aspect of whatever you were calling about. Today you wait through the Spanish language option for the robo-voice listing the options that might have something to do with the reason for your call. The companies save money and make profits by imposing their service costs on customers.

Technology seems to have worsened the functionality of society. Diversity and multiculturalism definitely have. It used to be that taking or giving offense was something that good manners prevented. Today members of those groups that are entitled to be offended are ready to take offense at any excuse. Today it is easy for a white person and a male to give offense without intending or even knowing that what he did or said was offensive.

Diversity and multiculturalism provide a fertile field for Identity Politics. Identity Politics has succeeded in turning everything white into racism. Indeed, the word “white” is now a code word for racist. Western Civilization and science itself are explained as mechanisms of white domination. The other day a black female college professor declared time to be white. She explained that a tendency on the part of blacks to be late was due to the fact that time was just another white racist construct.

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Dissent Is No Longer Permissible In The West –

21-09-18 03:51:00,

Dissent Is No Longer Permissible In The West

Will Russia Notice?

Paul Craig Roberts

A French Court Has Ordered A Psychiatric Exam Of Opposition Leader Marine Le Pen.

So Much for Western “democracy.” Nothing is less wecomed in the West than democracy.

It has long been understood in Europe that the resurrection of French President Charles de Gaulle’s French nationalism under Marine Le Pen was unacceptable to Washington. De Gaulle was not Washington-compliant, and Washington does not want another non-compliant French nationalist.

Marine Le Pen, a French patriot, seems destined for the fate of Joan of Arc. The French establishment has been after Le Pen for a long time. She has already had her parliamentary immunity stripped for a tweet and faces three years in prison if convicted by her enemies for a simple free speech statement in defense of French sovereighty. Now she is in trouble for posting on Twitter images of Daesh executing people.

The electorally threatened French establishment can produce any result it wishes from the ordered psychiatric exam of Le Pen. On the basis of a purely contrived “evaluation,” Le Pen can be got rid of by being imprisoned in a psychiatric facility.

A revival in European sovereignty is what Putin is relying on to break Europe away from Washington’s control. It is a naive belief that Russia can win Europe away with a policy of nonconfrontation and acceptance of insults and provocations. The EU itself prevents the rise of European sovereignty. Washington has suppressed European sovereignty and submerged the European countries in the EU where the idea of a sovereign country no longer exists. In France Le Pen’s belief that the French deserve their own country is considered to be a sign of insanity.

The French, like other Europeans, are being brainwashed to identify free speech with racism, misogyny, homophobia and hate crimes against immigrants.

Washington is never going to let loose of Europe or its UK vassals. Nor will Washington ever accept an independent Russian state, only a vassal like Russia under Yeltsin. Nothing else to be said. America is the exceptional, indispensable country. No other country counts. Least of all Russia.

Throughout Europe patriots are dismissed as racists.

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