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Shuttle Diplomacy: Watch Neil deGrasse Tyson Explain How the Space Shuttle Was Never Really About Science

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One commonly-heard notion about the demise of the Space Shuttle is that the costly and overly complex program was killed, rightfully, because it didn't help to advance science. But this is based on a false premise, the astrophysicist and Hayden Planetarium director Neil deGrasse Tyson reminded us at the World Science Festival. The Shuttle was never really meant to promote research or fulfill NASA's goal of space exploration. Instead, like the Apollo missions to the moon, the Shuttle program was the product of politics.

As inspiring as the grandeur of the spaceship has been to legions of young people - and as important as it was in fixing the Hubble telescope - it was actually the Western battle against the Soviet Union - and later, other diplomatic interests - that left NASA operating this amazing low-orbit dump truck. To criticize the Shuttle for not doing more science, he said, is to miss the larger picture.

We're afraid to say that to ourselves. We know that if we say we're going to do science with it, that'll sort of gather more adherents. And we feel more comfort in selling it that way. But selling it that way was the delusion... There are reasons for doing things in this world that are not driven by science.

Whistle

Source of terror threat is in UK Government, says a police Principal Intelligence Analyst

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Tony Farrell had been employed for twelve years as 'Principle Intelligence Analyst' for South Yorkshire Police, 13th largest of the 44 police forces in the UK. His job involved producing a yearly 'Strategic Threat Assessment Matrix' to determine how the police force had to prioritise its activities. Assessed 'threats' ranged from ASBOs (anti-social behaviour orders) to the terrorist threat presented by local mosques. Having a statistics degree, it was his job to translate the different 'strategic threats' into a 'matrix' of relative numerical weighted probabilities.

In 2010, one week before the 5th anniversary of 7/7, Tony (who had never previously doubted government versions of events) stumbled across '9/11 Truth' material on the web. Like so many millions before him, he was shocked to the core by this experience. He quickly realised that there was a great mass of evidence relating to 9/11 kept hidden by the mainstream media. As a Christian, Tony consulted his church minister, who suggested that he consider, whether the same might be true for the London 7/7 bombings?

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Senior British Police Intelligence Analyst Speaks Out: '7/7 and 9/11 were inside jobs'

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A Principal Intelligence Analyst for South Yorkshire Police has spoken out about the July 7th '05 London Bombings. Tony Farrell, who has served for the police since 1998, is convinced as he can be that the bombings were a false-flag attack carried out by intelligence agencies. In July 2010, he was asked to compile a threat assessment report for South Yorkshire Police. His own research led him to believe the major threat in the UK today is from an "internal tyranny" which the public are slowly finding out about. He believes the public's reaction to these facts may present a threat of public unrest. He was dismissed from his post last year because his views were considered untenable, but the police officers who sacked him did not disagree with his views! In fact, they seemed to encourage him to appeal the decision. He is now awaiting a tribunal for unfair dismissal, taking place in September 2011.

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US - Google's Schmidt Caves, Will Testify at Antitrust Hearing

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Amidst reported threats of a subpoena, Google chairman Eric Schmidt has agreed to appear before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee to discuss the search giant's approach to competition.

Schmidt will appear before the Judiciary Committee's antitrust subcommittee in September; an exact date has not yet been set.

"I'm pleased that Mr. Schmidt has agreed to testify at the Antitrust Subcommittee hearing. I look forward to discussing a number of important issues relating to Google and Internet search competition," Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, ranking member of the subcommittee, said in a statement.

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US - Google Confirms FTC Investigation; Will States Launch Inquiries, Too?

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Google confirmed Friday that the Federal Trade Commission has launched an investigation into the company, and began what might be called a PR campaign to defend its practices.

In a blog post, Google said the FTC had "begun a review of our business". Google did not say what specific types of documents the FTC was asking for.

Attorneys general in California, New York, and Ohio have also mounted their own investigations, the Financial Times reported.

On Thursday, The Wall Street Journal reported that the FTC was interested in exploring the relationship between Google's search results and its own sites, possibly whether Google unfairly retained users onto its own sites, rather than directing them elsewhere within the Web, to rival sites.

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Google shuts down millions of websites

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Over 11 million websites have been blacklisted and banned by Google. A massive block of websites registered for free through the co.cc subdomain have been silenced after the Internet giants have determined many of them to be unfit for the Web.

Google's Matt Cutts writes on his Google Plus account that the company has the right to pull the plug on sites if they "see a very large fraction of sites on a specific freehost be spammy or low-quality." 11 million sites hosted on the free-host co.cc were banned as a result, after Google decided that a large chunk of the content was malicious or otherwise below par for their Internet standards.

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Zionist Crime Against Humanity...Instilled Memory

Why do Israelis Act like Zombies?

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Uri Avnery - the Old Sage
Uri Avnery has demonstrated a talent for dissecting the Radical Zionist mind like no other...and while they are still alive, too.

Few have had the birds eye view that he has had...in the Irgun as a teen, a young rebel Knesset member, journalist, peace activist, and now it his 80′s, the chronicler of the Soul of Israel.

The WWII Japanese attempted to do this. When they experimented with chemical warfare on Northern Chinese villages they sent their medical people to do autopsies on victims literally in the field.

They cut them open while they were still living to view the effects the chemicals had on fresh organs. American POWs were also experimented upon in this same program, but few of us are aware of that.

These Japanese war crimers from Unit 731 bought their way to freedom by making a deal with the U.S. to turn over all of their experiment records. You see we had no human testing date for chemical weapons, and no immediate prospect for getting any, so the dirty deal was done for 'national security'.

But as Uri will describe below, this 'instilled memory' is a never ending process in Israel. The Zio-Supremacists have honed the art of attacking the minds of their own people, and rendering them powerless to resist. To what you might ask? To anything that Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde chose.

Chess

Ron Paul claims U.S. officials 'set the stage for 9/11′

Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX), a contender for the Republican Party's nomination to the presidency, has numerous fans and detractors who agree upon very little - but one thing nearly everyone who sees him can agree to is that he's remarkably consistent about his political positions.

For a long time, Paul has called for government regulations on airport security to be repealed, leaving that responsibility to the airlines, so the statements below aren't entirely new.

However, in an interview Friday with the conservative Fox News Channel, he again pitched this position, but with an ear-grabbing new approach, insisting that by not allowing private citizens to carry firearms on jumbo-jets, U.S. officials literally "set the stage for 9/11."

He also appeared to support the practice of racial profiling over what he called the victimization of average Americans - a position that may be every bit as controversial as the TSA's current policy of invasive pat-downs and x-ray scanning machines.

This video is from MSNBC, broadcast by Fox News on July 8, 2011, snipped courtesy of Think Progress.

Comment: By allowing armed passengers, Ron Paul may have a slightly different vision of Flying the Friendly Skies.

No doubt the government did "set the stage" and also played the leading role in the entire production.


Yoda

Gaddafi threatens to take the Libyan war to Europe

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Dafniya/Al-Qawalish, Libya - Muammar Gaddafi threatened to take the war in Libya to Europe on Friday while rebels came under heavy fire as they renewed their push against his forces.

Tens of thousands of Gaddafi supporters rallied in Tripoli's Green Square for Friday prayers, underscoring his refusal to step down after four decades in power and five months of fighting.

Large numbers also turned out in the desert town of Sabha, 800 km (500 miles) to the south in an apparent attempt to show that Gaddafi still enjoys support in the areas of Libya he still controls.

In a speech on Libyan television, Gaddafi threatened to send hundreds of Libyans to carry out attacks in Europe in revenge for the NATO-led military campaign against him.

"Hundreds of Libyans will martyr in Europe. I told you it is eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth. But we will give them a chance to come to their senses," the Libyan leader said in an audio speech.

While the insurgents have advanced on two fronts in the past two weeks, they took casualties on Friday. At least six rebels were killed and 17 injured on the front line near Misrata, on Libya's Mediterranean coast, according to local medical workers.

Mr. Potato

Ron Paul: If we'd let Americans carry guns onto planes, 9/11 would not have happened


Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX), a contender for the Republican Party's nomination to the presidency, has numerous fans and detractors who agree upon very little - but one thing nearly everyone who sees him can agree to is that he's remarkably consistent about his political positions.

For a long time, Paul has called for government regulations on airport security to be repealed, leaving that responsibility to the airlines, so the statements below aren't entirely new.

However, in an interview Friday with the conservative Fox News Channel, he again pitched this position, but with an ear-grabbing new approach, insisting that by not allowing private citizens to carry firearms on jumbo-jets, U.S. officials literally "set the stage for 9/11."

He also appeared to support the practice of racial profiling over what he called the victimization of average Americans - a position that may be every bit as controversial as the TSA's current policy of invasive pat-downs and x-ray scanning machines.

This video is from MSNBC, broadcast by Fox News on July 8, 2011, snipped courtesy of Think Progress.

Comment: Proof if ever you needed it that voting for 'the third candidate' will do nothing to change America's fate.