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World Shipping Comes To Halt As Global Navies Prepare For ‘Unprecedented’ Confrontation

Replacement for shuttle must serve as bridge craft
Houston Chronicle, United States - Dec 19, 2008
The rocket, called Ares I, consists of a two-stage launch vehicle based on an upgraded shuttle solid rocket booster and an improved upper-stage engine from ...
Is Obama going to gut NASA? Discover Magazine
Barack Obama under fire from Nasa over plans to slash budget
Space shuttles for sale: one careful owner, starting price $42m
Orlando Sentinel - Kansas City Star
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Space Com
NASA Might Change Hubble Mission Requirement to Keep Ares 1-X on ...
Space Com - Dec 19, 2008
By Becky Iannotta WASHINGTON - NASA officials are weighing whether they need two space shuttle launch pads to support the upcoming Hubble Space Telescope ...
Hubble mission means the moon to astronomer-turned-astronaut Florida Today
Hubble Servicing Mission Back On Track RedOrbit
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Whats Up?
Cibola County Beacon, NM - 4 hours ago
Meetings are from noon-1 pm, at the Cibola County Health Office. For more information call 290-1973. The Cibola County ARC/ARES meet the third Thursday of ...
Scheduling conflict may disrupt Ares
Florida Today, FL - Dec 17, 2008
Otherwise, the critical Ares 1-X test flight would be delayed to October. An engineering study is ongoing, and a plan is expected early next year. ...

Aviation Week
Ares I Active Damping Unneeded
Aviation Week, NY - Dec 18, 2008
By Frank Morring, Jr. NASA managers have concluded they don't need an active damping system in the aft skirt of the Ares I first stage to prevent dangerous ...
SoCal's SpaceX wins space station supply contract
San Jose Mercury News, USA - 40 minutes ago
The Southern California rocket firm known as SpaceX, which recently conducted its first successful launch, has won a $1.6 billion NASA contract for missions ...
NASA Picks Orbital Sciences, SpaceX For Commercial Cargo Contracts Wall Street Journal
NASA gives space cargo contracts to start-up firms Reuters
NASA awards contracts worth $3.5 billion MSNBC
Flight International - Forbes
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The year in space
MSNBC - Dec 22, 2008
If 2009 is a big transition time for NASA, it's just as much a transition year for private space ventures. In fact, some of those ventures (such as SpaceX, ...
Amid uncertainty, NASA plans for Ares 1-X test flight Spaceflight Now
NASA pushes for summer launch of Ares test rocket SmartBrief
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NASA awards 3.5-bln-dollar contracts for ISS supply
AFP - 1 hour ago
NASA made a 1.9-billion-dollar order for eight launches to OSC of Dulles, Virginia, and contracted 12 missions to Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX for 1.6 ...

Business Wire (press release)
SpaceX Names President, CA - Dec 19, 2008
Hawthorne-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), the commercial spaceflight startup headed by ex-PayPal founder Elon Musk, has named a new president ...
SPACEX announces new president Contra Costa Times
Falcon 9 First Stage Flight Tank Arrives at Cape Canaveral MarketWatch
SpaceX Names New President Satellite Today (subscription)
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New Space Elevator Consortium

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A coalition of leaders working on the concept of a space elevator has joined forces to form the International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC). The new independent group is designed to promote standards and foster research relating to the construction of an Elevator to Space at the global level. Founding members of ISEC include the Spaceward Foundation, the Space Elevator Reference, the Space Elevator Blog, EuroSpaceward and the Japan Space Elevator Association. Heading the new organization is Ted Semon of the Space Elevator Blog, who will serve as president. Michael Laine, president of the space elevator company Liftport is excited about the consortium. "I think it’s a great thing," he said. "This has been in the works for months, and the need to bring the different organizations under one roof has been long overdue. All five of the major organizations have been acting independently, which made sense in the beginning, but now we need coordination and cooperation."

“The Space Elevator is a project whose time has come,” said Semon. “With the challenges facing today’s global economy, it is clear that new industries and new ideas are needed to help our planet in the 21st Century. The Space Elevator can be a key positive contributor, from providing inexpensive nanotechnology material science breakthroughs that will make your car stronger and lighter, to the creation of new industries that offer opportunities for investment and job creation. The International Space Elevator Consortium devoted to its development can make this happen.”

According to the Consortium, the goal of ISEC is to promote the development, construction and operation of the Space Elevator as a revolutionary and efficient way to space for all humanity. The group will accomplish this through these key areas:
• Development of a unified plan and roadmap for the Space Elevator and the coordinated assignment of specific research topics
• Funding of research on technologies relevant to the Space Elevator
• Development of the international legal framework necessary for the operation of the Space Elevator
• Global public outreach and central information exchange on Space Elevator activities

"In the past, some things fell through the cracks because no one knew what anyone else was working on," said Laine. "Some needed tasks didn't get done because everyone assumed that someone else was working on it. What we're going to do with the consortium is refine the tasks, and have a better coordinated effort."

Laine is very excited about upcoming projects for the consortium, to be announced in the next few weeks. "They've got some good things coming," he said. ISEC will be unveiling additional plans and details, including a board of directors, technical journals, university and industry relationships, research opportunities and scholarships. Memberships will be available on the individual, corporate, academic and governmental levels.

The ISEC is headquartered in the Los Angeles area, a center of the aerospace industry. The consortium is a non-profit organization devoted to the research and construction of an elevator to space. See the ISEC website for more information.

Source: Business Wire, interview with Michael Laine

Terrorism drill to be part of passing torch
USA Today - 54 minutes ago
That passing of the torch began at the top the week after Election Day, when President Bush hosted Obama in the Oval Office. ...
Barack Obama: The Naked Emperor

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The Case For Impeachment Beginning Jan. 21, 2008
By Attorney David C. Grossack

The Founding Fathers left a legacy for our Republic in the Constitutional provisions for both the qualifications for the President and the process for a President's removal.

News developments obligate patriotic Americans to support the impeachment of Barack Hussein Obama and a full trial in the Senate to determine if he should be removed from the Presidency. It is up to Congress to begin this process sooner,not later, and for good reason:

The Constitution, which is considered the highest law of the land, says that "No person except a natural born citizen ..shall be eligible to the office of the President." Article II Section I.

Ample information exists which indicate that an official fact finding investigation is needed to determine:

1. Whether or not Senator Obama was born in the United States. The Ambassador from Kenya has been quoted, as has Senator Obama's grandmother, to the effect that the Senator was born in Kenya. ( See Nov. 24, 2008)

2. Whether or not Senator Obama now has or has ever had citizenship in Indonesia or Kenya. ( See Aaron Klein in World Net Daily, August 17, 2008 )

3. Whether or not Senator Obama fraudulently omitted to reveal to the Federal Election Commission , the Secretaries of State, and ultimately the American people , the circumstances of his birth.

The Constitution provides that the President may be impeached for High Crimes and Misdemeanors. ( Article 2 Section 4). The House of Representatives is given the sole power of impeachment, but the power to conduct a trial is reserved for the United States Senate. (Article I)

A full scale, televised trial is the only way these questions can be answered. Senator Obama will of couse have the opportunity to produce evidence and witnesses, and if he can prove that he is qualified, he should be allowed to serve his term. But the fact that his birth records have been sequestered b y the State of Hawaii raises more questions, such his possible adoption, illegitimacy, or naturalization which will have a relationship to the issues at hand.

Every person reading this article has a role to play in the upcoming struggle to press Congress for impeachment.

Letters to members of the House Judiciary are most important. Their contact information can be found on line at

Letters to the Editor of Newspapers, calls to radio and TV talk shows, posting to newsgroups and blogs and holding small rallies in front of local Congressional offices would all help get the campaign going.

Donations to help promote this campaign are very welcome and are needed.
Individuals who wish to donate can send their donations to the Law Office of David Grossack, Impeachment Campaign, Box 294 , Hull, Massachusetts 02045. All gifts will be used to promote and develop this website, print bumperstickers, contact Congressmen and to develop publicity.

Please send us copies of any letters you send, and keep in touch !

Thank you

David C. Grossack

Lawyer and Business Consultant

The year in space
MSNBC - 1 hour ago
What is to be done about the space shuttle fleet and the shuttle’s troubled successor? Who will the next NASA administrator be? ...
Space And The Obama Administration
Space Daily, CA - 1 hour ago
by Staff Writers In a few short weeks we will have a new administration and a new set of mandates to be addressed by President-Elect Obama. ...
Obama Planning to Scrap Shuttle Replacement, Says NASA
DailyTech, IL - 10 hours ago
President-Elect Obama's transition team is planning to scrap NASA's Ares program, the successor to the Space Shuttle, say NASA advisors. ...
NASA Building For the Future
Voice of America - 8 hours ago
By Paul Sisco At NASA, 2008 will be remembered for shuttle missions, discoveries on Mars, and mysteries revealed across the solar system and beyond. ...
All about NASA seems to be up in the air
San Francisco Chronicle, USA - Dec 21, 2008
These are awkward times at NASA, which may or may not have a new leader soon and may or may not be on the verge of building a new moon rocket. ...
'09 will be exciting year, Marshall director says
The Huntsville Times -, AL - 15 hours ago
By SHELBY G. SPIRES Marshall Space Flight Center Director Dave King looks for the next year to be bustling with progress on new NASA rockets, expansion of ...
Nasa future in doubt as space agency marks Moon mission anniversary, United Kingdom - 5 hours ago
The 40th anniversary of Nasa’s first manned mission to the Moon is being overshadowed by doubts over the future of its space programme. ...
Lost in Space
CounterPunch, CA - 9 hours ago
By KARL GROSSMAN The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has been celebrating its 50th anniversary by doing what it does best: public relations ...
Staying the course in a sea of change
The Space Review, MD - 18 hours ago
by Jeff Foust Ever since last month’s election, the space community in the US—and outside it as well, to some degree—have been speculating about what ...
Amid uncertainty, NASA plans for Ares 1-X test flight
Spaceflight Now, FL - Dec 21, 2008
BY WILLIAM HARWOOD As the incoming Obama administration considers whether to accelerate development of the Ares 1 rocket that will replace the space shuttle ...
Shocker: Obama May Cut NASA Shuttle Replacement
Technologizer, CA - 8 hours ago
By Ed Oswald | Posted at 9:48 am on Monday, December 22, 2008 I know this is a bit outside of Technologizer’s typical coverage area but it is interesting ...
Bush Administration Nixed NASA's US-China Cooperation Idea
Aviation Week, NY - Dec 21, 2008
By Craig Covault NASA tried and failed to obtain Bush administration approval of an overture to China for a cooperative US-China space mission, ...
SRA to support NASA's Constellation Program
Computer Business Review, UK - 14 hours ago
By Datamonitor staff writer NASA Kennedy Space Center has selected technology and strategic consulting services provider SRA International's Spacecraft ...

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Report: Gay man backed for Navy secretary post
Stars and Stripes, DC - Dec 18, 2008
... chief operating officer of the Intrepid Museum Foundation, to be the next secretary of the Navy — a move that would put the first openly gay person at ...
Gay Man for Navy Secretary? Newsweek
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It's a New Dawn!
Russian Naval Holiday in Caribbean

Can't even imagine how the American people snow balled into building up other countries with tax payer money , now that you have seen how crooked our chosen leaders of our government is, time to put a cramp in there style , more real reporting to others seems to be getting the word out , we need a trial for those who have screwed us , p.S. I have some money can I be a senator too.
US diplomat in Moscow to discuss Latin America
The Associated Press - 6 hours ago
Russia's warships conducted joint exercises with Venezuela early this month and then visited Panama, Nicaragua and Cuba. Their presence off US shores was ...
Russia's Latin America aims still unclear: US official Reuters
Vacaciones en La Habana for the Russian Navy Wired News
Another Reason To Engage Cuba
RIA Novosti
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The Moscow Times
3 Russian warships visit Cold War ally Cuba
The Associated Press - Dec 19, 2008
"The new president of the United States wants peace and tranquility with Cuba," he said. "This is positive for Cuba and Russia. But they might not agree in ...
Video: Russian navy holiday in Caribbean RussiaToday
Russian Naval Ships Arrive in Cuba Voice of America
Russian warships arrive in Cuba AFP
Reuters - United Press International
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Obama & Biden To Protect Bush Administration Criminals
Nuremberg trials also judged "a waste of time"
Paul Joseph Watson
Monday, December 22, 2008
It's par for the course for Obama and Biden, the men who promised "change" but in every step of their preparations for assuming office have pursued nothing but continuity, to acknowledge that they will protect criminals in the Bush administration from prosecution for authorizing torture, a complete violation of both the U.S. constitution and the Geneva Conventions.

Mike Connell, GOP 'IT Guru', Killed In Solo Plane Crash
another one bites the dust

Bush Insider Who Planned To Tell All Killed In Plane Crash, Non-Profit Demands Full Federal Investigation

Sunday, Dec 21, 2008

http://www.infowars .com/?p=6728

Flashback: Rove Threatened GOP IT Guru If He Does Not ‘Take the Fall’ for Election Fraud in Ohio, Says Attorney

http://www.bradblog .com/?p=6214

Michael Connell, the Bush IT expert who has been directly implicated in the rigging of George Bush’s 2000 and 2004 elections, was killed last night when his single engine plane crashed three miles short of the Akron airport. Velvet Revolution (”VR”), a non-profit that has been investigating Mr. Connell’s activities for the past two years, can now reveal that a person close to Mr. Connell has recently been discussing with a VR investigator how he can tell all about his work for George Bush. Mr. Connell told a close associate that he was afraid that George Bush and Dick Cheney would “throw [him] under the bus.”

A tipster close to the McCain campaign disclosed to VR in July that Mr. Connell’s life was in jeopardy and that Karl Rove had threatened him and his wife, Heather. VR’s attorney, Cliff Arnebeck, notified the United States Attorney General , Ohio law enforcement and the federal court about these threats and insisted that Mr. Connell be placed in protective custody. VR also told a close associate of Mr. Connell’s not to fly his plane because of another tip that the plane could be sabotaged. Mr. Connell, a very experienced pilot, has had to abandon at least two flights in the past two months because of suspicious problems with his plane. On December 18, 2008, Mr. Connell flew to a small airport outside of Washington DC to meet some people. It was on his return flight the next day that he crashed.
On October 31, Mr. Connell appeared before a federal judge in Ohio after being subpoenaed in a federal lawsuit investigating the rigging of the 2004 election under the direction of Karl Rove. The judge ordered Mr. Connell to testify under oath at a deposition on November 3rd, the day before the presidential election. Velvet Revolution received confidential information that the White House was extremely concerned about Mr. Connell talking about his illegal work for the White House and two Bush/Cheney 04 attorneys were dispatched to represent him.

An associate of Mr. Connell’s told VR that Mr. Connell was involved with the destruction of the White House emails and the setting up of the off-grid White House email system.

Mr. Connell handled all of John McCain’s computer work in the recent presidential campaign. VR has received direct evidence that the McCain campaign kept abreast of the legal developments against Mr. Connell by reading the VR dedicated website, www.rovecybergate. com.
VR demands that the Ohio Attorney General and the United States Justice Department conduct a complete investigation into the activities of Mr. Connell and determine whether there was any foul play in his death. VR demands that federal law enforcement officials place the following people under protective custody pending this investigation. Heather Connell who is the owner of GovTech Solutions, Randy Cole, the former President of GovTech Solutions, and Jeff Averbeck, the CEO of SmartTech in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Both GovTech and SmartTech have been implicated in the rigging of the 2000 and 2004 elections and the White House email scandal. Our prior request to have Mr. Connell protected went unheeded and now he is dead.

Protectionist dominoes are beginning to tumble across the world

The riots have begun. Civil protest is breaking out in cities across Russia, China, and beyond.

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"If we are not able to do that, then social unrest may happen in many countries, including advanced economies. We are facing an unprecedented decline in output. All around the planet, the people have reacted with feelings going from surprise to anger, and from anger to fear," he said.

Russia has begun to shut down trade as it adjusts to the shock of Urals oil below $40 a barrel. It has imposed import tariffs of 30pc on cars, 15pc on farm kit, and 95pc on poultry (above quota levels). "It is possible during the financial crisis to support domestic producers by raising customs duties," said Premier Vladimir Putin.

Russia is not alone. India and Vietnam have imposed steel tariffs. Indonesia is resorting to special "licences" to choke off imports.

The Kremlin is alarmed by a 13pc fall in industrial output over the last five months. There have been street protests in Moscow, St Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Vladivostok and Barnaul. Police crushed "Dissent Marchers" holding copies of Russia's constitution above their heads in Moscow's Triumfalnaya Square.

"Russia has not seen anything like these nationwide protests before," said Boris Kagarlitsky from Moscow's Globalization Institute.

The Duma is widening the treason law to catch most forms of political dissent, and unwelcome forms of journalism. Jury trials for state crimes are to be abolished.

Yevgeny Kiseloyov at the Moscow Times said it feels eerily like December 1 1934 when Stalin unveiled his "Enemies of the People" law, kicking off the Great Terror.

The omens are not good in China either. Taxis are being bugged by state police. The great unknown is how Beijing will respond as its state-directed export strategy hits a brick wall, leaving exposed a vast eyesore of concrete and excess plant.

Exports fell 2.2pc in November. Toy, textile, footwear, and furniture plants are being closed across Guangdong, now the riot hub of South China. Some 40m Chinese workers are expected to lose their jobs. Party officials have warned of "mass-scale social turmoil".

The Politburo is giving mixed signals. We don't yet know how much of the country's plan to boost domestic demand through a $586bn stimulus package is real, and how much is a wish-list sent to party bosses in the hinterland without funding.

Shortly after President Hu Jintao said China is "losing competitive edge in the world market", we saw a move towards export subsidies for the steel industry and a dip in the yuan peg - even though China already has the world's biggest reserves ($2 trillion) and the biggest trade surplus ($40bn a month).

So is the Communist Party mulling a 1930s "beggar-thy- neighbour" strategy of devaluation to export its way out of trouble? Such raw mercantilism can only draw a sharp retort from Washington and Brussels in this climate.

"During a global slowdown, you can't have countries trying to take advantage of others by manipulating their currencies," said Frank Vargo from the US National Association of Manufacturers.

It is a view shared entirely by President-elect Barack Obama. "China must change its currency practices. Because it pegs its currency at an artificially low rate, China is running massive current account surpluses. This is not good for American firms and workers, not good for the world," he said in October. The new intake of radical Democrats on Capitol Hill will hold him to it.

There has been much talk lately of America's Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act, which set off the protectionist dominoes in 1930. It is usually invoked by free traders to make the wrong point. The relevant message of Smoot-Hawley is that America was then the big exporter, playing the China role. By resorting to tariffs, it set off retaliation, and was the biggest victim of its own folly.

Britain and the Dominions retreated into Imperial Preference. Other countries joined. This became the "growth bloc" of the 1930s, free from the deflation constraints of the Gold Standard. High tariffs stopped the stimulus leaking out.

It was a successful strategy - given the awful alternatives - and was the key reason why Britain's economy contracted by just 5pc during the Depression, against 15pc for France, and 30pc for the US.

Could we see such a closed "growth bloc" emerging now, this time led by the US, entailing a massive rupture of world's trading system? Perhaps.

This crisis has already brought us a monetary revolution as interest rates approach zero across the G10. It may overturn the "New World Order" as well, unless we move with great care in grim months ahead. This is where events turn dangerous.

The last great era of globalisation peaked just before 1914. You know the rest of the story.

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