NOLINKNEWS — 21 April 2010 — Project Lucifer: Will Cassini Turn Saturn into a Second Sun?
zap the atmosphere of Jupiter. It stands to reason that bright discharges should occur on Saturn as well.
One of the 'Illuminating' results from planetary exploration is that titanic bolts of lightning routinely zap the atmosphere of Jupiter. It stands to reason that bright discharges should occur on Saturn as well.
The story: On October 15th 1997, the Cassini-Huygens mission blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to explore Saturn and its moons. It continues to study the ringed gas giant today and its mission has been extended for another 7 years.
Cassini is is powered by 32.8 kg (72 lbs) of plutonium fuel. A radioactive power source is the only option for missions travelling beyond the orbit of Mars as sunlight is too weak for solar panels to be effective. However, NASA (in association with secret organizations, such as the Illuminati or the Freemasons) wants to use this plutonium for a "higher purpose", dropping Cassini deep into Saturn at the end of its mission where atmospheric pressures will be so large that it will compress the probe, detonating like a nuclear bomb. What's more, this will trigger a chain reaction, kick-starting nuclear fusion, turning Saturn into a fireball. This is what has become known as The Lucifer Project. This second sun will have dire consequences for us on Earth, killing millions from the huge influx of radiation by this newborn star. Earth's loss becomes the Saturn moon Titan's gain, suddenly it is habitable and the organizations playing "God" can start a new civilization in the Saturn system. What's more, exactly the same thing was attempted when the Galileo probe was dropped into Jupiter's atmosphere in 2003
Both the Voyagers (in 1980-81) and more recently the Cassini orbiter have recorded circumstantial evidence for Saturnian lightning. The ringed planet has a dynamic cloud band near 30° south, dubbed "storm alley," where localized spots often come and go, and the spacecraft have picked up radio static presumably propagating upward from the flash points.
But capturing the lightning flashes themselves has proved challenging at Saturn. For one thing, the planet's colder temperatures cause its cloud deck to lie deeper down and to be capped by more high-altitude haze (which explains why Saturn's cloud features are more muted than Jupiter's). Those beautiful rings reflect sunlight onto the planet's night side, confounding attempts to take long-exposure images.
Fortunately, Saturn's recent equinox has minimized interference from the rings, and yesterday Cassini scientists announced that they'd recorded a series of powerful lightning bolts in the planet's southern hemisphere. As noted in a Jet propulsion Laboratory press release, Cassini's camera first saw flashes last August, during a prolonged storm that lasted nine months.
The reality: Now that the Cassini mission has been extended again, we can expect this conspiracy theory to become more and more vocal in the coming years.
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A new instrument for the world's largest optical telescope, the Large Binocular Telescope on Mount Graham, allows astronomers to observe the faintest and most distant objects in the universe. A UA professor directs the LBT collaboration.
Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) partners in the U.S, Germany and Italy announced April 21 that the first of two new innovative near-infrared cameras/spectrographs for the LBT is now available to astronomers for scientific observations at the telescope on Mount Graham in southeastern Arizona.
After more than a decade of design, manufacturing and testing, the new instrument – dubbed LUCIFER 1 – provides a powerful tool to gain spectacular insights into the universe – from the Milky Way to extremely distant galaxies. LUCIFER, built by a consortium of German institutes, will be followed by an identical twin instrument that will be delivered to the telescope in early 2011.
"With the large light-gathering power of the LBT, astronomers are now able to collect the spectral fingerprints of the faintest and most distant objects in the universe," said LBT director Richard Green, a professor of astronomy at the University of Arizona's Steward Observatory.
First Light: Stunning Images of the Sun
NOLINKNEWS — 21 April 2010 — STUNNING IMAGES OF THE SUN: NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory is beaming back stunning new images of the sun, revealing our own star as never seen before. Even veteran solar physicists say they are amazed by the data. Click on the prominence, below, to see what everyone is so excited about:
First Light for the Solar Dynamics Observatory
April 21, 2010: Warning, the images you are about to see could take your breath away.
At a press conference today in Washington DC, researchers unveiled "First Light" images from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, a space telescope designed to study the sun.
"SDO is working beautifully," reports project scientist Dean Pesnell of the Goddard Space Flight Center. "This is even better than we could have dreamed."
Launched on February 11th from Cape Canaveral, the observatory has spent the past two months moving into a geosynchronous orbit and activating its instruments. As soon as SDO's telescope doors opened, the spacecraft began beaming back scenes so beautiful and puzzlingly complex that even seasoned observers were stunned.
President Obama recently announced that he wants American astronauts to visit an asteroid by 2025. Experts say this goal will be extremely difficult to attain because an opportunity to land on an asteroid comes once in a lifetime. But Space.com reports that other experts say it is a mission that cannot be completed soon enough — the ability to land on and nudge an asteroid from its path could help deflect future asteroids aimed at Planet Earth. NASA is developing plans to send astronauts to an asteroid to see if they can push it off course. John Grunsfeld is an astrophysicist and a former NASA astronaut who flew on five shuttle missions. As he told Space.com, “by going to a near-Earth object, an asteroid, and perhaps even modifying its trajectory slightly, we would demonstrate a hallmark in human history … [It would be] the first time humans showed that we can make better decisions than the dinosaurs made 65 million years ago." He explained that if scientists don’t work on a solution to get out of the path of an asteroid, life as we know it will certainly be ended by one.
Now the Video's - Space Weather Takes a Giant Leap
Below you will see unprecedented video of NASA' new solar observatory. Move over 'Doppler' - 'SDO' Solar Observatory has taken over. You will soon see your local weather personality forecasting Earth's weather directly related to the Sun.
Sunspots => Charged Particles (Solar Flares, CME's) => Shifting Jet Stream => Shifting Ocean Currents => Extreme Weather and Human Disruption (Mitch Battros 1998)
Because the solar irradiance is the most important source of energy to the Earth, changes in that irradiance can change our climate and the satellites around the Earth. Increases in the solar irradiance changes can come from two places, the Sun getting hotter or bigger.
Sunspots are cooler than average and cause Total Solar Irradiance (TSI) to decrease, coronal holes are hotter than average and cause TSI to increase. Increase in the size of coronal loops increases the EUV irradiance. It is not currently known if changes in the size of the Sun affect TSI.
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Secret treaty warned will impose draconian US Internet-blocking legislation on rest of the World
The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) has been in preparation for many months now. Pushed for relentlessly by the suits representing the vested interests of the huge content lobby in the US, its various sections have been written in conditions of the greatest secrecy. So secret is it that the American authorities have time and again rejected requests from both civil liberties, privacy groups and technologists alike to see the draft proposals.
You might have expected a reaction like that in the dying days of the second George W Bush administration that was so in thrall to Hollywood and the record industry, but that nice Mr. Obama has also turned down requests that the contents of the draft ACTA be made public. The White House actually issued an executive order preventing its publication on the grounds that it would "damage national security."
What utter BS. The reason it was being kept secret is that it has profound implications for the privacy of the individual.
We are learning a bit more about the draconian powers that will be contained in the treaty because back in March the European Parliament decided by a vote of 633 for and 13 against that parts of it should be made public now to avoid "possible political difficulties" further down the line. By that they presumably mean they expect popular public protest of its provisions.
The draft text of ACTA was published on the EU's main website yesterday along with a from the EU Trade Commissioner Karel de Grucht in which he claims that concerns about the global scope and intimidating provisions of the Treaty are "unfounded."
Izzat so? How come then that one of the most controversial of sections from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the so called "anti-circumvention" provisions that make it a crime for an individual to bypass studio imposed copy protection even to make a back-up of a legitimately purchased DVD, have been imported lock, stock and barrel?
So to have the provisions of the No Electronic Theft Act. This little gem makes it illegal for individuals to copy "sufficient quantity" (whatever the hell that might be) of music or videos even if there is no monetary consideration and you just hand over free to a friend or family member a copy of a favourite film that you have bought and paid for.
While, as you would expect, much of ACTA has been written in the US, Australia, Canada, several member states of the European Union, Japan and New Zealand have all appended their secret codicils. So much for democracy.
The "Treaty" is primarily a big stick with which to beat the public and cow the service providers but it also dangles a carrot before the ISPs. They will be granted "immunity from lawsuits" that might result from their "denying and disabling access" to material the content lobby claim to be pirated.
The not-so-subtle deeper semantic meaning here is, of course, that if ISPs don't bow to the will of the ACTA proponents they could face court, legal liability and crippling financial sanction if found complicit in "the transmission of materials protected by copyright." In other words, "obey our commands or we'll ruin you".
Needless to say the Motion Picture Association of America and its ilk approve greatly of ACTA and in a statement says saying it is an "important step forward that deserves to be adopted."
However, in response the privacy group Public Knowledge says ACTA is "an attempt to export a regulatory regime that favours big media companies at the expense of consumers and innovators."
Meanwhile, the Quadrature du Net organisation, headquartered in Paris , has issued a list of three "core reasons" to oppose ACTA.
It accuses the Treaty of being a "policy laundering" device whereby "international negotiation is used to circumvent democratic debates at national or European level" and will result in the adoption of policies "That Parliaments will have no choice but to reject completely or adopt as a whole. In the case of the United States, it is probable that Congress will not be consulted on this matter."
Quadrature du Net goes on to complain that the "one-size-fits-all nature of the Treaty is far too broad and all-encompassing. It says, "The promoters and drafters of ACTA have created a mixed bag of titles, types of infringement and enforcement measures, in which life-endangering fake products and organised crime activities are considered together with non-for-profit activities that play a role in access to knowledge, innovation, culture and freedom of expression. ACTA would create a de facto presumption of infringement.
Phillipe Aigrain, the co-founder of la Quadrature du Net says, "Contrary to the 'don't worry' statements of the negotiators and persons in charge of ACTA in national governments, what we are seeing is an all-out offensive on freedom of expression and fundamental rights and a process that seeks to establish circumvention of democratic control as a rule. ACTA must be dropped before any reasonable process of international cooperation in the fight against counterfeiting can begin".
The next meeting of ACTA proponents and lobbyists will be in Switzerland in June. No doubt that will be in secret too, with the Gnomes of Zurich hosting the event in one of those aircraft hangers built into mountainsides above Alpine meadows. Officially they don't exist, but they're there alright. Just like the Luddites of the content industry.
Facebook blew peoples' minds today at its F8 developer conference but one sentiment that keeps coming up is: this is scary. The company unveiled simple, powerful plans to offer instant personalization on sites all over the web, it kicked off meaningful adoption of the Semantic Web with the snap of the fingers, it revolutionized the relationship between the cookie and the log-in, it probably knocked a whole class of recommendation technology startups that don't offer built-in distribution to 400 million people right out of the market. It popularized social bookmarking and made subscribing to feeds around the web easier than ever before. And it may have created the biggest disruption to web traffic analytics in years: demographically verified visitor stats tied to peoples' real identities. There was so much big news that the analytics part didn't even come up in the keynote.
This is so much new technology and it's tied in so closely with one very powerful company that there is big reason to stop and consider the possible implications. There are reasons to be scared. The bargain Facebook offers is very, very compelling - but it's not a clear win for the web.
We won't go into all the details in this post. You can read our blow-by-blow in our live blog, other coverage on Techmeme and discussion of particular developments here on ReadWriteWeb throughout the day. I just want to talk about one overriding concern.
Can it get any more demonic than this?
According to Pro Publica, a hedge fund named Magnetar was buying Collateralized Debt Obligations (CDOs) prior to the financial crisis, and then pushing to have those CDOs become more vulnerable to failure. All the while, Magnetar ‘placed bets that portions of its own deals would fail.’’
It’s hard to tell what is more sickening about what is now known as the Magnetar Trade: the sheer cynicism of it or the fact that it might have been perfectly legal. I honestly, though maybe naively, don’t know how they can look at themselves in the mirror each morning.
Pro Publica is to be commended for shedding light on this incredible story. And congrats to them for their Pulitizer, which was awarded just the other day for their outstanding piece, The Deadly Choices At Memorial.
If the creepy girl from “The Ring” fought the masked killer from a slasher film, who would win? Why do people on the run from demons and zombies always seem to find a random pile of guns? Is it possible to get “Total Eclipse of the Heart” out of your head?
If any of these questions seem remotely relevant to your life, then you might be part of the target audience of downtown theater’s most committed lowbrows, Vampire Cowboys Theater Company. Qui Nguyen’s gleefully silly “Alice in Slasherland,” a jokey, action-packed horror play that even Diablo Cody might consider a little overwritten, continues the company’s exploration of pop culture genres. Mashing up stories about Satan’s emissaries’ crashing a high school party and a teddy bear that talks like Samuel L. Jackson with various horror film conventions, this sly, self-referential comedy will make some theatergoers chuckle. For those who don’t get the jokes, well, there’s also lots of fighting.
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Psychologist Philip G., Zimbardo, Ph.D., spoke to over 500 students, faculty, and staff about "The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good Peo-ple Turn Evil" in the Don Taft University Center last Thursday.
Zimbardo's lecture, based on his novel focused, not only, on his famous prison experiment at Stanford University forty years ago, but also discussed how those same principles and theories hold true today. "The world is full of good and evil," said Zimbardo. "We all have the potential to be the worst dictator or the most notable hero." Throughout the lecture, Zimbardo talked about there not being bad people or "bad apples," but a bad social environment, a "bad barrel".
Assistant Professor of Psychology Weylin Sternglanz, Ph.D., said that Zimbardo is a prolific researcher and that his controversial Stanford Prison Experiment still resonates with students today. "I vividly re-member the first time I saw a video of the Stanford Prison Experiment," said Sternglanz. "I found it haunting, yet fascinating. The video of that study is one of the reasons I was drawn to social psychology as an undergraduate."
In the Stanford Prison Experiment, Zimbardo divided 24 of his psychology students into two groups - prison guards and prisoners. Zimbardo said that the student prison guards became sadistic and mentally cruel beyond words. While the student prisoners became rebellious and, at times, violent. What was planned as a two week experiment, Zimbardo canceled after just six days because of the students' extreme behavior.
In his lecture on Thursday, he compared his experiment to what occurred at Abu Ghraib prison. He showed videos of both his experiment and what occurred at Abu Ghraib. Lina Fernandez, junior biology major, said, "I thought the video was very graphic, but it is what was needed to be shown. We are too sheltered and do not get the truth." Zimbardo cautioned that power without oversight is a recipe for abuse and disaster.
Zimbardo's lecture was part of the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences' Distinguished Speakers Series. The series brings notable speakers to campus to discuss issues related to the college's academic theme. This year's theme is good and evil. Don Rosenblum, dean of the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences, said, "The Distinguished Speakers series reflects the core missions of our school, which includes outstanding learning experiences for both students and teachers. It also allows students to hear from notable people who talk about classroom theories."
Zimbardo's work has already been used in NSU's curriculum. Dr. Thomas P. Moeschl, a psychology professor at NSU, said of Zimbardo, "I've used his textbooks numerous times in my classes and he's one of the most prominent lecturing scientists today. It's great that NSU can get venerable speakers such as him."
Ending this year's series, Lt. General Romeo Dallaire will speak at graduation on May 16.
The 2009-2010 speakers also included Archbishop Desmund Tutu. Next year's academic theme will be Identity.
elcome to LuciferEffect.org, official web site of The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil (Random House, 2007). In this book, I summarize more than 30 years of research on factors that can create a "perfect storm" which leads good people to engage in evil actions. This transformation of human character is what I call the "Lucifer Effect," named after God's favorite angel, Lucifer, who fell from grace and ultimately became Satan.
Rather than providing a religious analysis, however, I offer a psychological account of how ordinary people sometimes turn evil and commit unspeakable acts. As part of this account, The Lucifer Effect tells, for the first time, the full story behind the Stanford Prison Experiment, a now-classic study I conducted in 1971. In that study, normal college students were randomly assigned to play the role of guard or inmate for two weeks in a simulated prison, yet the guards quickly became so brutal that the experiment had to be shut down after only six days.
How and why did this transformation take place, and what does it tell us about recent events such as the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuses in Iraq? Equally important, what does it say about the "nature of human nature," and what does it suggest about effective ways to prevent such abuses in the future?
Please join me in a journey that the poet Milton might describe as making “darkness visible.” Although it is often hard to read about evil up close and personal, we must understand its causes in order to contain and transform it through wise decisions and innovative communal actions. Indeed, in my view, there is no more urgent task that faces us today.
— Philip Zimbardo
The Lucifer Effect and the Stanford Prison Experiment. For additional links and information, see the Stanford Prison Experiment's web page
On April 13, 2010, Public Intelligence received a message from Danny Rains who is an investigator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the Office of Security requesting the removal of a document entitled “National Level Exercise 2010 (NLE 10) Exercise Overview”. The ten page document, which is described in FEMA’s request as “very sensitive”, consists of approximately 20 PowerPoint slides including the title page and was published nearly seven months ago on August 8, 2009. The document is labeled “For Official Use Only” and is marked as a draft copy. The contents of the brief are basically a calender of potential dates for the exercise and very brief descriptions of some preliminary plans for the exercise. The document has already been seen by a large number of people and has been discussed on a variety of websites and forums, which include mirrors in some cases. The document was originally discovered by us on the website of the local government in Mesquite, Nevada at the following link:
The document was removed at some point over the past month.
The question is why would FEMA specifically want this document removed? We have published a large number of documents from FEMA and DHS at the “For Official Use Only” level and have never before received a notice from them. However, the National Level Exercise planned for this year has been a subject of much controversy recently. In an article from late March titled “‘Terrorist attack’ on Las Vegas canceled: Politics over preparedness?”, Christian Science Monitor reporter Patrik Jonsson writes:
One thing is definite about this year’s federal play-acting exercise to assess national emergency preparedness: A faux radioactive nuke, or “dirty bomb,” will not be blowing up the Las Vegas Strip in May.
Reminiscent of Stephen King’s “The Stand” featuring a similar cataclysmic showdown in Vegas, the preparedness exercise proved too much for many Nevadans, already battered by a poor economy and worried about a PR nightmare.
Sen. Harry Reid (D) of Nevada, in the midst of battling for the White House’s healthcare reforms, wrote late last year that to “simulate a nuclear detonation in the heart of the city would unacceptably harm the Southern Nevadan economy.”
Against that practical and political backdrop, the Obama administration scratched Vegas as the National Level Exercise host city late last year. That leaves the NLE 2010, which involves 10,000 responders, still on the calendar but without a practice field: DHS has yet to publicly announce the city – or even the scenario – it plans to use in mid-May. (It usually takes upward of a year to plan an NLE exercise.)
“NLE 2010 is currently in the final stages of planning for this spring,” writes FEMA spokesman Brad Carroll in an e-mail. “We will continue to reach out to key stakeholders, including state and local officials, to receive their input as we prepare for and continue to develop this important event.”
The possibility that politics may have affected a national preparedness event rankles some Republicans on Capitol Hill, especially after Obama in July halted a Bush-era “scenario planning” program to review its effectiveness.
Oh and by the way.... "JTF" stands for 'Joint Task Force' In U.S. terminology, now widely adopted, including Foriegn Troops.
A Washington Post article from April 2, 2010 states that the National Level Exercise is being scaled back, and that the “plan was to stage the nation’s first live exercise that simulates a nuclear bomb being detonated by terrorists in an American city, with 10,000 emergency responders, U.S. troops and officials playing out their roles in the heart of Las Vegas.” The exercise was to be based upon National Planning Scenario 1 which concerns “Nuclear Detonation”, the details of which can be read here. We have also published the National Level Exercise 2010 Training Manual.
The request from FEMA also cites the Computer Security Act of 1987, Public Law 100-235. Section 3, paragraph d, part 4 of Public Law 100-235 states that:
“(4) the term ’sensitive information’ means any information, the loss, misuse, or unauthorized access to or modification of which could adversely affect the national interest or the conduct of Federal programs, or the privacy to which individuals are entitled under section 552a of title 5, United States Code (the Privacy Act), but which has not been specifically authorized under criteria established by an Executive order or an Act of Congress to be kept secret in the interest of national defense or foreign policy;”
However, the Computer Security Act of 1987 applies to computer systems used by the federal government and its contractors. We are neither of these things.
National Level Exercise 2010 (NLE 10) Exercise Overview
The simulation of a nuclear bomb being detonated by terrorists in an American city, with 10,000 emergency responders, U.S. troops and officials playing out their roles in the heart of Las Vegas has been canceled. The reason: Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), backed by casino and business interests, said it would frighten away tourists and “unacceptably harm” the region’s battered economy.
The simulation / exercise “Golden Phoenix” appears at this time to be headed to Los Angeles Los Angeles County, in June that simulates the detonation of a 10-kiloton nuclear device.
See also- DHS/Fema NLE Calender 2009-2014: Here’s the Information pertaining to the Department of Homeland Security & Federal Emergency Management Agency planning cycle / schedule for the rest of 2009 through 2014 for the National Exercise Program. These are the same kind of exercises that were being conducted on 9/11 in the United States of America which went Live. Other nations have conducted exercises in the past which also went live.
Keep in mind that the NLE programs are not set in stone and are subject to change. All of this information has been UN classified.
[UN classified? This sounds fishy to me. Also I read the targeted area to be used in Nevada was NOT Las Vegas but instead Salmon Falls Creek, BLM land. IMHO this could very well be a decoy story. Until I see hard verification of this, my money is still that they're planning something and trying to cover it up. I'd be very happy to be proven wrong. Also Golden Phoenix- whered that come from? And wheres the mention of the COG exercise Eagle Horizon? Things that make me go hmmmm.]