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Joe Rogan Experience #634 - Abby Martin

Joe Rogan Experience #634 - Abby Martin
Published on Apr 15, 2015

Abby Martin is an American journalist and former host of "Breaking the Set" for RT America.
Check out her work at http://mediaroots.org

Man Behind Moore’s Law Bankrolling Cubesat Mission


Man Behind Moore’s Law Bankrolling Cubesat Mission
by Peter B. de Selding — April 21, 2015

PARIS — Clyde Space of Scotland will build two 4-kilogram cubesats to be launched in 2017 to study ocean color worldwide in a mission financed by a private U.S. foundation, Glasgow-based Clyde announced April 20.


The mission’s total value is $1.675 million. Program managers are aiming at a launch in early 2017.

Financing is from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, created by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore and his wife. Moore’s Law about computer power doubling every 18 months or so is one of the reasons why cubesats today are able to perform functions that would require much larger satellites even a few years ago.

Clyde Space, formed in 2005, is now developing 33 satellites at its Glasgow facility, the company said.

Seven Whistleblowers to Speak at News Conference: "The Obama Administration’s War on Whistleblowers"

Source: ExposeFacts

April 27 at 10 a.m. – National Press Club

At an unprecedented news conference with U.S. government whistleblowers spanning a wide range of eras and “national security” agencies, seven former officials with the NSA, CIA, FBI, State Department and Pentagon will assess the Obama administration’s current policies toward whistleblowers.

Speakers will include: William Binney (NSA), Thomas Drake (NSA), Daniel Ellsberg (Pentagon Papers), Raymond McGovern (CIA), Jesselyn Radack (Justice Department), Coleen Rowley (FBI) and Kirk Wiebe (NSA).

Biographical information is below.

The news conference is sponsored by ExposeFacts.org, a project of the Institute for Public Accuracy.

For more information, contact: info@exposefacts.org; (202) 347-0020, (202) 421-6858, (415) 488-3606

Background on News Conference Speakers:


Read more: https://exposefacts.org/seven-whistleblowers-to-speak-at-news-conference-the-obama-administrations-war-on-whistleblowers/

AFRL Gives Seal of Approval to British Air-breathing Engine Design


AFRL Gives Seal of Approval to British Air-breathing Engine Design
by Peter B. de Selding — April 17, 2015

PARIS — The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has answered with a qualified “yes” the question of whether a British company’s revolutionary air-breathing rocket engine, designed for a horizontal-takeoff vehicle climbing to orbit with a single stage, holds promise.

AFRL’s Aerospace Systems Directorate looked at Reaction Engines Ltd.’s Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine, SABRE, as part of a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement.


AFRL’s conclusion is that SABRE is an interesting technology that is technically feasible and that may find earlier applications in two-stage-to-orbit rockets or defense applications.


“The question to answer next is what benefit SABRE could bring to high-speed aerospace vehicles compared to other propulsion systems,” Hellman said. “Although application of the SABRE for single-stage-to-orbit space access remains technically very risky as a first application, the SABRE may provide some unique advantages in more manageable two-stage-to-orbit configurations. Furthermore, the heat exchanger technology also warrants further investigation for applications across the aerospace domain.”

Reaction Engines said in a statement that the company and AFRL are planning further joint work on the SABRE, including “testing of SABRE engine components and exploration of defense applications for Reaction Engines’ heat-exchanger technologies.”


Japan's first nuclear reactor restart may be delayed: Regulator

Source: Reuters

Japan's nuclear regulator on Thursday poured cold water on the schedule for the first restart of a reactor under new safety rules introduced since the 2011 Fukushima disaster, a day after a court cleared the way for the resumption of operations.

Kyushu Electric Power's plan to restart the first of two reactors at its Sendai plant in southwestern Japan from mid-July is too optimistic, Nuclear Regulatory Authority Commissioner Toyoshi Fuketa told officials from the utility at a publicly televised safety review meeting.


Kyushu Electric, which is due to report a fourth year of losses for the 12 months through March this year, is desperate to restart the reactors to cut costs from importing fossil fuels to generate electricity.


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government has been pushing to bring some of the country's reactors back online, arguing they are key to economic growth, but opinion polls show a consistent majority oppose restarts, even though power bills have risen.


Read more: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/international/world-news/japans-first-nuclear-reactor-restart-may-be-delayed-regulator/articleshow/47024323.cms

Profits before people.

NASA's Secret Relationships with U.S. Defense and Intelligence Agencies


NASA's Secret Relationships with U.S. Defense and Intelligence Agencies

Declassified Records Trace the Many Hidden Interactions Between the U.S. Civilian and National Security Space Programs

Secret Cooperation Punctuated by Disputes over Budgets, Encryption of Scientific Data, and Fallout from the Challenger Tragedy

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 509
Edited by James E. David

Washington, DC, April 10, 2015 – Furnishing cover stories for covert operations, monitoring Soviet missile tests, and supplying weather data to the U.S. military have been part of the secret side of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) since its inception in 1958, according to declassified documents posted for the first time today by the National Security Archive at The George Washington University (www.nsarchive.org).

James E. David, a curator in NASA's Division of Space History, obtained the documents in the course of researching his critically praised book, Spies and Shuttles: NASA's Secret Relationships with the DoD and CIA (University Press of Florida, 2015). David has compiled, edited and introduced more than 50 of these records for today's posting.

Even though Congress's intention in forming NASA was to establish a purely civilian space agency, according to David a combination of circumstances led the agency to commingle its activities with black programs operated by the U.S. military and Intelligence Community. This often tight cooperation did not, however, keep disputes from bubbling over on issues such as cost sharing, access to classified information, encryption of data originally intended for civilian use, and delays to military satellite launches caused by the Challenger disaster.

Over the years, classification restrictions have kept most of the story of NASA's secret activities out of the public eye. Today's posting brings to light previously unpublished primary source material that underpins Spies and Shuttles and other important literature on the subject. The records were acquired through agency declassification review procedures, specific declassification requests, and archival research.


45 Years of Earth Day: How Environmentalism Has Evolved


45 Years of Earth Day: How Environmentalism Has Evolved
By Alan Boyle
First published April 19 2015, 1:55 AM

This is definitely not your parents' Earth Day.

On April 22, 1970, millions of people took to the streets for '60s-style demonstrations and marches, calling attention to the perilous pollution of America's land, air and water. Ten thousand flocked to the Washington Monument for a folk music concert featuring Pete Seeger and U.S. Sen. Edmund Muskie.

Today, Earth Day isn't just a national event; it's a global phenomenon. And it's not just one day; it's a whole week.

"It is now the largest secular event in the world," Kathleen Rogers, president of the Earth Day Network, told NBC News. "We have over 1 billion participants from 192 countries."


As a Leading Environmental Organization Closes, Its Leader is Upbeat (Lester Brown)


As a Leading Environmental Organization Closes, Its Leader is Upbeat
by Renee Cho | 4.22.2015 at 8:03am

Lester Brown, the global environmental leader, turned 81 this year and on July 1, he will close The Earth Policy Institute, the environmental research organization he founded in 2001. (Brown’s organization is separate from Columbia University’s Earth Institute.)


Just in time for Earth Day, Brown and his colleagues have released his newest book, The Great Transition: Shifting from Fossil Fuels to Solar and Wind Energy. It is one of the most exciting books he’s ever worked on, he said, because it shows how we can work our way out of the dangerous situation we’ve created as CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels warm the planet.


While the Earth Policy Institute is closing its doors due to a board decision, Brown will continue to do research and write books, maintaining his habit of working seven days a week. He’s already planning his next book about the looming crises of water and dust bowls.

A Lester Brown reading room is being established at Rutgers University, to house a collection of all 600 language editions of his books, his honorary degrees and his awards. Rutgers will also take over the website of the Earth Policy Institute, maintaining it as an archive.


'Good Kill' Cast Ethan Hawke, January Jones And Zoe Kravitz Talk About Film's Approach To Drone War


‘Good Kill’ Cast Ethan Hawke, January Jones And Zoe Kravitz Talk About Film’s Approach To Drone War
By Monica Castillo on April 21 2015 1:39 PM EDT

The Tribeca Film Festival red carpet premiere of “Good Kill” carried a much more somber tone than the romantic comedies and star-studded dramas that preceded it. Ethan Hawke, January Jones and Zoe Kravitz each spoke about the difficulties of the movie’s serious message on drone warfare.


“The advancements in drone technology have been amazing in the last few years," Hawke explained. "It’s an instrument in the tool box for the U.S. military. But no one’s really been asked to do this before, this remote controlled assassination. The human psyche has never dealt with that before.”

Hawke also feels a sense of responsibility to make movies like “Good Kill.” “I feel the job of the artistic community is to tell stories and start conversations,” he said. “The military has a real clear job of what they have to do. Part of our jobs as citizens is to pay attention to what we’re asking our children to do, what we’re asking our brothers and sisters to do. Most of us learn about war through books and movies, most of us don’t do it." Hawke continued, "There’s a certain obligation to the artistic community to tell these stories.”


Co-star Zoe Kravitz (the upcoming “Dope”) fits the bill as Tom’s co-pilot in “Good Kill” and said the premise sounded like science fiction to her at first. “I felt like if I didn’t know about (the drone program), there’s definitely other people who don’t know a lot about it.”

“Good Kill” has a few more screenings left at the Tribeca Film Festival, which runs through April 26.

"Good Kill" opens in theaters May 15.


Published on Mar 30, 2015

A 15-second television spot showing horrors of drone attacks, calling on drone pilots to not fly.
Produced by KnowDrones.com.
Co-sponsored by Veterans for Peace/Sacramento, and Veterans Democratic Club of Sacramento.

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