Posts from the ‘Science’ Category
August 8th, 2010
Peter John Glynn
This week the British Government released papers relating to an incident which occurred in January 1974. A thirty year embargo had prevented the public from seeing official findings of what was reported to be a crashed UFO in the Berwyn Mountains near to the village of Llandrillo in North East Wales.
A Government official declared that the incident was of natural phenomena rather than extra terrestrial. To this day, the Berwyn Mountain Incident is still referred to as 'The Welsh Roswell'.
If the event WAS of natural consequences, then why slap a thirty year rule upon it? Mrs. Pat Evans ( Nurse) from the village was adamant in her statements. She was a well respected figure, straightforward and honest.
Her story - together with the statements from Farmer Williams - are not easily dismissible. Nor are the people who continue to step forward, the latest being in 2008 when the Government released papers regarding UFO sightings in the UK, yet not the Berwyn Incident. Click below for a Mindset Special Report from the area around where the incident occurred. Then read Andy Roberts' excellent text on the case.
Andy Roberts' Excellent Article HERE
July 20th, 2010
Peter John Glynn
China has this week become the biggest user of oil on the planet , overtaking the USA according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). Whereas once China exported the stuff, now they are a major importer and guzzler , putting pressure on supplies and raising the market price. And of course threatening the west and its massive oil companies into the bargain.
Chinese companies are now all over the globe, seeking new business deals in areas of the world which the USA and UK companies have abandoned due to international pressure.
China are concentrating a lot of their efforts in Central Asia , South America and Africa. Of course , the Middle East is a happy hunting ground , with Saudi Arabia this year selling more oil to China than the USA. China are now Saudi's biggest buyer.
Meanwhile Western Oil Companies remain under attack from public opinion , who are already educated that oil is a polluter, harmful to the planet and is running out rapidly. The BP oil leak is an ongoing environmental and political tragedy unfolding on a daily basis. The murkiness of the Gulf of Mexican waters is only matched by the geopolitical machinations of the company itself and politicians.
A small phalanx of both have been making bad headlines in their dealings with Libya in order to secure more oil for themselves in an ever increasing shark eat shark marketplace.
Now EXXON (daddy of ESSO oil) have hit the headlines, albeit for less sinister and more self protective reasons. Climate Change subscribers are jumping up and down in frustration that EXXON continues to sponsor sceptic organisations and scientists, despite an assurance that they would cease the practise. The bemoaners fail to see the irony that they themselves are sponsored to the hilt in order to reach conclusions which fit their beliefs.
Meanwhile , China is not without its pollution problems. Laying aside that it is now the biggest polluter ( again overtaking the USA in this particular league table), the Yellow Sea is today awash with an oil spill of its own, with authorities saying there will be a 10 day clean up operation. An explosion at a pipeline occurred after an ( ironically) Libyan Tanker had discharged its load , with pipe lines and storage depots bursting into flames that blazed over the weekend in the Port of Dalian.
Over in the UK , Lloyds of London ( the insurance market ) are reporting a 'supply crunch' that may or may not occur before 'peak oil' is reached in 2020. In addition , Lloyds cite other developments that will force change into how the UK will use its existing energy supllies - interestingly the first two cited are of a political nature ( Climate Change and geopolitical issues) together with a resurgence in coal and natural gas.
Control of oil is now slipping out of the hands of the West , despite numerous wars and dodgy dealings to prop up supplies now being greedily devoured by a developing Asia. Necessity being the Mother of Invention, how long before the panic button is pressed and we see the release of suppressed technology?
July 19th, 2010
Peter John Glynn
First there was conventional war. Then there were the Drones Wars. Now we see a new 'sexy' weapon enter the scene - a weapon which will be no stranger to readers of Asimov, Clarke and Roddenberry.
No sooner has the spectre of drones above the streets of the Western ( and Eastern) World been brandished as 'the way ahead for security and overseas operations' than the same boffins of the military complex reveal a weapon to make drones nigh on unusable.
Anti-drone lasers were unveiled at the Farnborough Airshow last week and according to a BBC report, makers Raytheon said
" ...the solid state fibre laser produces a 50 kilowatt beam and can be used against UAV, mortar, rockets and small surface ships. " By comparison, a coffee machine uses 1 kilowatt. Another test, this off the Californian coast, saw 5 x 5 kilowatt lasers down 4 incoming drones without fuss. A spokesman for Raytheon said
" One of the Navy's problems is that the bad guys have UAV's now." How true.
The company refuses to say what distance lasers have, though admit it is a lot further than the current guns mounted on Navy Patrol Vessels.
As we enter a nightmare scenario of war without end, sci-fi writers will be rubbing their hands at possible scenarios.
Full Report HERE
June 18th, 2010
If Global Warming is real, whether or not its caused by humans, we have apparently past the point of no return and we are done.
WE humans are about to be wiped out in a few decades. The grandchildren of many of us will not live to old age.
Hear it from Frank Fenner, emeritus professor of microbiology at the Australian National University and the man who helped eradicate smallpox.
"Homo sapiens will become extinct, perhaps within 100 years," he told The Australian this week. "It's an irreversible situation." Blame global warming.
Full Story Here
June 9th, 2010
Great story over at Lightspeed Magazine, concerning the fact that the moon landing in 1969 might not have been the first. What if NASA was not the first on the moon, and a cover up has been in place ever since?
Even though Jack McDevitt's story is listed as Fiction, there seems to be lots of grains (or boulders) of truth buried in there...
It's an odd fact that the biggest science story of the twenty-first century-probably the biggest ever-broke in that tabloid of tabloids, The National Bedrock.
I was in the middle of conducting a NASA press conference several days before the Minerva lift-off-the Return to the Moon-and I was fielding softball questions like: "Is it true that if everything goes well, the Mars mission will be moved up?" and "What is Marcia Beckett going to say when she becomes the first person to set foot on lunar soil since Eugene Cernan turned off the lights fifty-four years ago?"
President Gorman and his Russian counterpart, Dmitri Alexandrov, were scheduled to talk to the press from the White house an hour later, so I was strictly a set-up guy. Or that was the plan, anyway, until Warren Cole mentioned the dome.
It was a good time for NASA. We all knew the dangers inherent in overconfidence, but two orbital missions had gone up without a hitch. Either of them could have landed and waved back at us, and the rumor was that Sid Myshko had almost taken the game into his own hands, and that the crew had put it to a vote whether they'd ignore the protocol and go down to the surface regardless of the mission parameters. Sid and his five crewmates denied the story, of course.
I'd just made the point to the pool of reporters that it was Richard Nixon who'd turned off the lights-not the astronaut Eugene Cernan-when Warren Cole began waving his hand. Cole was the AP journalist, seated in his customary spot up front. He was frowning, his left hand in the air, staring down at something on his lap that I couldn't see.
"Warren?" I said. "What've you got?"
"Jerry.…" He looked up, making no effort to suppress a grin. "Have you seen the story that the Bedrock's running?" He held up his iPad.
That started a few people checking their own devices.
"No, I haven't," I said, hoping he was making it up. "I don't usually get to Bedrock this early in the week." Somebody snorted. Then a wave of laughter rippled through the room. "What?" I said. My first thought had been that we were about to have another astronaut scandal, like the one the month before with Barnaby Salvator and half the strippers on the Beach. "What are they saying?"
"The Russians released more lunar orbital pictures from the sixties," He snickered. "They've got one here from the far side of the Moon. If you can believe this, there's a dome back there."
"Yeah." He flipped open his notebook. "Does NASA have a comment?"
"You're kidding, right?" I said.
He twisted the iPad, raised it higher, and squinted at it. "Yep. It's a dome all right."
Full Story Here
May 22nd, 2010
Do you remember back in April of 2009? There was a flu outbreak in Mexico… from that Mexico City had a curfew imposed upon it and troops on the streets. It was well and truly in lock-down. News spread fast and soon Governments went into ‘panic’ mode buying up huge reserves of vaccines and starting their own national programs.
TV presenters went live showing their own vaccinations (although we have no evidence as to what they were really injected with). The media talk of mounting deaths around the world (on the back of the previous bird flu scares) and showed lines of people be ‘responsible parents’ with their children having needles placed into them.
There was no talk in the main media of the dangers possible from such vaccines, nor did they talk about calculated risks – instead they followed the 9-11 mindset of ‘your either with us or against us’, some people were even forced to be vaccinated by their employers.
…and yet WHO benefited? Drug companies/Vaccine manufacturers saw their profits soar, police and military took more control around the world and Globalisation took another step forward under the guise of the World Health Organisation…
Now WHO reflects upon those events and other voices are allowed to be heard:-
As the 193 member states of the World Health Organization meet in Geneva, questions over the body's handling of the H1N1 swine flu pandemic are high on the agenda.
Dr Wolfgang Wodarg, a German doctor and former member of parliament, had been watching the spread of swine flu in Mexico City, and was puzzled at the reaction of the WHO. “What we experienced in Mexico City was a very mild flu which did not kill more than usual - which killed even less people than usual.”
Full Story Here