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Controversy Erupts Over Neil Armstrong’s ‘One Small Step’ Moonwalk Quote

Posted by Anonymous on January 3, 2013


The famous first words uttered by the first person on the moon, Neil Armstrong, may not have been as spontaneous as commonly thought, according to Armstrong’s brother.

Armstrong, after becoming the first human to set foot on Earth’s nearest neighbor in July 1969 during NASA’s historic Apollo 11 mission, said, “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” (Although the “a” isn’t audible in his transmission, the moonwalker insisted that the official quote included the extra word.)

In numerous interviews, and even in his own autobiography, Armstrong said he thought of the words after arriving at the moon, while waiting to exit his lunar module Eagle. But in a new BBC documentary, the astronaut’s brother Dean Armstrong says the two discussed the statement months earlier, when Neil passed Dean a handwritten note during a late-night game of Risk, according to British newspaper the Telegraph.

“On that piece of paper there was ‘That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.’ He says ‘what do you think about that?’ I said ‘fabulous.’ He said ‘I thought you might like that, but I wanted you to read it,'” Dean Armstrong said, according to the Telegraph.

Neil Armstrong, who died Aug. 25 at the age of 82, had never mentioned the conversation publicly. If that scene took place just as Dean Armstrong says, it would contradict numerous statements by the first moonwalker. [Neil Armstrong Buried at Sea (NASA Photos)]

Neil Armstrong said multiple times in multiple venues that he did not think about what to say until he got to the surface of the moon,” said space history and collectibles expert Robert Pearlman, editor of SPACE.com partner site collectSPACE.com. “There were several hours after he landed, during which time he had the opportunity to give thought to what his first words would be.”

That version of the story has been corroborated by other astronauts, as well, including the two other men who flew on the Apollo 11 mission with Armstrong.

“His crewmates Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins have said he did not discuss what he would say with them either before the mission or as the mission was progressing,” Pearlman told SPACE.com.

This new information from Dean Armstrong has ruffled some space enthusiasts and historians, who wonder what Neil Armstrong himself would say if he were still alive.

“Whether intentional or not, Dean Armstrong’s account now suggests his brother has been lying for 40-plus years,” Pearlman said. …

Here are some interesting moon landing conspiracy books: One Small Step? : The Great Moon Hoax and the Race to Dominate Earth from Space, Dark Moon: Apollo and the Whistle-Blowers, We Never Went to the Moon: America’s Thirty Billion Dollar Swindle.

I examined many of the points in these books in detail and reached my view based on the available evidence. See my free article here.

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Doppelganger Series by photographer François Brunelle

Posted by Anonymous on January 3, 2013


Canadian photographer François Brunelle puts together this series of strange coincidences. Unrelated, total strangers to each other, he sought out pairs who looked uncannily alike and shot them side by side. The series entitled, ‘I’m Not a Look-Alike!’, came from an obsession with the idea that everyone on earth has a doppelganger, with the hope of shooting 200 couples and turning the results into a book and exhibition. While some are a little bit of a stretch others definitely fall under the ‘Twilight Zone’ Category. Judge for yourself, ‘classic’ poses and all, in the gallery.

more here: Doppelganger Series by photographer François Brunelle • Selectism.

Woah, that’s wild. How do you find your doppleganger? You could buy the t-shirt: Are You My Doppleganger?

Or perhaps use that face lookup software used by the Department of Homeland Security… Which brings up the scary possibility of you being arrested for something your doppleganger did.

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Being Overweight Is Linked to Lower Risk of Mortality

Posted by Anonymous on January 3, 2013

Image: “Dis-Grace Jones”, Hard Ton copy of the Grace Jones Island Life pre-photoshop realistic composite photo of Grace.

The longest lived among us aren’t necessarily those who are of normal weight, says a new study. According to new research this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association JAMA , researchers say that being overweight may lead to a longer life. The somewhat surprising conclusion comes from an enormous, detailed review of over 100 previously published research papers connecting body weight and mortality risk among 2.88 million study participants living around the world. The new research CONFIRMs that obese people, and particularly those who are extremely obese, tend to die earlier than those of normal weight. But the findings also suggest that people who are overweight but not obese may live longer than people with clinically normal body weight. The new report is the largest and most comprehensive review of how weight, measured as body mass index BMI , a measure comparing the ratio of height to weight, can influence longevity. Previous studies that have exposed the link in the past, however, have raised questions about whether the overweight advantage is real.

“We published an article in 2005 that showed, among other things, that overweight was associated with lower mortality — and we got an awful lot of negative feedback from that,” says the current study’s lead author, Katherine Flegal, a senior research scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC . Since that study, however, dozens of others have reached the same conclusion — even if it was hard for researchers and the public to accept. “I think there’s a lot of under reporting of this finding … and so people are sort of repeatedly surprised by it,” Flegal says. Because many researchers don’t expect to find a benefit associated with being overweight, she suggests, they may not believe their results are valid if they find such a connection, which may make them more hesitant to publish them and invite review and discussion about what may be driving the trend. For the new study, Flegal and her colleagues analyzed every study they could find that broke down death risk broken by the standard BMI categories set by the World Health Organization WHO in the late 1990s: with underweight defined as BMI less than 18.5, normal weight being BMI between 18.5 and 25, overweight being BMI between 25 and 30, and obese as BMI of over 30. Men or women who are 5’4″ would have “normal” BMI if they weighed between 108 and 145 pounds, for example, and overweight if they weighed 146 to 174 pounds, and obese if weighed more than that.

In the new JAMA study, Flegal and colleagues only looked at research using the WHO categories. Even so, she acknowledges that interpreting the results may be confusing, since the names of the WHO “normal” and “overweight” categories don’t necessarily correspond to commonly held perceptions. Today, roughly 33% of U.S. adults are clinically overweight, according to WHO standards, and an additional 36% are obese. By those standards, the average American is not clinically normal weight at all, but considered overweight. So in fact, the overweight people in the study who tend to live longest may not be fatter than most people at all. Among Americans, at least, they may actually be of average weight.

In addition, say doctors, weight alone may not be enough to understand an individual’s risk of developing disease and dying early. The latest research shows, for example, that it’s not just the fat that comes with weight gain, but the type of fat, particularly fat that accumulates around the belly, that might be more life-threatening. All of which suggests that the connection between weight and health is a complicated one that may not be measured simply in years lived. …

via Being Overweight Is Linked to Lower Risk of Mortality | TIME.com.

So, thin people with fat guts are not in the long life category? Well, it only took me three hard days hiking and camping at 10,000 feet to lose mine. I can do it again. There are many absurd ideas about losing belly fat on line, including taking deep breaths. That may help you relax, but I think you need overall exercise, plenty of water, and you may need to cut out wheat. Read Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health


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Bigfoot Captured?

Posted by Anonymous on January 3, 2013

The news just keeps coming and even more details have surfaced. Ed Smith now claims that “Daisy“, the Bigfoot, has now been moved to an “examination area” where it could take up to 72 hours to conduct the examination. A press release is expected to happen within the 48 hours. Details about the creature’s weight, height, hair color and gender is still unknown at this time. Here’s what Smith posted this morning via the Mid-America Bigfoot Research Center Forums:

It appears that an unprecedented event is in motion, having been on the inside of this operation and now observing from the outside is a defiant change.

So here is what I know: “Daisy” has been moved to a examination area about 12 miles from the capture site at 3:17 this morning after being properly sedated. The capture site and examination area are on private property leased and or owned in order to conduct research and operations of this type. This was confirmed by a source in the Quantra Group.

Here is what I don’t know: The weight height hair color gender or location of capture. Or the health of the specimen.
Nor the actions leading up to the capture of the specimen.

Here is what I’m speculating: the examination team is continuing to assemble, examination should take 72 hours.

If they go by the plan then a decision about release or storage in a repository will be made with in 48 hours after the examination is completed.

If release is chosen then a press release should be forth coming after the examination is competed, if the specimen is sent to the repository then a press and information release would happen with in 30 to 90 days thats by the operations plan.

Reasons for moving the specimen to a repository include health issues, prolonged examination and on the darker side private investment group interests. …

via BigfootEvidence

Bigfoot is an alien drone. As soon as the reptilians realize it is captured, they will make it invisible and discredit the people who thought they’d captured it.  They will do this by eating the bigfoot hunters and replacing them with alien look-a-likes that exhibit slightly bizarre behaviors. ;-)

I do think they exist based on the expert testimony of Jimmy Chilcutt a fingerprint technician at the Conroe Police Department.

… highly regarded by agents of the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and state and local law enforcement agencies…

… in doing what comes naturally — being careful and thorough — he ended up rocking his own skepticism about one of the most sensational tales that routinely show up in the tabloids.

Chilcutt’s quest to squeeze more information out of fingerprints led him to develop a rare expertise in nonhuman primate prints. He tried to use his special knowledge to debunk alleged evidence of Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch.

But his examination of alleged Bigfoot footprint castings didn’t lead to the conclusion he had expected. He now believes that — while some of them are fakes — some are the genuine prints of a reclusive animal that has yet to be documented and studied. – link

This is what keeps me on the lookout for scientific proof ( see Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science ) while others dismiss all Bigfoot sightings as hoaxes. I’ve dressed up in a bigfoot outfit myself and had a horror film maker film me in the woods. Even if I had a realistic costume and got the walk down so it looked real, I would not have been able to carve the very fine detail onto the fake feet in a way that would fool a real fingerprint expert into believing they were real. Look at the detail on your fingerprints… Could you carve a non-human primate fingerprint realistic enough to fool an expert onto a fake bigfoot foot? I couldn’t. Take a good look again at your own finger prints and what a steady hand it would take to make those almost microscopic parallel lines that nature gave us so we can hold onto tree limbs when it rains.

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Drones will “Zap Protesters into Submission”?

Posted by Anonymous on January 3, 2013

Here’s an Infowars post. I have to confess that I’ve never heard of a “fly-tipper” until now.

… a Wired News report details how police forces worldwide are preparing to unveil drone aircraft that can not only conduct surveillance of protesters, but also zap them into submission with non-lethal weapons.

As part of their ongoing mission to “protect and serve” the new world order, cops across the world are getting access to military drones which allow them to “carry out surveillance on everyone from protesters and antisocial motorists to fly-tippers,” reports Wired News.

The report details how the future of policing will resemble something approaching a combination of They Live and The Running Man, with unmanned drones replacing police helicopters whizzing around everywhere torturing and knocking out anyone who misbehaves.

According to the report, this is a natural progression from CCTV cameras that shout at passers-by, currently deployed in several UK cities, only now drones will be fitted with LRAD acoustic devices, torture sound weapons that were indiscriminately used and abused during the G20 summit in Pittsburgh on innocent members of the public who were just walking down the street and had not even dared to engage in the criminal activity of expressing their First Amendment right to assemble. …

Also available to police will be a drone that can fire tear gas as well as rubber pellets to disperse anyone still living under the delusion that they were born in a democratic country. …

Another option will be a mini-flying saucer drone fitted with a Taser gun, primed to shoot 50,000-volts into anyone who refuses to bow down at the feet of global government.

“Taser stun guns are now so light (about 150 grams) that they could be mounted on the smaller drones. Antoine di Zazzo, head of SMP Technologies, which distributes tasers in France, says the company is fitting one to a small quad-rotor iDrone (another quad-rotor toy helicopter), which some have called a “flying saucer”.

Since police routinely use Tasers as a method of “pain compliance,” ie torture, and not in genuinely threatening situations, abuse of the devices is widespread in every country that has introduced them. Since June 2001, over 350 people have died in the United States after being hit with these “non-lethal weapons”. Imagine how incidents of abuse would skyrocket once the personal element of using a Taser is removed and they are strapped to marauding surveillance drones, eliminating any responsibility for deaths and injuries that occur. …

via Infowars

Is humanity on the slow road back to complete slavery? There are more people in slavery today than you may realize.

Whether it is called human trafficking, bonded labor, forced labor, or sex trafficking, it is present worldwide, including within the United States and, increasingly, in your local community.

An estimated 12 – 27 million people are caught in one or another form of slavery. Between 600,000 and 800,000 are trafficked internationally, with as many as 17,500 people trafficked into the United States. Nearly three out of every four victims are women. Half of modern-day slaves are children. – freedomcenter

This figure, of course, does not account for the billions who work most of their lives at crappy low paying jobs, jobs dangerous to their physical health. It does not include those lucky millions who have really great jobs but who work with toxic people.

Anger is part of your immune system. If you don’t express it, if you defend your attacker out of loyalty and turn your rightful anger instead inward, your body can end up attacking itself. Don’t do that. Stop it. It’s like smoking. You’ve got to quit… but don’t quit breathing. You still need air. Keep a safe distance from smokers. If you can’t leave the room yet and can’t change their behavior by changing your own, buy a damn good gas mask. Build walls. And build bridges to new places. Do not let behavior from anyone disrupt your deep inner peace. Free your mind and the rest will follow. Life is too short.

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Iran says captures two U.S.-made miniature surveillance drones

Posted by Anonymous on January 3, 2013

The RQ-11 Raven is a lightweight unmanned aircraft system (UAS) designed for rapid deployment and high mobility for military and commercial operations.

Iran has captured two miniature U.S.-made surveillance drones over the past 17 months, Iranian media reported on Wednesday.Several drone incidents over the past year have highlighted tension in the Gulf as Iran and the United States flex their military capabilities in the vital oil exporting region in a standoff over Iran’s disputed nuclear program.The lightweight RQ11 Raven drones were brought down by Iranian air defense units in separate incidents in August 2011 and November 2012, Rear Admiral Amir Rastegari told Fars news agency.”Much of the data of these drones has been decoded by the Army’s jihad and research center,” he said, without elaborating.Manufactured by AeroVironment, the RQ11 Raven has a wingspan of 1.36 meters 4.5 feet and a range of 10 kilometers 6.2 miles and is used by the U.S. military for low-altitude surveillance.Iran said on December 4 that it had captured a U.S. intelligence ScanEagle drone in its air space over the Gulf in the previous few days, but the United States said there was no evidence to support the assertion.The U.S. Navy said had not lost any unmanned aircraft in the area. The four-foot 1.25 meter ScanEagle surveillance drones built by Boeing Co are deployed in the region by the United States military and also by other countries.In November, the United States said Iranian warplanes shot at a U.S. drone flying in international air space. Iran said the aircraft had entered its air space to spy on Iranian oil platforms and said it would respond “decisively” to any incursions.

via Iran says captures two U.S.-made miniature surveillance drones | Reuters.

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