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Russia’s future moon mission will check if America actually landed there

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Russias future moon mission will check if America actually landed there

Conspiracy theories surrounding the Apollo program have existed for longer than many of us have been alive and have evolved so much in that time that they’ve essentially formed their own sub-genre of conspiracy theory. They vary wildly in terms of complexity and plausibility, but most of them claim that, for any number of reasons and by any number of means, NASA faked the manned moon landings of the late 1960s and early 1970s. This belief is especially prevalent among Russians, with a poll conducted by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) finding that about 57% of Russians believe NASA faked the manned moon landings, which isn’t exactly surprising.

With the success of the Apollo 11 mission in 1969, which saw Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong become the first men to set foot on the moon, the United States effectively “won” one of the biggest pissing matches of the Cold War: the Space Race. While it’s hard to say the Soviet Union “lost” the Space Race given how many economic, social, and technological benefits it gained from the competition, the United States asserting its technological superiority with the Apollo 11 mission definitely left a bad taste in the mouths of the Soviet people. This taste still lingers in the mouths of many Russians, which is why it’s not surprising to learn that so many of them believe the Americans had to cheat in order to “win” the Space Race.

This topic was actually brought up during a recent conversation between Dmitry Rogozin, the Director General of Russia’s space agency, and Igor Dodon, the President of Moldova. During the conversation, Mr. Rogozin was asked whether or not NASA actually sent men to the moon with the Apollo program, to which he responded that Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, will attempt to verify the authenticity of NASA’s claims during one of its future missions to the moon. It should be noted that his response was accompanied by a smile and a shrug, meaning it may very well have been a joke, but the context of his conversation with President Dodon is far more interesting than the meaning of any of his comments.

The two men were discussing the future of space exploration, a topic which has seen a resurgence of interest in recent years. The end of the Space Race saw interest in space exploration wane significantly; why compete in a competition that’s already over? That isn’t to say that countries stopped caring about space, far from it, but space missions became less about national prestige and more about pure science, which meant it was less interesting to the public and, by extension, the politicians who represented them. However, with rising powers like China and India wanting to demonstrate their technological capabilities to the world and billionaires like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos dreaming of their own, private space missions, interest in space exploration has been exploding. There are even claims that we’re entering a new Space Race, only this time there are more competitors and private corporations will play a much larger role.

China, India, Israel, Japan, Germany, Russia, and the United States are all working to land robots on the moon in the future, but only China, Japan, Russia, and the United States are working to land humans on the moon. By the time either China or Japan have actually completed their manned lunar landings, however, Russia should be in the process of building a permanent lunar base and the United States may have already completed its own such base, possibly with the help of Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin. As for Mars, only China, the European Union, India, Japan, and the United States are working to land robots on the planet, while only the United States is working to land humans there. Elon Musk’s SpaceX, an American company, is also working to send humans to Mars, but Musk is notorious for promising more than he can deliver, so SpaceX’s plans for Mars should be taken with a grain of salt for the time being.

It’s clear that the United States will be far and away the biggest player in the so-called “Space Race 2.0”, with Russia being a distant second and China and Japan following somewhere behind. The other nations are more like participants than actual competitors, but then again, this isn’t exactly a competition. Unlike the first Space Race, this isn’t a pissing match, and all the participants are collaborating with one another in an effort to further our understanding of the universe and potentially lay the foundations for the future of human civilization. While growing tensions around the world may change this in the future, as it stands now, the next Space Race looks to be much more friendly and mutually beneficial than the last one. I’m looking forward to it!

I’m also looking forward to seeing if 57% of Russians in the 2030s will think America faked the Mars landings.

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  1. Public Citizen

    November 26, 2018 at 1:06 am

    So what evidence and oversight will there be to ensure that the Russians don’t fake their mission to the Moon in the same fashion that the conspiracy theorists allege the NASA Moon Landings were purportedly faked?

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NIAC report shows America is insanely ill-prepared for a catastrophic power outage

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NIAC report shows America is insanely ill-prepared for a catastrophic power outage

In the United States, many citizens take the power grid for granted. There has never been a nationwide catastrophic power outage in our history. While localized events like Hurricane Katrina exposed our inability to handle smaller scale long-term outages, an alarming report by the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) says we’re still not ready for a wide-scale outage.

While our preparedness remains insufficient, the ways in which a catastrophic power outage could occur have increased dramatically. Between higher potency of natural disasters, the rise of cyberterrorism, electromagnetic events from space, and a high risk of electromagnetic attacks, the potential for such an event are higher than ever before. At this point, such events would cripple the nation, perhaps irreversibly.

The 94-page report is loaded with things one might think came from The Onion. It warns that since the council was formed in 2001, the threat risks have outpaced improvements in countermeasures. Perhaps the most alarming takeaway is that there is currently no established protocol to follow from top to bottom in case of such an event.

At this point, we’re still at the recommendation stage of determining who would be in charge of efforts to stabilize the power grid in case of catastrophic failure. While the report recommends the Secretary of Homeland Security would be in charge over both the Department of Energy and Department of Defense, that designation has not been officially made. It’s hard to imagine DHS taking command of the military in any circumstance, but that’s essentially what the report recommends.

As the Washington Examiner says, it may be time for preppers to ramp up their efforts while non-preppers should reconsider their stance.

Start prepping! Electric grid ‘prime target’ of terrorists, ‘profound threat,’ says DHS

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/start-prepping-electric-grid-prime-target-of-terrorists-profound-threat-says-dhsThe report is an urgent call to action to organize a uniform reaction to a grid attack, harden it from attack, warn of the threats and push regular Americans into preparing for the worst.

It also calls for federal spending instead of a reliance on rate hikes by individual utilities to fix their systems and said that $1 spent to protect the grid will save $6 in the case of recovery.

“The power grid is a prime target for attack by nation states, and it is not fair for ratepayers to bear the full burden for this national security function,” said the report, which looked at the potential of a “catastrophic” half-year blackout that could impact 75 million.

My Take

Yes, it’s time to prepare. The threats are so numerous and some of them are so easily achievable through terrorism, it’s hard to believe we haven’t been hit yet.

As noted earlier, it’s very discouraging that in the event of a nationwide catastrophic power outage, nobody in DC knows exactly what to do. Keep in mind, this isn’t the type of report where they would hold back information for the sake of lulling our enemies into a state of complacency. We would want them to think we had a clear handle on any situation they could dream up. If anything, this report increases the chances that someone would make an attempt.

What’s worse is that the report recommends essentially handing over control of recovery efforts to the Secretary of Homeland Security. Currently, that person is Kirstjen Nielsen. While she seems competent enough to handle her duties, there have been questions about her job security. Her biggest defender has been Chief of Staff John Kelly and he’s on his way out this month. Will Nielson be next? If so, would an attack on our power grid be timed by our enemies during a transition period? Scary thought.

It isn’t just the government who seems completely unprepared based on the report. Most Americans are scarcely able to survive a week without a trip to the grocery store. Alarmists have been screaming for years. Today, it may be time to start listening.

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Louie Gohmert is right about Soros, but harmed our ability to combat his agenda

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Louie Gohmert is right about Soros but harmed our ability to combat his agenda

Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) was on Fox Business Network’s Varney & Co earlier today when he shifted the conversation from George Orwell to George Soros. In the following segment, host Stuart Varney apologized for the comments.

“In the last hour one of our guests, Congressman Louie Gohmert, for some reason went out of his way to bring up George Soros and made unsubstantiated and false allegations against him. I want to make clear those views are not shared by me, this program, or anyone at Fox Business,” Varney said on-air.

Gohmert responded:

“Soros himself admitted in a 60 Minutes interview with Steve Kroft on December 20, 1998 that he had no regrets whatsoever about assisting the Nazis in confiscating property from the Jewish people during the Holocaust. That is a fact. Any person with any sense of empathy for their fellow human beings would regret the part they played in confiscating Jewish property during the Holocaust. My remarks were not anti-Semitic. Even the Israeli government has condemned Soros. They were about the horror of his lack of remorse over his actions. It was a pro-Jewish statement on my part and supportive of the statement that the Israeli government made last year that anti-Soros statements are not anti-Semitic because George Soros ‘continuously undermines Israel’s democratically elected governments by funding organizations that defame the Jewish state and seek to deny it the right to defend itself.’”

To corroborate his claims, Gohmert linked to a 1998 interview with Soros on 60 Minutes:

He also linked to a statement made by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

Clarification – Israel deplores any expression of anti-Semitism in any country and stands with Jewish communities everywhere in confronting this hatred.

This was the sole purpose of the statement issued by Israel’s ambassador to Hungary. In no way was the statement meant to delegitimize criticism of George Soros, who continuously undermines Israel’s democratically elected governments by funding organizations that defame the Jewish state and seek to deny it the right to defend itself.

My Take

George Soros is not a friend of Israel. He and his many companies and organizations are the strongest catalysts for far-left progressive thoughts overtaking much of society.

With that said, Gohmert was picking the wrong fight. It’s clear from the interview that Soros did, as a child, assist in taking property from Jews during the Holocaust. He also expressed no guilt for doing so. But he explained that it was the Nazis who were taking the property and his participation as a child who didn’t understand what was happening is the reason he felt no guilt.

From a fact-checking perspective, Gohmert was correct. But the physical actions of moving property on orders from adults is nowhere near the scope of the real damage Soros would inflict as an adult. It’s a distraction from the real dangers he represents and harms the credibility of those who are opposed to Soros’ current agenda.

George Soros represents arguably the greatest threat to sovereignty, freedom, and self governance. Louie Gohmert’s attacks on his inconsequential actions as a child were a poor reflection on those who are fighting the real battle against this dangerous man.

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Cybersecurity adviser Rudy Giuliani doesn’t understand the internet

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Cybersecurity adviser Rudy Giuliani doesnt understand the internet

The person President Trump picked as his cybersecurity adviser is making claims of a conspiracy against him and the President perpetrated by Twitter. While Rudy Giuliani correct in assuming anti-Trump bias at Twitter, he’s wrong in believing that bias was turned against him. In fact, he’s the one who made the mistake, but his understanding of how the internet works is shockingly lacking.

On Sunday, Giuliani Tweeted this:

You’ll notice a link to G-20.in that was automatically turned into a hyperlink because Giuliani forgot to put a space at the end of the sentence. This is done whenever any letters or numbers precede a period immediately followed by a top level domain (TLD), such as [dot]com or [dot]net. In this case, it was [dot]in, the code for Indian websites.

An industrious leftist noticed it, bought the domain, and put up an anti-Trump message.

Fearing he was targeted by Twitter or someone who was given access to edit his post, Giuliani Tweeted this yesterday:

His argument that the “same thing-period no space-occurred later” references the part where he excluded the space in “Helsinki.Either” in the original Tweet. Unfortunately for Giuliani’s conspiracy theory, [dot]Either isn’t a TLD.

It’s probably best for someone a little more tech-savvy to handle Giuliani’s Twitter account for him. It may also behoove the nation if someone a lot more tech savvy could replace him as President Trump’s cybersecurity adviser.

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