Friday, September 24, 2010

Pioneer 10 Anomaly, Mahmoud's 9/11 Inquiry, David Brooks

EJ Dionne Jr
David Axelrod
Stephen Kinzer
Ron Chernow
"Is the Tea Party one of the most successful scams in American political history?" - EJ Dionne Jr
"Any movement that regularly summons the ghosts of the founders as a like-minded group of theorists ends up promoting an uncomfortably one-sided reading of history." - Ron Chernow
"Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one." - Benjamin Franklin

Most of my family have stopped reading my blog a long time ago. When I related to my sister what I had posted about the Vatican, she said that when the men in black come for me, she hopes that they take one clear shot to the head, and leave the rest of them alone. I don't think that I am very harsh in my judgments, but maybe I have pissed off a lot of people all over the world. So far I haven't received any death threats, just a couple generic rants that all of "you people" should be blown off the face of the earth, but that came from my younger brother, who is a sociopath... I actually get very little comments, though my writing style doesn't lend much room for debate.

I was reading al-Arabiya, looking at news of the Middle East, when I came across this article on the Poineer 10 Anomaly. I confess that I hadn't heard of this before, but I haven't been reading much science since 2005. The anomaly found that the Poineer 10 and 11 spacecraft have been slowing down once they got to the edges of our solar system, but there is nothing out there to suggest any gravitational deviations. This strange force that essentially wants the spacecraft to go backwards suggests that we may have gotten our data wrong from them in the form of a transmission error, or what we know as physics of the universe is all wrong. From the Planetary Society's website: "Something strange is happening in the outer reaches of our solar system. The Pioneer 10 and 11 spacecraft are not where they are supposed to be. These missions, launched in 1972 and 1973, have covered hundreds of millions of kilometers, heading toward the edge of our solar system. But something is holding them back. Each year, they fall behind in their projected travel by about 5,000 kilometers (3,000 miles).

Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientist John Anderson and his colleagues have been searching for an explanation since 1980. But as of yet, they have found nothing conclusive; no spacecraft behavior or previously unknown property of the outer solar system can explain the deceleration of the Pioneer spacecraft. Scientists are being forced to consider the unthinkable: something may be wrong with our understanding of the laws of physics. An important line of inquiry will be to study mounds of Doppler (velocity) data and spacecraft status data (like temperatures) that have been unavailable to researchers—but that is about to change" With the funding of NASA and all future projects possibly down the drain, we may never figure out the answer to this question. The cool thing is that you can participate in finding the solution, if you are interested click on this link to the Planetary Society. It won't make up for such cool projects as going to the dark side of the moon and looking for what is believed to be alien artifacts, as seen in old photos of the moon landing, or sending a manned flight to Mars now that we have found signs of previous life-forms, or even sending another spacecraft beyond our solar system to the final frontier.

One question about this force, is it a natural force of unknown physics sending spacecraft backwards into our solar system, or is it an intelligently designed force meant to keep us from leaving our solar system? A common consensus among those individuals who practice "astral traveling" is that whenever they reach the edges of the solar system, beings appear to escort them back. One remote viewer maintains that there is something similar to the monolith in Kubrick's A Space Oddeysey that is generating this field. But, unless we still have a space program and make plans to further investigate anomalies like this, their answers will remain speculation and prey to our fantasies.

Conspiracy theorists rejoice! In his speech before the UN, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad suggested that there was a US conspiracy behind 9/11, and that the UN should set up an inquiry to look into it.
"I did not pass judgement, but don't you feel that the time has come to have a fact finding committee?"
Of course, every American on the East Coast got riled up and took offense. President Barack Obama said this morning that the comments were offensive and hateful: "And particularly for him to make the statement here in Manhattan, just a little north of Ground Zero, where families lost their loved ones, people of all faiths, all ethnicities who see this as the seminal tragedy of this generation, for him to make a statement like that was inexcusable," he said in an interview with the BBC Persian news service."
Our government and media have refused to consider that there may have been elements working within our different government agencies that were complicit in the planning of 9/11, but it is a bunch of theories that have spread all over the world. You can click on this link to the David Icke archives, which contain over 10 pages of article headlines, and read away... I've read most of the conspiracy theories, read the 9/11 report and the subsequent crticisms of the report, and even watched the documentaries made by the History Channel, which were badly made.

On the surface, both Obama and Ahmadinejad act repelled by each other, and no talks were scheduled between them for this week. The schizophrenic nature of the Obama administration exhibited itself with Obama cursing Mahmoud in one breath, then saying how much he hoped that our countries could get together and talk. The state department issued a statement that they had no planned talks, so they passed up a golden opportunity to have our guys talk with their guys, even if its in the backroom somewhere. Actually, I'm sure there have been talks, kept hush hush, but I expected more graciousness from Obama, to at least spend an hour with Ahmadinejad would reduce hostilities elevenfold. We can't leave the task of charming the world's dictators to Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, this generation is going to have to grow up and step up to the plate and dispense some diplomacy. Perhaps its true, those rumors that Hillary Clinton is letting the Pentagon dictate foreign policy. It explains why we are letting statesmanship die and making statements that sound like they came from a belligerent five-year-old...

David Brooks

If you still feel like reading, click on the link to David Brooks's opinion piece in the New York Times. I have been saying the same thing for over a year now, but he says it much more eloquently, that our anger comes from failure, each failure in government comes from a lack of responsibility, and that we need to restore that sense of responsibility to make government work again. I call it my trickle up pundit theory: "Because when you listen carefully, you notice the public anger doesn’t quite match the political class anger. The political class is angry about ideological things: bloated government or the predatory rich. The public seems to be angry about values.

The heart of any moral system is the connection between action and consequences. Today’s public anger rises from the belief that this connection has been severed in one realm after another.

Financiers send the world into recession and don’t seem to suffer. Neighbors take on huge mortgages and then just walk away when they go underwater. Washington politicians avoid living within their means. Federal agencies fail and get rewarded with more responsibilities.

What the country is really looking for is a restoration of responsibility. If some smart leader is going to help us get out of ideological gridlock, that leader will reframe politics around this end."

Yet the Republican Party failed to act responsibly when they unveiled their new campaign promises, what they want to do if they controlled Congress after the elections in November. Except that they were like every other plan that they have made public in the last two years - full of talking points and lacking any substance, nothing specific was mentioned beyond keeping all of the Bush tax cuts. Even the conservative blogs like redstate slammed them... Guys, the first thing you need to do is get rid of Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, the tweedledum and tweedledee of political strategists... Anyway, thanks for joining the grumpy old man camp, David...

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