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« Reply #10260 on: Mar 13th, 2014, 3:56pm »

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Malaysia jet sent 'pings' after going missing, sources say

By Anshuman Daga and Mark Hosenball

KUALA LUMPUR/WASHINGTON
Thu Mar 13, 2014 3:55pm EDT

(Reuters) - Satellites picked up faint electronic pulses from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 after it went missing on Saturday, but the signals gave no information about where the stray jet was heading and little else about its fate, two sources close to the investigation said on Thursday.

But the "pings" indicated that the aircraft's maintenance troubleshooting systems were switched on and ready to communicate with satellites, showing the aircraft, with 239 people on board, was at least capable of communicating after the jet lost touch with Malaysian air traffic controllers.

The system transmits such pings about once an hour, according to the sources, who said five or six were heard. However, the pings alone are not proof that the plane was in the air or on the ground, the sources said.

An international search is under way over a vast area in the Gulf of Thailand, the Andaman Sea and on both sides of the Malay Peninsula. The United States, which has sent ships and planes, said the area may be expanding into the Indian Ocean.

"It's my understanding that based on some new information that's not necessarily conclusive - but new information - an additional search area may be opened in the Indian Ocean," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters in Washington.

U.S. defense officials later told Reuters that the U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer, USS Kidd, was en route to Strait of Malacca, west of the Malaysian peninsula, to continue the search for the missing jet, answering a request from the Malaysian government. The Kidd had been searching the areas south of the Gulf of Thailand, along with the destroyer USS Pinckney.

A U.S. defense official said a Navy P-3 Orion aircraft had already searched the Strait of Malacca.

LITTLE FRESH LIGHT

The new information shed little light on the mystery of what happened to the plane, whether there was a technical failure, a hijacking or another kind of incident on board after it took off from Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing.

While the troubleshooting systems were functioning, no data links were opened, the sources said, because the companies involved had not subscribed to that level of service from the satellite operator, the sources said.

Boeing Co, which made the missing 777 airliner, and Rolls-Royce, which supplied its Trent engines, declined to comment.

Earlier Malaysian officials denied reports that the aircraft had continued to send technical data and said there was no evidence that it flew for hours after losing contact with air traffic controllers early Saturday.

The Wall Street Journal had reported that U.S. aviation investigators and national security officials believed the Boeing 777 flew for a total of five hours, based on data automatically downloaded and sent to the ground from its engines as part of a standard monitoring program.

Malaysian authorities have said the last civilian contact occurred as the Boeing 777-200ER flew north into the Gulf of Thailand. They said military radar sightings indicated the plane may have turned sharply to the west and crossed the Malay Peninsula toward the Andaman Sea.

It is one of the most baffling mysteries in the history of modern aviation - there has been no trace of the plane since nor any sign of wreckage despite a search by the navies and military aircraft of over a dozen countries across Southeast Asia.

"It's extraordinary that with all the (satellite and telecommunication) technology that we've got that an aircraft can disappear like this," Tony Tyler, the head of the International Air Transport Association that links over 90 percent of the world's airlines, told reporters in London.

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On the sixth day of the search, planes scanned an area of sea where Chinese satellite images had shown what could be debris but found no sign of the airliner.

Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein told a news conference the images were provided accidentally, saying the Chinese government neither authorized nor endorsed putting them on a website. "The image is not confirmed to be connected to the plane," he said.

It was the latest in a series of contradictory reports, adding to the confusion and agony of the relatives of the passengers, about two-thirds of whom were Chinese.

As frustration mounted over the failure to find any trace of the plane, China heaped pressure on Malaysia to improve coordination in the search.

Premier Li Keqiang, speaking at a news conference in Beijing, demanded that the "relevant party" step up coordination while China's civil aviation chief said he wanted a "smoother" flow of information from Malaysia, which has come under heavy criticism for its handling of the disaster.

Indonesia and Thailand have said their militaries detected no sign of any unusual aircraft in their airspace. Malaysia has asked India for help in tracing the aircraft and New Delhi's coastguard planes have joined the search.

Malaysian police have said they were investigating whether any passengers or crew on the plane had personal or psychological problems that might shed light on the mystery, along with the possibility of a hijacking, sabotage or mechanical failure.

Two of the passengers on board were discovered by investigators to have false passports, but they were apparently seeking to emigrate illegally to the West.

The Boeing 777 has one of the best safety records of any commercial aircraft in service. Its only previous fatal crash came on July 6 last year when Asiana Airlines Flight 214 struck a seawall with its undercarriage on landing in San Francisco, killing three people.


(Additional reporting by Niluksi Koswanage, Siva Govindasamy, Yantoultra Ngui and Al Zaquan Amer Hamzah in Kuala Lumpur, Ben Blanchard in Beijing, Mai Nguyen, Ho Binh Minh and Martin Petty in Hanoi, Tim Hepher in Paris, Mark Hosenball and Andrea Shalal in Washington, and Brenda Goh in London; Writing by David Storey; Editing by Frank McGurty)

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The White House Has Been Covering Up the Presidency’s Role in Torture for Years

By Marcy Wheeler
13 Mar 2014, 4:18 PM EDT

The fight between the CIA and the Senate Intelligence Committee over the Committee’s Torture Report – which Dan Froomkin covered here https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/03/11/cia-search-congressional-computer-sparks-constitutional-crisis/
– has now zeroed in on the White House.

Did the White House order the CIA to withdraw 920 documents from a server made available to Committee staffers, as Senator Dianne Feinstein says the agency claimed in 2010? Were those documents – perhaps thousands of them – pulled in deference to a White House claim of executive privilege, as Senator Mark Udall and then CIA General Counsel Stephen Preston suggested last fall? And is the White House continuing to withhold 9,000 pages of documents without invoking privilege, as McClatchy reported yesterday?

We can be sure about one thing: The Obama White House has covered up the Bush presidency’s role in the torture program for years. Specifically, from 2009 to 2012, the administration went to extraordinary lengths to keep a single short phrase, describing President Bush’s authorization of the torture program, secret.

Some time before October 29, 2009, then National Security Advisor Jim Jones filed an ex parte classified declaration with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, in response to a FOIA request by the ACLU seeking documents related to the torture program. In it, Jones argued that the CIA should not be forced to disclose the “source of the CIA’s authority,” as referenced in the title of a document providing “Guidelines for Interrogations” and signed by then CIA Director George Tenet. That document was cited in two Justice Department memos at issue in the FOIA. Jones claimed that “source of authority” constituted an intelligence method that needed to be protected.

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Are UFO experts being murdered? New book to investigate 'pattern' of deaths

A crop circle researcher found floating in the sea and the rapid decline of a UFO expert who believed he had found an alien skull, are the latest in what some claim is a ‘pattern’ of suspicious deaths of UFO experts.

by Rob Waugh – 1 hour 25 minutes ago (14 March 2014)

A crop circle researcher found floating off the coast of Portsmouth and the rapid decline of a UFO expert who believed he had found an alien skull, are the latest in what some UFO researchers claim is a ‘pattern’ of suspicious deaths of researchers into extraterrestrial sightings, stretching back to as early as 1947.

A plane supposedly shot down by the U.S. military is believed to have been carrying fragments of a flying saucer, while the death of first U.S. Secretary of Defense, James Forrestal, is believed to be UFO related. Some believe that victims number in their dozens.

The pattern of suspicious deaths hit the headlines again this year as activist Steve Bassett spoke on the subject on national radio show C2C in America. A new book, Close Encounters of the Fatal Kind by Nick Redfern, is due out this summer.

“Recent cases include, 44-year-old Paul Vigay, who was a leading crop circle researcher who had worked on Mel Gibson’s film Signs. He was found floating off the coast of Portsmouth, Hants., in February 2009,” says Nigel Watson, author of The Haynes UFO Investigations Manual.

Watson says that while many UFO researchers believe the killings to be the work of government agents, some believe that the killings may be the work of aliens themselves, to cover up their presence on our planet.

“Many of these cases could be coincidences or people trying to make something out of nothing - but there are certainly some strange incidents,” Watson says. “UFO researcher Philip Schneider’s became increasingly fearful for his personal safety; ‘government vans’ followed him and several attempts were made to run his car off the road. Eventually, his worst fears were confirmed in January 1996. A friend broke into his apartment in Willsonville, Oregon, where his dead body had been rotting for several days. At first, it was thought he had died from a stroke, and then an autopsy found that rubber tubing had been wrapped and knotted around his neck.”

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MH370: Malaysian police search home of pilot as new theory emerges

Police search Zaharie Ahmad Shah's home as it is confirmed that missing plane's communications were 'deliberately disabled'.

by Kate Hodal in Songkhla
Saturday 15 March 2014 08.14 EDT

Malaysian police have begun searching the home of the pilot at the helm of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, after the country's prime minister confirmed that the Boeing 777's communications were deliberately disabled by "someone on the plane".

Police officers arrived at 53-year-old captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah's home on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur shortly after the PM, Najib Razak, finished his dramatic press conference, during which he told reporters new satellite data indicated that MH370 last made contact roughly seven hours after it vanished from civilian radar one week ago.

While the raw satellite footage has helped investigators determine that the plane was still flying long after it lost contact with air traffic control at 1.22am on Saturday 8 March with 239 people on board, it could not discern the aircraft's exact location, Najib said – putting it anywhere along two possible flight corridors: a northern corridor stretching from Kazakhstan, in central Asia, down to northern Thailand; and a southern corridor stretching from Indonesia towards the southern Indian Ocean.

While authorities had initially focused their investigation on the missing plane on four possible explanations, including possible hijacking, sabotage, or the personal or psychological problems of the crew or passengers, the "new information" that had come to light was forcing investigators to rethink their strategy, Najib said.

"In view of this latest development, the Malaysian authorities have refocused their investigation into the crew and passengers on board," he told reporters on Saturday.

The satellite data indicates that the plane was flying far longer than had been initially believed, and is likely to instigate what may be the biggest hunt ever for a missing plane. Some 14 countries, 43 ships and 58 aircraft are already involved in search and rescue efforts, but the two new flight corridors will necessitate the assistance of the countries underneath those corridors – including, possibly, Burma, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Nepal, Tajikistan and Afghanistan.

The hunt for the plane will therefore require military and diplomatic co-operation as investigators attempt to piece together, through civilian, military and satellite data, what the exact fate of the missing jet may be.

It is unclear if police had also begun searching the homes of the other 11 Malaysian crew on board, including co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid, 27, who is known to have entertained passengers on board a previous flight in the cockpit during a Phuket-Kuala Lumpur flight in 2011.

Captain Zaharie joined Malaysia Airlines in 1981 and was known as an avid flight buff who had clocked in 18,365 flight hours. He had a penchant for toying around with miniature planes on weekends and, as a certified flight simulator test examiner, had built himself a flight simulator at home.

Another report emerged on Saturday indicating that MH370 may have turned south towards the Indian Ocean, where it is believed to have last been identified some 1,000 miles west of Perth in Australia, according to satellite "pings" that recorded the plane's data, Bloomberg reported.

If the plane did continue northwards instead, towards central Asia, then it is unclear how it would have avoided being detected by Indian air control, whose radar coverage is likely to have intercepted the jet.

While it is not clear how much fuel the Boeing-777 was holding, there would have been enough to fly it at cruising altitude to its scheduled destination, Beijing, a nearly six-hour flight. It is believed, however, the missing jet may have been flying at a higher altitude, which would have allowed it to carry on for longer.

The news is likely to fuel further speculation over suspected terrorism although no person or group has come forward to disclose why the plane may have been hijacked, or if it even was.

For some relatives of those missing, however, the news the plane was still flying at 8.11am last Saturday is an indication that there may be hope for their missing loved ones.

"It means there's still a chance my parents are alive," Eric Chen Zhi Yang, 15, told Malaysia's New Straits Times. Both his mother and father were on board MH370.

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Rick Dyer, The Bigfoot Hoaxter Retires From Public For 90 Days

Dyer, a known hoaxter has finished his first tour and now is suggesting that someone changed his real Bigfoot kill with a fake one. What?

By H. Nelson Goodson
March 15, 2014

Daytona, Florida - On Wednesday, Rick Dyer, a known hoaxter announced that he will no longer go public for the next 90 days citing, family problems with bonding, crew disloyalty/abandonment, and payroll set back. His two priorities in the next 90 days would be to spent time with his family, which Dyer stated, he almost lost. In the last three months of promotional planning, media interviews, and touring he wrote that, "In the process I almost lost the most important thing in my life ...My Family... In this process I have made some stupid decisions that I regret," according to his Facebook posting. He will now be working to finish 19 pending DVD's of Bigfoot for 19 customers.

Dyer confirmed, that for the next tour, he won't hire "friends or associates" and those that are hired will get a weekly salary.

He attempts to suggest that possibly he was given a fake Bigfoot for the real one. Dyer posted on his Facebook account, "Did they give me a copy of the original Bigfoot without me knowing?"

During the Daytona Beach Bike Week in Florida, Dyer was forced to drop the admission price to $5.00 to see his fake Bigfoot. Publicly about his farce Bigfoot has gone viral in social networks and Internet and is effecting his promotional campaign. His is lacking big sales of T-shirts saying "Bigfoot is Real." Not too many people or Dyer's fan are wearing them, but the T-shirts could become a collectors item of the biggest Bigfoot farce ever perpetrated by Dyer himself.

At the moment, he is trying to hire another promotional agent for his anticipated second tour. Dyer is now suggesting by pondering the question that Hank, his imaginary first kill was replace with a fake Bigfoot. Dyer could very well test the farce specimen that he has in his possession to see, if in fact, he was cheated and was given a fake Bigfoot.

Dyer continues to say that he killed a second Bigfoot at the same time (September 6, 2012) he allegedly shot the first one in San Antonio, Texas. Maybe, the second Bigfoot was also replaced by a fake one as well. Dyer should have both fake Bigfoots tested!

He mentioned that in Texas, he made a kill and lots of money, but during Daytona Beach Bike Week 2014, the bikers weren't that naive as those Texans in Houston and in charity events in San Antonio. Dyer claimed at least 70,000 people saw the farce Bigfoot called Hank in two days in Texas, according to Larry Perkins, whose encounter with Dyer in Daytona Beach was posted in the Bigfoot Tracker News blog. At $20 per person in Texas, Dyer probably made an estimated $1.4M or did he? The IRS would no doubt want its share.

Some Dyer critics suggested that he paid about $6,000 for the fake Bigfoot and adding another $6,000 for the second one that Dyer says, he killed. Dyer confirmed, that he paid $12,000 to remodel his Bigfoot exhibit hauling trailer. So far, Dyer has allegedly spent more than $24,000 and additional thousands in other items to promote his farce Bigfoot and was hoping to clear about $90,000 per month. He failed to attract major sponsors for the scheme.

It seems, Dyer is getting into deep debt and might be forced to file for bankruptcy, since his latest hoax is not cashing in the big bucks that he expected.

http://hispanicnewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2014/03/rick-dyer-bigfoot-hoaxter-retires-from.html

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« Reply #10268 on: Mar 16th, 2014, 01:24am »

I'm very tempted to take my money out of my account..this is getting bad..even without bullets being fired..
If north koreans join in and Chinese sympathizers..our whole infrastructure at risk..right now its ddos..which is crude...but if they thrw in stux like crap..it will be disaster..shocked imagine an icbm launching itself..or some dumb drone..

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The hacktivist group calling itself CyberBerkut has claimed responsibility for taking down 3 NATO websites in a series of DDoS attacks. The group criticizes NATO for stirring up turmoil in Ukraine and helping the “Kiev junta” suppress freedom of speech.

CyberBerkut claims it brought down NATO’s main website (nato.int), as well as the sites of the alliance’s cyber defense center (ccdcoe.org) and NATO's Parliamentary Assembly (nato-pa.int).

The group, in a message posted on its website, says its members will “not allow the presence of NATO occupation on the territory of our homeland!”

The hacktivists also claimed that they are countering the action of the so-called “Tallinn cyber center” or NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, which has been hired by the “Kiev junta” to carry out “propaganda among the Ukrainian population through the media and social networking.”

The Western cyber network, hactivists claim, is hiding behind the façade of the so-called “Maidan Cyber Sotnya” and helps “blocking objective sources of information and concealing criminal activities of those calling themselves the ‘legitimate authority.’"

NATO has confirmed attacks on its websites via twitter, saying sites suffered from “significant DDoS attack.” No critical systems has been hit and the integrity of NATO systems remains intact, NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said.

Several #NATO websites have been target of significant DDoS attack. No operational impact. Our experts working to restore normal function.

— Oana Lungescu (@NATOpress) March 15, 2014

Since the coup deposed legitimate authorities in Kiev, CyberBerkut – named after the riot police unit that became an “arch-enemy” of Maidan – has pledged to fight against the stream of “neo-fascist propaganda” from “vicious and corrupt media.”

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Cyberattacks from the other side of the barricades have also escalated over the recent weeks as Ukrainian and Western media were spinning the story of a “Russian military invasion” in Ukraine. Cyber activists supporting the Maidan coup were targeting Russian government websites and media.

Just this Friday, unidentified hackers temporarily brought down the Russian presidency’s site and the Central Bank’s web page in a wave of online attacks. “A powerful cyber-attack is underway on the [Kremlin] site,” a Kremlin spokeswoman said, adding they had been unable to discern who had carried out the attack.

The Russian Foreign Ministry’s website also suffered disruptions Friday. They did not rule out that the problems could also be connected with hacker attacks.

On Thursday, media sites in Russia also experienced cyber-attacks. Anonymous Caucasus claimed responsibility for taking down Russian Channel One’s website. Meanwhile, the Russia-24 TV channel said on its website that the internet resources of the All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK) were also targeted in a “massive network attack.” Earlier in the week hackers targeted the website of news outlet LifeNews, slamming the organization as the “lapdogs of the FSB [Russian security service].”

DDoS attacks or denial-of-service attacks work by flooding the target server with communications requests, so that it becomes unavailable for users, without breaking the system’s integrity.
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Has the real Sherlock Holmes been deduced?

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He enthralled Victorian England with his unrivalled skill at cracking cases, based on astute logical reasoning and grasp of forensic science, not to mention a mastery of disguises and encyclopedic knowledge of the criminal underclass.

But this detective was not Sherlock Holmes but a real life investigator, Jerome Caminada, who, new research suggests, helped inspire Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s celebrated hero.

A biography of Caminada out this month reveals a series of striking similarities between him and the fictional character, in terms of their unorthodox methods and character. It also establishes strong echoes between the real detective’s cases and plot lines used by Doyle.

The author, Angela Buckley, has even established that Caminada’s casework involved tackling an alluring and talented criminal, similar to Irene Adler, and that the detective even had a Moriarty-like nemesis who plagued him over the course of several cases until a final, dramatic confrontation.

Mrs Buckley said: “Caminada became a national figure at just the time that Sherlock Holmes was being created. There are so many parallels that it is clear Doyle was using parts of this real character for his.”

The son of an Italian father and Irish mother, Caminada was based in Manchester, but was involved in cases which took him across the country, and he enjoyed a nationwide profile in the press, where accounts of his exploits were widely reported.

Most of his career was spent with Manchester City Police Force although he later operated, like Holmes, as a “consulting detective”.

He emerged to prominence in the mid 1880s, shortly before Sherlock Holmes made his debut in A Study in Scarlet and parallels soon emerged between the two.

As the fictional character relied on an network of underworld contacts – the Baker Street Irregulars – so Caminada was known for his extensive web of informers, whom he would often meet in the back pew of a church.

These characters helped him build up an encyclopedic knowledge of the criminal fraternity, among whom he would often move in disguise – another tactic in common with Holmes, who is played, in his most recent reincarnation, by Benedict Cumberbatch,

Like his fictional counterpart, Caminada was particularly noted for his tendency to prowl the streets of the roughest neighbourhoods alone at night, fearlessly intervening in any crimes he encountered.

His skill with disguises was so renowned that on one occasion, while tracking a group of thieves at the Grand National dressed as a labourer, his own chief constable was unable to recognise him.

Other disguises included as drunken down and outs, as well as working class roles. However, he also posed as white collar professionals, once while bringing a bogus doctor to justice.

Dubbed the 'terror to evil doers’ and, later 'the Garibaldi of Detectives’, he was reputed to be able to spot a thief by the way he walked – apparently as a result of visits he undertook to prisons, to watch inmates walking around the yard to familiarise himself with their appearance and gait.

Over the course of his career, he was reportedly responsible for the imprisonment of 1,225 criminals. His most famous case – and perhaps the one which most closely resembles a Holmes story – was the apparently baffling “Mystery of the Four-Wheeled Cab”.

Two men had taken a horse drawn cab. On the journey, one leapt out and the other was found dying inside.

There was no obvious cause of death and few obvious clues to go on, but through a series of deductions of which Holmes himself would be proud, Caminada eventually identified the culprit as Charles Parton, who had drugged the other man before getting into the cab, in an attempt to rob him.

Another notable case involved him playing a prominent role in the nationwide hunt for Fenian terrorists, who were responsible for a series of explosions around the country.

Mrs Buckley, a family historian and trustee of the Society of Genealogists, identifies Caminada’s “Moriaty” figure as Bob Horridge, a violent, intelligent career criminal, with whom he had a 20-year feud, which began when Caminada arrested him for stealing a watch, landing him with a sentence of seven years’ penal servitude because of his previous convictions.

This harsh sentence for a relatively small crime angered Horridge so much that, as he was sent down, he swore revenge on the detective.

On his release, Horridge’s criminal enterprises grew in size and scope, but he was usually able to stay one step ahead of the authorities, often effecting dramatic escapes.

His spree finally ended after he shot two police officers. Caminada tracked him to Liverpool where the detective, disguised once more, eventually apprehended him, after pulling out his revolver a fraction faster than the criminal. Horridge was convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Caminada’s “Irene Adler” was Alicia Ormonde, an apparently well-educated woman with an aristocratic background and expensive tastes, who was actually a consummate forger and experienced crook who was wanted across the country for a string of frauds and thefts.

Caminada tracked her down and arrested her, but – in an echo of Holmes’ fascination with Adler – the detective apparently became captivated by her.

The case took place in 1890, a year before Adler appeared in A Scandal in Bohemia.

Caminada – who published his memoirs on retiring – died in 1914, the year the last Holmes book was set.

Other individuals have previously been put forward as the basis for Holmes, who first appeared in publication in 1887 and featured in four novels and 56 short stories.

Doyle himself said he had taken inspiration from Dr Joseph Bell, a surgeon at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh for whom Doyle had worked as a clerk. Like Holmes, Bell was noted for drawing large conclusions from the smallest observations. Sir Henry Littlejohn, a former police surgeon, is also cited as an inspiration for the detective.

However, Mrs Buckley, whose book is called The Real Sherlock Holmes, believes that Caminada was used to give Holmes a better grounding in actual casework among the criminal fraternity, inspiring his detecting styles and some of the baffling cases he encountered.

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More Than 14,000 UFO Sightings in Canada Since 1989

By Tara MacIsaac
March 14, 2014

In 2013, there were 1,180 UFO sightings in Canada, averaging about three each day, according to a survey published this week by the group Ufology Research. UFO sightings have been on the rise since 1989, the first year of the survey. There have been more than 14,000 sightings across the country since 1989.

Ufology Research mines the data from various organizations that track sightings. It notes the credibility of the sightings, based on the level of details and other factors. Many sightings were reported by police officers, pilots, and “other individuals with reasonably good observing capabilities and good judgment,” according to the report.

2012 was a record year, with almost 2,000 sightings, and 2013 has the second highest number of sightings.

Ufology Research attributes the increase in sightings to a few possible factors:

1. More UFOs are present and observable.

2. More secret military exercises are taking place in populated areas.

3. With advanced technology and increased Internet use, more people are reporting what they see.

4. More people are observing the sky.

5. More people are unfamiliar with natural objects in the sky.

6. People are hoping the answers to mankind’s problems will come from above.

Most sightings had at least two witnesses. The report explains: “This indicates that the typical UFO experience has more than one witness, and supports the contention that UFO sightings represent observations of real, physical phenomena, since there is usually at least one corroborator present to support the sighting.”

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/561907-more-than-14000-ufo-sightings-in-canada-since-1989/

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« Reply #10273 on: Mar 16th, 2014, 4:26pm »

Wings I loved that Shirlock article thank you!

The Rise and Fall..when Civilization Flatlines.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2014/mar/14/nasa-civilisation-irreversible-collapse-study-scientists
http://crisisofcivilization.com/

A new study sponsored by Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Center has highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilisation could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution.

Noting that warnings of 'collapse' are often seen to be fringe or controversial, the study attempts to make sense of compelling historical data showing that "the process of rise-and-collapse is actually a recurrent cycle found throughout history." Cases of severe civilisational disruption due to "precipitous collapse - often lasting centuries - have been quite common."

The research project is based on a new cross-disciplinary 'Human And Nature DYnamical' (HANDY) model, led by applied mathematician Safa Motesharri of the US National Science Foundation-supported National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, in association with a team of natural and social scientists. The study based on the HANDY model has been accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed Elsevier journal, Ecological Economics.

It finds that according to the historical record even advanced, complex civilisations are susceptible to collapse, raising questions about the sustainability of modern civilisation:

"The fall of the Roman Empire, and the equally (if not more) advanced Han, Mauryan, and Gupta Empires, as well as so many advanced Mesopotamian Empires, are all testimony to the fact that advanced, sophisticated, complex, and creative civilizations can be both fragile and impermanent."

By investigating the human-nature dynamics of these past cases of collapse, the project identifies the most salient interrelated factors which explain civilisational decline, and which may help determine the risk of collapse today: namely, Population, Climate, Water, Agriculture, and Energy.

These factors can lead to collapse when they converge to generate two crucial social features: "the stretching of resources due to the strain placed on the ecological carrying capacity"; and "the economic stratification of society into Elites [rich] and Masses (or "Commoners") [poor]" These social phenomena have played "a central role in the character or in the process of the collapse," in all such cases over "the last five thousand years."

Currently, high levels of economic stratification are linked directly to overconsumption of resources, with "Elites" based largely in industrialised countries responsible for both:

"... accumulated surplus is not evenly distributed throughout society, but rather has been controlled by an elite. The mass of the population, while producing the wealth, is only allocated a small portion of it by elites, usually at or just above subsistence levels."

The study challenges those who argue that technology will resolve these challenges by increasing efficiency:

"Technological change can raise the efficiency of resource use, but it also tends to raise both per capita resource consumption and the scale of resource extraction, so that, absent policy effects, the increases in consumption often compensate for the increased efficiency of resource use."

Productivity increases in agriculture and industry over the last two centuries has come from "increased (rather than decreased) resource throughput," despite dramatic efficiency gains over the same period.

Modelling a range of different scenarios, Motesharri and his colleagues conclude that under conditions "closely reflecting the reality of the world today... we find that collapse is difficult to avoid." In the first of these scenarios, civilisation:

".... appears to be on a sustainable path for quite a long time, but even using an optimal depletion rate and starting with a very small number of Elites, the Elites eventually consume too much, resulting in a famine among Commoners that eventually causes the collapse of society. It is important to note that this Type-L collapse is due to an inequality-induced famine that causes a loss of workers, rather than a collapse of Nature."

Another scenario focuses on the role of continued resource exploitation, finding that "with a larger depletion rate, the decline of the Commoners occurs faster, while the Elites are still thriving, but eventually the Commoners collapse completely, followed by the Elites."

In both scenarios, Elite wealth monopolies mean that they are buffered from the most "detrimental effects of the environmental collapse until much later than the Commoners", allowing them to "continue 'business as usual' despite the impending catastrophe." The same mechanism, they argue, could explain how "historical collapses were allowed to occur by elites who appear to be oblivious to the catastrophic trajectory (most clearly apparent in the Roman and Mayan cases)."

Applying this lesson to our contemporary predicament, the study warns that:

"While some members of society might raise the alarm that the system is moving towards an impending collapse and therefore advocate structural changes to society in order to avoid it, Elites and their supporters, who opposed making these changes, could point to the long sustainable trajectory 'so far' in support of doing nothing."

However, the scientists point out that the worst-case scenarios are by no means inevitable, and suggest that appropriate policy and structural changes could avoid collapse, if not pave the way toward a more stable civilisation.

The two key solutions are to reduce economic inequality so as to ensure fairer distribution of resources, and to dramatically reduce resource consumption by relying on less intensive renewable resources and reducing population growth:

"Collapse can be avoided and population can reach equilibrium if the per capita rate of depletion of nature is reduced to a sustainable level, and if resources are distributed in a reasonably equitable fashion."

The NASA-funded HANDY model offers a highly credible wake-up call to governments, corporations and business - and consumers - to recognise that 'business as usual' cannot be sustained, and that policy and structural changes are required immediately.

Although the study is largely theoretical, a number of other more empirically-focused studies - by KPMG and the UK Government Office of Science for instance - have warned that the convergence of food, water and energy crises could create a 'perfect storm' within about fifteen years. But these 'business as usual' forecasts could be very conservative.

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Hi Sys cheesy

Glad you liked that article. It was fun!


"The research project is based on a new cross-disciplinary 'Human And Nature DYnamical' (HANDY) model, led by applied mathematician Safa Motesharri of the US National Science Foundation-supported National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, in association with a team of natural and social scientists. The study based on the HANDY model has been accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed Elsevier journal, Ecological Economics."



re: above quote, the first thing I thought of was Isaac Asimov's Hari Seldon and The Foundation series.

Good article, thank you.

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