A bunch of new research, images, and diagrams are now posted in the ISON Research Lab. For future reference, the thumbnail image on the main page also reflects the latest update number. Maranatha!
Most astronomers believe that the Geminid light show originates from the remnants and dust of a rocky object known as 3200 Phaethon -- rather than from comets, like most meteor showers. Every year around mid-December the Earth passes this object's debris, giving Earthlings the opportunity to witness the stunning showers. The 3200 Phaethon, which is 3.2 miles in diameter, is still a bit of a mystery to scientists.
The spectacular annual Geminid meteor shower officially starts Thursday. Now, even with 100 to 120 meteors per hour at its peak, it has given itself a tough act to follow. ..."Of all the debris streams Earth passes through every year, the Geminids are by far the most massive," said NASA astronomer Bill Cooke. "When we add up the amount of dust in the Geminid stream, it outweighs other streams by factors of 5 to 500." ...A large space rock named 3200 Pheathon flings the debris that makes the sparkling magic.
Editor: Notice that the Geminids are caused by a space rock (possibly former comet). There is speculation that we will get similar events from the estimated much larger ISON space rock/debris. See our ISON Research Lab for more...
Experts say there is no evidence as yet of any easy or sustained human-to-human transmission of H7N9. But an early scientific analysis of probable transmission of the new flu from person to person, published in August, gave the strongest proof yet that it can at times jump between people and so could potentially cause a human pandemic.
...has previously reported on hackers using remote access tools to activate an individual’s webcam and spy on them.
The ongoing campaign against the Brotherhood has largely succeeded in curbing near daily pro-Morsi protests. But universities — where the Brotherhood has long enjoyed a strong presence — have emerged as a key battleground in Egypt's political turmoil since the start of the academic year in September.
For the second time in two months, the European Parliament rejected a report that recommended that EU nations declare abortion to be a human right and to make abortion available within all public health systems of member countries. Adoption of the report would have placed more pressure on pro-life nations like Ireland, Poland and Malta to legalize abortion on demand.
12/10/2013, theeconomiccollapseblog.com, By Michael Snyder
As you will see below, if you assume that the labor force participation rate in the U.S. is at the long-term average, the unemployment rate in the United States would actually be 11.5 percent instead of 7 percent. There has been absolutely no employment recovery. The percentage of Americans that are actually working has stayed between 58 and 59 percent for 51 months in a row.
With the police on strike, chaos is rife in the central-Argentine city of Cordoba.
The NSA collects this location and travel habit data to do “target development” — to find unknown associates oftargets it already knows about.
It’s not commonly known that the RU 486 abortion drug process can be reversed if a mother changes her mind about the abortion in time. However, a protocol has already been developed for helping women who changed their minds about going through with a multi-day second-trimester abortion after it’s been started.
12/10/2013, sott.net, Peter Van Buren
What if everything a whistleblower had ever exposed could simply be made to go away? What if every National Security Agency (NSA) document Snowden released, every interview he gave, every documented trace of a national security state careening out of control could be made to disappear in real-time? What if the very posting of such revelations could be turned into a fruitless, record-less endeavor?
The move to abolish RIA Novosti and create a news agency to be known as Rossiya Segodnya is the second in two weeks strengthening Putin's hold on the media as he tries to reassert his authority after protests against his rule. ...Rossiya Segodnya's focus on building up Russia abroad could solidify Putin's grip on information by further limiting sources of news for Russians whose TV screens are dominated by state-controlled channels.
...will meet in plenary to vote on a new version of the “Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights” put forward by Edite Estrela, the radically pro-abortion MEP. ...The report suggests that abortion is a human right, calls for compulsory sex education for all children in and outside of school, and attacks conscientious objection for healthcare professionals.
With South Korea’s newly expanded zone, the air defense zones of all three countries now overlap over a submerged reef called Ieodo in South Korea and Suyan Rock in China. The reef is controlled by South Korea, which maintains a maritime research station there, but China also claims it.
University head Gaber Nassar said security forces had stormed the campus and used tear gas and birdshot against the student demonstrators, an accusation denied by the Interior Ministry, the governmental body responsible for the country's police. A recent statement by the general prosecutor's office claimed Reda had been shot dead by protesting fellow students who used a type of birdshot gun not available to the campus's security forces.
...to demand higher wages, in a rare act of defiance of a new protest law which they themselves have been enforcing to quell unrest on the streets. ...When they received no response they marched to the Interior Ministry in defiance of the new law. Security sources said they shoved barricades at fellow members of the security forces outside the club, before the protesters were allowed to march.
Greaves said one potential design involves a pentagram, a satanic symbol, while another is meant to be an interactive display for children. ..."He's helping a satanic agenda grow more than any of us possibly could," Greaves said. "You don't walk around and see too many satanic temples around, but when you open the door to public spaces for us, that's when you're going to see us."
Syrian activists have announced that an Islamic alliance that came together last month in Syria has just seized some bases and warehouses used by the Free Syrian Army near the Syria-Turkey border.
Phillips has not decided whether to appeal to a higher court, said his attorney, Nicolle Martin. "If the government can take away your First Amendment rights, there's nothing they can't take away from you," she said.
Israel and the West have been increasingly concerned over the possibility that President Bashar Assad's regime's loss of control may lead to the instability of the entire regional security.
New York City’s ban on rifles and shotguns that hold more than five rounds is now being enforced, according to a letter the NYPD is sending out to targeted city gun owners.
12/06/2013, theeconomiccollapseblog.com, By Michael
According to the National Retail Federation, Americans spent an average of 4 percent less over the four day Thanksgiving weekend than they did last year. ...But this downturn for retailers did not just begin this past weekend. There have been signs of trouble for quite a while now. ...So should it really be such a surprise that consumers are totally tapped out?
Thousands of Christian civilians sought refuge at an airport guarded by French soldiers Friday, fleeing from the mostly Muslim ex-rebels with machetes and guns who rule the country a day after the worst violence to hit the chaotic capital in nine months.
Seager was one of three Ph.D.-credentialed witnesses prominent in a scientific field once considered speculative who testified at a hearing called "Astrobiology: The Search for Biosignatures in Our Solar System and Beyond." ...The testifying scientists appealed to lawmakers for funding, including investment in space telescopes designed to detect biosignatures.
as pro-Morsi organizations sent out a call for protests to be held over the weekend. ...The government blames the organization for violence and terrorism that has taken place since Mohamed Morsi was removed from power on July 3.
In 1996, Mandela signed into law the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Bill, which permits abortion on demand. ...the wording of the new South African constitution, signed by Mr Mandela in 1996, had made the legalisation of abortion on demand a mere formality. Mr Mandela’s African National Congress (ANC) has a strong ideological committment to abortion
China’s yuan overtook the euro to become the second-most used currency in global trade finance after the dollar this year, according to the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication. ...International use of the yuan is increasing as China opens up its capital markets. In the first nine months of this year, about 17 percent of China’s global trade was settled in the currency, compared with less than 1 percent in 2009
Security forces arrested more than 70 protesters in the most intense of Friday’s clashes in southern, eastern and central neighborhoods of Cairo, a security official said. Other rallies in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria and the central city of Fayoum also descended into violence, with security forces firing volleys of tear gas to disperse Morsi’s supporters rallying in city squares.
Earlier, dozens of youth entered the al-Aqsa Mosque and began to hurl stones at police.
NSA analysts can look at the data and track an individual’s movements throughout the world. They can then map out the person's relationships with others and expose previously unknown correspondence.
The news comes less than a week after the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that in 48 states men who have sex with men (MSM) represent the majority of HIV/AIDS sufferers.
12/05/2013, newswithviews.com, By Chuck Baldwin
I will even go so far as to say that the majority of our pastors and church leaders today are monarchists at heart. The lack of instruction and understanding of the Biblical principles of Natural Law have created a generation of churchmen who are more than willing to submit to the unnatural laws of tyranny and oppression. Until two weeks ago, I didn’t truly comprehend the depth of this volitional slavery.
As in Ireland and Greece, which got bailouts the year before Portugal, the agreement demanded steep spending cuts and an economic makeover — part of a continental effort to persuade wary investors to resume lending to some of the eurozone’s debt-heavy countries. With about six months to go before Portugal’s rescue cash runs out...
some of the one million private sector workers in Greece who go unpaid. The Labour Institute of the Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE) found this week that one in every two companies was not paying its staff on time. ...Greece already has record unemployment of over 27% but that does not include the million or so unpaid workers.
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