Space time capsules: Asteroids may hold secret to life on Earth

Nicholas Hud, director of the Center for Chemical Evolution at the Georgia Institute of Technology, thinks so and has been studying space rock in an effort to pinpoint the chemical substance which existed prior to mankind.

Partnered with NASA, the center’s objective is to collect evidence of the chemical origins of life, and study possible precursors to molecules, like amino acids and sugars, that have become the building blocks of human existence.

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Asteroids often make the news due to their Earth shattering potential. Last year, the US government suggested that a “catastrophic” impact from a Near Earth Objects is a real threat.

But Hud believes it is important for scientists to look to the rock formations outside our atmosphere if we are to truly understand the history of the universe.

“We can look to the asteroids to help us understand what chemistry is possible in the universe,” he said.

“It’s important for us to study materials from asteroids and meteorites, the smaller versions of asteroids that fall to Earth, to test the validity of our models for how molecules in them could have helped give rise to life.”

Astrobiologists have long thought that asteroids, perhaps like a honey bee, can carry bacteria and compounds from planet to planet.

Hud thinks that through further study, experts may be able to glean more information as to how life began in the solar system and possibly beyond.

“There are probably a lot more clues in the asteroids about what molecules were really there,” Hud added.

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“We may not even know what we should be looking for in these asteroids, but by looking at what molecules we find, we can ask different and more questions about how they could have helped get life started.”

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George Soros backing secret plot to thwart Brexit



 


Speaking at the 2018 Davos World Economic Forum last month, US billionaire George Soros made it plain that he is ready to support the Best for Britain campaign, which calls for scrapping the Brexit referendum results.

Since June 2017, US billionaire and founder of the Open Society Foundation (OSF), George Soros has provided 400,000 pounds (more than 500,000 dollars) to a campaign urging the UK to stay in the EU, according to The Guardian.

The newspaper quoted Lord Malloch-Brown, chairman of the Best for Britain campaign, as saying that they cooperate with “campaigners, businesses, unions, politicians and community groups to make sure everyone has a strong campaigning voice.”

“George Soros’s foundations have, along with a number of other major donors, also made significant contributions to our work. Indeed, through his foundations, he has contributed £400,000,” Malloch-Brown said.

At the same time, he mentioned “small donors” who he said “have collectively contributed more” to the Best for Britain campaign.

“So he is an important and valued donor but his funding is one among many sources,” Malloch-Brown noted, referring to Soros.

In a speech at the 2018 World Economic Forum in Davos, Soros said, in particular, that he “would like to see Britain remain a member of the EU or eventually rejoin it.”

The United Kingdom held the Brexit referendum on June 23, 2016, when almost 52 percent of Britons backed the decision to withdraw from the 28-nation bloc.

The Brexit negotiations were launched in June 2017 and are due to be completed by the end of March 2019.

However, the opponents of Brexit, including Labor Deputy Leader Tom Watson, have repeatedly called for the cancellation of the Brexit vote results and the holding of a second referendum on the issue.

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Secret anti-Daesh agreement between Egypt and Israel revealed by the NYT

According to the New York Times, Israel and Egypt struck a secret deal after the downing of a Russian plane in the Sinai in November 2015 [1].

The two states have joined forces against Daesh in the Sinai. In just over two years, Israeli warplanes allegedly carried out roughly one hundred strikes against the jihadists in Egyptian territory.

This scoop by the US daily is intended to make us believe that Israel has always fought against the jihadists in all circumstances, which is false.

Since 1978, Israel has been supplying arms to the Muslim Brotherhood on behalf of the United States. This was the case in Afghanistan against the Soviets (“Operation Cyclone”) as well as in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Kosovo. The same is true in Syria (“Operation Good Neighbor”). Meanwhile, like Saudi Arabia does at home, Israel harshly cracks down on certain of the Brotherhood’s activities on its territory or on Palestinian territory, especially with regard to Hamas.

These revelations seem to foreshadow an official switch in Israeli policy vis-à-vis terrorist organizations.

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Secret anti-Daesh agreement between Egypt and Israel revealed by the NYT, by Julie Franco

According to the New York Times, Israel and Egypt struck a secret deal after the downing of a Russian plane in the Sinai in November 2015 [1].

The two states have joined forces against Daesh in the Sinai. In just over two years, Israeli warplanes allegedly carried out roughly one hundred strikes against the jihadists in Egyptian territory.

This scoop by the US daily is intended to make us believe that Israel has always fought against the jihadists in all circumstances, which is false.

Since 1978, Israel has been supplying arms to the Muslim Brotherhood on behalf of the United States. This was the case in Afghanistan against the Soviets (“Operation Cyclone”) as well as in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Kosovo. The same is true in Syria (“Operation Good Neighbor”). Meanwhile, like Saudi Arabia does at home, Israel harshly cracks down on certain of the Brotherhood’s activities on its territory or on Palestinian territory, especially with regard to Hamas.

These revelations seem to foreshadow an official switch in Israeli policy vis-à-vis terrorist organizations.

Source Article from http://www.voltairenet.org/article199605.html

Israeli reporter–‘Trump gave secret information to Russians at the White House, and it’s worse than we originally thought’

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Secret bitcoin billionaires will renounce their U.S. citizenship before cashing in?

Bitcoin is volatile, but traveling back in time to 2010 to buy Bitcoin instead of going to medical school is still a great career plan (helpful calculator).

The question for today is whether we can expect our least deserving rich folks to depart the U.S.

The typical rich bastard with unrealized capital gains can’t renounce U.S. citizenship, move to a tax-free jurisdiction, and then cash in, tax-free. The U.S. charges an “exit tax” for anyone trying to flee. Also the U.S. can disregard the renunciation and continue to try to collect taxes if it deems the citizenship renunciation to be insincere.

Consider the bitcoin billionaire (or at least $100 millionaire). His or her wealth is on a Post-It and nobody else knows about it. So the person who was clever enough to buy bitcoin in 2010 renounces in 2018, becomes a citizen of a country without income tax or one that doesn’t tax foreign holdings, and then starts cashing in without the U.S. government ever becoming aware.

Readers: What do you think? Will an American with secret-from-everyone Bitcoin gains stay and pay the tax? Or develop a sudden fondness for life abroad?

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Top-secret Australian govt files sold at ‘second-hand furniture shop’

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Canberra has launched an investigation into how hundreds of top-secret documents spanning five governments and dubbed The Cabinet Files ended up being sold at a second-hand furniture shop in the Australian capital.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) obtained the treasure trove of files and published a series of exclusive reports earlier this week.

Most of the documents were classified, some “top secret” and others marked “AUSTEO” (to be seen by Australian eyes only), and were meant by law to remain secret for at least two decades.

Among other things, the ABC’s revelations reportedly feature allegations that the “Australian Federal Police (AFP) lost nearly 400 national security files in five years” and that former Prime Minister John Howard’s National Security Committee (NSC) gave “serious consideration to removing an individual’s unfettered right to remain silent when questioned by police.”

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has initiated “an urgent investigation.”

The ABC said that the files were in locked cabinets purchased at a shop selling ex-government furniture. The filing cabinets were bought for “small change” and sat unopened for several months until the locks were forced with a drill.

“The documents were in two locked filing cabinets sold at an ex-government sale in Canberra. They were sold off cheaply because they were heavy and no-one could find the keys. A nifty person drilled the locks and uncovered the trove of documents inside,” the ABC reported.

“The ex-government furniture sale was not limited to Australians – anyone could make a purchase. And had they been inclined, there was nothing stopping them handing the contents to a foreign agent or government,” it added.

The cabinet files dump came under fire from security experts, but was made light of on social media.

Rory Medcalf, the head of the National Security College at the Australian National University, meanwhile said it was an embarrassing incident “highlighting the constant vigilance that needs to go into protecting sensitive national security information.”

“This extraordinary breach underscores the need for government agencies and ministerial offices alike to review whether their protocols for handling secret information are good enough or are being observed,” he told news.com.au.

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