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While You were Sleeping….. America’s Newest Space Shuttle has been in Space for more than 10 months!

As with everything in politics, the smallest things were made to seem astronomically terrible.  This was the case with the ending of America‘s Manned Space Shuttle program, that flew for more than 30 years.  Many thought that it was the the end of America’s dominance in space.  But what many Americans didnt realize, was that the United States Air Force had already had developed, tested and launched it’s replacement.

Using all the data from 30 years of manned Space Shuttle flight, Drone advancements, and modern technological advances, America’s newest Space Shuttle, The Super Secret X-37B has been in space circling the Earth for over 10 months.  that may not seem like a very long time, but consider that the longest Space Shuttle Mission was that of the Columbia in 1996, which lasted only 17 Days 15 Hours 53 Minutes 18 Seconds.

Built by  Boeing’s Phantom Works, the X-37B spacecraft is approximately 29 feet (8.8 meters) long and 15 feet (4.5 meters) wide. It has a payload bay about the size of a Ford F-250 pickup truck.  The X-37B resembles a miniature version of NASA’s space shuttle, in fact, two X-37Bs could fit inside the 60-foot (18-meter) cargo bay of a space shuttle comfortably.  But make no mistake about it, America’s Newest Super Secret Shuttle has a military and not civilian background and intent.

The X-37B’s current mission and payload is classified, but it has been widely speculated that it’s current voyage is actually a spy mission.

Brid-Aine Parnell of The Register UK writes……..

The US Air Force’s second mysterious mini-space shuttle, the X-37B, could be spying on China‘s space laboratory and the first piece of its space station, Tiangong-1.

Amateur space trackers told the British Interplanetary Society publication Spaceflight that the black-funded spaceplane seemed to be orbiting the Earth in tandem with Tiangong_1, or the Heavenly Palace, leading the magazine to speculate that its unknown mission is to spy on it.

The SPACE.com infographic depicts the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle is an unmanned space test vehicle for the USAF. CREDIT: Karl Tate, SPACE.com

Whatever the purpose of America’s Newest Shuttle, we can be assured that The United State will remain a force to be reckoned with in technology and space for many years to come.  The X-37B merely represents the programs and vehicles that we actually know about, just think of what we don’t .

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The Global Assault on The Internet – With SOPA/PIPA shelved it’s ACTA we need to worry about!

ACTA is one more offensive against the sharing of culture on the Internet. ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) is an agreement secretly negotiated by a small “club” of like-minded countries (39 countries, including the 27 of the European Union, the United States, Japan, etc). Negotiated instead of being democratically debated, ACTA bypasses parliaments and international organizations to dictate a repressive logic dictated by the entertainment industries.

ACTA would impose new criminal sanctions forcing Internet actors to monitor and censor online communications. It is thus a major threat to freedom of expression online and creates legal uncertainty for Internet companies. In the name of trademarks and patents, it would also hamper access to generic medicines in poor countries.

Oops! – SOPA Blackout Angers Fmr Senator Turned Lobbyist Dodd

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)/PIPA blackout by over 7,000 sites like Reddit and Wikipedia has angered retired Democratic Senator/lobbyist Chris Dodd (who claimed he would never lobby).

Is There Another Earth in Outer Space? Signs say YES!

Astronomers using NASA’s space-based Kepler Telescope may be close to finding the first Earth-like planets in outer space, potentially capable of supporting life. Such a discovery could change the way we view our place in the universe.

Santa reclassified as a terrorist threat -NORAD, Google and OnStar team up for World Surveilance…. and begin tracking Santa

We knew it would happen. No one is safe from technology…….. not even Santa!  Is nothing sacred? NORAD, Google and OnStar are bringing all their technological prowness to bear, in an effort to track the Jolly old elf, as he breaks into peoples houses supposedly just to leave presents for children,  that’s his story, and he seems to be sticking to it.  But if that was his real intention, how come i saw Momma kissing Santa Claus?

At TEDActive, Bruno Bowden shares the story of NORAD‘s Santa tracker — and how Google is continuing the traditional holiday fun.

Track Santa via NORAD/GOOGLE/OnStar here!

About NORAD

NORAD, headquartered in Colorado Springs, is the bi-national U.S.-Canadian military organization responsible for the aerospace and maritime defense of the United States and Canada. NORAD, created by a 1958 agreement between Canada and the United States, provides advanced warning of impending missile and air attacks against its member nations, safeguards the air sovereignty of North America, and maintains airborne forces for defense against attack.

Listening Post – Bradley Manning vs the US military

The case of Bradley Manning versus the US military and the implications for whistleblowers.

Almost Gone by Graham Nash and James Raymond

Written and Performed by Graham Nash and James Raymond

A companion video for “Almost Gone” — a new song by legendary singer-songwriter Graham Nash and musician James Raymond (son of David Crosby) — is being released today in support of accused U.S. Army whistleblower Bradley Manning. The free download is available on Nash’s website (www.grahamnash.com) and the Bradley Manning Support Network site http://www.bradleymanning.org.

The release is timed to Manning’s first judicial hearing scheduled for December 16th, following more than 17-months in custody, including a year in solitary confinement that Amnesty International has characterized as “harsh and punitive.”

Visually, the Almost Gone video is punctuated with bold graphics, disturbing images and harsh facts. Its release is scheduled to precede Manning’s pre-trial hearing on December 16, which is the day before his 24th birthday. The Bradley Manning Support Network has named the following day, December 17, its International Day of Solidarity (http://events.bradleymanning.org/). PFC Manning, an Army intelligence analyst who had been stationed near Baghdad, was arrested in May 2010 under suspicion of leaking classified information, including a video showing the killing of civilians, to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

Nash and Raymond composed the song “Almost Gone (The Ballad of Bradley Manning)” during this spring’s US tour of Crosby-Nash, and the new recording serves as the music bed for the video; it features an impassioned lead vocal by Nash, a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted (Crosby, Stills & Nash, and The Hollies). “Bradley Manning is a hero to me,” he sings, acknowledging Manning’s role in making public videos and documents that shed light on such as issues as the true number and cause of civilian casualties in Iraq, human rights abuses by U.S.-funded contractors and foreign militaries, and the role that spying and bribes play in international diplomacy.

Scrooge of The Year: Your Gas Tank – Drivers Pay Highest Ever Christmas Gas Prices

A new report says the 2011 end-of-year holiday season will force drivers to pay the highest ever Christmas gas prices, just as 84 million Americans take to the roads for the holiday.

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