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WIRED: Convicted CIA Leaker John Kiriakou’s Got Some Opinions About WikiLeaks and Trump — April 27, 2017

WIRED: Convicted CIA Leaker John Kiriakou’s Got Some Opinions About WikiLeaks and Trump

Check out this great article I read on WIRED:

How does the Vault 7 leak look to a famous CIA whistleblower? It’s complicated.

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JOHN KIRIAKOU KNOWS a lot about leaking classified information. He went to prison for it.

A former CIA agent who said too much about the Bush-era torture program, he’s also the first CIA leaker to go to jail for his trouble. Kiriakou served just under two years in federal prison, though before the Department of Justice offered a plea deal, it seemed more likely he’d serve as many as 45. Continue reading

— November 27, 2013

Colombian gold artifacts fly to London


American Airlines Cargo delivered more than 200 pieces of gold and ancient artifacts to London.

The artifacts are for one of the British Museum’s upcoming fall exhibitions, Beyond El Dorado: Power and Gold in Ancient Colombia.

American worked with specialist art movement logistics company Momart to handle and transport the precious cargo from Bogotá, Colombia, to London. Modified packing cases with the latest monitoring technology were specially created to ensure the objects arrived at the museum in perfect condition.

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Raid on the Sun by Roger W. Claire — November 26, 2013

Raid on the Sun by Roger W. Claire

What are the odds that Israel will  put its foot down and prevent the Iranian nation from continuing to develop their nuclear program?  They were able to accomplish that feat against Iraq.  Does Israel have another option?  The Israelis will have to handle the Iranian nuclear problem.  My hope is that this does not start the  third World War.


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An uncontrolled fall from space was always to be its fate. They just don’t care. — November 10, 2013

An uncontrolled fall from space was always to be its fate. They just don’t care.

I don’t understand why the European Space Agency and other agencies are allowed to design vehicles, or satellites that after having successfully completed their mission are left to return to Earth in an uncontrolled fall from space.  Is it too difficult to program and include fuel for their controlled return?  Skylab  suffered the same fate and NASA was not too worried about its trajectory as it disintegrated while tumbling through Earth’s atmosphere. Eventually probability will catch up with their recklessness.Unknown

Doomed European Satellite May Fall to Earth Tonight, But Where?

A European satellite at the end of its mission is expected to fall out of space tonight. According to European Space Agency predictions, the falling GOCE satellite could to Earth sometime Sunday night (Nov. 10) or early Monday. “The satellite is at an altitude of 147 km (91 miles), dropping at a rate of more than 1 km (0.6 miles) an hour,” ESA’s GOCE spacecraft operations manager Christoph Steiger wrote in a status update today, adding that the atmospheric drag on the satellite is too high to measure. ESA scientists expect 25 to 45 fragments of the satellite to survive the fiery re-entry through Earth’s atmosphere.


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World’s Longest & Highest Suspension Bridge: Aizhai Bridge — September 26, 2013

World’s Longest & Highest Suspension Bridge: Aizhai Bridge

Amazing feats of engineering. What happens in an earthquake?


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How would this compared to Le Viaduc de Millau – an enormous cable-stayed road-bridge that spans the valley of the River Tarn near Millau in southern France?(Refer:–-an-amazing-engineering-feat/)

The Aizhai Bridge (矮寨大桥) is a suspension bridge on the G65 Baotou–Maoming Expressway near Jishou, Hunan, China. The bridge was built as part of an expressway from southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality to Changsha. It connects two traffic tunnels in the mountains, cutting the time needed to traverse the canyon from 30 minutes to 1.

Construction on the Aizhai Bridge began in October 2007 and was completed by the end of 2011, ahead of schedule.The bridge was temporarily opened to pedestrians during the 2012 Spring Festival[8] and was formally opened to traffic in March 2012.

The bridge was built with the assistance of a $208…

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Did you wave when our picture was taken from Saturn? — July 23, 2013

Did you wave when our picture was taken from Saturn?

The tiny blue dot in this image is in fact Earth captured from a distance of 900 million miles looking past Saturn’s rings.  Earth is a tiny blue dot in this image taken by the Cassini spacecraft hundreds of millions of miles away.  Hopefully we were all smiling.

(Image via: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

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