Archive for June 19th, 2007

Miss Blue

June 19, 2007


Tell Sydney the bird to stop eating away at my basket. Look at the huge holes on each side of my basket.


Bode’s Nebula (M81)

June 19, 2007

Bode’s Nebula (M81)

Submitted by:  jaygabany

Draw a line from the left bottom star through the top right star of the Big Dipper’s bowl then extend it roughly the same distance upward and you’ll see the location of this magnificent winter galaxy, the eighty first entry in Charles Messier’s catalog, known as M-81. It was first identified in the late 1700’s by German astronomer Johann Bode, so it’s also sometimes known as Bode’s Nebula. Located only 12 million light years from Earth, a relative stone’s throw by intergalactic distances, M-81 is one of the brightest galaxies visible from in the night sky and can be spotted from a dark site, far from any city lights, without need for any optical assistance. M-81 exhibits rich, symmetrical spiral arms and numerous dark lanes of dust both of which may be evidence of interaction with its companion galaxy, M-82.


Space Station and Shuttle Visible Together in Night Sky

June 19, 2007

 Space Station and Shuttle Visible Together in Night Sky
By Joe Rao Skywatching Columnist
posted: 19 June 2007
02:06 pm ET


With the Space Shuttle Atlantis scheduled to undock from the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday, skywatchers across much of the United States and southern Canada are in for a real treat on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

Should weather conditions permit to offer clear skies, there will be a few opportunities to see both the Atlantis orbiter and the ISS flying across the sky from many locations.

The sight should easily be visible to anyone, even from brightly-lit cities.


Other satellites too

The appearance of either the Space Shuttle or the Space Station moving across the sky is not in itself unusual. On any clear evening within a couple of hours of local sunset and with no optical aid, you can usually spot several orbiting Earth satellites creeping across the sky like moving stars. Satellites become visible only when they are in sunlight and the observer is in deep twilight or darkness. This usually means shortly after dusk or before dawn.

What makes the prospective upcoming passages so interesting is that you’ll be able to see the two largest orbiting space vehicles in the sky at the same time.

Shuttle Atlantis is expected to undock from the ISS at 10:40 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Tuesday.  Atlantis will fly around the ISS before finally pulling away from the Station at 12:28 EDT, although it should still remain at a relatively close distance to it until its scheduled return to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Thursday, June 21.

What to expect

Both vehicles will be traveling across North America on northwest-to-southeast trajectories.

Appearing as a pair of very “bright ‘stars,” the ISS should appear as the somewhat brighter object and will appear to be leading Shuttle Atlantis as they move across the sky.  A large telescope would be needed to make out details of the sprawling station. Traveling in their respective orbits at approximately 18,000 mph (29,000 kilometers per hour), both should be visible from about one to four minutes (depending on the particular viewing pass) as they glide with a steady speed across the sky.

Because of its size and configuration of highly reflective solar panels, the Space Station is now, by far, the brightest man-made object currently in orbit around the Earth.  On favorable passes, it approaches magnitude -3 in brightness, which would rival the planet Jupiter and is four times brighter than Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky. 

On future missions, additional solar arrays will be deployed, making the ISS appear even brighter.  When completed in 2010, it might even rival Venus, the brightest planet.  And as a bonus, sunlight glinting directly off the solar panels can sometimes make the ISS appear to briefly flare in brilliance.    

Region of visibility

Generally speaking, the Shuttle-ISS tandem will be visible across southern Canada and most of the 48 contiguous United States (Hawaii and Alaska, unfortunately will not have favorable viewing passes during this upcoming week). 

Locations that are situated above latitude 35-degrees north, will be able to partake in at least a few of the Tuesday/Wednesday evening viewing opportunities.  Between roughly 30 and 35-degrees north latitude, however, the viewing options become much fewer, perhaps only one or two chances at best.  Meanwhile, localities below roughly latitude 30-degrees north are (with a few exceptions) out of luck, with no visibility expected. 

Again, keep in mind again that once undocked, Atlantis should appear to lead the Space Station by some distance as they track across the sky.

Breaking the Silence: Truth and Lies in the War on Terror

June 19, 2007



I’m MAD as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!

John Pilger dissects the truth and lies in the ‘war on terror’.

Award-winning journalist John Pilger investigates the discrepancies between American and British claims for the ‘war on terror’ and the facts on the ground as he finds them in Afghanistan and Washington, DC.

“Astonishing…should be required viewing in every home, school and office. With facts bristling from his fingertips, Pilger revised the Bush/Blair version of events leading up to the conquest of Iraq to reveal an agenda of unprovoked aggression, excused and obscured by ruthless manipulation of September 11.” The Guardian (UK)BREAKING THE SILENCE is a film with enormous emotional power, bringing us the human consequences of our military attacks on Middle East countries. It also provides us with important insights into the reasons for these cruelties, exposing the emptiness and hypocrisy of the claims made by the Bush administration that it is fighting “terrorism” and promoting “freedom”. I wish this film could be shown in every classroom in the United States, to guard young people against the lies they will hear from on high, and to prepare them to be active citizens in the struggle for a peaceful world.” Howard Zinn, Author, A People’s History of the United States: 1492-Present, Terrorism and War“In 52 minutes, John Pilger succeeds brilliantly where the U.S. mass media have failed miserably — to examine the “war on terror” with tough-minded humanism and uncompromising journalism. The result of Pilger’s efforts is a powerful expose that demolishes the pretensions of George W. Bush and Tony Blair. In 2004, we need Pilger’s documentary BREAKING THE SILENCE more than ever. From Afghanistan and Iraq to New York City and the insulated bastions of power in Washington, this film jolts us to consider the real human costs of flagrant lies still being told in high places. Whether you live in the United States, Britain or anywhere else on the planet, BREAKING THE SILENCE shatters some key myths that often prevent us from developing news media and political priorities to protect human life instead of destroying it.” Norman Solomon, Executive Director, Institute for Public Accuracy

“Provides a frighteningly lucid account of President George W. Bush’s potentially never-ending war on terror.” The Sunday Times

“This Special Report by John Pilger is as welcome as it is contentious.” The Daily Mail

Breaking the Silence:

Truth and Lies in the War on Terror

A Special Report by John Pilger

John Pilger dissects the truth and lies in the ‘war on terror’.

Award-winning journalist John Pilger investigates the discrepancies between American and British claims for the ‘war on terror’ and the facts on the ground as he finds them in Afghanistan and Washington, DC.In 2001, as the bombs began to drop, George W. Bush promised Afghanistan “the generosity of America and its allies”. Now, the familiar old warlords are regaining power, religious fundamentalism is renewing its grip and military skirmishes continue routinely. In “liberated” Afghanistan, America has its military base and pipeline access, while the people have the warlords who are, says one woman, “in many ways worse than the Taliban”.In Washington, Pilger conducts a series of remarkable interviews with William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, and leading Administration officials such as Douglas Feith, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, and John Bolton, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. These people, and the other architects of the Project for the New American Century, were dismissed as ‘the crazies’ by the first Bush Administration in the early 90s when they first presented their ideas for pre-emptive strikes and world domination.

Pilger also interviews presidential candidate General Wesley Clark, and former intelligence officers, all the while raising searching questions about the real motives for the ‘war on terror’.

While President Bush refers to the US attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq as two ‘great victories’, Pilger asks the question – victories over whom, and for what purpose? Pilger describes Afghanistan as a country “more devastated than anything I have seen since Pol Pot’s Cambodia”. He finds that Al-Qaida has not been defeated and that the Taliban is re-emerging. And of the “victory” in Iraq, he asks: “Is this Bush’s Vietnam?”

Palestine & Lebanon – Watch The Destruction

June 19, 2007


The first 7 minutes are about the destruction and oppression in Palestine. The last 13 minutes are about the current crisis in Lebanon. Arabic & English. This is not the Documentary, only part of it.


Inside the Hollow Earth (Audio from Coast To Coast AM Radio)

June 19, 2007

Inside the Hollow Earth Parts 1 to 10
Thanks to Vivid Imagination

Inside the Hollow Earth
Author Rodney Cluff shared his beliefs that the Hollow Earth Theory is real. He suggested that through openings in both the North and South polar regions, one can enter into a vast inner continent that is lit by an internal sun.
From witness testimonies such as that of Olaf Jansen, a 19th century Norwegian, Cluff presented a variety of data about the inner earth world. Vegetation is very lush there, he said– apples grow can grow as large as a person’s head, and grapes are the size of oranges. The inhabitants are also quite large, from 7 to 15 ft. tall and can live up to 800 years old, Cluff detailed. Rather than aliens, he believes they are descendants from one of the Lost Tribes of Israel. Through their technology they have built “flying saucers” manned by androids, he noted. Cluff has teamed up with Steve Currey’s expedition company and is planning a 24-day trip aboard a Russian Nuclear IceBreaker that hopes to enter the North polar opening and proceed into the inner earth world. The proposed voyage is planned for June 2006.

What do you mean the camera is turned the wrong way ?

June 19, 2007


CANADA..GET OUT NOW..this is not our war!

June 19, 2007


The Sun Sets on Château de Chillon

June 19, 2007

The Sun Sets on Château de Chillon


June 19, 2007