Sunday 21st of July 2019

the good old days...

good old days...


In their article “Men from Planet Earth” (1989), Irina Chepik and Natalia Tarasenko remind us of the hoax performed on the American public on the 30th of October 1938. Martian flying saucers had been spotted near New Jersey. Police mobile units were on the chase and a deep-voiced serious radio-newsreader was followed by an address to the nation by President Franklin Roosevelt who called on the US citizens to rally against the invaders. The populace went crazy, trains got packed and highways got jammed with people escaping the threat. It was only a fictitious radio-play by Orson Welles. 

What have we learn since then? NOTHING. 

Cutting the actors and directors of Hollywood out of their jobs, the radio plays are now directly performed by the political parties in various witch-hunts and sad finger-pointing. Wars, such as the war on Saddam WMDs, have been invented on the whim of the CIA feeding fake information to the media and to the “President” under request from a presidential war-seeking machine.

Now, the hunt for evidence to blame the defeat of Hillary Clinton on the Russians continues, still without a single proof. The Mueller inquiry is of course uncovering a lot of conflicting points — none of which are showing collusion, though the enquiry is managed like a Roman Catholic inquisition started in the 12th century and continuing to this day. Guilty! Plead guilty or we remove your toenails! Renounce the Ruskies or you’ll be quartered by four horses into bits.

The Russian-American relationship has seen better days, even during the soviet era. What has recently irked the US, recently meaning since 2001, is that a little guy called Putin, steered Russia towards better days when the US thought it had destroyed that country (encouraged it to self-destroy) and could plunder its resources, like eating caviar by the ladle-full at a rich GoldenKoshstein convention in black tie. But fear not, with these better days in Russia, people often forget how they got there and like all humans, they want more, instantly, especially when the shiny hubcaps of advertising make you feel envy and greed — and the lure of McDonald’s. The US media tightening rules in order to limit Russian media in the US are appalling and unfortunately deserved a similar response from the Russians on this score.

Even before Ronald told Gorbi to “tear down this wall”, there had been US forces designated to whiteant the USSR. The US secret services (CIA, NSA and whatever alphabet soup logos represent this spying) always eager to promote their brand of “democracy” (otherwise known as split/shit-divided-crapocracy) for easy friendly “cooperation” (also known as “You’re with us or we bomb the shit out of you”) had been working hard to implant the vagaries of “freedom” (reputed to be an “open market for all — mostly for the rich — to be plundered with greed, guns, god, ignorance and bullying”).

At the time of this whiteanting (read “US empire building”) was going on since the end of WWII (and even during WWII), there were some genuine people trying to ease the tensions of the “Cold War” — that moment of freezing relationship mostly manufactured by the USA — because communism in the US was (and still is) far more hated than terrorism. Phew....

One aspect of cooperation was space technology, and despite the reluctance and hatred of the situation by the US, the Russian space technology proved to be as good often more reliable than that of the US. Irina Chepik and Natalia Tarasenko continue:

The link between Soviet and American “space artists” are growing in the long awaited atmosphere of detente. A natural expression of this growth was the signing of a five-year agreement between the USSR Union of Artists and the American Planetary Society. This cooperation will peak in 1992, declared the Year of  Space by the United Nations.  In accordance with the agreement, a joint exhibition of paintings will be organised in the Soviet Union in April 1989, as well as exchange trips by groups of Soviet and American artists. In August, the exhibition will be hosted by US cities.

By that time — the end of the summer of 1989 — two “space artists”, Robert McCall and Andrei Sokolov, friends for many years, hope to finish the large joint work (two by four metes). They will finish it in McCall’s studio in Arizona. The picture will be shown in the USA at the Soviet-American art exhibition and then presented to the United nations.

The painting in the photograph (no credit available) is only one sketched version of the work...

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So all is well on the space front...

An agreement between Russia and the United States on the creation of a lunar orbital station would open new opportunities in space research, John Logsdon, professor of political science at George Washington University told Radio Sputnik, commenting on the recent steps taken toward enhanced space cooperation by the two countries.

The Russian-US joint initiatives in the space field can positively affect Moscow-Washington relations despite all the existing differences in the political sphere, John Logsdon said.

“I think it’s a very positive thing. The United States and Russia have been key partners in the international space station now for almost 20 years and this is an extension of that cooperation. The two space communities have learned to work together very well on the space station and this is the next step in extending the human activity beyond Earth’s orbit,” Logsdon said.

According to the analyst, an agreement between Russia and the United States on the creation of a lunar orbital station would open new opportunities in space research.

Meanwhile the USA is blaming Russia for sins it has not committed, including having nukes in space which are contrary to the Space Agreement, etc. Watching Space Cowboys, you would think that. It's only Hollywood entertaining rubbish of course... and while the US wants to “control space” for themselves, they heap shit on the Russians and the Chinese for trying to stop them. 


Gus Leonisky

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"our adversaries have been watching us"...

US Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten has noted that there are no rules of engagement when it comes to military conflict in space, but international norms are needed.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — US Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten has alleged that China and Russia have reportedly been developing capabilities, including jamming and laser weapons, that can target military assets of the United States, based in space.

"Our adversaries have been watching us ever since the first Gulf War… The Chinese and the Russians, in particular, for the last twenty plus years have been watching what we have been doing and developing capabilities, and they have not been secret about it. They have been… testing weapons, building weapons to operate from the earth in space — jamming weapons, laser weapons, and they have not kept it secret," Hyten said at the Reagan National Defense Forum in California as broadcast by CNN.

According to the general, Moscow and Beijing were allegedly building those capabilities to challenge the United States and its allies as well as to "change the balance of power in the world."

Hyten acknowledged that there were currently no rules of engagement when it comes to military conflict in space, adding that international norms were needed.

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of astronauts and cosmonauts...



The names of Robert McCall and Andrei Sokolov appeared together two years after the 1973 congress of the International Astronomical Federation, in Baku, Azerbaijan. In conjunction with the Soyuz-Appollo space flight programme, both artists imagined the stars and planets to be explored in their paintings. McCall had done a lot of promotional illustrations for 2001 — A Space Odyssey, beforehand.

It is a pity that the US has more or less decided to go it alone and now blame the others. See:


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a new star is born...

A tiny signal, dating back to the birth of the first stars in our universe, has been detected by astronomers for the first time.

Key points
  • Astronomers detected a miniscule radio signal that indirectly indicates the presence of the earliest stars
  • The discovery was made using of a small antenna in a pristine, radio quiet area in Western Australia
  • While the frequency of the signal was predicted, scientists were surprised by the strength of the signal
  • The discovery has thrown up new mysteries for physicists around the properties of dark matter

They have picked up a radio signature produced just 180 million years after the Big Bang using a simple antenna in the West Australian outback.

The ground breaking discovery, reported today in the journal Nature, sheds light on a period of time known as the "cosmic dawn", when radiation from the first stars started to alter the primordial gas soup surrounding them.

It could also completely revolutionise our understanding about dark matter, the invisible structure that makes up the bulk of our universe today.

"The signal confirms our expectations for when stars show up in the universe," said the study's lead author Judd Bowman of Arizona State University.


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the right message of détente...

NASA defended its invitation to Roscosmos Director-General Dmitry Rogozin to speak at the space agency’s Houston headquarters in early 2019 from detractors in Washington who say the sanctioned Russian official’s visit “sends the wrong message.”

"The US/Russian relationship in space dates back to the 1970s," NASA spokeswoman Megan Powers said in a statement to Politico January 1. "NASA has historically invited the head of the Russian space agency to visit the United States. Following this precedent, and Administrator [Jim] Bridenstine's October visit to Russia to participate in crew launch activities to the International Space Station, NASA invited the Director-General of Roscosmos to visit NASA facilities in the United States," she said, "and discuss our ongoing space-related cooperation."

Details about the proposed visit remain scarce. "Planning for a potential visit by the Director-General is still under way," the NASA spokeswoman told Politico.

Democrats unsatisfied with the prospect of peaceful cooperation between Washington and Moscow in matters related to space lashed out at NASA, pointing out that Rogozin is on the United States sanctions list. "It absolutely sends the wrong message to lift sanctions, even temporarily, for the purpose of inviting him to speak to students at one of our nation's premier universities," said Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), one of the leading Russia hawks in Washington, according to the Politico report.

Neoconservative voices joined Warner's disapproving sentiment in yet another example of how liberal Democrats and war hawks are increasingly finding themselves on the same side of foreign policy issues. "Wow," said Heather Conley of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in comments to Politico. "What is difficult for me to understand is what is to be gained for giving a sanctioned individual a public platform."

A former Defense Department official who served during the Obama administration told the political news publication the potential visit was "appalling" and "utterly inappropriate."


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