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Space station leak could have been sabotage, Russia says.

Source: NBC News

The chief of Russia's space agency is claiming that the small hole that caused an air leak on the International Space Station last week wasn't caused by a meteorite, as originally thought, but was deliberately drilled and could be evidence of sabotage.

"We are considering all the theories," Dmitry Rogozin, the space agency chief, told the Russian news agency Tass on Monday. "The one about the meteorite impact has been rejected because the spaceship's hull was evidently impacted from inside ... It was done by a human hand — there are traces of a drill sliding along the surface."

The hole, a 2-millimeter (0.08-inch) perforation that was found last Wednesday in a Soyuz spacecraft docked at the station, could have been an "accidental defect" introduced during construction of the craft or a "deliberate spoilage," Rogozin told Tass, adding that it could have been made on Earth or in space.

"Now it is essential to see the reason, to learn the name of the one responsible for that," he said. "And we will find out, without fail." A NASA spokesperson declined to comment on the report, but the agency said last week that a commission had been convened to determine the source of the leak, which was successfully sealed on Thursday by astronauts aboard the station.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/space-station-leak-could-have-been-sabotage-russia-says-ncna906201

Well, the Russians really are going around the bend on this one, IMO.

Can someone explain Trump's pro-Tariff Economic Polices to me?

What the hell is he doing imposing all these tariffs? I would assume as a Republican he would be a Free-Trader, yet he's going the opposite direction. He is alienating all out trading partners.

The Royal Wedding sure has brought out the curmudgeons in force.

The UK is our closest ally, and from whose culture America was birthed. The UK is doing just fine, they have a better and more just culture, more inclusiveness, and sure have a better Social Welfare system than we do. All that, and still maintain the Royal Family. Beam, meet Mote.

As to why we like it? It's love, and we all hope for that.

What else would be on TV on a Saturday morning? Too early for sports, and we can't have real cartoons like the Classic Looney Tunes, Merrie Melodies and Tom and Jerry, because the PTA and other curmudgeons have labeled them as too violent, or racist or sexist, or some other BS.

It's like a lot of things. If you don't like, don't watch it, but don't piss on other people's parade, or wedding because you are a sourpuss.

EDIT: Meghan Markle is Bi-racial + Divorced + American. That is a trifecta, after the way they treated Diana.

Robert Mueller wants to talk to you.

The most terrifying words a Republican can hear.

If you want to know what "sex redistribution" would look like....

Then read the Libertarian SF novel "The Rainbow Cadenza", written in 1983. The idea in execution is horrifying. Don't let the fact it is Libertarian put you off.

The Rainbow Cadenza is a science fiction novel by J. Neil Schulman which won the 1984 Prometheus Award for libertarian science fiction. It was published two years before Margaret Atwood's similarly themed The Handmaid's Tale.

The novel tells the story of Joan Darris, a laser art composer and performer, and her interactions with her society.

The novel portrays a future nominally-libertarian world government, in which many social taboos of the middle-twentieth century have been eliminated—for instance, gay marriage, drug use, sex work, and Wicca are all deemed socially acceptable. However, women, greatly outnumbered by men, are required to perform a three-year term of sexual servitude, and the "Touchables" underclass can be hunted for sport.

The main themes of the novel are social libertarianism vs. societal control, freedom of self, and what is permissible for the greater good.

The world is at peace, space travel throughout the solar system is common, but Earth nations still maintain large armies, and thus have male birthrates way out of proportion to females, as in 8-1. As a consequence men have little chance of normal sexual relations with women, marriage and fathering children. Basically the wealthy and powerful men have wives and families.

To avoid men going on rape rampages, the government "drafts" women into sexual slavery. No distinction is made concerning women's sexual orientation or their choice, they all to have to serve for 3 years. Once their term of service is over, women can gain great political, sexual and economic power. The head of the World Government is a women, termed "The First Lady".

Once drafted they are taught sexual skills to please men, and are placed into a setting (think high rise bordello) where they have to "service" approximately 35 men a week. The males are all graded by penis size to avoid hurting the women.

The heroine eventually gains revenge by humiliating a great statesman, and escapes to the outer solar system, where sex slavery does not exist.

I think Schulman got the idea from WWII and the Japanese "Comfort Women" who were Korean women forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese.

Tiny donkey thinks he's a dog.

Really heartwarming. Shows just how smart donkeys really are.

Yes they would.

Read about the case of Major Harold L. Hering. He is a former officer in the United States Air Force, who was discharged in 1973 for questioning the process for launching nuclear missiles.


In 1978, journalist Ron Rosenbaum wrote a 15,000-word article in Harper's Magazine about the nuclear command and control system in which he publicized the case of Hering. Rosenbaum later wrote that Hering's question exposed a flaw in the very foundation of this doctrine, and asked "What if [the president's] mind is deranged, disordered, even damagingly intoxicated? ... Can he launch despite displaying symptoms of imbalance? Is there anything to stop him?" Rosenbaum says that the answer is that launch would indeed be possible: to this day, the nuclear fail-safe protocols for executing commands are entirely concerned with the president's identity, not his sanity. The President alone authorizes a nuclear launch and the two-man rule does not apply to him.

More bad PR for United Airlines.

United Airlines apologizes for sending woman to San Francisco instead of Paris.

United Airlines apologized to a French woman who was inadvertently allowed to board a flight to San Francisco instead of Paris.

Lucie Bahetoukilae booked a flight from Newark, N.J., to Paris, but instead flew to San Francisco after she was allowed to board the wrong plane, WABC-TV reported.

Bahetoukilae, who only speaks French, ended up on the wrong plane in late April after the airline made a last-minute gate change, according to her niece, Diane Miantsoko, who shared her aunt’s story with WABC-TV.

When Bahetoukilae landed in San Francisco, she had an 11-hour layover, before boarding a flight to Paris, WABC-TV reported. According to the station, she spent more than 28 hours trying to reach her destination.

Apparently, one passenger had his ticket canceled because he was filming a dispute between UAL and himself over an absurd baggage fee.

A Bay Area flier named Navang Oza, who was traveling from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport to San Francisco International Airport on May 4, says a United Airlines ticket agent canceled his flight after he began filming an altercation they were having.

Oza said the agent was attempting to charge him $300 for his bag, which exceeded the 50-pound limit. Oza contends that the same bag holding the same contents only cost him $125 in his flight out of SFO to New Orleans, which caused the disagreement.

At this point it was 4 a.m., and the confrontation escalated to the point where Oza began filming — within his right in a public place, despite what the agent suggests — apparently leading the agent to cancel his flight ticket.

Just about a minute after Oza begins filming the agent, she begins filming him as well, which Oza initially posted to his Facebook page as part of a raw 13-minute video (it has since been deleted). She instructs a co-worker to cancel his ticket, and informs him that "until that [recording] is erased, you're not traveling."

Every day that passes there is another story of how UAL people have screwed things up. Are they trying to kill their airline?

Anyone here play Angry Birds 2 on Android?

I need a Facebook friend I can send gifts to when I win them. I don't have anyone friended at this time, due to the fact I only got the Facebook account for game / score record keeping purposed.

Uber to test flying taxis in D/FW and Dubai.


Look, up in the sky. It’s…a taxi! That could become reality in six to 10 years if Uber fulfills its vision of a flying cab system. Ahead of its Uber Elevate Summit in Dallas today, the ride-hailing giant shared exclusively with Fast Company its plans for urban air travel—expanding on ideas included in a white paper published last year. They include the choice of cities to start testing the technology and the initial lineup of five aircraft makers it will task with building economical, four-passenger, electric craft that will—eventually—fly themselves.

Whether they are helicopters, quad copters, or space-age airplanes, all the craft will have to be capable of vertical takeoff and landing, called VTOL, in order to fit into mini-airports, known as vertiports, spread around cities. And they will have to be quiet enough to take off and land near homes and offices without driving people crazy.

That last challenge could be the greatest one of all—at least in the U.S., where a hodgepodge of local, state, and federal agencies all have to get on board and convince the public that the technology is safe and not too intrusive. In Dubai, it should be easier to get it started. “It’s a monarchy, so they have the ability to move very quickly with things that they get behind strategically,” says Jeff Holden, Uber’s chief product officer. “The certification of machinery and the approach to getting the aircraft through could be a much faster path [than in the U.S.].”

In the U.S., Uber has won over the mayors of both Dallas and Fort Worth. “Every part of this marketplace, we’re seeing tremendous growth, says Dallas Mayor Michael S. Rawlings. “So it’s going to need innovative transportation answers.” Dallas-Fort Worth is one of the largest urban areas in the U.S., and it’s also an airplane-friendly town. “We have a history of aviation,” says Rawlings. “We have American Airlines, Southwest, Bell Helicopter, so many.”

More at link.

Wow, this is a surprise. I think it could work here account the DFW Metroplex is so spread out. Dallas native Ross Perot, Jr., an aviation buff, and served as an Air Force pilot for 8 years.
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