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SpaceX UFO sighted during livestream
Pootube - Hidden Underbelly 2.0
A mysterious object which appeared underneath the Falcon 9 rocket during its launch on Thursday sent the Internet into a UFO frenzy. SpaceX kicked off the new year by launching its first Falcon 9 rocket, which then rocketed a new handful of Starlink satellites into orbit before returning to Earth. During footage of the live-streamed rocket launch, a mysterious ring-shaped UFO can be seen moving below the rocket.
Reddit says it’s ice buildup on a booster, nice going reddit.
Falcon 9 rocket was dumping a bunch of low orbit satellites for Starlink.
Elon’s Starlink Network
WSJ Article -
In 3 years, SpaceX has launched over 1,800 satellites for Starlink alone.
Starlink internet works by sending information through the vacuum of space, where it travels much faster than in fiber-optic cable and can reach far more people and places.
From site - While most satellite internet services today come from single geostationary satellites that orbit the planet at about 35,000km, Starlink is a constellation of multiple satellites that orbit the planet much closer to Earth, at about 550km, and cover the entire globe.
Because Starlink satellites are in a low orbit, the round-trip data time between the user and the satellite – also known as latency – is much lower than with satellites in geostationary orbit. This enables Starlink to deliver services like online gaming that are usually not possible on other satellite broadband systems.
According to a tally by a British university 2,400 close encounters a week, about 58% of all known incidents.
There is criticism that Elon is playing with fate and invoking the wrath of what they call Kessler Syndrome. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kessler_syndrome
Elon is such a fuckin shister, selling this obvious military and intelligence infrastructure as a way to have high speed gaming out in rural areas.
The Guardian - Cats Hogging Up Nice Warm Starlink Dishes
YOU DON’T EVEN HAVE TO THINK ABOUT IT DUDE
Article begins with describing an nident from 1967, a 22 year old girl was omitted to the hospital. She was one of three babies born on Friday the 1th in Florida’s Okfenokee Swamp. The midwife told the parent that all the babies had been hexed. She gave specific ages when those children would pass away and they all came true thru accidents and medical issues.
The man who coined “fight or flight” also published a paper called “Voodoo Death” where he detailed incidents of people dying from curses across the world. Walter Cannon, unlike his peers who thought these curses we’re for “overactive primitive minds, believed there to be a biological angle.
HOWEVER IT WASN’T UNTIL NOW THAT WESTERN MEDICINE STARTED TO TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY lol. “Yet until recently the idea that our beliefs, or our fears, could kill us was not taken seriously in Western medicinal circles, due to the lack of a mechanical explanation for how something as ephemeral as the mind could extinguish something as tangible as the body. Now, thanks to the work of a British psychologist and researcher named John Leach, that may change, as he has mapped out at least one road to this unfortunate end.”
John Leach started an investigation 20 years ago to discover why some people survived prison camps, ship wrecks etc. He got nowhere tho until he reframed the question “The real question is not, 'What makes a few people so extraordinary that they survive?' The real question is, 'Why do so many people die when there's no need for them to die?'".
Leach wrote a paper called “Give-up-itis” in 2018, and detailed various historical events such as in 1607 settlers of Jamestown dying from Melanchoyle, captives on slave ships dying from the sulk, and P.O.W’s (Auschwitz, NK, Vietnam). The P.O.W’s would lie down, smoke a cigarette, and pass in 48 hours. Leach finally tied together a relationship between the prefrontal cortex and the basal ganglia, and the way dopamine in produced, or not produced, there. It was a revelation."
Humans dealing with threats can either face the threat head on, or run away. Both known as “active coping”. A third option was added to Cannon’s fight or flight, which was know as “Freeze”, or “passive coping. Passive coping is when the threat seems to be inescapable. It’s a way to conserve energy until the perceived threat has passed. However, sometimes the threat doesn’t pass. People can lose hope of escape as the prefrontal cortex limits the production of dopamine in the basal ganglia to below functioning levels. As this hopelessness continues, the prefrontal cortex can prevent all attempts to reproduce dopamine. This begins the spiral of disengagement.
“There are countless anecdotal reports of deaths soon after a diagnosis like AIDS or cancer, in which the name of the disease seems to work like curse. Leach's model of dysexistential syndrome suggests a common mechanism.”
ATTACK OF THE HAPPY TOMATOES
HA! “A TOMATO A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY?”
CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing tools have hacked a tomato and is being sold to Japanese customers. Sanatech Seed’s have created new tomatoes with high levels of γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) which will lower your blood pressure and help with relaxation.
““GABA is a famous health-promoting compound in Japan. It’s like vitamin C,” Hiroshi Ezura, chief technology officer at Sanatech and a plant molecular biologist at the University of Tsukuba, told SciAm. “That’s why we chose this as our first target for our genome editing technology.””
Scientific American isn’t sold on the studies tho about GABA. They dispute two papers promoted by Sanatech Seed because of a lack of trustworthy control groups. One study was with fermented milk and the other vinegar and dreied bonito. Both featured GABA and seemed to reduce mild hypertension.
Western vs Eastern medicine it seems. SciAm don’t like the GABA.
DEATH POD COMES FROM THIS GUY
From the man who brought you Suicide Pods, look forward to an implant that will kill you if you forget to turn it off. It comes from Dr. Philip Nitschke, who is a big advocate for voluntary euthanasia. The user would have to press a button daily to prevent the implant from releasing a poison. The idea is that with the onset of dementia the user would become incapable of pressing the button. Or even remembering why they needed to push the button.
“'When a person has dementia, they can nowadays quite legally in some places fill out a bit of paper 10 years ago, when they are of sound mind, saying "if I get like this, kill me",' Dr Nitschke told The Independent. 'Now, 10 years later, a doctor can come along, read the bit of paper, and even though you don’t know which way is up or down, legally give you an injection and end your life. That makes a lot of people feel pretty uncomfortable, and certainly makes me feel uncomfortable. So what we’re working on here is some sort of an implant which you have to switch off every day. When you’ve forgotten why you’re switching something off that’s beeping, then you will die. That puts the responsibility right back onto the person and allows them to get what they want, which is that they do not want to live on as some form of vegetable, with no one prepared to end their lives.'“
It sounds like the device could beep for a couple of days to protect against “forgetting”.
RIDE LIKE ICARUS
China fired up their artificial sun for approx. 20 minutes. It was five times hotter than our Sun at 70 million degrees. The aim is to create nuclear fusion to mimic the sun for unlimited clean energy.
The tests are being conducted at the Experiential Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST). It uses hydrogen and deuterium gases for fuel. EAST has been in use since 2006 for these fusion experiments. Chinese scientists maintained the fake sun for 1056 seconds. Sol sits at 15 million degrees.
“More than 10,000 Chinese and foreign scientific researchers have worked together to bring to life the “artificial sun”. The EAST harnesses extremely high temperatures to boil hydrogen isotopes into a plasma, fusing them together and releasing energy. China has already spent around £701 million on the project.”
The goal is to be up and running by 2040. A facility to contain the reactor would take ten years to construct. The two hurdles are maintaining the temp at 100 million degrees and, well, keep it running.