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  How about a war with 100 million Christians...yep it is happening !
Posted by: 727Sky - 05-20-2016, 11:00 PM - Forum: War, Peace and Inbetween - No Replies

I had no idea there were 100 million (supposedly) christians in China... Anyway it would appear the Chinese communist party has had enough of the religion.

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  The #1 threat to mankind's Earth
Posted by: 727Sky - 05-20-2016, 10:54 PM - Forum: Fragile Earth - No Replies

Well done video on the 1859 Carrington event that melted just about everything electrical on the planet. From what I have read the skies all over planet Earth erupted in red, green, and purple auroras so brilliant that newspapers could be read as easily during the night as in normal daylight. Auroras pulsated even at tropical latitudes over Cuba, the Bahamas, Jamaica, El Salvador, and Hawaii.

If this happened today I would bet that the population would be reduced by a rather large percentage in many countries. 1859 there were plenty of food stuff producers and the society of humans went to their local farm co-opt in most cases (big cities not so much) to get something to eat that was mostly produced and harvested by animal/human power.

Will it happen again ? No doubt.
The when is the question and hopefully not in my lifetime.

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  A request... : )
Posted by: Sol - 05-20-2016, 04:45 PM - Forum: The Rogue-Nation Graphics Lab - Replies (9)

Hey you creative geniuses, I have a special request for somehting that could replace that god awful avatar that some members have as a default until they upload one...

Instead of this:

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would it be possible to create something Rogue-Nation related, 200x400px, that would have these words at the bottom:

"Upload an Avatar from your Profile or drop by the Graphics Lab for a special request..."

or something along those lines...

: )

It would be great !!!


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  Scientists just found more evidence that Planet 9 exists
Posted by: senona - 05-20-2016, 08:15 AM - Forum: Science and Space...the Other Final Frontiers - Replies (18)

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Quote:An ancient planet believed to have wiped out life on Earth millions of years ago is heading in our direction once again according to a top scientist.

Planet Nine – a planet discovered at the edge of our solar system this January – has already triggered comet showers that are capable of “bombing the Earth’s surface”, killing all life, according to Daniel Whitmire of the University of Louisiana.

According to Whitmire, an apocalyptic shower could happen as earlier as this month, and certainly this year.

Nypost.com reports:

The astrophysicist says the planet has a 20,000-year orbit around the sun and, at its closest to us, it knocks asteroids and comets toward Earth.

Fossil evidence has suggested most life on Earth is mysteriously wiped out every 26 million to 27 million years.

Whitmire claims Planet Nine’s passage through a rock-laden area called the Kuiper Belt is responsible for the “extinction events.”


Nemesis or Nibiru was widely dismissed as crackpot pseudo-science — until Planet Nine was identified in January by the California Institute of Technology.

Evidence that Planet Nine exists in our Solar System
And this new planet could be huge.

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Quote:Back in January, the astronomer who led the charge to have Pluto demoted to dwarf planet status announced that he’d just found evidence that a huge, icy planet could be lurking on the edge of the Solar System, just past Neptune.

Mike Brown, a planetary astronomer at Caltech University, estimated that the hypothetical 'Planet Nine' appears to be circling the Sun on a super-elongated orbit that takes an incredible 10,000 to 20,000 years to complete. And now, thanks to a newly detected Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) that’s acting really strange, Brown says the case for Planet Nine just got a whole lot stronger.

"Hey Planet Nine fans, a new eccentric KBO was discovered. And it is exactly where Planet Nine says it should be," Brown tweeted over the weekend.

So what do weirdly behaving KBOs have to do with finding a never-before-seen planet in our Solar System?

Well, when you’re suggesting that something as large as Planet Nine - which is estimated to be 10 times more massive than Earth and four times the size - exists within a fairly crowded patch of the Universe, you’d expect to see its considerable gravitational forces affect the smaller things floating around nearby.

And that’s exactly what Brown and his colleagues have been identifying.

"We saw a strange signal in the data that meant something odd was going on in the outer Solar System," Brown told Ian Sample at The Guardian back in January. "All of these distant objects were lined up in a weird way and that shouldn’t happen. We worked through the mundane explanations, but none of them worked out."

A total of six KBOs were identified as 'lining up' strangely, and now a seventh KBO has been added to the list. As Loren Grush reports for The Verge, this seventh KBO appears to have been pushed into a strange orbit by some great force nearby, about 149 billion km from the Sun, which is where Planet Nine is expected to be located. That's 75 times more distant than Pluto.

As it currently stands, there is now strong evidence, via the strange behaviours of seven known KBOs, that something huge is lurking in the far reaches of our Solar System.

Regardless, Brown’s yet to write up his claims that this new KBO is being influenced by a huge, nearby planet, and until they have been peer-reviewed, they have to treat them as very preliminary findings...... For now

Will be anxious to see what else they discover to either confirm the Planet 9 theory or find another plausible explanation for the odd behaviour  of the KBO

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  Scientists discover coral reef near the mouth of the Amazon River
Posted by: senona - 05-20-2016, 08:02 AM - Forum: Fragile Earth - No Replies

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Because coral mostly thrives in clear, sunlit, salt water, and the waters near the mouth of the Amazon are some of the muddiest in the world, scientists were surprised to find the coral reef. And it seems to be thriving despite the muddy waters of the Amazon.

Quote:Scientists have discovered vibrant coral reef ecosystem near the mouth of the Amazon River that stretches roughly 3,700 square miles -- even though coral isn't supposed to be able to grow there in the first place.

The reef described in the journal Science Advances could shed light on how these delicate organisms, which provide essential scaffolding for so much marine wildlife, might survive in less-than-ideal conditions.

Coral are tiny little soft-bodied animals, related to anemones and to jellyfish, that band together to build their protective, rock-like reefs by pulling calcium and carbonate out of the ocean water. Reefs serve as hot spots of biodiversity, home to a vast array of sea creatures, from crabs, sea urchins and algae to fish, sharks and turtles.

Coral reefs thrive in clear waters along tropical shelves, but river systems like the Amazon are thought to create gaps where they do not grow. That’s in part because the plume of murky, sediment-filled water spilling out from the gargantuan river and into the ocean doesn’t allow much light to come through.

So the discovery came as a total surprise to study coauthor Patricia Yager, an oceanographer at the University of Georgia, who in 2012 set out with Brazilian scientists aboard the research vessel Atlantis to study the plume coming out from the river mouth and flowing into the ocean.


The downside to this discovery,  the reef, no sooner found, is said to be in danger already
Reason being, the Brazilian government has sold 80 blocks for oil exploration and drilling at the mouth of the Amazon
And 20 of them are already producing oil — some, it is thought, right on top of the reef

Quote:There’s a certain amount of irony in the discovery, as the system is already under threat from oil drilling and high levels of fishing in the area, the scientists said.

“Isn’t that always the case — you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone?” Yager said.

The scientists pointed out that, in light of this discovery, assessments of environmental impact would be out of date.

“In the past decade, a total of 80 exploratory blocks have been acquired for oil drilling in the study region, 20 of which are already producing,” the study authors wrote. “These blocks will soon be producing oil in close proximity to the reefs, but the environmental baseline compiled by the companies and the Brazilian government is still incipient and largely based on sparse museum specimens. 

However, on the bright side, new critters have been found too
They found over 60 species of sponges, 73 species of fish, spiny lobsters, stars and much other reef life.

Quote:“Unbelievably, he brought up onboard the deck just the most amazing things I’d ever seen ... beautiful, colorful reef animals that I had no idea were down there,” Yager said.

The Brazilian team returned on another boat in 2014 and gathered more samples, ultimately discovering an abundance of corals, sponges, brittle stars and reef fish, among others.

These reefs might serve as steppingstones between the Brazil reefs and the Caribbean reefs and might serve as a temporary refuge for some of the animals that live between them, Yager said.

That is a wonderful find
Now let's just hope the oil companies do not harm it in any way

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  Firms that paid for Clinton speeches have US gov't interests
Posted by: senona - 05-20-2016, 07:55 AM - Forum: Election 2016 ! - No Replies

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In this June 25, 2014 file photo, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a question and answer session with Jim Greenwood, President and CEO of the Biotechnology Industry Organization at the BIO International Convention in San Diego. An Associated Press review finds that most companies and groups that paid for speeches by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton lobbied federal agencies. More than one-third are government contractors. Their interests would follow Clinton to the White House should she win election this fall. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi, File)

This is nothing illegal, mind you
But more to do with ethics and what would Hillary promise them once in office, being as she has already proven to favor many that have lobbied

Quote:It's not just Wall Street banks. Most companies and groups that paid Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to speak between 2013 and 2015 have lobbied federal agencies in recent years, and more than one-third are government contractors, an Associated Press review has found. Their interests are sprawling and would follow Clinton to the White House should she win election this fall.

The AP's review of federal records, regulatory filings and correspondence showed that almost all the 82 corporations, trade associations and other groups that paid for or sponsored Clinton's speeches have actively sought to sway the government — lobbying, bidding for contracts, commenting on federal policy and in some cases contacting State Department officials or Clinton herself during her tenure as secretary of state.

Presidents are not generally bound by many of the ethics and conflict-of-interest regulations that apply to non-elected executive branch officials, although they are subject to laws covering related conduct, such as bribery and illegal gratuities. Clinton's 94 paid appearances over two years on the speech circuit leave her open to scrutiny over decisions she would make in the White House or influence that may affect the interests of her speech sponsors.

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This alone just goes to show how closely tied Hillary is to Wall Street, as Sanders and the Republicans have mentioned, and doubt that she would do anything to them.

Quote:Clinton has said she can be trusted to spurn her donors on critical issues, noting that President Barack Obama was tough on Wall Street despite his prolific fundraising there. But her earnings of more than $21.6 million from such a wide range of interest groups could affect public confidence in her proclaimed independence.

"The problem is whether all these interests who paid her to appear before them will expect to have special access when they have an issue before the government," said Lawrence M. Noble, general counsel of the Campaign Legal Center, a Washington-based election watchdog group.

Yep, Hillary will always be under scrutiny if she were to win, to see what-- if anything-- she does when these special interest groups come to her "expecting" something in return

Say 'NO' to Hillary
She is never going to change and this is one example of the baggage hanging over her
Along with the emails, improper server usage, Benghazi etc etc

Just another establishment D.C. player



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  The mountains of Pluto and possible Glaciers
Posted by: 727Sky - 05-20-2016, 07:35 AM - Forum: Science and Space...the Other Final Frontiers - Replies (4)

I had not seen this video with pictures taken with the New Horizon probe. I did find some of the stuff they have detected surprising; enjoy Pluto.

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  7 Space Mysteries No Scientist Can Explain
Posted by: senona - 05-20-2016, 07:29 AM - Forum: Science and Space...the Other Final Frontiers - No Replies

Even tho scientists have made many discoveries over the years, we've explored only a tiny corner of the universe
And there's a lot of big questions we don't have answers for yet.

Here are some of the biggest unsolved mysteries about space.

1. What we can see makes up only 5% of the universe

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Quote:Everything we can see makes up a piddling 5% of the universe. The other 95% is part dark energy and part dark matter.

If we can't actually see dark matter or dark energy, how do we know they're real? The bottom line is, we don't. Scientists think dark energy is the mysterious force that's causing the universe's rate of expansion to continue accelerating. However, dark energy could also be explained as just a big error in theory of gravity.

Dark matter is an invisible material that makes up the bulk of the matter in galaxies. Scientists think it exists because the gravitational force of galaxies is far too large to be explained by only the matter we can see.

2. What the hell is up with Mars?

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Quote:Life may have once existed there, and it might even still exist there.

Mars used to hold vast oceans, and now there's evidence that liquid water still periodically flows on its surface. Did this planet once hold life? And more importantly, does it hold life still? Scientists are pushing to send human explorers to Mars to find out.

3. Where do high-energy cosmic rays come from?

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Quote:They are constantly crashing into Earth from outer space, but no one knows their origin.

Cosmic rays are streams of high-speed particles that fly through space and sometimes barrel into Earth. Where do they come from?

"The lowest energy cosmic rays arrive from the Sun in a stream of charged particles known as the solar wind, but pinning down the origin of the higher-energy particles is made difficult as they twist and turn in the magnetic fields of interstellar space," CERN explains.

4. What's the deal with "fast radio bursts"?

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Quote:Sometimes, if an astronomer gets lucky, she can spot millisecond-long flashes of radio waves from space called "fast radio bursts" (FRBs). But just like with cosmic rays, astronomers don't know where FRBs come from.

Two recent papers have muddied the waters even more because they came to opposite conclusions about the origin of FRBs. One suggests FRBs come from the same source; the other says FRBs come from cataclysmic disasters that can't possibly repeat themselves.

The bottom line is we really don't know what causes them, and we need a better way to detect them if we want to find out.

5. Why is there more matter than antimatter?

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Quote:We know that when a particle of matter and a particle of antimatter collide, they annihilate each other.

If there were an equal amount of matter and antimatter, our universe would be completely devoid of particles.

Based on what we know about cosmology, the Big Bang should have produced an equal amount of matter and antimatter. That means we would have been left with a particle-less universe. But for some reason, the Big Bang produced slightly more matter than antimatter. Something tipped the balance in matter's favor, but we have no idea what.

"One of the greatest challenges in physics is to figure out what happened to the antimatter, or why we see matter/antimatter asymmetry," CERN explains.

6. How did life on Earth get started?

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Quote:It's one of the most fundamental questions of all time, and yet we don't have a scientific answer for it.

Some scientists think it was carried here on comets or asteroids. It's a good theory because we've found organic material on some them. Some even think that a piece of Mars could have landed on Earth and allowed life to get started.  

Others think simple molecules caused chemical reactions to happen that eventually formed more complex molecules. Those molecules combined into things like RNA, one of the necessary ingredients for life. Then multicellular organisms evolved.

7. How will the universe end?

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Quote:Astronomers estimate that in about 6 billion years, Earth will get vaporized by our dying sun. But what about the rest of the universe?

There are a few grisly theories out there. Thermodynamics tells us that a heat death is possible, where everything in the universe becomes the same temperature. That means all the stars will fizzle out and all matter will decay.

There's also the idea that the opposite of the Big Bang will happen. It's called the Big Crunch. If the universe keeps expanding and growing, eventually there will be too much gravity and all that gravitational force will cause everything to start contracting.

The whole universe will shrink down into a dense, fiery inferno and we'll all get fried — putting an end to these mysteries altogether.

There are links provided within the article itself, if one wants to check them out



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  U.S. Gives 680,000 Green Cards to Migrants from Muslim Nations
Posted by: 727Sky - 05-20-2016, 06:54 AM - Forum: General News and Events - Replies (12)

The very seeds of a cultural change are being sown year after year all over the Western world.

Quote:With Islamic terrorism on the rise in the United States and Western Europe, it’s worth mentioning that the Obama administration issued around 680,000 green cards to foreigners from Muslim countries during a five-year period, according to data published by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The stats, the latest made available by DHS, also show that the U.S. government admits more than double the number of immigrants from Muslim nations than from the European Union.

This disturbing information was circulated by the Senate Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on Immigration, which assesses that if there’s no change in the current policy, the U.S. will likely grant another 680,000 migrants—possibly more—from Muslim-majority countries green cards in the next five years. According to the DHS figures cited by the panel, Uncle Sam issued approximately 680,000 green cards to immigrants from 49 Muslim nations from fiscal year 2009 through fiscal year 2013. Over the same period, the U.S. issued only 270,000 green cards to migrants from the European Union, according to a committee announcement that reminds us “a green card entitles recipients to access federal benefits, lifetime residency, work authorization, and a direct route to becoming a U.S. citizen.” Some of the recipients are admitted to the U.S. as refugees so they immediately qualify for federal welfare benefits like food stamps and Medicaid.


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  Two Flint Water Investagators Found Dead
Posted by: Mystic Wanderer - 05-20-2016, 06:47 AM - Forum: Hot Button Issues - Replies (1)

I tell you what, People, this is getting way out of hand!  Every time "they" want to keep a secret about something from the public, they just simply kill anyone ready to speak out.  

And they never have to pay for their crimes!  It makes me want to scream!!!! 

Quote:Two people who were connected to the Flint water company investigation were both found dead in the space of a week this month.

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Quote:Water Treatment Plant Foreman, Matthew McFarland, and the woman leading the lead poisoning suit, Sasha Avonna Bell, were found dead within days of each other.

Vigilantcitizen.com reports:

The Flint water crisis began exactly two years ago, on April 2014, when Flint changed its water source from treated Detroit Water and Sewerage Department water to the Flint River – to which officials had failed to apply corrosion inhibitors. Almost immediately, Flint residents complained about the water’s color, taste and odor. In the following months, numerous water issues arose, with little to no governmental action to fix them.

    August and September 2014 boil-water advisories were issued by the city due to coliform bacteria detection
    On August 21, 2014 test showed the city’s water tested high for THMs, a chlorine byproduct of disinfecting water, with which long term exposure has been linked to cancer and other diseases.
    Though the city stated that the water was safe, the employees of the Flint Public Library declared the water undrinkable after noticing that the water from the faucets and toilets was discolored.
    On March 2, 2016, it was reported that the state of Michigan blocked Flint from returning to Lake Huron water from the Detroit water system when it agreed to grant the city an emergency loan of $7 million in April 2015
    It was discovered that the high levels of lead were due to orthophosphate being omitted from the water treatment process, while using a pH of 7.4 and that the orange water was due to the high concentration of chloride in the Flint River water, which caused excessive corrosion of the cast iron mains pipes.

Far from taking decisive action, governments denied that the water was toxic.    

Over 10,000 children were exposed to water contaminated with lead, which has devastating effects on the brain:

Quote:Childhood lead exposure causes a reduction in intellectual functioning and IQ, academic performance, and problem-solving skills, and an increased risk of attention deficit disorder, aggression, and hyperactivity. According to studies, children with elevated levels of lead in the blood are more likely as adults to commit crimes, be imprisoned, be unemployed or underemployed, or be dependent on government services.
– Julie Mack, Lead levels elevated for thousands of Michigan children outside of Flint

Things turned really ugly after a massive investigation was started and lawsuits are being filed.

Cover Up

Quote:Days before the federal government opened an investigation into the Flint water crisis, someone broke into a vacant City Hall office full of documents related to the embattled Michigan city’s water system.

Nearly three months later, officials have confirmed that a TV went missing, but little else is known, according to the Flint Journal.

Without suspects or a firm handle on what else may have been swiped, authorities told the paper last week that the crime may remain unsolved.

Days before the federal government opened an investigation into the Flint water crisis, someone broke into a vacant City Hall office full of documents related to the embattled Michigan city’s water system.
– Washington Post, The mystery surrounding missing water files at Flint City Hall: ‘It was definitely an inside job’

On April 16th, a foreman at the Water Treatment Plant, Matthew McFarland, was found dead at the young age of 43. Cause of death is unknown. He had previously been interviewed about the water crisis.

Quote:Already reeling from the news of criminal charges against one of its workers in the wake of the Flint water crisis, city workers are now dealing with the sudden death of a foreman at the plant.

Water Treatment Plant Foreman Matthew McFarland, 43, of Otter Lake died suddenly on on Saturday, April 16, according to his obituary.

The Lapeer County Sheriff’s Department said a friend found McFarland unresponsive at a home in Otter Lake. There were no signs of foul play.

An autopsy did not determine a cause of death and police are awaiting toxicology reports. The investigation remains open.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to Matt’s co-workers, his family and especially his children,” said Flint Mayor Karen Weaver. “He worked for the City of Flint for more than 18 years and we thank him for his devotion and service.”

“We all have been brought together by this water crisis and we are all mourning his death,” Weaver said in a statement. “In lieu of flowers, the family has expressed they would appreciate donations to establish a fund for (his children) Vance and Ella’s college expenses.”

McFarland’s death comes as Flint’s water plant deals with news that Flint Utilities Manager Michael Glasgow is one of three men facing criminal charges in connection with the city’s water crisis.

Glasgow is accused of tampering with evidence when he allegedly changed testing results to show there was less lead in city water than there actually was. He is also charged with willful neglect of office.

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality employees Stephen Busch and Michael Prysby are charged with misconduct in office, conspiracy to tamper with evidence, tampering with evidence and violations of the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office confirmed that McFarland was previously interviewed as part of its ongoing investigation into the city’s water crisis.
– mlive, Flint water plant continues to reel with sudden death of foreman.

And only days later, a 19-year old woman leading the Flint water crisis lawsuit was found shot dead in her home.

Quote:A woman at the center of a bellwether Flint water crisis lawsuit was one of two women who were shot to death inside a townhouse earlier this week.

Sasha Avonna Bell was one of the first of a growing number of people to file a lawsuit in connection to the Flint water crisis after she claimed that her child had been lead poisoned.

Bell was found dead April 19 in the 2600 block of Ridgecrest Drive at the Ridgecrest Village Townhouses. Sacorya Renee Reed was also found shot to death in the home.

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These BIG corporations are getting too big for their britches!!
We (the public) should demand that whoever is behind this be punished to the full extent of the law, not only the deaths of these people, but also for their crimes against humanity!!

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