A mysterious Russian satellite broke apart early last month, creating a cloud of debris that could linger in Earth orbit for a while.
The Kosmos 2499 spacecraft disintegrated on the night of Jan. 3, according to the U.S. Space Force's 18th Space Defense Squadron (18th SDS), which tracks human-made objects in orbit.
The breakup event generated at least 85 pieces of trackable debris, 18th SDS said via Twitter on Monday(opens in new tab) (Feb. 6). That cloud of space junk is orbiting 726 miles (1,169 kilometers) above Earth — so high that it'll likely take a century or more(opens in new tab) for atmosphere drag to bring it down.
Webmaster addition: Did someone just test an anti-satellite weapon?
Alec Baldwin has demanded the special prosecutor assigned to his involuntary manslaughter case be disqualified due to her status as a Republican lawmaker.
Baldwin accidentally shot and killed 42-year-old cinematographer Halyna Hutchins after being handed a gun with live ammunition on the set of his film Rust in October 2021.
Andrea Reeb kicked off the prosecution sensationally last month, and flatly declared that if not for the actions of Baldwin and others on set 'Hutchins would be alive today.'
But the Hollywood star, who faces up to five years in jail if convicted, has now said the appointment of Reeb as special prosecutor is 'unconstitutional' because she also serves in the New Mexico House of Representatives.
A motion to the court filed on behalf of Baldwin - a Democrat and vocal Donald Trump critic - says she 'must' be taken off the case, alleging her appointment is a violation of New Mexico's constitution which prohibits the mixing of two branches of government.
The ratings are in for the 2023 Grammy Awards show — which featured a “Demonic” performance by artist Sam Smith — and the show continues to struggle to bring in the audience it had pre-pandemic.
According to final same-day Nielsen ratings, the 65th Grammys had 12.55 million viewers — a 31% increase from last year’s numbers — but they are still down compared to the numbers from 2020, The Hollywood Reporter reported.
The show saw a record-low viewership of 9.59 million in 2022, but it had 18.69 million viewers back in 2020.
In the coveted 18-49 age demographic, the Grammys landed a 2.88 rating, which is up by 29% from last year’s showing.
MPs have called for an urgent investigation into Britain's soaring death rates as thousands more people than usual are dying each week.
Some 17,381 deaths were registered in England and Wales in the seven days to January 13 – 2,837 above average for the time of year.
This is the highest number of excess deaths since 3,429 in the week to February 12, 2021, when the UK was experiencing its second wave of Covid-19 infections and vaccination had only just begun.
Zoom announced on Tuesday that the tech company will lay off about 1,300 employees, or approximately 15% of its staff. It was also announced that its’ CEO is receiving a pay cut.
The company’s CEO Eric Yuan wrote a memo to his employees about the decision’s impact. He said that he had made miscalculations in how quickly the company would grow during the pandemic.
“As the CEO and founder of Zoom, I am accountable for these mistakes and the actions we take today– and I want to show accountability not just in words but in my own actions,” he wrote. “To that end, I am reducing my salary for the coming fiscal year by 98% and foregoing my FY23 corporate bonus.”
Yuan said that the executive leadership team members’ base wages would be reduced by 20% for the upcoming fiscal year and that they would forgo their incentives for the fiscal year 2023.
After the announcement, shares of Zoom increased by over 9% in midday trading.
According to the survivalist website Survivalfreedom.com, the upper Midwest, Maine, West Texas, and several small pockets, typically in places with few populations, are where you can take shelter during a nuclear war in the US.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un led a meeting that called on the country's military to expand its combat drills and move toward "perfecting the preparedness for war," state media reported on Tuesday.
The meeting of the military commission of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea "discussed in depth the major military and political tasks for 2023," according to state-run Korean Central News Agency.
North Korea's top military brass called for "constantly expanding and intensifying the operation and combat drills of the [Korean People's Army] to cope with the prevailing situation and more strictly perfecting the preparedness for war," KCNA said.
Kim said he expected the North's armed forces to "perform ever-victorious feats" and demonstrate "matchless military strength," according to the report. The meeting, which was held on Monday, marked the North Korean leader's first public appearance in roughly 40 days.
President Joe Biden delivered his second State of The Union address on Tuesday. He was booed by many Republicans after he accused them of wanting to cut Social Security and Medicare.
During his criticizing remarks, Biden specifically referenced plans floated by Senator Rick Scott (R-Fla.). Conservative lawmakers were not afraid to speak up and call him out on his allegations.
Following his remark, the GOP side of the chamber began booing, with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) shaking his head.
Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) screamed “liar.”
The philosopher Karl Popper argued that a theory can’t be considered scientific unless there is a way to test it and prove whether it is true or false. It’s therefore ironic that societies that claim to follow “the science” are constantly accused of “white supremacy,” an unfalsifiable concept backed by many who see themselves as democracy’s defenders or, like George Soros, Karl Popper’s ideological heirs. There is no need for evidence. Whites can be barely involved in an outrage; it’s still our fault.
The once-great American city of Memphis, Tennessee, is now just another majority-black ruin. In 2021, the city government dug up the body of General Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife and reburied them elsewhere, likewise removing his beautiful equestrian statue. Then-mayor A. C. Wharton said the Forrest statue came from “a time gone by” that’s “not to be honored.” Presumably the present city, which recently broke its own homicide record, is morally superior.
Last fall, a black career criminal who had been released early from prison very likely killed Eliza Fletcher, a Memphis teacher who was white. Another black man, Ezekiel Kelly, went on a shooting spree in the city, killing four and wounding three. He broadcast it all on Facebook Live.
Tucker Carlson used Memphis to symbolize the fall of America:
Even in a city that is nearly 82 percent white and two percent black, the reality of “white privilege” is tested. And it turns out this omnipotent belief somehow keeping black people from succeeding in life has absolutely no potency when confronted with reality of the truly privileged in America.
His name is Dr. Michael Mammone, a white doctor simply biking while white in Dana Point, California, whom a black male decided needed to die because of his “white privilege.” [Suspect accused of stabbing California doctor to death spoke of ‘White privilege’ during attack, witness says: The Orange County Sheriff’s Office have yet to determine a motive in Michael Mammone’s murder, Fox News, February 6, 2023]:
An anonymous witness who spoke to a local ABC affiliate said the suspect who allegedly struck a biker before stabbing him to death in Southern California last Wednesday muttered about “White privilege” during the incident.
The neighbor, who declined to be interviewed on camera, said she and her family heard what sounded like a gunshot before the attack against emergency room physician Michael Mammone, 58, and then heard the suspect issue the racial slur, according to ABC7.
Mammone was killed by a motorist in an attack in the coastal city of Dana Point while he was on an afternoon bicycle ride last week, according to authorities. The suspect, who also allegedly stabbed Mammone, was identified as 39-year-old Vanroy Evan Smith after being detained by bystanders and arrested on suspicion of murder.
Low-income women in some cities are more likely than their wealthier counterparts to be targeted by Google ads promoting anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers when they search for abortion care, researchers at the Tech Transparency Project have found.
The research builds on previous findings detailing how Google directs users searching for abortion services to so-called crisis centers – organizations that have been known to pose as abortion clinics in an attempt to steer women away from accessing abortion care.
Give the Biden Regime credit for one thing: creativity in finding excuses to release illegal aliens that should, of course, not only be in custody but also deported. The Department of Homeland Security has decided that the accidental release of an illegal alien’s personal information is a get-out-of-detention free card and chance to stay in the country. Thus did DHS set free almost 3,000 illegals to further colonize—and terrorize—the heartland. Naturally, the latest administrative Amnesty cooked up by unindicted visa fraudster Alejandro Mayorkas has no basis in immigration law, but a little thing like the law hasn’t stopped Mayorkas and Biden before. After all, they refuse to enforce it. No measure, it seems, is too extreme if it pushes ahead the dispossession and replacement of the Historic American Nation.
The Amnesty doesn’t have a name, but it appears to build on crime-victim visas. Illegals have long abused the U Non-Immigrant Visa, a path to lawful permanent residency. Another is the T NIV for alleged victims of trafficking. My guess: These could be permanently expanded to include the illegal-alien “victims” of the government’s publicly exposing, however briefly, their personally identifiable information. The result might not just be release but also the reward of a green card.
The Anarcho-Tyranny sent a strong message to ranchers on the southwest border whose homes and properties are invaded, trashed, and sometimes robbed by illegal aliens. You better not tangle with illegal aliens, and if you do, you better not kill one. Cops in Santa Cruz, Arizona have charged a 73-year-old rancher with first-degree murder in connection with the killing of a Mexican illegal on January 30.
George Alan Kelly’s ranch is about a mile-and-a-half from the border.
The justice of the peace, Emilio Velasquez, set bond at $1 million and refused to reduce it even after Kelly explained that his wife would be alone.
A new report from Revolver News documents how the Joe Biden administration is trying to put a popular internet voice in jail for the Hillary Clinton memes he posted during the 2016 presidential race.
That was when Clinton became a two-time loser in the presidential sweepstakes.
Calling it the "most important First Amendment case you've never heard of," the report explains how Biden's Department of Justice is accusing Douglass Mackey of "conspiring …. to deprive individuals of their constitutional right to vote."
What did he do?
Posted anti-Hillary memes that were based on the age-old joke that members of the "other" party, in this case Democrats, "are so stupid they'd probably believe someone telling them election day is Wednesday."
"At the risk of being tedious, we will explain: memes promoting incorrect election dates are old hat. People have been making them online and in print since at least 2000, and who are we kidding, probably well before that. They’re either a humorous indication of one’s desire to win a race, or else a political in-joke," the report explained.
China has told the United States the balloon it shot down last weekend “does not belong to America” as the search for debris in the Atlantic continued.
Foreign ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning made the comments during a scheduled press conference in Beijing on Tuesday, adding that the balloon “is Chinese”. She said: “The Chinese government will continue to resolutely defend its legitimate rights and interests.”
Mere days after the United States pompously announced that it has soundly defeated an adrift weather balloon, another absurdity has taken the headlines in the mainstream media. Apparently, China somehow managed to overtake America in the number of ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) launchers. This was reported by the Wall Street Journal on February 7, citing the Senate and House Armed Services Committees. According to WSJ, the commander of the US Strategic Command, which oversees America’s nuclear forces, notified the US Congress about the supposed Chinese advantage.
“The number of land-based fixed and mobile ICBM launchers in China exceeds the number of ICBM launchers in the United States,” the commander stated.
The author of the WSJ article himself admitted that the US is currently modernizing its entire nuclear triad (land, sea and air-launched nuclear weapons) and that “it has a much larger nuclear force than China”. The Strategic Command also notified US lawmakers that America still has more land-based ICBMs than China, as well as several times more thermonuclear warheads mounted on those missiles. Worse yet, the report doesn’t even include SLBMs (submarine-launched ballistic missiles) and strategic bombers that make the US dominance even more pronounced.
But US officials and experts are claiming that “many of China’s land-based launchers still consist of empty silos”, meaning that Beijing “potentially has more launch options”. The lawmakers cited these launchers as “a portent of the scale of China’s longer-range ambitions and are urging the US to expand its own nuclear forces to counter the Russian and Chinese forces”. According to Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, “China is rapidly approaching parity with the United States”.
“We cannot allow that to happen. The time for us to adjust our force posture and increase capabilities to meet this threat is now,” Rogers stated.