NASA’s Lucy spacecraft will add another asteroid encounter to its 4-billion-mile journey. On November 1, 2023, Lucy will get a close-up view of a small main-belt asteroid to conduct an engineering test of the spacecraft’s innovative asteroid-tracking navigation system.
The Lucy mission is already breaking records by planning to visit nine asteroids during its 12-year tour of the Jupiter Trojan asteroids, which orbit the Sun at the same distance as Jupiter. Originally, Lucy was not scheduled to get a close-up view of any asteroids until 2025, when it will fly by the main belt asteroid (52246) Donaldjohanson. However, the Lucy team identified a small, as-yet unnamed asteroid in the inner main belt, designated (152830) 1999 VD57, as a potential new and useful target for the Lucy spacecraft.
“There are millions of asteroids in the main asteroid belt,” said Raphael Marschall, Lucy collaborator at the Nice Observatory in France, who identified asteroid 1999 VD57 as an object of special interest for Lucy. “I selected 500,000 asteroids with well-defined orbits to see if Lucy might be traveling close enough to get a good look at any of them, even from a distance. This asteroid really stood out. Lucy’s trajectory as originally designed will take it within 40,000 miles of the asteroid, at least three times closer than the next closest asteroid.”
Robert Gates, former President Barack Obama’s Secretary of Defense, slammed politicians’ handling of classified information during an interview over the weekend where he also took a shot at President Joe Biden’s handling of the war in Ukraine.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) slammed Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and President Joe Biden on Sunday, accusing them of not wanting to eliminate waste from the Democrats’ massive omnibus bill.
A school district in Mississippi has settled a lawsuit and changed its policies after the family of a third grader filed a lawsuit alleging that the girl was prohibited from wearing a mask that said: “Jesus Loves Me.”
The delusion is strong with this one. A report on Saturday indicates that former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, mired around 3% in GOP Presidential Primary polls, looks ready to launch a quixotic bid next month for the Oval Office anyway.
The saga of Musk’s Twitter takeover has underscored the complexity of determining what speech is truly protected. That question is particularly difficult when it comes to online platforms, which create policies that impact wide swaths of users from different cultures and legal systems across the world.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is considering filing a lawsuit over Florida banning a high school AP African American Studies class that contained sections on Critical Race Theory and Queer Theory.
The Global Times, which is a China State Affiliated News outlet, recently wrote an article asking the question of why are US media outlets and politicians ignoring Project Veritas’ recent undercover video of Pfizer’s Director of Research and Development admitting Pfizer is “mutating” COVID via “Directed Evolution”?
Many conservatives look at small towns as an essential refuge from a decaying American society. A rancid drag queen event with small children in attendance in a small Texas city, however, should disabuse them of this naïve notion.
“Asked to describe where America is headed in the next year, more than two-thirds use negative words and phrases: ‘downhill,’ ‘wrong track,’ ‘disaster,’ ‘hard times,’ and ‘uncertainty'” NBC’s “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd said on Sunday.
Providing new tanks to Ukraine won’t change the reality on the ground of the current conflict with Russia, according to retired Army Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis, who claimed the United States has “no plan” or strategy and warned of the real-world danger of invoking NATO’s “mutual defense” clause, which would trigger a nuclear war.
In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News on Thursday, Davis discussed the situation on the ground in Ukraine.
Davis, a Defense Priorities senior fellow and military expert, spent over two decades in active service, which included combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, and was awarded two Bronze Star medals.
“It just doesn’t work that way in reality”
Calling the recent decision by the U.S., Germany, and other European nations to send tanks to Ukraine a “huge information operation ‘game changer,’” Davis cautioned that “information operations and claims don’t translate into reality on the battlefield.”
Firebrand Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters dismissed Senator Kyrsten Sinema as 'that woman from Arizona' while slamming some congressional Democrats for not caring about police reform in the wake of the death of Tyre Nichols.
Waters slammed the former Democrat-turned-independent, as well as moderate and often swing-vote Democrat Senator Joe Manchin, for not 'giv(ing) a darn' about police reform legislation.
Reminiscing about her political career fighting for police reform, which dates back to the beating of Rodney King in the late 90s, she told MSNBC's Symone Sanders: 'We keep fighting, we keep begging, we keep doing everything that we possibly can.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has been blasted over a video of her dancing on the streets, amid continued violent crime and the loss of more flagship stores on the city's 'Magnificent Mile' shopping district that now sits one third empty.
Lightfoot, who is four weeks shy of what polls have shown is an uphill Democratic primary battle with several opponents, was seen dancing along to a drumline at the city's Lunar New Year parade Sunday.
It caused one Twitter user to say: 'Since [Lightfoot]'s term began, Chicago has suffered 2,278 homicides and over 9,000 shot. Since January 1, the city has endured 41 homicides and 194 shot. Yet here Lightfoot is blissfully dancing and asking voters to return her to office. Lightfoot is detached from reality.'
In order to continue peddling an endless stream of new high-profit “vaccines” on the public, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is engaging in “directed evolution” projects designed to “mutate” the virus on purpose.
Project Veritas learned all this in another undercover bombshell interview, this time with Jordon Trishton Walker, Pfizer’s Director of Research and Development, Strategic Operations, and mRNA Scientific Planner. Walker revealed that Pfizer is intentionally trying to spread new “variants” and “subvariants” of covid in order to create and sell new injections.
“One of the things we’re exploring is, like, why don’t we just mutate it [covid] ourselves so we could create – preemptively develop new vaccines, right? So, we have to do that. If we’re going to do that though, there’s a risk of, like, as you could imagine – no one wants to be having a pharma company mutating f***ing viruses.”
Walker urged the interviewer: “don’t tell anyone, promise you won’t tell anyone.” He then proceeded to reveal how Pfizer is going about trying to mutate covid using primates. (Related: In 2021, Project Veritas blew the lid on Facebook’s global censorship of “vaccine hesitancy”.)
“The way it [the experiment] would work is that we put the virus in monkeys, and we successively cause them to keep infecting each other, and we collect serial samples from them.”
“You have to be very controlled to make sure that this virus [covid] that you mutate doesn’t create something that just goes everywhere,” he added. “Which, I suspect, is the way that the virus started in Wuhan, to be honest. It makes no sense that this virus popped out of nowhere. It’s bulls**t.”
As the Russo-Ukrainian war enters 2023, its sustained intensity raises consternation amongst various policymakers in the US and Western Europe as to whether sanctions against Moscow are achieving desirable results. Despite the imposition of Western sanctions, there is no apparent end to the invasion in sight, nor are there any serious attempts at negotiations from Russia’s President Vladmir Putin. Thus, months into an aggressive sanctions regime on Russia, an assessment of the effectiveness of those measures on the Russian economy is necessary to determine whether policy goals are making satisfactory progress.
When the war began last spring, the United States sought to implement a maximum pressure campaign strategy against the Kremlin. Such a strategy materialized into a multilateral collaborative effort aiming to weaken key sectors of the Russian economy and isolate Moscow financially.
Yet Western sanctions aimed Russia aggression have existed well before Putin’s “special military operation” in Ukraine. Current US sanctions on Russia predate Moscow’s most recent military incursion into Ukraine, beginning with President Obama’s EO(Executive Order) 13660 in 2014. EO 13660 authorized sanctions on individuals and entities responsible for violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, or for stealing the assets of the Ukrainian people. Succeeding orders such as EO 13622, EO 13685, EO 14065, and EO 10466 prohibited the importation of hydrocarbons, agriculture, and minerals from Russia. They further prevented US persons from conducting business with Kremlin- connected elites. As these examples elucidate, the United States has and continues to be committed to the imposition of economic restrictions against Putin and his enablers.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Sunday to "strengthen" Israeli settlements and arm thousands of Israelis after a series of attacks by Palestinians in Israeli-occupied territories.
The Israeli security cabinet on Sunday approved a series of controversial measures Netanyahu proposed a day earlier in the wake of two separate attacks against Israelis since Friday.
Earlier on Sunday, Israeli forces sealed the home of Khairy Alqam, a Palestinian who killed seven Israelis outside a building used as a synagogue in the settlement of Neve Yaakov in occupied East Jerusalem on Friday.
Israeli forces are expected to demolish the Alqam family home. Witnesses saw Israeli forces on the property after they blocked its entrances, with Palestinians clearing out their belongings. Security forces have detained 42 members of Alqam's family since the incident.
Israel routinely demolishes the homes of Palestinians who kill Israelis.
Deadlocked jurors are set to reconvene Monday in the case against a Pennsylvania pro-life activist who faces up to 11 years in prison for allegedly pushing a Planned Parenthood escort during a clash outside an abortion clinic.
Mark Houck, 48, was arrested by the FBI last September in front of his family at his home in rural Kintnersville, Pennsylvania, on charges that he violated the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act during an altercation he had with the escort in Philadelphia in October 2021.
Houck pleaded not guilty to violating the FACE Act, which prohibits "violent, threatening, damaging, and obstructive conduct intended to injure, intimidate, or interfere with the right to seek, obtain, or provide reproductive health services."
Houck, a Catholic who routinely engaged in prayerful protests outside abortion clinics, was accused of pushing 72-year-old Bruce Love after the escort allegedly yelled at Houck's 12-year-old son. Both Houck and his son testified during the trial last week.
A 59 year-old male Finnish farmer took up skating at age 50, declared himself transgender, and performed yesterday under the female name Minna-Maaria at the opening of the European Figure Skating Championship.
Finland was proud to announce that they would be including the world’s “first trans figure skater” at the proceedings, only to discover Markku could not skate.