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12.11.2018 - 13:31 [ bigthink.com ]

NASA unveils new goals for Moon, Mars, including space privatization ​

(1.10.2018) These certainly mean more dollars headed toward research and development; while the original Apollo and other missions were government-funded and ultimately fell under the purview of the military (indeed, one of the primary stated goals of the Gemini and Apollo programs was to lessen the „Missile gap“ between the United States and the Soviet Union), this new concept relies heavily on private investment, corporate involvement and funding, and the eventual mining and financial rewards of „exploration and use“ of the lunar and Mars surfaces.

12.11.2018 - 13:25 [ investors.com ]

Space Station May Be Stranded; Here’s When U.S. Rockets Can Get There

(11.10.2018) Russia grounded all space flights after a Soyuz rocket failure Thursday, putting the International Space Station at risk and adding pressure on Boeing (BA) and SpaceX to get their rockets ready for NASA service.

12.11.2018 - 13:22 [ Space.com ]

Soyuz Rocket’s Launch-Abort Close Call Highlights Poor Space-Policy Decisions (Op-Ed)

(16.10.2018) One of the cornerstones of the current space policy is to somehow „privatize“ or „commercialize“ the ISS by 2024-2025 and to use the „savings“ from that privatization to help fund the program. The idea of operating the ISS profitably is so preposterous that I don’t feel a need to comment further here. Besides, from where is the funding to come before 2024-2025?

What this look back shows is consistently poor policy decisions going back at least 14 years. What will happen to NASA and U.S. spaceflight in the coming years?

12.11.2018 - 13:16 [ interestingengineering.com ]

China Fails First Attempt at Privatized Satellite Launch

(30.10.2018) A Beijing-based company called Landspace built the ill-fated three-stage rocket known as the Zhuque-1. The company took to a short blog post to admit the first and second stages of the craft did not reach orbit due to the third stage’s failure.

“Before Zhuque carrier rocket was launched, its mission was already completed,” the company said in the post on Saturday. However, the company didn’t give out more details about the mishap.

12.11.2018 - 13:07 [ Mary Lynne Dittmar, Ph.D., CEO Coalition Deep Space Exploration; @NASA advisor / Twitter ]

This circulated at @Boeing @NASA and #USA back when I was on @Space_Station Program. I left #ISS in 2002 and it was well before that – late ‘90’s? – but do not know the source. My recollection is it emerged as “commentary” during discussions re: Shuttle privatization.

(4.9.2018)

12.11.2018 - 12:52 [ investors.com ]

How The International Space Station Could Operate Commercially

(14.3.2018) Printing organs for people on the transplant list could be a viable ISS business too. Sometime this year, Techshot will send up its 3D space biofabrication lab to the ISS to test organ printing in microgravity.

Currently, stomachs and other pliable organs can be printed on earth with the help of a supporting structure. However, a more complex organ like a heart can’t be printed because it would be damaged by gravity when the support scaffolding is removed.

Copeland also said that stem cells have been developed faster in microgravity vs. on earth.

12.11.2018 - 12:37 [ Vox.com ]

NASA’s leader wants to privatize the International Space Station. It’s a remarkably terrible idea.

(9.6.2018) Since taking office as NASA’s administrator in April, Jim Bridenstine (previously a member of Congress from Oklahoma with no scientific background) has pushed this scheme, most recently in an interview this week with the Washington Post.

12.11.2018 - 12:31 [ Washington Post ]

NASA’s new administrator says he’s talking to companies about taking over operations of the International Space Station

(5.6.2018) “We’re in a position now where there are people out there that can do commercial management of the International Space Station,” Bridenstine said in his first extensive interview since being sworn in as NASA administrator in April. “I’ve talked to many large corporations that are interested in getting involved in that through a consortium, if you will.”

12.11.2018 - 07:58 [ Deadline.com ]

People’s Choice Awards: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, ‘Shadowhunters’ Among Top Honorees – Full Winners List

The ceremony also added 13 new categories including “The Revival Show of 2018”, “The Reality Show of 2018”, “The Bingeworthy Show of 2018”, and “The Reality TV Star of 2018”. The telecast was followed by a special live episode of Busy Tonight where the Dynasty was revealed as Revival Show of 2018.

The People’s Choice Awards is the only major awards show voted on entirely by the public for fan favorites in movies, music, television, and pop culture.

06.11.2018 - 06:05 [ Business Insider ]

Here’s how ISIS still has access to the global financial system

(24.März 2015) Targeting the group’s finances has therefore become one of the anti-ISIS coalition’s five primary lines of effort. On March 19-20, the United States, Saudi Arabia, and Italy co-chaired the inaugural meeting of the Counter-ISIL Finance Group in Rome.

The first goal laid out in the group’s action plan is to prevent the self-styled Islamic State from using „the international financial system, including unregulated money remitters.“

05.11.2018 - 13:15 [ Kathimerini ]

Debate: Is Italy going the way of Greece in 2015?

The Italian government elected this summer has a number of similarities with the SYRIZA-Independent Greeks coalition that came into office in Greece in early 2015 and jolted the eurozone with its apparently defiant policy that led to a three-week shutdown of the country’s banks, the imposition of strict capital controls, a divisive referendum and a fresh bailout program worth 86 billion euros. Now it is Rome that appears to be pursuing a quasi-defiant policy toward the eurozone.

20.10.2018 - 11:24 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Secretive Data Company Palantir Weighs Giant Public Offering

(18.10.2018) Palantir is discussing with investment banks Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley plans to go public as soon as the second half of 2019, the people said. Some bankers have told the firm it could go public with a valuation of as much as $41 billion—depending in part on the timing—or twice what it was most recently…

18.10.2018 - 17:01 [ John Pilger ]

HOLD THE FRONT PAGE. THE REPORTERS ARE MISSING

Although journalism was always a loose extension of establishment power, something has changed in recent years. Dissent tolerated when I joined a national newspaper in Britain in the 1960s has regressed to a metaphoric underground as liberal capitalism moves towards a form of corporate dictatorship. This is a seismic shift, with journalists policing the new „groupthink“, as Parry called it, dispensing its myths and distractions, pursuing its enemies.

18.10.2018 - 13:26 [ Irish Times ]

EU ‘needs another crisis’ to finish banking union

(16.5.2018) “I have the impression that [EU member states] have the false impression that everything’s fine, but everything’s not fine and the job is half done,” Olivier Guersent, director general for financial stability, financial services and capital markets union, said at the annual conference of the Single Resolution Board (SRB) in Brussels.

Politicians need “a big enough crisis for them to be scared enough, but not big enough to kill us”, to finish the banking union project, he added.

18.10.2018 - 12:52 [ Ansa.it ]

Italian economy minister hails ‚historic‘ banking deal

As well, the board’s decisions must be approved by EU finance ministers, leading some critics to say the process will be very complex. In a second step, governments will contribute to a resolution fund by imposing levies on banks over 10 years for a total of about 55 billion euros.

18.10.2018 - 12:18 [ John Pilger ]

Why the British said no to Europe

(25.Juni 2016) The pith helmets may have long gone, but the blood has never dried. A nineteenth century contempt for countries and peoples, depending on their degree of colonial usefulness, remains a centrepiece of modern „globalisation“, with its perverse socialism for the rich and capitalism for the poor: its freedom for capital and denial of freedom to labour; its perfidious politicians and politicised civil servants.

All this has now come home to Europe, enriching the likes of Tony Blair and impoverishing and disempowering millions. On 23 June, the British said no more.

The most effective propagandists of the „European ideal“ have not been the far right, but an insufferably patrician class for whom metropolitan London is the United Kingdom. Its leading members see themselves as liberal, enlightened, cultivated tribunes of the 21st century zeitgeist, even „cool“. What they really are is a bourgeoisie with insatiable consumerist tastes and ancient instincts of their own superiority. In their house paper, the Guardian, they have gloated, day after day, at those who would even consider the EU profoundly undemocratic, a source of social injustice and a virulent extremism known as „neoliberalism“.

The aim of this extremism is to install a permanent, capitalist theocracy that ensures a two-thirds society, with the majority divided and indebted, managed by a corporate class, and a permanent working poor.

23.09.2018 - 13:26 [ BrexitCentral.com ]

Jeremy Corbyn must resist the calls to back a second EU referendum

The concerted effort to bounce the Labour Party into supporting a second referendum must be defeated; it is an affront to the millions who voted to Leave the EU and even greater number who want the Government and Parliament to get on with it. A second referendum by any name is a device to renege on the 2016 referendum result.

It would be the height of hypocrisy to claim to respect the Brexit vote yet make plans to reverse it. Having a second referendum if the first goes ‘the wrong way’ is the practice of the EU and one of the reasons why many people wanted out of that undemocratic institution.

23.09.2018 - 13:17 [ Express.co.uk ]

BREXIT SHOCK: Yanis Varoufakis reveals EXACTLY what the EU will do next to STOP us leaving

Mr Varoufakis BBC Radio 4’s Broadcasting House that the “only solution” for Prime Minister Theresa May’s “abysmal” negotiating position would be a general election in Britain, which could result in the EU forcing the country into a Norway-style Brexit deal.

He added: “Mrs May is then allowed to go away in peace and to have a new government that negotiates a Norway-style agreement for Britain for a five-year period at least so that Mrs Merkel and Mr Macron can say ‘ok, well this is a problem for our successors’.”

23.09.2018 - 13:15 [ Express.co.uk ]

Jeremy Corbyn faces losing 19 MPs if Labour tries to block Brexit – shock poll claims

Research showed that any attempt by Jeremy Corbyn’s MPs at Westminster to frustrate the departure from the EU would lead to Labour candidates facing defeat in 19 of its 25 most marginal constituencies held by the party.

The survey, carried out by the polling firm IQR for the Brexit-supporting pressure group Global Britain comes on the eve of the start of the Labour conference in Liverpool, where delegates are expected to vote on calls for the party to back a second EU referendum.

23.09.2018 - 13:11 [ People's Exit ‏/ Twitter ]

We call on all @UKLabour conference delegates to oppose a #PeoplesVote. This would do no good for the country. Instead focus of a #GeneralElection and #GetTheToriesOut!!!!! #LabourConference #LabourConference2018 #PeoplesExit #Lexit #Brexit #PCPB #SocialistSunday

23.09.2018 - 12:48 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Brexit is the Left’s friend, so why are Labour zealots defending Brussels?

The great European mystery is why the political Left so reflexively supports the EU, the euro, and the “neoliberal” erosion of worker interests by Brussels.

One can see why the corporatist Right might find this regime congenial. It is marvellous for the owners of capital. It allows companies to hold down wages through cross-border labour arbitrage. Old Labour used to called the EU a “bankers ramp” and that is exactly what it has become.

13.09.2018 - 13:07 [ John Wight / Medium..com ]

Who will save us from America? A short discourse on the nightmare of US exceptionalism

When it comes to the state of the nation at home, anyone who believes America is a classless society need only spend half an hour walking around Hollywood, acknowledged epicentre of the American Dream, to realise how wrong they are. For not only will they be assured that there is no society more defined by class than US society, they will be left in little doubt that every minute of a every day a fierce class war is raging with up to now only one side taking all the punches and doing all the bleeding.

Not only in Hollywood but all across America the abandonment of the poor, downtrodden and sick to their fate has and continues to be so brutal that its human consequences given new meaning to the words ‘wretched of the earth’. And this wretched constituency of millions — lacking healthcare, decent housing, jobs, and hope — hardly saw their fortunes improve under Obama, despite the soaring rhetoric about hope and change, etc.

18.08.2018 - 03:39 [ Paul Craig Roberts / Institute for Political Economy ]

Is Capitalism Killing Us?

It is very difficult to find the truth, because politicians and regulatory authorities are susceptible to bribes and to doing favors for their business friends. In Brazil, lawmakers are actually trying to deregulate pesticide use and to ban the sale of organic food in supermarkets

09.07.2018 - 16:13 [ Consortium News ]

Failure of the Left Leaves Italy a Victim of the Market

(24.6.2018) At the end of last month, European Commissioner Günther Oettinger scolded rebellious Italian voters who are fed up with European Union bureaucrats and European Central bankers dominating their country. “The market will teach Italians how to vote,” Oettingerm said.

He had made this remark when it seemed Italy was heading toward fresh elections after the latest political crisis. At the time the spread between Italian and German bonds jumped more than 300 points, aggravating Italy’s heavy public debt. In other words, Oettinger was convinced that the need for financial stability would force upstart Italian voters to get back in line with what the bankers want.

06.05.2018 - 15:19 [ Conversation ]

Karl Marx wouldn’t agree that worker power has been killed by the 21st century

(3.Mai) I would argue that the lasting legacy of Marx 200 years after his birth comes from the conclusion he and Friedrich Engels drew in their 1848 publication The Communist Manfesto:

„The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Workers of all countries unite.“

06.04.2018 - 13:17 [ CJ Hopkins, Berlin / Counterpunch ]

Then They Came for the Globalists

(23.3.2018) Fortunately, the lexicography experts in the corporate media and the Anti-Defamation League cleared that up for me earlier this month. According to these experts, words like “globalist” and “globalism” don’t really mean anything. They are simply Nazi code words for “the Jews.” There is actually no such thing as “globalism,” or “global capitalism,” or “transnational capitalism,” or “supranational quasi-governmental entities” like the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization, the European Commission, and the European Central Bank … or, OK, sure, there are such entities, but there is no legitimate reason to discuss them, or write about them, or even casually mention them, and anyone who does is definitely a Nazi.