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Searching the google machine that is the Internet for "moon landing," you'll find a million pages of links.
Actually its closer to 6 million, but that is beside the point.
Nearly 1 million of those pages are about a "fake moon landing," and I'm here to add to that total.
Not that I'm some conspiracy nut (I am a nut but that isn't why ;-) )
I don't dwell on fake photos or flags blowing in the wind (I couldn't care less about those things), rather I question the big-picture.
The story goes like this:
In 1961, President Kennedy declared that the USA would put a man on the moon before the end of the decade. In 1969, men successfully landed on the moon. The 8 years in between are what I'd like to focus on.
My main skepticism comes from simply looking at the dates. I'm supposed to believe that in 8 years, using 1960s technology, NASA designed and developed, from scratch, the 3 most advanced devices of all time (Saturn V Rocket, Space Suit, Lunar Module), and successfully landed men on the moon 6 times in 3 years (that's an average of once every 6 months for those of you who are bad at math!) These men also took off from the moon and safely returned to Earth. That is pretty impressive considering we can't launch a Shuttle from Florida in 2011 if the weather isn't perfect!
Read that part again... 8 years... 1960s technology. That does not and will not ever sit right with me. Using basic logic, one would assume that in 8 years in the 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s mankind would be developing things that far surpass what we made in the 60s... yet that isn't the case. In fact, it's far from it. Every other facet of life has improved since the 60s yet space travel seems to have regressed. Can you imagine if things like cars, airplanes, computers, & TVs were behind where they were in 1969?!
Additionally, no other developed nation has even come close to replicating these "feats" of the 60s. China, with their endless supply of money, hopes to have a man on the moon by 2030. Again, using basic logic, I wonder why, with the USA already setting the blueprint, and with 2011 technology at their hands, it would take China over 25 years to accomplish what the USA claims to have done in 8, over forty years ago.
Since 1972, no other nation has claimed to put a man past Low-Earth Orbit (160 km - 2000 km from Earth). You have heard of this before... it's where the ISS (International Space Station) resides, between 278 km - 460 km above Earth's surface. The moon, on the other hand, is between 356,000 km to 406,000 km away. Not quite the same, is it? For those of you who think that housing astronauts at 460 km is the same as 406,000 km, I'll tell you to save it, or to trade me your $406,000 for my $460 :-)
Furthermore, prior to 1961, the USA's space program was largely a complete failure. Fifteen consecutive U.S. unmanned lunar missions over a six-year period from 1958 to 1964 all failed their primary photographic missions. Yet just 5 years later, the USA claims to have successfully put men on the moon.
Most people do not realize that no other nation has claimed to put a man on the moon. A lot of people simply assume that Russia did. Those same people, and most others, don't even give a second thought to man landing on the moon. "Of course it happened" is a common reply I hear when talking about the subject.
Yet these people haven't given it serious thought since they learned about it in school, or in the case of the baby boomers, since they "witnessed" it happen! I simply ask for people to use their heads and to start thinking critically, instead of believing everything that is told to them because "it must have happened."
I believe that JFK had good intentions when he made his bold statement in 1961, however I think he bit off more than he could chew. After the early failures of the Apollo program, I believe that NASA had too much pride and too much financial incentive to scrap the program (they had already invested billions, and they would continue to receive funding so long as the program was showing progress.)
Again, the big picture is what makes me skeptical, however if you continue to research on your own, you'll find numerous other examples including cancelled Apollo missions, lost priceless, one-of-a-kind tapes, declarations of a manned Mars landing by 1984 and more.http://wp.me/pWlqU-2V Searching the google machine that is the Internet for... more
Earlier today the Fox News Politics Twitter account was hacked and a number of Tweets claiming that President Obama had been assassinated were sent out.
Fox has acknowledged the hack, but apparently they still can't access the account— as this blog post was published the Tweets still haden't been taken down.
It's looking like Fox News Politics Twitter account was hacked early Monday by a group vaguely aligned with Anonymous, calling itself "TheScriptKiddies" ("Script kiddies" is a negative term for wannabe hackers, one can only assume they were trying to reclaim the term).
According to The Huffington Post, the hackers initially changed Fox's Twitter icon to what's apparently their logo and claimed responsibility for the hack.
The group seems to have decided to have a different kind of fun a few hours after the initial attack, reverting the account icon, and Tweeting that the President had been assassinated on the 4th of July i.e America's Independence Day.
Fox News has released a statement saying that it "regrets any distress the false tweets may have created." As Fox battles to try and regain control over their Twitter account and delete the assignation tweets TheScriptKiddies' Twitter account appears to be suspended.
Source: Gawker Earlier today the Fox News Politics Twitter account was hacked and a number of... more
Many have heard about the miraculous mirage that occurred in the Xin'an river; however many haven't had the opportunity to hear the truth of the story. Multiple news organizations perpetuated a hoax, trying to convince people that an incredible mirage occurred in which buildings, structures, and trees suddenly appeared in the Xin'an river.
However, Fox News perpetuated the lie by posting an edited image of the Xin'an mirage, in which the Ferris wheel (an important landmark) was removed. Read the whole story here:
http://forgottenperspectives.blogspot.com/2011/06/from-mists.htmlMany have heard about the miraculous mirage that occurred in the Xin'an river;... more
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A YouTube video featuring a man who presented himself as an American gay rights activist disillusioned with the latest Gaza flotilla campaign has been exposed as a hoax.A YouTube video featuring a man who presented himself as an American gay rights... more
Tom MacMaster, the Edinburgh student from the US who was behind the Gay Girl in Damascus blog hoax, has been accused of creating another fake Arab female online identity to defend his own reputation online.
A comment on the website Mondoweiss under the name "Miriam Umm Ibni", mounting a spirited defence of MacMaster's conduct in posing as "Amina", a lesbian Syrian woman, was traced by fellow users to the same IP address in Edinburgh that he used for the Amina hoax.
The Guardian claims it has seen screengrabs of the IP data, emailed by one of the site's hosts Adam Horowitz, that show the post originated from the address 188.8.131.52.
Journalists, bloggers and web users unmasked MacMaster earlier this month as the unlikely hoaxer behind the Amina blog, in part after its posts were traced to the address.
In an email, later posted on the site, MacMaster acknowledged that "Miriam Umm Ibni" was a fake identity, but denied being behind it, saying a "friend of mine who would really like to remain nameless" had posted the comment in his defence.
It came from the same IP address because she had been staying with his wife and him, he wrote.
"Like many of my friends, many of whom are committed pro-Palestinian, anti-war and anti-colonialist activists, she was outraged by some of the slanders made against me online. And, like many of my friends, she's been urged by me to defend me. She did so. She's that kind of person."
Hmmmmmm, right. What do you think?
Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jun/26/gay-girl-damascus-accused-defendingTom MacMaster, the Edinburgh student from the US who was behind the Gay Girl in... more
One of my touchstone moments for understanding the relations of the US and the Arab world was an exchange at a crowded outdoor restaurant five years ago in Aleppo, Syria. My wife and I were out to dinner with someone we'd met there and grown to like, a Tunisian woman who worked in Dubai. Very modern. And we were talking all about American policy in the region when I said to her, "Hey what's the deal with the role of women in the Arab world?" She said in a quiet voice, "Let's talk about this when we get back to the hotel."
I was surprised that she felt a need to censor herself in a public place. And then on our way back to the hotel, I thought, Well there are subjects we censor ourselves about publicly in the U.S. I wouldn't go into a restaurant in New York and launch into the Israel lobby.
Then later I thought, Well, I'm going to deal with the U.S. censorship issues-- we gotta fight the powers that be!-- and let the Arabs deal with their censorship issues.
And that is why I fell hook line and sinker for A Gay Girl in Damascus. I thought, here at last is the strong voice of an Arab woman openly taking on the oppressive traditions in her society. I am on her side, I celebrate her presence.
I posted from A Gay Girl a few times. I completely bought her story in February that her father had faced down thugs who had come to arrest her, and that he embraced her sexuality at the family's front door. And when the blog said she had been arrested a week back, I said I was praying for her and urged my government to jump in.
What a fool. Today, thanks to the energies of people like Ali Abunimah, Andy Carvin of NPR, and our contributor Seham, I know that A Gay Girl was a hoax. She was the fabrication of Tom MacMaster, an American writer in Scotland. You can hear him talking on BBC about his confection, an interview in which he doesn't show much awareness. I think he must be spinning emotionally like Anthony Weiner. Apparently he's apologized at the Gay Girl site, which I'm allergic to visit right now. On BBC, he explained that people dismissed him when he tried to talk about the issues as an American. So he invented a name to get "real facts and opinions" discussed, the "actual issues." The facts he provided about Islam are "true."
I feel angry today that I was punked, and doubly angry that MacMaster played on my credulity about the Arab world. I was the perfect mark. I wanted what Gay Girl was saying to be true: I wanted to believe that an out lesbian woman could be so empowered and vocal inside Syrian society.
You can call me an orientalist, and you can say that occupation and ethnic cleansing and massacres and imprisonment are more important issues than gay rights, and you can say that America is still a traditional society in some places, and fine, I won't quarrel with you. I know I'm seeing surfaces; I'm a universalist in my (gullible) heart; I can tell you that on my last visit to Egypt a covered and apparently-traditional woman I shared a car with through the Sinai on New Year's 2010 turned out to be a free spirit, who brought me to a sybaritic party on the Red Sea, and I thought I don't know the half of it. But again: Can an out lesbian be embraced by her family in Syria? I don't know.
My wise friend James North likes to say that we all have conservative and radical and liberal and militant elements in our political hearts, and different circumstances call on the different aspects, and this fraud calls on the conservative in me. We're in a global conversation, and I think the east has something to learn from the west about these freedoms.
And I have a lot to learn about the internet.
.One of my touchstone moments for understanding the relations of the US and the Arab... more
So the joke is on all of us. The now infamous blogger 'A Gay Girl In Damascus', a.k.a. Amina Abdallah Arraf al-Omari, a 25-year-old half-Syrian half-American lesbian living in Damascus who was "abducted" last week was in fact a 40-year-old American Middle East activist called Tom MacMaster who is studying at Edinburgh University. MacMaster started writing the popular blog in February this year and due to the recent unrest in Syria it was followed intensely by news agencies and activists around the world.
However, last week he posted that "Amina" had been abducted by armed men not to be seen or heard of since. That last post caused worldwide concern and received a lot of media attention leading to "Amina's photo" being plastered on every news website (including Current.com) as a genuine news story.
The real woman, whose picture MacMaster had used as the profile pic of his fictional "Amina" character spotted her picture in the news and came forward saying her identity had ben stolen and that she worried for her safety. The woman in question was Jelena Lecic, a Croatian woman living in London who had nothing to do with Syria. In an interview with the BBC MacMaster defended his actions saying: "I really felt a number of years ago, in discussions on Middle East issues in the US, often when I presented real facts and opinions, the immediate reaction to someone with my name was: 'Why are you anti-American? Why are you anti-Jewish?' So I invented a name to talk under that would keep the focus on the actual issue."MacMaster said he had wanted people to listen to the facts without paying attention to "the man behind the curtain", claiming that the success of the blog took him by surprise.He said: "From the beginning I never expected it to get anywhere near the attention it has."I thought when I was starting I would be read by four, five, maybe as many as 10 people."MacMaster told the BBC that he accepted the concerns that he may have made it harder for bloggers within Syria, and that he had backed up government claims there were no problems in the country and that it was all "foreign lies".He said: "However, the reality is that I have been in contact with a lot of people inside Syria and I have been following things very closely."He said the most important thing was to "get the information out" and added: "People should stop focussing on the hoaxer and really be focussing on the most important people, the real people who are suffering in Syria."
You can read Tom MacMaster's full apology here.So the joke is on all of us. The now infamous blogger 'A Gay Girl In... more
We've been holding off on reporting about the mystery surrounding the blogger known as "Gay Girl in Damascus" and the reports that she was arrested by Syrian authorities.
There are a growing number of questions about who she may or may not be and even whether such a person is actually in the hands of the authorities.
But our colleague Andy Carvin, NPR's senior social media strategist, is at the center of the online effort to get to the truth. So we want to pass along some of what he's learned:
"Earlier this week I got a tip from an LGBT Syrian source who didn't believe Amina existed. They had told me they had asked around other members of the LGBT community and they couldn't find anyone who knew her. They also were very concerned that her blog posts were drawing attention to Syria's LGBT community in ways that could be dangerous for them. ...
"Independently of this, two other Syrian sources I knew mentioned similar speculation to me. They didn't say she was fictitious, per se, but they were skeptical of the circumstances described in her My Father The Hero blog post. ...
"I began to ask around on Twitter if anyone had met her in person, and I couldn't find anyone who had. ...
"While all of this was going on, I contacted another Syrian contact who has connections with two prominent opposition members. He was under the impression that one of these people had indeed met her once, but in an email that this person sent me this evening, he denied this. ...
"Finally, yet another source told me to take a look at a previous blog she had allegedly written several years ago. ... The blog explicitly stated it was her intention to post both real stories and fiction on her blog — and not tell readers which was which.
"So where does this leave us? I still have many more questions than answers, but I currently believe Amina is a real person, but one who is much more expressive about herself online than offline. ...
"Despite all the questions I have, I am deeply worried that this discussion about her identity could distract people from the possibility that should might be being brutalized in detention, and in dire need of support from friends and strangers alike."
Andy also adds, in messages he's posted on Twitter within the past few hours, that the pictures Amina has used on her blog and elsewhere appear to be of other women. (Follow him on Twitter as he tries to separate fact from fiction.)
Indeed, The Wall Street Journal's Dispatch blog reports that "a London publicist said Wednesday that the photos circulating on the Web and in the media show someone else entirely. The photos are of Jelena Lecic, who lives in London, according to publicist, Julius Just."
We'll keep tabs on what Andy and others are learning.
Update at 4:10 p.m. ET. Public Records Yield Dead End:
With the help of JoElla Straley of NPR's library, we scoured public records but were unable to find anything to confirm that Amina Abdallah Araf al Omari exists.
Based on biographical information found in her blogs and in interviews, we also looked for any public records pertaining to her parents and came up empty.
We also followed up on the last person to post on her blog: Someone who said she was Araf's cousin and that her name was Rania Ismail. We were able to locate a Facebook page we think is Ismail's — she is friends with Araf and claims Araf is her cousin on the page — but were unable to find any public records in Georgia under that name.
State Department spokesman Mark Toner told NPR that they have "not yet been able to confirm any of the details contained in Ms. Arraf's blog.
"Officials in Damascus and Washington are continuing to attempt to ascertain more information about Ms. Arraf including confirmation of her citizenship," Toner said.
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/06/08/137060775/gay-girl-in-damascus-missing-or-mythicalWe've been holding off on reporting about the mystery surrounding the blogger... more
Leon Panetta, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen all say that it's time for the national dialogue on the Osama bin Laden killing to end because classified inforamtion might have leaked to the mainstream media.
CIA Director Leon Panetta sent a message Wednesday to CIA employees cautioning that there should be no more leaks about the bin Laden raid and how it was conducted.
In the message, obtained by ABC News, Panetta acknowledges that it’s likely some of the classified information about the raid that has emerged in the press has come from beyond the CIA.
Yesterday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen told reporters at a Pentagon briefing that they too wanted to see an end to leaks about the raid.
Mullen said very forcefully, “from my perspective it is time to stop talking. And we have talked far too much about this. We need to move on. It's a story that, if we don't stop talking, it will never end.
anetta told employees that the bin Laden raid gave them reason to be proud, but “let’s live up to our secrecy oath in protecting it so that our Agency can look forward to even greater accomplishments in the future.”Leon Panetta, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike... more
Disney has filed an application to trademark the name of the U.S. commando unit credited with dispatching Osama bin Laden.
The paperwork filed this week at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office puts The Walt Disney Company subsidiary Disney Enterprises on track to potentially start turning out toys and games labeled SEAL Team 6, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel said Saturday.
SEAL Team 6 has not appeared in public since its mission into Pakistan; however, Disney listed ideas such as Christmas tree ornaments, video games and snow globes as possible uses for the name.
Read more: http://www.upi.com/Entertainment_News/2011/05/14/Disney-seeks-SEAL-Team-6-trademark/UPI-91721305384760/#ixzz1MR8yzptODisney has filed an application to trademark the name of the U.S. commando unit... more
In May 2010, the CIA admited to creating a fake video of a drunken Osama bin Laden and his associates purporting to have sex with young boys.
[The] agency actually did make a video purporting to show Osama bin Laden and his cronies sitting around a campfire swigging bottles of liquor and savoring their conquests with boys, one of the former CIA officers recalled, chuckling at the memory. The actors were drawn from “some of us darker-skinned employees,” he said.
Also, during planning for the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the CIA's Iraq Operations Group kicked around a number of ideas for discrediting Saddam Hussein in the eyes of his people.
One was to create a video purporting to show the Iraqi dictator having sex with a teenage boy, according to two former CIA officials familiar with the projectIn May 2010, the CIA admited to creating a fake video of a drunken Osama bin Laden and... more
Even the AP wants to see the proof?
Last Monday, the AP filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the photographic and video evidence taken during the raid on bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The organization's FOIA request included a reminder of the president's campaign pledge and a plea to be more transparent than his predecessor. "The Obama White House 'pledged to be the most transparent government in U.S. history," wrote the AP, "and to comply much more closely with the Freedom of Information Act than the Bush administration did.'"
Two days later, the president told 60 Minutes he would not release any of the footage related to the raid, including video of bin Laden's deep sea burial and photographs of his slain corpse. Though Oreskes voices his disagreement diplomatically, there's no way around it: The AP believes the president is wrong to maintain exclusive ownership of the evidence. "We're asking to see it," said Oreskes in an interview with The Atlantic Wire. "It's about us saying we would like to make our own news judgements about news worthy material."Even the AP wants to see the proof? *** Last Monday, the AP filed a Freedom of... more
An eyewitness of Pakistan said, "We are not fools, it's America, and the dirty American policies. Whenever they want to take control of an area, they act this way. Osama was never here, America wants to destroy the image of the Pakistan army."
Pakistan president Asif ali Zardari has denied that Pakistan knew about Osama's presence in the country.
And those who live close to this compound say bin Laden was never in that house.
An eyewitness of Pakistan said, "I have lived here all my life, I have never seen Osama Bin Laden come or go from here. We are a close knit community. At least we would have seen him once, but we did not. And even if he was killed, the Pakistan army should have conducted the operation"
When I spoke with the members of the anti terrorist squad, surprisingly even they couldn't confirm Bin Laden's killing.
Then what are the facts?
Locals living in the neighborhood say that this operation was a hoax. And if such a high profile target WAS living here, then why didn't the Pakistani army carry out this operation? Why wasn't Pakistan kept in the picture. These are the questions that need to be answered by the United states.
http://www.rys2sense.com/anti-neocons/viewtopic.php?f=109&t=25227An eyewitness of Pakistan said, "We are not fools, it's America, and the... more
In a desperate effort to bolster its crumbling official narrative, the White House today released a set of dubious Bin Laden “home movies” purportedly seized from his compound during the raid on Sunday night that it claims show Bin Laden on camera in 2010, but the tapes are almost identical to footage released almost four years ago by a notorious Pentagon front group that acts as a conduit for US intelligence by regularly releasing fake Al-Qaeda videos.
Before we even look at the new tapes, recall that the Washington Post reported last year on how CIA officials recruited “darker-skinned employees” to create fake Bin Laden tapes. The fact that the CIA created fake Bin Laden tapes is an admitted fact, not a conspiracy theory.
“Extraordinary home videos taken from Osama bin Laden’s hideout show the terrorist leader watching news coverage of himself on television,” reports the Daily Mail.
“The videos were seized by Navy SEALs after Bin Laden was killed. They were shown to reporters this afternoon by intelligence officials.”
One of the videos purports to show Bin Laden watching television news reports about himself. The footage is filmed from almost behind his head and only shows a small portion of his face. The TV shows footage of Bin Laden as well as still images and footage of Barack Obama. Interestingly, the only moment in which the cameraman zooms in on the TV so that you can clearly see the picture is when it either shows Bin Laden, Obama, or both of them in a still shot together.
http://www.infowars.com/hoax-white-house-claims-4-year-old-bin-laden-tapes-are-new-footage/In a desperate effort to bolster its crumbling official narrative, the White House... more
Cover your left eye and read the bottom line for me
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According to a partner at the American hospital in Dubai, Osama bin Laden was in the American hospital in Dubai in July 2001, shortly before the first report of his death in October 2001.
Osama bin Laden Osama's doctor in the American Hospital in July 2001 was, reportedly, Dr Terry Callaway.
And the CIA station chief who met Osama in hospital in July 2001 was, reportedly, Larry Mitchell.According to a partner at the American hospital in Dubai, Osama bin Laden was in the... more
NFL star Rashard Mendenhall has found himself in hot water over comments posted to his Twitter account on Monday in the wake of Osama Bin Laden’s death.
The Pittsburgh Steelers running back tweeted, among other things: “What kind of person celebrates death? It’s amazing how people can HATE a man they have never even heard speak. We’ve only heard one side…” In another tweet in response to University of Illinois basketball player Dominique Keller, Mendenhall implied a 9/11 conspiracy, writing: “I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style.”NFL star Rashard Mendenhall has found himself in hot water over comments posted to his... more
The book is already written, proof-read edited, typset and ready for distribution? It's only been two days!!!
"Publication of Seal Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy Seal Sniper by Navy Seal Howard E Wasdin and co-author Stephen Templin was originally planned for 24 May, after St Martin's Press acquired the book almost a year ago. But according to US books magazine Publishers Weekly it is now being rushed out in the wake of Bin Laden's death, with copies shipping early to stores and full distribution across the US planned by the middle of next week."The book is already written, proof-read edited, typset and ready for distribution?... more