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  • WEIRD: FBI closes National Solar Observatory over mysterious ‘security issue’

    09/12/2018 9:54:20 PM PDT · by House Atreides · 108 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | September 12, 2018 | Anthony Watts
    UPDATE 9/12/18 4PM PST The issue may be related to Mercury (the metal, not the planet). On a tip from a science journalist friend who covers telescopes and who has been there, I verified the observatory uses a vat of liquid mercury as a float bearing for the giant solar telescope. According to an internal NSO/NMSU document, that bearing is “high-risk” during maintenance. If there was a major mercury spill, it might explain why the Feds are there, with FBI providing security. The amount of Mercury is said to be in the “tens of gallons” range, which is next to...
  • Former Minnesota congressman eyed in Mueller’s Manafort investigation

    11/03/2017 9:18:31 AM PDT · by toast · 13 replies
    Twin Cities Pioneer Press ^ | Nov 3, 2017 | AP
    WASHINGTON — Special counsel Robert Mueller’s grand jury is investigating a prominent Democratic lobbyist and a former GOP congressman from Minnesota for their involvement in an influence campaign on behalf of Ukrainian interests tied to Paul Manafort, according to a person with direct knowledge of the investigation. At the center of the widening probe are Tony Podesta, a longtime Democratic operative, and Vin Weber, a former Republican congressman from southwestern Minnesota and leader of his own high-powered lobbying firm, Mercury LLC. The two men were hired as part of a multimillion-dollar lobbying effort directed by Manafort and longtime associate Rick...
  • Exclusive: Mueller refers foreign agent inquiries to New York prosecutors

    07/31/2018 5:01:54 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | 31 July 2018 | Erica Orden
    Special counsel Robert Mueller has referred a collection of cases to New York federal prosecutors concerning whether several high-profile American lobbyists and operatives failed to register their work as foreign agents, according to people familiar with the matter. The transfer of the inquiries marks an escalation of Mueller's referrals to the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York in the period since he turned over a case involving President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen. Since the spring, Mueller has referred matters to SDNY involving longtime Democratic lobbyist Tony Podesta and his work for his former...
  • Austrian woman poisons local water treatment plant with mercury-laced remedy from India

    06/28/2018 12:48:22 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 29 replies
    DW ^ | 28.02.2018 | Alistair Walsh
    An Austrian woman contaminated a sewerage treatment plant with high levels of mercury after traveling to India and bringing back a cream billed as a healing ointment that was loaded with the toxic heavy metal, local authorities announced on Wednesday. Routine monitoring at a sewerage treatment plant in Upper Austria revealed alarmingly high levels of mercury earlier this year. Workers then started to trace the source of the mercury, which was almost double the allowed limit. The Department of Water Management first inspected sewer lines from industrial and commercial enterprises in the Vöcklabruck district as well as dental practices but...
  • "A Diamond as Big as the Planet Mercury"

    04/20/2018 10:18:32 AM PDT · by Voption · 14 replies
    John Batchelor Show/WABC Radio ^ | April 20, 2018 | John Batchelor Show/Robert Zimmerman
    Updates on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, diamonds inside a planet, the Environmental Defense Fund is up to no good (again), and cleaning up Caves...
  • NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Will Touch the Sun — So Can You

    03/25/2018 3:00:17 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | 03/25/2018 | Bob King
    The Parker Solar Probe is the size of a small car and named for Prof. Eugene Parker, a 90-year-old American astrophysicist who in 1958 discovered the solar wind. It’s the first time that NASA has named a spacecraft after a living person. The Parker probe... will make a beeline for Venus for the first of seven flybys. Each gravity assist will slow the craft down and reshape its orbit (see below), so it later can pass extremely close to the Sun. The first flyby is slated for late September. ...NASA typically will fly by a planet to increase the spacecraft’s speed...
  • Mueller grand jury investigating top DC lobbyists

    11/02/2017 6:00:44 PM PDT · by hotsteppa · 75 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller’s grand jury is investigating a prominent Democratic lobbyist and a former GOP congressman for their involvement in an influence campaign on behalf of Ukrainian interests tied to Paul Manafort, according to a person with direct knowledge of the investigation. At the center of the widening probe are Tony Podesta, a longtime Democratic operative, and Vin Weber, a former GOP congressman and leader of his own high-powered lobbying firm, Mercury LLC. The two men were hired as part of a multimillion-dollar lobbying effort directed by Manafort and longtime associate Rick Gates.
  • Melting Arctic Permafrost Could Release Tons of Toxic Mercury (we're all gonna die alert!)

    02/07/2018 12:19:05 AM PST · by Zakeet · 59 replies
    National Geographic ^ | February 6, 2018 | Craig Welch
    Scientists have uncovered another hidden threat buried in the icy frozen north—massive natural reserves of mercury, a toxic heavy metal that in some forms can build up in fish and other animals and cause serious health problems in humans. A study published Monday in the journal Geophysical Research Letters reports that the amount of natural mercury bound up in Arctic permafrost may be 10 times greater than all the mercury humans have pumped into the atmosphere from coal-burning and other pollution sources over the last 30 years. As climate change warms the land, this thawing permafrost could release significant quantities...
  • DATE OF THE BIRTH OF CHRIST (The Star that Astonished the World)

    12/15/2007 6:05:34 AM PST · by NYer · 24 replies · 231+ views
    EWTN ^ | E. L. Martin
    (Summarized from E. L. Martin, "The Star that Astonished the World," ASK Publications, Box 25000, Portland Or. 1991) (1) The date of the birth of Christ hinges on just one thing, the statement of Josephus (Antiquities 17.6-8) that Herod died shortly after an eclipse of the moon. Astronomers supply the dates for such eclipses around those years: None in 7 or 6 BC. In 5 BC, March 23, 29 days to Passover. Also in 5 BC. Sept. 15,7 months to Passover. In 4 B.C. March 13, 29 days to Passover. 3 and 2 B.C. no eclipses. In 1 BC. January...
  • Autism, Vaccines, Heavy Metals, Mercury & Chelation Wellness

    12/17/2017 9:14:49 AM PST · by Morgana · 46 replies
    PsycheTruth ^ | Published on Jun 29, 2008 | Redia Gleis
    Autism, Vaccines, Heavy Metals, Mercury & Chelation Wellness
  • Trick or Treat: First Charges in the Russia Probe are a Bad Joke

    10/31/2017 6:14:59 AM PDT · by davikkm · 3 replies
    IWB ^ | Chris Black
    With Paul Manafort now being arrested along with his protégé Rick Gates by Robert Mueller, and indicted by a Grand Jury on 12 criminal counts (in particular conspiracy against United States and to launder money, tax/wire fraud etc.) thus potentially facing life in jail, we now have to ask the obvious question: why is Robert Mueller and his team leaking to the Clinton News Network? CNN announced on Friday that indictments/arrests are coming on Monday, and they're the sworn  political enemies of President Trump. The second point is this: after reading all the indictments, 31 pages, President Trump's name is...
  • Sources: Podesta Group, Mercury Are Companies ‘A’ and ‘B’ in Indictment

    10/30/2017 12:46:38 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 246 replies
    NBC News ^ | October 30, 2017 | by JULIA AINSLEY, TOM WINTER and CAROL E. LEE
    The lobbying firms the Podesta Group and Mercury Public Affairs are the unnamed companies in the grand jury indictment of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates, according to three sources with knowledge of the investigation. The indictment, unsealed Monday, refers to "Company A" and "Company B" as the firms Manafort and Gates solicited in 2012 to lobby on behalf of the Ukranian government. Company A is Mercury Public Affairs and Company B is the Podesta Group, the sources said. The revelation of the companies’ identities points to more details about the players involved in the...
  • ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Played On A 100-Year-Old Fairground Organ | You’ve Never Heard Anything....

    01/09/2017 1:05:59 PM PST · by Morgana · 69 replies
    societyofrock.com ^ | January 9, 2017 | staff
    FULL TITLE: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Played On A 100-Year-Old Fairground Organ | You’ve Never Heard Anything Like This… Bohemian Rhapsody Will Never Be Heard The Same Way, Again… If you were to make a list of rock songs that should be given a 5-Star rating, there are many songs that should be included. Stairway To Heaven, Hotel California, Thunderstruck, Dream On, Welcome To The Jungle, and many others. But there is one song that truly stands out amongst them all and that song is Bohemian Rhapsody. Written by legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, this is a song that is still revered...
  • Jer Bulsara, Freddie Mercury's Mother, Dies at 94

    11/21/2016 7:21:57 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 34 replies
    Billboard ^ | 11/20/16 | Ashley Lasimone
    Freddie Mercury’s mother, Jer Bulsara, passed away on Nov. 13 at the age of 94. Kashmira Cooke, Mercury’s sister, confirmed the news of her mother’s death on Sunday (Nov. 20) in a statement to the press, saying that she died in her sleep.
  • How Do We Colonize Mercury?

    08/07/2016 2:21:25 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 66 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | 08/05/2016 | Matt Williams
    While most people wouldn’t suspect it, the closest planet to our Sun is actually a potential candidate for settlement... Mercury’s very low axial tilt (0.034°) means that its polar regions are permanently shaded and cold enough to contain water ice. In the northern region, a number of craters were observed by NASA’s MESSENGER probe in 2012 which confirmed the existence of water ice and organic molecules. Scientists believe that Mercury’s southern pole may also have ice, and claim that an estimated 100 billion to 1 trillion tons of water ice could exist at both poles, which could be up to...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- 3D Mercury Transit

    05/20/2016 10:54:00 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    NASA ^ | Friday, May 20, 2016 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: On May 9, innermost planet Mercury crossed IN FRONT of the Sun. Though pictures project the event in only two dimensions, a remarkable three dimensional perspective on the transit is possible by free viewing this stereo pair. The images were made 23 minutes apart and rotated so that Mercury's position shifts horizontally between the two. As a result, Mercury's orbital motion produced an exaggerated parallax simulating binocular vision. Between the two exposures, the appropriately named planet's speedy 47.4 kilometer per second orbital velocity actually carried it over 65,000 kilometers. Taken first, the left image is intended for the right...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- ISS and Mercury Too

    05/14/2016 1:03:04 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    NASA ^ | Friday, May 13, 2016 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Transits of Mercury are relatively rare. Monday's leisurely 7.5 hour long event was only the 2nd of 14 Mercury transits in the 21st century. If you're willing to travel, transits of the International Space Station can be more frequent though, and much quicker. This sharp video frame composite was taken from a well-chosen location in Philadelphia, USA. It follows the space station, moving from upper right to lower left, as it crossed the Sun's disk in 0.6 seconds. Mercury too is included as the small, round, almost stationary silhouette just below center. In apparent size, the International Space Station...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- A Transit of Mercury

    05/12/2016 4:52:01 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    NASA ^ | Thursday, May 12, 2016 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: On May 9, the diminutive disk of Mercury spent about seven and a half hours crossing in front of the Sun as viewed from the general vicinity of Earth. It was the second of 14 transits of the Solar System's innermost planet in the 21st century. Captured from Fulham, London, England, planet Earth the tiny silhouette shares the enormous solar disk with prominences, filaments, and active regions in this sharp image. But Mercury's round disk (left of center) appears to be the only dark spot, despite the planet-sized sunspots scattered across the Sun. Made with an H-alpha filter that...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- A Mercury Transit Music Video from SDO

    05/11/2016 1:52:06 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    NASA ^ | Wednesday, May 11, 2016 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: What's that small black dot moving across the Sun? Mercury. Possibly the clearest view of Mercury crossing in front of the Sun earlier this week was from Earth orbit. The Solar Dynamics Observatory obtained an uninterrupted vista recording it not only in optical light but also in bands of ultraviolet light. Featured here is a composite movie of the crossing set to music. Although the event might prove successful scientifically for better determining components of Mercury' ultra-thin atmosphere, the event surely proved successful culturally by involving people throughout the world in observing a rare astronomical phenomenon. Many spectacular images...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Mercury's Transit: An Unusual Spot on the Sun

    05/10/2016 4:51:35 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    NASA ^ | Sunday, May 08, 2016 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: What's that dot on the Sun? If you look closely, it is almost perfectly round. The dot is the result of an unusual type of solar eclipse that occurred in 2006. Usually it is the Earth's Moon that eclipses the Sun. This time, the planet Mercury took a turn. Like the approach to New Moon before a solar eclipse, the phase of Mercury became a continually thinner crescent as the planet progressed toward an alignment with the Sun. Eventually the phase of Mercury dropped to zero and the dark spot of Mercury crossed our parent star. The situation could...