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NASA will look into the UFO mystery

After decades of halfhearted smirks and outright dismissals, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s newest chief Bill Nelson says the agency is officially joining the effort to understand UFOs better. Read the full article over at The Debrief here.

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The Pentagon and UFOs

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Here is a link to a great article on The New Yorker website.

For decades, flying saucers were a punch line. Then the U.S. government got over the taboo. Read HOW THE PENTAGON STARTED TAKING U.F.O.S SERIOUSLY.

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Pentagon confirms leaked UFO images are real

The Pentagon has confirmed that U.S. Navy personnel captured several leaked images and a video depicting unidentified aerial phenomena, or UAP, involving incidents currently investigated by the Department of Defence’s Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF). Read the article here.

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US military has “a lot more” on UFOs

In an interview with Fox News, recent former Director of National Intelligence, John Ratcliffe, confirmed the U.S. Government is aware of “a lot more” sightings of “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena,” or “UAP,” than has so far been made public. – Read the full article here.

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an unschooling primer

Leo Babauta of Zen Habits has written The Beginners Guide to Unschooling. Much of his advice is the same as what we have been doing with Karta. Why not read through it and see what you think?

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vaccination offers us a road out of lockdown. let’s take it

Dr Rahgib Ali writes about how Covid vaccines can take us out of lockdown, Read about it over at The Spectator.

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NO JAB, NO JOB

The dangers of compulsory vaccination

The ‘no jab, no job’ debate has parallels with the fight over free speech. Read this article over at UnHerd now.

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POLICE, FAA NOTIFIED AFTER SIGHTINGS OF UNIDENTIFIED AERIAL OBJECT OVER HAWAII

An unusual light that recently appeared in the night sky over Honolulu resulted in 911 calls to local law enforcement, as well as inquiries with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) about whether an aircraft might have crashed into the ocean. Read the full article here.

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POST BREXIT TRADE DEAL: THE GAPS WORTH NOTING

Plenty of political spin has already been applied to the post-Brexit UK-EU trade and cooperation agreement. This not only glosses over much of the detail, but it can also be decidedly misleading. Read the full article over at The Conversation here.

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HOW WILL COVID SHAPE 2021?

With the pandemic routed, old political problems will resurface. Read the full article over on UnHerd here.

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SNOWDEN: “WE CAN FIX A BROKEN SYSTEM”

Below is a link to a message from whistleblower Edward Snowden. His revelations about secret surveillance programs opened the world’s eyes to a new level of government misconduct, and reinvigorated EFF’s continuing work in the courts and with lawmakers to end unlawful mass spying.

CLICK HERE TO READ ED’S MESSAGE
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UFOS ARE STILL A MYSTERY, AND 2020 SHOWED US THE DOD IS PAYING ATTENTION

In June 1960, Rear Admiral Roscoe H. Hillenkoetter, third Director of Central Intelligence under the Truman Administration and first to direct the newly formed Central Intelligence Agency created under the National Security Act of 1947, went on the record with his views on UFOs.

“I know that neither Russia nor this country had anything even approaching such high speeds and maneuvers,” Hillenkoetter was quoted saying.

It would not be the last time a former CIA director would comment on UFOs’ perennially controversial topic, as recent days have shown. Within the final weeks of 2020, former CIA director John Brennan also weighed in on the subject, during a podcast interview with George Mason University economics professor Tyler Cowen. Read the full article over at The Debrief here!

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UAP TASK FORCE TO PROVIDE REPORT TO SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE

On December 28th, President Donald Trump signed into law an omnibus spending bill allocating $1.4 trillion in federal funding for the 2021 fiscal year. Covering everything from pandemic-relief provisions to defence spending, the massive bill also contains the FY 2021 Intelligence Authorization Act, which codifies U.S. covert and clandestine operations and defines reporting requirements to Congress. Read the full Debrief article here.

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Michael Wade has some tips for new bloggers!

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The insidious attacks on scientific truth – R.Dawkins

What is truth? You can speak of moral truths and aesthetic truths, but I’m not concerned with those here, important as they may be. By truth, I shall mean the kind of truth that a commission of inquiry or a jury trial is designed to establish. I hold the view that scientific truth is of this commonsense kind, although the methods of science may depart from common sense and its truths may even offend it.

Read the full article by Richard Dawkins here.

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Former CIA Director says we should be open-minded about UFOs

John Brennan, the former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), appeared on Tyler Cowen’s podcast Wednesday to discuss, in part, his personal view of the UFO phenomenon and what he believes these anomalous objects may be. Though he did not provide a definitive answer, he left open the possibility that these aerial objects may not be from this planet. Read the full article over on The Debrief.

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EU’s resolution on encryption foreshadows likely anti-encryption push

On Monday, The Council of the European Union, which is made up of government ministers from the 27 EU member countries, released a vague, five-page resolution that calls for new rules to govern the use of encryption in Europe. Read the full article on the Protonmail blog.

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Pentagon UAP Task Force

Artist’s recreation of the image as described in the UAPTF Intelligence Report issued in 2020 (Image by Dave Beaty of The Nimitz Encounters, 2020).

In an exclusive feature for The Debrief, U.S. military and intelligence officials, as well as Pentagon emails, offer an unprecedented glimpse behind the scenes of what’s currently going on with The Pentagon’s investigation into UFOs, or as they term them, “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena” (UAP).  Click here to read all about it!

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A new AI can pilot balloons in the stratosphere

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A type of AI can be used to navigate balloons in the unpredictable conditions of the stratosphere, researchers report this week. Read the full article over on Axiom.

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I wrote something over on Medium

Click here to go and read what I wrote.

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President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. said he wanted to bring an end to a slogan that had come to define a United States that built walls and made working with allies an afterthought. Credit: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Those who have known President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. for decades say they expect him to move carefully, providing reassurance with a few big symbolic acts.

Read the full article on the New York Times website now, it’s excellent!

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/We Fight For the Users_

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, has a guiding motto: “I Fight For the Users.” (They even put it on t-shirts from time to time!) They didn’t pick that one by accident (nor merely because they dig the 1982 classic film “Tron”), but because it provides such a clear moral compass when they sit down to work every day. Read the full article here.

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An unidentified aerial phenomenon (UAP) caught on a U.S. Navy jet’s Forward-looking Infrared (FLIR) camera system in 2004. (Image: © DOD/U.S. Navy)

/scientists call for serious study of ‘unidentified aerial phenomena’_

The U.S. Navy recently admitted that, indeed, strangely behaving objects caught on video by jet pilots over the years are genuine head-scratchers. There are eyewitness accounts not only from pilots but from radar operators and technicians, too. 

In August, the Navy established an Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) Task Force to investigate the nature and origin of these odd sightings and determine if they could potentially pose a threat to U.S. national security. Read the full article here.

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/the forever war_

Top UK generals have laid out their vision for a permanent state of covert global warfare. The plan includes using drones and special forces and a ramping-up of hostilities in the Far East. Read the full article here.

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Is the mob coming for Charles Darwin?

Is the woke Left strong enough to take down the ultimate icon of the modern age?

Read the article by Peter Franklin at UnHerd by clicking here.

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The crimes of SEAL Team 6

Officially known as the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, SEAL Team 6 is today the most celebrated of the U.S. military’s special mission units. But hidden behind the heroic narratives is a darker, more troubling story of “revenge ops,” unjustified killings, mutilations, and other atrocities — a pattern of criminal violence that emerged soon after the Afghan war began and was tolerated and covered up by the command’s leadership.

read the full story here.
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Jaron Lanier Fixes The Internet

I’m reading his books at the moment, you should check this out!

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Is body weight affected by when you eat? Here’s what science knows so far
Changes to our circadian rhythm can impact our physical and mental health. Olga Miltsova/ Shutterstock

Most diet and health advice is broadly based on the assumption that a calorie is a calorie (and it doesn’t matter when they’re consumed). But some research suggests that our bodies actually use calories more efficiently when consumed in the morning as opposed to the evening. This points to a strategy that could be beneficial for weight loss.

While there are many reasons for this phenomenon, one may be our circadian rhythm. This is the natural, internal process that regulates our sleep-wake cycle over a 24-hour period. Not only does our circadian rhythm make us feel tired at night and alert during the day, it also regulates the timing of the body’s processes – including digestion, metabolism, and appetite regulation – by secreting certain hormones based on what and when we eat, our physical activity and time of day.