Posted by jfb on September 14th, 2008 | 0 comments
I wish I could bring you news about pirates in space, but that might be a few years off.
Pirates fire rockets at French boat far off Somalia
Iran denies agreement on vessel ransom
Somali pirates wreak havoc with maritime traffic
MESSENGER Ready For Its Second Look At Mercury
Experiment Boosts Hopes for Space Solar Power
A former NASA scientist has used radio waves to transmit solar power a distance of 92 miles (148 km) between two Hawaiian islands, an achievement that he says proves the technology exists to beam solar power from satellites back to Earth.
Report: NASA Chief Warns of Waning U.S. Dominance in Space
White House and NASA: Time to Call in a Therapist
Why is the White House afraid to let Griffin speak publicly? Why is Griffin afraid/unable to do so? Oh yes, Griffin has often been told by the White House to stay out of the Washington Post, NY Times, etc. But wait: leaked memos, “senior NASA officials” speaking under conditions of anonymity? Hmm, that’s the same inside the beltway code language and games that the White House usually uses to float trial balloons and instill a growing sense of dissent – while denying any active participation. Everyone is talking past everyone else. No one takes an open stance any more.
How much more dysfunctional can this whole situation become?
A Q&A on the shuttle’s future
Weldon Says Russian Waiver Means Pink Slips for KSC
Today, Congressman Dave Weldon (FL-15) denounced the efforts by Senator Bill Nelson and others to obtain a waiver of the Iran Nonproliferation Act for NASA. This waiver would allow the U.S. to purchase the Russian-made Soyuz spacecraft and force the U.S. to rely on Russia over the next five to seven years to transport American astronauts in space to reach the U.S.-led International Space Station.
Portland band takes on West Coast tour by bike
I posted the other day about Marie Mason, the latest Earth Liberation Front activist to go down. Thanks to Katie Monster, I got you a little more info. Check it out: she got narked out by her husband.
Non Cooperating Green Scare Defendant Marie Mason Plea details
Marie Mason Plea Agreement
Make sure you check out the comment in the Infoshop article by Lauren Regan from the Civil Liberties Defense Center. She’s been involved in these cases since the grand juries started five or six years ago, so this is basically making it official that even though Mason implicated her former husband, she’s not really giving up any info he didn’t admit himself, and therefore she’s a non-cooperator. Not a lot of these folks can say that.
I state with unequivocal confidence and knowledge that Marie has been absolutely stalwart in her commitment to not cooperate with the government, and to do no act that would damage the larger environmental movement in any way. She is an amazingly strong woman and I wish I had met her before her legal troubles began. Her plea agreement and negotiations do not require her to provide any information at all, other than to admit her own crimes in open court. The feds wanted their boy Ambrose to also be listed in the crimes that Marie is pleading to and to which Ambrose not only admitted, but gave up info on anything and everything he could think of. She has never confirmed or denied his role in any crime, but based upon the feds insistence that he be named in her plea counts, she will agree in court that if the feds say he did it, and Ambrose himself has sung like a canary, then so be it. Ambrose made his own bed long ago (see below). Like the other noncooperating defendants, the government could subpoena her to a grand jury or trial in the future. It would be her choice at that point whether to cooperate or not. Based upon the fact that she was willing to go to trial and face the rest of her life in prison if she was not offered a pure non-cooperation deal, I think we can speculate as to her decision if she was merely facing a contempt charge. Hopefully that will not happen.
Stay alert. Trust no one. Keep your laser handy.