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Pioneer 11 Image of Saturn and its Moon Titan

Pioneer 11 Image of Saturn and Its Moon Titan

The Pioneer 11 spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral forty years ago, on April 5, 1973. Pioneer 11’s path through Saturn’s outer rings took it within 21,000 km of the planet, where it discovered two new moons (almost smacking into one of them in September 1979) and a new “F” ring. The spacecraft also discovered and charted the magnetosphere, magnetic field and mapped the general structure of Saturn’s interior. The spacecraft’s instruments measured the heat radiation from Saturn’s interior and found that its planet-sized moon, Titan, was too cold to support life.

This image from Pioneer 11 shows Saturn and its moon Titan. The irregularities in ring silhouette and shadow are due to technical anomalies in the preliminary data later corrected. At the time this image was taken, Pioneer was 2,846,000 km (1,768,422 miles) from Saturn.

› NASA Celebrates Four Decades of Plucky Pioneer 11

Image credit: NASA Ames

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Roseanne Barr: “MK ULTRA Mind Control Rules in Hollywood”

KING: All right, some see what you have or had as a serious psychological disorder.

ROSEANNE: I like how you just keep going.

KING: Others as psychological fad. Also…

ROSEANNE: A fad?

KING: Whether it’s deliberately induced or naturally occurring.

ROSEANNE: Well, I have this head shrinker and he says it’s deliberately induced because the CIA is where they started inducing it when after they brought all the Nazis over from Germany to run American Psychiatric Association.

KING: What are you about?

ROSEANNE: I’m telling you the truth. It is all mind control and all kinds of things to invent people with multiple personalities.

KING: So you have been captured by Nazis?

ROSEANNE: The government. Well in a way, I believe the government has implanted some kind of a chip into my head where…

KING: Roseanne.

ROSEANNE: You know, is monitored by Barbara Walters and these other women. And they take all my ideas and I’m, you know.

KING: Yes, is Oprah one of the people monitoring?

ROSEANNE: Of course.

KING: She’s definitely in touch?

ROSEANNE: Definitely. I think she sits with her finger on the switch to the chip.

(…)

KING: Let me read something to you, that you wrote in “Esquire.” And I want…

ROSEANNE: OK.

KING: …your reaction it. This is your writing.

ROSEANNE: Yes.

KING: In a notebook entry about yourself, you keep notebooks about yourself?

ROSEANNE: Of course I do, thousands, thousands.

KING: Thousands of notebooks.

ROSEANNE: Yes.

KING: Well, this one says, “So this my life, my true E-Hollywood story. It’s the story of multi, multiple multi-faceted girl, woman, boy poet, dancer, comedian, singer, freedom fighter, warrior, message bearer, performer, mother, sex partner, wife, actor, producer, director pioneer, autistic child, survivor of post dramatic stress, borderline bipolar, overweight, Turrets sufferer, multiple personality disorder, obsessive compulsive victim of psychiatric, planting of false memories, heretic witch, crone, take your pick. There’s been about 300 diagnoses which proves shrinks have been my only friends.”

ROSEANNE: That is true that shrinks have been my dearest friends.

(…)

KING: You never get mad to say God has done me a dirty deal here when my multiple personalities take over?

ROSEANNE: No, because I feel like God — honestly I feel God gives you multiple personality disorder when there’s too much stress in your life to handle it any other way. I think it is a gift to children.

KING: So another thing can take over?

ROSEANNE: Yes.

KING: Another person deal with this?

ROSEANNE: Yes. I mean, you know, you’re not the one that’s insane. It’s the place you are in. So you have to adapt to it.

– Source: CNN Transcripts

Article source: http://okrealestatevalue.com/2013/04/02/roseanne-barr-mk-ultra-mind-control-rules-in-hollywood/

Initial Jobless Claims Climb For Third Straight Week

In each Economic Update, the Research staff analyzes recently released economic indicators and addresses what these indicators mean for REALTORS® and their clients. Today’s update discusses jobless claims.

  • After initial unemployment insurance claims started falling in the beginning of the year, claims have started rising again and were up for the third straight week in the week ending March 30. More worrying is that claims spiked up to 385,000 claims which is higher than last year’s average of about 375,000.  Also, although initial claims data are highly volatile, the week’s increase of 28,000 is higher than the weekly variation of about 17,000 claims.
  • The increase in the level of claims by the first-time unemployed follows other disappointing data released this week indicating lower activity in both the manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors[1] as well as lower levels of payroll employment[2] .   The recovery in the housing sector has boosted construction jobs, but other sectors need to grow robustly to create a bigger dent on job creation.
  • What this Means to REALTORS®: A recovery across all economic sectors is needed to bring down the level of unemployment. Thanks to the housing market recovery, NAR projects 1.5 to 2.0 million non-farm net new jobs in 2013 even with the fiscal sequester.


[1] Data released by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) showed the ISM Manufacturing Index down to 51.3  in March from 54.2 in February, and the  ISM Non-manufacturing Index also down to 54.4  in March from 56 in February.

[2] The ADP Employment Report shows payroll employment to have increased 158,000 in March compared to 198,000 in February.

Scholastica (Gay) Cororaton, Research Economist

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Eighty-three Percent of REALTORS® Report Constant to Rising Prices

With strong buyer demand and tight inventory, 83 percent of REALTORS® reported constant or rising prices in the February REALTORS® Confidence Index (RCI) Survey. The survey also showed that among the respondents:
– About 16 percent reported a sales premium compared to the asking price.
– About 92 percent expect prices to remain the same or to increase in the next 12 months.

Scholastica (Gay) Cororaton, Research Economist

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Napo River in Ecuador and Peru

Napo River in Ecuador and Peru

On March 17, 2013, NASA’s Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar (UAVSAR) acquired synthetic aperture radar data over the Napo River in Ecuador and Peru. The image colors indicate the likelihood of inundation (flooding) beneath the forest canopy, which is difficult to determine using traditional optical sensors. Red and yellow shades indicate a high likelihood of standing water with emergent vegetation, blue and green shades are areas less likely to be inundated, and black indicates the open water areas of the Napo River. These data, which have already been transmitted to a field team working along the Napo River, will be used to guide field measurements during a second observation by UAVSAR on March 31, 2013. The image is a 8.7-mile-wide by 5.6-mile-long (14-kilometer-wide by 9-kilometer-long) segment of an image measuring more than 124 miles (200 kilometers) long. North is toward the upper right. The resolution is 20 feet (6 meters). UAVSAR data like these are helping scientists assess the effectiveness of using synthetic aperture radar data to study the inundation dynamics of this and similar rivers around the world.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Article source: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/uavsar20130403i.html

Speed Agile Team Wins Laureate

Speed Agile Team Wins Laureate

Almost since the dawn of powered flight, military aircraft have benefitted from NASA aeronautics research. Back then – in 1917 – it wasn’t called NASA. It was the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, which changed its name to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 1958.

That legacy continues today and is getting recognition. A government/industry team, led by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and including NASA, won Aviation Week magazine’s 2013 prestigious Laureate Award in Aeronautics and Propulsion for the Speed Agile Powered Lift System Concept Demonstrator. The idea behind the program is to design a next-generation tactical mobility aircraft that could give the U.S. Air Force more flexibility to deliver supplies and troops to remote regions of the world that might not have traditional infrastructure such as long, paved runways. Included on the award winning research team were not only NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate’s Fixed Wing Project, but also Boeing Research Technology; Lockheed Martin; Advanced Technologies, Inc.; and Williams International.

Since the research efforts started in 2002, AFRL and its partners have designed, tested and validated technology for cruise-efficient short takeoff and landing aircraft. NASA’s primary interest is in the dual use technology and its potential application to future airliners. NASA contributed computational tool, wind tunnel, simulator and aerodynamic expertise at its Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. and Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif. Researchers tested several concepts in NASA Langley’s National Transonic Facility and 14 by 22-Foot Subsonic Tunnel. They also used NASA Ames’ Vertical Motion Simulator to evaluate flying qualities and control schemes for an advanced transport.

Image Credit: NASA Langley/George Homich

Article source: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_2482.html

Total Consumer Debt Down but Student Debt Up

America’s economy is looking better and better with each passing day.  Not only is the housing market contributing to growth, but corporations are flushed with cash and consumers are steadily paying down their debts.  Moreover, the net exports are meaningfully improving because of the energy renaissance in North Dakota and Pennsylvania.  GDP (gross domestic product, the measurement of everyone’s income all combined) could rise at a 3 percent rate in the first quarter as a result.  If such a growth rate can be sustained for the remainder of the year, then it would mark the first “field goal” success for President Obama.  Historically, GDP in America grows at 3 percent a year – the reason for using the 3-point field goal analogy.  President Bush kicked two field goals in his eight years, while President Obama has yet to make one to date.

Crawling out of a deep recession is not going to be easy because of the financial market collapse.  Generally the deleveraging process of consumers needing to save more and banks needing to rebuild capital (by lending less) take years to complete.  This transitional phase means less money circulating through the economy.  But the deleveraging process could soon be ending.  Re-leveraging of borrowing more to spending more could be in store to provide that extra kick to the economy.

The consumer credit card debt has fallen meaningfully in recent years.  Part of the reason was due to banks lowering the credit card debt limit amount, which automatically forced consumers to borrow less.  Interestingly, credit card delinquency rates have been tumbling down, far faster than mortgage delinquency rates.  Consumers evidently never want to lose the plastic card, though are willing to lose the house.  Or maybe only the homeowners in Illinois, New Jersey, New York, and other judicial foreclosure states, where not paying a mortgage does not mean getting kicked-out of a home for at least a couple of years, are keenly focused on keeping credit card payments current, though at the expense of a much slower housing market recovery in these states.

Mortgage debt levels have also significantly fallen.  More cash purchases in recent years and refinancing into lower interest rates have helped.  A discharge of a certain portion of the mortgage debt via foreclosures and short-sales also has lowered the overall debt load.  As a result, a typical homeowner debt servicing obligation has fallen to the lowest level in at least a decade.

Meanwhile, financial institutions are flushed with cash.  Their quarterly financial books show solid profit increases due in part to the pristine nature of mortgages that were originated in the past 4 years.  Rising home prices have drastically cut mortgage delinquencies of recent vintages.  The combination of piles of cash and exceptionally low delinquency rates on recently originated mortgages should begin to open up more lending opportunities.

But not every debt segment is improving.  The U.S. government debt is on the verge of getting out of control.  Furthermore, the student debt situation is worsening.  Therefore, the first-time homebuyer market is likely to be hampered in upcoming years.  Perhaps colleges are not teaching the right skills that students need for the modern economy.  Or perhaps today’s students are interested in going to college (to party) but not as interested in learning as evidenced by a growing number of 5th and 6th year undergraduate students.  Maybe it is the slow economy that is not growing fast enough to absorb many of the bright college students.  Small businesses, for example, have noted in the latest Federal Reserve Beige Book, that fewer planned staffing from the confusing and burdensome compliance cost associated with the Affordable Care Act that will go into effect from next year.  Unfortunately, young adults look to be strapped for hard times ahead.

The rising student debt load should have policy implications.  Before automatically falling in love with the idea that more college students are good for society, we should look hard at what works and what doesn’t.  A look back at two past great revolutionary educational achievements may provide clues about the right public policy.  Kindergarten was introduced in Germany speaking regions in the 19th century with the belief that earlier the start the better the outcome.  Germany at the time was not even a country, but a glob of hundreds of different principalities speaking a common language but with no single national cohesion.  But after a national unity orchestrated by Bismarck and better educated workforce, Germany experienced an economic miracle (and unfortunately, a military rise).  To this day a phrase like precision German engineering carries a very strong image.

Another educational revolution occurred in the distant reaches of the Soviet Union.  In places like Uzbekistan and Kirgizia, the literacy rate had been less than 5 percent not too long ago.  It was normal for women to have 10 or so children during that era.  But the introduction of the Russian language and forced schooling raised literacy rates to over 99 percent in few short years.  After acquiring education, women were having only 3 or 4 children as they wanted to spend more time reading about the happy and unhappy families in novels like Anna Karenina.  All good for the mind.  The eventual collapse of the state-run economy eviscerated people’s lifetime savings, both for men and women.

The lesson appears to be that promoting education just for education sake is insufficient.  The education must provide skill sets necessary for an ever-changing dynamic economy.  Only from having a secure job and rising income will it permit people the leisure time to read great books.

Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist

Lawrence Yun is Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Research at NAR. He directs research activity for the association and regularly provides commentary on real estate market trends for its 1 million REALTOR® members.

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Demand for Office Projected to Grow in 2013

The economy closed 2012 with positive growth, the slow fourth quarter GDP data notwithstanding. Mirroring that growth, commercial real estate also notched a year of growth and expansion. Fundamentals continued improving through the fourth quarter of the year, with declining vacancies and rising rents. The apartment sector shone brightly, and office and industrial spaces also found favorable conditions. With a strengthening foundation, investment sales found a higher ledge on their climb from the depths of the 2008-09 Great Recession.

With employment in office-centered industries rising, demand for office buildings advanced. For office properties, net absorption totaled 17.4 million square feet in 2012, according to Reis, Inc. The supply of new office space ramped up, but did not match demand—there were about 12.0 million square feet of new completions. Vacancy rates for office properties are expected to hit 16.0 percent by the end of the first quarter of 2013 and to continue declining to an average 15.9 percent for the year. The decline in vacancies is expected to be accompanied by a 2.6 percent rise in rents.

For more information about the 2013 commercial real estate outlook, see the Expectations Market Realities in Real Estate 2013 report.

George Ratiu, Research Economist

George Ratiu, Research Economist, writes regular economic columns and conducts research in the areas of commercial real estate, international investments, mortgage performance and foreclosures. He produces NAR’s Commercial Real Estate Outlook and manages quantitative surveys, including the Commercial Real Estate Quarterly Market Survey.

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Demand for Properties Continued to Expand Faster than Supply

Jed Smith, Managing Director, Quantitative Research

Jed Smith is Managing Director, Quantitative Research with the National Association of Realtors®. He has worked on real estate issues for the past 20 years, providing input on a variety of housing, commercial real estate, tax, and planning issues. Recently he has been involved in several international studies.

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Alaskan Mountains Seen During IceBridge Transit

Alaskan Mountains Seen During IceBridge Transit

Alaskan mountains seen from high altitude aboard the NASA P-3B during the IceBridge transit flight from Thule to Fairbanks on March 21, 2013.

NASA’s Operation IceBridge is an airborne science mission to study Earth’s polar ice. For more information about IceBridge, visit: www.nasa.gov/icebridge.

Image Credit: NASA/Goddard/Christy Hansen

Article source: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_2481.html

New Hidden Law Allows Monsanto to Plant and Sell GMO Seeds Even if They Are Later Found to be Toxic

Corn-being-injected

HR 933 continuing resolution is a bill mainly about government spending. However, hidden inside its hundreds of pages is Section 735 – a provision is now dubbed the the “Monsanto Protection Act”. This law, which was recently signed and approved by Obama, sets dangerous precedents regarding the power of elite corporations over the Government and the general well-being of American citizens.  According to Natural Society:

“The passing of this bill into law means that Monsanto is now immune from federal courts regarding any suspension or action on their crops that have been deemed to be dangerous to the people (or the environment).

This means crops that were approved and later found to damage the environment or the public will be immune from United States government action. Theoretically, one million studies could find that Monsanto’s latest creation was causing a massive cancer wave and under this law Monsanto could continue to peddle the crop to the public. The federal courts would (or will) be helpless to stop Monsanto, effectively giving Monsanto power over the entire branch of the United States government.”
– Natural Society, Surprised? Monsanto Openly Wrote Own Monsanto Protection Act

In short, the bill places Monsanto above the law, barring federal courts from halting the sale and planting of GMO seeds, regardless if the crops are later found to be toxic. Why would such a bill exist? If you read my series of articles named Dumbing-Down Society, you probably know why this is happening.

“This dangerous provision, the Monsanto Protection Act, strips judges of their constitutional mandate to protect consumer and farmer rights and the environment, while opening up the floodgates for the planting of new untested genetically engineered crops, endangering farmers, citizens and the environment,”

Funny how, not too long ago, Obama was adamantly saying this:

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New York City at Night

New York City at Night

One of the Expedition 35 crew members aboard the Earth-orbiting International Space Station exposed this 400 millimeter night image of the greater New York City metropolitan area on March 23, 2013.

For orientation purposes, note that Manhattan runs horizontal through the frame from left to the midpoint. Central Park is just a little to the left of frame center.

Image Credit: NASA

Article source: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_2480.html

New Hidden Law Allows Monsanto to Plant and Sell GMO Seeds Even if They Are Later Found to be Toxic

Corn-being-injected

HR 933 continuing resolution is a bill mainly about government spending. However, hidden inside its hundreds of pages is Section 735 – a provision is now dubbed the the “Monsanto Protection Act”. This law, which was recently signed and approved by Obama, sets dangerous precedents regarding the power of elite corporations over the Government and the general well-being of American citizens.  According to Natural Society:

“The passing of this bill into law means that Monsanto is now immune from federal courts regarding any suspension or action on their crops that have been deemed to be dangerous to the people (or the environment).

This means crops that were approved and later found to damage the environment or the public will be immune from United States government action. Theoretically, one million studies could find that Monsanto’s latest creation was causing a massive cancer wave and under this law Monsanto could continue to peddle the crop to the public. The federal courts would (or will) be helpless to stop Monsanto, effectively giving Monsanto power over the entire branch of the United States government.”
– Natural Society, Surprised? Monsanto Openly Wrote Own Monsanto Protection Act

In short, the bill places Monsanto above the law, barring federal courts from halting the sale and planting of GMO seeds, regardless if the crops are later found to be toxic. Why would such a bill exist? If you read my series of articles named Dumbing-Down Society, you probably know why this is happening.

“This dangerous provision, the Monsanto Protection Act, strips judges of their constitutional mandate to protect consumer and farmer rights and the environment, while opening up the floodgates for the planting of new untested genetically engineered crops, endangering farmers, citizens and the environment,”

Funny how, not too long ago, Obama was adamantly saying this:

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