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Over 200,000 people have applied to take a one-way trip to Mars. A new digital short interviews five of those prospective Mars astronauts to find out who they are and why they would want to become a part of history.
“Mars One Way” documents the thought process of Cody Reeder, Casey Hunter, Will Robbins, Katelyn Kane, and Ken Sullivan. The five applicants all come from different backgrounds but have one similarity: they are more curious about life on Mars than attached to their current living situation on Earth.
“How do you react when your husband says, ‘Guess what? It’s one way. I’m not coming back’?” asks Becky Sullivan. If chosen, her husband, Ken, would leave the family, including their two kids, behind. “I’m kind of in the ‘It’s not real’ phase right now.”
“There’s a lot more drama in our relationship lately, about the reality of, are you choosing family or are you choosing Mars?” adds Ken. “My little boy Connor, if he just came up to me and said, ‘Dad, don’t go,’ that would probably change my mind.”
The whole situation sounds as if it were lifted from a movie at best or an elaborate prank at worst. But it’s all real life. Of the other volunteers profiled, a couple said they could change their mind. Hunter could be swayed away from the trip if he proposed to his girlfriend. Reeder said his girlfriend’s telling him not to go might make him think otherwise.
That said, Hunter compares his life to that of a “turd in the toilet bowl of life. I just kind of float.” And before mentioning his girlfriend, the professional beekeeper Reeder says he would miss his bees the most. They might be all in after all.
Mars One is a nonprofit organization created by Bas Lansdorp and Arno Wielders. Their goal is to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars. According to the project’s website, astronaut training will begin next year. The first group of volunteers is set to depart in 2024.
Published on Apr 3, 2013
32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the Lord will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.
The two witnesses that John Hagee referred to, (Revelation 11:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.) to the best of my scripture studies, would be Enoch and Elijah:
2 Kings 2:11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
Hebrews 11:5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.
10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
11 And after three days and an half the spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.
4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
COP TALKS TO ARMED OPEN CARRY ADVOCATES: Says He Feels Safer With Them Around
By GJWHG / 4 March 2014
As we’ve noted in previous reports, sometimes things can spin out of control when open carry activists and police officers meet. That was certainly not the case in Austin, Texas, when an officer responded to a call about “suspicious” men openly carrying rifles.
In a video posted on YouTube in January by the activist group Come and Take It Texas, an officer is seen approaching the armed men in a non-aggressive fashion.
“Just checking you guys out,” he says in the video. “I already know the law.”
The officer, which the group identifies as Mark Dale with the Austin Police Department, even jokes with one of the men about his holstered squash. The man said he was openly carrying the squash as a joke because he’s unable to openly carry a pistol in Texas.
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Inside The Army’s Spectacular Hidden Treasure Room
You will not believe this… posted on February 20, 2014 at 11:21am EST
1. Remember that ending scene out of Indiana Jones where the Ark of the Covenant is boxed up and wheeled through an endless government warehouse?
3. It is located 30 minutes outside Washington, D.C., at Fort Belvoir in Virginia. The building itself is very nondescript…
6. …is the highly sophisticated, climate-controlled treasure room where the Army keeps its most precious artifacts.
The facility was built for $24 million in 2010.
7. The cavernous warehouse is typically shrouded in total darkness. Motion lights illuminate only the areas in which someone is walking.
9. The room consists of dozens of collapsable “hallways” filled with the richest American firearm collection on the planet.
10. The collection is stacked with priceless items.
One-of-a-kind boat gun that pre-dates the Revolutionary War.
12. …to create new endless hallways of historic firearms.
Entire lineages of weapons are kept here for research as well as preservation purposes.
13. Another portion of the warehouse consists of endless rows of gigantic airtight lockers. This is called “3D storage.”
Every meaningful artifact that has been worn on a military battlefield is stored here. Including Gen. Ulysses Grant’s Civil War cap.
20. The massive collection consists of donated and commissioned pieces. Much of the art was painted by soldiers who experienced their subjects in real life.
During World War I, the Army began commissioning artists to deploy into the war zone and paint the scenes they observed. This practice has continued to this day. Much of the museum’s collection consists of these commissioned wartime pieces. The collection also keeps hold of valuable donated military art and historical pieces dating back to the Mexican American War.
23. Some works are just beautiful beyond words.
32. Including beautiful Norman Rockwell originals that the Army commissioned in the 1940s.
Original Rockwells like these regularly fetch tens of millions of dollars at auction.
34. Virtually every American conflict is represented from a first-hand soldier’s perspective.
40. The collection also has a controversial side that has never been displayed.
Unique art and artifacts that were seized from the Nazis after World War II are stored here. The painting above was filmed at the center for the 2006 documentary The Rape of Europa.
41. Including watercolors painted by Hitler himself.
At the age of 18, Adolf Hitler applied to the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna but was rejected. A number of Hitler’s paintings were seized by the U.S. Army at the end of World War II and found a home at the center. None of the confiscated Nazi art has ever been displayed, and the curators thought them too controversial for this piece. The scene above was filmed at the center for the documentary The Rape of Europa.
42. Not a single piece in this massive collection is open to the public. Why is it kept under lock and key in a blackened warehouse?
43. Simple answer: Because there is no museum to house it.
The entire collection could be made accessible to the public, if the funds for a museum could be raised.
44. The Army Historical Foundation is in charge of raising the funds for the museum.
However, there are major fundraising hurdles to jump before the museum can be built. The foundation’s president recently told the Washington Post that it has raised $76 million of the $175 million required for the museum and predicts the museum could open in 2018. The plan is to build the museum at Fort Belvoir.
Meanwhile back in Reality… (IFL 2014 #4)
Posted On 02 Mar 2014 By : JoeDanMedia
The federal government, under the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF), claims the power to arrest and detain people within the US and deny them access to courts, attorneys and more. In short, this is little more than government-sanctioned kidnapping. To learn more about the 2012 NDAA and indefinite detention, use the links in the sidebar of this page.
The Liberty Preservation Act – and local ordinance – bans participation with or assistance in any way with any federal act which purports to authorize the indefinite detention of a person within the United States. Passage of the Liberty Preservation Act in your state, county, city and town will create obstacles to implementation that will help thwart the unconstitutional indefinite detention efforts of the federal government. State laws and local ordinances and resolutions are all important pieces of the puzzle to resist and nullify NDAA “indefinite detention.” (model legislation here)
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LEGEND: Blue – Introduced. Yellow – Passed one or more Houses. Green – Passed both Houses. Red – Law
James Madison, known as the Father of the Constitution, gave us a blueprint for stopping federal overreach. In Federalist 46, he argued that a “refusal to comply with officers of the Union” along with other actions at the state and local level would create a situation where the federal government would have an almost impossible time enforcing their acts. When several states join together and do the same, Madison said it would “present obstructions which the federal government would hardly be willing to encounter.”
(You can read more about Madison’s blueprint HERE.)
In the Virginia Resolutions of 1798, Madison wrote that “in case of a deliberate, palpable, and dangerous exercise” of power by the federal government, states “have the right, and are in duty bound, to interpose for arresting the progress of the evil.” Thomas Jefferson, in the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798, wrote that “where powers are assumed which have not been delegated, a nullification of the act is the rightful remedy”
“that every State has a natural right in cases not within the compact to nullify of their own authority all assumptions of power by others within their limits: that without this right, they would be under the dominion, absolute and unlimited, of whosoever might exercise this right of judgment for them”
Indefinite Detention represents just the kind of dangerous, palpable evil Madison was talking about, and the assumptions of power that Jefferson was talking about.
Our model legislation is based on the principles and advice of James Madison and Thomas Jefferson. It’s not going to be easy, and there’s no guarantee of success. But, if we sit back and wait for the federal government to stop its own indefinite detention programs, we’ll wait forever.
So, as those founders advised, we’re taking action without the feds, and taking every step possible to create “obstructions,” and a “refusal to comply with officers of the Union,” as Madison advised. The goal is to get enough states and localities on board so that indefinite detention is rendered null and void, as Jefferson advised.
INDEFINITE DETENTION REPEALED?
While some believe that the 2013 NDAA eliminated indefinite detention, it did not. Dianne Feinstein introduced a very weak amendment to 2013 – and it failed anyway. 2012 indefinite detention provisions remain intact – and the Obama administration is aggressively defending them in court today.
Last year, Federal Judge Katherine Forrest struck down these indefinite detention powers as unconstitutional and issued a temporary court order blocking their use. That order was revoked by an appeals court and indefinite detention powers remain while the case is currently on appeal but not decided.
Additionally, when Judge Forrest asked Obama administration attorneys if the federal government was using indefinite detention in violation of her temporary order blocking it, they refused to confirm, leaving the door open for potential use of these powers in secret, even in outright defiance of an order from the federal courts.
All attempts to stop indefinite detention on a federal level – in courts and the congress – have so far failed. It remains the so-called “law of the land” and deserves to be nullified.
Some opponents of these efforts claim that the U.S. Constitution’s “supremacy clause” prevents your local community from taking action. But this is a complete misunderstanding, not only of the supremacy clause, but of the local legislation as well. There is absolutely ZERO serious dispute about the fact that the federal government cannot “commandeer” the states (or their political subdivisions, local governments) to carry out its laws. None. Even the Supreme Court has affirmed this multiple times.
In the 1842 case, Prigg v. Pennsylvania, the Supreme Court ruled that States couldn’t be required to help the feds carry out programs to capture and return runaway slaves.
In the 1992 case, New York v. United States, the Supreme Court ruled that Congress couldn’t require states to enact specified waste disposal regulations.
In the 1997 case, Printz v. United States, the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government could not command state law enforcement authorities to conduct background checks on prospective handgun purchasers.
In the 2012 case, National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, the Supreme Court ruled that a significant expansion of Medicaid was not a valid exercise of Congress’s spending power, as it would coerce states to either accept the expansion or risk losing existing Medicaid funding.
In each case, the Supreme Court made it quite clear that, in their opinion, the federal government cannot require the states to act, or even coerce them to act through a threat to cut funding. Their opinion is correct. If the feds pass a law, they can sure try to enforce it if they want. But the states, and your local communities, absolutely do not have to help them in any way.
While there is no silver bullet to stop Indefinite Detention, you have an option. Wait for the federal government to give up this power, or resist it in any way possible.
These steps are just the first step of what will likely be a multi-year campaign to resist, refuse to comply, and nullify the unconstitutional indefinite detention regime.
Once these first steps are moving forward in a number of states, the next – more aggressive – levels of resistance can take place successfully.
In the end, Rosa Parks already proved it. Saying “No!” can change the world.
I originally posted this in Oct 2013; the (guess which) circuit court has now upheld the school officials, instead of defending the students. How about banning Cinco de Mayo? “X”
Posted by Jimmy Z on February 28, 2014 at 8:00pm in General, Town Hall
In Northern California, just south of San Jose, a public school last year told students wearing US Flag shirts on Cinco de Mayo that they had to turn them inside out. They fears racial tension. The families sued and the godawful 9th Circuit Court upheld the school’s action. This of course prompted a great rant from yours truly, as you might expect. -Jz
Another Pan Admin, Rev. Larry Wallenmeyer Admin II, ran a similar post, containing this excerpt:
Court: School can ban US flag shirts for safety
— Feb. 27, 2014 7:21 PM EST
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Officials at a Northern California high school acted appropriately when they ordered students wearing American flag T-shirts to turn the garments inside out during the Mexican heritage celebration Cinco de Mayo, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the officials’ concerns of racial violence outweighed students’ freedom of expression rights. Administrators feared the American-flag shirts would inflame the passions of Latino students celebrating the Mexican holiday. Live Oak High School, in the San Jose suburb of Morgan Hill, had a history of problems between white and Latino students on that day.
The unanimous three-judge panel said past problems gave school officials sufficient and justifiable reasons for their actions. The court said schools have wide latitude in curbing certain civil rights to ensure campus safety.
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