Day: October 12, 2018

Schwarzenegger Apologizes for Using Phrase 'Girlie Men'…

Schwarzenegger Apologizes for Using Phrase 'Girlie Men'...

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Russia 'launches criminal investigation'…

Russia has launched a criminal investigation over a failed rocket launch to the International Space Station, according to reports.

A US and Russian astronaut were forced to make an emergency landing shortly after the mission got underway, with their Soyuz rocket having suffered significant engine failures.

It was an unprecedented mishap for the Russian space programme and the AFP news agency claims a criminal investigation is now underway to determine whether safety regulations had been violated during construction.

Cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin
Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin following emergency landing
NASA astronaut Nick Hague
NASA astronaut Nick Hague following emergency landing

Despite the issue affecting the booster rocket, NASA’s Nick Hague and Roscosmos’ Alexey Ovchinin are alive and have touched down in Kazakhstan.

They landed about 12 miles east of the city of Dzhezkazgan, and officials from Russia’s space agency said rescue workers had managed to reach the crew – who are now understood to be out of the capsule.

Smoke rise as the boosters of first stage of the Soyuz-FG rocket with Soyuz MS-10 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, separate
Smoke rises as the boosters of first stage of the Soyuz rocket fall away

NASA’s deputy chief astronaut, Reid Wiseman, said the crew “handled their procedures exactly as planned” and are “in great shape”.

The craft was “about 50km in altitude when the abort occurred – just about on the boundaries of space”.

He added: “Russian forces were on the ground when the capsule touched down.

“The extraction happened not long after that.”

ISS Operations Integration Manager, Kenny Todd, described the incident as a “major anomaly” and said he had “every confidence our Russian colleagues will figure out what’s going on”.

He added that “technical issues don’t know political boundaries”.

A comparison of the booster separation in a normal Soyuz mission and today’s by meteorologist Greg Dutra apparently shows increasing debris and a less-symmetrical jettison stage this morning.

All Russian manned space launches have been suspended after the incident, according to Russia’s RIA news agency.

“Thank God, the crew is alive,” said Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, to reporters.

The Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft
All Russian manned space launches have been suspended after the incident

The ISS crew members currently in orbit have been “notified of the launch contingency”, a NASA spokesperson added.

That crew is “essentially marooned”, astronaut Chris Hadfield told Sky News.

He explained: “Right now, there are no vehicles on earth that can take people to the space station. None.

“Until the Soyuz gets fixed, or Space X or Boeing get their rockets working properly – they’re still new, they haven’t flown yet – what that means is the crew on board the International Space Station is essentially marooned.

International Space Station (ISS) crew members astronaut Nick Hague of the U.S. and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin of Russia board the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft
ISS crew members Nick Hague and Alexey Ovchinin

“They have their own ship – like a lifeboat to be able to come home – but no one can come up and relieve them right now.

“So I think they’re in for a long stay.”

Although the journey was expected to take six hours, it was only a few minutes after blast-off at the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan that problems with the rocket became apparent.

The managing editor of NASA Spaceflight reports how an onboard view of the launch showed the crew being shaken around during the launch, and says “the staging was clearly off-nominal”.

The Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft carrying the crew of astronaut Nick Hague of the U.S. and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin of Russia
‘Ballistic reentry’ involves sharper descent than usual

Footage broadcast on Russian television shows a series of billowing smoky explosions occurring as the booster rocket stage fails.

Spaceflight historian Gunter Krebs noted on Twitter that the situation reminded him of another Soyuz rocket failure in 1972, when “an in-flight booster failure occurred and the crew was rescued after ballistic re-entry”.

Ballistic re-entry is a much steeper form of re-entry, involving only the forces of gravity and aerodynamic drag to slow down the speed of fall.

Malfunctions causing ballistic re-entry have occurred a number of times with Russia’s series of Soyuz rockets.

The Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft carrying the crew of astronaut Nick Hague of the U.S. and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin of Russia blasts off
The Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft launched this morning

The NASA Spaceflight editor said: “You can be sure Soyuz launches will be grounded indefinitely.

“Commercial Crew has to conduct a successful uncrewed launch next year before flying astronauts to the ISS (and no – they will not ‘fast track’ anything that involves crew safety).”

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Witches to Hex Kavanaugh in Occult Ritual…

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( — Witches plan to place a public hex on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh through an occult ritual on Oct. 20 in New York City, an event sponsored by Catland Books, which describes itself as “Brooklyn’s premiere occult bookshop & spiritual community space.” The planned ritual has been advertised on Facebook. 

“Please join us for a public hex on Brett Kavanaugh, upon all rapists and the patriarchy at large which emboldens, rewards and protects them,” reads the description for the event, “Ritual to Hex Brett Kavanaugh.”

“We are embracing witchcraft’s true roots as the magik of the poor, the downtrodden and disenfranchised and it’s history as often the only weapon, the only means of exacting justice available to those of us who have been wronged by men just like him,” reads the description. 

“He will be the focal point, but by no means the only target, so bring your rage and and all of the axes you’ve got to grind,” states Catland. 

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“There will also be a second ritual afterward — “The Rites of the Scorned One” — which seeks to validate, affirm, uphold and support those of us who have been wronged and who refuse to be silent any longer,” reads the description.

It further states that 50% of the event proceeds will go to charity: 25% to the Ali Forney Center and 25% to Planned Parenthood.

The Ali Forney Center is a homeless shelter and help center for LGBTQ youth. Planned Parenthood is America’s largest abortion provider. It received $543.7 million in taxpayer funding for the year ending June 30, 2017, reads its latest annual report. 

Tickets cost $10.00.  

As this story was posted, the Facebook page for the ritual hex said that 931 people would be attending and that 10,000 were “interested” in attending.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, to hex, as a verb, means to “cast a spell on; bewitch.” As a noun, hex means “a magic spell; a curse.”

Some of the other events occuring at Catland Books this month include “Demonology,” “Magic Spells with the Tarot,” “Witchcraft 101,” and an “All Hallows Seance.” 

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In its “About,” section online, Catland says that it aims “to serve the local community of Occultists, Yogis, Pagans, Mystics, Thelemites, Witches, Chaotes, and anyone interested in the enhancement of their spiritual self.”

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