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Notes and tidbits posted on FB and Twitter. Part 154

Note: I take notes of books I read and comment on events and edit sentences that fit my style. I pay attention to researched documentaries and serious links I receive. The page is long and growing like crazy, and the sections I post contains a month-old events that are worth refreshing your memory.

Sommes-nous tous egaux devant l’abandon? Males, femelles, race, culture et appartenance politiques? Principalement, l’abandon d’une routine de coexistence qui prend tout comme guarantie et qu’ on croyait comprendre la source de cette routine.

Qu’ on l’ admet ou pas, durant la majeure  partie de notre vie, on ne fait qu’obéir – à ses parents, à l’instituteur, au professeur, aux traditions, aux coutumes, aux codes sociologiques qui sont les nôtres. Si on n’apprend pas effectivement a se revolte’ contre nous-meme, on appartient a cette majorite’ silencieuse que les systems politiques use et abuse continuellement.

And the other idiot: Trump tweet that he has a much bigger knob than North Korea “leader” to detonate a nuclear bomb

Don’t talk until you can improve the silence? But my silence never improved my talk. Neither did I learn anything from silence. Lost on both count

As USA is frequently using money liquidity as a weapon, China is starting to fill the void with her currency wherever US lists countries as “rogue nations”. Venezuela is first, a few States in Africa, soon Yemen and Iran will flaunt the dollar.

Gaza public servants are demonstrating for Not being paid: USA is squeezing the flow of liquid money.

As England did with the USA after its independence by delaying the flow of printed money, the same strategy is adopted by the USA on many people who are resisting its dominion.

Who pressured the Iranian Caspian Bank in Mashhad to go bankrupt, short on liquid money? Which other banks in other cities will close their doors in Iran and force demonstrations?

Les jeunes auteurs ont une obligation de commencer par raconter en details leur jeunesse: On a tous oublie’ notre jeunesse et on a besoin de raffrechir notre imagination

The suffering of Yemenis is Not about to abate: this war will end as Saudi Kingdom starts its disintegration into fiefdoms

Il n’y a pas urgence. Je peux tout aussi bien rencontrer toute ta famille a la ceremonie de marriage

“Bien sure que c’est lui qui est sterile. Sinon, Il aurait divorce’ sa femme depuis longtemps”

3am besma3 3am bi yesta3melo Scouts la aghraad intakhabiyyeh? nabsh a7kaad 3a2iliyyeh. Moush min naw3 thakafat siyassiyat le mashakel hal mojtama3. Scouts lazem yeb2o as7aab mada al 3omr.

South Africa to cut diplomatic ties with Israel

South Africa has been a staunch ally of the Palestinian struggle and regularly spoken out against the atrocities committed by the Israeli government

The South African government is intending to cut diplomatic ties with Israel in protest of its treatment of the Palestinian people, the country’s Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor announced yesterday.

Pandor informed parliamentarians of the government’s resolution during a ten-hour joint debate on South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) that he delivered last week.

: The majority party has resolved that government must cut diplomatic ties with Israel

“The majority party has agreed, that government must cut diplomatic ties with Israel, given the absence of genuine initiatives by Israel to secure lasting peace and a viable two-state solution that includes full freedom and democracy for the Palestinian people,” she said.

The comments were made in response to opposition leader Kenneth Meshoe, who had argued that it was disappointing that national and provincial authorities in South Africa had refused help from Israeli companies to address the country’s current water crisis.

However, the proposal was applauded by parliamentarians and Pandor, who is expected to be appointed vice president in Ramaphosa’s new Cabinet, was given a standing ovation as she left the podium.

Read: South Africa marks birthday of jailed Palestinian teen

The government’s decision was further confirmed on the South African Parliament’s official Twitter account.

Last month, the South African representative to the UN told the Human Rights Council that Israel is the “only state in the world that can be described as an apartheid state”, just days after the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party called for government ministers to strengthen the country’s visa restrictions with Israel.

Read: BDS nominated for 2018 Nobel Peace Prize

Last year, the government also resolved  to downgrade the South African Embassy in Israel to a liaison office, and cautioned Tel Aviv for blacklisting supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which included prominent figures of the ANC.

The BDS South Africa campaign has witnessed significant support from the nation’s public, with universities and churches backing a cultural and economic boycott of Israel affiliated organisations.

Note: Now that the rotten Zuma is deposed, Justice is back according Mandela consciousness and struggle for liberty

Assaad Zakka and Rachel Corrie is my heroine shared a link.
South Africa has been a staunch ally of the Palestinian struggle and regularly spoken out against the atrocities committed by the Israeli government…

Is the name Elon predicted to be associated with colonizing Mars

Strange but True: In 1952 a German scientist predicted the name “Elon” would be associated with the colonization of Mars

 Domagoj Valjak
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The South African-born billionaire businessman and engineer Elon Musk is one of the world’s leading innovators in space travel. His company SpaceX works on the creation of low-cost and energy-efficient spacecraft.

It’s possible that those spacecrafts will bring the first humans to Mars in the following decade. If SpaceX succeeds in its pioneering mission, the name “Elon” will undoubtedly become forever associated with Mars.

But this isn’t the first time “Elon” and “Mars” have been linked. 

Wernher von Braun was a German aerospace engineer responsible for the development of one of Nazi Germany’s most advanced weapons, the V-2 rocket. Nicknamed “the vengeance weapon,” the V-2 was the first long-range guided ballistic missile in the world.

It entered service in late 1944 and, by the end of the war, over 3,000 V-2 missiles had been launched by the Wehrmacht, killing around 9,000 civilians and military personnel.

A further 12,000 forced laborers and concentration camp prisoners died after being forced to participate in the production of the notorious weapon.

First rank, from left to right, General Dr. Walter Dornberger (partially hidden), General Friedrich Olbricht (with Knight’s Cross), Major Heinz Brandt, and Wernher von Braun (in civil garment) at Peenemünde, in March 1941.

Von Braun was an avid astronomer who developed a passion for rockets early in his youth.

In 1934, he earned a doctorate in aerospace engineering from the University of Berlin. His doctoral thesis, entitled “Construction, Theoretical, and Experimental Solution to the Problem of the Liquid Propellant Rocket,” was classified by the army and wasn’t made available to the public until 1960.

He was immediately recruited by the German army and began developing rocket weapons. Von Braun was stationed at a military research facility in the village of Peenemünde on the shore of the Baltic Sea, where he oversaw experiments with liquid-fueled rocket engines and jet-assisted aircraft takeoffs.

At Peenemünde, von Braun developed the supersonic Wasserfall anti-aircraft missile and the A-4 ballistic missile, which was later renamed V-2 (Vergeltungswaffe 2).

A V-2 launched from a fixed site in summer 1943.

Although von Braun was aware that V-2 production plants used forced labor and mistreated their workers, he was allegedly unaware of the true nature of the Nazi concentration camps.

He reportedly visited a V-2 production plant only once and was satisfied with the treatment of the employees. In reality, forced laborers were regularly beaten and deprived of food, and many of them died from diseases, executions, and appalling working conditions.

In 1944, von Braun was accused of secretly cooperating with Communists and arrested by the SS.

His crimes against the regime were never proven, so he was conditionally released and continued working on the development of ballistic missiles.

At that time, he was already plotting his escape to the United States. He managed to escape to Austria and surrender to the U.S. Army in the spring of 1945, at the time when the Soviet army was approaching the research facility at Peenemünde.

Von Braun was among the 1,500 German scientists who were secretly transported to the United States.

Since he was a pioneering scientist who expressed disgust towards the Nazi regime and its horrible genocidal policies, he was quickly employed by the U.S. Army and started developing ballistic missiles.

Although he spent the first half of his life developing weapons, von Braun’s true passion was space travel.

He was interested in developing jet propulsion systems that could transport manned rockets to the moon and to Mars. He got a chance to pursue his lifelong dream in 1957, but before that he published several theoretical and fictional works that theorized the colonization of Mars and the construction of a space station in the Earth’s orbit.

A V-2 launched from a fixed site in summer 1943.

His writings on the construction of a space station inspired the design concepts of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Von Braun’s work, The Mars Project, published in 1952, was somewhat megalomaniacal but also strangely prophetic. The book proposed a manned mission to Mars that would result in the planet’s colonization and the establishment of an autonomous government there.

The mission would include a fleet of 10 massive spacecraft which would transport 70 astronauts and 9 crew vehicles.

Braun made detailed calculations of all the aeronautical and engineering parameters of the mission but, although his grandiose plan attracted the attention of some wealthy people interested in space exploration (including Walt Disney), it remained purely theoretical due to technological limitations of the 1950s.

The prophetic part of von Braun’s work concerns the autonomous government of Mars. Namely, he proposed that, instead of presidents, rulers of the colony would be appointed the title of “Elon”: “The Martian government was directed by 10 men, the leader of whom was elected by universal suffrage for five years and entitled “Elon.” Two houses of Parliament enacted the laws to be administered by the Elon and his cabinet. The Upper House was called the Council of the Elders and was limited to a membership of 60 persons, each being appointed for life by the Elon as vacancies occurred by death.”

In the 1950s, the proposed title of “Elon” had no particular significance. It was likely derived from the Hebrew name “Elon” which means “oak tree” and signifies great knowledge and wisdom.

Now, with the news of Elon Musk’s plans, people are wondering if this could be just a coincidence. There are no connections between von Braun and Musk, who was born in 1971 in Pretoria, the son of a Canadian and a South African. He taught himself computer programming by the age of 12, and earned university degrees at the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School of Business.

Although von Braun never managed to pursue the fabled colonization of Mars, he did become a pioneer of American space travel. Namely, he was the mastermind behind the Saturn V, an expendable liquid-fueled rocket that was in use from 1968 to 1972.

Related story from us: Dr. Robert Hooke – The English scientist who discovered the cell, the law of elasticity and observed Mars and Jupiter

The rocket was the only vehicle in history that launched manned capsules beyond low Earth orbit. Saturn V was used in all the Apollo missions, and, despite his grim history of working for Nazi Germany, Wernher von Braun will always be remembered as the man who revolutionized space travel and helped send humans to the Moon.




February 2018

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