Daily Defense News Blog Up and Running

George McGinnI do have to jazz it up some, get some military photos and create the right layout, but besides all that my new blog Daily Defense News is now up and running, and has its first blog story: “Defense Early Bird Briefs – April 3, 2015″.

This blog was not one I had planned on creating, but I am still getting news from my sources in the Pakistani Military and the ISI, and I get documents (nothing classified, but public records that no one is looking at) form another source in Washington D.C.

Last year I broke the news in my investigative piece about how the US Government wants Pakistan to step up its efforts in the fight against terrorism, yet our Department of Defense refused to sell the parts, many warehouses, to keep the Cobra Gunships we sold them in 2007 flying. By 2012, and into 2013, Pakistan had more helicopters grounded and one would fall out of the sky almost every other day.

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Cosmology & Space Exploration Blog Up and Runing

George McGinnIt’s been awhile since I wrote a post here, but I want to announce to you that one of my blogs, Cosmology & Space Exploration is up and running, and is an instant hit!

I have been busy using WordPress’ feature to email posts, which saves times on all the stories and press releases that I have got from NASA and all its agencies, European Space Agency, peer-reviewed journal entries stored on Cornell Universities’ library, and from commercial media outlets.

The way this blog works is that any information that is in the public record, such a press releases, I send the email to my blog after I remove some items, like my signature and I put in some WordPress shortcode to update fields I would normally do if I was typing it in WP’s editor.

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Stories with Allvoices Links Broken – New Editorial Changes in Works

George McGinnAnyone who is reading blogs that link to my story in Allvoices are all broken.

Allvoices changed their editorial requirements and felt that it needed to remove all the old stories and start from scratch.

I had started to work on reloading the broken links, but instead I have been working on redefining this blog, Examining Life (And Things of Interest) or known as the https://georgemcginn.wordpress.com blog and I have also redefined my editorial content, which will start sometime this month.

Some of the posts that meets the new editorial guidelines will stay here, while others, such as the Astronomy and Space Exploration articles will be moved to the new Cosmology and Space Exploration Blog that is now operational (htttp://www.cosmologyandspace.com or if the photos do not show properly, use https://cosmologyandspace.wordpress.com).

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Pakistan, China, perform joint military operations near war zone

X-Marks the spot, or in this case a blue dot shows the location of the joint  Pakistan-China military operations.

X-Marks the spot, or in this case a blue dot shows the location of the joint Pakistan-China military operations.

Islamabad – Pakistan security forces and China’s Special Forces participated in a joint field training exercises at the headquarters of the special services group, near Cherat.

Pakistan security forces and China’s Special Forces participated in a joint field training exercises at the headquarters of the special services group, near Cherat.

The joint exercise, Warrior-2014, witnessed by the Pakistani Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif, focused on the joint anti-terrorism training between the two countries, included airdropping and helicopter lifting of special forces, search and rescue, and assault on terrorist strong holds. Continue reading

6,500-year-old ‘Noah’ skeleton found in museum basement

IMG_3044.JPG Researchers from a Philadelphia museum found a human skeleton estimated to be 6,500-years-old sitting in its basement untouched for 85 years, according to the Penn Museum. The Penn Museum, an archeology museum from the University of Pennsylvania, had lost track of the skeleton’s documentation, until it turned up this summer while the school was conducting a project to digitize all its records from a joint expedition with the British Museum from 1922-1934 in Iran. The skeleton dates back to about 4500 BC, during the time described in the Bible. Read the complete story at the Digital Journal

NASA: First earth-sized planet in a distant star’s habitable zone – may sustain life

20140418-044206.jpgKepler-186f resides in the Kepler-186 system about 500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. The system is also home to four inner planets, seen lined up in orbit around a host star that is half the size and mass of the sun. (Image Credit: NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech)

Earth is no longer the only known planet in the Universe that resides in the “goldilocks” zone, according to a discovery made by NASA.

Astronomers using NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope discovered the first Earth-sized planet orbiting a star in its “habitable zone,” a place where liquid water and surface temperatures similar to our own planet.

The new planet, called Kepler 186f, is the first planet NASA has confirmed to be both Earth-sized and orbiting in its star’s habitable zone.

There have been many planets discovered in habitable zones of other stars, however, they are all at least 40 percent larger than Earth.

In addition, current technology does not exist yet that can tell the makeup of the planet’s atmosphere or geological features.

Yet, according to previous research, it suggests that Kepler 186f is likely to be the same size of Earth and rocky.

To read more of this story, go to the Allvoices article written by George McGinn.

US plays shell game with Marines – out of Afghanistan, later deployed to Africa

Lance Cpl. Adrian Delafuente, a rifleman with Black Sea Rotational Force 12, takes part in dismounted patrol training with Romanian soldiers in Lasi, Romania, May 8. The 10-day event included training led by Marine non-commissioned officers. Black Sea Rotational Force 12 is a Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force with crisis response capabilities deployed to the region to enhance interoperability, promote regional stability and build camaraderie amongst the forces. (U.S. Marine photo by Cpl. Paul Zellner.)

Lance Cpl. Adrian Delafuente, a rifleman with Black Sea Rotational Force 12, takes part in dismounted patrol training with Romanian soldiers in Lasi, Romania, May 8. The 10-day event included training led by Marine non-commissioned officers. Black Sea Rotational Force 12 is a Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force with crisis response capabilities deployed to the region to enhance interoperability, promote regional stability and build camaraderie amongst the forces. (U.S. Marine photo by Cpl. Paul Zellner.)

While the military is pulling out of Afghanistan by the end of the year, they aren’t going far. Marine units specializing in responding to crisis situations may be later deployed to Africa.

Military leaders are looking put back and set up specialized bases of ground units in the Middle East to continue dealing with crises there. They also plan on stationing these troops in Florida and as well as the Caribbean or Central and South America to deal with any crisis.

In the next few years, U.S. military leaders will be talking with African nations that show an interest in having U.S. troops based in their country.

According to Lt. Gen. Steven Hummer, deputy commander of military operations in Africa, he said the troops that will be based throughout Africa will be similar to those special-purpose Marine air and ground units, like the task force crisis response that was based in Morón Air Base in Spain in 2013.

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Has NASA missed its chance to say it discovered life on Mars first?

This shows the comparison of what a apothecia looks like on Earth, and the one that might be one on Mars.

This shows the comparison of what a apothecia looks like on Earth, and the one that might be one on Mars.

Did NASA miss its chance to be the first to discover life on Mars? According to a lawsuit filed in federal court Wednesday, a federal judge will decide the issue of whether an object may be a sign of life.

According to Rhawn Joseph, who has a PhD in neuroscientist and claims to be the first astrobiologist and written the book on it, said he is the one who discovered a life form on Mars. And he backed this up by filing a writ of mandamus in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco.

The writ is to force NASA, under Joseph’s watchful eye, to conduct a study of the object that may be a life form similar to one found here on Earth.

Joseph filed the lawsuit because of two photos and comments made by NASA, then according to the writ, NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Mission’s principle investigator summarily dismissed the object as a rock that “kind of tiddlywinked” its way onto the Mars rover Opportunity and fell out sometime during a 12-day period on Mars.

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NASA, JAXA to launch satellite to monitor rain and snow in near real-time

The first new NASA Earth science mission of 2014 is the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, a joint international project with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Launch is scheduled for Feb. 27 from Japan. (Image: NASA)

The first new NASA Earth science mission of 2014 is the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, a joint international project with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Launch is scheduled for Feb. 27 from Japan. (Image: NASA)

Weather forecasters and scientists will soon have a tool to understand severe weather, rain and snow, in near real-time.

NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will launch a new, sophisticated satellite Feb. 27 that will give scientists the ability to study the planet’s water cycles anywhere in the world, providing new data every few hours.

The launch of the new international satellite, the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, built by NASA, is scheduled from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan.

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