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NASA and the blood-stained Missiles

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NASA and the blood-stained missiles

NASA and the blood-stained missiles


The ancient mariner had killed the Albatross. Later he repented.

What happened afterward? The fiery storm damaged the ship. The monster waves drowned the children.
They tried to escape from the fire-spitting missiles. They tried to escape from the claw of death. The children from Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Iraq, tried to escape the fire, destruction, and death.
But, tell me one truth. How did the US military build the pin-pointed missiles? It flew a thousand miles and struck the hideouts of the terrorists in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and Libya.
Sometimes, they fell on the wrong targets. Houses, where children were playing.
And, boom! The cloak of darkness.
Geodetic or geometric data fired the salvo.
What is that? It is scientific data. The scientific community needs it. Measuring the shape and size of this planet is difficult. The geodetic or geometric data helps us.
But, the US military builds the missiles, using the same data. The published declassified documents tell us the inside story.
NASA did not want this. Tight cooperation between NASA and the US military agencies allowed them to use the same geodetic data.
NASA wanted for scientific endeavor. Military wanted them for building missiles, killing terrorists and common people at same breath.

NASA wanted documents to remain unclassified. So, they bickered and bickered. The conscience roared at the silent ears.
The US missiles used the NASA technology to build the missiles. NASA used their cameras to photograph the moonwalk.
Pause. Human civilization.
Who cares?

Spies in the Skies

Spies in the Skies

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NASA's disgraceful role in sky spying

From the very beginning NASA scientists, engineers and technologists take part in indirect sky-spying activities.

Declassified documents released by US government agencies like CIA, NRO are saying so. The truth has an official seal. NASA had designed shuttles that carried US spy satellites to orbit. Declassified documents depict a disgraceful relationship between NASA and CIA, the US Department of Defense (DoD), and National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). These agencies took part in designing NASA’s Shuttles throughout the 1970s.

I have recently written a cover story in Tehelka magazine, on the same topic.
You can read the full article here below:

Spies in the Skies

An optimistic sigh!

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There is, really, no need to get nasty with fellow people. However, when I think that most of all people feel the need of food very badly and don’t get it for a few people, it really leaves a nasty taste in the mouth.
Poverty makes things too difficult for children to learn a few new things. It is. Although there is nothing new in this statement. Billions of words have been written, hundreds and thousands of doctoral thesis have been passed on this topic. Many will be written in the future; and, alas, billions of people still live in poverty.
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The Great Cyber Robberies Expose Our Sordid Underbelly!

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Does the future look too rosy for us, – the new digital India?
It’s not beyond reasonable reservation. While our government is pressing for cashless transaction, a thick mantle of fear hangs loosely around the wrong encryption policy and slack cyber security measures taken by AM-ADMI. It’s not a question-and-answer session anymore. It’s probably been answered already: we will be at a bigger loss if correct steps are not taken right away!
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Yahoo data breach hit the common people most

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“Want to buy some profile dumps. Is there any? I’m ready to pay in Bitcoins.”
After posting this message in three “TOR NETWORK” message boards, hidden in the dark web, my wait was over after nearly twenty hours when an “Anonymous” asked in a “TORCHAN” board (http://zw3crggtadila2sg.onion/): “How we know you’re not an FBI scum”?

A real scummy question indeed! I wish I had a gentle reply!

It’ll attract more slang designed only for the dark web if you can’t prove that you’re not really an “FBI scum”. Other boards bore no fruit, at least not in twenty hours deadline I had set knowing that it was too short.
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Post demonetization: the heartbeat of black money now ticks with bitcoin

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Above all things, it now appears that government has thrown all its weights around the seizure of black money. IT officials claim that the amount of unaccounted money recovered since the announcement of demonetization on 8th November has crossed three thousand crores and they’re counting for more. Before that government had also announced packages for black money disclosure that had ended on 30th September and till date the amount disclosed has been around 55 thousand crore rupees.
It’s been one side of reality.
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