Lost In Space Again

When it comes to launching satellites, the Russians can’t seem to catch a break.

Russia Loses Contact With Satellite After Rocket Launch

Russia’s Federal Space Agency lost contact with a new communications satellite shortly after it launched into space due to an apparent communication glitch on the spacecraft’s rocket, Russia’s space agency has reported.

The satellite, called Express-AM4, blasted off atop a Proton rocket on Wednesday (Aug. 17) at 5:25 p.m. EDT (2125 GMT) from the central Asian spaceport of Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, where it was early Thursday morning local time.

According to a translated statement posted in Russian to the country’s Federal Space Agency website, officials said flight controllers lost contact with the satellite due to an apparent communications problem with the Proton rocket’s Breeze M upper stage. Later, another statement suggested that the rocket stage may have been found though the status of the Express-AM4 satellite was unclear.

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The new rocket malfunction is the latest of several embarrassing Russian launch failures or incidents for Russia’s space program in a single year.

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Russia loses newly launched telecom satellite
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Russia loses contact with $265-million Express-AM4 satellite shortly after launch
Satellite loss deals ‘severe blow’ to Russia: experts
Powerful communications satellite feared lost in space
Contact lost with freshly launched satellite in Russia
Missing satellite found off designated orbit
Russia loses contact with satellite after launch: reports
Russian Federal Mission Express-AM4 Anomaly Investigation Underway
Russia loses contact with just-launched £160m satellite in latest setback for its space industry
Russia loses contact with Europe’s biggest communications satellite
Russian satellite missing within hours of takeoff
Russia Loses Contact With Newly-Launched Satellite

Looking on the bright side, at least they don’t currently have this sort of problem with their manned space flights.

/which is a really good thing since, now that the U.S. space shuttle program is grounded, we depend on Russia to ferry out astronauts back and forth from the International Space Station

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Hackers With A Death Wish

It’s probably not a good idea to taunt the folks who tracked down Osama bin Laden and specialize in covert, extrajudicial killings.

CIA Web site hacked; group LulzSec takes credit

The hacker group LulzSec claimed credit Wednesday for taking down the CIA’s Web site for a couple of hours, the latest in a string of embarrassing Web site disruptions the group has pulled off — apparently more to poke fun and highlight vulnerabilities than to cause real damage.

At 5:48 p.m., LulzSec, which dubs itself “the world’s leaders in high-quality entertainment at your expense,” posted an alert on Twitter: “Tango down — cia.gov — for the lulz.”

The site was back up by 8 p.m.

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Hackers breach into CIA website
LulzSec claims responsibility for CIA.gov outage
Hackers claim hit on CIA website
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Lulzsec Claims Responsibility For Hacking CIA And Senate Websites
CIA website hacked; group claims ‘credit’
Central Intelligence Agency

Apparently, LulzSec stages these attacks for giggles, laughs, and bragging rights, which is all fun and games until they bite off more than they can chew by hitting an entity with unlimited resources and more hacking talent than they have, and then suddenly it won’t be so funny anymore. Maybe LulzSec already has and they just don’t know it yet.

/as Jim Croce warned, you don’t tug on Superman’s cape, you don’t spit into the wind . . .

Our Friends, The Crazy Ass Saudis

How bad is the Saudi’s irrational, paranoid Jew hatred? Pretty bad.

Saudi Arabia ‘detains’ Israeli vulture for spying

Saudi Arabian officials have “detained” a vulture on accusations of being a spy for Israel, media reports say.

The griffon vulture was carrying a GPS transmitter bearing the name of Tel Aviv University, prompting rumours it was part of a Zionist plot.

Israeli wildlife officials dismissed the claims as ludicrous and expressed concern about the bird’s fate.

Last month, Egyptian officials implied the Israeli spy agency Mossad was to blame for shark attacks off its coast.

Finally, reality creeps through the delusions.

“Spy Vulture” Cleared Of Espionage Charges

Following widespread (and embarrassing) news coverage, the vulture captured in Saudi Arabia and reportedly “arrested” on charges of espionage will be released. Israelis told Sky News that associating the migrating vulture with Mossad – one of Israel’s intelligence agencies – was a product of an “overactive imagination.”

Emirates 24/7 meanwhile quotes Prince Bandar bin Saud Al Saud, who acknowledged that the GPS bracelet fitted to what is actually a bald eagle is legitimate, and not “Israeli spy systems arsenal.” He accused local media of sensationalizing the story without checking the facts.

See also:
Saudi Arabia ‘detains’ Israeli vulture for spying
Saudis Expose Dastardly Zionist Vulture Plot
For the Birds: Saudi Arabia ‘Detains’ Vulture for Possible Espionage
Vulture Spy Arrested in Saudi Arabia
Vulture held as Mossad spy by Saudi Arabia
Israel denies vulture detained by Saudis is a spy
Bird expert calls for release of ‘vulture spy’
Saudis to free Israeli vulture
‘Zionist Spy Vulture’ to be freed
Saudi Arabia Releases ‘Zionist Spy’ Bird of Prey
Saudi Arabia frees vulture suspected of spying for Israel
Mossad vulture free to fly away

Free the Jew bird! You just can’t make this stuff up.

/and remember, we’re dependent on these loonies for our oil

Let The Games Begin

Like it or not, here come the Republicans, armed with the House majority and subpoena power, ready to investigate the Obama administration and do what they can to roll back the last two years of economically destructive Democrat policies.

Incoming House GOP chairmen have a long list of issues to investigate

House Republican leaders announced plans Monday for congressional investigations into a wide range of issues, from corruption in Afghanistan to Washington’s regulation of private industries, using the power of their new majority to launch probes that could embarrass the Obama administration.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who will become chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee when the 112th Congress is sworn in Wednesday, said he would lead six major investigations in the first three months of the year. This is an ambitious undertaking by conventional standards, as congressional investigations often take months to bear fruit.

Issa, who will have power to subpoena government officials to appear before the committee, said he intended to conduct inquiries into the release of classified diplomatic cables by Wikileaks; recalls at the Food and Drug Administration; the role of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the foreclosure crisis; the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission’s failure to identify the origins of the meltdown; as well as business regulations and alleged corruption in Afghanistan.

Other incoming Republican committee chairmen are planning investigations into the Justice Department’s civil rights division, the radicalization of Muslims in the United States, homeland security grant money and air cargo and port and chemical plant security.

See also:
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Movers and Shakers: Issa Predicts ‘Constant Battle’ With White House Over Economy
Issa to investigate government regulation, fiscal crisis, WikiLeaks
Issa Sets Sights on WikiLeaks, Government Regulation and Afghanistan for Future Hearings
Will GOP chairmen conduct meaningful oversight?
New GOP oversight chairman calls administration ‘corrupt’
GOPer calls Obama administration ‘corrupt’
What Darrell Issa Means When He Calls the White House “Corrupt”
Democrats tap top Obama lawyer to counter Darrell Issa
Upton may tackle global warming issue more quickly than Issa

After two years of Obama czars and recess appointments, incestuous Chicago and union cronyism, and a Democrat Congress running roughshod over the will of the American people, without any meaningful oversight, there’s a lot of corruption and political dirt that’s been swept under the rug. Now it’s time for some good old fashioned nose rubbing and public embarrassment. In other words, it’s payback time.

/pass the popcorn

Thank You Sir, May We Have Another?

Once again, instead of actually trying to stop the leak from occurring, the Obama administration is simply bending over to “absorb” yet another Wikileaks classified document dump.

Fresh WikiLeaks release ‘imminent’

WikiLeaks, the whistle-blowing website, is said to be hours away from releasing around three million secret US government files.

The classified documents reportedly cover correspondence between US diplomatic missions abroad and the state department in Washington and could reveal “unflattering” views that American officials held about close EU allies and countries like Russia, China and Saudi Arabia.

Governments around the world on Saturday braced for the publication of potentially embarrassing diplomatic cables, as Washington raced to contain the fallout.

US diplomats skipped their Thanksgiving holiday weekend and headed to foreign ministries hoping to stave off anger over the cables, which are internal messages that often lack the niceties diplomats voice in public.

Wikileaks said the newest release will be seven times the size of the October publication of 400,000 Iraq war documents, the biggest leak to date in US intelligence history.

See also:
U.S. warns allies about WikiLeaks
Clinton Reaches Out to Several Countries about Wikileaks
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Bracing for WikiLeaks, US warns ‘friend’ India
U.K. government wants WikiLeaks media briefing: report
US warns Britain, India over new WikiLeaks revelations
U.S. tense over WikiLeaks plan
Wikileaks document dump has United States working damage control to stem potential embarrassment
Next WikiLeaks Release Could Embarrass US Allies
Bracing for WikiLeaks’ Release of Diplomatic Documents, State Department Warns Allies
Bracing for WikiLeaks, Round 3
Administration braces for big WikiLeaks dump that includes damaging cables
Pentagon Warns of Potential Harm from New WikiLeaks Release
US warns of likely harm from WikiLeaks release

It’s hard to believe that the United States government can’t stop this two bit band of hackers. Wikileaks has also threatened to release classified Russian documents but they haven’t done so. Why?

/because Russia promptly promised to exterminate them if they did