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Friday, October 04, 2013

Daily 2 Cents: Russia Unprepared For Alien Invasion -- NASA Big Announcement? -- Knock On Wood...It Works!

Russia Unprepared For Alien Invasion

KRASNOZNAMENSK (Moscow region), October 2 (RIA Novosti) – A Russian military space official admitted Wednesday that the country will be powerless to act should Earth become the target of an interplanetary incursion.

Sergei Berezhnoy, an aide to the head of the Titov Space Control Center, said that Russian aerospace defense authorities have not been tasked with preparing for the contingency of an alien attack.

“There are enough problems on Earth and in near-Earth space,” Berezhnoy said in response to a reporter’s question.

The planet’s space powers are in any event limited in their scope of action for building up military capabilities beyond the Earth’s confines. Under the terms of the 1976 Outer Space Treaty, to which Russia is a signatory, states cannot place weapons of mass destruction in orbit, although conventional weapons are allowed.

The Titov Space Control Center, which is run by the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces, is the country’s primary military and commercial satellite control facility.

The facility currently operates about 80 percent of Russian orbital spacecraft. - RIA

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NASA States Big Announcement on November 13th

NASA has made a historic discovery that will shake the entire planet. This announcement will be released to the media on November 13th, 2013. It will be a day to remember and One for the history books. Spread the word to your family & friends and sign up to stay updated! - See more at: http://www.rememberthe13th.com/#sthash.q7jGWWMV.dpuf

NOTE: Looks like a viral marketing stunt...Lon


The Science of Bad Luck: Knocking on Wood Can Undo a Jinx

Don't want to jinx something? You'd better knock on wood. Superstition around what is and isn't "bad luck" may just have some science behind the practices associated it. It turns out that superstitions may actually "reverse" perceived bad fortune.

People often believe that negative outcomes are especially likely after a jinx. For example, if someone says "No one I know will ever get into a car accident," it often feels as if a car accident is likely to occur. Yet this "bad luck" can be avoided by engaging in a ritual. For example, the person can knock on wood, spit or throw salt.

There are many common rituals for undoing bad luck. What's interesting to note, though, is that all of these rituals seem to involve movements that exert force away from the person. In order to examine the mentality behind these actions a bit more closely, the researchers decided to employ several participants in a series of experiments.

In the five experiments, the researchers had volunteers either tempt fate or not. The participants then engaged in an action that was either avoidant or not.

The avoidant actions included those that were superstitious, such as knocking on wood, or non-superstitious, such as throwing a ball. In the end, the scientists found that those who used these avoidant actions believed that a jinxed negative outcome was less likely. That was in sharp contrast to those who did non-avoidant actions such as knocking toward themselves or holding a ball.

"Our findings suggest that not all actions to undo a jinx are equally effective," said Jane Risen, one of the researchers, in a news release. "Instead, we find that avoidant actions that exert force away from one's representation of self are especially effective for reducing the anticipated negative consequences following a jinx. Engaging in an avoidant action seems to create the sense that the bad luck is being pushed away."

The findings reveal the mentality behind these social interactions. More specifically, they show that people can do simple, physical actions in order to feel better about doing or saying something. Not only does this reveal a bit more about how people think, but it also shows that bad luck is something that shouldn't be completely ignored. - Science World Report

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'My Nessie picture IS a hoax!'

It was billed as some of the most convincing evidence that the Loch Ness Monster did exist.

But now the skipper behind the image of Nessie has confirmed it is a fake.

George Edwards owned up to the hoax - saying he'd created the fraud for 'a bit of fun'.

The 61-year-old simply photographed the same fake hump that featured in a National Geographic documentary, Truth Behind the Loch Ness Monster, from 2011.

Today Mr Edwards, who was involved in the production of the documentary and had access to the fake hump, said he had no regrets about the picture despite fooling people for over a year. Continue reading at 'My Nessie picture IS a hoax!'

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