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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Daily 2 Cents: Mystery Object Filmed Passing Space Station -- Siberia's Resurgent Shamanism -- Man's Amputated Leg Found in Garbage

Mystery Object Filmed Passing Space Station

The unidentified object appeared on live footage streamed from the International Space Station.

The clip has since been posted on YouTube by user Streetcap1 and shows what appears to be a small white disc flying near to the space station.

This isn’t the first time that the space station cameras have captured mystery objects.

The web cams have led to a string of YouTube uploads from alien hunters claiming to have captured images of alien craft.

However, sceptics claim the alleged UFO sightings on the live feed are simply down to NASA's poor camera and this latest sighting is likely to be a distorted view of the Moon.

Scott C Waring, a self-styled UFO expert, said of the latest sighting: "Streetcap1 was taking a look at the live NASA space station cam when he caught glimpse of a small metallic disk in the distance.

"At first it looks like the disk is moving, but I believe it has matched speed with the space station.”

However, hoax and rumour-debunking website, Snopes.com, is not convinced by any of the sightings and said: "NASA has also admitted that its video setup is far from perfect.

"In fact, the HDEV experiment was started in an effort to find and develop better camera equipment for future missions.” - Space experts baffled as mystery object filmed passing space station

Click for video - Possible UFO at ISS 22 April, 2015.


Shooting Down Orbital Junk

The International Space Station could one day get armed with a laser to shoot down orbiting debris, researchers say.

This concept could eventually lead to a laser-firing satellite that could get rid of a large percentage of the most troublesome space junk orbiting Earth, scientists added.

NASA researchers suggest that nearly 3,000 tons of space debris reside in low-Earth orbit, including derelict satellites, rocket bodies and parts and tiny bits of wreckage produced by collisions involving larger objects. Impacts from pieces of junk that are only the size of screws can still inflict catastrophic damage on satellites, since these projectiles can travel at speeds on the order of 22,370 mph (36,000 km/h). Read more at Space Station Could Get Laser Cannon to Destroy Orbital Debris


Siberia's Resurgent Shamanism

The frigid steppes of Siberia are considered the historical heartland of one of the world's oldest spiritual belief systems.

Despite being driven to the edges of society, shamanism - the belief in good and evil spirits and rituals to appease them - has experienced a resurgence in recent years. The word shamanism itself is believed to have originated from the language of the Evenks who inhabit Siberia's eastern edge.

Further west near the Mongolian border, shamanism is often called Tengerism, a term that means "the honouring of spirits".

In this region, as in most of the world, the practice was largely forced out by competing beliefs - in Siberia's case through occasionally violent conflict with Tibetan Buddhism for centuries, followed by decades of state repression under the Soviet Union.

The collapse of the Soviet Union heralded a religious revival throughout Russia. Perhaps unexpectedly, Tengerism has achieved newfound popularity, not just in its traditional homeland, but also across Russia and beyond. Read more at Siberia's resurgent shamanism


Man sues hospital after his leg found in garbage

A south Florida man is suing a hospital for emotional distress, saying his leg was amputated and thrown in the garbage with his name tag still on it.

John Timiriasieff, 56, had his right leg amputated below the knee in October at Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables.

"Rather than properly disposing of the plaintiff's limb as expected and as required by Florida law, Doctors Hospital threw the Plaintiff's amputated limb into the garbage, with tags indicating it belonged to the Plaintiff," according to the lawsuit filed on Wednesday in Miami-Dade County Circuit Court.

A month later, Timiriasieff said his family was contacted by homicide detectives investigating if he had been the victim of foul play.

When the family went back to the hospital to find out what happened, they were told it would "provide no explanation for what had occurred," the lawsuit said.

Doctors Hospital Inc, part of the Baptist Health South Florida Inc, said it could not discuss the incident in detail because of patient privacy considerations.

"However, we can say when Doctors Hospital was notified of this situation, hospital leaders took immediate and appropriate measures to address it," it added in an emailed statement. "Proper procedures have been reinforced at the hospital to prevent similar situations from happening in the future."

Normally, amputated limbs are incinerated by hospitals, said Clay Roberts, a lawyer for Timiriasieff.

Roberts said he wrote to the hospital in January but got no response.

In the lawsuit, Timiriasieff described the hospital's conduct as "outrageous and beyond the bounds of human decency as to be regarded as odious and utterly intolerable in a civilized community."

The leg was discovered at a waste management facility and reported to police.

Roberts said his client is upset by the hospital's unwillingness to accept responsibility for the severe emotional distress he endured as a result of its negligence, and failing to protect his private medical information.

"I have heard of people having the wrong limb removed but hospitals aren't supposed to throw them away," he said. - Man sues hospital after his leg found in garbage



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