Friday, April 19, 2019

Interlude: Soft Cell - Bedsitter

Friday, April 12, 2019

Interlude: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Electricity

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Israel: Space mission to the moon fails

(Yehud) A private Israeli attempt to land on the moon. Faield this evening, when the Israeli  SpaceIL's control centre lost communications with the Beresheet spacecraft, when it was about 489 feet (149 meters) above the moon's surface resulting in it crashing into the moon. The mission which was built and launched on the cheap after the nonprofit organization SpaceIL was formed to compete in the Google Lunar X Prize. The GLXP offered $20 million to the first privately funded team to put a robot down softly on the moon, move it at least 1,650 feet (500 meters) on the lunar surface and have it send high-resolution imagery home to Earth. Whilst google closed down the competition  SpaceIL continued and in February piggybacked a ride on a SpaceX mission in which to get their spacecraft to the Moon. Unfortunately as mentioned above the mission failed, but the company is already looking at trying again. 

Uk: Julian Assange arrested

(London) Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange was today arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Assange who sought refuge in the embassy in 2012  in which to escape Swedish and British justice (The former for rape and the latter for breaking bail)   saw him face a much longer self-imposed incarceration than if he had simply faced the music. He continued to play the victimcard complaining about anything and everything and in the process pissed off the Ecuadorians so much they issued him with a set of rules : Keep where you live clean, keep yourself clean and feed your cat.  Well he didn’t and actually tried to sue the Ecuadorian government, as you may have gathered that didn't go down well in Quito and so today they invited the British police into their embassy in which to remove him. He was taken straight to court , where he was found guilty of breaking bail and not surrounding to the court in 2012 as arrested. The interesting part is how the US which has kept its distance from Assange is now pushing for him to be extradited from the Uk to the states on charges of  US federal conspiracy charges related to one of the largest ever leaks of government secrets. However I do believe that one of the conditions of his arrest as laid down by Ecuador was he can’t be shipped off to the states.