Head Transplants Could be a Reality by 2017

What Bruce “Jennie” Jenner has been waiting for!

A woman's severed head awaits a new body, in the 1962 film The Brain That Wouldn't Die

A woman’s severed head awaits a new body, in the 1962 film The Brain That Wouldn’t Die

Transplanting a human head onto a donor body may sound like the stuff of science fiction comics, but not to Italian doctor Sergio Canavero. He has not only published a paper describing the operation in detail, but also believes that the surgery could be a reality as early as 2017.

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Is it Just Fashionable to Hate the Jews?

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Hatred of the Jews has literally been a staple of history. Jews have been hated and persecuted in nearly every era of world history – the Greeks, Romans, Babylonians, Egyptians, the Byzantines, the Visigoths, Spaniards, English, French and of course Germany, the Soviets and Muslims.

However, for a few decades after World War II and the tragedy of the Holocaust it seemed that anti-Semitism had begun to wane.

Yet over the past decade or so, and certainly recently, that same unhinged hatred for the Jews has returned. Discounting Muslim hatred (they hate everyone who isn’t Muslim, or Muslim enough), the recent rise in anti-Semitism seems to be almost fashionable.

In the space of one week in July of 2014, no less than eight synagogues in France were attacked. One such synagogue outside Paris was attacked and firebombed by 400 people. The Guardian  reported that “A kosher supermarket and pharmacy were smashed and looted; the crowds chants and banners included ‘Death to Jews’ and ‘Slit Jews’ throats.’”
That same month in Germany, another synagogue was attacked with Molotov cocktails.

Here in the United States Jews have always been relatively safe, but that too is evidently changing. In Kansas a 74-year-old man, Frazier Glenn Miller killed three people at a Jewish center in Overland Park. After shooting the three he shouted “Heil Hitler.” read more

Pluto – A Planet Again?

Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt, and NASA’s Dawn spacecraft will arrive at this dwarf planet on March 6, 2015.

Pluto is the largest object in the Kuiper belt, and NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will arrive at this dwarf planet on July 15, 2015.

Think about that. Pluto is about 2.9 billions mile from earth and we’re direct a spacecraft to within 6200 miles of it. It’s astounding.

I expect 2015 will be the year when general consensus, built upon our new knowledge of these two objects, will return Pluto and add Ceres to our family of solar system planets.

The efforts of a very small clique of Pluto-haters within the International Astronomical Union (IAU) plutoed Pluto in 2006. Of the approximately 10,000 internationally registered members of the IAU in 2006, only 237 voted in favor of the resolution redefining Pluto as a “dwarf planet” while 157 voted against; the other 9,500 members were not present at the closing session of the IAU General Assembly in Prague at which the vote to demote Pluto was taken. Yet Pluto’s official planetary status was snatched away.

An artist’s impression of the Dawn spacecraft traveling in the asteroid belt with its target Ceres on the right. JPL

 

Some planetary astronomers would argue that were the Earth placed in the Kuiper Belt, it would not be able to clear its neighborhood and thus would not be considered, by the IAU definition, a planet; apparently location matters. Here a planet, there not a planet. I’d argue that location shouldn’t matter; instead, the intrinsic properties of the objects themselves should matter more. And so we are led back to Ceres and Pluto.

Ceres was discovered on New Year’s Day in 1801, by Italian astronomer Giuseppe Piazzi, a member of an international team of astronomers dubbed the Celestial Police, who were searching for a supposedly missing planet in between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. When discovered, Ceres was immediately recognized as a planet, the eighth one known at the time (neither Neptune nor Pluto had been discovered yet).

In 1802, the great astronomer William Herschel suggested that Ceres and Pallas and any other smaller solar system objects should be called asteroids – meaning star-like.

Size of Pluto (lower left) in comparison to Moon and Earth. Tom.Reding, CC BY-SA

When Pluto was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh in 1930, many astronomers were certain that a large planet orbited the Sun beyond Neptune. Instead they found Pluto, which turned out to be small compared to Earth and Neptune, though more than double the size of Ceres, with a diameter of 2,300 kilometers.

Attribution: Real Science

A Delusional Fed Governor

By: the Common Constitutionalist

John Williams was on Fox News Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo. Williams is the chief of the San Francisco Federal Reserve.

Maria asked him about job growth in the United States. She asked: “Where are the jobs in this country?” Williams started, right out of the gate, as if towing the Obama/democrat party line by saying: “Last year was an amazing year for job growth,” proudly proclaiming that there were 3 million jobs Williamscreated.

I don’t know whether he actually believes this to be an “amazing” accomplishment, but his tone sure gave every indication.

Breaking that yearly 3 million number down – that’s an average of 250,000 jobs created per month. He then claimed that not all were low paying jobs either. These were also good paying jobs.

I have no doubt that some were high paying jobs, but we all know that percentage is minuscule. Sadly there was no question or push back of that claim by Bartiromo.

What he also neglected to mention is that number, 250,000 falls far short of what’s needed just to maintain, much less grow. That number is about 350,000 per month – 400,000 or more to catch up to pre-recession levels. Remember the recession? Possibly not, being that we are supposedly 6 years removed.

Aren’t these Fed Governors are supposed to be the smartest guys (and gals) in the room? read more

Podcast – North Korea – CPAC & Vlad The Impaler

Today I discuss the North Korean reaction to our annual joint military exercise with their neighbor South Korea – Jeb Bush doesn’t exactly wow them at CPAC and mysteriously, yet another one of Vladimir Putin’s critics are silenced, for good. read more

Iran’s Non-Nuclear Nuclear Program

by: the Common Constitutionalist

So with all the recent talk of net neutrality, I decided to change gears and update the readers on how World War III is going – or at least one of the factions who will be involved – namely Iran.

We all know how badly, for whatever reason, Obama wants this deal with Iran, as does the great negotiator John Kerry. We’ve heard of the desperate and pitiful pleas of our leader to Iran to get the nuclear agreement done. It’s really quite pathetic.

We also know about Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s much heralded (and maligned) upcoming speech to Congress, and that the Obamites are fit to be tied over it, actually dispatching operatives to Israel in an effort to unseat Netanyahu in his upcoming reelection bid.

But now the leftist UK Guardian, in concert with that “real news” site al-Jazeera, have released what they feel is rather damning evidence that Netanyahu has been effectively lying about the progress of Iran’s nuclear ambitions – that it’s really all about nothing.

Together, they have begun leaking secret documents. The Guardian writes: “It is part of a cache of hundreds of dossiers, files and cables from the world’s major intelligence services – one of the biggest spy leaks in recent times.”

Now, remember back in 2012 when Netanyahu stood up in front of the whole world with his poster of a bomb to show how close Iran was to achieving its nuclear goals?

Well, the “blockbuster” leaked documents show that “in a secret report shared with South Africa a few weeks later [after Netanyahu speech], Israel’s intelligence agency concluded that Iran was ‘not performing the activity necessary to produce weapons.’”

Oooohhh – Gotcha! I hope Netanyahu has some aloe vera, cause he just got burned! read more

Clearest Vision of Titan

For nearly a decade, the Cassini spacecraft has pulled back the misty veil that obscures Saturn’s largest moon, Titan.

Its radar has revealed half of the giant moon’s surface, highlighting desert-like expanses of sand dunes and vast hydrocarbon seas.

Now, using a new technique for cleaning up Cassini’s radar images, these views have taken been transformed into high-definition images of its stunning features.

Pictured are side-by-side comparisons of a traditional Cassini radar view (left) and one made using a new technique for handling electronic noise that results in clearer views of Titan's surface (right). Show here is Ligeia Mare, one of the large hydrocarbons seas on Titan
Pictured are side-by-side comparisons of a traditional Cassini radar view (left) and one made using a new technique for handling electronic noise that results in clearer views of Titan’s surface (right). Show here is Ligeia Mare, one of the large hydrocarbons seas on Titan

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