NASA again delays launch of moon rocket

With a tropical storm tracking toward Florida, the US space agency has postponed its Artemis 1 mission for the third time

NASA has delayed the launch of its Artemis 1 moon rocket for the third time, postponing the mission because of an approaching tropical storm that is forecast to strengthen into a major hurricane before making landfall in Florida next week.

Officials at the Kennedy Space Center near Cape Canaveral, Florida, announced the decision on Saturday, saying they were preparing to roll back the $4.1 billion Space Launch System (SLS) rocket while monitoring reports on Tropical Storm Ian. “To protect our employees and the integrated stack, we will begin configuring the vehicle to roll back,” said Jim Free, NASA’s associate administrator for exploration systems development.

The mission could be rescheduled for liftoff as soon as October 2 if the 330-foot-tall rocket can be left on the launch pad during the stormy weather, but NASA would need to fall back to a later window of opportunity if the SLS has to be hauled back to the Vehicle Assembly Building. Artemis 1 mission managers are expected to make a decision on Sunday, after considering updated forecasts for the wind speeds that Ian will bring to Florida’s eastern coast.

Artemis I update: @NASA is foregoing a launch opportunity Tuesday, Sept. 27, and preparing for rollback, while continuing to watch the weather forecast associated with Tropical Storm Ian.

Learn more: https://t.co/A7M6KfWynN pic.twitter.com/Ul12GiPEte

— NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (@NASAKennedy) September 24, 2022

Tropical-storm-force winds could reach central Florida as soon as Tuesday night, by which time Ian is forecast to be moving through the eastern Gulf of Mexico as a major hurricane. The storm is expected to weaken, though retain hurricane status, before slamming into Florida’s western coast on Wednesday or Thursday, depending on how far north it tracks before making landfall, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

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Although the launch site is on the opposite coast, high winds will likely be felt throughout the narrow peninsula. The rocket stack can reportedly remain at the launch pad and withstand winds up to 85 miles per hour. The massive SLS is touted as the most powerful rocket ever made, producing up to 8.8 million pounds of thrust, according to NASA.

Two other attempts at launching the unmanned Artemis 1 mission were canceled in August and earlier this month because of hydrogen leaks. Plans call for the SLS to propel the Orion space capsule into lunar orbit. Once the system is proven, including the Orion’s high-speed re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, NASA aims to launch a manned mission to orbit the moon in 2024 and the following year to achieve its first crewed moon landing since 1972.

If NASA is forced to roll the rocket back to the Vehicle Assembly Building, the next window of opportunity with potentially favorable conditions for launch will run from October 17 through October 31.


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Ukraine, EU’s dictatorship and change of global order: Lavrov speaks at UNGA

The West’s exceptionalism has fueled multiple aggressive wars over the past decades, but the world order is changing, the top diplomat says

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke at the 77th UN General Assembly on Saturday, explaining Russian stance on the key international issues, relationship with the collective West and the ongoing conflict with Ukraine. After delivering his speech at the UNGA, Lavrov gave a big press conference on the sidelines of the event.

Russia’s security proposals “arrogantly” rejected by the West

The ongoing conflict in Ukraine is largely a result of the inability of the collective West to negotiate with Russia and address its security concerns, Lavrov told the UNGA. All the repeated attempts to establish the rules of co-existence made by Moscow have been ignored, he said.
“We have repeatedly proposed over the years to agree on the rules for coexistence in Europe based on the principle of equal and indivisible security, approved at the highest level of OSCE documents. We made our last proposal to make this principle legally binding in December 2021, to which we received an arrogant refusal,” Lavrov stated.

Ukraine is expendable for the US

Ukraine has become a mere tool for Washington to maintain its global dominance and target Russia, the top diplomat believes.

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“It is evident to any unbiased observer: for the Anglo-Saxons, who have completely subjugated Europe, Ukraine is simply expendable material in the fight against Russia. NATO declared our country a direct threat on the path to total US dominance, and named China as a long-term strategic challenge,” Lavrov told the UNGA.
The minister further elaborated on the matter at the press conference after his speech, stating that Moscow already views the US and its NATO bloc as parties of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Recently, Ukrainian military has admitted that the Pentagon chooses targets for them, he explained.
“What is this if not a direct participation in aiming of deadly weapons and participation in the war?” Lavrov said.

Referendums in breakaway Ukrainian regions are in line with Kiev wish

Russia’s top diplomat also touched upon the ongoing referendums in the Donetsk (DPR) and Lugansk (LPR) People’s Republics, as well as in the Russian-controlled parts of Zaporozhye and Kherson regions. While the vote has already triggered a “tantrum” in Ukraine and in the West, with the G7 vowing even more anti-Russian sanctions, the referendums are actually fully in line with Kiev’s wishes, Lavrov suggested.

“The people living there are essentially only reacting to what President Zelensky recommended for them to do in one of his interviews in August 2021. Back then, he advised everyone who feels Russian to ‘go to Russia’ for the benefit of their children and grandchildren. That’s what the residents of said regions are doing now, taking their lands, on which their ancestors lived for centuries, with them”.

US exceptionalism has reached ‘godlike’ level

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Washington’s strive for global domination and exceptionalism has reached an unprecedented height, resulting in multiple aggressive wars and claiming lives of “many hundreds of thousands” of people worldwide, Lavrov stated.
“Having proclaimed victory in the Cold War, Washington elevated itself almost to the rank of the messenger of God on earth, with no obligations, but only “sacred” rights to act with impunity, as it pleases and anywhere,” Lavrov said.
Any nation can fall victim to Washington’s ambitions should it somehow anger the “self-styled masters of the world,” Lavrov warned. That fate has befallen people of Yugoslavia, Iraq, Libya and other countries, he added.

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The EU, while being “subjugated” by the US, is showing same symptoms of exceptionalism and arrogance, Lavrov believes. The minister recalled fresh remarks by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who threatened Italy with consequences should the upcoming polls actually show the projected right-wing tilt.
“This is arrogance, sense of impunity, exceptionalism. Only they have the right to make judgments. What Mrs. von der Leyen said about the Italian elections was astounding,” Lavrov told the press conference, adding that he did not recall such threats made by an EU leader before.
“The European Union, in principle, is becoming an authoritarian, rigid, dictatorial entity,” the top diplomat said.

End of unipolar world is coming

Despite all the effort made by the US, its era of dominance is ending and the unipolar world is crumbling, Lavrov said, adding that the future of the world order is being decided now. The question is, whether said order will be with “one hegemon, forcing everyone to live according to its notorious ‘rules’ that are beneficial only to itself,” or will be a truly “democratic, just world without blackmail and intimidation of objectionable people, without neo-Nazism and neo-colonialism,” the diplomat said, adding that Moscow firmly stands by the second option.
“However, objective geopolitical processes are seen by Washington and the ruling elites of Western countries, completely submitted to [the US], as a threat to their dominant position,” Lavrov stated.

Wackenhut, the Cabazons, and a Triple Murder

In Cheri Seymour’s 1994 book, The Last Circle, she writes about a document on page 146: ‘Special Operations Intelligence Report: “Nicaraguans and Earl Brian at Lake Cahuilla”‘ ..which highlights the Wackenhut Corporation’s involvement with Jimmy Hughes and the Cabazon tribe.

Here’s the latest on Jimmy Hughes, who has since fled to Honduras, and apparently the Feds intervened with the state to quash the Hughes prosecution:

Link: https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2010-jul-02-la-me-octopus-murders-20100702-story.html

Jimmy Hughes arrested for murder

And here’s what the LA Times said about the reason for the Alvarez killing:

“The Times reported in 1991 that at the time of the killings, the reservation’s casino room was run by a reputed organized crime figure and that Alvarez began complaining that money was being skimmed. Shortly afterward, he and the two others were killed. The three victims were found on Alvarez’s back patio, each shot in the head with a .38-caliber handgun.”

That’s cover. Because if the “Nicaraguans and Earl Brian at Lake Cahuilla” document is genuine, then Alvarez knew about the Wackenhut arms connection to the tribe via Hughes and others, and that’s what Alvarez was concerned about – not “profit-skimming at the casino”. Here’s what family members say about Fred Alvarez:

“Family members say he (Alvarez) was going to blow the whistle on a business partnership between defense contractor Wackenhut Services and the Cabazon Indians to build machine guns and biological weapons for Central American countries.”

Another dot to join: Fred Alvarez, Patricia Castro and Ralph Boger were slain execution-style on July 1st, 1981the Wackenhut-Cabazon weapons test took place at Lake Cahuilla just two months later, September 10th, 1981.

As for the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians? They don’t want to talk or have anything to do with reviving the investigation into this triple murder (or Wackenhut) but they’re happy to take your money at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. The band by the way have a revolving credit line with Credit Suisse a Swiss bank notorious for money laundering, and its association with the Federal Reserve as a primary dealer. Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/06/27/credit-suisse-found-guilty-in-money-laundering-case.html

Back to the arrest of Jimmy Hughes. Governor Jerry Brown’s office intervened likely at behest of the Federal government:

“We conducted an exhaustive review of the evidence provided by the Sheriff’s Department, re-interviewed key witnesses and uncovered additional evidence tied to the case,” said Evan Westrup, a spokesman for (Jerry) Brown (then governor). “This process and the new information our office discovered materially changed our assessment of the nature and quality of the evidence.”

… where the Feds likely intervened to shutdown the prosecution of Hughes, because that would bring the Danny Casolaro ‘Octopus investigation’ back to life, and all the controversy surrounding it.

Recall that the Jeffrey Epstein prosecution deal was cut in 2008 when ‘Acosta reportedly explained that he’d cut the deal with Epstein’s attorneys because he had “been told” to back off, that Epstein was above his pay grade: “I was told Epstein ‘belonged to intelligence’ and to leave it alone.’ Link: https://whowhatwhy.org/politics/government-integrity/jeffrey-epstein-belonged-to-intelligence/

As for George Wackenhut, he always marched close to the line, invoking the sort of private-federal quasi police-state Americans have now accepted as their form of federal government, which colludes with private industry, frequently on a corrupt basis. An interesting write-up on Wackenhut — who had the appearance of a gangster and reportedly behaved like a thuggish ex-con (but with government blessing and money):
Link: https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2017/jan/10/george-wackenhut-fbi/

George Wackenhut

Wackenhut has long been suspected of money laundering and fraud, just one example: Link: https://www.cbsnews.com/miami/news/i-team-ex-wackenhut-managers-accused-of-fraud/ Today the Wackenhut company is known as G4S aka “the shadow CIA”. Link: https://firstsecretcity.com/tag/wackenhut-security/

We know that Wackenhut was involved with much more than just the FBI, CIA and “intelligence” and was the embodiment of the Octopus that still hides in plain sight. And by extension, must account for the reason why the State of California – at the behest of an incredibly corrupt/criminal US federal government – dropped charges versus Jimmy Hughes.

Cabazon Jimmy Hughes – who allegedly confessed to the killings on a wire – is linked to Wackenhut, further linked to Justice Department crooks Mike Abbell and Nichols (who were factually involved with the Cali drug cartel) then linked to fraudster Earl Brian, the CIA, DoJ/DEA, and “The Company”. Why/how that intersects with FBI cover-ups regarding the overall government contractor weapons conspiracy to this day…?? That’s the Unified Field Theory of all federal government conspiracy theories – and facts – called The Octopus.

Last point, the federal government either actively or implicitly condoned/enabled Wackenhut’s activities, and intervenes today when issues like the Alvarez murder re-surface. That’s just one reason this web is called “The Octopus”. Journalist Danny Casolaro was about to reveal the “head of the Octupus” and was found dead days later before he could reveal it.

More on the Octopus, still alive and well, where FBI-Federal government of course keep their secrets: Link: https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2017/may/30/fbi-octopus-murders/

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Israel sells air defense system to Arab country – media

The once-unlikely deal with the UAE strengthens a nascent regional alliance between West Jerusalem and the Gulf monarchies

Israel has sold its Surface-to-air Python and Derby (SPYDER) air defense system to the United Arab Emirates, Reuters reported on Thursday, citing two sources familiar with the deal. A third source claimed Abu Dhabi had also purchased Israeli anti-drone technology.

Manufactured by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, the SPYDER is a short-to-medium range air defense system that can use Python-5 and Derby missiles with ranges of 20 and 50km, respectively. The system can detect aircraft from 70 to 110km away and is designed to locate and destroy drones, cruise missiles, and other aircraft. It is not clear how many of the interceptors were being shipped, or whether they had yet arrived in the UAE.

While the UAE would not be the first nation to get the SPYDER system – Azerbaijan, the Czech Republic, Ethiopia, Georgia, India, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam all own them – it would be the first in the Middle East apart from Israel. The purchase was reportedly made around the same time the US and Israel were putting together the Middle East Air Defense Alliance, an initiative to synchronize regional air defense systems to combat Iranian drone and missile attacks that West Jerusalem publicly announced in June.

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The deal is almost certain to outrage Iran, which has already criticized the nascent defense alliance for exacerbating the problem of regional instability it purports to solve. Tehran denounced Israel as the “main source” of conflict in the area and condemned the UAE, Bahrain, and other majority-Muslim nations for forging alliances with the country while abandoning their co-religionists in Palestine.

The UAE, part of the Saudi-led coalition fighting against the Houthis in Yemen, was targeted by a series of missile and drone strikes in January and February. The Houthis claimed responsibility for many of the attacks, which killed three civilians, injured several construction workers, and damaged an airport terminal. While the UAE already has US-made interceptors, including the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) and Patriot systems, the recent strikes came in at altitudes too low for those systems to catch – a blind spot the newly-acquired equipment is supposed to address.