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Rat on Mars?

A photo taken on Mars by NASA’s Curiosity rover is causing quite a stir because some see in it a Martian rat.

Mike Wall reports for SPACE.com, May 31, 2013, that UFO buffs spotted the purported “Mars rat” in a panoramic photo snapped in September 2012 by NASA’s Curiosity rover. Zooming in on a portion of the image reveals what appears to be a rodent crouching between two rocks, its nose to the ground.

Scott Waring wrote at UFO Sightings Daily: “It’s a cute rodent on Mars. Note its lighter-color upper and lower eyelids, its nose and cheek areas, its ear, its front leg and stomach. Looks similar to a squirrel camouflaged in the stones and sand by its colors.”

In an update to what he wrote last December, Waring even raised the possibility that NASA flew the rat to Mars secretly, as part of an experiment testing out the Red Planet’s ability to support life as we know it. “Why would they not tell us about it?” Waring wrote. “Because the squirrel would be expected to die eventually and that would get PETA [People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals] to fight against them in a court of law.”

The Mars rat has now gone viral, jumping from the pages of UFO Sightings Daily to more mainstream publications such as Discovery News, Fox News, and SPACE.com.

The rodent has even picked up its own Twitter account, @RealMarsRat. Just 49 people were following the rat as of Friday afternoon (May 31), but that’s still pretty good for a rodent.

Here’s the pic on Yahoo:

Mars ratHmm. That thing between the two rocks does look sorta like a rodent.

I enlarged the “rodent”:

Mars rat1Scientists say it’s highly unlikely that a rat, squirrel, lizard or any other organism could survive on the cold, dry Martian surface today, although the Red Planet may still be able to support microbial life in select underground pockets. They say the Martian rat is actually an example of a psychological phenomenon called pareidolia — the tendency of the human brain to perceive animals or other familiar shapes in vague or random images.

What do you think? LOL

Rats on Mars is nothing. I’m still waiting for a follow-up on that Wired magazine article about the two DARPA (DoD’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) scientists who claimed a teenage Obama had teleported to and back from Mars in a secret CIA project in the early 1980s. (See “Obama went to Mars?!,” Jan. 11, 2o12.)

Now that’s the real rat on Mars.

H/t FOTM’s igor

~Eowyn

Military has a robot that’s creepily human

DARPA or the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense responsible for the development of new technologies for use by the military. DARPA has been responsible for funding the development of many technologies which have had a major effect on the world, including computer networking (note: Al Gore did not invent the Internet. LOL).

DARPA has been at work designing sophisticated military robots. Here’s the creepy-looking PETMAN, a robot developed to test the performance of protective clothing designed for hazardous environments. The Daily Bail aptly puts it: “Imagine this guy knocking at your door to conduct a police manhunt for a suspected terrorist. Say hello to the future.”

The PETMAN robot was developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from the Dept of Defense’s Chemical and Biological Defense program. It is the first anthropomorphic robot that moves dynamically like a real person. The video shows initial testing in a chemical protection suit and gas mask. PETMAN has sensors embedded in its skin that detect any chemicals leaking through the suit. The skin also maintains a micro-climate inside the clothing by sweating and regulating temperature. Partners in developing PETMAN were MRIGlobal, Measurement Technology Northwest, Smith Carter, SRD, CUH2A, and HHI.

On the other hand, this pack mule robot, LS3 (Legged Squad), is kinda cute:

Working with the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory (MCWL), DARPA developed the Legged Squad Support System (LS3) program — robotic “pack mules” that one day would carry gear for a squad of Marines or Army soldiers. The robots are able to get back up from a fall by itself, interpret verbal and visual commands, and autonomously follow people (i.e., independently make “Follow the Leader” decisions) through rugged terrain.

~Eowyn

DoD wastes $100,000 on workshop if Jesus died also for Klingons

America’s national debt is now over $16.3 TRILLION, but the Department of Defense (DoD) is oblivious and behaving like the gravy train is still choo-chooing along.

A workshop funded by the DoD’s Defense Advances Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to the tune of nearly $100,000, included a session on the earthshaking problem of whether Jesus had died for Klingons.

Yes, Klingons.

The wholly fictitious species who inhabit the wholly fictitious TV program “Star Trek” and its spinoffs.

Star Trek's Klingon Lt. Commander Worf

Star Trek’s Klingon Lt. Commander Worf

Jaci Greggs reports for Breitbart.com, Dec. 5, 2012, that Senator Tom Coburn’s (R-OK) latest report on spending by the Department of Defense shows, among other things, defense spending used for a lecture series last year involving fictional alien species, called “Did Jesus Die for Klingons too?”

The Klingon session was one of the sessions at a recent workshop funded by DARPA — a strategy planning workshop on the 100 Year Starship project. The session featured philosophy professor Christian Weidemann of Germany’s Ruhr-Univeristy Bochum. Weidemann pondered the theological conflict to Christianity if intelligent life was found on other planets. (See page 17 of Sen. Coburn’s report.)

At another DoD-funded gathering, the brainstorming sessions covered topics such as how to make deep space travel most efficient, how scientists would go about creating a “warp bubble,” and whether or not humans would need to wear clothing during space travel. This event even featured actors from the famous “Star Trek” TV series as special guests.

This was in conjunction with the 100 Year Starship project, the goal of which is to “foster a rebirth of a sense of wonder” to “make interstellar space travel practicable and feasible.” So far, the 100 Year Project has consumed more than $1 million.

H/t California Political News and Views.

~Eowyn

Military pack-mule robot: Creepy or cute?

DARPA or the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense responsible for the development of new technologies for use by the military. DARPA has been responsible for funding the development of many technologies which have had a major effect on the world, including computer networking.

DARPA has been at work designing sophisticated military robots. The Legged Squad Support System (LS3) program just completed prototypes of  robotic “pack mules” that one day would carry gear for a squad of Marines or Army soldiers. The robots are able to get back up from a fall by itself, interpret verbal and visual commands, and autonomously follow people through rugged terrain.

Break thinks the robots’ ability to “follow the leader” are the “creepiest ever.”

I find them quite touching and cute. What about you?

~Eowyn

Wayne Madsen Deep Background on the Dark Knight Shooter – MK-Ultra Op?

Obama went to Mars?!

Being a blogger, I’m constantly trawling the net for news. Rarely, however, have I come across a piece of news this bizarre. It does not appear to be a hoax.

There is an agency within the U.S. Department of Defense called the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, better known by its acronym DARPA.

Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, DARPA is charged with developing new military technology. The agency focuses on short-term (2 to 4 years) projects and is independent from other more conventional military R&D, reporting directly to senior Department of Defense management. DARPA has around 240 personnel and a budget of $3.2 billion. Since its founding in 1958, DARPA has been responsible for funding the development of many technologies that have had a major effect on the world, such as computer networking.

DARPA has six program offices, all of which report to the DARPA director. The current DARPA director (since 2009) is Regina E. Dugan.

Some of DARPA’s current active projects are:

DARPA (under its first name, ARPA) was created 1958 in response to the 1957 Soviet launching of Sputnik. Given its beginning and its mission to develop cutting-edge military technology, the news that two DARPA scientists claim they once served as chrononauts (time-traveling, universe-exploring government agents) may not be completely outlandish.

What is outlandish is that the two scientists say they had been accompanied on a Mars mission by a teenage Barack Obama, then named Barry Soetoro.

Finally the mystery of the Face on Mars is solved! It's Barack Obama!

Spencer Ackerman reports for science and technology magazine Wired, Jan. 3, 2012:

As a young man in the early 1980s, Obama was part of a secret CIA project to explore Mars. The future president teleported there, along with the future head of Darpa.

That’s the assertion, at least, of a pair of self-proclaimed time-traveling, universe-exploring government agents. Andrew D. Basiago and William Stillings insist that they once served as “chrononauts” at Darpa’s behest, traversing the boundaries of time and space. They swear: A youthful Barack Obama was one of them. [...]

As “Barry Soetero,” the 19-year-old Obama was one of 10 youths selected to secretly teleport to and from Mars, forming a band of interplanetary Teen Titans. Regina Dugan, the director of Darpa, was another member.

Between 1981 and 1983, Obama is supposed to have visited Mars twice, by way of a teleportation chamber called a “jump room.” Basiago, a fellow chrononaut, told the website Exopolitics that he saw Obama “walk back to the jump room from across the Martian terrain.” To acknowledge his comrade, Obama is said to have told Basiago, “We’re here” — apparently, “with some sense of fatalism.”

It is not known what exactly Obama did on Mars. [...] “Simply put, your task is to be seen and not eaten,” an elder chrononaut, retired Army Maj. Ed Dames, is alleged to have told a young Obama.

Ackerman reports that “Officially, the White House says Obama never went to Mars.”

Maybe that’s why Obama ended NASA’s manned space program. He’s been there and done that! LOL

~Eowyn

Pentagon Has a BigDog

The U.S. Department of Defense has an agency called DARPA – the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Founded in 1958 as a response to the Soviet launch of the Sputnik satellite, DARPA has since funded “revolutionary, high-payoff research” to keep the Pentagon supplied with the latest in defense technology.

Here is one of DARPA’s new-fangled projects — a robot called BigDog.

Developed by BostonDynamics, BigDog is a 4-legged robot designed to haul, climb, and carry heavy loads over rough terrain — whether mountain, snow, or ice.

[Source: i09]

I find the buzzing BigDog oddly touching and endearing. When I watched it being kicked by a human to test how it manages to recover its footing on slippery ice, I couldn’t help but wince in empathy — even though I know it’s “just” a machine….

The day when sophisticated robots and machines rebel against humans, as depicted in those Terminator movies, may turn out not to be far-fetched science fiction.

~Eowyn

Pentagon Lost Experimental Supersonic Glider

On Wednesday, August 10, with great fanfare, the Obama administration announced the launch of a super-duper plane — the Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 that can fly at 20 times the speed of sound. That’s Mach 20 or 13,000 miles per hour!

Alas, a day later, we are told that the government has lost the plane.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Falcon’s flight “ended prematurely” when it failed and “stopped sending back real-time data to engineers and scientists who were moderating the mission.”

Falcon was launched yesterday at 7:45 a.m. from Vandenberg Air Force Base, located northwest of Santa Barbara, into the upper reaches of  Earth’s atmosphere aboard an eight-story Minotaur IV rocket, made by Orbital Sciences Corp.

After reaching an undisclosed sub-orbital altitude, the aircraft jettisoned from its protective cover atop the rocket, then nose-dived back toward Earth, leveled out and was supposed to glide above the Pacific at 20 times the speed of sound. The plan was for the Falcon to speed westward for 30 minutes before plunging into the ocean near Kwajalein Atoll, about 4,000 miles from Vandenberg.

But about 20 minutes into the mission, the Pentagon’s research arm, known as Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, announced on its Twitter account that “Range assets have lost telemetry,” which is a fancy way of saying they’ve lost the plane.

We are promised that “more information will be forthcoming.”

H/t Igor.

~Eowyn