Thursday, January 03, 2019

Life on other planets . . .

Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "The Mad Dog and Cher Show."

mad dog and cher

Love that comic.  :D

Now I always thought that if we found a planet with oxygen, we would probably find other life.  Turns out that might not be the case.  No, I'm not surprised to be wrong -- it happens all the time.

SPACE.COM reports:

Oxygen may not be quite as compelling a sign of alien life as astrobiologists had thought, a new study suggests.
Researchers running laboratory experiments with various types of simulated exoplanet atmospheres managed to generate oxygen, as well as carbon-containing organic molecules, the chemical building blocks of life as we know it.
"People used to suggest that oxygen and organics being present together indicates life, but we produced them abiotically in multiple simulations," study lead author Chao He, of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, said in a statement. "This suggests that even the co-presence of commonly accepted biosignatures could be a false positive for life." [10 Exoplanets That Could Host Alien Life]

FOX NEWS adds:

Earth's atmosphere is made up of several elements but is approximately 20 percent oxygen (the rest is largely comprised of nitrogen, argon and carbon), so scientists have long theorized that the presence of oxygen could indicate the existence of life, but He's work leads him to believe otherwise.
He and the other researchers performed a simulation experiment, testing nine different gas mixtures that are "consistent with predictions for super-Earth and mini-Neptune type exoplanet atmospheres." Each mixture contained water, carbon dioxide, ammonia and methane and was heated at various temperatures, ranging from 80 to 700 degrees Fahrenheit.
After being put into the Planetary HAZE (PHAZER) chamber for three days and exposed to two types of energy - plasma and UV light - the researchers found that the various compounds generated oxygen and organics including formaldehyde and hydrogen cyanide.
"Our laboratory results indicate that complex atmospheric photochemistry can happen in diverse exoplanet atmospheres and lead to the formation of new gas products and haze particles, including compounds (O2 and organics) that could be falsely identified as biosignatures," the study's abstract reads.

So that's really big news.  Might be the biggest news of the year -- and, yes, I know 2019 just started.

"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):
Thursday, January 3, 2018.  Oil, oil and more oil.

Starting with oil, Tsvetana Paraskova (OILPRICE) points out that Iraq is "OPEC's second biggest producer."  And Iraq is coming off a very busy December.  Ben Van Heuvelen and Ben Lando (IRAQ OIL REPORT) note, "Iraq's oil sector finished its most prolific year in history with a record-setting month of exports."  It's most prolific year in history with a record-setting month of exports?

Grasp that.

Top peaceful protest story: : ' protesters wearing yellow vests, imitating the French "" movement, demonstrate against corruption and lack of services in the southern city of on Dec… , see more
Protest in Baghdad over services and corruption and in support of those in Basra Protest in Nasiriya over lack of water at university Protest in Basra calling for provincial govt to be dismissed

Grasp that the people in Basra don't have potable water.  Grasp that cholera is again on the rise in Iraq.  Grasp all of that and so much more and ask where the money goes?  Refugees?  The United Nations, the Red Cross and others tend to care for the refugees.  So where does the money go?

Of the windfall, Carla Sertin (ARABIAN INDUSTRY) explains, "The vast majority of exports came from Iraq's southern Basra area, which is oil-rich. It exported 2.63mn bpd in December, Reuters reported, up from 3.363mn bpd in November."  HELLENIC SHIPPING NEWS adds, "The average sale price in December was $52.8 per barrel, generating around $6.1 billion in revenue, the statement [from the Ministry of Oil] said."

In December, the oil trafficking generated "around $6.1 billion in revenue."  But with a population that is approximately 36 million people, you have people living in poverty?  In the land of widows and orphans, you have people struggling to eat.  Yet in one month alone, they brought in $6.1 billion?

Where does the money go?

The corrupt officials and politicians get rich.  Nouri al-Maliki, to name but one, should be in prison alone for how his family became rich while he was prime minister with Nouri Jr. having bachelor pads across Europe (not just in England) and tons of sports cars.  What did Nouri Jr. (Ahmed al-Maliki) ever do?  Did he ever work an actual job?  No, Daddy put him on the payroll.  And what a payroll it was for him to afford all that he now has.

Corruption flourishes in Iraq.  The US has selected puppets and let them do anything in the hope that they would finally -- at last, for real this time -- get the oil and gas law passed.

They have never been able to do so thus far.

And the US government turns the other way as the press is attacked in Iraq -- by the Iraqi government.

Remember when THE NEW YORK TIMES pulled a reporter after a gun was pointed at him?  And remember how, instead of making this front page news, they buried it?

Remember when the 2012 protests resulted in the kidnapping and beating of reporters -- reporters who were willing to go on the record?  THE NEW YORK TIMES mocked what happened while THE WASHINGTON POST and NPR actually covered it.

It's happening again, the attacks on the reporters.

Iraqi SWAT forces arrest reporter covering protests in front of Basra Province government building. Initially, security forces tried to seize his equipment. When he resisted, he was arrested.
Iraqi SWAT forces arrest reporter covering protests in front of Basra Province government building. Initially, security forces tried to seize his equipment. When he resisted, he was arrested.
Iraqi SWAT forces arrest reporter covering protests in front of Basra Province government building. Initially, security forces tried to seize his equipment. When he resisted, he was arrested.

Where is the outcry?

The attitude of the western press is: We all have to be silent and give a chance for the latest US puppet to get his footing.  They always have an excuse for failing to cover what actually happened.

TIME magazine wants to pretend -- check out all the different covers for that issue -- that they care about actual journalism and support journalists in difficult situations.  But TIME's not reported on it.  The Committee To Protect Journalists?  Not a word.  But didn't they send Al Roker to Time Square for New Year's Eve?  Great job, CPJ, you should be proud of yourself for being a blithering idiot.

Meanwhile, they raise 'em dumb in the 'resistance.'  Big surprise, as they spread fear about Russia, they don't have the time to actually learn anything -- thereby explaining this stupid Tweet.

Oh boy. Britain once held Basra during the Iraq invasion and it flourished.

Basra did not flourish under the British.  What a stupid thing to say.  What an insane thing to say.  Reality, the Brits were run out of Basra.  They were hidden away on a base for the last months and that base? Dismantled by hand within 24 hours of their departure -- not by the Brits, by the people of Basra.  What a liar.  But you have to be a liar to be part of the 'resistance.'  You have to pretend war is good and you have to whore for corporatists Democrats because we must not criticize them, right?  We must bite our tongue for the good of the country.  Bulls**t.

The Brits were not in control in Basra.  They fled their base in 2007 for the safety of the airport.  Everyone criticized their action.  The American officials -- military and civilian -- were publicly stating that the British had lost Basra before the British fled their base for the airport.

It takes a lot of stupidity to float the 'resistance.'  For those looking to be informed, Kim Segupta (THE INDEPENDENT) offered an analysis back in 2007.

Back to oil, OIL REVIEW MIDDLE EAST reports:

Halliburton Company has signed two contracts with Eni Iraq BV (Eni) to provide integrated drilling services at Eni’s Zubair Oil Field in Southern Iraq.

Under the terms of contracts, Halliburton will mobilise four to six rigs to drill development wells over the next two years.

Score another win for the criminals of the world.

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