When reporters find out their source is dropping out of an interview hours before it’s supposed to happen, it’s usually bad news. That’s what happened to CNN reporter MJ Lee on Saturday, but in the best way possible.
When Lee called James Comey’s father, J. Brien Comey, on Saturday morning for an interview, he agreed but couldn’t at that moment, according to CNN. He was expecting “company,” Comey senior told Lee, so she should call back in a few hours.
Lee did as he requested and called back that afternoon. But instead of J. Brien Comey, Lee had James Comey ― the ousted FBI director who’s involved in one of the largest political scandals to date ― on the line instead.
Well, I just spoke to James Comey on the phone. His father, who lives in NJ, told me on the phone this morning he had “company” coming.
A lot of us are gearing up for summer weather, but if you were living on the newly discovered planet designated KELT-9b, no amount of sun protection products would be able to help you.
Astronomers at Ohio State and Tennessee’s Vanderbilt University have found the hottest-ever planet, whose surface temperature ― at 7,800 degrees Fahrenheit ― is more scorching than most stars.
Located 650 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus, and almost twice the size of our own giant Jupiter, KELT-9b orbits around its parent sun, KELT-9, in a “yearly” circuit that takes place every 1.5 days.
“It’s a gas giant 2.8 times more massive than Jupiter but only half as dense, because the extreme radiation from its host star has caused its atmosphere to puff up like a balloon. And because it is tidally locked to its star ― as the Moon is to Earth ― the day side of the planet is perpetually bombarded by stellar radiation, and as a result is so hot that molecules, such as water, carbon dioxide and methane can’t form there,” according to The Ohio State University.
“It’s a planet by any of the typical definitions based on mass, but its atmosphere is almost certainly unlike any other planet we’ve ever seen just because of the temperature of its day side,” said Scott Gaudi, OSU astronomy professor and co-leader of the discovery.
KELT stands for Kilodegree Extremely Little Telescope, which refers to two small robotic telescopes ― in Arizona and South Africa ― that scan the night sky, looking at 5 million stars. Researchers look for stars whose light becomes dimmer at regular intervals. This dimming effect is a possible indication of a planet crossing the star.
These KELT telescopes were recently used to confirm another exoplanet that has the density of Styrofoam.
KELT-9b’s future isn’t so hot, despite its extreme heat.
“KELT-9 radiates so much ultraviolet radiation that it may completely evaporate the planet,” Keivan Stassun, a Vanderbilt professor of physics and astronomy, said in a statement. “Or, if gas giant planets like KELT-9b possess solid rocky cores as some theories suggest, the planet may be boiled down to a barren rock, like Mercury.”
The discovery of this exoplanet is presented in the scientific journal Nature.
KELT-9b’s orbit is so close to its sun that, if the star eventually expands, it will consume the planet.
“KELT-9 will swell to become a red giant star in about a billion years,” said Stassun, one of the co-directors of this study. “The long-term prospects for life, or real estate for that matter, on KELT-9b are not looking good.”
The Comey hearing took our world by storm on Thursday, wherein the Senate Intelligence Committee further examined the details of former FBI Director James Comey’s memos regarding his encounters with President Trump.
We wondered what those memos would look like in the fictional worlds of pop culture, written about some of our very favorite villains.
Darth Vader Memo
“My Lord Vader asked me to dinner in his private chambers earlier that day. My instincts told me that the one-on-one setting, and the pretense that this was our first discussion about my position, meant the dinner was, at least in part, an effort to have me ask for my job and create some sort of patronage relationship. Lord Vader was known throughout the galaxy for telling people he was their father.”
“During the dinner, He Who Must Not Be Named returned to the salacious material I had briefed him about on January 6, and, as he had done previously, expressed his disgust for the allegations and strongly denied that his Death Eaters had used unforgivable curses on Cedric Diggory or Neville Longbottom’s parents. He said he was considering ordering me to investigate the alleged incident to prove it didn’t happen. He said he would think about it and asked me to think about it and then asked his snake Nagini to think about it.
“As was my practice for conversations with He Who Must Not Be Named, I wrote a detailed memo about the dinner immediately afterward and shared it with the senior leadership team in the Order of the Phoenix.”
“Jigsaw signaled the end of the briefing by thanking the group and telling them all that he wanted to speak to me alone. I stayed in my chair.
“When the door by the grandfather clock closed, and we were alone, Jigsaw began by saying, ‘The grandfather clock in this room contains former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn. In 10 minutes, a naked and unconscious Mike Flynn will be released from the grandfather clock. Compromising photos of the two of you will be taken and circulated to the press, unless you can first escape from this room. The only exit is through those glass windows, which are covered in a thin gel. Your clothing is covered in a second substance, which will ignite if mixed with the gel on the windows. You must take off all your clothing and crash through the window naked onto the White House lawn, or take photos with a naked, unconscious Mike Flynn.’
“Jigsaw went to the door and before exiting, said, ‘The grandfather clock is ticking, James. Make your choice.’”
Emperor Palpatine Memo
“The Emperor asked his guards to ‘leave us,’ which they did promptly. He then made a long series of comments about the problem with leaks of classified information about his Death Stars — a concern I shared and still share. After he had spoken for a few minutes about stolen data tapes, Reince Priebus appeared via the HoloNet communication system and I could see a group of people waiting behind him. The Emperor waved at him, saying he would be done shortly. The hologram disappeared.
“He then said, ‘I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Vader go. He’s not a good guy. There is no good left in him, I assure you. I hope you can let this go.’”
“On the morning of April 11, Sauron called me and asked what I had done about his request that I ‘get out’ that he is not personally under attack. He replied that ‘the halflings’ were getting in the way of his ability to do his job. He said that perhaps he would have his people reach out to Saruman or the steward of Gondor. I said that was the way his request should be handled. I said the Witch-king of Angmar should contact the leadership of DOJ to make the request, which was the traditional channel. He said he would do that and added, ‘Because I have been very loyal to you, very loyal; we had that ring, you know.’ I did not reply or ask him what he meant by ‘that ring.’ I said only that the way to handle it was to have the Nazgûl call the Acting Deputy Attorney General. He said that was what he would do and the call ended.”
Hannibal Lecter Memo
“Dr. Lecter and I had dinner on Friday, January 27 at 6:30 p.m. He had called me at lunchtime that day and invited me to dinner that night, saying he was going to serve my whole family, but decided he would have just me this time, making a lip-smacking sound. But adding that he would have my whole family ‘soon enough,’ at which point he chuckled. I assumed there would be others. It turned out to be just the two of us, seated at a small oval table in the center of a plexiglass room. Two Navy stewards waited on us, only entering the room to serve us very rare meats, fava beans and a nice chianti.”
Mr. Burns Memo
“On the morning of March 30, Mr. Burns called me at the FBI. ‘Ahoy-hoy,’ he said, and then described ‘the cloud’ that had formed around his nuclear power plant. He asked what we could do to get the pesky EPA off his back without having to release the hounds, which he assured me he was very much in favor of doing.
“He finished by stressing ‘the cloud’ was interfering with his ability to take over Springfield and that he hoped I could find a way to get out that he wasn’t as evil as everyone made him sound. I told him I would see what we could do, and that it might be helpful if he didn’t laughed manically at the poor or disabled. He then pressed a button at his desk which opened a trapdoor in the floor, which I fell though.”
The chemtrails conspiracy theory is backed by Hollywood hardman Chuck Norris.
Well that is if you believe the growing chemtrails conspiracy theory anyway.
Millions of people, including pop and film stars and politicians are convinced a secret global conspiracy is taking place in front of our eyes on a daily basis.
The Chemtrails conspiracy theory is one of the most supported on Earth and counts the late pop legend Prince and movie legend Chuck Norris among its high-profile advocates.
At its most bizarre extreme, conspiracy theorists believe that the contrails which form behind jet aircraft are actually streams of toxic “mind-control” chemicals, which dilute before they reach the ground, leaving a gas we breathe in that keeps the general population in check.
But there are a growing number of chemtrail believers, who claim the it is actually a secret global plot to change Earth’s climate in the hope it will reverse the effects of climate change.
Dane Wigington, a solar energy expert and former employee of Bechtel Power Corp, now runs Geoengineeringwatch.org, a website set up to expose the “harmful” conspiracy which has had more than 22.3 million visitors.
He investigated why solar panels at his home lost power as aircraft contrails formed in the sky.
According to Mr Wigington, the contrails, or chemtrails, we see forming behind aircraft most days are carrying out geoengineering.
An introduction to the subject on his website states: “It sounds like science fiction, but it’s not. It’s happening right above you.”
He said a system called “Solar Radiation Management” (SRM) was being used whereby scientists have tried to mimic the effects of a major volcanic eruption on temperature.
During an eruption, the sulphurous ash clouds would block out sunlight, cooling the Earth.
He said: “Their concept is to mimic the dimming and cooling effects of a volcanic eruption and existing particulate pollution made by human activity.
“However, it has been out of the proposal stage for quite some time, and even though officials will not admit it, SRM is already in full-scale operation.”
Many people believe it is easy to spot when chemtrailing is taking place.
Even former politicians in the UK are beginning to express concerns.
John Dornan is a former borough and county councillor in Essex who has recently discovered the theory.
He said: “I knew nothing about this, but then normal everyday people started mentioning it and talked about it so matter of factly as if everyone knew.
“Then I saw what happened. There is a clear blue sky, then the planes come and the trails criss-cross over each other, until they spread out into long clouds. After that the sunlight dims.”
He visited the Geoengineering Watch website and is convinced the theory could be true and something needs to be done, but is concerned by how people will react to anyone saying they believe.
He said: “Your eyes can’t lie. It is happening everyday and the evidence is on this website.”
Mr Wigington claims the “chemtrails” are made up of precursor sulphide gases such as hydrogen sulphide (H2S) or sulphur dioxide (SO2), to artificially reflect the sun’s rays and limit global warming.
But he claims it comes at a price.
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It sounds like science fiction, but it’s not. It’s happening right above you.
He said: “Chemtrailing is the public’s term for the classified ongoing artificial modification of Earth’s climate systems, using aerosols to reflect sunlight.
“The aerosols are dispersed via jet aircraft trails that expand into reflective artificial clouds.
“Geoengineering programs are radically disrupting weather patterns, disrupting the hydrological cycle (causing drought in some areas, flooding others), destroying the ozone layer, and contaminating the entire planet with the toxic fallout from these atmospheric spraying operations.
“Climate engineering programs have been fully deployed for many years. There is a mountain of hard science data and film footage to back up this statement of fact.
“All available data indicates that the ongoing global geoengineering programs are mathematically the greatest single assault against the web of life ever launched by the human race.
“To interfere with Earth’s life support systems is insanity beyond comprehension and this is exactly what the completely out of control military industrial complex has done.
“There are no regulations on these atmospheric spraying programs, and no oversight whatsoever. We are all currently being subjected to these ongoing tests.”
But where there are conspiracy theorists, there are conspiracy theory debunkers.
As much effort has been put into website Contrailscience.com, which aims to explain that aircraft contrails are just what we have always been told they are – condensation trails.
The official definition is that when the air a jet flies through is cold enough (around -40C or colder), the air and exhaust fuel will instantly freeze and spread out into the clouds that are seen.
The website states: “The chemtrail conspiracy theory seems to frequently misidentify ordinary contrails as ‘chemtrails’ – some kind of secret spraying program.”
It says it has “tried to gather all the debunks of this evidence in one place”.
One of the main pieces of evidence the conspiracists claim is that historically normal contrails used to dissipate in a few seconds, or minutes, but the new chemtrails last much longer.
But the debunking site has produced evidence and photographs showing lingering contrails dating back to 1918 – long before the conspiracy was ever dreamed of.
But, bizarrely, last December boffins from Harvard revealed that aerosol emissions could potentially protect the planet from climate change.
Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have identified an aerosol that could be used for “solar geoengineering” to cool the planet, while repairing ozone damage at the same time.
In a study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the scientists said injecting light-reflecting sulphate aerosols into the stratosphere would cool the planet, but there is a risk of damaging the ozone layer which protects us from harmful UV rays in the process.
However, the team claims to have identified an aerosol that could also repair the ozone layer at the same time as cooling the planet.
The announcement set tongues wagging in the chemtrail conspiracy theory community, that an admission it was real afterall was round the corner.
A man is facing charges after he allegedly threatened to shoot a Pittsburgh restaurant owner because there were onions in his food.
Yuba Sharma was arrested Tuesday night outside of All India restaurant after officers responded to a call about a man described as “drunk and angry.”
Owner Ravinder Singh told police that the suspect showed up Tuesday evening in a drunken rage still mad that servers had put onions in his food the night before, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.
Owen Wilson has played many funny roles, but his kids may be giving him a run for his money in the comedy department.
The actor has two sons ― 6-year-old, Ford, with his ex-girlfriend, Jade Duell, and 3-year-old, Finn, with his former personal trainer, Caroline Lindqvist. Appearing on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” he spoke about the boys and their everyday antics.
“Ford seems like he might even be a little stunt man in training,” the actor explained before presenting a video of his “fearless” son doing an epic belly flop off a diving board. “He’s a big Jackie Chan fan,” he added.
As for Finn, they call him “me too” because he copies everything Ford does.
“Anything Ford says is just the funniest thing ever,” Wilson said. “And I can make a joke, and it’s, like, crickets. It’s like nothing from those guys.”
“Unless Ford laughs,” DeGeneres noted.
“Sometimes it feels more like I’m already seeing how they’re gonna be as teenagers, where they’re gonna sort of be ganging up on me,” the actor said.
On a recent trip to Sequoia National Park, Wilson showed his sons the famous General Sherman tree.
“I’m like, ‘Guys, this is the biggest tree in the world,’ and Ford’s like, ‘I’ve seen bigger,’” he recalled. “And I’m like, ‘Well no, Ford, actually, you haven’t seen bigger. This is the General Sherman tree. This is the biggest tree.’ And he’s like, ‘If you say so.’”
He continued, “And I’m like, ‘No, it’s not if I say so, there’s the plaque right here,’ and he’s like, ‘I can’t read.’”
Watch the full interview for more of the actor’s parenting musings, including his memories of his own childhood in the 1970s.
Said Wilson, “It was just a different time, with no sunscreens and bike helmets.”
Video shows a bizarre circling object in the skies above Cley Hill, near Warminster, Somerset.
Warminster has been crowned the country’s top UFO hotspot since the 1960s when a strange spate of UFO sightings and paranormal incidents led to the legend of the Warminster Thing developing.
People reported eerie thundering noises, lights in the sky, birds being killed, and even cars malfunctioning after balls of light appeared above.
The area still witnesses UFO sightings and many crop circles.
The new video, was filmed by a resident from Frome, and shows the circling shows streaks of light above the hill, which is just two miles from Warminster.
The resident said: “I took this video from my house in Frome.
“It was over the Cley Hill area I think, which is always a hotspot for UFOs.”
But, they were not convinced it was anything alien, adding: “Probably a drone with a fancy flame effect tail or something. It’s been spotted a few times locally.”
However, it was picked up by UFO channels and soon went viral, with speculation about an alien origin and the earlier events from Warminster.
Some conspiracy theorists even suggested it could be secret flight tests connected to military activity at nearby Salisbury Plain.
But, it appears the cameraman’s hunch was right that there was a sensible explanation.
Scott Brando, who runs hoax-busting website ufoofinterest.org was the first to come forward and suggest it was a kite or acrobatic aircraft with pyrotechnics, providing video clips of both making a similar swirling effect.
Later, AeroSPARX, an aircraft aerobatic team that performs at air shows across Europe, came forward with an explanation.
It appears it was a stunt plane belonging to the team.
Website Sky Watchers, who analyses UFO footage tracked down the culprits, and discovered AeroSPARX had been in the area at the time.
AeroSPARX, says of the particular craft: “The Grob is unique amongst air show types, as it has a special clearance to fly at night.
“Pyrotechnics are quite unique and special in the half-light of twilight, but at night they really come alive and you can truly appreciate their majestic nature.”
Medical professionals are struggling to provide an explanation as to what caused the phenomena which saw 80 students at the Elsa Perea Flores school in Tarapoto, northern Peru, faint and have seizures, with some of them uncontrollably screaming.
Local villagers claim it was a case of “demonic possession” and authorities were immediately called to the scene.
According to reports in local media, the school is built on an old cemetery while the pupils say “games” which are intended to evoke spirits are commonly played during break times.
Dr Anthony Choy told the Pan-American TV channel many students continued to experience “crises” in the days following the event.
Healthcare professionals also believe that whatever is causing the strange event could be contagious, and warned locals to stay vigilant.
Elsa de Pizango, mother of one of the students, said of her daughter: “She fainted at school. They don’t explain anything in the hospital.
“She simply fainted and there was foam coming out of her mouth.”
One of the students, who wished to remain anonymous, added: “I felt as he strangled me. My friends say that I was screaming desperately, but I do not remember what happened.”
To add to the eerie occurrences, students claim to have seen a tall man dressed all in black and with a big beard around the premises.
James Comey may be notorious for throwing cold water on Hillary Clinton’s campaign just days before the 2016 election, but after reading his prepared testimony for the Senate Intelligence Committee, he’s getting us all hot and bothered. If Comey can’t lock down a future career in public service, he can always write romance novels. With titles like, “On My Honor, Or Yours?,” “Serving At The President’s Pleasure,” “Passion Under Oath,” “Highly Sensitive Material,” or “Oval Office Confidential.”
For now, though, we’ll have to be satiated by this actual testimony, which ― mark our words ― the porn biz will parody at some future date.
1. Just me, the president and “personally sensitive aspects.”
“At the conclusion of that briefing, I remained alone with the President Elect to brief him on some personally sensitive aspects of the information assembled during the assessment.”
2. All alone.
“We also agreed I would do it alone to minimize potential embarrassment to the President-Elect.”
3. Moved by the tense encounter.
“I felt compelled to document my first conversation with the President-Elect in a memo. To ensure accuracy, I began to type it on a laptop in an FBI vehicle outside Trump Tower the moment I walked out of the meeting. Creating written records immediately after one-on-one conversations with Mr. Trump was my practice from that point forward. This had not been my practice in the past. I spoke alone with President Obama twice in person (and never on the phone) – once in 2015 to discuss law enforcement policy issues and a second time, briefly, for him to say goodbye in late 2016. In neither of those circumstances did I memorialize the discussions. I can recall nine one-on-one conversations with President Trump in four months – three in person and six on the phone.”
4. Again, it was just the two of us.
“The President and I had dinner on Friday, January 27 at 6:30 pm in the Green Room at the White House. He had called me at lunchtime that day and invited me to dinner that night, saying he was going to invite my whole family, but decided to have just me this time, with the whole family coming the next time. It was unclear from the conversation who else would be at the dinner, although I assumed there would be others.
“It turned out to be just the two of us, seated at a small oval table in the center of the Green Room. Two Navy stewards waited on us, only entering the room to serve food and drinks.”
5. The president wanted a patronage relationship.
“My instincts told me that the one-on-one setting, and the pretense that this was our first discussion about my position, meant the dinner was, at least in part, an effort to have me ask for my job and create some sort of patronage relationship.”
6. He could count on me for something, but not for that.
“And then, because the set-up made me uneasy, I added that I was not ‘reliable’ in the way politicians use that word, but he could always count on me to tell him the truth.”
7. The president needed “loyalty.”
“A few moments later, the President said, ‘I need loyalty, I expect loyalty.’ I didn’t move, speak, or change my facial expression in any way during the awkward silence that followed. We simply looked at each other in silence.”
8. But he’d only get “honesty.”
“He then said, ‘I need loyalty.’ I replied, ‘You will always get honesty from me.’ He paused and then said, ‘That’s what I want, honest loyalty.’ I paused, and then said, ‘You will get that from me.’”
9. The door closed, and the president began.
“The President signaled the end of the briefing by thanking the group and telling them all that he wanted to speak to me alone. I stayed in my chair. As the participants started to leave the Oval Office, the Attorney General [Jeff Sessions] lingered by my chair, but the President thanked him and said he wanted to speak only with me. The last person to leave was Jared Kushner, who also stood by my chair and exchanged pleasantries with me. The President then excused him, saying he wanted to speak with me.
“When the door by the grandfather clock closed, and we were alone, the President began by saying, ‘I want to talk about Mike Flynn.’”
10. The president needed more time with me.
“After he had spoken for a few minutes about leaks, Reince Priebus leaned in through the door by the grandfather clock and I could see a group of people waiting behind him. The President waved at him to close the door, saying he would be done shortly. The door closed.”
11. He told me he was “not involved with hookers.”
“He said he had nothing to do with Russia, had not been involved with hookers in Russia, and had always assumed he was being recorded when in Russia. He asked what we could do to ‘lift the cloud.’”
12. Some guys are only about “that thing.”
“He said he would do that and added, ‘Because I have been very loyal to you, very loyal; we had that thing you know.’ I did not reply or ask him what he meant by ‘that thing.’ I said only that the way to handle it was to have the White House Counsel call the Acting Deputy Attorney General [Dana Boente]. He said that was what he would do and the call ended. That was the last time I spoke with President Trump.”