US Military Halting Debris Search; Harvard Professor and Scientist Avi Loeb Weighs in on the Downed Objects as Balloons
The US Military issued a statement late Friday evening, according to the Washington Post, saying that. search activities have discovered no debris" and said they would be shortly suspending the search for any debris that remains. The US White House announced earlier in the week that initial US intelligence had suggested that the objects shot down over both Alaska and Lake Huron were not a national security threat to the United States. Based on this and the difficulty of finding debris in Alaska on the ice in a remote area of Northeast Alaska where the second object of scrutiny was shot down and lies at the bottom of Lake Huron in several hundred feet of icy cold water, searching for the debris further risks human lives.
US Pentagon's Tiger Team Counters China's Spies; Intelligence Community Transparency About Objects Shot Down Last Week
Keeping anything on the down-low where US national security is concerned is a challenge. Everyone is simply too curious, and who can blame them when it potentially affects their safety?
Objects 2, 3, 4 Shot Down Over North America Last Week by US Navy and NORAD Called 'Not Chinese' by US President Biden
US National security often requires that the intelligence community withhold details when events involving military action occur in North America so as not to advertise to US non-allies what the US knows and what actions it is taking to protect itself or gather intelligence about its adversaries. This is common in many first-world countries.
Celebrate Valentine's Day or Valentinstag! Budget Recommendations to Warm Your Sweetie's or Liebling's Heart and Yours
Valentine's Day is celebrated worldwide each February 14, but times are economically tight in many countries now. The US is experiencing inflation and Germany is experiencing austerity. Both are being affected by the land war in Ukraine and other factors in adjacent world economies. As purse strings tighten, we look at how the holiday is celebrated across the pond from one another, in the US and Germany, with an eye toward low or no-cost fun that also supports art and culture.
Update: 4th Object Shot Down by US Military Over Lake Huron Sunday After Being Tracked Over Michigan Airspace
While everyone is getting ready for the US SuperBowl, the US Military is on the job, policing airspace above Michigan after the FAA and NORAD closed airspace above a large area of Michigan and grounded all commercial and passenger flights, leaving the airspace open for fighter jets to scramble in the region Sunday to examine a new, fourth object and shoot it down.
NJ Antisemitism Amplifies National News
America's peace is threatened by divisive rifts in politics and religion, while national antisemitism is fueled in surprising ways by hate speech at local levels — inside families. Its harsh impact is affecting children in cruel ways.
Update: 3rd Object to Violate North American Airspace Taken Down by US F-22 Pilots Over Canada, Labeled Cylindrical
Canada and US today are reporting that the North American Aerospace Defense Command, in which both countries are members, tracked a third object to violate North American airspace in the last week. It was not fully identified but is now being referred to as cylindrical rather than as a balloon by the US Pentagon and Canada, and it's smaller than the object shot down over Alaska. It was downed at the order of both Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Biden after the two spoke about the object in the afternoon.
Update: Pentagon Shot Down New High-Altitude Object Over Alaska Ice; FAA Warning Interrupted ConocoPhillips Oil Flight
An object which entered US airspace in Alaska without permission and was shot down near Prudhoe Bay by the US was confirmed Friday by Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby, who is also the Coordinator for Strategic Communications at the National Security Council, in a press briefing. Kirby confirmed this was done on the President's order at the recommendation of the Pentagon. The new object was shot down over frozen waters after the US contacted Canada to coordinate airspace safety. Kirby said when asked, that there is no plan to reach out to China, effectively saying that this is not the same type of device that was shot down last week and the Pentagon does not have evidence that this was launched by China. They have not ruled anything out however, leaving the question of what kind of object it might be and whether it is a surveillance device, weather device, or something else. Kirby confirmed the US does not know what kind of object it is, but that it was likely to be unmanned because of its size.
Meet the mealworms offering a sustainable food source that's fast-gaining acceptance in Europe and the Americas.
I'm a mealworm farmer. Let me introduce you to my bugs. Mealworms are a large yield food. Mealworms produce more food per unit of feed than traditional livestock. They don’t need much water, either. Raising mealworms is a straightforward process that requires a small investment, a small area to operate, and four months wait to harvest. They’ve got four stages in life from egg to larva to pupa to adult. They shed exoskeletons as they grow larger.
"Cocaine Mummies" serve as evidence that ancient Egyptians may have arrived in America long before Columbus
Mummy of Ramses the GreatPhoto byAlyssa Bivins; CC-BY-SA-4.0 In 1992, scientists found drugs such as cocaine, hashish, and nicotine in some Egyptian mummies. These mummies came to be known as the "cocaine mummies."