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"Have you looked at the sky lately?" (Part 2) The NASA Death Probe That Could Have Been

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Militarized Mars Rover (D3 concept sketch). You know they wanted to. On 20 Aug 1977, the United States launched the space probe Voyager 2 on a mission to study Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus (*snicker*), Ur Mama, Neptune, and the outer reaches of the solar system. Then, evidently realizing they forgot about Voyager 1, another launch was conducted on 5 Sept 1977, which also targeted our far-flung celestial neighbors. This was the team in charge of numbering the Voyager missions But were these dual scientific feats really expressions of just American ingenuity? The fact that we just posed this in the form of a question would suggest they were not. True, the US had been flexing big time with the Apollo moon missions since 1969. But, as noted in Part 1 of Part 4 of this ongoing series (that’s correct, do the math), the timing of these ambitious satellites was suspicious, coming only 8 months after a Soviet Death Probe crashed into the American Midwest which was eventually destroyed by American

Did Italian space satellites change votes from Trump to Biden in the 2020 election?

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An in-depth analysis based on the technical and logistic capabilities of a foreign government's ability to electronically alter American votes from orbit. No. WE Linde and JE Dever contributed to this story. 

Our (last minute) gift for you on this Fathers Day

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Forgetting to get a gift for Fathers Day is a tradition that is as old as Mother's Day itself. Here's a card you can print. Or email if printing is too much effort.

I’m a foreign policy expert and everything you think is wrong

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  President Biden speaks to the troops at RAF Mildenhall. You probably didn't know that. I’ve noticed that many of you out there are very wrong about things involving foreign policy. I know it’s tempting to think you understand that nuances of international relations, but as an expert, it is my job to inform you that whatever it is you think about something is, without question, incorrect. Take, for instance, President Joe Biden’s recent meetings with the G7, followed by his highly anticipated first summit with Vladimir Putin. Did you think Biden looked poised? In control? That he helped unify the economic powers of the West and reaffirmed America’s commitment to NATO? Wrong. With the European Union cracking, under constant pressure from Russia, unsure and unified on how to meet the challenge of a burgeoning China, Biden offered little more than Obama 2.0. That may have been sufficient in 2008, but hardly what is needed now. But wait. You say that you know this? That Biden’s

“Have you looked at the sky lately?” (Part 1) The Bionic Man and America’s space program: Did a Soviet Union “death probe” provide the technology for NASA’s Mars rovers?

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  This is the latest installment of Damper Three’s award-wanting investigative series, The True Costs of the Six Million Dollar Man, which seeks to unearth the truth behind the development and use of the world’s first bionic secret agent. Read Part 1 , Part 2 , and Part 3 , if you haven’t already, to learn the background of Col. Steve Austin and the secretive Office of Scientific Intelligence for which he worked. In this latest of our ongoing Pulitzer-lacking series, we take a look at a massive US government coverup of an incident surrounding a Soviet space probe that invaded the US in the 1970s. Recently declassified documents and blueprints, obtained by Freedom From Information Act requests, provide startling details of a near catastrophe from this “communist space tank” that terrorized the American heartland. Not this one. This one happens later. In addition, despite the great personal risk that it will place the dashing and rugged investigative journalists writing this, we will t

Comparing the most successful space rovers

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With the United States and China both actively exploring Mars with high tech rovers, we here at Damper 3 have collected an extensive list* of the strengths and weaknesses of the most famous of all remotely piloted exploration vehicles. Below captures the peak achievements and some limitations of three nations' space tanks. Er, we mean rovers. *not extensive at all.

What to say to your sanctimonious time-travelling future self when he tries to stop you from doing something cool

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  Time pieces pic by    Jeremy Bishop  on   Unsplash . Pic of man by George Hodan on https://www.publicdomainpictures.net/ It happens to all of us, eventually. If you’ve avoided it so far, then congratulations. But your luck won’t last. Eventually you’ll be visited by your smarmy, time-travelling self from the future, and he will just NOT. SHUT. UP about something he thinks you should or shouldn’t do. “Don’t marry that girl that once tried to steal your kidney,” he’ll say, no matter how much she promised it was just a phase and she’ll probably never do it again. “Don’t start that rocket company to try and compete with Elon Musk because you have no idea how to run a business or how to build a rocket,” he’ll go on, trying to quash your dreams. He may even point to some scars and missing eyebrows, whatever that has to do with anything. “Quit using fossil fuels, or you’ll turn the planet into an unlivable hellscape.” That’s the most crazy one he’ll toss out there.   He’ll just go o