News & Analysis, Jan. 15, 2020

Lucy Mission Overview: Journey to Explore the Trojan Asteroids

Launching in late 2021, Lucy will be the first space mission to explore the Trojan asteroids. These are a population of small bodies that are left over from the formation of the solar system. They lead or follow Jupiter in their orbit around the Sun, and may tell us about the origins of organic materials on Earth.

Lucy will fly by and carry out remote sensing on six different Trojan asteroids and will study surface geology, surface color and composition, asteroid interiors/bulk properties, and will look at the satellites and rings of the Trojans.

What’s wrong with this?

He cited China’s failure to support Syrian civilians facing indiscriminate airstrikes by Russian and Syrian planes, Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims who faced murder, rape and arson at the hands of Myanmar’s army, Yemen’s civilians facing bombardment by a Saudi-led coalition, or Venezuelans suffering “economic devastation due to the corrupt mismanagement of Nicolas Maduro.”

Human rights organizations say up to 1 million ethnic Uighur Muslims in China’s western Xinjiang region have been detained in camps where they are subjected to political indoctrination and pressured to give up their religion.

Rights group says China is trying to silence critics abroad

Most of what Human Rights Watch is saying about Xi’s China is exactly right. However, plenty of what Human Rights Watch says is ignorant or deliberate false-propaganda.

Syria and Russia have been focused on one thing: eliminating al Qaeda and IS in Syria. I do not believe the airstrikes are indiscriminate. Many of the stories HRW comes out with are sourced from al Qaeda and IS types.

The Rohingya Muslims are not as pure as the driven snow. There is a history of terrorism coming out of their ranks. Burma’s/Myanmar’s military dictatorship was on the outs with the US neocons (and with US progressives as well). Unfortunately, when the neocons target a group, the neocons systematically leave out every aspect that would shed any positive or mitigating light on the target. I am not saying that Rohingya Muslims have been dealt with correctly but that the masses in the US are not given both sides of the story.

HRW does get it right on Yemen and the Saudi dictatorship.

Concerning Venezuela, to blame the economic situation on Maduro is pure fiction. US sanctions are the vast culprit, and HRW knows that full well. Why doesn’t HRW say it every single time? Perhaps the neocon Associated Press left out other things HRW said that would give Maduro’s side, though I doubt it.

Ah, Colombia, the neocons second favorite country in the Western Hemisphere:

“Peace will not be fully achieved if the brave voices of social leaders continue to be silenced through violence and if former combatants who laid down their weapons and are committed to their reintegration continue to be killed,” he said.

UN says ‘staggering’ deaths of rights activists in Colombia

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), around 459,000 live within the most dangerous zone. The Philippine Red Cross said on Tuesday that close to 25,000 had been able to evacuate, but urged others to leave urgently.

Hundreds of thousands could be stranded by world’s ‘most dangerous’ volcano for months

Rail travel emits less CO2 pollution than air or road traffic.

Germany Goes Greener With $95 Billion Push for Train Over Plane

The deadly confrontation was captured on a doorbell video.

Elderly landlord dead after being violently pushed down stairs in dispute with tenant

A free alternative is coming soon.

Major risk modeling firms like Risk Management Solutions, CoreLogic, AIR Worldwide and KatRisk are currently the sole purveyors of that information, which they sell to big insurers, mortgage lenders and investment firms. But the cost, which can run into seven figures a year, is prohibitive for universities, smaller financial firms and homeowners.

U.S. flood risk model to be publicly available in boon for homebuyers

25% is way, way too high. 0% is the right amount.

In his annual letter to CEOs posted on the company’s website on Tuesday, Fink forecast a “fundamental reshaping of finance” and said companies must act or face anger from investors over how unsustainable business practices might curb their future wealth.

Fink also said BlackRock would “be increasingly disposed” to cast critical proxy votes tied to sustainability, and said in a separate letter to clients that the firm will by mid-2020 sell off from its actively managed client portfolios stakes in companies that derive more than 25% of their revenues from thermal coal production.

BlackRock vows tougher stance on climate after activist heat

… alternatives included extending the N subway line from Astoria to the airport, creating dedicated lanes for the Q70 express bus, adding ferry service and connecting an AirTrain to the subway and Long Island Rail Road stations in Woodside.

Ocasio-Cortez Criticizes Cuomo’s Plan for a Rail Link to La Guardia

Check it out.

3 / 11
UNIC by MAD Architects (Paris)
Paris is a city steeped in classical architecture. Yet that won’t be the case when MAD Architects’ UNIC building is completed in 2020. Led by the Chinese-born virtuoso Ma Yansong, the residential structure will be located within the verdant setting of Martin Luther King Park. Playing off this theme, Yansong’s undulating design is meant to blur the line between building and nature. The 13-story building is tall enough so that at the top floors, homeowners will have clear views of the Eiffel Tower (located to the southwest of the new residential building). Attached to MAD Architects’ sleek structure will be an adjacent public housing project, as well as direct access to major metro and bus stops. While this is the Chinese firm’s first residential project in Europe, we have a strong feeling it won’t be the last.

The 11 Most Anticipated Buildings of 2020

A review of 57 scientific studies published in the last seven years found that climate change had led to an increase in the frequency and severity of so-called “fire weather” – periods with a high risk of fire owing to a combination of hotter temperatures, low humidity, low rainfall and strong winds.

Australia wildfires: James Murdoch ‘frustrated and disappointed’ by Fox and News Corp coverage of crisis

Saagar Enjeti exposes Biden’s Iraq war lying with these past clips

I didn’t see this in US “world” news.

Libya’s warring parties vow to stop all offensive military actions – draft agreement

The Libyan National Army (LNA) and the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli have pledged to observe the ceasefire suggested by Russia and Turkey after negotiations in Moscow.

The draft document suggests that all parties would stop military actions and observe the ceasefire conditions. Meanwhile, a commission is to be established to determine a contact line between the warring sides. Russia and Turkey promised to support all sides in the conflict to help them implement the agreement.


Krystal Ball: Warren lies again. Dismantling her vicious attack