#13365247 at 2021-04-05 16:57:01 (UTC+1) Q Research General #16932: Shaping The Narrative Takes Work, DS Working OT So Should (You) Edition
NASA reveals more hidden Easter eggs aboard Mars rover
It's no secret that NASA scientists love to hide messages aboard its missions. Space fans thought they knew about all of the Easter eggs on the Mars Perseverance rover - but more surprises were revealed over the weekend, on Easter Sunday.
The first is a unique, 17-digit ID on the mission nameplate, reading "AONREHMELN1730055" - the first official, off-planet Product Identification Number (PIN).
NASA compared it to a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on a car. PIN numbers are given to off-road vehicles, which now includes the six-wheeled, self-driving Mars rover.
PINs and VINs contain unique sets of letters and numbers that can be "decoded" to reveal details about the vehicle. NASA said future spacecraft could also be assigned their own PINs.
Decoding the messageAON: Characters assigned by the Society of Automotive Engineers R: The primary vehicle type is RoverE: The primary vehicle power is ElectricH: The secondary vehicle type is HelicopterM: The location of operation is MarsE: The objective is Science ExplorationL: Character assigned by the Society of Automotive Engineers N: The year predicted to meet the primary vehicle objective is N=20221: Mission operator plant is 1=NASA7: There are 7 instruments onboard 3: Earth is the originating planet (numbered from the sun) 0055: Of five attempts, Perseverance is the fifth vehicle that has successfully landed on Mars
The second new Easter egg is a drawing inside the front left wheel of the rover, which shows that "exploration is in our DNA."
Two small illustrations highlight the rover's wheel tracks. One appears as normal, as if printed into Martian sand, "highlighting the technical achievements required to traverse the unknown."
The other is twisted into the shape of DNA, "a reminder that our space robots are of human origin."
"Humanity's insatiable desire to explore the unknown is encoded in our DNA, and we have, from our earliest history, invented the tools to make that exploration possible," NASA said, explaining the engraving. "Our impulse for both exploration and innovation will help pave the way for future human exploration of Mars."
NASA has hidden plenty of other messages aboard Perseverance, as well as past rovers.
The rover's parachute contained the phrase "Dare mighty things" hidden in its pattern, with parts of the pattern representing different numbers in binary code. The outer rings of the pattern also feature GPS coordinates for JPL's offices in Pasadena, California: 34°11'58" N 118°10'31" W.
The names of 11 million people, as well as the essays of 155 finalists of NASA's "Name the Rover" contest, were stenciled onto three microchips and attached to a commemorative aluminum plate on the rover. The plaque also featured a hidden message in Morse code within a graphic of Earth and Mars joined together by the sun, reading "Explore As One."
"These kinds of emBellishments add artistic elements on missions that are otherwise solely dominated by science and technology, as well as lasting tributes to colleagues who have helped pave the way for humanity's exploration of space," said JimBell of Arizona State University, who has helped festoon almost all of NASA's Mars rovers, including Perseverance.
#13042002 at 2021-02-25 02:42:37 (UTC+1) Q Research General #16610: Wall Street Bets Strikes Again Edition
'The war continues': Small investors up in arms after GameStop stock trades halted amid price surge & reports of Reddit outages
GameStop shares have again soared, surging by more than 100 percent until a trading halt slowed the rally before markets closed, stoking suspicions among small investors, some pointing to mysterious Reddit issues during the spike.
$GME was up by nearly 104 percent when trading stopped on Wednesday, more than doubling its value over the last 24 hours, but the surge was stopped in its tracks by a trading halt imposed some 15 minutes before markets closed.
Observers online noted that while halts are typically short-lived and last only a few minutes, the suspension of GameStop trades endured until markets closed at 4pm eastern.
The sudden trading pause was met with outrage by some investors, one even calling for a Congressional probe into what he deemed "obvious market manipulation."
"What they just did to GameStop is absolutely disgusting," one commenter wrote. "Again. Halt the last 15 minutes of the day, and then allow trading immediately following the close. Corrupt as s**t. The SEC is absolutely worthless."
The price rally followed reports on Tuesday that GameStop's Chief Financial Officer JimBell was ousted over strategic disagreements, set to be replaced by an executive more in line with the vision of board member Ryan Cohen, who made a substantial investment into the firm last year to aid its transition from brick-and-mortar to online sales. Cohen's arrival helped to kickstart a buying craze in GameStop shares that culminated last month, seeing the stock price swell by more than 1,800 percent at some points while inflicting billions in losses on Wall Street hedge funds heavily shorting the company.
#1778622 at 2018-06-17 03:11:30 (UTC+1)
Q Research General #2239: The Mystery Moustache Vexation Cont. Edition
This keystone started in 2008, the year Hussein was elected, in Illinois, and deals in China
Keytone Ventures is a China-focused venture capital firm. Keytone was founded in 2008 when it acquired a portfolio of seven investments from kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Keytone's investment team includes Joe Zhou, former Founding Managing Partner at KPCB China, and Stella Jin, former partner at IDG-Accel China Growth Fund.
Founders: Joe Zhou, Zhixiong Zhou
#1987483 at 2018-07-01 21:27:06 (UTC+1)
Q Research General #2506: Bang, Bang.
Andreessen Horowitz not just a "startup company".
One of the granddaddy venture capital firms.
Big $$$. Be extremely suspicious.
Andresseen Horowitz suddenly has four five GPs, a venture partner, and a very special, special advisor: former U.S. Treasury Secretary Larry Summers. Meanwhile, it has sunk enormous chunks of its capital into Facebook, Twitter, Groupon, Kno, Aliph, Skype, RockMelt, Zynga, Fusion-io.
NETSCAPE / ANDREESSEN / KLEINER PERKINS
Netscape was the first company to attempt to capitalize on the emerging World Wide Web. It was founded under the name Mosaic Communications Corporation on April 4, 1994, the brainchild of Jim Clark who had recruited Marc Andreessen as co-founder and Kleiner Perkins as investors.
In January 1995, Vinod Khosla (a former Stanford student), a partner at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers arranged a US$250,000 "first round" backing for the project, with US$1.5 million provided over a ten-month period. Soon thereafter, Geoff Yang, of Institutional Venture Partners, introduced an additional US$1.5 million in financing and Excite was formally launched in October 1995.
In January 1996, George Bell joined Excite as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Excite also purchased two search engines (Magellan and WebCrawler) and signed exclusive distribution agreements with Netscape, Microsoft and Apple, in addition to other companies. JimBellows, then 72, was hired by Excite in 1994 to figure out how to present the content in a journalistic manner. He paid good journalists to write brief reviews of web sites. However, users wanted to get directly to the content and skipped the reviews, so the partnership with Bellows ended in 1998. Excite's original website design was mostly based on the orange color. In 1997 it was redesigned with a black and yellow theme, which mostly continues to this day.
CHELSEA CLINTON / KLEINER PERKINS / BIRTH CONTROL
#2111417 at 2018-07-11 03:01:21 (UTC+1)
Q Research General #2662 Nothing Can Hold Q Back!
Chelsea Clinton, kleiner Perkins throw support behind Nurx, the 'Uber for birth control'
Telemedicine startup Nurx, which provides direct-to-consumer birth control and daily HIV prevention medication (PrEP) to patients whether or not they have health insurance, has raised $36 million in a Series B led by kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. The round values the company at $100 million, per PitchBook data.
Dubbed the "Uber for birth control" in the media, Nurx offers a HIPAA-compliant platform that delivers contraceptives directly to customers' doorsteps and allows women to skip physical doctor's appointments, offering online access to a network of doctors and pharmacies that have partnered with the company. It's a business plan that's also drawn the support of Chelsea Clinton, who will join Nurx's board as part of the new funding.
News of the funding comes a day after US President Donald Trump announced conservative federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, igniting a conversation around the future of women's healthcare. A majority-conservative court could reverse Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that made it illegal for states to ban abortion.
If the court does overturn Roe V. Wade, control over abortion regulations would return to each individual state. It's likely that 22 states would ban abortion without federal laws, according to a recent estimate from the Center for Reproductive Rights.
#9454112 at 2020-06-03 23:30:41 (UTC+1) Q Research General #12100: Narrative Shift Now Working? Protestors with Covid? KEK Edition
Addressing a Former President of the United States
When addressing a former President of the United States in a formal setting, the correct form is "Mr. LastName." ("President LastName" or "Mr. President" are terms reserved for the current head of state.) This is true for other ex-officials, as well.
When talking about the person to a third party, on the other hand, it's appropriate to say, "former President LastName." This holds for introductions, as well: A current state governor is introduced as "Governor Tom Smith," while you'd introduce an ex-governor as "former Governor JimBell."
Now, let's look a little closer. In an informal setting (such as a private lunch), it's acceptable to use the title the ex-official held. Here, you could refer to former President Jimmy Carter as either "President Carter" or "Mr. Carter."
Finally, if the person you're lunching with held more than one previous position-say, judge and ambassador-you'll want to know which title he or she prefers.