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Neil deGrasse Tyson Says Asteroid Could Hit Earth Day Before Election

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An asteroid the size of a refrigerator traveling at 25K mph may buzz the Earth, Neil deGrasse Tyson said. Although, it’s important to note the space rock is not expected to cause a lot of damage if any, there’s no better message that space could send to the U.S. prior to the election.

The asteroid’s diameter is estimated to be the size of a refrigerator and could strike the Earth the day before the November election, according to celebrity scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

 

Tyson said the space rock, known as 2018VP1, is hurtling towards Earth at a speed of 25,000 miles per hour and may clip the planet on November 2nd.

It may buzz-cut Earth on Nov. 2nd, the day before the Presidential Election,” he wrote on Instagram.

But he added that the flying object is nothing to lose sleep over since “it’s not big enough to cause harm.”⠀

“So if the World ends in 2020, it won’t be the fault of the Universe,” he said.

“2018 VP1” is projected to come 0.02 times the distance between the earth and the moon. Given that the moon is 239,000 miles away, 0.02 equates to 4,780 miles of the Earth according to the Center for Near Objects Studies at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

NASA had previously identified the asteroid hurtling toward Earth, but put its chances of actually striking at less than 1 percent, Fox News reported.

“It currently has a 0.41% chance of entering our planet’s atmosphere, but if it did, it would disintegrate due to its extremely small size,” the space agency said at the time.

Even if it does hit the Earth it will disintegrate in the atmosphere and simply be an interesting fireball in the sky according to the B612 Foundation.according to the Center for Near Objects Studies at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Here are the facts:

-Asteroid 2018 VP1 is quite small at only about 6 ft.

-Analysis of this asteroid’s trajectory is based on only 21 observations spanning just under 13 days (from November 2, 2018 – November 16, 2018). The fact that there are relatively few observations of 2018 VP1 means there is considerable uncertainty in the orbit, which means the best we can say right now is that the asteroid will likely pass Earth somewhere between a few thousand miles from Earth and a few hundred thousand miles from Earth! In other words , it may not even come close!

-The impact probability with Earth is about 0.4%

-Even if it hits the atmosphere, it will just be a bright meteor in the sky

2018VP1 has a diameter of all but 2 meters, or around the size of a small automobile or refridgerator, and would likely burn up into an impressive fireball after entering the Earth’s atmosphere before reaching the ground. According to NASA, such an event happens about once every year.

As per NASA’s Near-Earth Object Observations Programme, asteroids that are 140 meters or larger (bigger than a small football stadium) are of “the greatest concern” due to the level of devastation their impact is capable of causing.

Last year NASA and the U.S. government’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) participated in an exercise with other international partners to deal with asteroids that could be a future impact danger. Last year, NASA also awarded SpaceX a $69 million contract to redirect an asteroid off its intended path under the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) program, which uses a technique known as a kinetic impactor. The mission involves sending one or more SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets into the path of an approaching near-earth object, in this case, Didymos’ small moon in October 2022.

The next potential asteroid that could cause significant damage if it hit Earth is expected to fly through our solar system and pass near Earth on April 13, 2029. The giant icy space rock—known as 99942 Apophis, for the Egyptian God of Chaos—is 1,100 feet wide (340 meters) and will speed by at over 67,000 miles per hour. According to NASA, Apophis has a 2.7% chance to hit Earth—a very low probability.

In a year where unpredictable disasters seem routine, it’s nice to know that we don’t have to worry about an asteroid impacting the Earth too.

Alex Baldridge is an activist and freelance journalist from the midwestern United States who was inspired to become a writer after watching the development of the Wikileaks story and the persecution of Julian Assange. Alex is especially interested in topics like surveillance, the rise of automation, foreign policy, prison reform, and the legal system.

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Elliot Page’s Wife Say’s Proud Of Star’s Transgender Disclosure

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Yesterday, actor Elliot Page announced his transgender identity in a heartfelt Instagram post. Today, his wife, Emma Portner, has offered her public words of support.

Portner is a 26-year-old professional dancer and choreographer who began dating Page in 2017. The couple married a year later, in 2018.

 

Page makes regular appearances in Emma’s dancing YouTube channel and Instagram videos.

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In a statement on Instagram, Portner said, “I am so proud of Elliot Page. Trans, queer and non-binary people are a gift to this world. I also ask for patience & privacy but that you join me in the fervent support of trans life every single day. Elliot’s existence is a gift in and of itself. Shine on sweet E. Love you so much.”

Netflix is currently updating Page’s name in all of the credits for the films he’s featured in, and he will continue to play the role of Vanya in The Umbrella Academy.

Portner created the choreography for Jim Steinman’s Bat Out of Hell The Musical. In 2015, she choreographed and starred in Justin Bieber’s music video for his song “Life is Worth Living”. She also created the choreography for Bieber’s Purpose World Tour.

In 2019, she was nominated for Arena Dance Competition’s “Best Female Dancer” of the year. Paper Magazine also listed Portner in “PAPER Predictions: 100 people to watch in 2019”. She is one of very few dancers to have been on the covers of the magazines Dance Spirit and Dance Magazine.

As of 2020, her work has been displayed in a variety of environments including Apple, Netflix, Vogue, Sony Studios, and in professional Ballet. She has movement directed Indie music stars such as Blood Orange, Maggie Rogers, and BANKS and performed at prestigious venues like The Guggenheim Museum, Jacob’s Pillow, the Oslo Opera House, and New York City Center.

Page first became known for his role in the film and series Pit Pony (1997–2000), for which he won a Young Artist Award, and for recurring roles in Trailer Park Boys (2002) and ReGenesis (2004).

Page also received recognition for his role in the film Hard Candy (2005) and won an Austin Film Critics Association’s Award.

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Page had his cinematic breakthrough with the title role in Jason Reitman’s film Juno (2007), earning nominations for an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, a Critics’ Choice Awards, a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. He also earned praise for roles in The Tracey Fragments (2007), Whip It (2009), Super (2010), Inception (2010), and Tallulah (2016).

Page has also portrayed Kitty Pryde in two X-Men films (2006, 2014), produced the film Freeheld (2015) in which he also starred, and made his directorial debut with the documentary There’s Something in the Water (2019). Since 2019, he has portrayed Vanya Hargreeves in the Netflix series The Umbrella Academy.

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Woman Faked Deadly Cancer To Scam Friends Into Paying For “Dream Wedding”

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A 29-year-old woman named Toni Standen faked a cancer diagnosis to scam her friends into contributing up to $11,000 for her dream wedding.

Standen went to great lengths to convince everyone that she was sick. She even shaved her head and gave newspaper interviews about her cancer diagnosis.

 

She had claimed that she only had a short time to live, and that the cancer had spread to her brain, bones, and all over her body.

Friends launched a GoFundMe page to give Standen and her partner James “a wedding they deserve.”

Photo: The Mirror

The wedding service was held at St Bede’s Catholic Church in Widnes and was followed by a reception for roughly 150 guests, according to The Mirror.

At the wedding, the couple received some video messages offering them support and congratulations.

One came from Standen’s father, who passed away before the wedding, and another came from Everton FC, and was delivered by one of the top players.

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Her friends began to suspect that something might be wrong a short time later when Standen claimed to have the coronavirus.

After discovering the truth, her friends called the scam an “ultimate betrayal”.

Last week, Standen pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation. The crimes were alleged to have taken place between February 2019 and April 2020. However, she had been exploiting this scam for several years.

The first documented case of her fraud began in July 2017, when she was interviewed in her local paper saying she had cancer. Then later in March of last year, she gave another interview where she claimed that the cancer was terminal.

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Even after the wedding, she continued to spread wild lies about herself. In January of this year, she made a post online saying that she only had two months to live and that her organs were beginning to fail.

Then a month later she claimed to have died.

Photo: The Mirror

In February, a post on her Facebook account read, “RIP TONI. Our lovely Toni passed away last night, surrounded by friends and family… strong until the end.”

Standen blamed the post on hackers, but her friends think that she just wanted to see what people would say about her if she died.

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Michael Flynn Calls On Trump To Impose Martial Law

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Just a week after his presidential pardon, former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn promoted a call for the president to “temporarily suspend the Constitution” and impose martial law.

On Tuesday, Flynn shared a press release from a group called the “We the People Convention” that demanded for Trump to implement martial law. The statement even evoked Abraham Lincoln and the civil war.

 

“Then, as now, a President with courage and determination was needed to preserve the Union. Today, the current threat to our United States by the international and domestic socialist/communist left is much more serious than anything Lincoln or our nation has faced in its history – including the civil war,” the statement reads.

The statement condemns groups like Antifa, Black Lives Matter as well as the media. The statement also said that “limited” martial law is a “better option” than civil war.

The statement reads:

“When the legislators, courts and/or Congress fail to do their duty under the 12th Amendment, you must be ready Mr. President to immediately declare a limited form of Martial Law, and temporarily suspend the Constitution and civilian control of these federal elections, for the sole purpose of having the military oversee a national re-vote….You must also act, like Lincoln did, to silence the destructive media’s one-sided propaganda designed and proven to influence the election outcome, and end the unlawful censorship of Big Tech, to restore the confidence of the American People in our electoral process or we cannot continue as a nation. Failure to do so could result in massive violence and destruction on a level not seen since the Civil War. Limited Martial Law is clearly a better option than Civil War!”

Last week, Trump announced that he pardoned Michael Flynn.

The president announced the move in a Tweet.

In December 2017, Flynn formalized a deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller to plead guilty to a felony count of “willfully and knowingly” making false statements to the FBI, and agreed to cooperate with the Special Counsel’s investigation.

In January 2020, Flynn moved to withdraw his guilty plea, claiming government vindictiveness and breach of the plea agreement. The United States Department of Justice announced that it intended to drop all charges against Flynn on May 7, 2020.

Flynn, with his son Michael G. Flynn, ran the Flynn Intel Group Inc, which provided intelligence services for businesses and governments. The company was founded in the fall of 2014, and closed in 2016.

Flynn was paid more than $65,000 by companies connected to Russia in 2015, including $11,250 each from Volga-Dnepr Airlines and the U.S. subsidiary of Kaspersky Lab. Other clients included Palo Alto Networks, Francisco Partners, Brainwave Science and Adobe Systems.

While working as a consultant, Flynn served on the board of several organizations, including GreenZone Systems, Patriot Capital, Brainwave, Drone Aviation and OSY Technologies. Subsidiaries of the Flynn Intel Group included FIG Cyber Inc, headed by Timothy Newberry, and FIG Aviation.

In August 16, 2016, the FBI opened a case on Flynn as part of its Crossfire Hurricane investigation. The investigation was intended to find out if Flynn was knowingly or unknowingly “involved in activity on behalf of the Russian Federation which may constitute a federal crime or threat to the national security” of the United States.

A review of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation, done by Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz, was completed in December 2019. It concluded that “the quantum of information articulated by the FBI to open” the individual investigation on Flynn “was sufficient to satisfy the low threshold established by the Justice Department and the FBI”. The review “did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced the decisions to open” the investigation against Flynn.

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