CIA releases 13 million pages of declassified documents online

What follows is a BBC article that discusses some of the contents of this CIA release

The trove includes the papers of Henry Kissinger, who served as secretary of state under presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, as well as several hundred thousand pages of intelligence analysis and science research and development. I think that you will find the segment on famous spoon bending Uri Geller is fascinating. I quote from the text as follows:

“Memos detail how Mr Geller was able to partly replicate pictures drawn in another room with varying – but sometimes precise – accuracy, leading the researchers to write that he “demonstrated his paranormal perceptual ability in a convincing and unambiguous manner”.”

If this statement is correct then this demonstration that the phenomena of non-locality in physics is correct.

An important and sad story about the famous Voyager space probes

Whilst it seems that the lifespan of the to Voyager probes may span out to 2030 the missions themselves are presently being wound down

An important part of the reason for this is that the administrators of the program are nearing the end of their working lives. This New York Times Magazine article also states that these aged administrators are the only people capable of handling the antiquated technology of the Voyager probes.

I quote from the New York Times Magazine article:

“As the Voyager mission is winding down, so, too, are the careers of the aging explorers who expanded our sense of home in the galaxy… …For the foreseeable future, Voyager seems destined to remain in the running for the title of Mankind’s Greatest Journey, which might just make its nine flight-team engineers — most of whom have been with the mission since the Reagan administration — our greatest living explorers. They also may be the last people left on the planet who can operate the spacecraft’s onboard computers, which have 235,000 times less memory and 175,000 times less speed than a 16-gigabyte smartphone. And while it’s true that these pioneers haven’t gone anywhere themselves, they are arguably every bit as dauntless as more celebrated predecessors.”

Secretive and adverse chemical industry documents rediscovered in the United States

These documents include those of regulatory authorities as well.

The contents of this blog seem to confirm the off-handed approach that businesses and regulatory authorities have taken in the United States since the 1920’s.

I wonder whether we have the same sort of problem in Australia?


“The “Poison Papers” represent a vast trove of rediscovered chemical industry and regulatory agency documents and correspondence stretching back to the 1920s. Taken as a whole, the papers show that both industry and regulators understood the extraordinary toxicity of many chemical products and worked together to conceal this information from the public and the press… …the fraudulence of some of the regulatory processes relied upon to protect human health and the environment.”