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Citizen Journalist Social Commentary: Video of the Month, March 2011

9 Mar

Copyright 2011-3011 By Chase Kyla Hunter, All Rights Reserved.

Tags: social commentary, political satire, American politics, fascism in the democratic party, signs of political fascism, the Obama nation, the Obama media presidency, mass media social engineering American society, mind control via mass media, how the media elected barack obama

Revenge of the Wikileaks Nerds: Former Staffer to Launch Rival Site “Openleaks”

10 Dec

Copyright 12.10.2010 by Chase Kyla Hunter, re-posts permitted leaving authorship, content and links intact.

Well you knew with the worldwide fame, uproar and incredible celebrity that Julian Assange has accrued from creating Wikileaks, it would most likely happen. A former staffer for Wikileaks will soon create a “Wikileaks knock-off”, Openleaks. It seems there is just no loyalty in the world of spilling dark state secrets into the laptops and living rooms of those curious to know. I’m quite sure that Openleaks creator Daniel Domscheit-Berg is now destined to become one of the most hated men in the online world. Traitor! How many other Wikileak staffers will now follow Daniel’s lead, and also jump ship to swim into their own personal dreams of internet counterculture fame and fortune? Might we soon have dozens of mirror sites cloning the original all over the web, such that the original becomes practically irrelevant, just a historical footnote marking where the internet’s “LEAK” movement began? I’m not so sure that imitation is really the highest form of flattery. Having had something similar to this done to me about, oh, 20 or 30 times in my internet career, when I launched a site, a concept, coined a turn of phrase, connected a specific set of dots, only to find my own work posted on someone else’s website a few days or weeks later, I don’t take too kindly to knock-offs, creativity crooks, and cheap imitations of the original.

No one wants to actually get caught carrying a fake Gucci handbag. But I usually have to confront someone online who has stolen posts off my site, and re-posted them as their own material with no author’s credit, no link back etcetera, at least once a week. “Take down that post, or credit me as the author, you’re busted!” Even though Assange is sitting in a jail cell. and may not be aware of his staffer’s “new internet career” imitating Wikileaks, I’m sure he will be furious when he finds out.

“Stop! Thief! Oh… it’s just those 250,000 US diplomatic cables that I actually stole myself. What the heck? Take ’em. You see where exposing those cables got me lad? They landed me in the slammer. Go ahead, publish to your heart’s content. “

No one really likes or respects a traitor, whether you originally supported what Julian Assange was doing or not. Noting the headline of another article about this event: “The Internet Cannot Be Stopped, Wikileaks defectors About to Launch Openleaks”,

Please, for the love of Emperor Julian, if nothing else…. take off that high and mighty “internet hero” cape you’re wearing, and admit it. You just want to be internet rich, media famous, and get laid by some Hollywood starlet. This all feels like a really lousy episode of the web’s new version of “Entourage.”

Isn’t this all much more about the quest for web notoriety and personal fame than it is about championing the “internet’s new cause” of releasing taboo FED secrets and state cables? Please fellows, stop pretending to take the high road. Umm, excuse me, your motives are showing. You all just want what you perceive Julian Assange to have: global fame and celebrity, not to mention the millions that will pour in from supporters. How utterly shameless can a group of radical activist web geeks get?

I’m coining a new term to describe Daniel Domscheit-Berg and his actions: internet web portal “identity thief”, aka copycat “sludge monger”.

Chase Kyla Hunter


Wikileaks Staffers Defect from “Emperor Assange”, Launch OPENLEAKS

India: Obama Celebrated Hindu Diwali As Irate Americans Fume Over His Cavalier Disregard For US Electorate

12 Nov

Copyright 11.12.2010 By CK Hunter

Is it just me, or is anyone else fuming over Obama’s decision to skip ever so blithely away on an extended an overseas junket in the days right after one of the most significant and historic elections of the last 50 years? WTF? America’s mack-daddy long legs needed to stay home, and soothe his own livid people, not flounce overseas on yet another inflated vacation junket, disguised as a jobs & trade mission. We’re not stupid Mister. We may yet find a way to impeach your decadent ass before 2012. Don’t push the envelope any further than you have already. We are out of work, out of voting energy, out of patience, and we are out of putting up with your bizarre non-presidential behaviors and whoring yourself around on demeaning TV talk shows like some’ out of work actor’. Get a grip man. Make an effort to at least appear as if you understand what “presidential” means!

Boom Boom, jingle jingle, boom: off we all go to India.

 [Obama, sitting on the plane, in his own head: What… those irate American Christian masses – my national constituents – who… them? Let them eat unemployment rations. I’m off to the Taj Mahal to party with the Hindus, Muslims, pay my respects to Buddha and otherwise flee from reality for just a few days longer. Never mind America – pass the Diwali djal and flat bread. They should understand… we even gave them a new pro-India sitcom on NBC, made to order for average American Joes and Janes to try to begin to accept the fact that their old jobs are now PERMANENTLY OUTSOURCED to India. We even named it “OUTSOURCED“. It’s all part of the New World Odor. And I am the President of the New World Odor. Look at me. Weeeee. I get to go to India with a staff of 3,000, just to eat dhal, stroll like a tourist, dance with the Hindu kids, and pretend for just a few days that I am not utterly loathed, hated and despised in the USA where my fake Manchurian presidency is unravelling at it’s make believe seams.]

After the astounding election results, I looked to D.C., expecting to see, for once, some really amazing new resolve and dignified presidential behavior coming out of the former Indoneisan Barry Soetero. I actually had to find out what could possibly, quite suddenly, be so urgently politically important in India that Obama not only took half of Washington D.C. with him on the trip, but took over the entire Taj Mahal hotel complex with his colossally unnecessary travelling entourage. The White House worked hard in the days right before they departed to dispel the rumours that the per day cost of this faux presidential journey would run somewhere between 2 million and 200 million dollars a day, all on the backs of the American people, once again.

I also noted with acid stomach ire that right at the very last minute, after various alternative news outlets had openly speculated about the peculiar timing, cost and perhaps not so necessary need for such a lavish overseas trip, that Obama hastily re-branded the junket as a preplanned  jobs and trade mission. Yeah, right. Liar, liar pants on fire all over again.

Obama and spouse Michelle celebrated the hindu holiday Diwali while they were on their trip, and also visited a Muslim mosque. This does no good at all for Obama’s weak and feeble attempt to convince American voters at home, now and again, that he is, in fact, a real [not another cardboard cut-out] Christian.

How many devout Christians do you know who also celebrate Hindu holy days, or even understand the myriad complex of strange mythological Deities and lesser Gods that Hindus venerate? Some may reply, “when in Rome” , or postulate that it’s all just part of the PR of the overseas journey. But come on! This man has just been given a political high colonic here in the states, by a devoutly Christian and tea party inspired voting public, who turned out in numbers not seen  in 40 years to make a point.

Obama: Pay attention to the American economy, to the need for jobs at home, to the besieged southern US border, to the national hoarse  scream to overturn Obamacare, and to the national bitch slap that you just got from furious American voters to step up to the plate and start behaving like an actual president, not some celebrity on a popularity sprint from TV show to TV show, trying to build ratings.

You are not a damn struggling  sitcom, pleading for better ratings, Barack Obama. You are the f—-king president of the United states of America. Act like it. Your cavalier comportment of the office of the President is embarrassing us all, and you are further embarrassing yourself, daily, and are apparently too politically stupid to even realize it. If I had my way, I would love nothing more than to say to you:

Barack Obama: You are SO fired!!! Pack up and run, don’t walk to the nearest Air Force One and LEAVE, while we are still patient enough not to want to storm D.C. all over again to the tune of 5 million people and torch the White House, just to be rid of you.

CK Hunter

Below, for the enlightenment of readers, are a few videos revealing what Obama did on his grotesquely over-inflated, obscenely ill timed and expensive, overseas “stress management and self esteem re-building” working vacation:

Giant Buddha statue nears completion in India





Do you remember the hysteria of 2008?




To get a stomach turning gutfull of the sinister organization, [formerly named The Lucifer Trust], which is the intellectual and pseudo-religious fountainhead for all UN plans [past, present & future]  to foist and enforce their own version of one world religion onto Americans and the world, visit and study this site: The Lucis Trust.

Every American Christian needs to read and study this site and then read, study and subsribe to my other blog at:

What Facebook is Really For, Beyond the Comic Video’s Opinion

15 Sep

9.14.2010 By CK Hunter

Think twice before you jump onto Facebook like a Pavlovian trained mouse and post some trivial update about your private life every 20 minutes. You have been “socially engineered” to do this very thing by the internet and the American mass media in the past six years. It’s time to break the programming.

By now I am sure many millions more have seen this hilarious cartoon spoof about “what Facebook is for” – well done and I could not agree more with the apparent message in the cartoon. But in researching Facebook a little deeper one finds many disturbing facts that really cannot be explained away, rationalized or justified in the name of so called “social networking.”

In fact, much of what we call “social networking” is simply an elaborate ruse for implementing what I term “social surveillance” – that is the actual real motive and intent behind sites like Facebook and Twitter, in my opinion.

Consider this: What would you need to achieve first if you had been given the complex assignment of convincing every American citizen that the coolest thing to do on earth was to divulge every private fact about their existence into a vast global online database that anyone at anytime could peruse once they had been assigned “friend” status?

You would need to make this activity socially acceptable, you would need to make this activity “cool”, you would most importantly need to make this activity appealing to highly motivated and highly social young people, and eventually, as quickly as you could, you would need to make this activity seem almost mandatory in the social sense. In other words, sooner or later, you would need to enlist the mass media’s help to make it seem that anyone who WAS NOT engaging in the this “online privacy divulging to total strangers” was out of the loop, hopelessly uncool and not worth socializing with anyway, since their private personal facts could not be located in the mega- public database.

Much of what we call “social networking” is simply an elaborate ruse for implementing what I term “social surveillance” – that is the actual real motive and intent behind sites like Facebook and Twitter, in my opinion.

An intelligent outside observer noting and studying the “Facebook” phenomenon cannot help but to observe, that in fact, this is exactly what has been achieved in the last 6 years through Facebook and Twitter. Now consider this fact. The National Clandestine Service, another new and top secret arm of the FED and their many mysterious alphabet 3 letter spy orgs, openly advertises for recruits via Facebook. Doesn’t that bother all you Facebook addicts even just a little bit?

If there is an open doorway in the USA to publicly agreeing to by surveiled while you are online, and studied and poked at while you are offline, then it most definitely coming through Facebook. An entire nation is being openly “socially engineered” psychologically to belive that they have no right to privacy, and that in fact, as Mark Zuckerberg so famously stated, that in the 21st century “privacy is dead.”

Be aware of what you are gradually agreeing to by insidious degrees.

Think twice before you jump onto Facebook like a Pavlovian trained mouse and post some trivial update about your private life every 20 minutes. You have been “socially engineered” to do this very thing by the internet and the American mass media in the past six years. It’s time to break the programming.

Get your privacy back, as best you can, before it’s too late, and you have no rights whatsoever when agents knock on your door at home and just come strolling in, to examine your home and everything in it.

They will be doing this because for the past 6-8 years you have voluntarily posted online every private detail about you and your family, giving up all ownership of that content just as soon as you posted it.

This is an open ended post, as I have written about this topic in the past and I will be posting new and relevent facts that you may or may not know about Facebook as I locate them, along with updating my own past research.

I’ll be updating this post again soon.

CK Hunter

Other Essays I have recently written that include the word “Facebook”:

Is the US Military at War With Their Former Alien Co-Conspirators?


8.31.2010 By CK Hunter  Just recently I have spotted a strange run of news reports concerning eye witnesses who report our US military engaging or firing upon alien craft, specifically triangular black craft, similar to the huge craft that appeared over Phoenix in 1997. Here below is an example of what I am finding. Visit […]

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Illuminati Media Elites Terrified of Sarah Palin’s Leadership & Popularity: Local NBC TV Affiliate in Northern California “Whites Out” Sarah Palin Comments at Glenn Beck’s Washington D.C. Event


8.31.2010 Repost & Commentary By CK Hunter Last summer I wrote heavily about the emerging tea party movement. This summer I stepped away to observe f rom a safer distance, as my concerns about the movement being co-opted (usurped and re-directed by special interests for their own gain) were starting to notice numerous red flags. […]

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A Grisly Conclusion to Hoarding: Missing Woman’s Corpse Found Beneath Pile of Collected Rubbish In Her Own Home


8.31.2010 Re-post By CK Hunter Las Vegas Hoarder Found Dead in Her Cluttered Possessions Hugh Collins Contributor AOL News (Aug. 28) — A Las Vegas woman who had been missing for four months was found buried beneath a mountain of garbage and clutter in her own home. Bill James brought the search for his wife […]

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“Fake It Til You Make It” – Obama’s Tragic First Year & A Half in Office Foretells More Failures to Come


6.11.2010 By Chase Kyla Hunter      22 is the new 12. 32 is the new 22. The Duh generation may tweet with finesse, but they are clueless when it comes to electing qualified presidents.   Never allow children to do what mature adults should be doing instead, such as electing the leader of the free world. Every […]

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The Trial: Rev. David Manning vs. Barack Obama, Usurper to the White House, Illegal US Citizen


The People v. Columbia and Obama trial convenes in Harlem church By Linda Bentley | May 19, 2010   | More I want to make all of you aware of the forces against this house and against this trial, but I believe we will prevail’ The trial, held at ATLAH World Missionary Church in Harlem […]

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GOP & Tea Party Movement Not Exactly A Match Made in Heaven


Sarah Palin 3.20. 2010 By Chase Kyla Hunter I began writing about the emerging tea party national coalition last July 2009. You, know during the “we were all astro-turf” period. I’m glad to see that one year later the rest of the nation’s [ahem, so called] journalists have now awakened from their political Rip Van […]

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AMERICAN SOCIALISM RED ALERT: National Health ID Cards Are A Recipe for RFID Disaster


Image via Wikipedia 3.10.2010 By Chase K. Hunter Supporting Article Re-post Courtesy of Sorcha Faal I’ve been writing and warning readers and American citizens and my neighbors everywhere about the heinous nature of RFID microchipping plans for at least 3 years. Last summer I identified elements hidden in the first Obamacare Plan that called for […]

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Can Implanted Human RFID Chips Be Removed? How Difficult Is it?


Image via Wikipedia Re-posted courtesy of 3.9.2010 I have been looking for medical information on how RFID chips can be surgically removed, for those who for whatever reason, whether unaware of what they are and what they can do, or for a dare, or against their will, or chipped while passed out drunk, or […]

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It Might Be “Fucknutsville” For You Rahm, But For Us It’s Something Else


3.8.2010 By Chase K. Hunter A Few Choice Morsels Pertaining to the Current State of Affair’s in Rahm Emanuel’s “Fucknutsville” The daily headlines about Rahm Emanuel are getting more and more bizarre. That’s never a good sign. Here are just a few that stood out this morning. I  broke out laughing while reading these headlines, […]

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National Healthcare ID Cards A Recipe for Eventual RFID Disaster


Spring 2010 Update By Chase K. Hunter Supporting Article Re-post Courtesy of Sorcha Faal Even though Obama supporters, Pelosi and Reid are all hailing the passage of Obamacare as a victory, it spells their political doom come November 10th 2010. Americans spoke loud and clear in overwhelming numbers this past weekend that they oppose this […]

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The Seven Significant Truth Movements of the 21st Century & The Advent of Global Unity Consciousness


In early 2008 I started writing publicly about certain of my private spiritual experiences. My life had gone through an extraordinary series of changes. I knew I was being “called” and part of this calling included writing about the re-occurring visions that I was being shown by the Holy Spirit. I have had these Spirit […]

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How Facebook and the Iphone Will Lead to Human RFID Chipping in Less Than 10 Years: This Will Happen if Americans Don’t Speak Out NOW.


26% of Americans Now Read News on Their Cell Phones. By CK Hunter 3.3.2010 [ Related article courtesy of] I happen to be one of those old fashioned “weberatis” who spurn reading news on a cell phone for the luxury of enjoying my news on my laptop with a great cup of coffee, a […]

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Catch Fire! Don’t Just Read => Share, Re-post, Educate Your Friends.


2.25.2010  Original Art by Chase Kyla Hunter Re-post from Top 20 Ways to Share a Great Blog Post One of the best things about the web and social media is how much great information is written and produced every single day. If you’re a regular reader of blogs, you probably come across great articles […]

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Keep Your Friends Close & Your Enemies Closer: The Twitter Wars

22 Feb
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2.22.2010 By Chase Hunter

I’ll give Freedom Shouter Alex Jones credit for a brilliant turn of phrase, that has become absolute reality in 2010, even more so than it was in 2008 and earlier:  “info wars”.

Nearly every popular social networking platform is now also the front firing line in these battles of strident opinionating. Some battle more stupidly than others. All of it is abjectly disheartening and quite overwhelming. I find I cannot spend more than about an hor on twitter or I begin to feel stark raving mad. Does anyone else experience this on twitter? It’s not a relaxing digital hang out in the least.

So I rarely spend time on, as I happen to believe it’s one of the most useless activities in the known universe to spend time micro-blogging. You can say basically just enough to get into some deep hot water with several hundred million strangers, but this is apparently not stopping the Twitter platform from becoming the latest ground zero firing line in the great American info wars.

People use twitter in a thousand ways, but using it to keep tabs on political “enemies” is just the latest clever ploy of activists on both sides of the make believe paradigm of “left-vs-right”, “GOP vs. DNC” and “conservative vs. liberal”.

One must stand aside from “either or thinking” and view the entire milieu from above to get the gist of what is really taking place. I’m thinking maybe God is the one doing that these days, or on any given day, because it is very difficult to “rise above the fray” anymore in this country. Everyone everywhere is shouting either “for” or “against” something, and it’s crazy making.

People browse other’s tweets to ascertain their political and personal beliefs before deciding whether or not to follow that person. Well, yes. So, who else is browsing the tweet trail left by innocent tweeters who get online and opine to their heart’s content, as long as they can say it in 140 characters or less? That is the $64,000 question.

I found this tidbit today:

Follow Progressive Tweets on Twitter

Current Events by PaulRevere

Ever heard keep your friends close and your enemies closer?

I just found this… how to follow progressive tweets on twitter.

I found it on this website where progressive types seem to like to hang out, when they aren’t messing up the country for the rest of us.

Here are a few twitter hash tags that are being used by the liberals and progressives.

#hcr #hc09 #PublicOption #p2 #SINGLEPAYER #topprogs

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Huge Hole in Earth’s Magnetosphere Threatens Sanity of World population: Not to Worry, Full UFO Disclosure By Obama Should Take Care of That.

19 Jan

You just can’t make this stuff up.

It’s just too good.

01.19.10 Re-posted due to the public’s urgent need to know – buried news re-excavated by Chase Hunter

I am asking the $64,000 question this morning, having recently excavated two buried news stories which potentially have staggering consequences for an unprepared world population.

Both stories [ second story is below ] pertain to a recently discovered hole, or breach in the earth’s magnetosphere, which is apparently so huge that it alarmed NASA scientists. The second story is a somewhat disconcerting and genuinely comical attempt by a San Francisco writer to quickly address the possible implications this magnetosphere breach may have on human populations, since  the hard science behind it infers that enormous amounts of solar plasma particles, aka solar wind, will tear through earth’s atmosphere beginning on or around [you guessed it] 2012, lasting for the duration of an entire 11 year solar cycle.

All this gives me great pause, that is, after I laughed hysterically for nearly 20 minutes over the writer’s attempt to soothe our spirits by posting a photo of Obama body surfing in Hawaii, reminding us all that we can just “ride the waves” of these solar winds with a good positive attitude and we will all be just fine.  Of course, none of our electronic devices will work by then, and kids will continue to shoot their parents, teachers and each other over losing in a video game, but surely those little aberrant bursts of psychosis won’t be inflamed at all by a sudden 11 year long dose of more gamma ray energy blowing through human body tissue than ever in human history. Nah, shouldn’t be a problem at all, infers the writer.

Aaaall rightee then.

The prescription to cure all this? Just surf your way through in on positive vibes.At least, that’s what this author suggested, in the face of yet another dire 2012 cosmic science factoid, blithely presented and skimmed over oh so lightly, then moving on, of course to full UFO disclosure by Obama, and how that would be a good way to lead us through the worst ongoing solar storm we had never prior imagined.

Oh, those Californians, don’t you just love their freshly sprouted Obama kool-aid logic? I’ll have mine with green tea, thanks.  Hey, you gotta love em. Or flee for your life to another less windy solar system, for sheer sanity’s sake.

NASA Discovers A Giant Breach in Earth’s Magnetic Field 12.16.2008

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Dec. 16, 2008: NASA’s five THEMIS spacecraft have discovered a breach in Earth’s magnetic field ten times larger than anything previously thought to exist. Solar wind can flow in through the opening to “load up” the magnetosphere for powerful geomagnetic storms. But the breach itself is not the biggest surprise. Researchers are even more amazed at the strange and unexpected way it forms, overturning long-held ideas of space physics.

“At first I didn’t believe it,” says THEMIS project scientist David Sibeck of the Goddard Space Flight Center. “This finding fundamentally alters our understanding of the solar wind-magnetosphere interaction.”

The magnetosphere is a bubble of magnetism that surrounds Earth and protects us from solar wind. Exploring the bubble is a key goal of the THEMIS mission, launched in February 2007. The big discovery came on June 3, 2007, when the five probes serendipitously flew through the breach just as it was opening. Onboard sensors recorded a torrent of solar wind particles streaming into the magnetosphere, signaling an event of unexpected size and importance.

Right: One of the THEMIS probes exploring the space around Earth, an artist’s concept. [more]

“The opening was huge—four times wider than Earth itself,” says Wenhui Li, a space physicist at the University of New Hampshire who has been analyzing the data. Li’s colleague Jimmy Raeder, also of New Hampshire, says “1027 particles per second were flowing into the magnetosphere—that’s a 1 followed by 27 zeros. This kind of influx is an order of magnitude greater than what we thought was possible.”

The event began with little warning when a gentle gust of solar wind delivered a bundle of magnetic fields from the Sun to Earth. Like an octopus wrapping its tentacles around a big clam, solar magnetic fields draped themselves around the magnetosphere and cracked it open. The cracking was accomplished by means of a process called “magnetic reconnection.” High above Earth’s poles, solar and terrestrial magnetic fields linked up (reconnected) to form conduits for solar wind. Conduits over the Arctic and Antarctic quickly expanded; within minutes they overlapped over Earth’s equator to create the biggest magnetic breach ever recorded by Earth-orbiting spacecraft.

Above: A computer model of solar wind flowing around Earth’s magnetic field on June 3, 2007. Background colors represent solar wind density; red is high density, blue is low. Solid black lines trace the outer boundaries of Earth’s magnetic field. Note the layer of relatively dense material beneath the tips of the white arrows; that is solar wind entering Earth’s magnetic field through the breach. Credit: Jimmy Raeder/UNH. [larger image]

The size of the breach took researchers by surprise. “We’ve seen things like this before,” says Raeder, “but never on such a large scale. The entire day-side of the magnetosphere was open to the solar wind.”

The circumstances were even more surprising. Space physicists have long believed that holes in Earth’s magnetosphere open only in response to solar magnetic fields that point south. The great breach of June 2007, however, opened in response to a solar magnetic field that pointed north.

“To the lay person, this may sound like a quibble, but to a space physicist, it is almost seismic,” says Sibeck. “When I tell my colleagues, most react with skepticism, as if I’m trying to convince them that the sun rises in the west.”

Here is why they can’t believe their ears: The solar wind presses against Earth’s magnetosphere almost directly above the equator where our planet’s magnetic field points north. Suppose a bundle of solar magnetism comes along, and it points north, too. The two fields should reinforce one another, strengthening Earth’s magnetic defenses and slamming the door shut on the solar wind. In the language of space physics, a north-pointing solar magnetic field is called a “northern IMF” and it is synonymous with shields up! “So, you can imagine our surprise when a northern IMF came along and shields went down instead,” says Sibeck. “This completely overturns our understanding of things.”

Northern IMF events don’t actually trigger geomagnetic storms, notes Raeder, but they do set the stage for storms by loading the magnetosphere with plasma. A loaded magnetosphere is primed for auroras, power outages, and other disturbances that can result when, say, a CME (coronal mass ejection) hits.

The years ahead could be especially lively. Raeder explains: “We’re entering Solar Cycle 24. For reasons not fully understood, CMEs in even-numbered solar cycles (like 24) tend to hit Earth with a leading edge that is magnetized north. Such a CME should open a breach and load the magnetosphere with plasma just before the storm gets underway. It’s the perfect sequence for a really big event.”

Sibeck agrees. “This could result in stronger geomagnetic storms than we have seen in many years.”

A video version of this story may be found here. For more information about the THEMIS mission, visit


Author: Dr. Tony Phillips | Credit: Science@NASA

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What happened to conventional wisdom? Researchers at the University of New Hampshire are using computer models to unravel the basic physics of the great breach. They’re finding that reconnection at the poles is key. Conventional wisdom held that equatorial reconnection was more important, which is why the giant breaches were not anticipated until THEMIS flew through one.View a video version of this story.

Space Weather resources: NOAA Space Weather prediction Center;

more stories about THEMIS:

Magnetic Portals Connect Sun and Earth — Science@NASA

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“Tiger In the Rough” …Tiger, You Asked For It, Fool.

6 Jan


Tiger Woods: Make Believe Family Man During Happier Times

January 2010 By CK Hunter 

We never really dreamed Tiger Woods was capable of the kind of Hustler Magazine extra-marital sexual antics that are now so sadly well known. Everyone loves a hero, and he was, for a long extended season, truly a real hero to millions, in America and around the world.


And now it has come to this: “Gangsta Tiga” on the upcoming cover of Vanity Fair, a troubling photograph of Icarus, the fallen hero, naked to the waist, and looking more like a gangster rap star fresh out of prison than a genteel super athlete and golf gentleman extraordinaire. I’m sure Annie Leibovitz is salivating over how this photograph might help resurrect her bankruptcy tarnished roller coaster career.  

So Tiger gets just exactly what he deserves, based on his secret sexual behavior since his marriage to Elin, and his public actions since it all came to light in late November: to be hawked to the world like a slab of cheap sex stained meat by a gifted, bankrupt, cavalier and somewhat occasionally notorious lesbian photographer, who cares not a whit for his former reputation if it will advance her present career to portray him in this manner.  

No longer an international icon, he is now an international tabloid peep show. Just plunk down the pocket change for the latest issue of any one of several cheap Hollywood tabloids, either in print or online, and you can read all about sex with Tiger Woods – ALL the gory details. Let’s see, there is sex while Tiger’s high on Ambien (how weird), frantic sex with Tiger up against a late model car in a Florida church parking lot, urgent tawdry sex with Tiger in the hallway of his Florida home while his wife was away, and of course somewhat grimy sex in his garage next to the golf clubs, never even making it to the house, and so forth. No one is holding anything back. Oh how money talks, and talks, and talks.  

I’m chucking to think of the many jocks drinking in sports bars all over the country who are placing bets on how soon the public hair pulling cat fights will break out between the 15 or so women who all claim to have trysted with the fool somewhere between the Perkins restaurant manager and the Las Vegas bar fly who had him toward the end.  

All the PR muscle in the known universe could not stop the deluge of bad press that fell around the disgraced Tiger Woods once the sex partner body count passed 10 women.

Isn’t karmic justice just perfect in all it’s ways?  Tiger: you asked for it, fool.  How did you turn out to be nothing much different than trailer trash, Tiger Woods? As Jay Leno famously asked Hugh Grant some years back: What were you thinking?  

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Tiger in the Rough

By Buzz Bissinger

Re-posted courtesy of Vanity Fair

When Tiger Woods finally fell from his pedestal—the car crash, the angry wife, the tales of kinky extramarital sex, the link to a controversial sports doctor—it was one of the greatest recorded drops in popularity of any nonpolitical figure. Given Woods’s impenetrable mask of perfection, and the hints of trouble from one strange glimpse behind it, the revelations were inevitable and very, very costly. Annie Leibovitz catches the icon, pre-scandal, in prophetic isolation, while the author finds the clues in the wreckage.  

Photographs by Annie Leibovitz
February 2010


Photograph by Annie Leibovitz.

It wasn’t until after the early-morning hours of November 27—when Tiger Woods got into his Cadillac Escalade closely trailed by a golf club carried by his likely very furious wife, drove his car far less distance than he putts a golf ball, and hit a fire hydrant—that the tens of millions of us who admired him suddenly came to a realization: this was the first time we had ever seen him do something human, except perhaps for when, at the Buick Open last year, he was caught on video shaking his leg, apparently farting, and then grinning like a frat boy.  

We know all too well the unraveling that has gone on since the crash. Tiger’s little car ride was as pregnant with imminent implosion as the one taken by another sports celebrity on the San Diego Freeway, followed by a convoy of Los Angeles police cars, in 1994. Tiger’s story has been driven by sex, tons of it, in allegedly all different varieties: threesomes in which he greatly enjoyed girl-on-girl, and mild S&M (featuring hair-pulling and spanking); $60,000 pay-for-sex escort dates; a quickie against the side of a car in a church parking lot; a preference for porn stars and nightclub waitresses, virtually all of them with lips almost as thick as their very full breasts; drug-bolstered encounters designed to make him even more of a conquistador (Ambien, of all things); immature sex-text messages (“Send me something naughty … Go to the bathroom and take [a picture],” “I will wear you out … When was the last time you got [laid]?”); soulful confessions that he got married only for image and was bored with his wife; regular payments of between $5,000 and $10,000 each month to keep his harem quiet. It’s all there and more in what is the greatest single fall in popularity of a nonpolitician in the history of public-opinion surveys: a drop in approval from 87 percent in 2005 to 33 percent, with an unfavorable rating of 57 percent, according to a recent USA Today/Gallup poll.  

But why? When soccer player David Beckham was rumored to have been in sexual trouble, it may have been disappointing to his fans, but it was hardly surprising. Beckham just had the look of someone who was born to screw around. The same with Alex Rodriguez. The same with Kobe Bryant. (Is there a player in pro basketball who doesn’t screw around?) The same also with Bill Clinton and John Edwards and David Duchovny and Colorado minister Ted Haggard.  

But not Tiger Woods. In an age of constant gotcha and exposure, he had always been the bionic man in terms of personality, controlling to a fault and controlled to a fault, smiling with humility and showing those pearly white teeth in victory or defeat, sui generis in the world of pro golf, where even fellow pros and other insiders didn’t really know him, because he didn’t want anybody to know him. With Woods, everything was crafted to produce a man of nothing, with no interior—non-threatening and non-controversial.  

I’m aware if I’m playing at my best I’m tough to beat …
It will always be the ball and me …
No matter how good you get you can always get better …
My main focus is on my game …

That was Tiger Woods, all of which made him the perfect man and pitchman for our imperfect times, a charming nonperson.  

In the movie Up in the Air, George Clooney’s character, Ryan Bingham, travels nearly 330 days a year to fire people with a sympathetic look on his face. He lives his life in airports, and his very emptiness, masked by calculated caring and aphorisms, makes him effective. So it was with Woods, making millions of dollars for endorsing a consulting company called Accenture with smooth and sophisticated ads emphasizing the noble but totally nebulous concept of “high performance.”  

But even Ryan Bingham is ultimately no match for Woods. “To know me is to fly with me,” Bingham says at one point, and there is truth in that. But there was no way of ever knowing Tiger Woods—not in golf, beyond witnessing the machine-like relentlessness that made him the most remarkable athlete of our time, and not outside of golf, because he never showed any real part of himself off the course, never stepping outside of the cocoon that he and his handlers, primarily International Management Group, had created. Nothing was left to chance, not even his wardrobe during major tournaments, a careful mix of dark pants and golf shirt and hat picked out in consultation with Nike. He had the trappings of a life: a beautiful blonde wife, Elin Nordegren, who was a former Swedish model; a little boy and a little girl; an obligatory mansion in Florida, outside Orlando. But so much of it now seems like requisite window dressing, props for the further crafting of image and garnering of those hundreds of millions of dollars in endorsements—Nike, Gillette, Gatorade, Tag Heuer, AT&T. It now seems that when he returned home after a tournament and vanished back inside his gated community, the persona he left behind, the one he so obsessively presented to the public, was as empty as Bingham’s Omaha apartment, pieces of furniture without any meaning, a life without meaning.  

There was no way of ever knowing Tiger Woods—beyond witnessing the machine-like relentlessness that made him remarkable.  

At the end of Up in the Air, Clooney realizes the error of his ways, that a life shielding human emotion is not worth living, that not everything can be controlled or should be controlled. But Woods, to the bitter end and with a kind of hubris that revealed his fundamental arrogance, still felt he could beat the tidal wave back. When he was taken to the hospital for injuries, a fake name was used. When the highway patrol came knocking, he refused to speak to them for three straight days. It was only when his paramours started pouring out of every cupboard like tenement cockroaches that Tiger expressed some sort of awareness that he was in deep shit, though he did not do so in person but on his Web site. He must have thought the merest acknowledgment of impropriety would be some type of antidote: he was Tiger. For the second time in his life he badly estimated, just as he had a few days earlier when he apparently thought that most fans would accept the story that his wife had a golf club in hand to free him from his Escalade instead of trying to beat the hell out of him for his infidelity. Once again it was sheer arrogance from a 33-year-old man—not “a kid,” as his I.M.G. agent, Mark Steinberg, still idiotically calls him—who continued to think he could fool the world.  

There was once, in fact, a sustained glimpse of the real Tiger Woods. In 1997, Charles Pierce, writing for GQ, got inside. Tiger was 21 at the time, on the eve of winning his first of four Masters. For somebody who at the age of two had appeared on The Mike Douglas Show (where, with a perfect swing, he miraculously hit a stunning shot into the center of a net), he seemed remarkably naïve and remarkably stupid about the ways of the media. The interview was largely a series of profane quips by Tiger, such as “What I can’t figure out is why so many good-looking women hang around baseball and basketball. Is it because, you know, people always say that, like, black guys have big dicks?” At another moment, during a photo shoot where four women attended to his every need and flirted with him as he flirted back, he told a joke: He rubbed the tips of his shoes together and then asked the women, “What’s this?” They were stumped. “It’s a black guy taking off his condom.”  

There came another joke about why two lesbians always get to where they are going faster than two gay guys: because the lesbians are always going 69. Pierce’s interview, which he taped, was the only honest and open one Woods has ever given. After that the steel wall of insulation came down, spearheaded by I.M.G.  

Joe Logan, who covered golf and the P.G.A. tour for 14 years for The Philadelphia Inquirer and saw Woods play close to a hundred times, invariably observed the same thing whenever Tiger appeared at a press conference during a tournament: he came into the room with an entourage that included several security officials from the P.G.A., Mark Steinberg, and often Nordegren, after they got married in 2004. An almost imperceptible nod would come from Steinberg to begin, and a half-hour of questions and answers would start. Some pro golfers, such as Phil Mickelson, wear their hearts on their sleeves during these sessions. Mickelson could talk candidly about his game and the impact of his wife’s having breast cancer. He could also be snarky and pissy. Never Tiger.  

“Tiger learned very well to talk forever and say nothing,” said Logan, a co-founder of a Web site called, which covers the game both nationally and in the Philadelphia region. For Woods, Logan remembered, an emotional response to a flawless round was “I had a pretty good day.” He never got rude or rattled. He never got irritated with a stupid question, in large part because he knew the camera was always on him. The press conference would go on until Steinberg would give another nearly imperceptible nod that it was over. Afterward, Logan, like other golf writers, would walk out and realize that virtually nothing Woods had said, whatever the cordiality, was usable.  

During a tournament, it was not unusual for Logan and fellow writers to go out to dinner and see other golfers, who would at least acknowledge them. But not Tiger. Once a round was over, he did not linger. He often stayed in private houses during tournaments, and the rumor during one British Open was that he took out the existing furniture and moved in his own.  

If he was unknowable to writers who covered him, he was equally unknowable to virtually all the other golfers on the tour. They admired him and were thankful for him. They knew of his remarkable 71 P.G.A. victories during his 13-year pro career. They knew he had won 14 major tournaments, leaving him only 4 behind the record set by Jack Nicklaus. Most important, they knew that purses for P.G.A. tournaments had gone from $71 million in 1996 to $279 million in 2008, virtually all of the increase attributable to Woods. But there was always an arm’s-length relationship, this sense that Woods as a golfer was superhuman and they were not, though he was always affable, never antagonistic. Early on, he had learned that one of the rules of pro golf is to conform, a commandment only heightened in his case by his being black in a white man’s game. “He tried to present himself as a normal person,” said Michael Bamberger, a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, who has covered Woods’s career. “What seems clear now is that he lived a very abnormal life all his life in a sport in which guys are very conventional, and if you are not conventional you get ostracized right away.” Whatever demons lurked, he kept them well hidden. Too well hidden.  

In the wake of the steamy revelations, Logan, like the general public, feels that Tiger willfully, and fraudulently, created an image designed to make him as much money as possible: “He held himself out to a higher standard he created and built and cashed in on. Everyone feels duped and betrayed. It’s not like some guy who got drunk and jumped in the sack with some waitress.”  

With the number of alleged paramours reaching 14 as of mid-December (a figure bound to multiply), it is safe to say that behind the non-accessible accessibility and seemingly perfect marriage to a beautiful woman was a sex addict who could not get enough. There is nothing wrong with that, given that the opportunities for Tiger were endless. But it is hard not to conclude that the only reason he got married was to burnish that precious image even more, family man on the outside and what Logan calls “this whole alternate life” on the inside. Even Hugh Hefner publicly disapproved of Woods’s behavior, decrying not that he had sex with other women but that he tried to lie and cheat his way through his liaisons without manning up to the fact that the marriage wasn’t working.  

It was the age-old clash of image versus reality, the compartmentalization of two different lives that inevitably merge, whoever you are.  

Things are only continuing to cascade downward for Woods. Sexcapades aside, the most damning blow to his reputation may well be his link to Anthony Galea, a doctor who has been charged in Canada with trying to smuggle an unapproved drug into the country. In the United States, Galea is reportedly suspected by federal officials of dispensing illegal human-growth-hormone drugs to athletes, an allegation he denies. According to news accounts, Woods saw the doctor on several occasions to aid his recovery from knee surgery. There is no proof that Woods took performance enhancers, and sources say Woods is not part of the federal investigation, though as far back as 2007, sportswriters covering him could not help but notice that from the back he was beginning to look like Barry Bonds. But since he was Tiger Woods, they gave him a free pass. Now, whether Tiger is innocent or not, suspicion will linger. There have also been reports that his wife plans to leave him despite Woods’s frantic attempt to keep the marriage intact with what the New York Post called a $5 million “re-signing” bonus. Going forward, it is impossible to trust the motives of Woods on anything, whether he wants to be married for real or to reclaim an image so bloodied that his endorsement career is almost certainly over.  

The swirling question is if, and when, he will return to golf. Most observers think he will, but with companies such as Accenture, Gillette, and Tag Heuer basically fleeing for the hills, he would simply be a golfer trying to win a tournament. His focus is such that he can likely still win, whatever the insanity surrounding him, but life will be different. Donald Trump thinks he will come back “bigger than ever,” a sure sign the opposite will happen.  

In the end it was the age-old clash of image versus reality, the compartmentalization of two different lives that inevitably merge at some certain point, whoever you are. He exhibited the same superhuman confidence off the golf course that he exhibited on it, apparently convinced he would never be caught despite the stupid sloppiness at the end—text messages, voice-mail messages. He deluded himself into thinking he could be something that he wasn’t: untouchable. The greatest feat of his career is that he managed to get away with it for so long in public, the bionic man instead of the human one who hit a fire hydrant.  

Buzz Bissinger is a Vanity Fair contributing editor.  



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