Common logic dictates space is so impossibly huge, the right conditions for alien life must exist somewhere out there. Scientists also continually underestimate life ''s ability on Earth to survive or even flourish in the most inhospitable places.But the discovery of alien life is not at odds with religion and faith could even thrive, a theologian has claimed.
TOKYO Unizo Holdings plans to delist via an employee buyout backed by U.S. fund Lone Star Global Acquisitions, the Japanese hotel chain said Sunday, possibly ending a monthslong takeover feud.An entity formed by Unizo employees and Lone Star will carry out a tender offer starting Tuesday, aiming to acquire all Unizo shares except treasury stock. It will pay 5,100 yen per share a 4% premium over Friday''s closing price.
In the pantheon of American military commanders, Curtis LeMay stands out as one of the more controversial individuals. His gruff, no nonsense, yet pragmatic approaches to strategic bombardment and airpower leave most people either admiring his aptitude or loathing his methods. The author of the Japanese fire raids in the closing months of World War II, LeMay s actions provide one of the clearest examples of total war and unrestricted bombing. His ability to get the most out of his command became a hallmark of his leadership acumen. General Curtis LeMay (A.Y. Owen Getty) With the dropping of the atomic weapons from strategic bombers, many believed warfare had entered a new age rendering conventional military operations obsolete or at least a very distant secondary to air centric campaigns. Subscribing to this new vision, LeMay took charge of Strategic Air Command (SAC) in 1948 and served as its commander for an unprecedented nine years until 1957. During this time, he oversaw Strategic Air Command s growth not only in terms of size and numbers but also in increased lethality and capability. Commanding the most destructive military force ever assembled, LeMay functioned as the catalyst and the fulcrum, which made Strategic Air Command a primary symbol of American military might. With this view of the future, LeMay calculated that the very nature of warfare in the atomic age had to be based on offensive actions with no room for defensively based policies. Trevor Albertson s Winning Armageddon addresses how and why LeMay viewed an atomic preemptive attack as a viable strategy in the emerging Cold War environment. Following the war, a new paradigm developed, which argued the initiator of an atomic aerial assault had a distinct advantage over the defender or a retaliatory strike. Fearing Strategic Air Command s fleet of bombers might be caught on the ground and vulnerable to a Soviet attack, LeMay believed the same risk existed regarding American national infrastructure and its cities. Given this possibility, LeMay insisted the only good defense was a good offense. However, LeMay fortunately failed to convince the nation s leadership to change the stated policy regarding nuclear weapons. In this vein, Albertson s main argument addresses LeMay s quest for a preemptive attack policy and his advocacy of it to the nation s leadership. In this vein, the author comprehensively addresses the Strategic Air Command commander s push for preemption despite resistance from other elements of the defense establishment and the Federal government. From LeMay s cold warrior perspective, a preemptive policy was the only viable method to ensure Strategic Air Command s combat capability while guaranteeing the nation s safety before the Soviets possibly destroyed them both, most worryingly in a kind of surprise attack akin to Pearl Harbor. Albertson, a former Air Force intelligence officer and former Air Command and Staff College instructor, demonstrates a full understanding of Strategic Air Command, the Air Force, and their roles in the early cold war years in the work s 227 pages. His technical discussion in five well constructed chapters makes for not only a fast read, but an entertaining one. With well annotated endnotes and extensive bibliography, Alberston shows a mastery of the topic only a few academics in this field can match. The work is largely a collection of the Strategic Air Command commander s actions and words encouraging a preemptive policy in both public and classified venues. Loaded with quotes, speeches, and references by LeMay advocating this policy, the author makes a clear and well documented assessment of the Strategic Air Command commander s viewpoint regarding nuclear preemption. Using primary source material, Albertson sets a high bar for works of this nature. Instead of using well trodden secondary sources, the author dug extensively in various archives to support his argument. Albertson also provides new insights into LeMay s offensive mindset. While addressing LeMay s strategic imperative, the author also delves into his effective leadership focusing on troop welfare, quality of life, and realistic training a point many treatises on LeMay fail to address. LeMay consistently demonstrated his concern for the people in his command even if it was only a way to increase performance. Albertson does a credible job of addressing what some might see as the Strategic Air Command commander s use of a softer side to foster the best performance possible. As the book addresses LeMay s advocacy for preemptive strategy almost singularly, the detour regarding troop welfare initiatives is a welcome addition. Given the work s focus on LeMay s push for a preemptive strategy, the author might have addressed more of the challenges Strategic Air Command faced early under LeMay s tenure. When LeMay took over in October 1948, the command lacked much of an atomic capability. Although the book subtly hints via the subtitle this is a treatise of the command, a discussion regarding the development of Strategic Air Command s capability quickly falls to the wayside. Instead, the book maintains its focus on preemption and LeMay s drive for its acceptance. While the author mentions this in his preface, the singular thrust regarding preemption omits discussion of the myriad of problems LeMay had to fix in addition to troop morale. Early on, Strategic Air Command suffered from a lack of ready airframes, maintenance efforts, training, and competence at almost every level. Inclusion of these efforts might have underscored and even highlighted LeMay s efforts to build a preemptive capable force. Despite this omission, the book is an excellent contribution to the historiography of the early Cold War, Strategic Air Command, and LeMay, making it a must for any student of the cold war. Albertson helps provide more insight into Strategic Air Command leadership during LeMay s tenure while illustrating the commander s thought process and quiet, yet aggressive, style of leadership. The author s excellent use of primary sources adroitly illustrate his thesis and fills a void in the current historiography. The book is a worthy and needed addition to the current historiography regarding the Cold War and strategic nuclear bombardment. John M. Curatola is a professor of history at the U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies. The views expressed in this article are the author s alone and do not reflect the official position of the U.S. Army, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government. This article first appeared at Real Clear Defense. Image: Flickr. View the discussion thread. copy; Copyright 2019 Center for the National Interest All Rights Reserved
Venture capitalist Jennifer Neundorfer gave me (quite possibly) the quote of the year when we spoke in October. When describing her firm, Jane VC, and its focus on female founders, she said: We re going to invest in an underlooked asset class that is overperforming.
Sunday apos;s deals have dropped at Amazon and there apos;s a mixed bag of goodies to tempt savvy shoppers looking for seasonal bargains. The online marketplace has pretty much everything you could possibly be looking for and coupled with Prime membership , offers unlimited next day deliveries ideal when you need something in a hurry.
In a video that has gone viral on social media, Dhoni turned singer and was seen singing the popular Bollywood song Jab Koi Baat Bigad Jaaye Jab Koi Mushkil Pad Jaaye in what looked like a gathering with friends. The video has spread like fire on social media and is a treat to watch for his fans ndash; who have been anxiously waiting for his return to the cricket field. In the video, Dhoni sings a few lines of the song, before handing the mike to his friend ndash; who''s not so good singing leaves the spectators in splits. Meanwhile, Dhoni immediately grabs a notebook which possibly had the lyrics written on it. (Also Read: MS Dhoni''s leadership makes difference for Chennai Super Kings in IPL, says Sanjay Manjrekar)
HP has been absolutely knocking it out the park with its incredible Cyber Monday deals, and this deal, which gives you a Windows 10 laptop for just $250 is quite possibly the best cheap Cyber Monday laptop deal we'll see this year.
Washington D.C. USA , Nov 30 (ANI): In what could be a piece of great news for men with advanced prostate cancer, a new study has claimed that they can live two more years or even more on immunotherapy.Yes, the study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology has found that those with advanced prostate cancer who have exhausted all other treatment options could benefit from immunotherapy.Researchers also found that a small proportion of men were ''super responders' and were alive and well even after the trial had ended despite having had a very poor prognosis before treatment.They found that one in 20 men with end stage prostate cancer responded to the immunotherapy pembrolizumab but although the number who benefited was small, these patients sometimes gained years of extra life.The most dramatic responses came in patients whose tumours had mutations in genes involved in repairing DNA, and the researchers are investigating whether this group might especially benefit from immunotherapy.The phase II clinical trial was led globally by a team at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, and The Royal Marsden Foundation Trust, and involved 258 men with advanced prostate cancer who had previously been treated and become resistant to androgen deprivation therapy and docetaxel chemotherapy.Overall, 5 per cent of men treated with pembrolizumab saw their tumours actually shrink or disappear, while a larger group of 19 per cent had some evidence of tumour response with a decrease in prostate specific antigen (PSA) level.Among a group of 166 patients with particularly advanced disease and high levels of PSA, the average length of survival was 8.1 months with pembrolizumab.Nine of these patients saw their disease disappear or partly disappear on scans. And of these, four were super responders who remained on treatment at the end of study follow up, with responses lasting for at least 22 months.Meanwhile, a second group of patients whose PSA levels were lower but whose disease had spread to the bone lived for an average of 14.1 months on pembrolizumab.The study also compared the effectiveness of pembrolizumab in men whose tumours had a protein called PD L1 on the surface of their cancer cells and those whose tumours did not.Targeting PD L1 activity with pembrolizumab takes the 'brakes' off the immune system, setting it free to attack cancer cells.Commenting on the findings, Professor Johann de Bono, Regius Professor of Cancer Research at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, and Consultant Medical Oncologist at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, said: "Our study has shown that a small proportion of men with very advanced prostate cancer are super responders to immunotherapy and could live for at least two years and possibly considerably longer."Adding to it, Professor Paul Workman, Chief Executive of The Institute of Cancer Research, London, said: "Immunotherapy has had tremendous benefits for some cancer patients and it''s fantastic news that even in prostate cancer, where we don''t see much immune activity, a proportion of men are responding well to treatment." (ANI)
Madonna ''s secret to quickly healing bruises involves waking up at 3 am for an ice bath and sipping on her urine The 61 year old star who is currently on her Madame X tour released a video of her ritual on Instagram that even made her performer Ahlamalik Williams say lsquo;much, much respect '. The video shows her in Nike Sports top and hotpants with rubber socks as he sank her leg to the tub of ice to possibly heal her bruised forearm and leg. lsquo; 'Shall we start an ICE bath challenge?? 41 degrees Best treatment for injuries ' ' her caption reads.Watch the video here:
Beyonce threw it back to 1920s glamour last night as she rocked a luxurious (possibly faux) fur coat and flapper style outfit for Jay Z s Shawn Carter Foundation gala.The Single Ladies singer was spotted making her grand arrival at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida on Saturday evening for the second night of Jay Z s charity gala.
Well, all we know at this point about this project is that Bella Thorne is making it, and that she might have a supporting role in it, but we don;t know what it;s about save that it;s a thriller and we don;t know when it;s going to come out. So really we;re reporting on bare bones here, but what we can say is that it;s not an adult movie and as a result she;ll still be taking flak for making an adult movie. Kevin Burwick of MovieWeb is one of the many pushing this idea and is getting into the fact that while Bella did make a movie with Pornhub, a well known adult site, she has been thinking about getting behind the camera a bit more and really digging into the role of the director. It took a lot of people off guard to see Bella directing a movie, even a short film, on an adult site, but all in all it doesn;t seem to have soured them entirely to the thought of anticipating what might happen if she takes a bigger project on.To think that this was in any way a hard bit of news for anyone to take is kind of amusing really since it would seem that a lot of people were convinced that Bella had decided to get into porn in a much more personal way. The whole idea of porn stars making their way to the mainstream and vice versa has for a long time been seen as a kind of taboo that a lot of people would easily denounce as worthy of consideration. Of course one of the main reasons is that adult movie stars aren ''t believed to be that great at acting, and in truth a lot of them aren ''t since it doesn ''t really require and Oscar worthy performance to strip down and get to business with your sexual partner. But the thought that they could possibly improve and move towards the mainstream is one that a lot of people still aren ''t ready to accept since it means taking the past along with the possible future, and for some reason there ''s a mental block there that a lot of people can ''t get past. As to well known actors making their way into the adult industry it ''s pretty much the same, but in reverse since some people might actually bring themselves to believe that the adult film industry is beneath the mainstream and would be a serious downgrade for any self respecting actor. Of course Bella didn ''t go that route as some people seemed to think, but then those individuals that jump to such conclusions don ''t tend to read the full article before reacting in a very typical manner. Many like Lisa Respers France of CNN had their own say.
The Mars Helicopter, a small, autonomous rotorcraft, will travel with the agency ''s Mars 2020 rover mission, currently scheduled to launch in July 2020. This will be a solar system first and will pave the way for other autonomous and possibly human piloted flying machines on Mars. Susan Gorton, NASA ''s manager for the Revolutionary Vertical Lift Technology (RVLT) project said: ”Flying a heavier than air vehicle within Mars ' thin atmosphere has never been done before, and we 're excited our aeronautics experts could help with this important space mission.This first Mars Helicopter will serve as a technology demonstrator that, if successful, will enable future scientists to remotely explore regions of the planet ''s surface far from its mothership ''s landing site.
The landmark ruling could make Philadelphia the first city in the country to open a site where people can use drugs under medical supervision, be revived if they overdose, and access treatment. The new momentum around the issue has intensified big questions about what s next in the courtroom, in the neighborhoods where a site is most likely to open, and in the state legislature, where pushback on the sites has already arisen. Safehouse officials said the ruling by U.S. District Judge Gerald A. McHugh removed the biggest legal hurdles toward opening a site. But they still want further guidance from the court, which they expect to receive in the next few weeks, possibly after another hearing, said Ilana Eisenstein, an attorney for Safehouse.
In a major first, scientists have detected water vapor and possibly even liquid water clouds that rain in the atmosphere of a strange exoplanet that lies in the habitable zone of its host star about 110 light years from Earth. A new study focuses on K2 18 b, an exoplanet discovered in 2015, orbits a red dwarf star close enough to receive about the same amount of radiation from its star as Earth does from our sun.
In a recent interview with Yahoo Sports, Triple H took another very Wednesday Night Wars line heard on NXT programming - that the black and yellow brand is the true alternative to WWE main roster programming - a step further. After saying that for him, running NXT has been ;about putting on the best show we possibly can whether we had competition or not,; that the winner of WWE vs. AEW is ;the fans,; and that ;competition brings out the best in people,; Triple H added:If you talk about the upstart, what they re going out and saying is that they re an alternative. We were that alternative five years ago. We opened the door for being an alternative, we opened the door to show people that it can be done on a bigger level and on a different basis. As far as being the alternative, great, go put on the best show you can put out, and we ll put out the best one we can put out.
The United States had allegedly extracted one of its highest level moles in the Russian government in 2017 over fears he could be caught, CNN reported Monday, citing multiple Trump administration officials. The New York Times later reported that the alleged CIA informant had been spirited away after helping the U.S. intelligence community 's investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race.The alleged U.S. spy could be Oleg Smolenkov, an official with President Vladimir Putin 's administration, Kommersant reported Tuesday, citing anonymous social media channels and past media coverage.
The victim, 18 year old Jack Luibel, was fatally shot at a home near a church in Frayser, a community in North Memphis on Monday afternoon, police said. His body was found in in the driveway.John Luibel, Jack's father, told WMC believes someone possibly posing as a woman sent his son numerous messages through the social media platform Snapchat.
New research could pave the way to ensure any and all cancer cells are made dormant for longer or possibly even killed entirely.Around 30 per cent of breast cancer patients taking hormone therapies see their cancer eventually return - sometimes as long as 20 years after treatment.
Click here to subscribe to the Huntington;s Disease News Newsletter Tiny fatty (lipid) particles can be used to enhance the delivery of gene editing tools, such as CRISPR Cas9, to targeted cells and considerably improve their ability to possibly treat human disorders like Huntington s disease, researchers reported.