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Old 09-16-2008, 07:05 AM   #401
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I imagine down the line Shaq's footprints will lend more evidence towards Bigfoot.
I'm torn on bigfoot. I think it's possible that they do/did exist. Lack of a body/carcass/etc is the only thing missing - i'm not saying there aren't hoaxes - but the world is often stranger than it seems often times...

Then this guy:

http://www.stevequayle.com/Giants/index2.html

Has done work on Giants - it's interesting...
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Not sure if you put it up on here, but have you been discussing that particle accellerator and the god particle they're expecting to find (but Hawking bet against)?
I've been following it, but not discussing it. I think those looking for such a particle are thinking too small about it.
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As Barriers Disappear, Some Gender Gaps Widen
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Does al-Qaeda exist?
Not in the way that we think, say some terrorism experts.
by Brendan O'Neill

'Al-Qaeda bombing foiled' says the front page of today's UK Sun, reporting the arrest yesterday of 24-year-old student Sajid Badat in Gloucester, England, on suspicion of involvement in terrorist activity. Other reports have referred to Badat as 'having links with al-Qaeda' and being a potential 'suicide bomber' (1).

Also this week, media reports claim that al-Qaeda may have developed 'car-bomb capability' in the USA, and that al-Qaeda has compiled a 'kidnappers' manual' and is plotting to snatch American troops from Iraq and other parts of the Middle East. Every day since the 9/11 attacks of 2001 there have been media reports about al-Qaeda - its leaders, members, capabilities, bank accounts, reach and threat. What is this al-Qaeda? Does such a group even exist?

Some terrorism experts doubt it. Adam Dolnik and Kimberly McCloud reckon it's time we 'defused the widespread image of al-Qaeda as a ubiquitous, super-organised terror network and call it as it is: a loose collection of groups and individuals that doesn't even refer to itself as al-Qaeda'. Dolnik and McCloud - who first started studying terrorism at the prestigious Monterey Institute of International Studies in California - claim it was Western officials who imposed the name 'al-Qaeda' on to disparate radical Islamic groups and who blew Osama bin Laden's power and reach 'out of proportion'. Both are concerned about the threat of terror, but argue that we should 'debunk the myth of al-Qaeda' (2).
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Old 09-16-2008, 07:37 AM   #405
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Angel Dust Inspired a new Schizophrenia Drug

hen scientists learned that PCP, also known as angel dust, can cause every single symptom of schizophrenia, they wondered if chemicals that have the opposite effect could fight mental disorders. That insight led to them to discover a new class of antipsychotic medications.

To understand how the recreational drug plays tricks on the mind, neuroscientists gave it to lab rats. Those researchers could counteract the strange behavior of their furry assistants by stimulating brain proteins called glutamate receptors. Big drug companies, including Eli Lilly, took note of that discovery and started searching for molecules that can push the same psychological buttons in humans.

In the Sep 15 issue of Chemical and Engineering News, Carmen Drahl told that story, along with the tales of three other experimental medications that could turn the tide against schizophrenia. Each compound operates in a completely different way, and all of them have been tested on human volunteers.

That is really big news because doctors have been stuck using the same class of pills -- dopamine blockers -- since the 1950's.

Drahl got the scoop on the new treatments during a special seminar about schizophrenia, which took place last month during the American Chemical Society meeting in Philadelphia.

LY404039 was discovered by Eli Lilly and works by activating glutamate receptors. It is furthest along in the approval process. Unlike other schizophrenia drugs, it does not cause excessive weight gain.
DCCCyB was developed by Merck, and it does the job by blocking glycine transporters
PF-2545920 was tested by Pfizer, and it gums up a phosphodiesterase enzyme.
TC-5619 was invented at Targacept and it excites nicotine receptors with far more precision than the finest cigarettes. Schizophrenics tend to medicate themselves by smoking, and new drug may offer them a similar kind of relief without the serious health risks that come from tobacco products.

If these drugs are approved by the FDA, the social implications could be profound: A great deal of homelessness is caused by psychological problems. Perhaps some of these new substances will allow people with serious mental illness to become functional and live somewhat normal lives.
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Large Hadron Collider claims its first victim (plus have ritual suicides opened the Stargate?)

Looks like the world didn't end for all of us because of the Large Hadron Collider but it did for one poor girl:

A 17-year-old girl committed suicide in Madhya Pradesh's Rajgarh district fearing the end of the world in the most ambitious scientific experiment in Geneva to fathom the mysteries of creation, the police said Wednesday.

Chhaya, resident of Rajgarh district's Sarangpur town, consumed tablets of sulphas (an insecticide) Tuesday after watching news on TV channels about the Geneva experiment in which the world's largest collider will recreate conditions of the earliest universe.


One odd touch:

India has presented CERN with a huge bronze statue of Nataraja, Lord Shiva performing his dance of creation and destruction.


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This is very much like the boy who thought he caused 911 and the man who believes he is responsible for global warming. What's worse is that it doesn't make any sense - if the world died slowly there would be plenty of time to kill yourself before the end and if it all happened in the blink of an eye there would be no suffering (unless you think you'd be trapped just beyond the event horizon with your agony prolonged until the end of the universe, I suppose). Of course, sense is rarely a factor in such sad events.

Sense also seems to be rather lacking in the other, wilder story to emerge from the LHC going live. However, you'll have to read that below the fold.


Ritual suicides open the Stargate

The site WhatDoesitMean.com always manages to put a wild spin on the news, usually using some current event as a launchpad to a story which feels like it has crossed the line into fiction, usually using secret sources that are impossible to verify. As one might expect the LHC is no exception, so hold on to your hats (and turn your critical thinking motor up to 11):

A most strange FSB report is making its rounds in the Kremlin today that says over 20 US Soldiers from the United States Army’s 716th Military Police Battalion, 101st Airborne Division, tasked with providing security for the ancient Iraqi city of Babylon, and based in the Iraqi city of Hilla, have committed ‘mass suicide’ after their attempt to ‘link’ what is described as an ancient ‘stargate’ to CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, and which is about to begin one of the most controversial science experiments in human history, and as we can read.

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To the mass suicide of these US Soldiers we can also read as reported by Iran’s Press TV News Service:

“Iraqi security sources have revealed that 21 US troops had committed suicide inside a former Iraqi air force base 27 days ago, Fars News Agency reported on Monday.

According to the sources, the 21 troops were treated in a hospital but only five soldiers have survived and they are in a critical condition. Security officials said they used potent narcotics to kill themselves. "The bodies of the US troops became misshapen[in] such a way that they looked like 5000-year mummies," said a witness.”

It should be noted that Russian Intelligence Analysts have long reported on these Western Nations attempts to reestablish ‘contact’ with their ancient gods, and as we had previously reported on in our April 16, 2006 report, “Mysterious ‘Ritual’ Performed By United States Military Forces In Babylon Raises Concerns Of Muslim And Russian Orthodox Religious Leaders”, in which we had detailed the most true history of these peoples, and also issued a warning to them.

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Oh boy. It then goes on to discuss feathered serpents, Easter, mystic eggs and some other stuff that only seemed tangentially connected but you'll have tor read that for yourself. If you dare!!! Or if you can be bothered. Me? I think I'll wait until the DVD comes out.
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Fractals: they’re famously found in nature and artists have created some incredible renderings as well. Fractals are purely a wonder - too irregular for Euclidean geometry; iterative and recursive and seemingly infinite. They turn up in food and germs, plants and animals, mountains and water and sky. Here are seventeen stunning examples:
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A controversial new X-ray technology is being tested that could stop potential terrorists from blowing up a car bomb at one of the nation's airports, homeland security officials say.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is running a test at a North Carolina ferry terminal of a 21-foot-high arch-like machine that shoots low-intensity X-rays at cars as they pass through. The photos show whether explosives or drugs might be in the car.

The technology, called backscatter X-ray, is in use at several airports to screen passengers. Privacy advocates have denounced scanning people as invasive because the X-rays can see through clothes.

Melissa Ngo, a Washington, D.C., lawyer who focuses on privacy issues, says using the technology for cars could pave the way for "Big Brother" government spying.

"If this technology ends up being deployed widely, it seems to be another step toward a society where you need to accept surveillance in every part of your life," Ngo says.

TSA Assistant Administrator John Sammon said motorist privacy won't be invaded because taking X-rays of cars "is a fairly non-intrusive way of being able to inspect vehicles that are coming in" to an airport. At many airports, cars are currently stopped at random and searched by authorities.
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Satanists Stab Victims 666 Times, Then Eat Them
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Four teenagers were horrifically slain by Satanists — stabbed 666 times each and then eaten. The gang of Devil worshippers butchered their victims and roasted them on a bonfire before devouring their flesh.



Horrified cops found body parts dumped in a pit beside an upside-down cross, a symbol used in Satanic worship. The victims all suffered 666 knife wounds — the number associated with the Beast, or Antichrist, and featured in horror films such as The Omen.

The pals, three girls and a boy aged 16 or 17, were all Goths. They were lured one by one to a cottage and forced to get drunk before being butchered. Hair from them was found in the embers of a fire the gang lit under a tree.

Police believe the teenagers were cooked in the flames before their flesh
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Could inner zombie be controlling your brain?
Evidence suggests self-aware part of our brains isn't always in charge
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Pope condemns 'pagan' love of money, power
Benedict leads more than 250,000 Catholics in outdoor Mass in Paris


PARIS - Pope Benedict XVI condemned unbridled “pagan” passion for power, possessions and money as a modern-day plague Saturday as he led more than a quarter of a million Catholics in an outdoor Mass in Paris.

Benedict was making his first visit as pontiff to the French capital, renowned for its luxury goods, fashion sense and cultural riches.

“Has not our modern world created its own idols?” Benedict said in his homily, and wondered aloud whether people have “imitated, perhaps inadvertently, the pagans of antiquity?”


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Hey pope - where's the damn collection plate? Or do you want us to ask about "god's banker" and the ties to some of the most corrupt people in the world?
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How Fractals Can Explain What's Wrong with Wall Street
The geometry that describes the shape of coastlines and the patterns of galaxies also elucidates how stock prices soar and plummet

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'Robin Hood' bank manager stole 7m from rich clients and gave it to needy customers


A bank manager behaved like a real-life Robin Hood by taking millions of pounds from rich clients and giving it to needy customers.

Benedict Hancock, a 39-year-old father of two, channelled more than 7million into the accounts of companies in trouble.

Astonishingly, the unassuming Royal Bank of Scotland senior relationship manager did so for 'an entirely altruistic motive', Blackfriars Crown Court has heard.
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an interesting read and POV on "possesions".
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Maybe soon... I had some **** happen - not girl **** this time - lol - car **** though.
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http://www.livescience.com/space/080923-dark-flows.html

Mysterious New 'Dark Flow' Discovered in Space

As if the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy weren't vexing enough, another baffling cosmic puzzle has been discovered.

Patches of matter in the universe seem to be moving at very high speeds and in a uniform direction that can't be explained by any of the known gravitational forces in the observable universe. Astronomers are calling the phenomenon "dark flow."

The stuff that's pulling this matter must be outside the observable universe, researchers conclude.

When scientists talk about the observable universe, they don't just mean as far out as the eye, or even the most powerful telescope, can see. In fact there's a fundamental limit to how much of the universe we could ever observe, no matter how advanced our visual instruments. The universe is thought to have formed about 13.7 billion years ago. So even if light started travelling toward us immediately after the Big Bang, the farthest it could ever get is 13.7 billion light-years in distance. There may be parts of the universe that are farther away (we can't know how big the whole universe is), but we can't see farther than light could travel over the entire age of the universe.

Mysterious motions

Scientists discovered the flow by studying some of the largest structures in the cosmos: giant clusters of galaxies. These clusters are conglomerations of about a thousand galaxies, as well as very hot gas which emits X-rays. By observing the interaction of the X-rays with the cosmic microwave background (CMB), which is leftover radiation from the Big Bang, scientists can study the movement of clusters.

The X-rays scatter photons in the CMB, shifting its temperature in an effect known as the kinematic Sunyaev-Zel'dovich (SZ) effect. This effect had not been observed as a result of galaxy clusters before, but a team of researchers led by Alexander Kashlinsky, an astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., found it when they studied a huge catalogue of 700 clusters, reaching out up to 6 billion light-years, or half the universe away. They compared this catalogue to the map of the CMB taken by NASA's Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) satellite.

They discovered that the clusters were moving nearly 2 million mph (3.2 million kph) toward a region in the sky between the constellations of Centaurus and Vela. This motion is different from the outward expansion of the universe (which is accelerated by the force called dark energy).

"We found a very significant velocity, and furthermore, this velocity does not decrease with distance, as far as we can measure," Kashlinsky told SPACE.com. "The matter in the observable universe just cannot produce the flow we measure."

Inflationary bubble

The scientists deduced that whatever is driving the movements of the clusters must lie beyond the known universe.

A theory called inflation posits that the universe we see is just a small bubble of space-time that got rapidly expanded after the Big Bang. There could be other parts of the cosmos beyond this bubble that we cannot see.

In these regions, space-time might be very different, and likely doesn't contain stars and galaxies (which only formed because of the particular density pattern of mass in our bubble). It could include giant, massive structures much larger than anything in our own observable universe. These structures are what researchers suspect are tugging on the galaxy clusters, causing the dark flow.

"The structures responsible for this motion have been pushed so far away by inflation, I would guesstimate they may be hundreds of billions of light years away, that we cannot see even with the deepest telescopes because the light emitted there could not have reached us in the age of the universe," Kashlinsky said in a telephone interview. "Most likely to create such a coherent flow they would have to be some very strange structures, maybe some warped space time. But this is just pure speculation."

Surprising find

Though inflation theory forecasts many odd facets of the distant universe, not many scientists predicted the dark flow.

"It was greatly surprising to us and I suspect to everyone else," Kashlinsky said. "For some particular models of inflation you would expect these kinds of structures, and there were some suggestions in the literature that were not taken seriously I think until now."

The discovery could help scientists probe what happened to the universe before inflation, and what's going on in those inaccessible realms we cannot see.

The researchers detail their findings in the Oct. 20 issue of the journal Astrophysical Journal Letters.
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In a promising result for gene therapy, researchers have dramatically improved the vision of several patients with a rare, inherited eye condition called Leber congenital amaurosis. The early study was intended to simply test the safety of the treatment, but the patients displayed such significant improvement that researchers decided to publicize the results.

Gene therapy works on a simple principle - to replace a malfunctioning gene, and restore function to a part of the body affected by a genetic disorder. In practice, however, it has proved very difficult to find ways to introduce the new gene copies in the correct tissues, and experiments in animals have had mixed results [BBC News].

In the new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences [subscription required], researchers selected three patients who possessed defective versions of the RPE65 gene, which normally produces an enzyme that maintains a protective layer of cells underlying light- and color-detecting photoreceptor cells. Cideciyan’s team used a virus to introduce healthy versions of the gene into their patients’ eyes, stimulating enzyme production allowing the remaining photoreceptors to function normally. Improvement began in just over a week, and remained after 90 days — the study’s endpoint [Wired News].

While only 3,000 people in the United States have Leber congenital amaurosis, researchers say that gene therapy could be used to treat other inherited eye conditions, including some forms of macular degeneration. Says ophthalmologist Stephen Rose: “We may be able to prevent blindness in children and restore functional vision in adults who have been blind for many years” [WebMD].

Earlier safety studies of the technique hinted at the impressive results to come; read about them in the Discoblog post, “Can Gene Therapy Cure the Blind?”
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This one is absolutely awesome, dude. Keep up the good work of finding all this!
I love...possibility - you know. I'd rather read news like this than all the other garbage.
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SANTA CRUZ -- Police raided a Westside house Friday morning where they suspected people were producing opiates and arrested a UC Santa Cruz doctoral candidate who said he used dried poppy pods to flavor home-brewed beer a month ago.

"All I did was make a poppy beer," said Chad Renzelman, 28, who was arrested at his Bay Street home Friday. "I spent all morning in jail for brewing beer. I had no idea what I was doing was illegal."

But police reported that Renzelman, who studies chemistry, allegedly had used a chemical process to extract opium from poppy plant pods, then converted the opium to morphine.

Morphine is the active opiate in heroin.

Police reported finding a pressurized canister of homemade beer laced with morphine in Renzelman's garage, as well as lab equipment contaminated with opium alkaloids and other hazardous chemicals.

Renzelman said in a phone interview Friday that he bought the dried poppy pods on eBay and used them more than a month ago to make beer. He and some friends have a "home-brew co-op" and brew beer together on the weekends.

"Then we just have it always for us to drink," he said.

Other recent brews have included a chocolate mint stout and a mango blonde ale. The poppy beer has since been consumed, he said.

"We make a different beer every week. Poppy beer just happened to be one of them," he said. "It was a little

stronger. It had a kick to it but it wasn't anything horrible."

Police suspected the poppies were used in the beer production, but that's still illegal, Capt. Steve Clark said.

Police got a search warrant after informants tipped them off to suspected poppy processing at the house, Clark said. Renzelman said he thinks officers found the poppy stems he put in the trash last month.

"I guess they've just been brewing on this for a while," he said.

Friday afternoon, lab investigators from the state Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement, chemists from the state Department of Justice and officials from county Environmental Health were called to survey Renzelman's backyard because police suspected he was dumping hazardous poppy waste there.

Renzelman said they were wearing hazmat suits and digging through his compost pile, where he disposes of the spent grain from his beer-making.

Police reported that the hazardous material was cleaned up and there was no danger to surrounding homes.

Renzelman was not growing plants.

However, just having poppy plants in a flower bed is technically a violation, though officers usually just seize the plants without making any arrests.

"It's pretty common for people to grow poppy flowers around the city because they're pretty," Clark said.

Renzelman was arrested on suspicion of possessing and manufacturing a controlled substance.

If convicted, Renzelman faces up to seven years in prison.
Contact Jennifer Squires at 429-2449 or jsquires@santacruzsentinel.com.
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JFK? You've heard about him. Caesar? Got his own salad. History is stuffed with famous warriors and mad geniuses who are just waiting to be played by Russel Crowe, or at least, Ben Affleck. This article isn't about them. This is about the little guys who wandered onto History's highway and managed to do something that changed the world for the better, and in a huge way.

The Security Guard Who Brought Down a President

There you are, getting ready for work, brushing your teeth, staring at the mirror, wondering if anyone is going to notice that zit, and then this thought pops into your head: "Today, I'm going to accidentally bring down the American government."

Never happened to you? Security guard Frank Wills had no early warning either. With a hefty paycheck of $80 a week, Wills might have had good reason to believe he was well out of History's high beams. In 1972, while patrolling the offices where the Democratic National Headquarters was, he noticed that little strips of tape was holding a few doors open. He tore them off. Coming back later, he saw that the tape had been replaced and, he called the police.
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State Rep. proposes voluntary sterilization for poor

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Blood pressure is rising in the public debate over a plan by one Louisiana representative offering what some might call a bizarre way to fight poverty.

Representative John LaBruzzo of Metairie wants to pay poor people to get sterilized and reward rich people for having children. His proposal is already fueling heated debate.

"How can these people qualify for food stamps with $40,000 cars that I can't afford and I'm paying taxes?" LaBruzzo asks. Since hurricanes Gustav and Ike, LaBruzzo says his constituents have been calling him, angry about people they say rely on the government for handouts. "We need to deal with this before it explodes," he says

So, he is toying with his own solution. He has come up with the idea of voluntary sterilization for the poor. As a reward, they would get $1,000 from the state government. "If we don't break generational welfare trend, lot of people feel taken advantage of, then another problem on our hands." LaBruzzo is also thinking about proposing tax incentives for people not on welfare to encourage them to have children. "So many people on the other side of the political spectrum are pro-choice. Well, let's give these people the ability to choose."
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Have you come across this site before?

http://www.damninteresting.com/

We seem to have a lot of similar tastes in articles so you might like that place. It's a batch of articles on historical stuff that isn't really known or talked about. The writing is very good and often adds a little spice of humor. The latest article discusses a plan in the early 20th century to damn the Mediterranean to increase European land mass and to displace the African natives with Europeans (via land bridge from Sicily, now connected to Italy by land because of the damn, to Tripoli). It had a lot of major support at one time but obviously failed. Now you never even hear about it. That's the kind of articles they write.

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Old 09-29-2008, 08:38 AM   #424
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Have you come across this site before?

http://www.damninteresting.com/

We seem to have a lot of similar tastes in articles so you might like that place. It's a batch of articles on historical stuff that isn't really known or talked about. The writing is very good and often adds a little spice of humor. The latest article discusses a plan in the early 20th century to damn the Mediterranean to increase European land mass and to displace the African natives with Europeans (via land bridge from Sicily, now connected to Italy by land because of the damn, to Tripoli). It had a lot of major support at one time but obviously failed. Now you never even hear about it. That's the kind of articles they write.
Yep, i used to go there a lot before - i think my bookmarks got jacked when i tried to be to cute with them during a restore sometime ago.

Thanks though for the re-link-link.
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http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/uf...foaleman_3.htm

Early Development

The SS E-IV (Entwicklungsstelle 4), a development unit of the SS occult “Order of the Black Sun” was tasked with researching alternative energies to make the Third Reich independent of scarce fuel oil for war production. Their work included developing alternative energies and fuels.

This group developed by 1939 a revolutionary electro-magnetic-gravitic engine which improved Hans Coler’s free energy machine into an energy Konverter coupled to a Van De Graaf band generator and Marconi vortex dynamo (a spherical tank of mercury) to create powerful rotating electromagnetic fields that affected gravity and reduced mass. It was designated the Thule Triebwerk (Thrustwork, a.ka. Tachyonator-7 drive) and was to be installed into a Thule designed disc.
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