Dagelijkse archieven: 1 september 2017

World’s biggest X-ray laser launched near Hamburg

World’s biggest X-ray laser launched near Hamburg

World’s biggest X-ray laser launched near Hamburg
A series of laser beams crisscrossed the skies over Hamburg to mark the launch of the world’s biggest x-ray laser, co-financed by Russia. The device is able to photograph objects at an atomic level and is set to “transcend” current scientific boundaries.

Since Monday night, 10 green laser beams have lit up the sky from Hamburg to the nearby town of Schenefeld, while the words “Welcome European XFEL” projected onto a warehouse next to Hamburg’s new concert hall, the Elbphilharmonie.

The elaborate light display, which could be seen from 24 kilometers away, marked the underground path of the world’s biggest X-ray laser, the European XFEL, which became operational on Friday.

“With 27,000 X-ray laser flashes per second and a luminance a billion times higher than that of the best conventional X-ray sources, XFEL will open up entirely new research opportunities and help transcend the current boundaries of scientific research,” the XFEL team said in a press release.

“It will enable international scientists to decipher the molecular composition of viruses and cells, take three-dimensional images of the nanoworld, film chemical reactions and study processes occurring deep inside planets. XFEL will help develop e.g. new medication and new materials.”

A project between 11 European countries, developing the XFEL facility has cost €1.22 billion (US$1.45 billion), the bulk of which (58 percent) was funded by Germany, followed by Russia (27 percent). Present at the launch were German Research Minister Johanna Wanka, Olaf Scholz, the Mayor of Hamburg, Russian presidential aide Andrey Fursenko, and French Research Minister Frederique Vidal.

“Hamburg shines today and in the next few days particularly brightly for science – we are extremely proud that the European XFEL has found its home in the metropolitan area of Hamburg. This shows how well-versed we are in providing the basic framework for cutting-edge research,” Katharina Fegebank, Senator for Science, Research, and Equality, said in a statement on Tuesday.

“For the next years, the European XFEL will ensure that Hamburg is the world’s best location for research into the structure of matter and gives the Bahrenfeld Research Campus as a whole a big boost.”

Since X-rays have a wavelength of 0.8 nanometers, almost 500 times shorter than visible light, the laser can be used to make pictures and videos of objects at an atomic level.

The XFEL facility uses a 3.4-kilometer tunnel system extending to the nearby state of Schleswig-Holstein to accelerate electron particles to a near-light speed before passing through a set of magnets which concentrate them into a series of short, intense bursts of X-rays.

The laser display to commemorate XFEL’s launch will remain until Sunday.

Blijkbaar tellen burgers niet mee, net als tijdens en direct na WW II

New Normal for US: Inflicting Unacceptable Civilian Casualties in Raqqa Strikes

We must be touched with the feeling of their distress, loss, grief and anguish, because war-party Washington is forcing many civilians in Raqqa to pay an unacceptable price.

New Normal for US: Inflicting Unacceptable Civilian Casualties in Raqqa Strikes

The US recently spurned a call by the UN to temporarily halt airstrikes on the Syrian city of Raqqa to allow civilians to flee. That call had come after multiple instances of US strikes killing civilians in and around the city. Today, UN officials are warning that the city’s population is still paying an “unacceptable price” from the US airstrikes, and that continued US bombardment may be in violation of international law as a result. The US has been trying to back an invasion of Raqqa against ISIL by its proxy forces.

An estimated 20,000 civilians remain in Raqqa, and the US has labeled them “human shields.” The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has warned that in just the month of August they documented 151 civilian deaths from the US-led invasion and US airstrikes. The high commissioner noted that all civilians, including human shields, must be protected at all times, and said the US forces are ignoring humanitarian law’s “principles of precautions, distinction, and proportionality.”

Worse still, US officials are committing the same crimes in Yemen and Afghanistan. In both countries they also insist they are taking utmost care to avoid civilian deaths. In reality, however, the Pentagon regime’s main effort in keeping the official death toll down has been to deliver preposterously low undercounts of how many people they have killed in reports.

There is no transparency on US troop levels either. The War Party has thrown the international protocols entirely out the window. Instead, they have signed orders on a planned escalation of the war on Syria. The lack of figures should be unsurprising, as President Trump insists the troop levels will not be made public, claiming the “enemy must never know.” Still, the high number of civilian deaths surely shows there is no legality to this bloody campaign. It’s an imperfect substitute for accountability:

It is wrong and immoral for the US to seek to escape the consequences of its acts. Evidence gathered on the ground in Raqqa points to an alarming pattern of US-led coalition airstrikes which have destroyed whole houses with entire families inside. This suggests that coalition forces leading the offensive in Raqqa have failed to take adequate precautions to prevent civilian deaths, in flagrant violation of International Humanitarian Law.

There is also no longer any public accountability. As confirmed on May 26, the Pentagon no longer acknowledges when its own aircraft are responsible for civilian casualty incidents; rather they will be hidden under the umbrella of the US. Centcom should own up to its own actions rather than dispersing responsibility.

Whatever this is, US forces carrying out air strikes in Raqqa must conduct thorough investigations into reports of civilian casualties from operations and disclose their findings. It is high time the US authorities came clean about the full extent of the civilian damage caused by their attacks. Independent and impartial investigations must be carried out by the UN into any potential violations of International Humanitarian Law – and the findings should be made public.

Research and documentation by leading human rights and monitoring organizations including the Syrian Network for Human Rights, Airwars and the Violations Documentation Center indicates that the total number of civilians killed by US-led Coalition forces in Syria since operations began could be as high as several thousand.

Despite the evidence, CENTCOM has not acknowledged responsibility. The failure to adequately and transparently investigate reports of civilian casualties and of violations of International Humanitarian Law falls short of international standards and contrasts starkly with international commitments to address civilian casualties from US military operations. The lack of acknowledgment, apology or compensation is also at odds with International Law.

This is really the lowest point for the Pentagon regime and US officials. It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest point is empathy, for it requires them to suspend their egos and live in another’s world – people living in horror in Raqqa. It requires profound purpose larger than the self kind of understanding, which doesn’t exist in Washington.

De wereld door de bril van Ben Jager

Geachte lezer,


De media vliegen uit de bocht om de geesten rijp te maken voor alweer een oorlog, nog voor de voortmodderende/-moordende oorlogen ‘succesvol’ zijn beëindigd.


Zoals gebruikelijk moet versimpeling van de situatie, en het achterwege laten van alles wat niet in de beeldvorming past, ons denkkader bepalen. T/m leugens op leugens stapelen, en oude doorgeprikte leugens toch alsmaar blijven herhalen.


Het ligt er zo verschrikkelijk dik bovenop, dat zelfs de meest idolate oorlogsfanaat  snapt dat de werkelijkheid anders is dan ons wordt voorgehouden.

De door media en politiekers opgeblazen halve waarheden en hele leugens + al wat opportunistisch wordt verzwegen stapelden zich de afgelopen weken snel op. Zodanig, een aantal voorbeelden en achtergronden ivm. de oorlogsretoriek richting N.Korea op een rij gezet.

Heel moeilijk is het niet eens, kost wel tijd. Bewijst weer eens dat de georganiseerde journalistiek opzettelijk de beeldvorming naar hun hand zetten.


Niets laten ze ons weten over de (omvangrijke) wapenexport:

A meeting with Kim’s son-in-law, who was in charge of country’s arms exports, was set up, Setton said.


Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit, in collaboration with The Guardian newspaper, is publishing an array of articles, analyses exploring the stories contained within the documents. The Spy Cables include papers written by intelligence agencies the world over, including: Israel’s Mossad, Britain’s MI6, Russia’s FSB, Australia’s ASIO and South Africa’s SSA.                                                        



The eldest of the three Jong-il children is also known for his playboy lifestyle. Kim Jong Nam, has previously said his younger brother’s regime will ‘not last long’. After he was overlooked for the job he described the succession of power to Kim Jong Un as‘a joke to the outside world’ in an email published yesterday by


And he said his half brother would be ‘just a nominal figure’, adding:

The members of the power elite will be the ones in actual power.’


Of dit:

Noord-Koreaanse arbeiders en technici leverden bijvoorbeeld veel van de technologie voor de smartphones van ondernemingen als Samsung                   Ook werken Noord-Koreaanse bedrijven als onderaannemers voor nu vooral Chinese fabrieken.


Dan nog dit:

The division placed sixteen million Koreans in the American zone and nine million in the Soviet zone.[9] To the surprise of the Americans, the Soviet Union immediately accepted the division.

This division of Korea, after more than a millennium of being unified, was seen as controversial and temporary by both regimes.


During the course of the three-year war, which both sides accuse one another of provoking, the U.S. dropped 635,000 tons of explosives on North Korea, including 32,557 tons of napalm, an incendiary liquid that can clear forested areas and cause devastating burns to human skin.

U.S. bombs “killed off 20 percent of the population” and “targeted everything that moved in North Korea.” These acts, largely ignored by the U.S.’ collective memory,

Most Americans are completely unaware that we destroyed more cities in the North then we did in Japan or Germany during World War II…                       

 Every North Korean knows about this, it’s drilled into their minds. We never hear about it,” historian and author Bruce Cumings told Newsweek by email Monday. 

 http://www.n    ewsweek.com/us-forget-korean-war-led-crisis-north-592630


Stalinistische greep op informatievoorziening door vele politiekers bij ons anno nu nog onverschrokken aangeprezen cq. bij wet opgelegd . . . .  :  http://www.martinvrijland.nl/nieuws-analyses/hoe-facebook-steeds-meer-censuur-en-sturing-toepast-en-wat-te-doen/



mvgr. Ben Jager

Opmerkelijke uitspraak van Putin

Aangeleverd door: Spruitje

Putin: Leader in artificial intelligence will rule world

September 1, 2017 Updated: September 1, 2017 11:01am

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says that whoever reaches a breakthrough in developing artificial intelligence will come to dominate the world.

Putin, speaking Friday at a meeting with students, said the development of AI raises “colossal opportunities and threats that are difficult to predict now.”

He warned that “the one who becomes the leader in this sphere will be the ruler of the world.”

Putin warned that “it would be strongly undesirable if someone wins a monopolist position” and promised that Russia would be ready to share its know-how in artificial intelligence with other nations.

The Russian leader predicted that future wars will be fought by drones, and “when one party’s drones are destroyed by drones of another, it will have no other choice but to surrender.”