NASA on alert as HUGE Asteroid 2014-YB35 set to ‘skim past Earth’ at 23,000 mph on FRIDAY

A 1,000 metre wide asteroid will skim past earthA MAMMOTH asteroid capable of wiping out an entire country is on a near-collision course with Earth, it has emerged.

By NATHAN RAO

From: Express UK

The 1,000-metre wide monster will hurtle terrifyingly close to the planet within days, sparking fears of an unprecedented disaster.

The object called ‘2014-YB35’ is almost the same size as Ben Nevis and will skim the Earth on FRIDAY travelling at more than 23,000 mph.

Small meteorites often pass close by however one of this size is a once in 5,000-year occurrence, according to concerned astronomers. Continue reading

The Elf On The Shelf conditions children to accept a surveillance state, argues professor

Elf on the shelfFrom: The Daily Mail

  • The best-selling children’s book tells the story of an elf reporting back to Santa each night on a child’s behavior
  • Professor Laura Pinto believes that the idea ‘sets up children for dangerous, uncritical acceptance of power structures’
  • ‘You’re teaching (kids) a bigger lesson, which is that it’s OK for other people to spy on you and you’re not entitled to privacy,’ she said
  • It has sold over 6 million copies since 2005 and became a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade for the first time in 2013

Best-selling children’s book The Elf On The Shelf is a disturbing cultural phenomenon which instills in young children the idea that a surveillance state is perfectly acceptable, claims a university professor.

Laura Pinto, a digital technology professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, has published a paper in which she argues that the elf has a very sinister undertow. Continue reading