Steve Phillips, RealGeopolitick: You know exactly who the offenders are in your Facebook feed. You have friends who like to talk about or post things on politics, religion or nearly anything else. And you can't believe how many things they say are outlandish, offensive and outrageous. What's their deal? Believe it or not, there is a pretty simple explanation for much of this kind of behavior. What you're observing is conflict neurosis. It's an obscure concept that originates in the study of international affairs, but its application goes far beyond that. The thrust of conflict neurosis is that you should expect irrational behavior when there is any significant conflict. read more
A suborbital passenger spaceship being developed by Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic crashed during a test flight on Friday at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, officials said.
Two pilots were aboard the spaceship, which was undergoing its first powered test flight since January. It was not immediately known if they were able to parachute to safety.
A "serious anomaly" resulted in the "loss" of SpaceShipTwo during a test flight Friday, and the status of the pilots isn't known, Virgin Galactic said. Virgin Galactic has planned for years to sell trips in which SpaceShipTwo transports passengers about 62 miles above Earth -- the beginning of outer space -- and let them experience a few minutes of weightlessness before returning to ground.