Monday, January 14, 2013

AGE OF OBAMA: End Of The United States - Patriotic Group To Build Armed "Defensible" Neighborhood Fortress, As Obama Plans To Use Executive Powers On Gun Control?!

January 14, 2013 - UNITED STATES - A group of like-minded patriots, bound together by pride in American exceptionalism, plan on building an armed community to protect their liberty.  The group, named Citadel, intends to purchase 2,000 to 3,000 acres for the project in western Idaho.  The community will comprise of 3,500 to 7,000 families of patriotic Americans who "voluntarily choose to live together in accordance with Thomas Jefferson's ideal of Rightful Liberty."  According to the Citadel website, Rightful Liberty means that "neighbors keep their noses out of other neighbors' business, that neighbors live and let live."  Citadel explains that residents in the community will be bound by the following:

  • Patriotism
  • Pride in American Exceptionalism
  • Our proud history of Liberty as defined by our Founding Fathers, and
  • Physical preparedness to survive and prevail in the face of natural catastrophes --such as Hurricanes Sandy or Katrina -- or man-made catastrophes such as a power grid failure or economic collapse.
Residents should also agree that being "prepared for the emergencies of life and being proficient with the American icon of Liberty -- the Rifle -- are prudent measures." Some of the benefits of the Citadel community include a safe, well-prepared, patriotic community where children will be educated in school, not indoctrinated. The community will be protected by a perimeter wall that will be inaccessible to "tourists." Each neighborhood within the community will have lower walls, dividing the town into defensible sections. The website has a link to applications where prospective residents can sign up. According to Citadel, more than 200 families have completed applications, even before any land has been purchased. While Citadel may sound wonderful to many who are reading this, the community has posted a warning on their home page: "Marxists, Socialists, Liberals and Establishment Republicans will likely find that life in our community is incompatible with their existing ideology and preferred lifestyles." Citadel says that every patriot selected to live within the community "will voluntarily agree to follow the footsteps of our Founding Fathers by swearing to one another our lives, our fortunes and our Sacred Honor to defend one another and Liberty against all enemies, foreign and domestic." - CNS News.

Obama: Some Gun Control Measures 'I Can Accomplish Through Executive Action'.
President Obama said he'd take "executive action" to deal with guns at his press conference today: "My understanding is the vice president's going to provide a range of steps that we can take to reduce gun violence," said Obama. "Some of them will require legislation, some of them I can accomplish through executive action. And so I will be reviewing those today, and as I said, I will speak in more detail to what we're going to go ahead and propose later in the week. But I'm confident that there are some steps that we can take that don't require legislation and that are within my authority as president, and where you get a step that, has the opportunity to reduce the possibility of gun violence, then i want to go ahead and take it." - The Weekly Standard.

WATCH: Obama to use executive power on gun control.

SHADOW WARS: Escalating Towards World War III - China's Space Activities Raising US Satellite Security Concerns!

January 14, 2013 - UNITED STATES - The United States is concerned about China's expanding ability to disrupt the most sensitive U.S. military and intelligence satellites, as Beijing pursues its expanded ambitions in space, according to multiple sources in the U.S. government and outside space experts.

A Long March 3A rocket carrying the Chang'e One lunar orbiter blasts off from the Xichang Satellite
Launch Centre in southwest China's Sichuan province October 24, 2007. REUTERS/Stringer.
A classified U.S. intelligence assessment completed late last year analyzed China's increasing activities in space and mapped out the growing vulnerability of U.S. satellites that provide secure military communications, warn about enemy missile launches and provide precise targeting coordinates, said the sources, who were not authorized to speak publicly. "It was a very credible and sobering assessment that is now provoking a lot of activities in different quarters," said one former government official who is familiar with U.S. national security satellite programs. The intelligence report raised red flags about Beijing's ability to disrupt satellites in higher orbits, which could put the most sensitive U.S. spacecraft at risk, according to the sources. China has already conducted several anti-satellite tests at lower orbital levels in recent years. Given the heightened concerns, Washington is keeping a watchful eye on Chinese activities that could be used to disrupt U.S. satellites.

It is also urging Beijing to avoid a repeat of its January 2007 test that created an enormous amount of "space junk," said one senior defense official. Details of the latest Chinese moves that have raised U.S. concerns remain classified. U.S. officials charge that China's anti-satellite activities are part of a major military modernization that has seen Beijing test two new stealth fighters; step up cyber attacks on foreign computer networks; and launch more commercial and military satellites in 2012 than the United States. China still lags behind the United States in most military fields. "What we're seeing is a heightened sense in the United States that China is a potential threat and that it has the technology to be a threat if it wishes to," said Jonathan McDowell, with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. "As China becomes a space superpower, and given that it does have a significant military component to its space program, it is inevitable that the U.S. will be concerned about threats to its most valued satellite systems, whether or not China actually intends to deploy such aggressive systems," he said. - Reuters.

WATCH: 'US strikes China nuclear match in Asia-Pacific powderkeg'.

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: Massive Sinkhole Swallows Up A Car In Brazil!

January 14, 2013 - BRAZIL - A man in Brazil was driving in the city of Campo Grande, when suddenly a massive crater opened underneath.

The entire car was swallowed in under two minutes, but luckily the driver managed to get out in time. The area where the sinkhole appeared have been deluged by heavy rains and persistent flooding for several weeks.

WATCH: Massive sinkhole opens up in Campo Grande.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: The Plosky Tolbachik Volcano Creates Unprecedented Lake Of Lava - Emits Jets Of Hot Lava Up To 200 Metres High!

January 14, 2013 - RUSSIA - A volcano erupting in Russia's Far East is sending plumes of gas and ash high into the sky and creating a lava lake.

Plosky Tolbachik volcano which started erupting last week has continued to spew ash and smoke into the air. The Plosky Tolbachik volcano, in the Kamchatka Peninsula, last erupted in 1976. (Alexander Petrov/Associated Press).
The Plosky Tolbachik volcano is located in Kamchatka peninsula, hundreds of kilometres from the nearest residential areas.

Gennady Karpov, a volcano expert at Russia's Academy of Sciences in the Far East, said Friday: "There were no lava lakes at Kamchatka volcanos before now. We have never seen this before."

Plosky Tolbachik has emitted jets of hot lava up to 200 metres high.

Its last eruption had occurred in November after the volcano was dormant for almost 40 years.

Russian officials said the current eruptions are not likely to end any time soon. However, the volcano is not forcing any changes in the flight patterns of airlines that pass over that area of Russia, said Karpov and the European air traffic agency Eurocontrol in Belgium. - CBC.

WATCH: Latest eruption from Tolbachik.

TERMINATOR NOW: The Rise Of The Machines - Boeing's "Non-Lethal" CHAMP Missiles Could Mark "A New Era In Modern Warfare"!

January 14, 2013 - UNITED STATES - In this occasional series, the National Post tells you everything you need to know about a complicated issue. Today, Stephen Starr looks at technology that fires electronic-disabling microwaves — not warheads — and how it could change the face of war.

The Boeing Phantom Works’ Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP)
sends out electromagnetic pulses to disable any electronics in a wide area. Courtesy of Boeing.
Q: Are there really microwave missiles?
Yes. A three-year, US$40-million project to launch Boeing Phantom Works’ Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP) became reality in the Utah desert last October. The missile — launched from an aircraft before flying over its target — sends out electromagnetic pulses that are designed to disable any electronics in a wide area — destroying an enemy’s computers and communications without killing enemy soldiers or civilians. In the October test, the missile fired microwaves at a two-storey building causing all the electronics and computers inside to go dark. Even the cameras monitoring the test were knocked out.

Q: Wow. Is this new technology?
It’s been around for a while.The microwave pulse — similar to an electromagnetic pulse — can damage electrical equipment rather like what happens after a nuclear bomb explodes. Pulses were first detected in the 1940s, and even expected by scientists during nuclear detonation tests.

Q: What’s been the reaction to the test?
Boeing CHAMP program manager Keith Coleman was elated. “Today we made science fiction science fact,” he said. “This technology marks a new era in modern-day warfare.” Norman Friedman, a defence analyst and former deputy director of National Security Studies at the Hudson Institute, said, “It’s a very attractive idea. It’s a non-lethal weapon that could be extremely effective.”

Q: Why is it so important at this time?
The deployment of unmanned drones, not boots on the ground, has become a cornerstone of U.S. President Barack Obama’s foreign policy. Better targeting of enemy sites may also help restore faith in overseas Western intervention, long viewed negatively by populations of Pakistan, the Arab world and other Muslim countries.

Q: Outside the kitchen, just how effective are microwaves?
Some experts are sceptical of the CHAMP missile’s effectiveness. “The claim was that it was used once and the lights went out in one area. That doesn’t prove a lot,” Mr. Friedman said. He also expressed reservations about the area and distance over which the CHAMP may effectively operate. “Furthermore, if you’re in contact with enemy forces through backchannels or diplomacy, then you lose this channel if this technology is deployed.” Ben Goodlad, a senior analyst and missiles specialist at IHS Jane’s, says no military has committed to buying the weapon at this stage, and all funding has so far been for research and development.

Q: Could it have been used already?
Whether this technology may have been deployed in Libya in 2011 or in Syria, where the UN says over 60,000 people have now died, is debatable, military experts believe. “It might have been able to damage [Col. Muammar] Gaddafi’s ability to control his own forces and that might have made things end a lot faster,” Mr. Friedman said. “But it worked out pretty well for NATO in any case.”

Q: Will Canada buy in?
With access to information about the wider world increasingly available in the public sphere, Western governments are having to become savvier about deciding if, when and how to become involved in conflicts overseas. As such, weapons like CHAMP might favour the peacekeeping roles Canadian forces are often involved in. Martin Shadwick, a professor at York University and a Canadian defence policy expert, said: “One could envisage a scenario where we could say to the public that by using this technology, it reduces the risk of so-called collateral damage. Generally speaking, it could improve public support.” For the Royal Canadian Air Force, the cost of buying the CHAMP, still relatively unproven, may put it out of reach, said Mr. Shadwick. “Canada’s track record on buying so-called smart weapons has been constrained by financial constraints.” - National Post.

HUMAN DEVOLUTION: Gang-Rape Epidemic In India - 7 Men Gang-Rape Bus Passenger In India, Woman Hanged From Tree After Sexual Assault?!

January 14, 2013 - INDIA - In an incident eerily similar to a sexual assault that sent shock waves worldwide, Indian police say a woman was gang-raped over the weekend by seven men after she boarded a bus at night. Police have arrested all seven suspects, including the bus driver, after the alleged Friday night attack in the Gurdaspur district of Punjab state. Just like a gang rape in New Delhi that sparked international outrage last month, the new attack occurred after the woman got on a bus. The bus sped past her stop, police said. By that time, the woman was the only passenger.

Indian police with six of the seven men accused of a gang rape in India's Punjab state.
The bus driver and his helper then took the married 29-year-old woman to an undisclosed address where five others joined the two men and raped her throughout the night, police said. "They threatened me with a sharp edged weapon and did wrong things with me," the victim told CNN's sister station, CNN-IBN. "They kept me confined all through the night and forced me to do what they want." The next day, the suspects dropped her off at her village, where she informed her family and alerted police, according to authorities. The alleged attack bears a similarity to a December 16 gang rape where attackers assaulted a woman after she boarded a bus. The men also brutally beat her and her male companion, robbed them of their belongings and later dumped them by the side of a road. Both New Delhi and Gurdaspur are in northern India. The Delhi incident triggered rallies nationwide and an uproar over the treatment of women. The badly beaten 23-year-old woman was flown to Singapore for treatment after the attack.

She died about two weeks later while undergoing treatment. Five men were charged with murder, rape and kidnapping, and face the death penalty if convicted. A juvenile court is determining the age of a sixth suspect, who claims to be 17 and not old enough to be tried as an adult. At the time, the government pledged stronger laws against sexual assaults. The number of reported rapes in India -- a country where a cultural stigma keeps many victims from reporting the crime -- has increased drastically, from 2,487 in 1971 to 24,206 in 2011, according to official figures. Most women in India have stories of sexual harassment and abuse on public transportation or on the streets, said Seema Sirohi, of the Indian Council on Global Relations. - CNN.

WATCH: Police - 7 men gang rape bus passenger in India.

Authorities said a 32-year-old woman, originally from the eastern state of West Bengal, was travelling on a train through the northern state of Bihar when she was abducted by a group of drunken men. The woman, who had been travelling on the train to Delhi with her 10-year-old son, was reportedly taken to a nearby orchard, sexually assaulted, strangled and hung from a tree. Locals report that the victim's clothes were found a few metres away from the tree from which her semi-naked body was left hanging after the attack. There are conflicting versions of how the woman left the train. Some reports say that the perpetrators of the crime pulled the chain to stop the train, and then forced her out of the compartment. According to another report, the woman suddenly jumped out of the train as it slowed down, while another claims she alighted at a station called Bhagalpur. "As she went towards the toilet, her cousin followed her. When she jumped out of the train all of a sudden, the cousin tried to stop her, but couldn't. It is not clear why she took this step," Meenu Kumari, assistant superintendent of the local police force, told the Hindustan Times. The authorities found liquor bottles in the orchard where the incident is said to have taken place, according to the Press Trust of India. The police have launched a investigation, and the woman's body has been sent to the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital in Bhagalpur for autopsy. The incident came to light just a day after a 29-year-old woman was reportedly gang-raped by a group of men in the north Indian state of Punjab. - IB Times.

EXTREME WEATHER: New South Wales Bushfire Crisis Not Over, As Tasmania Begins Road To Bushfire Recovery!

January 14, 2013 - AUSTRALIA - A fire in Warrumbungle National Park, west of Coonabarabran in the central west, destroyed at least 33 homes and damaged the Siding Spring Observatory on Monday. Fifty farm sheds were also lost along with many livestock, much fencing and farm machinery. It is one of 146 blazes across the state that are testing almost 800 firefighters. The Warrumbungle fire burnt through 40,000 hectares after beginning its destructive rampage on Sunday. On Monday it still had a 100km front, although no further properties were immediately under threat.

A fire in Warrumbungle National Park in the central west has destroyed at least 33 homes. AAP.
New South Wales Bushfire Crisis Not Over.
Rural Fire Service (RFS) Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers said a wind shift at the worst possible time had created "perfect storm" conditions for a fire that burnt with a ferocity not seen in years. "There was just absolutely no stopping that fire," he said. Acting Premier Andrew Stoner said while a subsequent wind change had removed the threat to the town of Coonabarabran it could threaten settlements to the north of the national park. More than 110 people were evacuated to the Tattersalls Hotel in Baradine and a relocation centre was established at the Coonabarabran Bowling Club, with residents warned it was not safe to return home. Mr Stoner said it was "miraculous" the main building and Australia's largest telescope at the Siding Spring Observatory were not destroyed although the Australian National University (ANU) facility was damaged in the fire. ANU Acting Vice-Chancellor Erik Lithander said the observatory will be closed for two weeks while a full assessment is undertaken. Dr Lithander said 18 staff were evacuated from the site on Sunday afternoon and while they were safe, there were fears some had lost their nearby homes in the blaze. At least five buildings at the observatory had been damaged significantly, including the lodge used to accommodate visitors at the site, the visitor's centre, a number of residential cottages used by staff and a number of sheds.

"An initial visual assessment shows that there does not seem to be significant damage to the buildings that house the telescopes," Dr Lithander told reporters in Canberra. "We do not yet know what impact the extreme heat or the ash might have on the telescopes themselves and we won't be able to carry out that assessment until we can enter the buildings and inspect the inside of them." While easing conditions had helped stop the fire spreading, the RFS said additional crews were being deployed to the area ahead of deteriorating weather conditions later in the week. On Monday, more than 770 firefighters, 208 trucks and 78 aircraft were deployed to tackle the 146 fires, 36 of which are not contained and 13 which are out of control. So far the fires have scorched more than 500,000 hectares of bush and grassland - the equivalent of the entire greater Sydney basin, RFS spokeswoman Laura Ryan told AAP. Western NSW Minister Kevin Humphries on Monday visited RFS headquarters in Narrabri, where he was briefed on the situation and thanked SES and RFS volunteers. "I have had the chance to meet with many of them today, and I was awestruck by their commitment to battling these blazes despite being overcome by heat and exhaustion," Mr Humphries said in a statement. "The incredible response to save the world-famous Siding Spring Observatory from being completely destroyed is an absolute credit to all involved." Much work was still needed to contain the fires burning throughout the region, Mr Humphries said. "With high temperatures set to continue throughout the week the crisis is far from over," he said. - Herald Sun.

Tasmania's bushfire taskforce says it could take up to two years to rebuild devastated communities. AAP.
Tasmania Begins Road To Bushfire Recovery.
Fires described as the worst in almost half a century have burned more than 110,000 hectares across the island state, with more than 130 homes destroyed. The town of Dunalley, east of Hobart, has been the hardest hit, with more than half the town's buildings and a local primary school lost. Tasmanian Bushfires Recovery Taskforce chairman Damian Bugg said the state was now in recovery mode, barring any new flare-ups or emergencies. "The end point is the re-establishment of these communities to the point that we're all happy," he told ABC radio on Monday. Rebuilding communities could take up to two years, he said. The Tasmanian government will absorb most of the cost of the clean-up, with contractors expected to start clearing damaged properties before the end of the week. Volunteers and businesses had overwhelmed the taskforce with offers of help, Mr Bugg said in a statement. The taskforce would open offices in Sorell and send people to the fire-affected towns of Dunalley, Murdunna and Nubeena, he said. Victorian firefighter Peter Ronald Cramer, 61, died while working on secondment at Taranna on Sunday.

The experienced firefighter had been working to identify potential containment lines on the southern boundary of the Forcett fire, about 2-3 kilometres from the active fire edge. Four major bushfires continued to burn out of control on Monday, including a huge blaze in the Southwest National Park which has consumed more than 49,000ha. There are several advice notices in place for residents but no emergency warnings. The major thoroughfare to the Tasman Peninsula, the Arthur Highway, was reopened on Sunday. Patricia Leary will chair the Tasmanian Bushfire Appeal Distribution Committee. The committee will oversee the distribution of donations to the Red Cross appeal, which have already passed $3 million. Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings said Ms Leary is a skilled administrator, former president of the Tasmanian Industrial Commission and deputy president of Fair Work Australia. "The outpouring of support and donations in the wake of these devastating fires has been phenomenal and it is important that help is targeted to where it is most needed," Ms Giddings said in a statement. Ms Leary said she intended visiting all affected communities as soon as possible and is keen to ensure funds flow quickly to areas in the most need. - Herald Sun.

PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: "Extremely Virulent" - Havana Put On High Alert Over Another Cholera Outbreak!

January 14, 2013 - CUBA - Uvaldo Pino was a neighbourhood barber in Cerro, one of the poorer and more overcrowded districts of Cuba's capital, Havana. In late December, the 46-year-old fell sick with vomiting and diarrhoea and died in hospital on 6 January. The barber's family say he had two separate tests and both came back positive - for cholera. "We don't know how he was infected," his sister, Yanisey Pino, told the BBC at the family's home, a few blocks from the capital's Revolution Square. "He was treated, he had all the medicine, but his organs didn't respond. It was too late." Yanisey added that her brother was a heavy drinker and had checked himself out of hospital the first time he was admitted. A week after Uvaldo's death, Cuba's health ministry has not yet made any public pronouncement. But there are increasing signs that the barber's case is not an isolated one.

'Dozens' of admissions
Doctors are now making door-to-door enquiries in Havana and anyone displaying possible cholera symptoms is being tested. Suspected cases are being sent to the Tropical Medicine Institute, the IPK. "All our wards are dealing with this issue - they are almost full," an IPK employee told the BBC by telephone, before saying she was not authorised to comment further. Another staff member, contacted later and also not authorised to speak to the media, said the IPK did not have any confirmed cases of cholera at this point. But Yanisey Pino says her brother was diagnosed with cholera both by his local hospital and the IPK. The day Uvaldo died, health workers visited the family where they live - in several cramped houses around a small yard. Relatives and neighbours were issued antibiotics as a precaution. The area has been disinfected and water samples were taken for testing. Meanwhile, nearby bars and cafeterias have been closed or instructed not to sell food or drink that is not pre-packed. Elsewhere in the neighbourhood, there are similar scenes. One resident, Yudermis, fell sick just before the New Year, along with four other relatives including her seven-year-old son. The family assumed they had food poisoning but Yudermis says her cousin then tested positive for cholera at their local clinic. "The health workers then came here asking questions, like if we had diarrhoea," she explains inside their rundown family home as her son, now fully recovered, plays nearby. "They sent us all to hospital by ambulance and the tests came back positive. "There were a lot of people at the IPK," Yudermis adds, describing dozens of admissions while she was being treated, and not all from her own district of Cerro. "I was in a bad way. It was frightening. But we're fine now." Before she fell sick, Yudermis had never even heard of cholera, which is rare in Cuba.

Uvaldo Pino died after being taken to
hospital with vomiting and diarrhoea.
Cold grills
The World Health Organisation (WHO) describes cholera as "extremely virulent". Carried by contaminated water or food, it causes severe dehydration through diarrhoea and can prove fatal if untreated. Until last summer, there had been no significant outbreak on the island since well before the revolution. But in July the health ministry confirmed that three people had died of cholera in the east of the country. A contaminated well was identified as the source. In Havana, Cuba's bustling and crowded capital and a key tourist centre, strict measures are in place to contain the latest suspected outbreak. "We can't sell anything that's not in sealed bottles until further notice and all food sales have been suspended," explains Tony, at the Cerro Moderno cafe, a short walk from the home of Yudermis. Its fridge is now empty and the grills cold. Local doctors confirmed this is standard procedure for several blocks around every location where someone tests positive for cholera. "If they take all the right measures, we'll be fine," Tony shrugs, adding that everyone has been given antibiotics as a precaution. "I took my pills straight away!" says Angel, as he buys cigarettes at the cafe. "I don't know what cholera is and I don't want to find out. People here are using chlorine and boiling their water. You have to take care."

Rumour mill
Pharmacies across the city are now selling water purification drops, rationed to two small bottles per person. But in the tourist heart of Old Havana, cafes and restaurants remain open and the streets are still full of mobile food and drink vendors. Most say they have heard rumours of a cholera outbreak in Cerro and are taking extra precautions, but none have received any official instructions. The WHO stresses "public communication" as a key tool in controlling any cholera outbreak. In Havana, that task has so far been left to local doctors who are very connected to their communities. But as rumours fill the information void, concern on the streets is growing. "I'm racking my brains trying to understand why there's nothing on TV about this," says Yanisey Pino, echoing many peoples' comments. "Why don't they say something? Inform people, like in other countries, so they're not afraid and can protect themselves! But there's no information at all." - BBC.

SHADOW WARS: Escalating Towards World War III - Iran's Revolutionary Guards Hold Exercises In The Strait Of Hormuz!

January 14, 2013 - MIDDLE EAST - The naval force of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has held exercises to test new equipment and battle tactics in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, Iranian media reported on Sunday.

The drills tested the IRGC naval force's combat-readiness, speed in responding to natural disasters and familiarity with new weapons, the Fars news agency reported.

They were the fifth such tactical exercises held by the force and took place near Bandar Abbas, a Gulf port on Iran's southern coast, Fars said. It did not say when they took place.

Iran's regular navy, separate from the IRGC's naval branch, held drills in the Gulf in late December and early January meant to showcase the country's military capabilities in the Strait of Hormuz, through which 40 percent of the world's seaborne oil exports passes.

Iranian officials have often said Iran could block the strait if it came under military attack over its disputed nuclear program, and a heavy Western naval presence in the Gulf is meant to deter any such move. - Reuters.

UFO SIGHTINGS: Strange Objects Seen Flying Near The International Space Station?!

January 14, 2013 - SPACE - As 2012 ended and 2013 began, numerous UFOs were reported around the country -- nothing earth-shattering there -- but what about alleged unidentified objects seen in space near the International Space Station (or ISS), a couple of hundred miles above Earth? 

This composite image shows four different times that alleged UFO were photographed above Earth by either space shuttles or the International Space Station. The big question is whether or not they are truly unidentified objects or if they are more likely reflections from spacecraft windows, meteors or fast-moving spacecraft-generated debris.
Videos have cropped up on YouTube showing images taken by NASA cameras of objects of different shapes, some moving very slowly, others rapidly hurtling through space.  What, exactly, are we looking at here? Alien spacecraft dropping by for a visit with the ISS? Reflections from ISS windows? Meteors? Or various types of orbiting or fast moving spacecraft-generated debris?  On Christmas Day, YouTube poster Streetcap1 recorded video of a silvery object, moving slowly near the curvature of Earth. At :46 into the following video, the object can be seen in faraway perspective.

WATCH: Silver UFO near the ISS.

Streetcap1 also recorded the following two objects -- one circular, the other disc-shaped -- outside the ISS on New Year's Day. Could it be a mere window reflection?

WATCH: Objects seen by ISS from the outside camera.

"Spacecraft-generated 'dandruff' has been seen since the very first human spaceflights, when the non-intuitive relative motions and impossible-to-judge distances in the earthly environment of outer space tricked observers into misinterpreting visual stimuli," according to James Oberg, a former space engineer who specialized in NASA space shuttle operations and is currently the NBC News Space Consultant.  "It shouldn't be surprising that only half a century later, most folks watching YouTube videos are still totally flummoxed by what they understandably and excusably can't comprehend," Oberg told The Huffington Post in an email.  Oberg doesn't give much credence to any speculation that unidentified flying objects near the ISS originate from an alien civilization. But he also feels it's important for people to keep looking at camera feeds which may result in visual information that can help prevent potential technical problems for the ISS.  "It's good to keep scanning space video for possible anomalies and reporting them quickly," Oberg said. "The reason is, there is always a real chance that it could be a genuine anomaly, either a spacecraft malfunction or other threat, expected or unexpected. In the past, missions have failed because a clue that should have been seen out the window was overlooked." - Huffington Post.

WATCH: Here's a compilation of alleged UFOs flying around Earth as seen from space and posted by YouTube user danielofdoriaa.