White House view.


Everyone would agree that 2020 has been a weird year in every aspect, from having more hurricanes than ever before, riots, to a worldwide pandemic and resulting economic shutdowns. With this in mind, no one should have expected a normal presidential election where the winner is projected on election night. In keeping on track with the 2020 Twilight Zone, we got the strange election outcome where no one has actually been officially declared the winner nearing a week out.

Something even more odd about this presidential election than most realize is it is an election in a year ending in 0, which in every case has ended in death or a period of great strife for every president that has been elected in years ending in zero.


The curse of 0 to almost all US presidents has been happening since Abraham Lincoln who was elected in 1860, presided over the Civil War, and was assassinated in 1865.

James A Garfield, elected president in 1880, assassinated some 6 months into his term.

Theodore Roosevelt was elected in 1900 as Vice President to William McKinley, was never assassinated, but took office as president after McKinley was assassinated in 1901.

John F Kennedy, elected in 1960, assassinated in 1963.

Ronald Reagan, elected in 1980, survived an assassination attempt in 1981.

George W Bush, elected in 2000, never assassinated but presided over one of the most devastating attacks on America since Pearl Harbor in 9-11.


If Joe Biden does assume office as the 46th president of the United States in 2021, the question is, can he survive the curse of 0 which has dogged every President before him in either assassination or times of war or great strife? The answer is he will most assuredly be faced with at least 1, or all of the unfortunate occurrences that come with the Curse of 0 that has brought death, disaster, or both to all presidents that have been elected in years ending in 0.

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If Joe Biden can make it to the White House, he may survive the curse of 0.

Thus, President Trump may inadvertently be doing Joe Biden, and we, the American people a favor in a roundabout way in fighting to retain office.

Written By: Tony R Elliott

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SpaceX Dragon cargo ship is waved off due to GPS issue.

The SpaceX Dragon supply ship had a GPS location value issue, docking with ISS was delayed. Later in the article the launches of Progress 66 from Kazakhstan and Falcon 9 with Dragon are covered here.

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SpaceX Dragon cargo ship is waved off due to GPS issue.

The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft waved off its planned rendezvous with the International Space Station at 3:25 a.m. EST. Onboard computers triggered the abort after recognizing an incorrect value in GPS data issue about the location of the space station. Per the re-rendezvous plan built into every mission, the spacecraft automatically reset for another rendezvous and docking attempt in 24 hours.

The spacecraft is in excellent shape with no issues, and the crew aboard the space station is safe. With the GPS issue resolved the next rendezvous attempt is targeted for Thursday morning. NASA TV coverage will begin at 4 a.m. with grapple expected around 6 a.m. Installation coverage will begin at 8 a.m. Watch live on NASA TV and online at:

Written By: M C Summer NASA

Earlier, the Russian Progress 66 cargo ship safely lifted off from Kazakhstan on Wednesday.

A GPS issue arose after the Russian Progress 66 launched at 12:58 a.m. Wednesday (11:58 a.m. Baikonur time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The un-piloted Russian Progress 66 launched at 12:58 a.m. Wednesday (11:58 a.m. Baikonur time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. It is now orbiting the planet on course for the International Space Station

The vehicle will deliver almost three tons of food, fuel and supplies to the Expedition 50 crew.

The spacecraft is set to dock to the PIRS docking compartment at 3:34 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24. NASA TV coverage of rendezvous and docking will begin at 2:45 a.m. Progress 66 will remain docked at the station for almost four months before departing in June for its return into Earth’s atmosphere.

This was the first launch of a Progress cargo ship from Baikonur since the Progress 65 supply craft was lost Dec. 1, 2016.

Earlier in the week, SpaceX launched the Dragon spaceship from Pad 39 at Kennedy Space Center, in Florida. The Falcon 9 launch vehicle successfully returned to its designated landing pad.

Before the GPS issue, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This is the company’s 10th commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station. Liftoff was at 9:39 a.m. EST from the historic launch site now operated by SpaceX under a property agreement with NASA.

The SpaceX tenth commercial resupply mission lifted off at 9:39 a.m. EST on Sunday, Feb. 19. The rocket launched from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This was the first commercial launch from Kennedy’s historic pad.

Astronauts Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency) and Shane Kimbrough of NASA will use the space station’s robotic arm to capture Dragon when it arrives at the station. Live coverage of the rendezvous and capture will begin at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 on NASA TV and the agency’s website, with installation coverage set to begin at 8:30 a.m.

Meanwhile, the unpiloted Russian Progress 66 is scheduled for 12:58 a.m. Wednesday (11:58 a.m. Baikonur time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The spacecraft is set to dock to the Pirs docking compartment at 3:34 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24.

Aboard the station, the crew continued preparations for the arrival of the vehicles and set up several scientific experiments and technology demonstrations.

The Miniature Exercise Device (MED-2) was installed for a technical evaluation. MED-2 aims to demonstrate if small robotic actuators can provide motion and resistance for crew workout sessions, reducing the size and weight of exercise equipment for long-duration space missions.

Written By: D Huot NASA

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