Wednesday, April 26, 2017

THERE'S HOPE YET FOR CONGRESS ... ONCE THAT GET THEIR HEADS OUT

Artificial 'brain in a dish' is created in a world first ... smarter than Maxine Waters!
Scientists have grown the first working 'mini-brains' in a dish which could provide future treatments for autism and epilepsy.

The lab-grown organs have their own brain cells, formed into circuits similar to those of a two-month-old baby in the womb.

Described as 'thrilling science', it is the first time a human forebrain has been seen in action outside the body.

Scientists hope to use the mini-brains to watch in real time the triggers for epilepsy, when brain cells become hyperactive, and autism, where they are thought to form bad connections.

Scientists have grown the first working 'mini-brains' in a dish which could provide future treatments for autism and epilepsy. Neurons resembling tissue (pictured) in the lower forebrain migrated and fused to create brain circuitry

THE BRAIN IN A DISH
The brains in a dish are the latest advance for stem cell science.

Human skin cells are transformed into pluripotent stem cells, capable of becoming any part of the body, using four genes in a petri dish.

These help them 'unlearn' that they are skin cells and return to the state of a newborn baby's cells.
 
The 'culture', or nutrient-rich broth they are grown in, is then altered to determine which type of cell they will become – in this case brain cells, or neurons.

The result is a 60-day old forebrain like a baby's in the womb, although more scrambled in its connections.

It includes the cerebral cortex, the most highly evolved 'thinking' and decision-making part of the brain.

It could pave the way for drugs to treat these conditions, as well as schizophrenia. It is also the next step towards a real-life Frankenstein, suggesting scientists may one day be able to grow an entire human body in the laboratory.

Researchers at Stanford University grew two forebrain circuits, measuring only a sixteenth of an inch across, using only human skin cells.

Then scientists at Harvard University went a step further, growing a mini-organ for more than nine months to create a human retina – the light-sensitive lining at the back of the eye.

Responding to the breakthroughs, Professor Paul Matthews, chair of the brain sciences division at Imperial College London, said: 'These reports describe continued advances of the fundamentally important new methods for generation of self-assembled 'brain organoids'. This is thrilling science.'

Dr Selina Wray, Alzheimer's Research UK senior research fellow at UCL Institute of Neurology, said: 'This technology will provide researchers with insights into brain development and disease which have not previously been possible.'

The brains in a dish are the latest advance for stem cell science. Human skin cells are transformed into pluripotent stem cells, capable of becoming any part of the body, using four genes in a petri dish.

These help them 'unlearn' that they are skin cells and return to the state of a newborn baby's cells.

They stimulated two different types of neuron to join up as they would do in a real human brain. The team say that the find could improve research into psychological disorders such as autism by providing a new way to study brain diseases (stock image)

The 'culture', or nutrient-rich broth they are grown in, is then altered to determine which type of cell they will become – in this case brain cells, or neurons.

The result is a 60-day old forebrain like a baby's in the womb, although more scrambled in its connections. It includes the cerebral cortex, the most highly evolved 'thinking' and decision-making part of the brain.

Dr Sergiu Pasca, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University, said: 'We've never been able to recapitulate these human-brain developmental events in a dish before.

'The process happens in the second half of pregnancy, so viewing it live is challenging. Our method lets us see the entire movie, not just snapshots.'

ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE

Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia, affecting an estimated 850,000 people in the UK.

Dementia is a progressive neurological disease which affects multiple brain functions, including memory.

The exact cause of Alzheimer's disease is unknown, although a number of things are thought to increase your risk of developing the condition. These include:

It's becoming increasingly understood that it's very common to have both changes of Alzheimer's and vascular dementia together (mixed dementia).

The implications of the research, published in the journal Nature, are that human brains could in future be grown to determine the cause of Alzheimer's disease.

The existing mini-brains are hoped to provide insights into epilepsy, where hyperactive neurons cause fits, schizophrenia and autism.

Eventually it could lead the way to brain transplants, with tissue grown in the lab transplanted into people with brain damage.

For now, scientists have already been better able to understand what goes wrong in people with the rare and serious birth defect Timothy syndrome.

They were able to correct the cell fault causing this defect, which leads to heart problems and epilepsy, using two drugs.

Previously most experiments on brains grown in a dish have centred on mice, which do not have the same conditions as humans.

Dr Francois Guillemot, group leader and head of division of molecular neurobiology at the Francis Crick Institute in London, said the 'self-organising' ability of stem cells to become brain cells was 'remarkable'.

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He said: 'I would not call these studies game-changers because previous organoid papers had already hinted at this. However they represent large steps forward. This is after all the first time that human neural circuits can be observed in action.'

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

"THE KILLING OF O'REILLY" -- ISLAND OF CONSERVATIVE VIEWS IS ROLLING OVER!

Drudge tweet could mark end of era at Fox Faux ... rino headquarters

Bill O'Reilly's fate may not have been written on a proverbial wall or in a legal document, but in a tweet from Matt Drudge.

FOX NEWS CONFESSIONAL BOOTH ...
The reclusive Drudge sent a rare and ominous tweet about O'Reilly on Tuesday, writing that the embattled Fox News host "has had a tremendous run."
 
"Very few in the business get to decide when and how things end," the conservative media personality tweeted. "Media is most brutal of all industries."

  • The Drudge Report founder's tweet comes after a New York magazine report Tuesday that said the sons of Rupert Murdoch, the 21st Century Fox and Fox News executive chairman, are weighing pulling the highly rated host off the air in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal.
CNN and The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday evening that O'Reilly and Fox are in exit talks. O'Reilly's camp denies via sources any such talks are occurring.
  • If a Drudge tweet projecting the end of the career for an Fox FAUX News icon sounds familiar, it's because a similar scenario happened just nine months ago, shortly before the exit of former Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes.
The New York Times called the July 19 tweet regarding Ailes from the reticent Drudge, who rarely states anything in public, "The tweet heard round the world."

COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION ...

"Shortly after 4 p.m., Matt Drudge of The Drudge Report website, wrote on Twitter that Roger Ailes was leaving as chairman of Fox News with a $40 million financial package, after an investigation into allegations that he had sexually harassed Gretchen Carlson, a former Fox anchor," reported the Times. "Accompanying the tweet was what appeared to be a separation agreement between Mr. Ailes and the network, which he founded 20 years ago."

The stunning news appeared on the Drudge Report, which attracts more than 1.4 billion page view per month, in big block letters under a siren image that signals a must-read story to the site's visitors.

Drudge, without explanation, pulled the story after seemingly every media outlet ran with it, but it turned out to be true.

Ailes did resign from Fox News the next day and did receive a $40 million financial package. Whether the separation agreement was meant to be seen by the public is another matter and was likely the reason the story was pulled from The Drudge Report.


Given this precedent, a rare tweet from Drudge to his nearly 500,000 followers is noteworthy since the 50-year-old founder seems to pick and choose his spots.

  • Drudge is thought to have pipelines to major players in the media, and his message about O'Reilly appears to have come from a trusted source, not blind speculation. 
"When I saw Drudge's tweet, I was on the Amtrak from New York to Washington for a work event," Brian Flood, a media reporter for TheWrap.com, tells The Hill. "I had been listening to music and immediately thought Bill O'Reilly was officially fired or stepped down.

"I first assumed it was official because Drudge is so plugged in."

Fox News has been publicly silent on any and all reports regarding any O'Reilly exit talks and hasn't made any public comment on the situation in a week. 

The network similarly did not make any public statements in the days before the Ailes departure in July of 2016.

The allegations against O'Reilly are being investigated by the same law firm hired by 21st Century Fox to look into sexual harassment claims against Ailes following a lawsuit filed by former host Gretchen Carlson. 
Ailes would resign just days after law firm Paul, Weiss launched its investigation. 
"21st Century Fox investigates all complaints and we have asked the law firm Paul Weiss to continue assisting the company in these serious matters," the company said in a statement on April 10. 

A 21st Century Fox board meeting is set for Thursday, which may officially decide if O'Reilly stays or goes. 
He has been absent from his "O'Reilly Factor" for about a week for vacation and was set to return April 24. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

CONGRESS, IDLE HANDS, PLAIN BROWN WRAPPER AND THEIR WORST ENEMY ...

NO NOT THE CIA/NSA ... But their own policy ... to increase internet privacy protection after Congress search histories vote ... byte'in the hand that feeds them-"Surveillance is the business model of the internet!"

Brian FungFriday 31 March 2017 13:19 BST
As you may have heard, Congress recently voted to repeal Internet privacy protections that otherwise would have gone into effect later this year. The move effectively permits Internet providers such as Verizon and AT&T to mine and sell your browsing history, location information, and in some cases even the content of your communications, similar to what Google and Facebook do now.

Even when it is not tied directly to a name, certain types of data can shed light on a person's medical history, financial details, even their sexual preferences. Even the type of porn sites a person visits can be revealing.

In an announcement Thursday, the website Pornhub — which claims to get 75 million visitors per day — said it has adopted HTTPS, a security measure that adds encryption to a site to guard visitors against snooping and attack. Its sister site, YouPorn, will also be adding HTTPS on April 4, according to parent company MindGeek.

“With the switch to HTTPS, we are able to protect identity as well as safeguard them against exposure to malware by third parties,” said Corey Price, a vice president at Pornhub. The move by Pornhub has been months in the making.

“Privacy is paramount to us – it always has been,” Price added. “With HTTPS, users can rest assured that their browsing data is encrypted, not visible to anyone and, therefore, cannot be sold. While this transition… was in the works before Congress’ appeal, the timing is good.”

Here's what that means in practice. Visitors to these sites should see a green padlock icon in their browser's URL bar, a sign they are viewing the secured version of the site. Privacy experts say HTTPS helps prevent third parties — such as your Internet provider — from seeing more detailed information. While HTTPS doesn't prevent an Internet provider from recording a visit to a site like Pornhub, in practice it keeps providers from knowing which specific videos visitors may have watched, category links they may have clicked on, or searches they may have made on the site.

“If you go to an HTTPS website with a little lock, the arc of visibility of an ISP is much diminished,” said Chris Calabrese, a policy executive at the Center for Democracy and Technology.

Sites without HTTPS support — pornographic or otherwise — don't provide these protections.

Internet users can force their browsers to view the secure version of any site (if there is one) with certain software extensions.

Pornhub safe-for-work ads

On the heels of the congressional vote, some Americans are wondering again how to shield their online activity from outside view. Although many sites still lack support for HTTPS, more are opting to do so — including The Washington Post. For a list of sites that are HTTPS-compatible, check out this list from Google.

GOOGLE KNOWS MORE ABOUT YOU THAN YOUR PREIST & MOTHER COMBINED! NOW WHAT MORE CAN  THE CIA/NSA/FBI KNOW ABOUT YOU!?

The “Google Guys,” Larry Page and Sergey Brin, first met at Stanford University in 1995 when Sergey (21) was assigned to show Larry (22) around the school. Google was first incorporated as a private company on September 4, 1998, and held its initial public offering on August 19, 2004.

According to its website, Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and “make it universally accessible and useful.”

Google uses approximately 20 petabytes of user-generated data every day. (Petabytes are estimated at 10 to the 15th power.
  • So 1 petabyte is approximately 1,000,000,000,000,000 bytes.) It uses massive amounts of computation to index the Web, process search results, serve up ads, and more.
In August 2004, Google went public with opening shares at $85 per share. Google stated that during its IPO, it hoped to raise as much as $2,718,281,828, which is the first 10 digits of the mathematical constant “e.” It raised $1.67 billion.
 
In May 2011, over 1 billion unique visitors visited the Google website, up 8.4% from a year earlier. Microsoft came in second with 905 million visitors. Facebook and Yahoo held the third and fourth positions with 714 million and 689 million visitors, respectively.

Facebook users spend the most minutes on the Internet with over 250 billion minutes in May 2011. Microsoft and Google came in second and third with 204 billion and 200 billion minutes, respectively.

In June 2000, Google became the world’s largest search engine.

In June 2006, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) added “Google” as a verb.

In Feb 2002, Klingon became one of Google’s 72 language interfaces.

In 2010, Google’s total assets were $57.851 billion dollars.

Google’s employee perks are famous. For example, at one time they offered a $5,000 hybrid car subsidy to encourage cleaner technologies. It was eventually killed to reduce company costs during the economic downturn.
 
In January 2003, the American Dialect Society voted the word “Google” as the “most useful” Word of the Year for 2002.

An early version of Google at Stanford could analyze 30-50 pages a second. Currently, it’s millions of pages a second.

Creators Page and Brin once considered calling Google the “What Box.” However, Brin recalled that it sounded like “wet box,” which sounded “like some kind of porn.”

The authors of A Billion Wicked Thoughts crunched data from Google, Bing, and Yahoo! and ranked the most popular terms relating to sex. The top 10 terms are the following:
1. youth (13.5%) 2. gay (4.7%) 3. MILFs (4.3%) 4. breasts (4%) 5. cheating wives (3.4%) 6. vaginas (2.8%) 7. penises (2.4%) 8. amateurs 9. mature 10. animation. 
They also note that heterosexual males enjoy a range of erotica, including sites featuring elderly women and transsexuals. Both gay and straight men favor chests, buttocks, and feet, in that order.

According to Alexa (“The Web Information Company”), Google is the Internet’s most visited website globally.

Google originated at the Stanford School of Engineering as an attempt to catalog and analyze the World Wide Web. It first ran at Stanford with the user name “google.stanford.edu.”
 
Google uses over 1 million computers for is operation and handles over 1 billion search requests—per day.

The late Steve Jobs said he would be willing to “go thermonuclear war” against Google, a company he thought was guilty of “grand theft” when it launched its Android operating system.

If you use Google Calendar, Google may also know your schedule, what books you’ve read on Google Books, and what videos you watch on YouTube. They also save all your search queries, your IP address, your browser and its set language, the date and time of every request, your SMS messages, the cookies used for advertising services, and third-party application data. According to one critic, “Google knows more about you than your mother.”

Fellow graduate student Sean Anderson suggested Google creators Page and Brin name their site “googolplex.” Page suggested they shorten it to “googol,” which refers to the number 1 followed by 100 zeroes. Anderson mistyped “googol” as “google,” which was an available name. The name reflects Google’s mission to organize the massive amounts of information on the Web.

Google Inc.’s first employee was Craig Silverstein, a fellow computer science graduate student at Stanford. He was hired September 1998. He currently serves as director of technology at Google.

In November 1999, the caterer for the Grateful Dead, Charlie Ayers, joined Google as the company’s first chef. He won the job in a cook-off that was judged by Google’s 40 employees.

Google’s tradition of April Fool’s jokes began in April 2000 when Google announced the “MentalPlex,” or Google’s ability to read a person’s mind as he visualizes the search results he wants.

Christina Elwell, a former Google sales executive, sued Google for job discrimination when she was pregnant with quadruplets. The court granted Google's request to move the case to arbitration rather than to a public trial.

In 2007, Forbes magazine ranked Google as the best place in the U.S. to work.

The “Chief Culture Officer” is an actual job title at Google. His or her main responsibility is to retain the company’s unique culture, which includes flat organization, lack of hierarchy, a collaborative environment, and keeping Googlers happy.

Reluctant to leave school to devote time to their new search engine, Page and Brin attempted to sell google.com for $1 million to AltaVista. Fortunately for them, Alta Vista passed . . . as did Yahoo!, Excite, and other search engines.

The most searched words on Google are always changing, but the following words receive the highest search requests: Facebook, YouTube, Yahoo, Google, and sex/video.
 
Google uses goats to eat brush and reduce fire hazard in fields near their California Mountain View headquarters.

In October 2011, Google Earth reached its 1 billion download mark.

During the 2011-2012 Egyptian crisis, Google launched a special service that allows people without Internet to send Twitter messages by dialing a phone number and leaving a voicemail. The voicemail is automatically translated into messages on Twitter.
 
Google’s Code of Conduct makes it clear that it is a dog-friendly company; however, Google states that because it is a “dog company . . . as a rule we feel cats visiting our offices would be fairly stressed out.”

Google offers full-on gourmet meals three times a day for its employees. Free food is so tempting that Googlers risk the “Google 15” weight gain, which is similar to the “Freshman 15.”

The search technology Google uses is called “PageRank,” which is named after Google co-founder, Larry Page. PageRank analyzes and assigns an importance value to each page on the Web and ranks it. By downloading and analyzing the importance of Web links, PageRank revolutionized not only search engines specifically but also the entire Internet.y
When Google introduced its “Did you mean . . .?” feature, site traffic doubled.

Google makes 99% of its profit from its advertising. Google also has the ability to track and analyze a person’s online behavior and inform advertisers what sites a browser has visited, what ads have been clicked on, and what search terms have been used.

Some Web researchers note that Google helps prop up Wikipedia as an information source since more than 50% of the traffic to Wikipedia is generated from Google searches.a
Google has managed to reduce its tax rates by billions of dollars by taking advantage of offshore tax havens such as Ireland and Bermuda. The top corporate income tax level in the U.S. is 35%. In Ireland, it’s only 12.5%, and in Bermuda it’s zero.

Google has been criticized for manipulating its search results, using others’ intellectual property, the amount of energy its computers consume, as well as monopoly, antitrust, and restraint of trade issues. The company has also been criticized for sexism and ageism.

In 2010, Google admitted that for the previous three years, it mistakenly collected information people sent over unencrypted wi-fi networks.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt raised eyebrows when in a 2011 interview he said that he doesn’t think people want Google to answer their questions, rather they want Google to “tell them what they should be doing next.”

In 2011, Google claimed the Chinese government was preventing Gmail users in China from accessing their accounts. China’s goal in these attacks is reportedly to stifle online revolutionary talk similar to those that launched Arab revolutions.

When Google went public, many employees became instant millionaires. Yahoo!, which owned 8.4 million shares of Google stock before Google’s IPO, also benefited.

Privacy International in 2007 ranked Google as not only “Hostile to Privacy” but as also having the worst privacy policies among popular net firms. It criticized Google for the mass amounts of data it gathers about users and their activities.

In 2008, a Christian group sued Google for refusing to take its anti-abortion advertisements. Google claimed that it refused the advertisement because the company has a policy of declining sites that mix the issue of abortion with religious views. The suit was settled amicably out of court, and Google agreed to publish their ads.

Researchers have expressed concern that many Internet users assume the Google search engine represents reality, and that if some information is not on Google, it is either not important or it does not exist.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt created controversy when he told Google users that the future of the Web is headed toward complete transparence and no anonymity. He says that if Google looked at enough of a person’s messaging and a person’s location, it could predict where a person will go. Additionally, according to Schmidt, if a person has just 14 photos on the Internet, Google could accurately identify the person.

Kinderstart.com sued Google in 2006 for setting its PageRank to zero, which caused the site to lose 70% of its audience. Kinderstart claims that Google penalized the site with the low ranking with no reason and no warning. The court ruled that Google has the right to de-rank any site they want.

Google’s informal motto is “Don’t Be Evil,” though Google created an “evil scale” when it decided in 2006 to offer censored search results in China rather than none at all.e
The U.S. government has pressured Google to provide extensive Google usage records to further investigations into online pornography.

In 1998, the Google homepage used a Yahoo-similar exclamation mark in its logo.

Larry Page and Sergey Brin considered calling Google “Googolplex,” which is 10 to the power of googol. They later adopted the name Googleplex for their corporate campus in Mountain View, California.

Critics have noted that without Google, the Internet might still be in its “pre-Hellenistic Age.”

Stanford, which holds the patent to the PageRank algorithm Larry Page created, received 1.8 million shares of Google stock in exchange for long-term rights to the patent. Stanford’s profit was $336 million, most likely the most money any university has ever received from a single invention.

There are Google bikes parked throughout the Googleplex that employees can hop on and ride from building to building. None of them is locked; employees simply take them when they need them. Additionally, a doctor regularly visits the Google campus so Googlers don’t have to leave the office for a checkup. Google is also known for its “20% time,” the one day a week that employees can take simply to work on something that interests them.

Google has extraordinary on-campus daycare centers for employees’ children, which are based on a philosophy called Reggio Emilia, a self-directed learning program. However, in 2008, the company realized it was subsidizing each child to the price tag of $37,000 a year. As a comparison, to get a PhD in computer science at Stanford it costs $34,000 a year.
 
Page and Brin insist that the number of words on Google’s home page not exceed 28.

In one week in February 2011, Google received a record 75,000 job applications for 6,000 openings.

Google owns YouTube, DoubleClick, On2 Technologies, Picnik, Aardvark, AdMob, Zagat, and Motorola Mobility.

In 2007, Google and NORAD partnered to follow Santa Claus on Christmas Eve and used Google Earth to track Santa in 3D.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

... AND HILLARY GOT OFF ... HOW MANY MORE ARE WALKING ON THE PLANK?

State Department Employee Arrested and Charged With Concealing Extensive Contacts With Foreign Agents

Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A federal complaint was unsealed today charging Candace Marie Claiborne, 60, of Washington, D.C., and an employee of the U.S. Department of State, with obstructing an official proceeding and making false statements to the FBI, both felony offenses, for allegedly concealing numerous contacts that she had over a period of years with foreign intelligence agents.

The charges were announced by Acting Assistant Attorney General Mary B. McCord for National Security, U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips of the District of Columbia and Assistant Director in Charge Andrew W. Vale of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.

“Candace Marie Claiborne is a U.S. State Department employee who possesses a Top Secret security clearance and allegedly failed to report her contacts with Chinese foreign intelligence agents who provided her with thousands of dollars of gifts and benefits,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General McCord. “Claiborne used her position and her access to sensitive diplomatic data for personal profit. Pursuing those who imperil our national security for personal gain will remain a key priority of the National Security Division.”
“Candace Claiborne is charged with obstructing an official proceeding and making false statements in connection with her alleged concealment and failure to report her improper connections to foreign contacts along with the tens of thousands of dollars in gifts and benefits they provided,” said U.S. Attorney Phillips. 
“As a State Department employee with a Top Secret clearance, she received training and briefing about the need for caution and transparency. This case demonstrates that U.S. government employees will be held accountable for failing to honor the trust placed in them when they take on such sensitive assignments

“Candace Claiborne is accused of violating her oath of office as a State Department employee, who was entrusted with Top Secret information when she purposefully mislead federal investigators about her significant and repeated interactions with foreign contacts," said Assistant Director in Charge Vale. "The FBI will continue to investigate individuals who, though required by law, fail to report foreign contacts, which is a key indicator of potential insider threats posed by those in positions of public trust.”

The FBI arrested Claiborne on March 28. She made her first appearance this afternoon in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

According to the affidavit in support of the complaint and arrest warrant, which was unsealed today, Claiborne began working as an Office Management Specialist for the Department of State in 1999. She has served overseas at a number of posts, including embassies and consulates in Baghdad, Iraq, Khartoum, Sudan, and Beijing and Shanghai, China. As a condition of her employment, Claiborne maintains a Top Secret security clearance. Claiborne also is required to report any contacts with persons suspected of affiliation with a foreign intelligence agency.

Despite such a requirement, the affidavit alleges, Claiborne failed to report repeated contacts with two intelligence agents of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), even though these agents provided tens of thousands of dollars in gifts and benefits to Claiborne and her family over five years. According to the affidavit, the gifts and benefits included cash wired to Claiborne’s USAA account, an Apple iPhone and laptop computer, Chinese New Year’s gifts, meals, international travel and vacations, tuition at a Chinese fashion school, a fully furnished apartment, and a monthly stipend. Some of these gifts and benefits were provided directly to Claiborne, the affidavit alleges, while others were provided through a co-conspirator.

According to the affidavit, Claiborne noted in her journal that she could “Generate 20k in 1 year” working with one of the PRC agents, who, shortly after wiring $2,480 to Claiborne, tasked her with providing internal U.S. Government analyses on a U.S.-Sino Strategic Economic Dialogue that had just concluded.

Claiborne, who allegedly confided to a co-conspirator that the PRC agents were “spies,” willfully misled State Department background investigators and FBI investigators about her contacts with those agents, the affidavit states. After the State Department and FBI investigators contacted her, Claiborne also instructed her co-conspirators to delete evidence connecting her to the PRC agents, the affidavit alleges.

Charges contained in a criminal complaint are merely allegations, and every defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

The maximum penalty for a person convicted of obstructing an official proceeding is 20 years in prison. The maximum penalty for making false statements to the FBI is five years in prison. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes. If convicted of any offense, the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

At her court appearance today, Claiborne pleaded not guilty before the Honorable Magistrate Judge Robin M. Meriweather. A preliminary hearing was set for April 18.

The FBI’s Washington Field Office is leading the investigation into this matter. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys John L. Hill and Thomas A. Gillice for the District of Columbia and Trial Attorney Julie Edelstein of the National Security Division’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section.

2017 03 29 Claiborne Complaint and Redacted Affidavit
Counterintelligence and Export Control

Thursday, April 6, 2017

WHAT IS THE "REAL FUNCTION" OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE ... A PRIVATE CORPORATION RELATIVE TO SOVEREIGN DEBT

HOW HAS THE FUNCTION OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE CHANGED DURING THE 100 YEARS SINCE ITS CREATION ... IT IS STILL A PRIVATE CORPORATION, SO WHO GETS THE INTEREST PAYMENTS? AND THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION IS: WHAT IS THE MECHANISM IN THE CREATION OF "MONEY" WHICH ALLOWS FOR THE INCREASE IN DEBT AT ALL LEVELS, BUT SPECIFICALLY GOVERNMENT? LISTEN CAREFULLY TO THE VIDEO AND THEN TRY AND ANSWER THE QUESTIONS.  


Monday, April 3, 2017

THE NATIONAL PRESS LOOKS INTO THE LOOKING GLASS ... WHAT AN UGLY SIGHT


The freedom of the press … indeed there’s no question that their freedoms have not been abridged … to get the “real” news you must ignore the domestic press try RT for a critical look (https://youtu.be/G15Sb-CFgxw); what about Maggie Haberman withholding critical and important information from the American Public concerning Susan Rice (https://youtu.be/bkSm25TifSc) and the unmasking of American citizens for political advantage.  Perhaps a critical look into the mirror is what is required at the National Press Club (https://youtu.be/HOoyL71f0wA).  No longer is the glow of Walter Cronkite nightly lighting up the family living room but rather it has faded into the murky dust of journalisms long lost contract with the American public (https://youtu.be/sIvDaAnbeXg). The talking heads have been replaced with youtube on IPADS, iPhones and computer monitors and smart TV’s (https://youtu.be/56FPf6Em5jg) … nightly “we” tap into the stream of communication and information from around the world as the back drop filling our living rooms. 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

IT'S "ENERGY" STUPID ... ITS A GEOPOLITICAL DANCE WITH MANY MOVING PARTS AND PLAYERS

LANGUAGE, BORDERS, CULTURE, AND ENERGY PIPELINES ... YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW ... (its long but worth the time)



The video is in Turkish ... but wait english is spoken and the pieces will come together ... 

Now just a side note: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/11/25/russia-erdogans-son-real-isis-oil-minister-behind-s24-shoot-down/


HOPEFULLY ... NOW WATCHING THOSE VIDEOS HAVE SHED SOME LIGHT ON THE MIDDLE EAST ... NOW LET ME ASK ... WHY IN THE HELL IS THE UNITED STATES POKING ITS NOSE IN THIS BUSINESS(!) continue reading ... is it possible to have peace in the middle east ... I dare say YES!

Noble Energy agrees to invest $3.75 billion in Israeli natural gas reservoir

Noble Energy agrees to invest $3.75 billion in Israeli natural gas reservoir
Senior officials in Noble Energy and in Israel’s government hailed a new investment Israeli natural gas as a major geopolitical and economic boon for Israel.
US energy giant Noble Energy agreed on Thursday to invest $3.75 billion in Israel’s Leviathan gas field, located off the Mediterranean Coast and estimated to contain 535 billion cubic meters of natural gas.
“Bringing Leviathan online will expand Israel’s supply of natural gas, further support the State’s commitment to convert coal-fired power generation facilities to cleaner burning gas, and provide affordable energy resources to Israeli citizens and neighboring countries in the undersupplied region,” stated Noble Energy’s CEO David L. Stover.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu concurred with Stover in a similarly worded statement on Twitter.

“This is a good news day for the economy and citizens of Israel,” wrote Netanyahu. “The move will provide a supply of gas to the State of Israel and will advance our cooperation with regional partners.” (stability and control, especially in the neigborhood)

Noble Energy’s manager in Israel, Binyamin Zomer, touted not only the potential economic and geopolitical benefits for Israel but the environmental benefits as well.

“Development of the Leviathan project is another milestone in the fulfillment of Israel’s energy security and will bring benefits in the air quality and health of Israel’s citizens, who will also benefit from increased government revenues and from a path to better relations with their neighbors in the region,” he said.

Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz, for his part, expressed optimism regarding the prospects of Israel’s future in the global energy market.
“If we continue on a responsible and steadfast path, we will also succeed in discovering more gas fields, positioning Israel as an important player in the energy market alongside our neighbors in the Middle East and Europe,” he said.
Noble Energy, which holds a share of almost 40% (39.66%) of the Leviathan reservoir, along with its other gas partners that include Israel’s Delek Group, hope to get the gas field online in 2019.  The agreed gas “outline” over the Leviathan field, that was reached between the energy giants and the Israeli government, has faced some domestic resistance in Israel from critics who fear that the arrangement would minimize competition and create a monopoly in the energy industry.

By: Jonathan Benedek, World Israel News

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Obamacare Choices Could Go From One to Zero in Some Areas ... thanks to Margaret Sanger there are a lot that don't have to worry!

Parts of the country are in jeopardy of not having an insurer offering Obamacare plans next year.

Many counties already have just one insurer offering health plans in the Obamacare marketplaces, and some of those solo insurers are showing signs that they are eyeing the exits.

Humana announced this year that they’d be leaving the markets altogether next year. That means there are parts of Tennessee that will have no insurance options unless another insurer decides to enter.

And Anthem, which operates in 14 states, is getting nervous, an industry analyst told Bloomberg News this week. Its departure would be a much bigger problem. According to an analysis of government data by Katherine Hempstead at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Anthem is currently the only insurance carrier in nearly 300 counties, serving about a quarter of a million people.

As you can see on our map of those counties, an Anthem departure could leave coverage gaps in substantial parts of Georgia, Missouri, Kentucky, Ohio and Colorado, as well as smaller holes in other states. In places where no insurance company offers plans, there will be no way for Obamacare customers to use subsidies to buy health plans.

Without an option for affordable coverage, they would become exempt from the health law’s mandate to obtain coverage. A result could be large increases in the number of Americans without health insurance.
The Places Where Obamacare Markets Are Thin

Humana said it would leave the marketplace next year, and Anthem is considering doing so. People may end up without options.


Counties with only one insurance carrier in 2017. (Unshaded counties have at least two.)

The Affordable Care Act set up new markets for people who don’t get insurance through work or the government. About 11 million people bought coverage on those state markets last year. But the system depends on the voluntary participation of private insurance companies. And some parts of the country have proved more popular for insurers than others.

In the last year, several large commercial insurance companies decided to stop offering insurance in the markets. And some carriers that continued to offer Obamacare plans scaled back on the number of counties they served. In general, the places without much remaining insurance competition tend to be rural and expensive. (These areas tend to have fewer hospitals and doctors to choose from, reducing the ability of insurers to negotiate lower prices.)

There are a number of solo-carrier counties served by other companies, but none by as many as Anthem, Ms. Hempstead’s analysis shows. Cigna, the company with the next-largest potential impact, is the only carrier in 14 counties, containing about 100,000 insurance customers.

Anthem could well stay in the markets. It may simply be floating the option of departure to improve its negotiating position with the Trump administration over various regulatory requests. Or it may be expressing anxiety about the future. Insurers around the country are worried about the policy environment surrounding the Affordable Care Act. Mr. Trump has said that the health law “will explode” — a comment that may suggest he will do little to help the markets, or could even set the fuse.

When insurers left communities in recent years, the Obama administration and local officials worked hard to recruit replacements. The Trump administration might not do the same. So far, no carrier has come forward publicly to say it will serve the counties in Tennessee that Humana is leaving.

Insurers are making initial decisions about where to sell their products and how much to charge. But the final lineup of insurers is still several months away. Some states require companies to file initial requests this month, and the Trump administration has asked for price proposals in late June. If, after that, insurers decide the political or regulatory outlook looks less favorable, they will still have several months to leave the markets.





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