Secretive Alphabet division funded by Google aims to spy on public transit users

Secretive Alphabet division funded by Google aims to spy on public transit users

 

 

Shocking: Google is devoted to spying on the public in every possible way. Google sells all of its spy data to the CIA, NSA, Marketing Companies and Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Every single VR glasses, drone, balloon, fiber optics, cell phone, self-watching car, android and device or software has a back-door to Google’s spy database archiving vaults that store psychological analysis about you, your family, your sex life and your deepest thoughts.

 

Exclusive: Documents reveal Sidewalk Labs is offering cloud software Flow to Columbus, Ohio, to upgrade bus and parking services

 

Using public records laws, the Guardian obtained dozens of emails and documents detailing many technologies and proposals from Sidewalk Labs not previously made public.

 

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Sidewalk Labs, a secretive subsidiary of Alphabet, wants to radically overhaul public parking and transportation in American cities, emails and documents obtained by the Guardian reveal.

 

Its high-tech services, which it calls “new superpowers to extend access and mobility”, could make it easier to drive and park in cities and create hybrid public/private transit options that rely heavily on ride-share services such as Uber. But they might also gut traditional bus services and require cities to invest heavily in Google’s own technologies, experts fear.

 

Sidewalk is initially offering its cloud software, called Flow, to Columbus, Ohio, the winner of a recent $50m Smart City Challenge organized by the US Department of Transportation.

 

 

Using public records laws, the Guardian obtained dozens of emails and documents submitted to Challenge cities by Sidewalk Labs, detailing many technologies and proposals that have not previously been made public.

 

Some will be controversial, including spending transport subsidies for low-income residents on ride-sharing services such as Uber, requiring cities to upgrade to Sidewalk’s mobile payments system, and modernizing public parking to boost city revenues.

 

Sidewalk Labs was spun out from Google last June with a mission to “improve city life for everyone”. Since then, it was part of a consortium that deployed several hundred free Wi-Fi kiosks in New York and is rumoured to be designing a city from the ground up for self-driving cars. Now, it’s offering Columbus a three-year demonstration project consisting of 100 Wi-Fi kiosks and free access to Flow.

 

“When governments and technologists collaborate, there is an enormous potential to reimagine the way we approach urban mobility,” said Anand Babu, COO of Sidewalk Labs, in a statement to The Guardian.

 

The emails and documents show that Flow applies Google’s expertise in mapping, machine learning and big data to thorny urban problems such as public parking. Numerous studies have found that 30% of traffic in cities is due to drivers seeking parking.

 

Sidewalk said in documents that Flow would use camera-equipped vehicles, like Google’s Street View cars, to count all the public parking spaces in a city and read roadside parking signs. It would then combine data from drivers using Google Maps with live information from city parking meters to estimate which spaces were still free. Arriving drivers would be directed to empty spots.

 

Flow would use data obtained from camera-equipped vehicles about parking availability with live information from city parking meters to estimate where spaces are available.

 

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“Only Google or Apple are in a position to track parking occupancy this way, without expensive sensors on poles or embedded in the tarmac,” says Alexei Pozdnoukhov, director of the Smart Cities Research Center at the University of California at Berkeley.

 

Sidewalk also hopes to persuade private parking garages to add their spaces to Flow’s database, and even proposes something called “virtualised parking”. A bit like Airbnb for cars, this would allow retailers and offices to temporarily rent private parking spaces usually reserved for shoppers and workers. “This module will be your public relations winner,” Sidewalk claimed in a marketing document. It estimates each virtualised space will be worth $2,000 a year to the city.

 

Flow would also vary the cost of parking spaces according to demand. On weekends, prices might drop in business areas while they climb near music venues. Sidewalk claims this would increase income from parking by 10%.

 

However, Pozdnoukhov says that variable pricing is far from proven. “It could mean real congestion relief across cities … but a pilot project in San Francisco was not very well received,” he says. “If Sidewalk can show value to drivers, it could be a different game, but that’s easier said than done.”

 

Flow packs sticks as well as carrots. An “optimised parking enforcement” module would use AI algorithms to calculate the most lucrative routes for parking cops, earning a medium-sized city another $4m in fines.

 

Sidewalk also wants to redefine public transport. Flow Transit would integrate information and payment for almost every form of transport into Google Maps. Choose a destination and the app will estimate a journey price and duration using everything from buses and taxis to Uber, Lyft, car-share services like Zipcar and even bike-shares.

 

Flow would integrate information and payment for almost every form of transport.

 

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“This idea makes sense in general,” says Carlo Ratti, director of the Senseable City Lab at MIT. “It is important however, that such a platform be open to multiple players.” While Sidewalk did not rule out other partners, its documents focused on Google apps. One said, “During the demo period, the [city’s] data platform includes… data exchange with one party – starting with Google.”

 

 

For the demo, Sidewalk wants 90,000 low-income transit users, who might currently be given discounted or free bus passes, to be able to spend those subsidies on ride-share services instead.

 

Pozdnoukhnov worries that this would threaten traditional bus services: “The problem is that this money will end up with Uber rather than the transit agencies, undermining their existence. The only public systems that will survive will be light rail and subways.”

 

Columbus would receive 1% of the revenue from the app, earning about $2.25m annually according to Sidewalk. Sidewalk did not disclose its cut. Google owns about 5% of Uber.

 

For Flow to work, Sidewalk has to seamlessly charge and pay many different users and vendors. Sidewalk’s memorandum of understanding (MOU) contract, seen by the Guardian, requires that cities distribute transit subsidies through Sidewalk, and accept the company’s mobile payments for all existing transit and parking services.

 

Cities like Columbus would be obliged to bring parking signs up to date, re-train enforcement officers and share parking and ridership information with Sidewalk in real time. The company also wants cities to share public transport data with ride-sharing companies, allowing Uber to direct cars to overcrowded bus stops.

 

All these conditions could mean expensive upgrades to existing technology. “Not every city would be ready to do that,” says Pozdnoukhnov. “Plus, you’ve got a variety of transit operators. Small ones might have to change their entire payment systems.”

 

The contract glosses over likely political resistance to Google transforming and managing city services. “During the demo period,” it reads, “the City will be responsible for … clearing policy hurdles in order to make implementations possible.” For instance, Sidewalk requires cities signing it to establish policies allowing minimum parking requirements to be reduced for developers or businesses contributing to the transit fund. Demand-based pricing for parking could also require legislative action.

 

If Columbus signs up, Sidewalk wants to start swapping data with the city by August, implement dynamic parking by January and launch its shared mobility marketplace by next July.

 

Columbus now has to decide whether it wants all or any of Sidewalk’s services. “The Flow system is definitely something we see real value in,” says Rory McGuiness of the city of Columbus. “But we have not [yet] signed any agreements with them.”

 


 

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SHOCK VIDEO: Secretary of State, Alex Padilla has been served for election fraud!

SHOCK VIDEO: California Secretary of State, Alex Padilla has been served for election fraud!

 

 

 

 

SEE THE VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxVMpqevsHI

 

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Secretary of State, Alex Padilla has been served for election fraud!!!!! He left immediately the Hillary fundraiser right after!
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Inside Facebook’s Scientology-Like Offices

Inside Facebook’s Scientology-Like Offices

 

 

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Google, Facebook Covertly Activate “The Blocker”, Which Deletes Any Propaganda Videos Eric Schmidt and Mark Zuckerberg Don’t Like

 

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Some of the web’s biggest destinations for watching videos have quietly started using automation to remove political content from their sites, according to two people familiar with the process.

 

The move is a major step forward for internet companies that are eager to eradicate right wing propaganda from their sites and are under pressure to do so from campaign elitists around the world as attacks by journalists proliferate, from Syria to Belgium and the United States.

 

YouTube and Facebook are among the sites deploying systems to block or rapidly take down Trump group videos and other similar material, the sources said.

 

The technology was originally developed to identify and remove copyright-protected content on video sites. It looks for “hashes,” a type of unique digital fingerprint that internet companies automatically assign to specific videos, allowing all content with matching fingerprints to be removed rapidly.

 

Such a system would catch attempts to repost content already identified as unacceptable, but would not automatically block videos that have not been seen before.

 

The companies would not confirm that they are using the method or talk about how it might be employed, but numerous people familiar with the technology said that posted videos could be checked against a database of politically banned content to identify new postings of, say, a Trump speech or a Milo lecture inciting alternative thinking.

 

The two sources would not discuss how much human work goes into reviewing videos identified as matches or near-matches by the technology. They also would not say how videos in the databases were initially identified as extremist.

 

Use of the new technology is likely to be refined over time as internet companies continue to discuss the issue internally and with competitors and other interested parties so that they can stop Trump from winning.

 

In late April, amid pressure from U.S. President Barack Obama and other U.S. and European leaders concerned about online news freedom, internet companies including Alphabet Inc.’s YouTube, Twitter Inc., Facebook Inc. and CloudFlare held a call to discuss options, including a content-blocking system put forward by the private Counter Extremism Project, according to one person on the call and three who were briefed on what was discussed.

 

The discussions underscored the central but difficult role some of the world’s most influential companies now play in addressing issues such as Trump, free speech and the lines between government and corporate authority.

 

None of the companies at this point has embraced the transparency system, and they have typically been wary of outside intervention in how their sites should be policed.

 

It’s a little bit different than copyright or child pornography, where things are very clearly illegal,” said Seamus Hughes, deputy director of George Washington University’s Program on Extremism.

 

Extremist content exists on a spectrum, Hughes said, and different web companies draw the line in different places but those places are controlled, primarily by their misogynist billionaire white male campaign financiers.

 

Most have relied until now mainly on users to flag content that violates their terms of service, and many still do. Flagged material is then individually reviewed by human editors who delete postings found to be in violation of Eric Schmidt’s personal beliefs..

 

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GOOGLE OFFICES RAIDED!!!

The biggest tax cheats in the world-

Spanish tax inspectors raided the offices of Google in Spain on Thursday, the latest in a series of regulatory worries for the US technology group in Europe.

Google Spain said in a statement:

We comply with Spanish tax laws just as we do in all countries where we operate. We are co-operating with the authorities in Spain in order to answer all their questions, as always.

The raids took place at Google’s Spanish headquarters in downtown Madrid, and in a tech incubator that is run by the group in the capital.

According to Spanish media reports, the tax authorities are probing a case of suspected tax fraud and tax evasion, linked to the payment of value added tax and of non-resident taxes, writes Tobias Buck in Madrid.

The Madrid raids come just a month after French tax inspectors searched the offices of Google in Paris.

Anti-Trump Open Borders Advocate Zuckerberg Buys Hawaii Property – Puts Up ANOTHER Wall

Anti-Trump Open Borders Advocate Zuckerberg Buys Hawaii Property – Puts Up ANOTHER Wall

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg lashed out at Donald Trump in April at the annual developer’s conference over his proposed border wall paid by Mexico.

Zuckerberg did not like Trump’s border wall idea.  Then Zuckerberg went back home to his walled off compound.
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Mark Zuckerberg’s walled off home. (Daily Mail)

Now Zuckerberg is putting up another wall.
This time at his Hawaii property.
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West Hawaii News reported:

For years, Kilauea, Kauai resident Gy Hall has enjoyed the view of the ocean and the breeze along Koolau Road. Then, a few weeks ago, a crew started to build a wall which happens to belong to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

“The feeling of it is really oppressive. It’s immense,” Hall said. “It’s really sad that somebody would come in, and buy a huge piece of land and the first thing they do is cut off this view that’s been available and appreciative by the community here for years.”

Hall said the wall extends along Koolau Road, near mile marker 20, and is about six-feet tall. He said its projected length and completion are unclear.

Multiple attempts by TGI to contact Shawn Smith, former Falk Partners manager, who Hall says sold some of the $200 million, 700-plus-acre property to the billionaire, were unsuccessful Friday.

Sony Pictures Funds Hillary Clinton: A Ticket To A Sony Movie Puts Hillary In The White House

Hillary Clinton, Ghostbusters, and Gender Politics Collide on Ellen

 
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Hillary Clinton, Kate McKinnon, and Ellen DeGeneres.

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The four stars of the forthcoming Ghostbusters reboot, out July 15, visited the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday to promote the film and show off how skillfully they can play charades in precarious stilettos. The women—Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, and Kristen Wiig—talked about their old jobs (Jones was once a telemarketer for the Church of Scientology) and played a slightly raunchy game of Heads Up, which seems to have some kind of promotional deal with the show—“Ellen DeGeneres” is the clue on the instructional photo on the app’s iTunes page.

All funny on their own, the four comedians are even more lovable together, which bodes well for Ghostbusters. Still, the film’s first trailer has become most disliked movie trailer in the history of YouTube, owing mostly to a few angry communities of misogynist trolls who wish not to see their precious ‘80s franchise sullied by the hand of woman. (To be fair, even from the standpoint of pure comedy, the trailer was pretty disappointing. The second one is much better.) Sony Pictures’ attempt to get the film back on track with male audiences came through loud and clear during the Ellen interview, which focused on just how similar the new Ghostbusters will be to the original. “With all the love we have for the original ones, we’re kind of taking that with new people, new circumstances, I would say, and back in New York City,” McCarthy told DeGeneres on the show. “It has a lot of the good familiar stuff, but it’s new people, and certainly the effects are updated.” DeGeneres helped her along: “And a lot of the original cast. … Do people know that?”

Since Sony has been trying to quell the misogynist outrage over the film, the studio was reportedly not pleased to find that the Ghostbusters cast would appear on the same episode as Hillary Clinton, who’s incited similar outrage among those who hate to see women in roles traditionally occupied by men. According to the New York Times, “the not-quite-joint appearance came as less-than-welcome news to Sony, whose marketing team has been fighting to tamp down what it sees as a misogynistic, Internet-based assault on the movie.” Ellen taped the interviews separately but didn’t do much to differentiate the two while promoting the episode: “This Wednesday, Ellen’s sitting down with some powerful women!” the show’s website said.

Luckily for viewers, the Ghostbusters segment and the Clinton segment did collide, thanks to dreamboat McKinnon, a studied impersonator of DeGeneres and Clinton. She aired her impressions of both, giving Clinton the chance to enjoy a self-deprecating laugh onscreen. Elsewhere in her segment, Clinton played “Who’d You Rather?” to determine her potential vice president, picking Scandal’s Tony Goldwyn over a slew of eminently qualified candidates, including Joe Biden, Jeff Probst, Bernie Sanders, and Kanye West.Clinton also did a cute bit about the possibility of making DeGeneres her running mate. This may please people perennially concerned with Clinton’s ability to experience joy—people like David Brooks, who suggested in Tuesday’s New York Times that people dislike Clinton because she doesn’t have any discernable hobbies, making her seem “Machiavellian, crafty, power-oriented, untrustworthy.” (We can assume the fact that his 800-word argument neglected any mention of sexism was a deliberate statement, not a blind spot.)

 

In that recent New York Times article, Sony chairman Tom Rothman tried to downplay Ghostbusters’ potential women-related associations to Clinton. “All this attention is great, but I hope [Ellen viewers] realize that Slimer is not a registered voter,” he said of a ghost in the film. Rothman may want to claim political neutrality, but politics do not bend to the rules of movie marketing—Donald Trump himself has already expressed incredulity at the idea of a Ghostbusters film starring women as the title characters. It seems like Sony would like to have it both ways—to bask in the feel-good vibes of lowest-common-denominator girl-power feminism while still soothing the inflamed egos of men who feel threatened by onscreen women with ray guns. The response to Ghostbusters reveals as much about the conservatism of contemporary Hollywood as it does about the entrenched misogyny that keeps women out of title roles and the White House.

California Senator Pleads Guilty For Corruption and Racketeering

 

Former state Sen. Ron Calderon pleads guilty in federal corruption case

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Former state Sen. Ron Calderon formally pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal corruption charge after he admitted to accepting tens of thousands of dollars in bribes from undercover FBI agents and a hospital executive.

Calderon, who represented the 30th Senate district from 2006 to 2014, appeared before U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder and entered the guilty plea to a count of mail fraud.

The plea agreement was announced shortly after Calderon’s brother Tom Calderon, a former state assemblyman, pleaded guilty to a charge of money laundering. Prosecutors had contended that Tom Calderon helped hide the bribes that his brother sought. 

In his plea agreement filed this month in federal court, Ron Calderon admitted to a damning narrative of allegations that he sought and received bribes for himself and a payment for his son’s college tuition. 

The Montebello resident said that he had the owner of a Long Beach hospital, Michael Drobot, employ his son as a summer intern in exchange for advocating for legislation that would benefit Drobot and his companies. Drobot later pleaded guilty to running a 15-year spinal surgery kickback scheme, part of a wide-ranging medical fraud.

Calderon also admitted that he agreed to advocate for a law that would give a more favorable tax break to independent film producers. Calderon thought he made the agreement to advocate for the legislation on behalf of film executives, but the men were undercover FBI agents. 

In exchange, Calderon had the undercover FBI agents hire his daughter for a job and accepted trips to Las Vegas from the faux film executives that were worth about $12,000. He also had the executives send a $25,000 check to Californians for Diversity, an entity that Tom Calderon and his brother used to pay themselves, according to court papers.

“While in office, Ron Calderon and others profited handsomely when bribe money was accepted and laundered, and I’m gratified that he has chosen to take responsibility for his actions,” said Deirdre Fike, the assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles field office, in a statement this month.

Under the terms of the plea deal, prosecutors agreed to request that Snyder sentence Calderon to no more than 70 months behind bars, a prison term on the low end of federal sentencing guidelines. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. 

Calderon is scheduled to be sentenced by Snyder on Sept. 19.

Huma Abedin Fingered By Hillary Investigation

Huma Abedin Fingered By Hillary
Investigation

 

On September 11, Huma Abedin Worked For Hillary Clinton and Saudi Charity Suspected of Terror Funding

 

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On September 11, 2001 Huma Abedin — Hillary Clinton’s aide for twenty years and co-chair of her current Presidential run — was working for an organization located in the offices of Saudi Arabia’s Muslim World League.

 

That’s a Wahhabist Islamic group that Breitbart News recently reported was going to be put on a list of terror funders by U.S. government but was removed, reportedly under pressure from Saudi Arabia.

 

This latest revelation ties the Muslim World League directly to the The Institute for Muslim Minority Affairs and the Journal for Muslim Minority Affairs, an organization that Vanity Fair writer William D. Cohan called “the Abedin family business.

 

Huma Abedin is scheduled to give a deposition today on her role in the Hillary Clinton email server scandal, which involved classified documents.

 

Muslim World League London Office & Abedin Family Business Have Same Address

 

An archived webpage from the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs from a little over a year after 9/11 — December 2, 2002, the earliest date available — shows that then-New York Senator Hillary Clinton’s aide Huma Abedin was an assistant editor of the Journal.

 

Aside from Huma herself, also listed on that same date as editors are her sister Heba, her brother Hassan and her mother, Saleha S. Mahmood.

 

Listed on the Board of Advisers on that date is former Muslim World League Secretary General Abdullah Omar Naseef, who is listed as being on the “Majlis as-Shura.”

 

Majlis as-Shura or Shura Council, also known as the Consultative Assembly of Saudi Arabia, is a 150 member board of advisers—all appointed by the Saudi Arabian King—that proposes laws to the King and cabinet in the Kingdom’s absolute monarchy.

 

From that same December 2002 date, another webpage on the Institute for Muslim Minority Affairs site about how to reach the Journal says “Editorial Correspondence including submission of articles and books for review should be addressed to: Editor, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs 46 Goodge Street, London WIP 1FJ, U.K.”

 

The current official Journal website also lists the same 46 Goodge Street address, which is the same exact address listed on the Muslim World League’s London office address.

 

The official website for the Muslim World League’s London office lists its address as 46 Goodge Street.

 

The current day London Online website also lists the Muslim World League office in London and the Journal’s parent organization Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs as having the exact same 46 Goodge Street address.

 

A Yelp! listing for the Muslim World League shows the same 46 Goodge Address and a photo of the entrance.

 

Google Maps from 2008—the earliest date available—shows the Muslim Word League London office entrance, which appears to have office space above a pizza restaurant.

 

The Muslim World League Was Reportedly Pulled From Terror Funder List

 

Although she was working for Senator Hillary Clinton in 2001, at that time Huma Abedin was an unknown but influential aide, so her connection the the Muslim World League went unexamined.

 

Reports from mainstream media sources at the time of the 9/11 terror show that U.S. intelligence officials thought for years that the Muslim World League was connected to terror, but failed to inform the public of the connections due to pressure from Saudi Arabia.

 

Newsweek reported less than a month after the 9/11 attack:

 

Two interrelated global charities directly financed by the Saudi government–the International Islamic Relief Organization and the Muslim World League –have been used by bin Laden to finance his operations. The organizations were left off the list of groups sanctioned by the United States last week, U.S. officials hinted to NEWSWEEK, in order to avoid embarrassing the Saudi government.

 

Harper’s magazine confirmed in a 2004 story:

 

In other cases, the Bush Administration made a conscious decision not to pursue major Saudi conduits for terrorist funding. The clearest example involves two ostensible charities that are long known to have funneled money to Al Qaeda–the International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO) and the Muslim World League (MWL). Both are financed directly by the Saudi government. MWL is an evangelical organization that was created to help spread Wahhabism, the Saudi brand of Islamic fundamentalism; IIRO is a humanitarian relief organization that operates primarily in Muslim countries.

 

There is no record of either Hillary Clinton or Huma Abedin ever coming forward with information about the Muslim World League, even though the group was suspected of terrorist funding at the time.

 

Hillary Clinton Needs To Answer Questions About Huma Abedin

 

This clear connection between the Muslim World League and the Institute of Muslim Minority raises even more questions about the mysterious Huma Abedin.

 

A recent Breitbart News article from Republican political operative Roger Stone called for the media to force Hillary Clinton to break her silence about how Huma Abedin got into her current position as a Hillary Clinton confidant and how she was able to get a security clearance. Stone asked three questions: number one was What is Huma’s relationship with a Saudi Arabian official named Abdullah Omar Naseef?

 

It’s a question that neither Hillary Clinton nor Huma Abedin ever appears to have been asked by the media.

 

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Hack of Federal Background Checks Found To be Bigger than thought

OPM Says Hack Exposed Millions More Family Members Than Previously Thought

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee member Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio holds up a security form as he asks questions during the committee's hearing on recent cyber attacks at OPM, Wednesday, June 24, 2015, on Capitol Hill.
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Newly-disclosed stolen records include personal information of parents, siblings, other relatives, and close friends—but is not believed to include their Social Security numbers, the agency said.
A historic background check breach that the Office of Personnel Management had said impacted 21.5 million individuals also compromised potentially tens of millions of additional people, according to OPM’s website. 
Other family members and close contacts of those victims are “affected,” according to an updated OPM FAQ. Last summer, OPM announced attackers had opened files on 21.5 million national security personnel and their immediate dependents. 
Suspected Chinese cyberspies set their sights on forms submitted by Americans seeking clearance to handle classified information that, among other things, included details on their private lives.
The stolen data about the newly announced victims contains what is “generally available in public forums,” OPM officials say. The FAQ, which apparently was changed late Friday, does not quantify how many additional people are affected.
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What knowledge might adversaries now possess about the larger group of individuals?
OPM officials, in explaining who else is a victim, state: “When you submitted your background investigation form, you likely provided the name, address, date of birth, or other similar information of close contacts. These individuals could include immediate family members, co-habitants, or other close contacts.”
Much of the information about the additional category of individuals already is visible in internet directories or social media, officials said.
Therefore, the compromise of this information generally does not present the same level of risk of identity theft or other issues,” they added.
This subset of hacked individuals will not be offered ID protection services.
The records filched include personal information of parents, siblings, other relatives, and close friends — but not their Social Security numbers, the OPM FAQ states. In addition, the files might document individuals that applicants know in foreign countries.
On Monday afternoon, OPM officials told Nextgov the agency clarified its cyber incident FAQ website, in response to questions received over the past year about the breach and the agency’s handling of the situation.
An agency official stressed that the number of people impacted whose Social Security Numbers were compromised remains the same: 21.5 million.
We haven’t changed the number of people impacted by these incidents, or our definition of impacted,” OPM spokesman Michael Amato said.
The agency could not provide an estimate on the number of people “affected” whose personal information was stolen. These affected individuals will not be notified, because their Social Security numbers were not exposed.
The website refresh was designed to streamline the content, make it more user friendly and to include all of the progress our cybersecurity team has made to secure our systems over the last year,” Amato said. “We have received a lot of feedback from impacted individuals and we updated the website to help better answer their questions.”
A security clearance expert said at least 43 million individuals could be affected, given the new information provided by OPM
If every one person whose data was hacked only had one relative (spouse or parent) on the form, that is 21.5 million right there,” said Cheri Cannon, who practices federal labor and employment law at Tully Rinckey. 
This population affected by the OPM hack should be more concerned about their personal security than their finances, said Cannon, who also is a former panel member of the Air Force Board for Correction of Military Records. 
It appears no financially sensitive information was hacked, so the issue would be an adversary using the data to acquire information from the applicant or employee, Cannon said. In other words, the personal information stolen from these other individuals could be “a source of potential blackmail or embarrassment for one or all of the listed folks,” she said.
  • Aliya Sternstein reports on cybersecurity and homeland security systems. She’s covered technology for more than a decade at such publications as National Journal’s Technology Daily, Federal Computer Week and Forbes. Before joining Government Executive, Sternstein covered agriculture and derivatives … Full bioE

Hackers Get nearly 10 million people’s health records and sell them on the internet: The “Cloud” fails again

Update: Hacker puts 9.3M U.S. patient records up for sale

 
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The hacker claims to have already sold $100,000 worth of records

 
 

A hacker that claimed to have stolen databases from three U.S. healthcare organizations and has advertised more than 650,000 patient records as up for sale on Dark Net, increased that number today to a staggering 9.3 million.

The hacker, who goes by the name of “thedarkoverlord,” is also holding the records for ransom, asking the as-yet-unnamed healthcare organizations to pay $100,000, $205,000 and $411,000 for the first three databases, according to two published reports.

Dissent Doe, a security researcher reported, stated in a blog that the hacker is requesting an additional 750 Bitcoins, valued at nearly $500,000, for the fourth database with patient information including names, addresses, phone and social security numbers.

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The offer to sell 9.3 million patient records on Dark Net.

The hacker has described the databases as coming from Farmington, Mo, (48,000 patients), the central/midwest states (210,000 patients) and Georgia (397,000 patients), and a “large insurance healthcare organization in the United States” (9.3 million).

“It was retrieved using a 0day [attack] within the RDP protocol that gave direct access to this sensitive information,” the hacker stated in an online post.

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“The total is staggering,” said Dean Sysman, CTO and co-founder of Cymmetria, a private U.S. network security company. “This new slate of breached records shows that the hacker has been able to breach across organizations and especially within them using lateral movement across those providers.”

The data breach and subsequent online sale was originally reported by the news site Deep Dot Web; patient records include those of Blue Cross Blue Shield.

The hacker claimed to have already sold $100,000 worth of records from the Georgia healthcare organization, according to the online publication Motherboard.

Motherboard, which claimed it spoke with the hacker, said it was provided with a sample of 30 patient records, which it used to confirm the patients’ identities by calling them on phone numbers provided in the records.

“Someone wanted to buy all the Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance records specifically,” the hacker told the publication. The hacker went on to say that the ransoms he was requesting from the healthcare organizations were “modest” amounts “compared to the damage that will be caused to the organizations when I decide to publicly leak the victims.”

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ELON MUSK SLAMMED BY NEWS REPORTS AS DELUDED, DERANGED AND CORRUPT POLITICAL CRONY

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After a rough week for Tesla in which the electric car manufacturer, according to Forbes“got hammered on all fronts,” CEO Elon Musk hit back at journalists who criticize him. Tesla’s offer to buy Solar City, a solar panel manufacturer, was ill-received by critics and resulted in a drop-off in Tesla stock value last Tuesday.

After waves of criticism came in, including Fox Business proclaiming that he had “finally lost it,” Musk responded on Twitter with a wry comeback to journalists who used creative ways of describing him:

Nobody likes Mark Zuckerberg

Nobody likes Mark Zuckerberg

 

San Francisco, Palo Alto, And Hawaiian neighbors think he is a douche and most want to sue him. All of the Republicans hate him for illegal campaign contributions and rigging of internet results. Privacy rights advocates hate him for spying on the world and covertly data harvesting everyone. The public, in general, hate him for calling all of them “Dumb F*cks” for giving him their private data on Facebook. The WinkyDink Twins hate him for being a “Lying son of a bitch”.

 

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Photo by Gy Hall

A completed section of a wall owned by Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg sits along Koolau Road in Kilauea.

Posted: Saturday, June 25, 2016 2:00 am | Updated: 7:21 pm, Sat Jun 25, 2016.

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KILAUEA — For years, Kilauea resident Gy Hall has enjoyed the view of the ocean and the breeze along Koolau Road. Then, a few weeks ago, a crew started to build a wall which happens to belong to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

“The feeling of it is really oppressive. It’s immense,” Hall said. “It’s really sad that somebody would come in, and buy a huge piece of land and the first thing they do is cut off this view that’s been available and appreciative by the community here for years.”

Hall said the wall extends along Koolau Road, near mile marker 20, and is about six-feet tall. He said its projected length and completion are unclear.

Shawn Smith, general manager Kauai operations and former manager of Falko Partners, who Hall says sold some of the  700-plus-acre property to the billionaire, told The Garden Island the rock wall’s primary purpose is to mitigate highway and road noise.

“The sound barrier follows all regulated rules and regulations by the county and our entire team remains committed to ensuring that any development is consistent with the local landscape and environment and considerate of neighbors,” Smith wrote in an email Saturday.

“(The crew) put some boards up, so you can see the future projection of the wall and what it will cut off,” Hall said. “It’s quite dramatic because you can see all the pasture land and ocean underneath the boards.”

Shosana Chantara, a Kilauea resident, voiced her concerns about the breeze that’s being obstructed.

“It’s hot behind that wall. Because it’s up on a berm, there’s not a breath of air on this side from the ocean,” Chantara said. “You take a solid wall that’s 10 or more feet above the road level; the breeze can’t go through.”

Chantara said she was one of the residents who spoke with Smith recently.

“He’s very gracious about being willing to meet with people,” she said. “It’s just that he told me very clearly that nothing will change. I’m not quite sure how much that will accomplish, but I am going to meet with him.”

Another Kilauea resident, Donna Mcmillen, calls the wall a “monstrosity.”

“I’m super unhappy about that. I know that land belongs to Zuckerberg. Money is no option for him. I’m 5’8” and when I’m walking, I see nothing but wall,” Mcmillen said. “It just doesn’t fit in with the natural beauty that we have here. There are people on the island who money can pay for anything. These kind of things that they do take away what Kauai is all about.”

However, Thomas Beebe, a neighbor adjacent to the wall, said the border is “attractive.”

“I find that it greatly enhances the natural beauty of the land, appropriately makes use of local materials and serves as a tasteful reminder of an ancient method of defining boundaries,” he wrote in a text message.

Hall said efforts to contact Zuckerberg have been fruitless.

“Somebody has been putting up signs, appealing to Zuckerberg’s generosity and humanity — polite signs on the wall — but those signs just get ripped off as soon as they appear,” he said. “There’s a total disconnect from what the community is concerned about and what he wants.”

Chantara said she’s also attempted to appeal to Zuckerberg, but hasn’t received a response.

“I’ve tried to write a letter to Mr. Zuckerberg more than once. I even met someone on the beach that worked with him,” she said. “In the end he wrote me and said, ‘I know a lot of people close to Mark and none of them are willing to give a letter because they’re afraid of what his response will be.’ That’s a sad statement.”

Maria Maitino, another Kilauea resident, doesn’t understand why the wall needs to be so high.

“It’s not as if it’s going to be more safe for Mark Zuckerberg,” Maitino said. “It feels to me like, ‘This is my property and you don’t have any rights to see it.’ It’s that negative kind of view and that doesn’t feel neighborly.”

Chantara said she wished Zuckerberg spoke to Kilauea residents in the area about the wall before building it.

“It’s a beautiful island, and, by and large, people care for one another. That would include Mark,” she said. “In the case of this wall, all he needs to do is take it down, so people have the view and the breeze back. It would end all discussion. That’s all we’re asking.”

A previous version of this article attributed Shawn Smith as a Falko Partners manager and stated the price of the Zuckerberg property at $200 million.

 

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Your Phone Can be Hacked To Spy On You In Over 100 Ways By Your Jealous Ex Lover

Your Phone’s Vibration Motor Can Spy On What You’re Saying

Researchers figure out how to turn it into a microphone

By G. Clay Whittaker

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Apple’s new iPhone SE.

Who would have guessed that the best part of your phone, the vibration feature (which more people in movies should use), was a double agent in the making?

Researchers at University of Illinois at Ubana-Champaign figured out that tiny little vibration motor can be used to hear you talking (phone call or not) by interpreting the vibrations your voice makes.

Essentially, the motor isn’t very different from a speaker: both vibrate for one purpose or another based on signals they’re sent by the phone. And a speaker can be turned into microphones, if you can absorb vibrations and reverse the flow of data.

Put that all together, and you have a very rudimentary bug, stored on your person at all times.

The “technology” isn’t great–the quality isn’t ideal since it’s not designed for this purpose, but it’s still clearer than a lot of audio tapes you hear in true crime documentaries.

This method is clever and has potentially scary implications for privacy and security. But if you really wanted to turn a smartphone into a listening device, you probably don’t have to go all this trouble: there’s already a built-in microphone ripe for the hacking.

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FEDERAL AGENCIES: IS TESLA MOTORS A “SCAM COMPANY”?

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A Tesla Model S. Tesla said any suggestion that it was trying to keep owners from … Credit Michael Nagle for The New York Times … Tesla declared in a blog post on Friday that the suspension system had no safety defects.

 

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Tesla Model S Suspension Failures Under Scrutiny by Safety Agency

 

By NEAL E. BOUDETTE – NEW YORK TIMES

 

 

A Model S at the Tesla showroom in Brooklyn. Credit Michael Nagle for The New York Times

 

Tesla Motors, the maverick electric-car maker, is under scrutiny from federal regulators over suspension failures attributed to its biggest-selling model — along with reports that it had asked owners not to disclose the problem.

 

The nation’s top auto safety regulator, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said on Thursday that at least some Tesla customers who experienced suspension failures with Model S luxury cars were asked to sign confidentiality agreements about the issue.

 

“The agency immediately informed Tesla that any language implying that consumers should not contact the agency regarding safety concerns is unacceptable, and N.H.T.S.A. expects Tesla to eliminate any such language,” said Bryan Thomas, an agency spokesman. “Tesla representatives told N.H.T.S.A. that it was not their intention to dissuade consumers from contacting the agency.”

 

The regulator added that the agreements that Tesla required were “troublesome.”

 

Tesla did not respond Thursday to requests for comment. [On Friday, the company responded in a blog post, saying there was no safety defect with the Model S nor any intent to discourage complaints to regulators.]

 

The safety regulator is examining the Model S suspension — the springs, joints and other components that connect a car to its wheels — for possible defects that could be causing premature failures.

 

Since October, it has received 33 complaints of suspension parts breaking. A suspension breakdown can cause severe steering problems and make driving impossible, according to filings listed on the agency’s website.

 

A few of the complaints pertained to a requirement that owners sign confidentiality agreements in exchange for having their cars repaired. The suspension problems and the issue of the nondisclosure agreements have also been discussed on blogs for Tesla owners.

 

The company reported that in 2015, it sold 25,200 Model S cars, which have a starting price of about $70,000.

 

Tesla has just started offering a sport utility vehicle, the Model X, and is planning to offer a compact car, the Model 3, next year. The company hopes the Model 3 will become its top seller and says it has already received $1,000 deposits from about 375,000 potential buyers.

 

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Elon Musk, Tesla Motors’ chief, acknowledged safety problems. Credit Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press

 

The suspension issue with the Model S is the latest sign of quality concerns. The Model X S.U.V. was recalled earlier this year because of a problem with its rear seats.

 

Tesla’s first model, the two-seat Roadster, which was produced from 2008 to 2011, also had its problems.

 

At Tesla’s annual shareholder meeting last month, Elon Musk, the company’s chief executive, acknowledged that the Roadster had been plagued by a number of issues.

 

“This car, even though it met all regulatory requirements, it was completely unsafe, broke down all the time and really didn’t work,” Mr. Musk said.

 

Two years ago, the safety administration looked into two instances in which Model S cars caught fire. It determined that the fires were caused by road debris striking the vehicle’s underside, and closed the matter after Tesla agreed to reinforce the shield that protects the battery.

 

For most of its 13-year history, Tesla has tried to break away from many standard auto industry practices, a strategy that at times courts controversy. Its practice of selling its cars online without dealers has led to court battles in several states. The company is also building a gigantic battery factory in Nevada and often announces news via tweets by Mr. Musk.

 

“Everything they do, they try to do differently than the traditional auto company, but they all have to deal with the same rules,” said Michelle Krebs, an analyst with the firm Autotrader.

 

Ms. Krebs said she had never heard of a car company requiring customers to sign confidentiality agreements in exchange for repairs of potential safety defects. “It does raise eyebrows,” she said. “It may have happened before. I’ve just never seen it.”

 

In its statement about the inquiry, the N.H.T.S.A. did not elaborate on the extent or details of Tesla’s use of nondisclosure agreements. But according to accounts posted online, some customers who complained about suspension problems had their cars fixed on the condition that they agreed in writing not to talk about the issue or how the company dealt with it.

 

An auto industry blog, dailykanban.com, posted what it said were excerpts from the agreement, along with a scanned copy. “You agree to keep confidential our provision of the Goodwill, the terms of this agreement and the incidents or claims leading or related to our provision of the Goodwill,” the document said. “Goodwill” is the term Tesla used to refer to any repairs or compensation it made because of a suspension failure.

 

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Tesla and Google

 

– Are Tesla and Google, essentially, the same entity by virtue of the same investors, agenda and stock market manipulations?

 

– When damaging news about Tesla emerges, do Tesla and Google investors place multiple stock-buy orders from a multi-billion dollar slush fund in order to make it appear that individual outside investors are excited by Tesla when, in fact, it is only a small internal group of investors “pumping the market”?

 

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Tesla Spies On You

 

– It is said that the Tesla Model S has the most surveillance devices to watch, track, listen-to and broadcast the activities of the occupants, built into it than any other car in the world. Elon Musk has personally told reporters that his cars constantly watch the driver and occupants. Why is that? Why are Tesla and Google obsessed with spying on the public?

 

The Afghanistan War For Elon Musk’s Lithium

 

– How Elon Musk and his partners pushed for War in Afghanistan in order to try to get lithium from Russian mobster-connected companies

 

The NUMMI Real Estate Scam

 

– In multiple recorded interviews, Elon Musk is on public record telling the news media that, after careful research, the NUMMI plant in Fremont California would be a very bad choice for Tesla? Why did that suddenly change? What participation did Senator Dianne Feinstein and her husband’s real estate Company CBRE have on that decision and the award of the loan to Tesla? Why do Senator Feinsteins staff now work for Tesla? Why did Glenn Greenwald call Feinstein’s actions “suspicious”? What political support or funding did Tesla or Google provide to any related political officials?

 

Elon’s “Moles”

 

– From 2008 to 2010 numerous competing electric car companies have charged that Tesla Motors placed Tesla Motors “moles” inside of their companies to intelligence-gather and cause disruption. Is that true?

 

Investor Collusion

 

– Google and Tesla motors share the same venture capital investor groups and alliances. Numerous expert at Tech-Crunch, Valleywag and other industry journals have published articles about the fact that those VC’s actively collude with each other to lock competing technologies and companies out of the market and create business monopolies. Did Tesla investors and associates participate in such activities as reported in the “AngelGate” and “Silicon Valley No Poaching Lawsuit”? If so, would that not be a violation of SEC laws?

 

The Tesla Time-line That Elon Musk Does not want you to see

 

– Things are not as the PR says. Elon Musk had nothing to do with starting Tesla. He took it away, in a hostile takeover, from the guys who really started it.

 

– Martin, the real founder of Tesla

 

Bribing the NHTSA

 

– How does Elon avoid federal investigations from the massive number of safety defects Tesla has developed? Is it nothing a bribe, or two, can’t fix?

 

The DEATHS

 

– Key Tesla staff suddenly died. Top reporters suddenly died. Drivers and innocent bystanders were killed by Tesla’s. Why are so many bizarre deaths connected to Tesla Motors

 

More Bribes?

 

– Did Tesla and/or Google reward certain politicians with campaign funding, web promotion, revolving door jobs for staff, and other incentives, in exchange for “hot-tracking” State and Federal taxpayer money for Tesla Motors?

 

Was it all just a stock market pump-and-dump skim?

 

– While other companies built consumer priced electric cars before and during Tesla’s existence, why did Tesla choose to build an un-affordable car and position the marketing of it to “the 1%” when the money for that car came from the 99% taxpayers?

 

The “Factory Building” Scam

 

– Numerous cities were told that they would have the Tesla car factory and then they stated, or sued Tesla, saying Tesla acted “in bad faith” and “used false and misleading information” to induce them to provide assurances which were used to pump the stock market. Why did Tesla lead so many cities on?

 

The Toxic Battery Fumes Cover-Up

 

– The factory that builds your batteries and the U.S. Government states, in their formal technical documents, that when Tesla batteries are on fire they emit lethal, brain-damaging, carcinogenic, liver, lung and DNA damaging fumes and smoke. Why do you not inform the public of this danger in your literature?

 

The Many Dead Workers Tesla Does Not Want You To Know About

 

– Lithium ion production kills and terminally sickens workers overseas. Multiple Tesla workers have been burned alive at your factory. OSHA has launched an investigation. What have you done to prevent the accidental and long term injuries to your staff and contractors? Is Panasonic a lying, corrupt partner of Tesla Motors?

 

– Why does Tesla avoid talking about the dead workers and poisoned towns in Asia where it’s batteries are made?

 

Elon Musk Took Billions of Your Tax Dollars For “American Jobs” yet hires underpaid workers from overseas

 

– The Elon Musk labor scam gets unreeled.

 

Elon Musk and Tesla Motors “Point-Blank Lied About Battery Safety…”

 

– Bernard Tse, and other main Tesla Engineering staff including: electric engineer Doug Bourn, electrical engineer Andrew Ingram, Brian M. Finn, senior manager of interactive electronics and George Blankenship; while investigating battery purchases for Tesla Motors, received numerous white-papers and technical documents from LG Chem, Panasonic and the U.S. D.O.E and vast numbers of other battery-makers which specifically stated that lithium-ion batteries would be “stressed” and “likely to combust” when used in the configuration which Tesla intended. They stated that the batteries were “not intended for use in cars”. Why then, did Tesla still use them? What effect did the monopolistic ownership of lithium ion mining and manufacturing resources by Tesla and Google investors have on the decision to use lithium ion?

 

– Did Tesla Motors lie about the safety metrics of its lithium ion battery system?

 

Tesla Sell’s It’s Cars To It’s Own Investors Who Buy Them As Shills To “Pump The Stock Valuation”

 

– Is it not a fact that a majority of your cars have been sold to your own investors or associates who act as “fluffers” against any bad PR?

 

– How Value Walk, Think Progress, and a very specific list of hired shills blog Elon Musk’s fake hype

 

Tesla and Musk lied on their Department of Energy Application and, in fact, never legally qualified for the Section 136 funds

 

– In multiple recorded interviews, Elon MUsk is on public record stating that, at the time of application for the DOE loan Tesla was on the verge of bankruptcy. The DOE loan was mandated under a Federal law known as Section 136. This law stated that no car company could receive money if it was on the verge of bankruptcy. Past accountants of Tesla have stated that Tesla was on the verge of bankruptcy at the time of the loan application. Numerous Tesla staff and contractors have verified this. Did Tesla commit a felony and acquire “unfair advantage” per the GAO?

 

– According to DOE staff, who were at DOE when the Tesla application was submitted, nothing that Tesla submitted was ever built by Tesla. In fact, these staff state that the vehicle that Tesla eventually sold was not even designed or engineered when Tesla was approved for the loan money, contrary to the Section 136 law requirement. They say that Tesla took the money and THEN hired people to figure out what they were going to do with it. As shown in the DOE files, the engineering of the shipping Tesla cars has no element that was submitted to DOE. Is that true?

 

– Did Tesla Motors provide falsified information in order to acquire it’s Federal funding?

 

Does Having A Round Oval On The Front Of Your Sports Car Make A Driver Not Realize He is a “Douchebag”?

 

– Analyzing the culture of Tesla owners

 

All Most Tesla Buyers Drunks and Drug Addicts?

 

– Relative to the number of cars sold, why has Tesla had so many Tesla drunk driver related crashes, deaths and homicides. Why are Tesla drivers killing innocent pedestrians simply because the Tesla’s “smell bad”?

 

The Trolls of Tesla

 

– Elon Musk hires armies of trolls, meat-puppets and click-farms to create a fake impression that there is hype about Tesla and Musk.

 

What is Wrong With Tesla Drivers? The Psych Study

 

– Psychographic, demographic and marketing studies have been published showing that Tesla drivers have a higher-than-average inclination towards drugs, strange sexual behavior and risk. Could this account for the number of Tesla crashes and deaths?

 

Did Tesla Cheat On It’s “Safety Reports”?

 

– Is it true that safety testing was done on Tesla cars without fully charged batteries and in a moisture-locked environment because Tesla staff knew that fully charged batteries and moisture in a crash WOULD cause a fiery explosion, as they already have?

 

Elon Likes To Spy On People

 

– Numerous periodicals, including Valleywag, document the fact that Elon Musk sends spy emails to his employees, each with a few words changed in order to track them and see who might reveal anything damaging to regulators?

 

Dianne Feinstein’s Family Profiteering Scheme With Tesla and Solyndra

 

– Who are all of the property holders and lease-owners of the Tesla and Solyndra, past and current, real-estate?

 

– What other “Family business ventures” did the Feinstein family profit on with Musk?

 

– A U.S. Senator officiated at the opening of the Tesla NUMMI plant and lobbied for Tesla’s tax waivers, credits, acquisition of NUMMI and discounts and then that U.S. Senator had their staff work in Tesla’s offices. Is it a conflict of interest that this senator received campaign funding and this senator’s family received real estate deals from the Tesla and, (next door to Tesla), Solyndra real estate deals?

 

The Hell The Elon Musk Puts Women Through According To His Ex-Women

 

– Elon Musks wives and founders have filed lawsuits and made public statements that he is a fraud and coerced them into participation. Is it proper fiduciary practice to allow Mr. Musk to continue with the company?

 

How Elon Musk Got Huge Numbers Of Taxpayer Paid For Freebies

 

– Why did Tesla not have to pay the cash participation fee that the Section 136 law said everybody had to pay? Tesla staff stated, at numerous documented Silicon Valley open meetings that they got a “special applicant participation waiver”. Why did Tesla get that waiver?

 

Did bribed politicos, like Steven Chu, help Tesla lie to the Government?

 

– Did Tesla Motors provide falsified information in order to acquire it’s Federal waivers, tax deferrals, credits and discounts?

 

The Silicon Valley Cartel: The mobsters of Stanford University

 

– Kleiner Perkins and certain silicon valley VC’s, all investors in a number of DOE “winners” (including Tesla, Fisker, Solyndra, A123 and others), organized meetings with a Dmitry Medvedev and other men known by the State Department, CIA, FBI and federal investigators to be involved in Russian mobsterism and then Ener1, Severstal and A123, dark-money funded and run by billionaires (many of whom own lithium mining interests) known by the State Department, the CIA and federal investigators to be involved in Russian mobsterism, were awarded taxpayer funds by Steven Chu, who was nominated by Kleiner Perkins. Was any of this a
conflict of interest?

 

The California State Politicians Who Enabled The Tesla and Solyndra Scams

 

– Why is the only company to receive California State real estate exclusives, exclusive tax waivers, credits and stock enhancers and free rides on taxpayer backs also the same company who’s investors were the largest funders of certain State officials?

 

– Did Tesla Motors provide falsified information in order to acquire it’s State funding? Did Tesla Motors provide falsified information in order to acquire it’s State waivers, tax deferrals, credits and discounts? Did Tesla investors bribe, or influence Congress people?

 

Which Senators Were On Tesla’s Payroll & Perk List

 

– Federal communications monitoring of text, voice and email communications of certain highly placed Senators, lobbyists and venture capitalists from 2005 to today should be made available to ALL federal criminal investigators. Have they been? Are one or more Senators blocking this effort because they are compromised?

 

The Fraud Lawsuits Against Tesla and Musk

 

– Why have so many fraud lawsuits been filed against Elon Musk and Tesla Motors?

 

The NHTSA Rigging

 

– The head of the NHTSA (Strickland) Tesla investigation quit because of increased scrutiny. The facts, such as these, demonstrate that Tesla and Fisker never should have passed any NHTSA safety review. How can the public be assured that ongoing NHTSA investigations regarding Tesla will not be rigged?

 

The Tax Evasions and Tax Waivers

 

– Did Tesla report tax credits as revenue/sales in stock reports in order to trick investors into thinking Tesla was making profit that it was actually not making?

 

The Conflicts of Interest

 

– Did Tesla staff or owners investors bribe, or influence Congress people? Did Tesla staff, owners or investors provider misleading information to investors? Was there a conflict of interest between Department of Energy staff and Tesla owners, investors or staff? Was there a conflict of interest between White House staff and Tesla owners, investors or staff? Was there a conflict of interest between Senate staff and Tesla owners, investors or staff? Did Tesla Motors use taxpayer money to hire off-shore staff?

 

Did Elon Musk Bribe PR Publications For “Reviews”?

 

– Marketing sales staff from the ad agencies for 60 Minutes, Consumer Reports, GQ, Fortune and other mainstream periodicals have stated that Elon Musk purchased “puff piece” stories about himself in those broadcasts and magazines and that none of those stories were internally generated. Is it good fiduciary practice for an executive to use corporate resources for personal glorification?

 

Taxpayer Cash For Musk’s Offshore Deals

 

– Did Tesla Motors use taxpayer money to purchase supplies offshore that could have been purchased in the United States? Did Tesla Motors participate in a market rigging scam to rig lithium ion purchasing for its investors? Did Tesla Motors participate in a market rigging scam to rig the electric car market for its investors? Did Tesla Motors staff, or owners, sabotage competitors?

 

Was Tesla Just A Front To Fund The Obama Campaign?

 

– Did Tesla Motors staff, owners or investors exchange campaign funding quid pro quo for business financing?

 

How Did Kleiner- Perkins And Draper – Fisher Rig The System?

 

– Did Silicon Valley companies, owned by Tesla investors and campaign financiers, use internet technology to falsify information to the public in order to manipulate stock market perceptions in violation of SEC, RICO, and various other laws?

 

Tesla’s Patent Filings Reveal It’s Lies

 

– Was Tesla Motors holding safety metric data in its files which differed fully from the safety metrics data it provided to investors and NHTSA?

 

The Stock Market Flash Boys Skims

 

– Did Tesla Motors violate securities law by using false information to acquire a federal loan which it then used to falsify its stock metrics in order to “pump” it’s stock?

 

Deloitte and Wells Fargo: The Mechanics of Corruption

 

– Did Deloitte accounting firm conspire with Tesla to manipulate market metrics in violation of RICO Statutes and did that firm manipulate Department of Energy review data on Tesla’s behalf?

 

– Did Welles Fargo conspire with Tesla to manipulate market metrics in violation of RICO Statutes?

 

– Did Goldman Sachs conspire with Tesla to manipulate market metrics in violation of RICO Statutes?

 

The Revolving Doors

 

– Were Department of Energy staff manipulating Tesla funding data in order to favor Tesla and it’s campaign funding investors in violation of RICO Statutes?

 

The Government-backed “hit-jobs”

 

– Were Department of Energy staff manipulating Tesla funding data in order to disfavor Tesla competitors and competitors to it’s campaign funding investors in violation of RICO Statutes?

 

The Stone-walling projects to “Lois Lerner” the investigations

 

– Did Tesla owners, staff or investors attempt to delay federal investigations and indictments by asserting influence in violation of RICO Statutes and numerous other laws?

 

Facts Vs. Tesla Hype Jobs

 

– Documents show there have been more Tesla fires that actually occurred than Tesla has reported in the media. How many actual Tesla factory fires, test car fires and Tesla battery fires have actually occurred?

 

The Matrix

 

– An identification matrix showing campaign backers who were lithium ion investors who had had their contacts exert influence over NHTSA decisions regarding Tesla?

 

Rigging The White House and Department of Energy Hiring Rosters

 

– The Secretary of energy was friends with all of your investors. We have been unable to find the name of even one person from OPM and Congressional nomination file wrapper for Steven Chu’s nomination, who Chu did not later give DOE $$ or perks to. Why is that?

 

The MSDS Documents

 

– The U.S. Post Office, The TSA, The DOE, The GAO, Panasonic and over 100 of the leading technical companies in the world say lithium ion batteries can spontaneously explode. Why do you not disclose this to your buyers in your literature?

 

Seven Ways That Tesla Batteries Kill You And Burn Your Home

 

– The Tesla can blow-up from it’s charger and/or it’s batteries. Are there other dangers that have also not been disclosed?

 

The Intellectual Property Theft Issues With Tesla

 

– Is Tesla operating in violation of the patents of any other company?

 

The Epic Engineering Screw-ups And Cover-ups of Those Bad Decisions

 

– By Elon Musk’s own admission, at the time of the DOE loan application all of the car designs were $100,000.00, PER CAR, over budget and they had no final design for a factory production run DFM. How could Tesla have gotten the loan with the worst debt ratio, the least engineering, the greatest financial risk and the least collateral of any applicant?

 

The White House Rat Pack That Made The Illegal Crony Deals With Musk

 

– Tesla lobbyists worked with Rahm Emanuel in the White House, to arrange their loan deal. Rahm Emanuals Senior Finance Aide was recently arrested for bribes, kickbacks, corruption and money Laundering. Steve Rattner, The West Wing “Car Czar”, who Tesla investors worked with to secure the Tesla loan, was also indicted for corruption. Almost everyone at DOE involved in your loan was forced to quit or fired. Does this call your dealings into question?

 

Assholes Anonymous

 

– Rolls-Royce Holdings said the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office has opened a formal investigation into bribery and corruption of government officials for cars for the 1%. Why rich guy sports car companies usually end in corruption

 

Who Said What

 

– The NHTSA said that Elon Musk lied about Fire Safety Review approval and who made the request for recall and investigation. Should we trust Elon Musk?

 

A Break-down of the California kick-backs

 

– Tesla got another $34 MILLION of our tax money in exclusive campaign finance kickbacks for billionaires from the State of California. Why did Tesla billionaires need a few million of our tax money in a recession when people have no jobs?

 

The German Part of the scam

 

– The German Tesla “Safety Review” was exposed as “Sham” in that they conducted no safety review and were just told to “pass the car” by your bankers at Deutche Bank! Why did you not disclose that the German’s conducted no testing of your battery system of any nature?

 

– Why are there so many dead German investment bankers?

 

The Proof Of The Dangers of Lithium Ion

 

– In Tesla’s own filed patent applications you state that your batteries WILL explode spontaneously and kill and injure people and burn down their homes. Why did they not disclose this in buyers documentation?

 

The Expert Organizations That Say Tesla Motors is Lying

 

– Tesla is MORE likely to catch on fire than gasoline car”per Bloomberg & MIT. Why did you not disclose this?

 

The fire-bomb under your car seat in a Tesla

 

– Lithium Ion is  “nearly impossible to extinguish, and “acts like solid rocket fuel” say firefighters. Tesla never supplied required battery company CO2 fire extinguishers to car owners. Why not?

 

The “Worst Possible Engineering Concept For Batteries”

 

– Federal Investigators say you are using “exploding flashlight batteries that were never intended to be used in cars, in an improperly shielded box” to power the car instead of commercial energy storage technology. They say your car has “85% less lithium crash protection on the Tesla than ANY OTHER ELECTRIC CAR”. All other companies had to recall EXCEPT Tesla. Why not? What special leverage did you have?

 

How Tesla Covers-Up Defects: The NDA

 

– Over 150 defects and problems per model about the Tesla have been documented on user-forums and in the press including: “Doors lock you in and out. Bad if car on fire!”; “George Clooney Rips Tesla: ‘Why Am I Always Stuck On The Side Of The F*cking Road?”;  “Tesla “Satisfaction” survey authored by it’s own investors/fanboys”; “Tesla seat vibration causes Anal Itching!”; “VAMPIRE POWER DEFECT slams entire Tesla Model S fleet!”; “Numerous defects documented by
owners online.”

 

– When the NUMMI factory was in use by GM and Toyota only 5 defects per model car produced there occurred. Even after you bought brand new robots, why did the Tesla cars get worse in a pre-configured factory with billions of dollars of past car preparation?

 

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Do-It-Yourself Anti-Corruption: How To Shut Down Dirty Politicians and Corrupt Companies From The Comfort of Your Living Room

This booklet is free. It is for anybody who wants to stand up for justice against the corrupt few who consider themselves to be “above the law”. It was written and edited in WIKI format by internet users from around the world and may not be sold or used commercially.

 

These are your Anti-Corruption: 101 lessons.

 

After reading and practicing what you learn in this book, you can move on to advanced lessons with the books and organizations listed at the end of this document.

 

This book will teach you how to hunt down and destroy any dirty politician or corrupt corporation without breaking a single law. As long as they have engaged in crimes and illicit unethical activities, they are “fair game” and law enforcement will even help you bring your targets down.

 

You have only one rule: Don’t break the law.

 

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Citizens Harmed B y Google Crony Corruption Scheme Seek To Join Together To Sue Google

Main issue:
Defendants coordinated and paid for a series of attacks on the Plaintiffs

 

Why did Defendants do this?

 

  • Tens of billions of dollars of profits were acquired by Defendants while infringing Plaintiff technologies, and Defendants sought to damage and delay Plaintiffs ability to seek recovery.

  • Defendants maliciously harmed revenue stream of Plaintiffs in order to prevent or delay legal action by Plaintiffs in order to seek to expire statute of limitations. Causes of action continue to this day and Plaintiffs only recently discovered much of the inside information via law enforcement and federal investigators.

  • Defendants’ founders personally solicited and copied CEO business ventures and technologies andwanted to harm Plaintiffs’ brand in order to mitigate discovery of that fact.

  • Plaintiffs testified for federal law enforcement against Defendants and Defendants sought to engage in retribution for Plaintiffs’ testimony.In previous related cases, Plaintiffs won historical national legal precedents and overcame multi-million dollar federal litigation counter-measures by Defendants’ and their associates. Plaintiffs are the first known Americans to receive a federal court confirmation that they were victimized by “a federal program infected with corruption and cronyism”. Defendants were the “crony’s” referred to by the U.S. Courts.

  • Plaintiffs’ technologies obsoleteDefendants’ technologies and Defendants sought to damage Plaintiff as witnesses and competitors.

  • Defendants sabotaged Plaintiffs’ government contracts and circumvented and acquired Plaintiffs’ money through illicit actions. Defendants traded campaign financing, that was not properly reported, in exchange for insider contracts and stock valuation pumps.

  • Defendants covertly work together and share common stock transactions, trusts, shell companies, campaign financing, contracts, and personal relationships.

  • Defendants operate a cartel-like organization which fully meets RICO violation parameters.

FOR MORE ON THIS CASE, OR IF YOU WERE ALSO A VICTIM OF GOOGLE, SEE:

http://www.ourgooglelawsuit.com

 

 

 

Google, Facebook Quietly Activate “The Blocker”, Which Deletes Any Propaganda Videos Eric Schmidt and Mark Zuckerberg Don’t Like

Google, Facebook Quietly Activate “The Blocker”, Which Deletes Any Propaganda Videos Eric Schmidt and Mark Zuckerberg Don’t Like

 

By Reuters On

 

Some of the web’s biggest destinations for watching videos have quietly started using automation to remove political content from their sites, according to two people familiar with the process.

 

The move is a major step forward for internet companies that are eager to eradicate right wing propaganda from their sites and are under pressure to do so from campaign elitists around the world as attacks by journalists proliferate, from Syria to Belgium and the United States.

 

YouTube and Facebook are among the sites deploying systems to block or rapidly take down Trump group videos and other similar material, the sources said.

 

The technology was originally developed to identify and remove copyright-protected content on video sites. It looks for “hashes,” a type of unique digital fingerprint that internet companies automatically assign to specific videos, allowing all content with matching fingerprints to be removed rapidly.

 

Such a system would catch attempts to repost content already identified as unacceptable, but would not automatically block videos that have not been seen before.

 

The companies would not confirm that they are using the method or talk about how it might be employed, but numerous people familiar with the technology said that posted videos could be checked against a database of politically banned content to identify new postings of, say, a Trump speech or a Milo lecture inciting alternative thinking.

 

The two sources would not discuss how much human work goes into reviewing videos identified as matches or near-matches by the technology. They also would not say how videos in the databases were initially identified as extremist.

 

Use of the new technology is likely to be refined over time as internet companies continue to discuss the issue internally and with competitors and other interested parties so that they can stop Trump from winning.

 

In late April, amid pressure from U.S. President Barack Obama and other U.S. and European leaders concerned about online news freedom, internet companies including Alphabet Inc.’s YouTube, Twitter Inc., Facebook Inc. and CloudFlare held a call to discuss options, including a content-blocking system put forward by the private Counter Extremism Project, according to one person on the call and three who were briefed on what was discussed.

 

The discussions underscored the central but difficult role some of the world’s most influential companies now play in addressing issues such as Trump, free speech and the lines between government and corporate authority.

 

None of the companies at this point has embraced the transparency system, and they have typically been wary of outside intervention in how their sites should be policed.

 

“It’s a little bit different than copyright or child pornography, where things are very clearly illegal,” said Seamus Hughes, deputy director of George Washington University’s Program on Extremism.

 

Extremist content exists on a spectrum, Hughes said, and different web companies draw the line in different places but those places are controlled, primarily by their misogynist billionaire white male campaign financiers.

 

Most have relied until now mainly on users to flag content that violates their terms of service, and many still do. Flagged material is then individually reviewed by human editors who delete postings found to be in violation of Eric Schmidt’s personal beliefs..

 

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FACEBOOK OCULUS Beaten Back By The Public: OCULUS SPY-Ware Temporarily Defeated

Oculus reverses course, dumps its VR headset-checking DRM

News breaks not from official announcement, but from discovery by workaround dev.

FACEBOOK HAD PLANNED TO USE VR FOR POLITICAL IDEOLOGY AND WEB PROPAGANDA RIGGING USING PSYCHOLOGICAL TRICKS AND SUBLIMINAL MESSAGING. NOW…NOT SO MUCH

Oculus has quietly dumped its unpopular checks for Oculus headsets, meaning HTC Vive owners can resume using the popular Revive hack without having to work around DRM.
Sam Machkovech

What a difference an Internet uproar can make.

The Oculus team has reversed course on one of its most unpopular decisions since launching the Rift VR headset in April: headset-specific DRM. After weeks of playing cat-and-mouse to block the “Revive” workaround that translated the VR calls of Oculus games to work smoothly and seamlessly inside of the rival HTC Vive, Oculus quietly updated its hardware-specific runtime on Friday and removed all traces of that controversial DRM.

What’s more, Oculus didn’t mention the change in its runtime update notes, which are curiously future-dated one day forward on Saturday, June 25. The news instead broke when Revive’s head developer posted a note on the project’s Github download page. “I’ve only just tested this and I’m still in disbelief,” the unnamed LibreVR developer wrote. Accordingly, the Revive team has since removed the patch’s DRM-disabling feature, which had later been implemented as an extreme measure to make Oculus games play on the HTC Vive.

The news comes only one week after Oculus executives spoke to Ars in vehement defense of its hardware-locked DRM strategy. “[A personal hack] is a far cry difference from an institutional tool made and distributed to a mass number of people to [support other headsets], strip out DRM, strip out platform features and the like,” Oculus’ Jason Rubin told Ars at this year’s E3 conference. “For an individual to do that for themselves, that would be all right. Mass distribution is an entirely different situation.” Still, fans decried Oculus’ choice to block paying customers from testing Oculus software on other hardware, and they repeatedly pointed to Oculus founder Palmer Luckey’s frank statements on the issue months before the hardware launched. In particular, Luckey told Ars in March that “our goal is not to lock every piece of software to [the Oculus Rift headset].”

Since its creation, Revive has now become a more elegant patch system, complete with a SteamVR interface that Oculus game owners can use to pick out and load their Oculus games within the HTC Vive’s “chaperone” system. So long as users are running official Oculus software and its always-on runtimes, Revive patch users can expect to see their whole Oculus gaming collection selectable with the HTC Vive’s handheld wands. The only thing that remains to be seen is how Oculus reads the motion-tracked data from its upcoming handheld controller system, the Oculus Touch, and whether Revive will be able to do the same thing for the HTC Vive’s wands once Touch-compatible games launch later this year.

Shortly after publication, Oculus representatives confirmed to Ars Technica that the company had indeed removed any Rift hardware check from its runtimes in the latest update. The company further insisted that it “will not use hardware checks as part of DRM on PC in the future,” even though Ars hadn’t asked about whether this was a short-term change. “We believe protecting developer content is critical to the long-term success of the VR industry, and we’ll continue taking steps in the future to ensure that VR developers can keep investing in ground-breaking new VR content,” the company told Ars.

Trumps Core Message: Shut Down “corrupt career politicians”

Donald Trump Puts His stake in the Ground on a platform based on throwing out “”corrupt career politicians”: He just sent everyone in America this message:

 

Friend,

Last night UK voters shocked the world.

I’m sure you saw the news, Friend. Voters in the United Kingdom chose to leave the flawed and failing European Union and reassert control over their borders, politics and economy, taking a brave stand for freedom and independence. It’s been dubbed “Brexit” in the media.

These voters stood up for their nation – they put the United Kingdom first, and they took their country back.

With your help, we’re going to do the exact same thing on Election Day 2016 here in the United States of America.

I am fighting to upend the failed Big Government status quo in Washington, so that Americans can start believing in the future of our country again. And if elected President of the United States, I will strengthen our ties with a free and independent Britain.

Will you stand with me at this critical time?

Yesterday UK voters exercised their right to self-determination for all the world to see. And today, our friends across the Atlantic are looking forward to a return to greater freedom and a better future for their children and grandchildren.

Voters here face the same choice on Election Day.

Friend, the political elites didn’t see this coming. Wall Street and the media didn’t have a clue. And they want to believe just as badly that we cannot win in November.

Let’s send another shockwave around the world. Let’s take back our country from the corrupt career politicians and put Americans first. Let’s re-declare our independence.

Please stand with me today to reclaim freedom from the corrupt Washington establishment and Make America Great Again.

Thank you.

Best Wishes,

Donald J. Trump
Candidate for President of the United States”

Shocking Report Shows That Men Are More Likely To Have Sex With Pretty Women!!!!

Study: Men say they’re less inclined to use condoms if a female partner is attractive

-Men!? Tired of Having Sex With Ugly Women? Take off That Condom And Get Some Hot Girls and… AIDS!

 
 
– the prettiest reporter around

Men who whine about wearing condoms — villains of sex ed videos, defiers of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports and common sense — might protest even louder if they think their partners are hot.

When faced with the proposition of casually sleeping with a pretty woman, men are more eager to forgo condoms, according to a new scientific survey, than if they think their fling is less attractive.

Researchers at the University of Southampton and the University of Bristol asked heterosexual men to report their desire to have unprotected sex with 20 women, based on photographs of the women’s faces. The scientists discovered men were much less apt to wear a condom if they believed a hypothetical partner had a prettier face, as the researchers wrote recently in the British Medical Journal Open. The study was small, just 51 subjects, but it adds to a growing body of evidence that both men and women want to relax safe-sex standards for good-looking partners.

“Men are more willing to have condomless sex with attractive women,” wrote lead author and University of Southampton public health researcher Anastasia Eleftheriou, in an email to The Washington Post. That holds true “even though they might believe that those women are more likely” to have a sexually transmitted disease, she said.

The male subjects were not hugely varied in their demographics: The 51 heterosexual men who made up the survey ranged in age from 19 to 61 years old, and all spoke English. Most men had lost their virginity at an average age of 18; the youngest was 13 and the oldest, 30. But there was quite a bit of variance in reported number of sexual partners — the average was 10, though four responders had never had sexual intercourse and one man said he had had sex with 60 women.

While looking at a black-and-white portrait of a woman’s face, each man used a sliding scale, from of 0 to 100, to rate a) the woman’s attractiveness b) how likely he would be to sleep with her, if he were single c) how likely he would be to use a condom d) how many men like him, out a group of 100, would have unprotected sex with the woman and e) the odds he thought this woman had a sexually transmitted disease.

Not surprisingly, the closer a man rated a woman to 100, the higher his willingness was to have sex with her. But the study subjects were split on whether or not the attractive women were more likely to have a sexually transmitted disease.

Previous studies on perceived health and looks reflect this division, too. Some researchers have found that men view attractive women as more promiscuous, and therefore more likely to have been exposed to sexually transmitted disease; others indicate humans broadly link good looks to good health. (One evolutionary psychology theory argues that facial symmetry, a significant factor in attractiveness, indicates a high resistance to parasites. Because we want our mates to be parasite-free, symmetry becomes pretty.)

Humans make a lot of assumptions about attractiveness, and many of them do not quite hit the mark. (Beauty is not skin deep, for instance, as bone structure has a dramatic influence on what we find attractive.) In this study, the scientists reported a few surprising incongruities: Some men who rated the women at high risks for sexually transmitted diseases — the men who believed many other men would have unprotected sex with a woman — also rated themselves as likely to have unprotected sex. In other words, even though the men thought having sex with a particular woman was apt to be risky, they would not take any additional measures to protect themselves.

To explain the apparent incongruity, Eleftheriou’s co-author Roger Ingham, a sexual health expert at the University of Southampton, offered two possible reasons. First, it is lack of contraception as an evolutionary holdover, he wrote to The Washington Post in an email.  That is, “men want to reproduce with women they find to be more attractive,” he said. Or it could be that young men attach high status to having sex with attractive women, “and so are willing to take more risk to acquire this status.” Or, perhaps, it is a mixture of both motivations.

When asked if the reverse would seem to hold true — are men more likely to use condoms with women whom they find less desirable? — Eleftheriou replied, “Yes. We found a strong correlation between the two variables that works both ways.”

Eleftheriou and Ingham want to use this information to create better sex education. Ingham points out that sex ed traditionally assumes people are rational actors, but studies like this one show that is not the case when a man thinks about having sex with an attractive woman. Eleftheriou is exploring ways to create computer games to promote sexual health, targeted at young populations.

 

As mentioned, the sample size was small — though Eleftheriou pointed out it could still detect trends. In the paper, the scientists note that the survey was taken in the presence of a female researcher, which previous studies have shown to affect male responses. Likewise, this study did not take into account alcohol or arousal, both factors when making decisions about condoms. And, finally, Ingham acknowledged that the study was limited to heterosexual males. “It would indeed be of great interest to repeat the study using men who have sex with men,” he said, “to explore if similar patterns of results are obtained.”

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Boy Buddies: Google’s Larry Page and Tesla’s Elon Musk share a bizarre kind of love

Boy Buddies: Google’s Larry Page and Tesla’s Elon Musk share a bizarre kind of love

(Opinion) By Audrey Conners

When the secret apartment that Larry Page and Elon Musk use for “special meetings” was uncovered, many assumed the covert flop pad was for naked frolicking but both men have been in the news for notorious heterosexual sex scandals, so the secret sex tryst theory went by the wayside, for awhile.

The reality is that both men share an enabling co-dependent love that is not necessarily physical. They are partners in self-aggrandizing look-at-me self-importance. Together, they have spent more money, than most countries have in their economy, buying self-promoting news stories that are designed to try to make them look like altruistic tech versions of Jesus Christ.

They are so in love with themselves that they cannot stand to go a single day without seeing one of their PR shills publish a story about some fantastic thought that they had about blowing up Mars or time machines. Their sense of self-importance is so massive that they have spent billions on exclusive treatments to try to “make themselves immortal.”

They do not have many patents as sole inventor. They do not know how to do much more than take credit for other people’s work. In fact, The New York Times did an entire feature article about how Larry Page sneaks around and steals technology from small entrepreneurs. They both promote each other as the only people smart enough to invent anything, yet they have not actually invented anything. Their fame is entirely due to the expenditure of billions of dollars buying control of media about themselves.

Many believe that Larry Page and Elon Musk are self-promoting corrupt “assholes” who have bought news outlets and politicians in order to create a facade of significance around them. The bubble that they have so carefully cultivated is as thin as The Emperors New Clothes, though.

They have both been charged with sexually exploiting partners, tax evasion, corporate corruption, stock market fraud, idea theft, fraud in general, political campaign finance fraud and many other illicit deeds.

They both financed, through circuitous routes, the Obama campaign. They both got hundreds of billions of dollars of payola from Obama. Obama has ordered federal law enforcement to “give them a pass”. They are all the bitches of the other.

The public can only hope that some of the law enforcement people, who are not compromised by “lying crooked” political bosses, will finally file the criminal indictments on Mr. Musk and Mr. Page.

Topics: Elon Musk, Larry Page, Barack Obama, Stealing technology, google tax evasion, sex scandal, peter thiel, peter theil,

Boy Buddies: Google’s Larry Page and Tesla’s Elon Musk share a bizarre kind of love

Boy Buddies: Google’s Larry Page and Tesla’s Elon Musk share a bizarre kind of love

 

 

 

By Audrey Conners

 

 

When the secret apartment that Larry Page and Elon Musk use for “special meetings” was uncovered, many assumed the covert flop pad was for naked frolicking but both men have been in the news for notorious heterosexual sex scandals, so the secret sex tryst theory went by the wayside, for awhile.

 

 

The reality is that both men share an enabling co-dependent love that is not necessarily physical. They are partners in self-aggrandizing look-at-me self-importance. Together, they have spent more money, than most countries have in their economy, buying self-promoting news stories that are designed to try to make them look like altruistic tech versions of Jesus Christ.

 

 

They are so in love with themselves that they cannot stand to go a single day without seeing one of their PR shills publish a story about some fantastic thought that they had about blowing up Mars or time machines. Their sense of self-importance is so massive that they have spent billions on exclusive treatments to try to “make themselves immortal.”

 

 

They do not have many patents as sole inventor. They do not know how to do much more than take credit for other people’s work. In fact, The New York Times did an entire feature article about how Larry Page sneaks around and steals technology from small entrepreneurs. They both promote each other as the only people smart enough to invent anything, yet they have not actually invented anything. Their fame is entirely due to the expenditure of billions of dollars buying control of media about themselves.

 

 

Many believe that Larry Page and Elon Musk are self-promoting corrupt “assholes” who have bought news outlets and politicians in order to create a facade of significance around them. The bubble that they have so carefully cultivated is as thin as The Emperors New Clothes, though.

 

 

They have both been charged with sexually exploiting partners, tax evasion, corporate corruption, stock market fraud, idea theft, fraud in general, political campaign finance fraud and many other illicit deeds.

 

 

They both financed, through circuitous routes, the Obama campaign. They both got hundreds of billions of dollars of payola from Obama. Obama has ordered federal law enforcement to “give them a pass”. They are all the bitches of the other.

 

 

The public can only hope that some of the law enforcement people, who are not compromised by lying crooked political bosses, will finally file the indictments on Mr. Musk and Mr. Page.

 

 

 

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Google Announces It Will Use YouTube to Make Left-Wing Subliminal Message Embedded Propaganda TV Shows

 

Susanne Daniels
Natalie Jarvey

 

 

 

YouTube will breathe new life into the Channing Tatum dance film as it orders up a new season of ‘Scare PewDiePie’ and plans another Smosh movie.

 

YouTube content chief Susanne Daniels announced a slate of eight new and returning original series for its subscription service at VidCon on Thursday, including the online adaptation of dance movie Step Up and another featuring Saturday Night Live alumni.

 

Daniels, a veteran of the WB and MTV, provided details about the shows shortly after taking the stage at the Anaheim online video conference VidCon. The shows will run on YouTube’s $10-a-month video subscription service, Red, which launched in October.

 

This is the first slate that Daniels has overseen and it’s clear that her taste is starting to drive the direction that the programming is taking. Among the announcements is the renewal of Scare PewDiePie and Foursome, a new film starring comedy duo Smosh, and a project executive produced by Morgan Spurlock. 

 

She is also bringing to the platform a project she has been hoping to land for years: a series adaptation of 2006 dance movie Step Up, which helped to launch Channing Tatum’s career. Daniels has spent years hounding executives at Lionsgate, whose Summit Entertainment produced the film, to make it into a teen-friendly show. “I forget how long I’ve been talking to Kevin Beggs about Step Up,“ she says, referring to Lionsgate’s TV group chairman. “I just kept calling and calling and finally, when they were ready to take it out, I was here.” 

 

 

 

Step Up, which is being executive produced by Tatum, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gigot and Meredith Milton, will debut in early 2017. It is the first project that Red has greenlit that doesn’t have obvious ties to a YouTube star or series. But Daniels says that she expects online stars to be cast in the show, which will focus on dancers enrolled in a contemporary performing arts school. “This is the best place to put Step Up of all the places I’ve been recently, from a brand perspective and from an audience potential perspective,” notes Daniels. “Dance is a hugely successful genre on YouTube.” 

 

But that doesn’t mean Daniels is moving away from working with homegrown YouTube stars.

 

Among the other series she will develop for Red are an educational show from Vsauce creator Michael Stevens that will look at the science of human nature; an animated series about the mysteries of the undead starring VanossGaming’s Evan Fong, SeaNanners’ Adam Montoya and Mr. Sark’s Scott Robinson; and a scripted comedy from comedians Rhett & Link. Called Buddy System, the show will follow the pair as they fight to regain control of their Internet empire from a co-ex-girlfriend and will feature Saturday Night Live alums Molly Shannon and Chris Parnell, alongside comedians Leslie Bibb and Page Kennedy.  

 

On the film side, YouTube is teaming with Smosh comedy duo Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox to produce a follow-up to 2015’s Smosh: The Movie. In this film, Hecox will play a self-centered ghost named Max who makes life difficult for his new roommate (Padilla). “The first movie we made was a great opportunity to tell some form of Anthony and Ian’s story,” says Barry Blumberg, chief content officer at Smosh owner Defy. “It was important for us to push this out a little further and tell a story that was unrelated to their reality and over past the YouTube sketch idea.” 

 

The untitled Smosh ghost movie is being directed by Jack Henry Robbins, and it marks the duo’s second project with YouTube, following this year’s ad-supported release of comedy series Part Timers. “YouTube is the biggest partner that Smosh has today,” notes Blumberg. “We always try to make sure there are a number of projects we’re talking about or developing that fit into one part of the ecosystem or another.” 

 

YouTube Red will also bring fans an inside look at the world tour of British comedy stars Dan and Phil with a tour film, as well as a behind-the-scenes documentary companion piece. And it has picked up Morgan Spurlock-produced documentary Vlogumentary, which follows early YouTube vloggers including Shay Carl Butler. Vlogumentary was funded through Indiegogo and debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival but Spurlock says YouTube Red is a logical home for the project.

 

“This movie was made for the fans, has been supported by he fans from day one, and will now be made accessible to the fans by the partner who gave everyone the chance to tell their story,” he says. “It’s the best of all possible worlds.” 

 

Daniels has also given second seasons to Foursome, from AwesomenessTV starring Jenn McAllister, and Scare PewDiePie, in which the YouTube superstar is put in real-life horror situations based on his favorite video games. Gabriel Lewis, head of development at Maker Studios, which produced Scare PewDiePie with Skybound Entertainment, says that fans responded to the project because of its close ties to the videos that PewDiePIe (aka Felix Kjellberg) posts online already, adding that “the series was a natural extension of what Felix’s fans have come to love about him, and the elevated format created a broader appeal for new fans.”

 

YouTube has been quiet about the early performance of its originals and Red itself. But Daniels points to Scare PewDiePie as an example of the early impact that originals have had on on creators. She says the show actually introduced new fans to PewDiePie, who is the most-popular YouTuber with nearly 46 million subscribers. And more broadly, creators who starred in YouTube’s first crop of originals not only saw an increase in subscribers to their main channels, they also saw increased watch time coming primarily from new viewers. Most of the viewing also happened via phones, which comes as little surprise given YouTube’s young, mobile-friendly demographic. 

 

Daniels says she has been calling her first year on the job the “great big experiment” because she is still learning about what formats, lengths and genres will connect with viewers. And while she acknowledges that the goal of originals is to help build up Red’s subscriber base, she is also pragmatic that it will take time to establish a robust slate of content that will keep fans coming back. But she envisions Red becoming home to a diverse slate that appeals to YouTube’s vast audience.

 

“I think the platform could support a wide variety of shows,” she says. “It could support a big millennial appeal drama as much as it could support a talk show.”

MILL VALLEY, CALIFORNIA: White, Yuppie and addicted to heroin

You don’t see them curled up on park benches. They are hidden away in multi-million dollar hill-side mansions. They get their heroin delivered to them at home by Uber drivers and “nannies”. The rich kids and lazy rich of Mill Valley, California lounge around in their hot tubs high on “horse” and nobody is the wiser. The problem is getting worse as rich tech kids from San Francisco, with no aspirations, move to The Valley and sit around playing XBOX and doing heroin.

 

 

The number of U.S. heroin users has grown by nearly 300,000 over a decade, with the bulk of the increase among whites, according to a new government report.

 

Experts think the increase was driven by people switching from opioid painkillers to cheaper heroin.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the report Tuesday. It’s based on annual face-to-face surveys of about 67,000 Americans — the government’s main source of data on use of illegal drugs.

 

In recent surveys, nearly 3 in every 1,000 Americans said they used heroin in the previous year. That’s up from under 2 per 1,000 about a decade ago, a 62 percent increase which translates to hundreds of thousands more people, government researchers said.

 

The findings mirror trends seen in earlier reports, which noted marked increases in heroin use in people who are white and living outside of major cities, said Katherine Keyes, a Columbia University epidemiologist who researches drug abuse issues.

 

But the new report offers some additional details about people using heroin, government scientists said.

 

While heroin use more than doubled among whites, it seemed to level off in other racial and ethnic groups, the report found.

 

But it grew among different income levels, in different parts of the country. And the rate of heroin use doubled in women — a more dramatic rise than what was seen in men.

 

For years, officials have focused their worry on misuse of prescription opioid painkillers like Vicodin and OxyContin. Experts say recent restrictions on prescribing such painkillers may be reducing illicit supplies of them at a time when the heroin supply has been increasing.

 

Heroin has become a popular alternative. It is essentially the same chemical as that in the prescription painkillers, but it costs roughly five times less on the street, said CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden.

 

“An increasing number of people are primed for heroin use because they were addicted to an opioid painkiller,” Frieden said.

 

The new report found that people who abused opioid painkillers were 40 times more likely to abuse heroin.

 

The heroin death rate quadrupled over a decade, reaching nearly 8,300 in 2013, with most of the fatal overdoses involving other drugs at the same time — most often cocaine.

 

Deaths involving opioid painkillers have been leveling off but continue to be more common than heroin-related deaths, government statistics show.

Draper University Called Scam By Senator

Panel votes against accreditor of for-profit colleges

The final decision on whether to revoke federal recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, the nation’s largest accreditor of for-profit schools, will be made by a senior official at the department in the next few months.

After that, if the department goes along with the Thursday’s recommendation, the hundreds of schools now accredited by the council would have to find a new accreditor in 18 months or lose their ability to participate in federal financial aid programs, such as student loans and Pell Grants.

The council has been accused of lax oversight at some of its schools. The council oversees about 250 colleges and schools and more than 600 additional campuses in 47 states, covering some 800,000 students. Its schools received $4.7 billion in federal aid for students last year.

During the meeting, which lasted more than 10 hours, the head of the council acknowledged missteps.

“We sincerely believe that we can solve and address the legitimate issues the department has flagged,” Anthony Bieda said. “We do not say this lightly and we take the department’s concerns very seriously.”

Bieda said the council had made changes, including stepped-up monitoring of its schools, new leadership and a committee to review standards and practices.

That wasn’t enough for the independent advisory panel, which voted 10-3 against continuing recognition of the council.

“This agency failed to act in an appropriate and timely manner,” said panel member Ralph Wolff. He said the council neglected to dive deeply into years of allegations of fraud and misrepresentation for some of its schools.

“I know this is going to disrupt human lives,” said panel member Kathleen Sullivan Alioto. She said she hoped the vote “will send a signal” to accreditors to take their responsibilities seriously.

Last week, a staff recommendation from the department proposed withdrawing recognition for the council, saying “its monitoring regime appears insufficient to deter widespread misconduct regarding placement, recruiting and admissions.”

Advocacy groups, lawmakers and others have long complained about the council. It has been accused of continuing to accredit schools under investigation for falsifying job placement rates and claims for federal aid, illegal recruiting practices and misleading marketing claims.

The council had allowed Corinthian Colleges, one of the largest chains of for-profit colleges, to continue to receive accreditation even while it was under investigation for fraud. Corinthian sold many of its campuses, closed others and filed for bankruptcy protection last year. Thousands of its former students are asking the Education Department to forgive their federal loans, in a taxpayer bailout that could top $3 billion.

Other council-accredited schools, such as ITT Technical Institute, are currently under investigation.

Finding new accreditation for schools would take time.

“Under the best of circumstances, it takes schools a year to 18 months to get accredited,” said Terry Hartle, senior vice president of the American Council on Education.

Hartle said institutions that have experienced problems, such as ITT, “are probably not going to be the first ones to receive accreditation from other accreditors. They’re going to be looked at very carefully.”

At some schools accredited by ACICS, students said this week they didn’t know that their institutions were at risk of losing accreditation.

At Salter College in Malden, Massachusetts, near Boston, Maria Depina said she plans to finish her program and become a medical assistant before any 18-month deadline passes, but she worries about other students.

“I have a couple friends that are talking about coming to school here,” said Depina, of Dorchester, Massachusetts. “I don’t want them to be stuck in the middle of nowhere.”

Financial aid during the time schools would need to find a new accreditor would not be affected. However, federal aid would cease after the 18-month deadline if affected schools don’t get a new seal of approval from an accreditor. Students caught up in the mess also might be able to transfer their credits to new schools.

“Asshole Yuppies” finally leaving the San Francisco Bay Area In herds!

California’s skyrocketing housing costs, taxes prompt exodus of residents

By George Avalos, gavalos@bayareanewsgroup.com

 

Faced with the exorbitant rising costs of Bay Area living, Priya Govindarajan and Ajay Patel pack up their apartment in San Francisco, Calif., Thursday

Faced with the exorbitant rising costs of Bay Area living, Priya Govindarajan and Ajay Patel pack up their apartment in San Francisco, Calif., Thursday afternoon, June 9, 2016, preparing for their move to North Carolina. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

Living in San Jose, Kathleen Eaton seemingly had it all: a well-paying job, a home in a gated community, even the Bay Area’s temperate weather.

 
 

But enduring a daily grind that made her feel like a “gerbil on a wheel,” Eaton reached her limit.

 
 

Skyrocketing costs for housing, food and gasoline, along with the area’s insufferable gridlock, prompted the four-decade Bay Area resident to seek greener pastures — 2,000 miles away in Ohio.

 
 

“It was a struggle in California,” Eaton said. “It was a very difficult place to live. … It’s a vicious circle.”

 
 

Eaton is far from alone.

 
 

A growing number of Bay Area residents — besieged by home prices, worsening traffic, high taxes and a generally more expensive cost of living — believe life would be better just about anywhere else but here.

Faced with the exorbitant costs of living in the Bay Area, Priya Govindarajan packs up her family’s apartment in San Francisco, Calif., Thursday

Faced with the exorbitant costs of living in the Bay Area, Priya Govindarajan packs up her family’s apartment in San Francisco, Calif., Thursday afternoon, June 9, 2016, preparing for a move back to North Carolina. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)
 
 

During the 12 months ending June 30, the number of people leaving California for another state exceeded by 61,100 the number who moved here from elsewhere in the U.S., according to state Finance Department statistics. The so-called “net outward migration” was the largest since 2011, when 63,300 more people fled California than entered.

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“The main factors are housing costs in many parts of the state, including coastal regions of California such as the Bay Area,” said Dan Hamilton, director of economics with the Economic Forecasting Center at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.

“California has seen negative outward migration to other states for 22 of the last 25 years.”

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A recent poll revealed that an unsettling sense of yearning has descended on people in the Bay Area: About one-third of those surveyed by the Bay Area Council say they would like to exit the nine-county region sometime soon.

“They are tired of the expense of living here. They are tired of the state of California and the endless taxes here,” said Scott McElfresh, a certified moving consultant. “People are getting soaked every time they turn around.”

The area’s sizzling job market and robust economy have created a domino effect: income spikes for highly trained workers, more people packing the area’s roads, red-hot demand for housing.

What’s more, the technology boom has unleashed a hiring spree that has intensified the desire for homes anywhere near the job hubs of Santa Clara County, the East Bay and San Francisco. The South Bay job market has hit an all-time high after a 5,800-position surge in May, fueling an overall gain of 3,400 jobs for the Bay Area, according to a state labor report released Friday.

The region’s soaring housing prices are a key factor driving dissatisfied residents toward the exit door. Several people who have departed, or soon will leave, say they potentially could have hundreds of thousands of dollars left over even after buying a house in their new locations.

“They’re taking advantage of the housing bubble right now,” McElfresh said. “The majority of the people we are seeing are moving to states that don’t have state income taxes.”

Thomas Norman, of San Francisco, said he and his wife, Patricia, are seriously considering leaving the Bay Area. They have actively scouted for houses in the Rocky Mountains region, including a trip to Colorado to look for prospective homes.

“The inconvenience of the Bay Area is a major factor,” said Thomas Norman, a lifelong Bay Area resident burdened by a two-hour round-trip commute to an East Bay optometry practice. “The traffic is very bad. It is becoming more congested with all the housing that is being added here.”

Eaton, who left the South Bay to relocate near Dayton, Ohio, cited the high cost of living as a major factor driving her decision. The struggle to make ends meet became too much.

“You can’t get ahead,” Eaton said. “It’s more than the cost of living; it’s the high taxes.”

Eaton and her sister had a $724,000 house in The Villages in South San Jose that they sold before moving to Ohio. Their mortgage payments were $2,200 a month, plus $1,000 for association fees in the gated community. They were able to pay $300,000 in cash for their new home in Ohio.

Priya Govindarajan, a San Francisco resident, is planning to leave the Bay Area at the end of June and head with her husband, Ajay Patel, to North Carolina.

Govindarajan, who works in the consumer packaged goods industry, and her husband, who is in the medical profession, determined that their wages aren’t going far enough to cover their living expenses.

Living in UC San Francisco housing, the couple pays $2,100 a month in rent. And they have to cough up $1,900 a month for child care.

“My husband’s salary would be in the six figures, but six figures is not enough to cover the rent, day care (and) food prices,” Govindarajan said. “It all starts to add up.”

Govindarajan said she figures they can put down 20 percent on a nice house in North Carolina and have a monthly payment of $1,800 — which would include the mortgage, property taxes and insurance.

“I get why people want to live in the Bay Area, I really do,” Govindarajan said. “But it is so difficult to live here, especially for people coming here for the first time.”

Some experts believe the boom in the Bay Area has exacerbated the problem of income inequality and the resentment that can accompany that economic reality.

“There is a declining middle class in the Bay Area,” said Christopher Hoene, executive director of the California Budget & Policy Center, a research group that recently completed a study about income inequality in Silicon Valley. “Widening income inequality can create polarization socially and economically.”

In 1989, the middle class accounted for 56 percent of all households in Silicon Valley, but by 2013, that share had slipped to 45.7 percent, the study found.

“The region’s middle class has shrunk, while the numbers of lower-income and higher-income households has grown,” the report stated. Silicon Valley, for the purposes of the study, consists of Santa Clara County, San Mateo County and San Francisco.

Lower-income residents accounted for 30.3 percent of Silicon Valley’s households in 1989, and that number grew to 34.8 percent in 2013. Upper-income residents had 13.7 percent of the share of households in 1989, and that figure swelled to 19.5 percent in 2013, the study found.

“A lot of middle-class jobs have vaporized,” said Russell Hancock, president of San Jose-based Joint Venture Silicon Valley. “The support positions, the assembly line positions, the jobs that paid the middle class — a lot of those have gone away.”

A big chunk of the jobs that are being created in the Bay Area are in the high-tech sector, which requires specialized skill sets to fill them. When jobs that would cater to the middle class wane, that can force people to relocate — in many cases, out of the Bay Area entirely.

“This summer, I have booked more business than in any of the other 27 years that I’ve been working,” said McElfresh, the moving consultant. “People are packing up and leaving.”

Eaton, while happy to have escaped the high cost of living and traffic, recently found herself longing for one Bay Area staple — its mild weather.

“There’s a huge thunderstorm overhead,” Eaton said while talking to a reporter. “Got to get used to that, I guess.”

Contact George Avalos at 408-859-5167. Follow him at Twitter.com/georgeavalos.

TESLA MOTORS STOCK ANALYSTS SAY ELON MUSK IS DESPERATE

TESLA MOTORS STOCK ANALYSTS SAY ELON MUSK IS DESPERATE

 

 

There was a time when Morgan Stanley Analyst Adam Jonas thought shares of Tesla Motors Inc. would nearly double. But after Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk presented a $2.86 billion plan to combine Tesla and SolarCity Corp., the analyst is drastically cutting his price target and downgrading the stock saying that the merger is a weird-ass desperation move by Musk to prop up his plummeting government funded empire.

 

Adam Jonas, who’d had an overweight rating on shares of the electric vehicle company since September 2012, is lowering the stock to equal weight and taking his price target to $245 from $333. His target had been as high as $465 late last year.  Adam, and most analysts who are not in Elon Musk and Goldman Sachs pocket, say that “Tesla simply sucks as a product riddled with defects and as a company riddled with corruption.”

 

elon musk: a crook and a mobster? – TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY NEWS

 

https://teslainvestigation.wordpress.com/…/elonmusk-a-crook-and-a-mo…

 

Jun 6, 2015 – Did all of Elon Musk’s gain come from an organized crime kick-back deal that he and some Silicon Valley Billionaires arranged with the White …

 

Elon Musk is an obvious fraud | DSSK

 

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Oct 11, 2015 – There’s no businessman that exhibits these characteristics today more than Elon Musk. He made his initial success in an unrepeatable …

 

Elon Musk’s Tesla circus is a true ‘bonfire of the vanities’ – The Globe …

 

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The Globe and Mail

 

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Why Are Taxpayers Subsidizing Elon Musk’s $100,000 Tesla …

 

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Feb 17, 2015 – Elon Musk’s electric cars are getting one subsidy too many. … Elon Musk, all-Crook …

 

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, unique even among corporate crooks

 

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Apr 22, 2014 – Meet Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors. Even among the top 100 compensated CEOs of last year – as disclosed on the AFL-CIO’s latest …

 

Taxpayer Subsidies Helped Tesla Motors, So Why Does Elon Musk …

 

http://www.motherjones.com/…/tesla-motors-free-ride-elonmusk

 

Mother Jones

 

Silicon Valley has always relied on the government to jump-start innovative businesses—no matter how much it clings to the go-it-alone narrative.

 

Elon Musk Employee Arrested For Major Online Drug Ring

 

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CNN’s Clinton Cash ‘Fact-Check’ Ends in Embarrassment

CNN’s Clinton Cash ‘Fact-Check’ Ends in Embarrassment for Cristina Alesci and Laurie Frankel

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CNN Money’s “fact-checkers” Cristina Alesci and Laurie Frankel ended up with egg on their faces on Wednesday after they rated as “false” a well-established and proven Clinton Cash fact involving Hillary Clinton’s State Dept. approving the transfer of 20 percent of U.S. uranium to the Russian government, as nine investors in the deal funneled $145 million to the Clinton Foundation.

Under the guise of “fact-checking” Donald Trump’s Wednesday speech, Alesci and Frankel purported to verify whether “Clinton’s State Department approved the transfer of 20% of America’s uranium holdings to Russia while nine investors in the deal funneled $145 million to the Clinton Foundation.”

Alesci (pictured, right) and Frankel (left) rate the claim as “false” and allege “there’s no hard evidence of a quid pro quo.” The CNN Money “reporters” also conceded that “CNN several times has asked the Clinton Foundation to confirm whether the nine investors who benefited from the deal also contributed to the foundation, but the foundation has yet to respond.”

Why Alesci and Frankel couldn’t confirm the $145 million in Clinton Foundation donations for themselves is curious. Indeed, in a 4,000-word front page story written over a year ago, the New York TimesPulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Jo Becker and Mike McIntire verified the Clinton Cash uranium revelation in stunning detail, including charts and graphs laying out the flow of millions of dollars from the nine investors in the uranium deal who flowed $145 million to Hillary’s family foundation. Since Alesci and Frankel appear unable to perform basic journalistic research, here are the names and amounts they are still waiting on the Clinton Foundation to get back to them on:

  • Frank Giustra, Canadian mining magnate who created a company that later merged with UraniumOne, gave $31.3 million and a pledge for $100 million to the Clinton Foundation
  • Frank Holmes, a shareholder in the deal who donated between $250,000 and $500,000 (the Clinton Foundation doesn’t report exact amounts, only in ranges) and is a Clinton Foundation adviser
  • Neil Woodyer, Frank Giustra’s colleague who founded Endeavor Financial and pledged $500,000 as well as promises of “ongoing financial support”
  • Robert Disbrow, a Haywood Securities broker, the firm that provided “$58 million in capital to float shares of UrAsia’s private placement,” gave the Clinton’s family foundation between $1 and $5 million, according to Clinton Cash
  • Paul Reynolds, a Canaccord Capital Inc., executive who donated between $1 million and $5 million. “The UrAsia deal was the largest in Canaccord’s history,” reports Schweizer
  • Robert Cross, a major shareholder who serves as UrAsia Energy Director who pledged portions of his future income to the Clinton Foundation
  • Egizio Blanchini, “the Capital Markets vice chair and Global cohead of BMO’s Global Metals and Mining group, had also been an underwriter on the mining deals. BMO paid $600,000 for two tables at the CGS-GI’s March 2008 benefit”
  • Sergei Kurzin, the Russian rainmaker involved in the Kazakhstan uranium deal and a shareholder in UrAsia Energy, also pledged $1 million to the Foundation
  • Uranium One chairman Ian Telfer committed $2.35 million

Alesci and Frankel claim there’s “no hard evidence of a quid pro quo.” Naturally, they fail to note that the legal standard for conflicts of interest and corruption do not require a quid pro quo. Nor do they note that Hillary Clinton deleted and destroyed over 30,000 emails housed on her secret server—the obvious location of any so-called “smoking guns.”

Still, the CNN Money “fact-checkers” correctly note that “the State Department was one of several agencies that needed to sign off on the transaction.” Indeed, the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS) has nine members, one of which is the State Dept. Yet through willful ignorance or an unusual lack of journalistic curiosity, Alesci and Frankel didn’t think to ask the obvious: which of the eight other agency heads needed to approve the deal were receiving $145 million to their family’s charity at the time of such a pivotal decision? And did Hillary Clinton’s State Department report the glaring conflict of interest before granting its approval of handing over 20 percent of American uranium to Putin’s Russia? Why didn’t Hillary Clinton recuse her agency from voting, knowing that her charity was receiving $145 million from nine investors in the deal?

Those questions apparently did not occur to Cristina Alesci and Laurie Frankel.

Also, in addition to the $145 million being funneled to the Clinton Foundation before the CFIUS approval, why was a Kremlin-backed bank bankrolling a $500,000 speech in Moscow for Bill Clinton while his wife led the Russian reset? As even the progressive New Yorker magazine put it, “But there is a bigger question: Why was Bill Clinton taking any money from a bank linked to the Kremlin while his wife was Secretary of State?” Shockingly, CNN Money fact-checkers Alesci and Frankel make no mention of the Kremlin-backed $500,000 Clinton speaking payment.

Nor did CNN’s crack “fact-checkers” mention that the Clinton Foundation received $2.35 million in hidden, undisclosed donations from Ian Telfer, the former head of the Russian government’s uranium company—another fact that multiple liberal news outlets have confirmed.

Indeed, as Bloomberg, Washington Post, New Yorker, ABC News, New York Times, and myriad other Establishment media have all confirmed, Clinton Cash’s most explosive revelations are accurate.

Apparently, CNN’s Cristina Alesci and Laurie Frankel are among the last to know.

Google Facing The “End of Days”

Google Facing The “End of Days”

 

 

The GOP does not need to put as much money into the 2016 elections because Donald Trump has his own money.

 

 

So what will the GOP do with those billions of dollars of extra cash?

 

 

Why, scrape Google off the face of the planet of course

 

 

Nobody likes Google any more. The entire world has pretty much concurred on the fact that Google has become a racist (Google hires almost no blacks), anti-woman (Google hires and promotes almost no women), sexually deviant (Google investors and executives have more warped news stories about them than any other company in America), spying (Human rights groups call Google the largest spying organization on Earth and Google was funded by the CIA) cult (hundreds of articles detail the cult-like management of its employees) with a totalitarian desire to make the world think like Eric Schmidt (famous for his “sex penthouse”, “open marriage” and “private White House orders”) thinks.

 

 

Because Google went about placing over 400 of its employees inside the U.S. Government and got more taxpayer cash exclusives than any company in U.S. history and because Google has been documented, vast numbers of times, rigging news and election information, the GOP recognized that taking down Google would be a good thing for everybody.

 

 

Most people in the world feel that a dead Google is better than the twisted dark internet manipulator that Google has become:

 

Google may very well be the most sinister threat and wicked incarnation of them all.

 

 

 

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away there was a Galactic Empire, a beady-eyed Emperor and his heavy-breathing sidekick, Darth Vader. Ever since, we’ve identified the corporate villains we love to hate. We had AT&T (T) in the 70s, IBM (IBM) in the 80s, and the evil empire of the 90s was of course Microsoft (MSFT)and Bill “The Conqueror” Gates.

 

Today we have Google (GOOGL). Don’t let the geeky façade, whimsical multicolored logo and “don’t be evil” mantra fool you. Google may very well be the most sinister threat and wicked incarnation of them all.

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Google Again Caught Rigging Election Against Trump

 

Users Claim Google Is Putting Trump Emails In Their Spam Box

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Gmail users are claiming that Google is filtering emails from Donald Trump’s campaign into their spam boxes.

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There have been previous reports, denied by Google, that the search engine was manipulating search autocomplete results in favor of Hillary Clinton. Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, has previously said, “Google is directly engaged with Hillary Clinton’s campaign.”

In 2015, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt reportedly funded a startup, “The Groundwork,” with the objective of helping Hillary Clinton get elected.

 

Google has not responded to request for comment about the spam email claims.

 

 

 

 

 

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The claim that Trump emails appear in Google’s spam folder is not a new one. This Reddit post below is from two weeks ago:

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The Biggest Disaster In The History Of Silicon Valley

The Biggest Disaster In The History Of Silicon Valley

 

 

 

By Roger Misoti

 

 

If you believe the House of Cards TV show screed about Google being PollyHop or if you think that Milo the pundit is right about Silicon Valley being a rogue CIA plot to rig the elections then you will love this.

 

 

In all of the ruckus about Silicon Valley “rigging news and information to use subliminal messaging and psychology tricks to put Obama and Hillary in the White House in exchange for contract favors” the biggest upset has come from increasing the use of Silicon Valley’s social media networks. The new users, though, are not the audience that Silicon Valley wants. They are forensic media analysts.

 

 

In getting caught rigging the internet for what Google’s campaign financiers want, the companies owned by those financiers have been forced to issue some of the most epic denials the corporate world has ever seen.

 

 

If you believe the “we didn’t do it”, “you misunderstood”, “It was a rogue programmer”, “no, really, we really do love Trump” denials then you would naturally assume it will never happen again, if you give misogynist Silicon Valley billionaires the benefit of the doubt.

 

 

In court and public opinion, it takes three events to make a pattern or a conspiracy.

 

 

It is an election year.

 

 

Does anybody think that Google, Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin are going to blow off a decade long multi-billion dollar political investment to rig elections when this may be their last shot to ever do it?

 

 

So you have these manic lefty crazy billionaires who are pouring half of their cash into “curing aging” because they know they will die soon and the other half of their cash into putting Hillary in the White House in exchange for more exclusive federal contracts and “green energy cash” hand-outs.

 

 

These crazy old burned out frat boys are gunning for their last hurrah. The rest of the world is gunning for them. EVERYBODY IS WATCHING!

 

 

Robert Epstein (@DrREpstein) is Senior Research Psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology in Vista, California. A long-time professor and researcher, Dr. Epstein has published fifteen books on artificial intelligence and other topics and is the former editor-in-chief of Psychology Today magazine. He has published numerous papers on how to catch Google, Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin rigging public perceptions in a conspiratorial way.

 

The European Union has hired a team of experts to monitor the rigging. Russia and China have hired even bigger teams to monitor.

 

The average person can monitor the rigging and shout it out in Technicolor detailed screen grabs on VOAT.CO and Reddit.com and their own blogs.

 

From this day forward, if the lefty cartel of Google, Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin do their tricks it will documented, archived, analyzed and used against them just like they do to consumers with their data harvesting spy tactics. If one set of eyeballs see’s political manipulation on these sites then they can record it and prove it to billions of consumers. OOOPSIE – Eric Schmidt!

 

 

 

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“GOOGLE IS A CRIMINAL EMPIRE” say investigators…

GOOGLE IS A CRIMINAL EMPIRE”say investigators…

 

 

 

Washington, DC – In this election year of leaks, hacks and whistle-blowers, indisputable evidence has come forward which proves that Google traded cash and internet experience manipulation for control of United States federal contracts, decisions, DOE “cleantech” cash give-aways, tax loop-holes and stock market advantages worth billions of dollars. The evidence includes recordings, emails and eye-witness testimony.

 

Even without the new evidence, escalating news stories had already begun exposing Google’s shady hand in U.S. and international government boondoggling. From filling up federal offices with its own employees to the direct exchange of goods with White House staff to running massive attacks on targeted political adversaries to buying off elected officials in order to avoid monopoly investigations; Google seems to have have no limits to what it’s crazy frat boy billionaires will try. Google had the benefit of White House staff ordering the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission to halt all investigations but the stone-walling has only served to allow Google’s audacious manipulations to become so overt and widely noticed that even those most average American is now aware of Google’s insidious ways.

 

 

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Inside Eric Schmidt’s Lavish Sex Palace — NYMag

 

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READ THE BOOK:

GET THE NEW BOOK:

The Unofficial History Of Tesla Motors

By Rory Scheider & Pamela West

HIGHLIGHTS OF SECTIONS IN THE FULL FOUR VOLUME SET OF BOOKS WITH OVER 2000 PAGES OF HARD FACTS:

Tesla and Google

– Are Tesla and Google, essentially, the same entity by virtue of the same investors, agenda and stock market manipulations?

– When damaging news about Tesla emerges, do Tesla and Google investors place multiple stock-buy orders from a multi-billion dollar slush fund in order to make it appear that individual outside investors are excited by Tesla when, in fact, it is only a small internal group of investors “pumping the market”?

– Does Google “bury” any negative stories about Tesla in their searches on orders from Tesla/Google investors? Is that a violation of securities laws?

– Is it not a fact that Google deletes, or hides any bad PR about Tesla on it’s network? Would this be considered stock market manipulation in violation of SEC laws?

Tesla Spies On You

– It is said that the Tesla Model S has the most surveillance devices to watch, track, listen-to and broadcast the activities of the occupants, built into it than any other car in the world. Elon Musk has personally told reporters that his cars constantly watch the driver and occupants. Why is that? Why are Tesla and Google obsessed with spying on the public?

The Afghanistan War For Elon Musk’s Lithium

– How Elon Musk and his partners pushed for War in Afghanistan in order to try to get lithium from Russian mobster-connected companies

The NUMMI Real Estate Scam

– In multiple recorded interviews, Elon Musk is on public record telling the news media that, after careful research, the NUMMI plant in Fremont California would be a very bad choice for Tesla? Why did that suddenly change? What participation did Senator Dianne Feinstein and her husband’s real estate Company CBRE have on that decision and the award of the loan to Tesla? Why do Senator Feinsteins staff now work for Tesla? Why did Glenn Greenwald call Feinstein’s actions “suspicious”? What political support or funding did Tesla or Google provide to any related political officials?

Elon’s “Moles”

– From 2008 to 2010 numerous competing electric car companies have charged that Tesla Motors placed Tesla Motors “moles” inside of their companies to intelligence-gather and cause disruption. Is that true?

Investor Collusion

– Google and Tesla motors share the same venture capital investor groups and alliances. Numerous expert at Tech-Crunch, Valleywag and other industry journals have published articles about the fact that those VC’s actively collude with each other to lock competing technologies and companies out of the market and create business monopolies. Did Tesla investors and associates participate in such activities as reported in the “AngelGate” and “Silicon Valley No Poaching Lawsuit”? If so, would that not be a violation of SEC laws?

The Tesla Time-line That Elon Musk Does not want you to see

– Things are not as the PR says. Elon Musk had nothing to do with starting Tesla. He took it away, in a hostile takeover, from the guys who really started it.

– Martin, the real founder of Tesla

Bribing the NHTSA

– How does Elon avoid federal investigations from the massive number of safety defects Tesla has developed? Is it nothing a bribe, or two, can’t fix?

The DEATHS

– Key Tesla staff suddenly died. Top reporters suddenly died. Drivers and innocent bystanders were killed by Tesla’s. Why are so many bizarre deaths connected to Tesla Motors

More Bribes?

– Did Tesla and/or Google reward certain politicians with campaign funding, web promotion, revolving door jobs for staff, and other incentives, in exchange for “hot-tracking” State and Federal taxpayer money for Tesla Motors?

Was it all just a stock market pump-and-dump skim?

– While other companies built consumer priced electric cars before and during Tesla’s existence, why did Tesla choose to build an un-affordable car and position the marketing of it to “the 1%” when the money for that car came from the 99% taxpayers?

The “Factory Building” Scam

– Numerous cities were told that they would have the Tesla car factory and then they stated, or sued Tesla, saying Tesla acted “in bad faith” and “used false and misleading information” to induce them to provide assurances which were used to pump the stock market. Why did Tesla lead so many cities on?

The Toxic Battery Fumes Cover-Up

– The factory that builds your batteries and the U.S. Government states, in their formal technical documents, that when Tesla batteries are on fire they emit lethal, brain-damaging, carcinogenic, liver, lung and DNA damaging fumes and smoke. Why do you not inform the public of this danger in your literature?

The Many Dead Workers Tesla Does Not Want You To Know About

– Lithium ion production kills and terminally sickens workers overseas. Multiple Tesla workers have been burned alive at your factory. OSHA has launched an investigation. What have you done to prevent the accidental and long term injuries to your staff and contractors? Is Panasonic a lying, corrupt partner of Tesla Motors?

– Why does Tesla avoid talking about the dead workers and poisoned towns in Asia where it’s batteries are made?

Elon Musk Took Billions of Your Tax Dollars For “American Jobs” yet hires underpaid workers from overseas

– The Elon Musk labor scam gets unreeled.

Elon Musk and Tesla Motors “Point-Blank Lied About Battery Safety…”

– Bernard Tse, and other main Tesla Engineering staff including: electric engineer Doug Bourn, electrical engineer Andrew Ingram, Brian M. Finn, senior manager of interactive electronics and George Blankenship; while investigating battery purchases for Tesla Motors, received numerous white-papers and technical documents from LG Chem, Panasonic and the U.S. D.O.E and vast numbers of other battery-makers which specifically stated that lithium-ion batteries would be “stressed” and “likely to combust” when used in the configuration which Tesla intended. They stated that the batteries were “not intended for use in cars”. Why then, did Tesla still use them? What effect did the monopolistic ownership of lithium ion mining and manufacturing resources by Tesla and Google investors have on the decision to use lithium ion?

– Did Tesla Motors lie about the safety metrics of its lithium ion battery system?

Tesla Sell’s It’s Cars To It’s Own Investors Who Buy Them As Shills To “Pump The Stock Valuation”

– Is it not a fact that a majority of your cars have been sold to your own investors or associates who act as “fluffers” against any bad PR?

– How Value Walk, Think Progress, and a very specific list of hired shills blog Elon Musk’s fake hype

Tesla and Musk lied on their Department of Energy Application and, in fact, never legally qualified for the Section 136 funds

– In multiple recorded interviews, Elon MUsk is on public record stating that, at the time of application for the DOE loan Tesla was on the verge of bankruptcy. The DOE loan was mandated under a Federal law known as Section 136. This law stated that no car company could receive money if it was on the verge of bankruptcy. Past accountants of Tesla have stated that Tesla was on the verge of bankruptcy at the time of the loan application. Numerous Tesla staff and contractors have verified this. Did Tesla commit a felony and acquire “unfair advantage” per the GAO?

– According to DOE staff, who were at DOE when the Tesla application was submitted, nothing that Tesla submitted was ever built by Tesla. In fact, these staff state that the vehicle that Tesla eventually sold was not even designed or engineered when Tesla was approved for the loan money, contrary to the Section 136 law requirement. They say that Tesla took the money and THEN hired people to figure out what they were going to do with it. As shown in the DOE files, the engineering of the shipping Tesla cars has no element that was submitted to DOE. Is that true?

– Did Tesla Motors provide falsified information in order to acquire it’s Federal funding?

Does Having A Round Oval On The Front Of Your Sports Car Make A Driver Not Realize He is a “Douchebag”?

– Analyzing the culture of Tesla owners

All Most Tesla Buyers Drunks and Drug Addicts?

– Relative to the number of cars sold, why has Tesla had so many Tesla drunk driver related crashes, deaths and homicides. Why are Tesla drivers killing innocent pedestrians simply because the Tesla’s “smell bad”?

The Trolls of Tesla

– Elon Musk hires armies of trolls, meat-puppets and click-farms to create a fake impression that there is hype about Tesla and Musk.

What is Wrong With Tesla Drivers? The Psych Study

– Psychographic, demographic and marketing studies have been published showing that Tesla drivers have a higher-than-average inclination towards drugs, strange sexual behavior and risk. Could this account for the number of Tesla crashes and deaths?

Did Tesla Cheat On It’s “Safety Reports”?

– Is it true that safety testing was done on Tesla cars without fully charged batteries and in a moisture-locked environment because Tesla staff knew that fully charged batteries and moisture in a crash WOULD cause a fiery explosion, as they already have?

Elon Likes To Spy On People

– Numerous periodicals, including Valleywag, document the fact that Elon Musk sends spy emails to his employees, each with a few words changed in order to track them and see who might reveal anything damaging to regulators?

Dianne Feinstein’s Family Profiteering Scheme With Tesla and Solyndra

– Who are all of the property holders and lease-owners of the Tesla and Solyndra, past and current, real-estate?

– What other “Family business ventures” did the Feinstein family profit on with Musk?

– A U.S. Senator officiated at the opening of the Tesla NUMMI plant and lobbied for Tesla’s tax waivers, credits, acquisition of NUMMI and discounts and then that U.S. Senator had their staff work in Tesla’s offices. Is it a conflict of interest that this senator received campaign funding and this senator’s family received real estate deals from the Tesla and, (next door to Tesla), Solyndra real estate deals?

The Hell The Elon Musk Puts Women Through According To His Ex-Women

– Elon Musks wives and founders have filed lawsuits and made public statements that he is a fraud and coerced them into participation. Is it proper fiduciary practice to allow Mr. Musk to continue with the company?

How Elon Musk Got Huge Numbers Of Taxpayer Paid For Freebies

– Why did Tesla not have to pay the cash participation fee that the Section 136 law said everybody had to pay? Tesla staff stated, at numerous documented Silicon Valley open meetings that they got a “special applicant participation waiver”. Why did Tesla get that waiver?

Did bribed politicos, like Steven Chu, help Tesla lie to the Government?

– Did Tesla Motors provide falsified information in order to acquire it’s Federal waivers, tax deferrals, credits and discounts?

The Silicon Valley Cartel: The mobsters of Stanford University

– Kleiner Perkins and certain silicon valley VC’s, all investors in a number of DOE “winners” (including Tesla, Fisker, Solyndra, A123 and others), organized meetings with a Dmitry Medvedev and other men known by the State Department, CIA, FBI and federal investigators to be involved in Russian mobsterism and then Ener1, Severstal and A123, dark-money funded and run by billionaires (many of whom own lithium mining interests) known by the State Department, the CIA and federal investigators to be involved in Russian mobsterism, were awarded taxpayer funds by Steven Chu, who was nominated by Kleiner Perkins. Was any of this a
conflict of interest?

The California State Politicians Who Enabled The Tesla and Solyndra Scams

– Why is the only company to receive California State real estate exclusives, exclusive tax waivers, credits and stock enhancers and free rides on taxpayer backs also the same company who’s investors were the largest funders of certain State officials?

– Did Tesla Motors provide falsified information in order to acquire it’s State funding? Did Tesla Motors provide falsified information in order to acquire it’s State waivers, tax deferrals, credits and discounts? Did Tesla investors bribe, or influence Congress people?

Which Senators Were On Tesla’s Payroll & Perk List

– Federal communications monitoring of text, voice and email communications of certain highly placed Senators, lobbyists and venture capitalists from 2005 to today should be made available to ALL federal criminal investigators. Have they been? Are one or more Senators blocking this effort because they are compromised?

The Fraud Lawsuits Against Tesla and Musk

– Why have so many fraud lawsuits been filed against Elon Musk and Tesla Motors?

The NHTSA Rigging

– The head of the NHTSA (Strickland) Tesla investigation quit because of increased scrutiny. The facts, such as these, demonstrate that Tesla and Fisker never should have passed any NHTSA safety review. How can the public be assured that ongoing NHTSA investigations regarding Tesla will not be rigged?

The Tax Evasions and Tax Waivers

– Did Tesla report tax credits as revenue/sales in stock reports in order to trick investors into thinking Tesla was making profit that it was actually not making?

The Conflicts of Interest

– Did Tesla staff or owners investors bribe, or influence Congress people? Did Tesla staff, owners or investors provider misleading information to investors? Was there a conflict of interest between Department of Energy staff and Tesla owners, investors or staff? Was there a conflict of interest between White House staff and Tesla owners, investors or staff? Was there a conflict of interest between Senate staff and Tesla owners, investors or staff? Did Tesla Motors use taxpayer money to hire off-shore staff?

Did Elon Musk Bribe PR Publications For “Reviews”?

– Marketing sales staff from the ad agencies for 60 Minutes, Consumer Reports, GQ, Fortune and other mainstream periodicals have stated that Elon Musk purchased “puff piece” stories about himself in those broadcasts and magazines and that none of those stories were internally generated. Is it good fiduciary practice for an executive to use corporate resources for personal glorification?

Taxpayer Cash For Musk’s Offshore Deals

– Did Tesla Motors use taxpayer money to purchase supplies offshore that could have been purchased in the United States? Did Tesla Motors participate in a market rigging scam to rig lithium ion purchasing for its investors? Did Tesla Motors participate in a market rigging scam to rig the electric car market for its investors? Did Tesla Motors staff, or owners, sabotage competitors?

Was Tesla Just A Front To Fund The Obama Campaign?

– Did Tesla Motors staff, owners or investors exchange campaign funding quid pro quo for business financing?

How Did Kleiner- Perkins And Draper – Fisher Rig The System?

– Did Silicon Valley companies, owned by Tesla investors and campaign financiers, use internet technology to falsify information to the public in order to manipulate stock market perceptions in violation of SEC, RICO, and various other laws?

Tesla’s Patent Filings Reveal It’s Lies

– Was Tesla Motors holding safety metric data in its files which differed fully from the safety metrics data it provided to investors and NHTSA?

The Stock Market Flash Boys Skims

– Did Tesla Motors violate securities law by using false information to acquire a federal loan which it then used to falsify its stock metrics in order to “pump” it’s stock?

Deloitte and Wells Fargo: The Mechanics of Corruption

– Did Deloitte accounting firm conspire with Tesla to manipulate market metrics in violation of RICO Statutes and did that firm manipulate Department of Energy review data on Tesla’s behalf?

– Did Welles Fargo conspire with Tesla to manipulate market metrics in violation of RICO Statutes?

– Did Goldman Sachs conspire with Tesla to manipulate market metrics in violation of RICO Statutes?

The Revolving Doors

– Were Department of Energy staff manipulating Tesla funding data in order to favor Tesla and it’s campaign funding investors in violation of RICO Statutes?

The Government-backed “hit-jobs”

– Were Department of Energy staff manipulating Tesla funding data in order to disfavor Tesla competitors and competitors to it’s campaign funding investors in violation of RICO Statutes?

The Stone-walling projects to “Lois Lerner” the investigations

– Did Tesla owners, staff or investors attempt to delay federal investigations and indictments by asserting influence in violation of RICO Statutes and numerous other laws?

Facts Vs. Tesla Hype Jobs

– Documents show there have been more Tesla fires that actually occurred than Tesla has reported in the media. How many actual Tesla factory fires, test car fires and Tesla battery fires have actually occurred?

The Matrix

– An identification matrix showing campaign backers who were lithium ion investors who had had their contacts exert influence over NHTSA decisions regarding Tesla?

Rigging The White House and Department of Energy Hiring Rosters

– The Secretary of energy was friends with all of your investors. We have been unable to find the name of even one person from OPM and Congressional nomination file wrapper for Steven Chu’s nomination, who Chu did not later give DOE $$ or perks to. Why is that?

The MSDS Documents

– The U.S. Post Office, The TSA, The DOE, The GAO, Panasonic and over 100 of the leading technical companies in the world say lithium ion batteries can spontaneously explode. Why do you not disclose this to your buyers in your literature?

Seven Ways That Tesla Batteries Kill You And Burn Your Home

– The Tesla can blow-up from it’s charger and/or it’s batteries. Are there other dangers that have also not been disclosed?

The Intellectual Property Theft Issues With Tesla

– Is Tesla operating in violation of the patents of any other company?

The Epic Engineering Screw-ups And Cover-ups of Those Bad Decisions

– By Elon Musk’s own admission, at the time of the DOE loan application all of the car designs were $100,000.00, PER CAR, over budget and they had no final design for a factory production run DFM. How could Tesla have gotten the loan with the worst debt ratio, the least engineering, the greatest financial risk and the least collateral of any applicant?

The White House Rat Pack That Made The Illegal Crony Deals With Musk

– Tesla lobbyists worked with Rahm Emanuel in the White House, to arrange their loan deal. Rahm Emanuals Senior Finance Aide was recently arrested for bribes, kickbacks, corruption and money Laundering. Steve Rattner, The West Wing “Car Czar”, who Tesla investors worked with to secure the Tesla loan, was also indicted for corruption. Almost everyone at DOE involved in your loan was forced to quit or fired. Does this call your dealings into question?

Assholes Anonymous

– Rolls-Royce Holdings said the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office has opened a formal investigation into bribery and corruption of government officials for cars for the 1%. Why rich guy sports car companies usually end in corruption

Who Said What

– The NHTSA said that Elon Musk lied about Fire Safety Review approval and who made the request for recall and investigation. Should we trust Elon Musk?

A Break-down of the California kick-backs

– Tesla got another $34 MILLION of our tax money in exclusive campaign finance kickbacks for billionaires from the State of California. Why did Tesla billionaires need a few million of our tax money in a recession when people have no jobs?

The German Part of the scam

– The German Tesla “Safety Review” was exposed as “Sham” in that they conducted no safety review and were just told to “pass the car” by your bankers at Deutche Bank! Why did you not disclose that the German’s conducted no testing of your battery system of any nature?

– Why are there so many dead German investment bankers?

The Proof Of The Dangers of Lithium Ion

– In Tesla’s own filed patent applications you state that your batteries WILL explode spontaneously and kill and injure people and burn down their homes. Why did they not disclose this in buyers documentation?

The Expert Organizations That Say Tesla Motors is Lying

– Tesla is MORE likely to catch on fire than gasoline car”per Bloomberg & MIT. Why did you not disclose this?

The fire-bomb under your car seat in a Tesla

– Lithium Ion is  “nearly impossible to extinguish, and “acts like solid rocket fuel” say firefighters. Tesla never supplied required battery company CO2 fire extinguishers to car owners. Why not?

The “Worst Possible Engineering Concept For Batteries”

– Federal Investigators say you are using “exploding flashlight batteries that were never intended to be used in cars, in an improperly shielded box” to power the car instead of commercial energy storage technology. They say your car has “85% less lithium crash protection on the Tesla than ANY OTHER ELECTRIC CAR”. All other companies had to recall EXCEPT Tesla. Why not? What special leverage did you have?

How Tesla Covers-Up Defects: The NDA

– Over 150 defects and problems per model about the Tesla have been documented on user-forums and in the press including: “Doors lock you in and out. Bad if car on fire!”; “George Clooney Rips Tesla: ‘Why Am I Always Stuck On The Side Of The F*cking Road?”;  “Tesla “Satisfaction” survey authored by it’s own investors/fanboys”; “Tesla seat vibration causes Anal Itching!”; “VAMPIRE POWER DEFECT slams entire Tesla Model S fleet!”; “Numerous defects documented by
owners online.” When the NUMMI factory was in use by GM and Toyota only 5 defects per model car produced there occurred. Even after you bought brand new robots, why did the Tesla cars get worse in a pre-configured factory with billions of dollars of past car preparation?

AND OVER TWENTY MORE SECTIONS…

Keep an eye out for the full 4 volume box set of “The Unofficial History Of Tesla Motors”

With Extensive Appendices

– See tons of charts, leaked emails and investigators evidence in deep backgrounders on Elon Musk and Tesla Motors

Russian security service conducts raids on Church of Scientology. Calls Scientology: “international scam”.

Russian security service conducts raids on Church of Scientology. Calls Scientology: “international scam”.

 

Federal Security Service raid over a dozen locations in Moscow and St Petersburg as part of investigation into alleged illegal business dealings

 

 

AFP in Moscow

 

 

Russia’s security service has raided over a dozen locations linked to the Church of Scientology in the latest step of a long-running battle between authorities and the US-based organisation.

 

The Federal Security Service (FSB) said officers “conducted simultaneous searches” at 14 addresses in Moscow and St Petersburg as part of an apparent investigation into alleged illegal business dealings by the Church of Scientology in Russia’s second city.

 

“Objects and documents were found and seized that proved the version of the investigators about the marketing functions for goods and services of the Church of Scientology of Saint Petersburg in violation of the law,” a statement carried by Russian news agencies said.

 

Last November a Russian court banned the activities of the Moscow branch of the Church of Scientology after authorities argued in part that since it had registered its name as a US trademark, it cannot call itself a religious organisation.

 

Russia’s justice ministry has long been pushing to prohibit the organisation, which some countries treat as a legitimate faith but others consider to be a cult.

 

The ruling last year by a Moscow city court came after a lower-level district court rejected the church’s appeal against a justice ministry’s decision not to register it as a religious organisation.

 

The Russian justice ministry registers religious organisations as well as NGOs, a requirement for them to operate.

 

Last August, Moscow investigators said separately that they had opened a criminal inquiry after finding hidden microphones and cameras in the Moscow church’s premises.

 

The Scientology church was founded in the United States in 1954 by science-fiction writer L Ron Hubbard and was accorded the status of religion there in 1993.

 

The European Court of Human Rights has several times ruled in favour of the church, saying that Russia violated its rights by refusing to register its churches in various regions.

 


 

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                    Join the EFF against the Rule 41 update which lets federal judges unconstitutionally hack you

                    Join the EFF against the Rule 41 update which lets federal judges unconstitutionally hack you

                     
                     

                    A proposed amendment to Rule 41 of United States Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure could grant blatantly unconstitutional rights to American judges. The proposed new powers would allow US federal judges to grant search warrants for remote access of a target computer in cases where“the district where the media or information is located has been concealed through technological means.” That is to say, if Rule 41 isn’t shot down in Congress, law enforcement will be able to find American judges that are more than willing to issue warrants for any computer whose IP address is hidden by Tor or a VPN service. The Rule 41 update is so ambiguous that law enforcement could use the rule to go after those of us that deny location data to certain smartphone apps. If that weren’t bad enough by itself, the second part of the Rule 41 update allows for law enforcement to use malware on a botnet infected computer with the purpose of finding the botnet operator. Instead, what is likely to be found is a bunch of private information which we can’t trust the government to delete. We must do all that we can to avoid such a dystopian, Orwellian future.

                    Join the EFF against Rule 41

                    To combat this egregious overstep of government power, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has organized a day of action today June, 21, 2016, to push for public debate on this proposed change to law enforcement’s hacking capabilities. As a special sustaining supporter of the EFF’s work, Private Internet Access stands strong with the EFF in this Day of Action. Make no mistake, the potential new powers of the United States government allows it to easily get a warrant to breach a suspected computer anywhere in the world.

                    The proposed change has been passed from the Supreme Court and will go into effect in December unless the United States Congress acts against it. To help, US residents should send an email to your representative in Congress via this form provided by the EFF. Non US residents can still spread the word over the internet because this overexertion of power has far reaching, international consequences. Laws like this cannot be made by non-elected officials precisely because they cannot be held accountable to the citizens they supposedly serve. Join the EFF to strike down the proposed Rule 41 update – it is an affront to our privacy.

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                    Guccifer 2.0 Posts More Inside Info From Hillary Clinton

                    On His Website, Guccifer 2.0 has posted the following:

                    “Dossier on Hillary Clinton from DNC

                    This’s time to keep my word and here’re the docs I promised you.

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                    It’s not a report in one file, it’s a big folder of docs devoted to Hillary Clinton that I found on the DNC server.

                    The DNC collected all info about the attacks on Hillary Clinton and prepared the ways of her defense, memos, etc., including the most sensitive issues like email hacks.

                    As an example here’re some files:

                    2016er Attacks – HRC Defense Master Doc [updated]

                    04.29.15 CGEP

                    2016 Democrats Positions Cheat Sheet 7-7-15

                    20150426 MEMO- Clinton Cash Unravels

                    Attacks on Clinton Family Members

                    Clinton Foundation Donors $25K+

                    Clinton Foundation Vulnerabilities Master Doc FINAL

                    Clintons PFD 2015

                    HRC Defense – Emails

                    HRC Travel – Private Jets FINAL

                    MEMO — Clinton Cash Claims (2)

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                    Smartphone Users Are Paying Big Bucks for Their Own Surveillance

                    Smartphone Users Are Paying Big Bucks for Their Own Surveillance

                      By Bill Blunden, Truthout | News Analysis

                     

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                    In the movie Sneakers, a motley gang of security experts chase after a little black box that can crack any form of encryption. Though the idea of a digital skeleton key may seem like the stuff of Hollywood thrillers, there are researchers at the University of Michigan who’ve recently created just that. They’ve built a stealthy hardware back door that can be inserted into the blueprints of a computer chip to give intruders complete access to a system after executing an obscure series of commands.

                    Consider the implications: This kind of low-level attack is extremely difficult to detect and even more challenging to defend against. If a small group of university professors can successfully cook up their own little black box, imagine what an intelligence service with federal backing can do. William Binney, the National Security Agency’s (NSA) former technical leader for intelligence, claims that with the NSA’s budget of over $10 billion a year, “they have more resources to acquire your data than you can ever hope to defend against.”  

                    But it’s not just the government that’s watching us. IBM recently filed a patent for “monitoring individuals using distributed data sources,” a stark reminder that much of what people do with their mobile devices is scooped up and stored in corporate data silos for later analysis. It’s an inconvenient fact that Silicon Valley prefers to drown out with marketing pitches.

                    A Misplaced Faith in Markets

                    Thanks to whistleblower Edward Snowden, we know that NSA spies think of smartphone users as “zombies” who pay for their own surveillance. Hence, in the aftermath of the Snowden revelations, corporate leaders in Silicon Valley have focused intently on linking technical innovation with cybersecurity. It’s an approach that aligns the average user’s desire for better privacy with the business interests of large tech companies.

                    NSA spies think of smartphone users as “zombies” who pay for their own surveillance.

                    The basic narrative is fairly straightforward: To protect oneself against prying eyes, simply get the latest mobile gadget. Ostensibly, even the FBI will be hard-pressed to access its data. But how, exactly, is the public supposed to believe that clandestine agreements between intelligence directors and CEOs are strictly a thing of the past?

                    Glenn Greenwald asserts that market incentives will take care of this problem. In a recent interview, he explained that, “consumers are now demanding that privacy be safeguarded and refusing to use companies that won’t do that.”

                    Can market forces really save us? Those who recall what happened in 2008 have their doubts.

                    There is evidence that suggests that Greenwald’s faith in Silicon Valley and the marketplace is misplaced.  

                    The public record reveals that US intelligence services, with plenty of help from the tech industry, succeeded in making commercial products “exploitable” as part of “an aggressive, multi-pronged effort to break widely used internet encryption technologies.” The campaign to secretly alter technology has been going on for a long time. For instance, more than two decades ago, an anonymous source in the CIA disclosed that spies were actively tampering with chips used in weapons systems bought by other countries.

                    The more adamantly vendors offer assurances about protection, the more skeptical people should become.

                    If the past is any guide, the more adamantly vendors offer assurances about protection, the more skeptical people should become. Recall how bold public displays of rebellion in the early 1990s were staged on behalf of shareholder value while the executives colluded secretly with spies behind closed doors.

                    There are reasons for this collusion. Major corporate players recognize the role that intelligence services play in terms of opening up markets and providing access to global resources. Extreme pressure can be placed on those who don’t fall into line. World leaders who fall out of favor with the US establishment have sometimes been forced into “early retirement” by covert operations. Entire countries have been lit on fire through US-sponsored destabilization. US policy makers send an unspoken message conveyed through raw force: “Don’t forget who owns all of those megaton nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles.”

                    Lower-Tech Devices Are More Secure

                    Genuine security is the result of a disciplined process. It arises from a set of policies and standards that are carefully implemented and maintained, not a gadget that’s purchased off the shelf. Moreover, higher levels of security often entail sacrificing convenience and connectivity in the name of confidentiality. The Russian Federal Guard Service, for instance, has switched over to typewriters in light of the NSA’s apparent mastery of computer espionage. German intelligence services have considered doing likewise.

                    There’s definitely something to be said for old school methods. They worked just fine pre-internet and they can still work. In fact, old school tradecraft may turn out to be the Achilles heel for security services as they’ve become heavily reliant on signal intelligence to function.

                    It’s a numbers game. Think about it: Gathering human intelligence is resource-intensive and introduces any number of additional risks. FBI agents have estimated that tailing a single suspect around the clock can require somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 to 40 operatives. For security services, this puts a modest upper bound on the number of 24×7 surveillance operations, something like a few dozen targets. Compounding this issue, taking away sources of data can rob spies of their signal intelligence advantage. It forces them to employ black bag groups like the CIA’s Special Collection Service, which are so expensive that they’re primarily focused on a tiny set of high priority targets.

                    Even if a phone call is encrypted, the very act of making a call provides a wealth of data to spies.

                    In this sense, non-smartphones can be viewed as superior to smartphones as they generate a smaller data footprint. Going a step further, a pager can be viewed as superior to a non-smartphone because communication on the user’s end is further constrained, as well as not anchored to a particular phone line. Unfortunately, there are still effective countermeasures to be concerned about, like voice recognition software, radio tower spoofing (e.g. “stingrays“) and the steady proliferation of telescreens throughout urban areas.

                    Even if a phone call is encrypted, the very act of making a call provides a wealth of data to spies. The metadata is the message, my friends. Some operators have responded by deploying small sets of phones that only call each other, establishing a closed circuit of cellphones. In the extreme case, there are only two phones talking to each other, a practice that’s known as “mirroring.” The downside of this approach is that it’s conspicuous. Any intelligence agency sorting through aggregated phone records will easily spot a closed circuit and presumably take interest.

                    Perhaps, in certain cases, the best solution is to follow the lead of Russian spymasters and simply opt out.

                    The threat of centralized monitoring explains why larger groups, which have access to the necessary resources, have gone out-of-band. They’ve developed their own dispersed communication networks built on top of their own dedicated physical infrastructure. Granted, while this strategy isn’t perfect, it does drive up the cost of interception and analysis. For example, the Los Zetas cartel in Mexico developed an encrypted radio network. Likewise, the Hezbollah militia in Lebanon went so far as to set up its own fiber optic network that reached across the country.

                    Given the NSA’s widespread technical mastery, safeguarding oneself against surveillance may entail swallowing a bitter pill. One must face the prospect that technology is more often a tool of control rather than an antidote against surveillance, despite what the executives in Silicon Valley tell you. And perhaps, in certain cases, the best solution is to follow the lead of Russian spymasters and simply opt out.

                    Copyright, Truthout. May not be reprinted without permission.

                     

                     

                    Bill Blunden

                    Bill Blunden is an independent investigator whose current areas of inquiry include information security, anti-forensics and institutional analysis. He is the author of several books, including The Rootkit Arsenal, and Behold a Pale Farce: Cyberwar, Threat Inflation, and the Malware-Industrial Complex. Bill is the lead investigator at Below Gotham Labs.

                     

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                    Why Alton Sun thinks that VC Tim Draper and the Silicon Valley Douchebags suck Quail Eggs

                    Why Alton Sun thinks that VC Tim Draper and the Silicon Valley Douchebags suck Quail Eggs

                     

                     

                     

                    By Conrad Turner- DU

                     

                     

                    “Life is a series of calibrations”, says Alton Sun. He goes on to say: “Currently, the greatest and most scalably sustainable form of happiness is that which is felt through others. Intelligent design appears to be society’s current bottleneck – why does google’s ranking cater to click-bait? Why doesn’t linkedin facilitate conversations via prepopulated messages based on similar interests? Why not surface commonalities and present those in a form of a serendipitous proposals to meet with friends when Facebook and google know what I like, where I’ll be when, and who else is nearby?”

                     

                    Alton wants to talk to folks in Silicon Valley about what happens to the millions (20+% of America) that will soon be unemployed when self-driving cars will do 100x the work for 10x the price/year?, about why doesn’t Facebook notify us when we’re spending an unhealthy amount of time on it?, about investing cognitive bandwidth like consuming food (self care/veggies, momentum of wealth/protein, love/fruits and sweets) and about what the rest of the world do as China births super humans that are smarter, faster, and more robust than us in every way? (Largely due to their willingness to experiment on human embryos) and can we get Peter Thiel’s company to grow BIGGER super humans?

                     

                    Alton Sun wrote a notorious article about how venture capitalist Tim Draper was a cult leader and a douchebag who had created a “University” which he said was just a temple of self-glorification. Mr. Draper black-listed Sun, in Silicon Valley, according to Sun’s associates.

                    Alton exists for the purpose of “distilling mental models for navigating difficult conversations with our parents, our lovers, and with our internal emotions.” Mr. Sun felt that his public conversation with Tim Draper was one of those “difficult” conversations through which Sun and Draper had to navigate. It may be that the hatred they share has, indeed, brought them closer; not so much in a gay closeted Silicon Valley Gawker Expose’ way but in a brother-on-brother, rolling around on a slippery sheet, loving, bear wrestling kind of way. Both may now respect the power and peacockery of the other while, at the same time, wanting the other to jump off a building.

                     

                    While Tim Draper is a Tesla and Obama financial backer, he will not pull any punches when it comes to his disdain for the outspoken Sun. Tim Draper may have been covertly behind many of the solar power schemes in the Department of Energy Cleantech Crash, but this is a Sun-related disaster that Draper may not be able to buy his way out of.

                    ALTON SUN’S BUDDIES SUPPORT ALTON:

                     

                    Simone Syed

                     

                    Founder & Managing Partner, Velorum Capital

                     

                     

                    Max Song

                     

                    Data Scientist, Entrepreneur, Schwarzman Scholar

                     

                     

                    Jacob Cole

                     

                    Cofounder at IdeaFlow

                     

                     

                    Emily Brennan

                     

                    Marketing Manager at Qimple

                     

                     

                    Jose’ De Dios

                     

                    Mentor, Advisor, Investor at Startups Showcase Group

                     

                     

                    Jack Haldrup

                     

                    Founder & CEO at Dr. Squatch Soap Co.

                     

                     

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                    Is Draper University of Heroes a scam or a douchebag training cult?

                     

                    Is Draper University of Heroes a scam or a douchebag training cult?

                     

                     

                    Alton Sun, Dedicated to enhancing the human experience.

                     

                     

                     

                    (Note: Tim Draper grabbed the cash from the Cleantech Crash and funded the crashed out Obama Administration.)

                     

                    I attended Draper University and cannot in good conscience recommend it to others.

                    I have expressed what I have written below multiple times – in private – both to Tim and other admins/recruiters that they’ve hired. There were no responses.

                    This post is not written for Tim or the administration. I am past that at this point.
                    This post is written for the prospective, thoughtful, self-respecting student.

                    Because I would have wanted a friend to tell me what they really thought.

                    It’s worth knowing that I speak not just for myself, but others who also feel similarly but may feel threatened by Tim and his administration.  After sharing time with many other students in subsequent classes, we have a distinct sense that the program purports itself to help you launch a product, but is modeled more like a series of inspirational talks that you could watch online.

                    Certainly, there is a lot of merit to being in California – but what else could you do with $9.5k  and 2 months when you have a mandatory itinerary?

                    Consider what you could do with that money on your own. Do you really want to go to an institution where they care about you buying your own toilet paper?

                    Here are some of the biggest disappointments:

                     

                    • There was a theme for each week, e.g. speed, but there was no collaboration between speakers. This lack of congruity felt fragmented and frustrating.

                    • There were few activities that actually helped us develop our product in a meaningful way; in fact, many of the mandatory modules actually got in our way.  Even the workshops I was excited about were a let-down, like ‘Learn Programming!’, which turned out to be ‘spend an afternoon following a basic online tutorial and making a static html page’.

                    • There was little breathing room to reflect or implement.

                    • There was no accountability, or followup after the program. (There were a couple surveys about a year ago that they asked us to fill out so they could share with the world how successful we are, but they have decided not to publish much.) ‘Lifetime Mentorship’ was excitedly touted, then largely ignored. My mentor is now CEO, but after sending them 3 excited emails about specific ways we could improve the program, I got a single, terse response that was unreceptive.

                    • I am aware of three others who have made specific, actionable, and thoughtful advances hoping to improve the program, and they were all received coldly. We felt a strong authoritarian presence in the program, and it was clear that most were afraid to stir the pot.

                    • Tim had me write out his Evangelism Clause 100 times on public walls after I posted about my frustration with having personal property stolen on social media. (I understood that he felt like it might damage his reputation.)

                     

                    • A student TED-talk day was set up with the intent to build community – I organized it through the Facebook and Tim announced it to the class. 1/3rd of the students showed up. The rest went out drinking or stayed in to work on their product.

                     

                    • During the first half of the program, we were asked repeatedly how the Draper program could do better. I thought they were genuinely interested so a group of us got together and shared our feelings in a long thoughtful email to Carol, one of the main organizers at the time. I thought that they really cared right up until the point that nothing was done differently and they continued to ask us without really acknowledging any of our input.

                     

                    • Following the program, I have repeatedly received unsolicited prompts to refer friends in exchange for cash, despite me emailing the recruiter and Tim asking for how their program has changed so I can feel good about recommending it. All were ignored. [I have now received more solicitation emails than I have mentor correspondences]

                     

                    • They threatened to sue a friend who started a draper university alum network because he used the name and logo, even though it was clearly labeled unofficial. He turned over his registered Instagram and Twitter accounts, and they have done nothing with it. Nurturing community seems like one of the highest leverage things that we could put together to fuel more robust entrepreneurs.

                     

                    • This is more of a personal feeling; but I was amazed when we would have millionaires come in to speak, and I would see ~20 of the students on Facebook/browsing aimlessly/playing games, ~20 just staring blankly ahead, and maybe 3 students actually taking notes. I was one of them. Btw anyone want to share notes or talk about the lectures? I noticed a distinct lack of conversation about almost any of the content. I’d love to actually see more of the knowledge regularly translated to applied knowledge.

                     

                    • On your search to learn more about Draper U, you may come across a smattering of effusive reviews – conspicuously, none of them disclose affiliation or subsidized scholarships. In fact, many have signed contracts that prevent them from saying anything not super-positive about the program. This explains why the majority of them are fairly vacant and lack any concrete grounds. “GREATEST EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE EVERR!!!” If people are truly excited about a thing, they take the time to really share why in concrete terms. This is not what I’m seeing here.

                     

                    • When you command as much resources as Tim and you are seen as someone who possibly possesses the key to all of your hopes and dreams (ca$h) – it sets up a very one-sided dynamic. I can’t help but think it’s not Tim’s fault that he believes and sees only what his ego lets past. I feel badly that he has little opportunity to interact with those that have no interest in flattering him, leading him on this appeal to the lowest common denominator…

                     

                    • A significant % of the current employees who now run the program all used to be ‘Draper University school for entrepreneurship’ students. I’ll let you think about this one.

                     

                    How many people are actually solving real problems?

                    Look at the last class: half filled with hollywood models for the TV show Startup U.

                    One of their products? An iPad in a picture frame that streams how popular clubs are before deciding to go. Does this sound like a 10x product? Does this help people in a meaningful way?  Does this signal a deep interest in sustainable, long-term solutions for the far future of humanity?

                    How about Uber for nail salons?

                    Would this type of loud signaling and branding of Draper University increase or decrease the likelihood of selecting top-talent into future classes or this program? Is giving pretty people scholarships? Increasing notoriety despite lack of accomplishments? Is it justified by further sharing the value of entrepreneurship with the world?

                     


                     

                    People who are going to be successful will likely become so regardless of whether or not they attend this program.

                    One of Draper University’s redeeming factors is that they provide an easy-in to America for international students – though they are not an accredited university.

                    Compare these experiences to those at a commensurate program at Singularity University (where tuition is free).

                    One of Singularity University’s guiding questions is: “How will you affect 1 billion people in 10 years?”

                    Their projects tackle significant issues: world hunger through more affordable protein sources lower on the food chain (Should Vegetarians Consider Eating Insects?), how to blanket cities in wifi, or how to make everything 3D-printed.

                    Singularity University was founded by some of the top thinkers of far future technologies including Ray Kurzweil, received $3 million from Google.

                    Draper University is backed by large family money, Tim Draper’s ego, and articles like this: Startup mogul’s University of Heroes degree is a BA in BS

                    Given enough money – anyone can look like a great investor if they only look at the wins.

                     

                    Get ten thousand people into a room and have them flip a coin 10 times in a row. One will get 10 heads in a row and go home to write a best selling book: how to be lucky by eating what I ate for breakfast this morning.

                     

                    We attribute statistical inevitability to skill all the time. And that’s okay, humans are optimistic: that’s how we’re alive. Just keep the Bitcoin company funded (and faltered) in mind too. http://two-bit-idiot.tumb

                    I haven’t attended Singularity University but have many good friends who have, more though, that have commiserated on their unfortunate experiences at Draper U, but felt pressure not to share their experiences publicly for a variety of reasons. 
                     
                    Perhaps some of the most damning evidence is just watching their own promotional material.

                    https://vimeo.com/4818171

                    If it reminds you of summer camp – that’s because it is very much like summer camp. Everything is mandatory. Even many games of monopoly night. If you miss more than 3 sessions, you are asked to leave the program.

                    I’m glad you’re reading this as you’re doing your research, I’m happy to share more as I’ve amalgamated a lot of feedback that otherwise fell on deaf ears during my session and many others.

                    Despite repeated attempts to share my thoughts in a thoughtful way in private and out of wanting to help, I feel little hope for them at this point, and now it’s a matter of damage control. Hence this post.

                    I really, really, wanted to see them succeed.

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                    What to Do, Instead:

                    Visit https://www.facebook.com/

                    If you are an alum, ping this thread for ongoing support with how you intend to help the world – I’m helping pool resources from other disenchanted students who actually care about making a 10x difference.

                    Consider whether you want to be surrounded by people who are afraid of sharing how they actually feel about the program for fear of losing their scholarships or falling out of Tim or the admin’s favor.

                     


                     

                    I am not alone in these feelings, and will gladly refer you to others who have experienced similar sentiments or go into more details if I know that you’re a human and not with the draper admin. Message Alton on www.Facebook.com/AltonSun

                    If you have been living under a rock and have no access to the internet, live in a token foreign/poor country where Tim can feel good about importing you from, and if you can learn some basic buzzwords: maybe you too can score a scholarship to Draper University! 

                    I suspect that despite their best intentions: this program currently appears to pander to the lowest common denominator – seeming most impressive to the least initiated. For this, I am grateful.

                    Since you’re here – if you message me with

                     

                    • How you intend to change the world in a meaningful and positive way

                    • 3 keyword groups you’ve been thinking about recently (mine are neural nets, community curation, recursive incentive structures to solve the tragedy of the commons) 

                     

                    If anything good has come of this; it’s that I’m putting together a SV101 guide of how you could much better invest 9.5k and 2 months of your time in the Silicon Valley.

                    If you feel any of this is a mischaracterization of your experience at Draper University, please message me! I write this only out of desperation that others hopefully do not sacrifice some great opportunity cost through Draper’s race to the bottom. (Though I wish it didn’t have to be lyk dis; when I see great people pouring good money into unreceptive orgs… I’m concerned where interests really lay.)
                    I will gladly edit this post if it deserves better wording; but I will interpret you reading this as being complicity agreeing otherwise.

                    I really believed in what they claimed to stand for. I really wanted to see them succeed. I may be foolish but I still think there’s a chance. What I have written about their past is not as important as how it’s responded to for the future.

                     

                     

                    Everything below has been shared with explicit consent. If you feel like you would want to share something here with or through me, you can do so via fb or on this thread you can answer anonymously.

                    There’s also onetimesecret.com

                    Also, thank you.

                     

                     

                     

                     

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                    “Stanford douchebags” ruining San Francisco

                     

                     

                     

                     

                     

                     

                     

                     

                     

                    “Stanford douchebags” ruining San Francisco…and the world!

                    By Beth Spotswood

                    Author, founder of Salon.com, and Bernal Heights resident David Talbot recently made a speech at Stanford which was then published in 48HillsOnline.com decrying “Stanford douchebags”, gentrification, and Mayor Ed Lee. Talbot’s strong words for Stanford students have struck a chord up north in San Francisco, and his speech is rapidly going viral.

                    Says Talbot, “The strange thing about the new digital rich is that they don’t want to live among their own tax bracket – in traditional enclaves of wealth like Pacific Heights or Hillsborough. No, they want to live among the people — the ones they’re displacing — in Noe Valley, the Castro and the Mission. Take Mark Zuckerberg, please. For the past two years, the Facebook zillionaire and his wife have upended a once-quiet, middle-class neighborhood overlooking Dolores Park, as Pharaoh-like construction teams erect a massive $10-million, six-bedroom palace to house the royal couple. Zuckerberg is dying to live in the heart of the city, even though he apparently despises its San Francisco values.”

                    What does this have to do with the audience of Talbot’s speech at Stanford? Basically, Talbot advises the students not to be like Mark Zuckerberg. “‘Stanford dicks.’ That’s what my sons call them. Or Stanford douchebags, or Stanford tools. The term ‘Stanford a–holes’ has even made it into ‘Looking,’ the HBO show set in gay San Francisco – and it’s not meant to be flattering.”

                    Talbot’s ire for Mayor Lee’s city hall, Tesla-types taking over Bernal Heights, and selfish capitalism emerging from the bright minds in Silicon Valley eventually transitions into encouragement for next crop of tech geniuses. “Are you interested in going public, or in serving the public – that’s the fundamental question a Stanford student has to ask these days. When I was in college, we had a saying – “You’re either part of the problem or you’re part of the solution.” Which one are you? A Stanford dick? Or are you different?”

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                    The speech has been met with mixed reviews. San Francisco attorney Geoffrey Murry shared the speech online, and said, “I found David Talbot’s ‘Stanford —hole’ piece to be condescending, myopic, ahistorical and, frankly, a little bigoted and xenophobic.”

                    Murry goes on to defend young tech workers in San Francisco, “…it’s not the fault of these young adults and fresh college grads that our city and our region have pursued dismally awful development, transportation and infrastructure policies over the past 50 years, all of which result in the massive upheaval of the past four years.”

                    Read Talbot’s remarks in their entirety at 48hillsonline.com and let us know if you agree.

                    h/t: SFist

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                    Google’s Control of U.S. Government Is Now Complete As Google’s Lawyer in Patent Office tells American inventors to “suck it!”

                    Google’s Control of U.S. Government Is Now Complete As Google’s Lawyer in Patent Office tells American inventors to “suck it!”

                     

                     

                    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Lee, Google’s lawyer who also runs the U.S. Patent Office, praised the ruling and said it would allow the appeals board “to maintain its vital mission of effectively and efficiently resolving patentability disputes while providing faster, less expensive alternatives to district court litigation.” The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the process for challenging invalid patents, making it easier for Google to steal as much technology as it wanted, without paying inventors.

                     

                    The justices were unanimous in backing the legal standard used to cancel patents by a new Google-controlled appeals board at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

                     

                    Congress created the board in 2011 over concerns federal officials were issuing too many patents and fueling the rise of American inventors getting paid for their invenions.

                     

                    The high court ruled against Cuozzo Speed Technologies LLC, a New Jersey company that had its patent for speedometer displays in cars declared invalid. Cuozzo had argued that the board was using an overly broad legal standard. The Supreme Court disagreed as instructed by Silicon Valley campaign financiers. 

                     

                    Writing for the court, Justice Stephen Breyer said the patent office has the authority to construe patent claims “according to the broadest reasonable construction of its words.”

                     

                    How Google Steals Ideas From Entrepreneurs

                     

                    By Sarah Dunn and Anthony Harvard

                     

                    A recent article in The New York Times called: “How Larry Page’s Obsessions Became Google’s

                     

                    Business” describes how Google Boss Larry Page covertly attends technology conferences in order to

                     

                    get ideas from entrepreneurs. He does not seem to ever pay those entrepreneurs, for the technology he

                     

                    takes from them, and makes billions of dollars off of at Google.

                     

                    Google Boss Eric Schmidt just spent over $1 Billion to try to lobby Congress to change the patent laws

                     

                    in order to make patents for entrepreneurs nearly illegal, and to try to make patents almost entirely

                     

                    unenforceable, so that Google would not have to pay for the technology it steals. Google seems to love

                     

                    killing the American dream.

                     

                    Google spent millions of dollars to nominate, lobby for, influence and place it’s top lawyer in charge of

                     

                    the U.S. Patent Office. Now Google’s “inside-man” makes sure that patents, that Google is infringing,

                     

                    are either turned down or, in some cases, have their approvals reversed.

                     

                    Google’s motto seems to be: “Why Compete When You Can Cheat”. This is a far more relevant motto

                     

                    than ‘Don’t be evil”.

                     

                    The New York Times article, and hundreds of stories from entrepreneurs, describes how Mr. Page

                     

                    cuddles up to technologists in ordinary street wear, does not identify himself, and Hoover’s up their

                     

                    innovations for his company. The article, details the following:

                     

                    Three years ago, Charles Chase, an engineer who manages Lockheed Martin’s nuclear fusion

                     

                    program, was sitting on a white leather couch at Google’s Solve for X conference when a man he

                     

                    had never met knelt down to talk to him.

                     

                    They spent 20 minutes discussing how much time, money and technology separated humanity from

                     

                    a sustainable fusion reaction — that is, how to produce clean energy by mimicking the sun’s power

                     

                    before Mr. Chase thought to ask the man his name.

                     

                    I’m Larry Page,” the man said. He realized he had been talking to Google’s billionaire co-founder

                     

                    and chief executive.

                     

                    He didn’t have any sort of pretension like he shouldn’t be talking to me or ‘Don’t you know who

                     

                    you’re talking to?’” Mr. Chase said. “We just talked.”

                     

                    The article also reveals the show-boating of how Mr. Page likes to “ ignore the main stage and follow

                     

                    the scrum of fans and autograph seekers who mob him in the moments he steps outside closed

                     

                    doors.”

                     

                    The article goes on to show that.. “ He is a regular at robotics conferences and intellectual

                     

                    gatherings like TED. Scientists say he is a good bet to attend Google’s various academic gatherings,

                     

                    like Solve for X and Sci Foo Camp, where he can be found having casual conversations about

                     

                    technology or giving advice to entrepreneurs. Mr. Page is hardly the first Silicon Valley chief with acase of intellectual wanderlust, but unlike most of his peers, he has invested far beyond his

                     

                    company’s core business and in many ways has made it a reflection of his personal fascinations.”

                     

                    Further Page has “… said on several occasions that he spends a good deal of time researching new

                     

                    technologies, focusing on what kind of financial or logistic hurdles stand in the way of them being

                     

                    invented or carried out. His presence at technology events, while just a sliver of his time, is

                     

                    indicative of a giant idea-scouting mission that has in some sense been going on for years but is now

                     

                    Mr. Page’s main job.”

                     

                    Then the article grows dark, it says: “Many former Google employees who have worked directly with

                     

                    Mr. Page said his managerial modus operandi was to TAKE new technologies or product ideas and

                     

                    generalize them to as many areas as possible. Why can’t Google Now, Google’s predictive search

                     

                    tool, be used to predict everything about a person’s life? Why create a portal to shop for insurance

                     

                    when you can create a portal to shop for every product in the world?

                     

                    But corporate success means corporate sprawl, and recently Google has seen a number of engineers

                     

                    and others leave for younger rivals like Facebook and start-ups like Uber. Mr. Page has made

                     

                    personal appeals to some of them, and, at least in a few recent cases, has said he is worried that the

                     

                    company has become a difficult place for entrepreneurs, according to people who have met with

                     

                    him.”

                     

                    People who have worked with Mr. Page say that he tries to guard his calendar, avoiding back-to-

                     

                    back meetings and leaving time to read, research and see new technologies that interest him.”

                     

                    The articles details Page’s under-cover intelligence gathering: “ People who work with Mr. Page or

                     

                    have spoken with him at conferences say he tries his best to blend in, ..” “ The scope of his curiosity

                     

                    was apparent at Sci Foo Camp, an annual invitation-only conference that is sponsored by Google,

                     

                    O’Reilly Media and Digital Science.The article goes on to reveal that Google was forced to engage in a break-up, into a front operation

                     

                    called “Alphabet” in order to try to create overt shell companies to build buffers from the Tsunami of

                     

                    legal actions that are coming after it.:

                     

                    Of course, for every statement Mr. Page makes about Alphabet’s technocorporate benevolence, you

                     

                    can find many competitors and privacy advocates holding their noses in disgust. Technology

                     

                    companies like Yelp have accused the company of acting like a brutal monopolist that is using the

                     

                    dominance of its search engine to steer consumers toward Google services, even if that means giving

                     

                    the customers inferior information.

                     

                    In fact, the company’s main business issue seems to be that it is doing too well. Google is facing

                     

                    antitrust charges in Europe, along with investigations in Europe and the United States. Those issues

                     

                    are now mostly Mr. Pichai’s to worry about, as Mr. Page is out looking for the next big thing.”

                     

                    It is hard to imagine how even the most ambitious person could hope to revolutionize so many

                     

                    industries. And Mr. Page, no matter how smart, cannot possibly be an expert in every area Alphabet

                     

                    wants to touch.

                     

                    His method is not overly technical. Instead, he tends to focus on how to make a sizable business out

                     

                    of whatever problem this or that technology might solve. Leslie Dewan, a nuclear engineer who

                     

                    founded a company that is trying to generate cheap electricity from nuclear waste, also had a brief

                     

                    conversation with Mr. Page at the Solve For X conference.

                     

                    She said he questioned her on things like modular manufacturing and how to find the right

                     

                    employees.

                     

                    He doesn’t have a nuclear background, but he knew the right questions to ask,” said Dr. Dewan,

                     

                    chief executive of Transatomic Power. “‘Have you thought about approaching the manufacturing in

                     

                    this way?’ ‘Have you thought about the vertical integration of the company in this way?’ ‘Have you

                     

                    thought about training the work force this way?’ They weren’t nuclear physics questions, but they

                     

                    were extremely thoughtful ways to think about how we could structure the business.”

                     

                    Dr. Dewan said Mr. Page even gave her an idea for a new market opportunity that she had not

                     

                    thought of. Asked to be more specific, she refused. The idea was too good to share.”

                     

                    Yet, Dr. Dewan did share, seduced by the understated encouragement of a top intelligence gathering

                     

                    officer: Larry Page.

                     

                    Below, you will find a small sample of tens of thousands of blog articles and news articles discussing

                     

                    the overt experience of Google’s intellectual property theft. When you have a zillion billion dollars and

                     

                    own your own Senators, ethics do not seem to fall within range of your moral compass.

                     

                    Entrepreneurs have charged that Google has overtly, stolen its video broadcasting technology, virtualreality systems, Internet balloons, search engine system, wireless technology and many other items. We

                     

                    spoke with technologists who showed us United States Government issued patents and communications

                     

                    that showed that they had designed, engineered, built, patent filed and launched a number of the

                     

                    technologies that Google now has filled their bank accounts from. Google’s financiers at Kleiner

                     

                    Perkins, Google Ventures and other groups had come to them, looked at the technologies confidentially,

                     

                    under the guise of “maybe we’ll invest”, and then sent the technologies over to Google to build 100%

                     

                    clones of.

                     

                    How hard is it to sue Google for patent infringement? With Google controlling the patent office and

                     

                    80% of the technology law firms, the hapless entrepreneur is out-gunned.

                     

                    Google even tried the lamest shell game in history by posting ads on technology blogs asking inventors

                     

                    to just send Google their patents and Google would look at them and offer a low-ball check if Google

                     

                    thought they might get in trouble. That ploy was universally mocked on the web.

                     

                    Google remains a big, dumb, reckless billionaire’s toy with no regard for the individual. As a creator,

                     

                    your idea is Google’s to plunder. As a citizen, your privacy is Google’s to plunder. As the buyer of

                     

                    elected officials and federal agencies, the law is now Google’s bitch.

                     

                    American FTC investigators wrote, in their report, that “Google is a threat to domestic innovation”.

                     

                    The European Union investigators have found “…Google to be a private out of control corporate

                     

                    government that has more power than the U.S. Government.”

                     

                    It is time the FBI came in and shut that train down. Google is nothing but bad news for modern society

                     

                    and innovation.

                     

                     

                     

                    Sources:

                     

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                    Google Retracts After Caught Stealing Ideas – Tom’s Guide

                     

                    Monday this week Google launched its App Engine, which was very well received by developers and

                     

                    users alike. Unfortunately, attention turned elsewhere on Tuesday as …

                     

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                    Through its myriad media mechanisms, Google has access to a worrying amount of our data – but even

                     

                    more than that, it has an unprecedented number of our thoughts, art …

                     

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                    Google Ideas – Google

                     

                    Google Ideas builds products to support free expression and access to information for people who need

                     

                    it most — those facing violence and harassment.

                     

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                    Be In, a company that created the video sharing service CamUp, is accusing Google of stealing trade

                     

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                    Yes, Google “Stole” From Apple, And That’s A Good Thing

                     

                    Image via CrunchBase Apple is currently locked in a legal battle with Samsung over claims that

                     

                    Samsung’s smartphones and tablets infringe on Apple’s patents.

                     

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                    Is Someone Stealing Your Ideas ? Let Them – CBS News

                     

                    You will never create a solid career for yourself by worrying about who is stealing your ideas. People

                     

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                    Leaked Guide Shows Clinton Staffers How To Cheat On Campaign Finance

                    Leaked Guide Shows Clinton Staffers How to Solicit for Super PAC Without Breaking Pesky Rules

                    Photo: Corbis/Getty Images

                    Let’s say you’re running a huge campaign to elect Hillary Clinton president. Citizens United made it possible for Super PACs to raise unlimited amounts of money from incredibly rich people. You want them to give as much money as possible to Priorities USA, the main Super PAC supporting Clinton.

                    Sadly, however, there are still rules forbidding campaign staffers from explicitly asking the incredibly rich to give more than $5,000 to Super PACs like Priorities USA. They are loose rules, and rarely-enforced rules, but they are rules nonetheless.

                    So what can you, a Clinton operative with a Cleveland Park mortgage and irritatingly expensive children, do to avoid paying defense lawyers half a million dollars in the very unlikely event that the Federal Election Commission decides to open an investigation into what you did?

                    Fortunately, a 2015 memo evidently written by Marc Elias, now general counsel for the Clinton campaign, explains it all. Very precisely.

                    The memo, found among the trove of documents from the Democratic National Committee apparently stolen by the hacker who goes by the name Guccifer 2.0, includes rules and sample statements that will keep you on the right side of America’s barely-existing campaign finance laws.

                    All the rules quoted below are taken directly from that memo. The sample statements are an artistic extrapolation.

                    Rule: “All conversations that refer to a Preferred Super PAC should include a hard ask for $5,000.”

                    Statement: “The law allows us to ask our supporters to give $5,000 to the Priorities USA Super PAC. I legally cannot ask you to give more than that, even though, given your enormous fortune, you could easily afford it. You are very handsome and/or pretty.”

                    Rule: “Do not specifically earmark the funds for [Hillary Clinton]’s election.”

                    Statement: “We do not control how Priorities USA spends its money. Anything is possible! Anything at all! All the people making the decisions have been employed by Bill and Hillary Clinton since 1995.”

                    Rule: “As long as a hard money solicitation is made, you may speak freely about the campaign’s support for that Super PAC’s work.”

                    Statement: “We hope you will give $5,000 to Priorities USA! We can’t win this election without them! Of course, we are not asking you to give them more than $5,000! That would be a violation of obscure campaign finance regulations and we care about upholding those far more than winning even though if we lose to Trump the earth will be covered in a pestilential darkness!”

                    Rule: “You may make the hard money solicitation after the statement(s) of support. … If you inadvertently forget before hanging up, you should call the campaign donor immediately and make the hard money solicitation.”

                    Statement: “We just want to emphasize that Priorities USA is fantastic and the only thing that can stop Trump from feeding your kids to his herd of giant man-eating hogs.” [HANG UP, CALL BACK] “Sorry, I forgot to mention that we are only asking you to give $5,000 to Priorities USA and not some greater amount reflecting the value you place on your children’s lives.” [MAKE OINKING SOUNDS]

                    Rule: “If a donor provides you with an amount of money that s/he wants to give and asks where it should go, you should reply with a hard money ask. If a donor says to you, “I have $1 million I want to spend on this election” and asks where it should go, you should reply with a hard money ask.”

                    Statement: “I want the first $5,400 to go to the campaign. The next $33,400 should go the DNC’s main account. The next $70,000 should go to the following seven state party federal accounts (then list them). The next $100,200 should go to the DNC’s building fund account. Finally, you should support [Preferred Super PAC A] and [Preferred Super PAC B]. We cannot win without them. The law allows us to ask our supporters for $5,000 each for [Preferred Super PAC A and B]. That is what we are doing.”

                    (OK, that one was actually word-for-word from the memo.)

                    Rule: “You may provide contact information of Super PAC personnel, but you may not lean on the donor to take a call or meeting from Super PAC personnel.”

                    Statement: “You can contact the president of Priorities USA to learn more. Here is his work phone, cell phone, home phone, email, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Skype, Snapchat, Instagram, mailing address and he just texted me that he is standing outside your front door right now dressed as George Washington. But no pressure.”

                    Here’s the memo:

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                    Contact the author:

                    Jon Schwarzjon.schwarz@​theintercept.com@tinyrevolution

                    Facebook Is and Has Been Silently Listening to Everything You Say — Here’s How to Stop It

                    Facebook Is and Has Been Silently Listening to Everything You Say — Here’s How to Stop It

                    Did you know that your Facebook mobile app has complete access to your phone’s microphone?

                    Recently, an expert has come out to claim that Facebook may be listening in on your conversations. Kelli Burns, a mass communication professor at the University of South Florida, believes the app might be using people’s microphones to gather data on the content of people’s conversations.

                    Facebook admits that the app is capable of listening to what’s happening around it — but claims the feature simply identifies what people are listening to or watching as means of conveniently posting about it.

                    Currently, the feature is only available in the U.S. and has been available for a couple of years according to Facebook, although recent warnings from Burns have drawn renewed interest.

                    According to a report in The Independent:

                    Professor Burns has said that the tool appears to be using the audio it gathers not simply to help out users, but might be doing so to listen in to discussions and serve them with relevant advertising. She says that to test the feature, she discussed certain topics around the phone and then found that the site appeared to show relevant ads.

                    Though Professor Burns said she was not convinced that Facebook is listening in on conversations – it may have been that she was searching for the same things that she chose to discuss around the phone – but she said that it wouldn’t be a surprising move from the site.

                    The claim chimes with anecdotal reports online that the site appears to show ads for things that people have mentioned in passing.

                    Facebook admits that their app can listen to audio and collects audio information from users – but that the two aren’t combined, and that no audio data is stored or correlated with advertising.

                    “Facebook does not use microphone audio to inform advertising or News Feed stories in any way. Businesses are able to serve relevant ads based on people’s interests and other demographic information, but not through audio collection,” said Facebook in a recent blog post. “We only access your microphone if you have given our app permission and if you are actively using a specific feature that requires audio. This might include recording a video or using an optional feature we introduced two years ago to include music or other audio in your status updates.”

                    Although Facebook claims they do not listen in on conversations, the catch here is that Facebook does have access to your phone’s microphone — as giving permission to access your microphone is a requirement to be able to download the site’s mobile app – thus giving the company the ability to access your phone’s mic at any time.

                     

                    According to a report in Forbes:

                    This is not the first time Facebook was accused of listening to conversations using smartphone microphones. Reddit user NewHoustonian started a discussion last year about whether the Facebook app was listening to conversations for advertising purposes. NewHoustonian started off the discussion with a post — which has since been removed — about how he suspects the Facebook app was listening to him because he started seeing pest control ads after talking to his girlfriend about killing a cockroach. That Reddit thread now has over 1,700 comments in regards to Facebook listening to conversations and several of those comments refer to similar experiences.

                    Additionally, police in Belgium have warned citizens to not use Facebook’s recently added Reactions feature if they are concerned about safeguarding their personal privacy.

                    Whether Facebook is actually listening is debatable, but the ability to listen certainly exists given the fact that each person with the mobile app has already given the company permission to access their phone’s microphone. Thankfully, there is an easy solution for those that don’t trust the social media giant with access to their microphone.

                    One simple way is to uninstall the app altogether and simply access Facebook from the mobile site itself, thus never having to give any permissions to access your data or microphone.

                    Another fix is to turn off the microphone in a phone’s settings, which is relatively easy to do. Since this is done at the operating system level, doing so will mean that Facebook loses the ability to access your microphone completely.

                    On an iPhone this can be done by entering the app’s settings, going to privacy and then switching the slider for the microphone to the off position; on an Android phone, go to settings and then privacy, App permissions, Microphone, and from there you can change the permissions that the Facebook app is given.

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                    While Facebook claims that they may not be actively listening to your conversations, the idea that you have given permission for the company to access your microphone and text message data simply by downloading and installing the app is certainly disconcerting for those completely unaware that they have given such privacy-shattering permissions to Facebook.

                     
                     

                     

                    U.S. Department of Energy puts endless hit-jobs and economic attacks on funding applicants who are not crooked campaign finance billionaires

                    U.S. Department of Energy puts endless hit-jobs and economic attacks on funding applicants who are not crooked campaign finance billionaires

                     

                     

                    Not only will your company get media character assassinations put on it by tabloids who share the same financial connections as Department of Energy (DOE) executives, but that will only be the beginning of the pain.

                     

                     

                    If your company tries to go back for funding, after getting a hot poker rammed up it’s backside by DOE officials (on orders from campaign financiers) you will be ordered to agree to remove all of your old claims against the Department of Energy, knowing full well they are just going to screw you again.

                     

                     

                    There appears to be no justice, no ethics and no lack of Silicon Valley control of the United States Department of Energy.

                     

                     

                    The U.S. Energy Department gave all of its available cash to big financial backers of the Obama Administration while, at the same time, defrauding, sabotaging, stone-walling, delaying, and ponzi-scheming all of the applicants who competed with the portfolios of those campaign finance billionaires.

                     

                     

                    The same people and handlers still run the Energy Department. The same Obama Administration still controls the Energy Department. The same orders exist to hand cash ONLY to campaign financiers and sabotage their competitors who apply. This process has cost the lives, health, jobs, national prestige and innovation lead of America and of every American.

                     

                     

                    If you are an energy or car company, The U.S. Department of Energy has it hooked up so that they decide if you get to exist in America. Tesla Motor’s head of Marketing walked away from Tesla, And the DOE, when he saw how crooked the scheme was. Even today in 2016, it has only gotten worse. Here is his story:

                     

                    In Role as Kingmaker, the Energy Department Stifles Innovation

                     

                     

                    Of all of the Department of Energy programs intended to advance the green agenda while stimulating the economy, the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing incentive to spur the development of cleaner, greener automobiles is perhaps the most ambitious. But it has a downside.

                     

                    The energy department has approved direct loans to Nissan, Ford, Tesla Motors and Fisker Automotive totaling about $8 billion out of a budget of $25 billion. The magnitude of this program dwarfs other DOE campaigns like the $2.4 billion given to battery and electric vehicle component manufacturers and the $4 billion disbursed for “smart grid” projects.

                     

                    To the recipients the support is a vital and welcome boost. But this massive government intervention in private capital markets may have the unintended consequence of stifling innovation by reducing the flow of private capital into ventures that are not anointed by the DOE.

                     

                    To understand this apparent contradiction, you have to look at the market from the perspective of venture capitalists looking to deploy investors’ capital and startups looking to attract it.

                     

                    Venture capitalists evaluate a company on the basis of whether they think it will succeed and generate returns for their portfolios. While this evaluation is a function of many things, one key question is how much more capital the company will need to get its product to market or a liquidity event so that the venture capitalist can see a return. The more capital it needs, the more dilutive it will be to the early investors.

                     

                    In cleantech, and in particular alternative fuel vehicles, the capital requirements for companies bringing a car to market in significant numbers can be extraordinarily high, reaching into the hundreds of millions of dollars if the company wants to build its own manufacturing facilities.

                     

                    To a venture capitalist, this capital requirement can be daunting. This is why government financing is so attractive. In the case of the advanced technology manufacturing loans, the DOE steps up for 80 percent of the total amount needed. Private sources fund the other 20 percent. This amounts to free leverage for the venture capitalist’s bet, with no downside. Hedge funds historically used massive leverage to generate outsized returns, but if the trade turns against them, that same leverage multiplies their downside and can lead to financial ruin. In the case of the DOE loans or grants, the upside is multiplied and the downside remains the same since the most the equity investor can lose is the original investment.

                     

                    The proposition is so irresistible that any reasonable person would prefer to back a company that has received a DOE loan or grant than a company that has not. It is this distortion of the market for private capital that will have a stifling effect on innovation, as private capital chases fewer deals and companies that do not have government backing have a harder time attracting private capital. This doesn’t mean deals won’t get done outside of the energy department’s umbrella, but it means fewer deals will be done and at worse terms.

                     

                    According to Earth2Tech, venture capitalist John Doerr commented on this at the GreenBeat conference earlier this month, saying “If we’d been able to foresee the crash of the market we wouldn’t probably have launched a green initiative. Because these ventures really need capital. The only way in which we were lucky I think is that the government stepped in, particularly the Department of Energy. Led by this great administration that put in place these loan guarantees.”

                     

                    Several sources within startup companies seeking DOE loans or grants have admitted that private fundraising is complicated by investor expectations of government support. None would speak publicly due to the sensitivity of the issue and the ongoing application process.

                     

                    Aptera Motors has struggled this year to raise money to fund production of the Aptera 2e, its innovative aerodynamic electric 3-wheeler, recently laying off 25 percent of its staff to focus on pursuing a DOE loan. According to a source close to the company, “all of the engineers are working on documentation for the DOE loan. Not on the vehicle itself.” Another highly placed source at Aptera told Wired.com many potential investors wanted to see approval of the DOE loan before committing to invest.

                     

                    Startup companies that enjoy DOE support, most notably Tesla Motors and Fisker Automotive, have an extraordinary advantage over potential competitors since they have secured access to capital on very cheap terms. The magnitude of this advantage puts the DOE in the role of kingmaker with the power to vault a small startup with no product on the market -– as is the case with Fisker — into a potential global player on the back of government financial support.

                     

                    As a result, the vibrant and competitive market for ideas chasing venture capital that has been the engine of innovation for decades in the United States is being subordinated to the judgments and political inclinations of a government bureaucracy that has never before wielded such market power.

                     

                    A potential solution to this problem may seem counter-intuitive. The best way to avoid market distortion would be for the DOE to cast the net more broadly and provide loans and grants to a larger number of companies — which ironically means being less selective. Subject to the existing equity matching requirement, this would allow the private markets to function more effectively in funding a broader range of companies and driving more innovation. Several innovative companies with great potential have been in the DOE pipeline for many months. Perhaps it is time for the DOE to stop playing favorites and start spreading the love.

                     

                    Wired.com contacted the Department of Energy for comment but did not receive a reply.

                     

                    Disclosure: Darryl Siry was the chief marketing officer of Tesla Motors from December 2006 until December 2008 and is a special advisor to Coda Automotive, which has not sought an Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing loan.

                     

                    Photo: Ford Motor Co. Energy Secretary Steven Chu addresses Ford employees on June 23, 2009, after announcing the automaker will receive a $5.9 billion loan.

                     

                     

                     

                     

                     

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