The Silicon Valley Circle of Corruption.

The Silicon Valley Circle of Corruption.

An endless-loop cycle of payola, quid-pro-quo, black-listing, finance collusion, sex abuse scandals and crony political payoffs that will never end until the FBI and the SEC begin arresting and indicting people! This technology culture of crime is destroying democracy in America! It is time to stop being soft on Silicon Valley racketeering and give law enforcement the orders to BRING IT!

Write Your Elected Officials and Demand The Arrests of the Silicon Valley Oligarchs!

F*CK YOU NICK DENTON AND GAWKER MEDIA!!! GAWKER MUST PAY $115 MILLION BUCKS!

TESLA Cars Get Another Factory Recall For Another Fire Danger

Horror at the world’s largest solar farm days after it opens and maintains horrors up to today… Daily Mail

Horror at the world’s largest solar farm days after it opens and maintains horrors up to today…
Daily Mail

Horror at the world’s largest solar farm days after it opens as it is revealed panels are SCORCHING birds that fly over them

 

  • The plants is located on five square miles of the Mojave Desert, near the California / Nevada border

  • Ivanpah attracts and kills birds looking for thermals to spiral in the air on

  • State energy officials have released photos of birds with singed feathers from flying into the hot ‘thermal flux’ around the towers, which can reach 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit

 

Environmentalists have hit out at a giant new solar farm in the Mojave Desert as mounting evidence reveals birds flying through the extremely hot ‘thermal flux’ surrounding the towers are being scorched.

 

After years of regulatory tangles around the impact on desert wildlife, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System opened on Thursday but environmental groups say the nearly 350,000 gigantic mirrors are generating 1000 degree Fahrenheit temperatures which are killing and singeing birds.

 

According to compliance documents released by developer BrightSource Energy last year, dozens of birds were found injured at the site during the building stage.

 

State and federal regulators are currently conducting a two-year study of the Ivanpah plant’s effects on birds, with environmental groups questioning the value of cleaner power when native wildlife is being killed or injured.

 

 

 

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California CPUC officials using taxpayer funds to prop up dying green energy company in order to protect campaign billionaires

 

 

 

By Roger Lester- Submitted to the LA Times

 

 

The State of California continues to plow huge amounts of cash and waivers (Tax waivers are losses to taxpayers) into the failed solar scandal known as Ivanpah in order to protect Silicon Valley campaign financiers Schmidt, Page, Kreman, Doerr, Lane, Musk, Jurvetson and other AngelGate devotees.

 

 

With the “anal sex slave scandal” created by Google’s top investor Michael Goguen bringing the dark and dirty lives of the Silicon Valley campaign financiers to light, one would think that letting a dead fish continue to stink would not have been in the CPUC’s best interest.

 

 

Ivanpah never worked. Plowing over $3B taxpayer dollars into a thing that only cost a few hundred million to have a few laborers with a fancy pole-pounder install is just plain evil. This is another one of Google’s criminally corrupt political campaign scams. Taxpayer’s forever marvel at how Google, the company with the most money in its bank accounts needs a handout from taxpayers. Political kick-backs and revolving doors must be very profitable ways to go to hell.

 

 

The rest of the money was obviously skimmed off for the corrupt campaign finance billionaires and to create PAC’s for political campaigns. That is a crime and it is corruption in the most obvious way.

 

 

I, and my assistants, reached out by phone and email to Arocles.Aguilar@cpuc.ca.gov; Terrie.Prosper@cpuc.ca.gov; Lynn.Sadler@cpuc.ca.gov; bsk@cpuc.ca.gov; michelle.cooke@cpuc.ca.gov; dm1@cpuc.ca.gov; paul.douglas@cpuc.ca.gov; fraudhotline@cpuc.ca.gov; and energy@cpuc.ca.gov over the past month. They all refused to respond.

 

 

The public utilities people were recently caught in a bribery sting in the PG&E Brisbane fire emails and they have been outed in other corruption stings. The feds have now stepped in. CPUC folks may love the big cash from bribes, favors and real estate discounts but the big question is: Will they love the view from San Quentin?

 

 

Ivanpah is a deal with campaign financier Google. Google staff run parts of Sacramento and The White House. There are tens of thousands of news articles about how Google has run payola schemes through those positions.

 

 

Ivanpah never could have worked, technically. It kills birds and desert animals. It blinds anything in the air and space. They had to sneak old fashioned generators into it to try to pretend that it can even make any energy. PG&E says it produces the most expensive electricity on Earth and does not even want its energy. It had numerous labor issues. It is broken on every level.

 

 

The CPUC has agreed to extend the operation of Ivanpah, at taxpayer expense, in order to protect the White House from “embarrassment”, a fact disclosed in a recently leaked report.

 

 

The CPUC should be ordering an FBI raid on Ivanpah, just like the FBI raid on Solyndra. Ivanpah and Solyndra are from the same family of scams.

 

 

The CPUC has no right extending the zombie-like days of Ivanpah as a political PR trick. It is a crime and CPUC officials need to lose their jobs, pensions and graft assets as a lesson to all.

 

READ SOME OF THE CONGRESSIONAL REVIEWS AT:
https://departmentofenergyoverwatch.wordpress.com/2016/03/18/article-is-the-ivanpah-google-solar-project-another-doe-crony-kick-back-scam/

 

 

 

 

A birds-eye view of the bird scorching Ivanpah solar …

 

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Aug 18, 2014 · At the start of the weekend, and quite by accident, I found myself aloft and looking directly into the glare of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System.

 

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http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/08/18/%5B…%5Dd-scorching-ivanpah-solar-power-plant/

 

 

 

World’s largest solar thermal plant comes on line near …

 

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NIPTON >> The world’s largest solar thermal electric plant has begun operating its three generating units, which will soon deliver enough clean energy to power more …

 

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http://www.sbsun.com/environment-and-n%5B…%5Dal-plant-comes-on-line-near-state-line

 

Barack Obama’s Culture of Corruption – A K Dart

 

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Barack Obama has built his presidential campaign on a huge pack of lies. He and his minions engage in prevarication, double-talk, deceptiveness, secrecy, chicanery …

 

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http://www.akdart.com/obama111.html

 

THE GREEN CORRUPTION FILES : Not Enough Sun Shining at …

 

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16 Nov 2014 … Yep, this is the Obama-backed Ivanpah Solar Plant that in 2011, snagged … from my political activism (exposing Green Corruption: The largest, …

 

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http://greencorruption.blogspot.com/20%5B…%5Dough-sun-shining-at-ivanpah-solar.html

 

900 Documented Examples of Obama’s Lawbreaking, …

 

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Editor’s Note: Our friend, Dan from Squirrel Hill, has updated his list to 900 documented examples of Barack Obama’s lying, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, etc.

 

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1,180 Documented Examples of Barack Obama’s Lying …

 

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Editor’s Note: Our friend, Dan from Squirrel Hill, has updated his list to 1,063 documented examples of Barack Obama’s lying, lawbreaking, corruption, …

 

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http://freedomoutpost.com/1180-documen%5B…%5Drruption-cronyism-hypocrisy-waste-etc/

 

The Green Mirage | Fusion 4 Freedom – Fuel R Future

 

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The world’s most comprehensive Nuclear Fusion Energy website for fusion & plasma science, research, project management, academic journal articles, videos, fusion …

 

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http://fusion4freedom.us/review-of-for%5B…%5Dergy-revolution-a-massive-opportunity/

 

THE GREEN CORRUPTION FILES : Underneath Senator Harry …

 

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16 Nov 2013 … When looking at the entire Green Corruption scandal, it’s important to …. BrightSource’s Ivanpah solar power project in the Mojave Desert was …

 

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http://greencorruption.blogspot.com/20%5B…%5Derneath-senator-harry-reids-clean.html

 

Ivanpah | The Green Corruption Files

 

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Ivanpah … June 25, 2015: Green Corruption Files linked to at FuelRFuture … June 8, 2015: The Green Corruption Files research inside Open the Books Report.

 

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http://greencorruption.com/tag/ivanpah/

 

Obama’s 1.6 Billion Dollar Ivanpah Solar Plant Can’t Pay Its Bills …

 

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8 Nov 2014 … In May 2012 Barack Obama highlighted the Ivanpah Solar Plant in his … author of a lengthy report detailing alleged cronyism and corruption in …

 

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http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/1%5B…%5Dlant-cant-pay-its-bills-needs-bailout/

 

More Obama Green Energy Corruption – Marita Noon – Townhall …

 

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6 Jul 2012 … More Obama Green Energy Corruption – Marita Noon – Personal Finance, Financial … Ivanpah I and III have a BB+ rating while Ivanpah II is BB.

 

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http://finance.townhall.com/columnists%5B…%5Dbama_green_energy_corruption/page/full

 

World’s largest solar plant applying for federal grant …

 

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Nov 08, 2014 · Taxes World’s largest solar plant applying for federal grant to pay off federal loan

 

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The Green Corruption Files : Not Enough Sun Shining at California …

 

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17 Nov 2014 … No cost too high for a green project – The Green Corruption Files : Not Enough Sun Shining at California Ivanpah Solar Plant: $1.6 billion …

 

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http://boulderisstoopid.com/2014/11/th%5B…%5Dhining-california-ivanpah-solar-plant/

 

Shady circumstances cloud huge solar energy plant bailout – cfact

 

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5 Dec 2014 … Just 2 weeks after Ivanpah became operational, NRG sought and … Green energy program corruption and cronyism, regards the Ivanpah deal …

 

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http://www.cfact.org/2014/12/05/shady-%5B…%5Dcloud-huge-solar-energy-plant-bailout/

 

Weird Twist For Riverside County Solar Project | KCET

 

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If the Palen Solar Power Project was a soap opera character, the Internet would be ridiculing it for having long ago passed the point of believability.

 

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Is The Ivanpah Google Solar Project Another DOE Crony Kick-Back …

 

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3 hours ago … IVANPAH SOLAR SOLYNDRA-LIKE PROJECT IN CALIFORNIA FOUND … The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Corruption and Racketeering …

 

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https://crimesquad1.wordpress.com/2016%5B…%5Dject-another-doe-crony-kick-back-scam/

 

California Solar Firm DEMANDS $539 MILLION From Taxpayers …

 

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Here is corruption of the first order. … Ivanpah, a solar plant in California, received a $1.6 billion loan guarantee backed by the taxpayers.

 

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GAWKER’S NICK DENTON SAID TO BE “HITMAN” FOR WHITE HOUSE DIRTY TRICKS CAMPAIGNS

Hulk’s lawyers say Gawker founder was ‘playing God’ in closing court arguments

As the $100m defamation case against Gawker Media over the posting of a sex tape featuring Hogan comes to a close, the first amendment is a core issue
Hulk Hogan Gawker trial FloridaIn his court-approved black headscarf, Hulk Hogan, aka Terry Bollea, listened impassively to closing arguments in his $100m defamation case against Gawker Media over the posting of a sex tape featuring the pro-wrestler and Heather Cole, wife of his best friend, DJ Bubba “the Love Sponge” Clem.

Kenneth Turkel, a lawyer for Hogan, told jurors Gawker editors had not even had the “common decency” to call Hogan for comment before they posted the video.

Turkel walked jurors through Hogan’s case: that his right to privacy was gratuitously compromised by Gawker, that his reputation was materially compromised, and that he suffered emotional distress of “outrageous intensity and duration”.

Turkel accused Gawker founder Nick Denton of “playing God over Bollea’s right to privacy” and offered a meditation on how celebrity affects expectations of privacy.

Denton, Turkel said, had effectively argued that losing privacy is a freeing experience because “you don’t worry about anything else because someone has taken your private life and put it out there”.

The 10-day trial was full of salacious details but the core issue spoke to a serious first amendment issue: did Gawker have the right to post one minute and 41 seconds of the sex tape, approximately nine seconds of which featured actual sexual content?

Hogan’s lawyers said the gratuitous nature of Gawker’s decision exempted the media firm from constitutional protection.

Lawyers for Gawker argued that publication was a legitimate scoop because Hogan had talked openly about his sex life before, including on Howard Stern’s radio show.

The company has warned that if Hogan wins the case, the decision could not only destroy the company – a loss could cost the site up to $50m, even with an appeal – but cripple press freedom.

But Hogan’s lawyer dismissed that line, arguing that there was only one reason for posting the tape: to build traffic and sell ads after a five-month news “dry spell”.

Throughout the trial, lawyers sparred over the actual value of the post to Gawker, with Hogan’s lawyers estimating the sex tape was worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Gawker maintains the post was worth just $11,000.

Gawker obtained the tape without knowing its exact origin. The editor involved said the post was intended as a commentary on celebrity sex tapes. Hogan, 62, testified during the two-week civil trial that he still suffers from the humiliation which arose from the video’s release.

“What’s disturbing about Gawker is not what they do, but how proud they are of it,” said Turkel, who said the character of the intrusion was an accurate “reflection of its owner Nick Denton”.

Hogan’s lawyers have painted a picture of man who has inhabited the same entertainment character for 35 years.

“Nobody cares who Terry Bollea is,” Turkel told the court. “They just don’t. He’s a man who grew up in a working class area of Tampa. He’s so self-conscious about the size of his head he wears bandanna.

“He can’t trust a lot of people. He doesn’t have a lot of friends, because everybody wants Hulk Hogan. He doesn’t have much privacy but one of the places he thought he had was in a friend’s bedroom. Gawker turned his life upside down.”

Lawyers for Gawker said the tape of the professional wrestler was not a real celebrity sex tape – “it was not a Kim Kardashian” – and contained just nine grainy seconds depicting sexual activity.

The lawyers said the case revolved around context. Gawker could not be held responsible for denying Hogan his constitutional rights, they said, because “anything that people are already talking about is fair game”.

Gawker lawyer Michael Sullivan argued it was implausible for editors to separate the character of Hulk Hogan from Bollea when, as Hogan, he had frequently “chosen to put his private life out there. So to claim Gawker should treat him as Bollea makes no sense.

“He’s talked about his sex life, how big his penis is, and when he talks about his penis it’s to promote his daughter’s singing career. He’s discussed his sexual encounters. Now he tells you this was the Hulk Hogan character.”

Gawker said its intention was to show the ordinariness of celebrity sex tapes, not to get into the realms of protected speech. The legal point is that all speech is protected, irrespective of its nature.

The jury heard that failure to protect Gawker could lead to the US “becoming a nation where powerful people and celebrities use the courts to punish people for saying things they do not like”.

Earlier in the case, Gawker editor AJ Daulerio said he posted the sexual activity; the rest of the tape, he said, was “banal conversation” between Hogan and Cole. Lawyers for the media firm argued that the point Gawker wanted to make was that celebrity sex tapes are “rather ordinary”.

Gawker’s counsel, Sullivan, argued that if Hogan was as upset as he claimed to be by the posting of the tape, he would not have timed his initial complaint, 12 days later, to go out on the 5pm news.

“He didn’t see a therapist or a counsellor, but said he had lost sleep and appetite,” Sullivan said. “But he did tear up on the Kathie Lee Gifford show.

“That’s the extent of his emotional distress. He’s a man who is used to publicity. He’s used to public attention. We know he’s not upset by exposure because he exposes himself to the world. He has a different base line for privacy and that has to be taken into account.”

Gawker’s lawyer said the company had not put anything in the public domain Hogan had not already put into there himself.

“You’d be hard pressed to think of anyone except a porn star who’d make his attributes a part of his public persona,” he said. “But this is not an ordinary man with ordinary sensibilities.”

After the closing statements, Gawker issued a statement which said: “We’re disappointed the jury was unable to see key evidence and hear testimony from the most important witness. So it may be necessary for the appeals court to resolve this case.”

The company said Bubba Clem “originally told his radio listeners that Hulk Hogan knew he was being taped” and “should have been required to appear in court and explain what really happened”.

The Great Solar Epic Fail of All Time

The Great Solar Epic Fail of All Time?

PG&E wants permission from the California Public Utilities Commission to overlook the shortfall and give Ivanpah another year to sort out its problems, warning that allowing its power contracts to default could force the facility to shut down. California electric utility regulators will decide today whether the Ivanpah solar plant in northeastern San Bernardino County should get more time to increase its electricity production. The CSP park in the Mojave Desert is a partnership between NRG Energy (NYSE:NRG), Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) and BrightSource Energy Inc. “Production levels have been below the guaranteed energy” required in agreements the owners signed, according to a draft resolution filed in advance of the meeting.

A presentation revealed in 2012 that plant builder BrightSource Energy had told Energy Department officials before winning the loan guarantee that its cash position was “precarious” and said the project’s failure would be a “major embarrassment” to the White House.

PG&E described the proposal in a statement Wednesday as “reasonable and in the best interest of our customers”, adding that the plant helps further state and federal renewable policy goals. The forbearance agreements would end August 1 unless PG&E agrees to a six-month extension.

http://bilbaoya.com/2016/03/18/the-great-solar-epic-fail-of-all-time.html

Investigators Charge Google Department Of Energy Project With Fraud. Say it is not possible for it to have cost $2.2 Billion

Investigators Charge Google Department Of Energy Project With Fraud. Say it is not possible for it to have cost $2.2 Billion

 

A bunch of mass-produced curved metal reflectors and a few water towers in the desert could not possibly have cost over $400M”say investigators..Where did the other one billion dollars go!?…”

 

By Dale Winton – LA Digital News

 

 

Los Angeles – The Department of Energy Cleantech Crash funds, from the ill-fated reign of Steven Chu as Secretary of Energy, have long been rumored to have been part of an epic campaign financing payola scheme.

 

 

Google is now known to have staffed a large portion of the Obama Administration, particularly the White House. Google is the big player behind the, now under-scrutiny, Ivanpah Solar company.

 

 

Funds from the disastrous and sketchy Department of Energy programs brought the public the $523M taxpayer loss of FBI-raided Solyndra Solar Company.

 

 

The concept is simple and based on burning ants to death with a magnifying glass. Ivanpah pitched the idea of focusing the sun on a tank to make the tank hot.

 

 

While the concept is known to every elementary school child, the engineering for Ivanpah seems to have been done by elementary school engineers. A proper review of Ivanpah would have shown that it never would have worked. Very simple computer models, before Ivanpah even broke ground, proved that it had no possibility of properly generating efficient electricity, yet it was still funded and built while missing every milestone along the way. While the Department of Energy PR office has long held that “complete due diligence was conducted on the Ivanpah project”, it appears that the only “due diligence” that the Department of Energy conducted was to diligently make certain that only campaign financiers got the taxpayer payola cash.

 

 

Former workers from the Ivanpah project, turned whistle-blowers, say they are now embarrassed to have been a part of the failed scheme.

 

 

Ivanpah did not launch on time and never hit its production milestones. Outside standard generators have had to be hauled in to Ivanpah to fake up the energy output. Numerous staff have quit. The only thing that Ivanpah does well is kill birds and tortoises and blind pilots and satellites.

 

 

Investigators now believe that the missing billion dollars was forwarded to a certain political campaign for the 2016 Presidency.

Investigators believe that padded receipts, NO-BID CONTRACTS AND TRUMPED-UP COSTS WERE USED TO INFLATE THE STATED COST WHILE SKIMMING FUNDS OFF TO SPECIAL PARTIES…”

 

 

…AN “ON-PUBLIC-RECORD” COMPLETE FORENSIC AUDIT OF THE ENTIRE PROJECT IS CALLED FOR, IN ADVANCE OF THE…” November Elections.

 

 

Google’s Ivanpah Crony-Funded Project Seeks Ways To Fake Energy Output After Already Faking Output with Outside Generators

 

Obama-Backed Solar Plant Could Be Shut Down For Not Producing Enough Energy

 

 

By Michael Bastasch

 

   California regulators may force a massive solar thermal power plant in the Mojave Desert to shut down after years of under-producing electricity — not to mention the plant was blinding pilots flying over the area and incinerating birds.

 

The Ivanpah solar plant could be shut down if state regulators don’t give it more time to meet electricity production promises it made as part of its power purchase agreements with utilities, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Ivanpah, which got a $1.6 billion loan guarantee from the Obama administration, only produced a fraction of the power state regulators expected it would. The plant only generated 45 percent of expected power in 2014 and only 68 percent in 2015, according to government data.

And it does all this at a cost of $200 per megawatt hour — nearly six times the cost of electricity from natural gas-fired power plants. Interestingly enough, Ivanpah uses natural gas to supplement its solar production.

These disappointing results at high prices could be the solar plant’s undoing. California Energy Commission regulators hoped the plant would help the state get 33 percent of its electricity from green sources, but now the plant could be shut down for not meeting its production promises.

Ivanpah — which is owned by BrightSource Energy, NRG Energy and Google — uses more than 170,000 large mirrors, or heliostats, to reflect sunlight towards water boilers set atop 450-foot towers that create steam to turn giant turbines and generate electricity.

The plant was financed by $1.6 billion in loan guarantees from the Department of Energy in 2011. When the solar plant opened in 2014, it was hailed as a great achievement by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

“This project speaks for itself,” Moniz said when the project went online in early 2014. “Just look at the 170,000 shining heliostat mirrors and the three towers that would dwarf the Statue of Liberty.”

“Ivanpah is the largest solar thermal energy facility in the world with 392 MW of capacity — meaning it can produce enough renewable electricity to power nearly 100,000 homes,” Moniz said.

Moniz’s optimism aside, the project faced huge problems from the beginning. NRG Energy asked the federal government for a $539 million federal grant to help pay off the $1.6 billion loan it got from the Energy Department.

NRG Energy said the plant had only produced about one-quarter of its expected output in the months after it opened. The company needed an infusion of cash to help keep the project afloat.

That was only the beginning of the company’s problems. Environmentalists quickly attacked the project for killing thousands of birds since it opened. Many birds were incinerated by the intense heat being reflected off Ivanpah’s heliostats.

The Associated Press cited statistics presented by environmentalists in 2014 that “about a thousand… to 28,000” birds are incinerated by Ivanpah’s heliostats every year.

“Forensic Lab staff observed a falcon or falcon-like bird with a plume of smoke arising from the tail as it passed through the flux field,” according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report from 2014.

“Immediately after encountering the flux, the bird exhibited a controlled loss of stability and altitude but was able to cross the perimeter fence before landing,” FWS reported.

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Pilots have also reported seeing a “nearly blinding” glare emanating from Ivanpah while flying over the solar plant. The Sandia National Laboratory reported in 2014 Ivanpah was “sufficient to cause significant ocular impact (potential for after-image) up to a distance of ~6 miles.”

“At distances greater than ~6 miles (10 km), a low potential for after-image exists from the heliostat glare as a result of the reduced retinal irradiance and subtended angles,” Sandia reported. “It should be noted that two of the authors who were in the helicopter qualitatively confirmed these results after observing the glare. The pilot acknowledged that the glare was very bright, but he also stated that it did not impair his flying ability since he was aware of the glare and avoided looking in that direction when flying over [Ivanpah].”

Update: California regulators announced Thursday that Ivanpah would have until the end of July to produce more power or face shut down. 

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IVANPAH SOLAR SOLYNDRA-LIKE PROJECT IN CALIFORNIA FOUND TO BE CRONY KICK-BACK SCAM.

 

 

 

  • ENERGY DEPT. BEGS THEM NOT TO GO OUT OF BUSINESS WHILE THEIR BENEFACTOR OBAMA IS STILL IN OFFICE

  • TECHNOLOGY FAILED SO BAD THAT OUTSIDE OLD-SCHOOL GENERATORS HAD TO BE TRUCKED IN TO FAKE THE ENERGY OUTPUT

  • MISSED EVERY MILESTONE

  • THOUGHT TO BE A MATERIALS AND STOCK MARKET SKIM SCAM

  • GOOGLE, AS BOTH OBAMA FINANCIER AND PAYOLA RECIPIENT DEEP IN THE MIX

 

 

As warned by this paper and many others, years before Ivanpah broke ground or fried any birds, the technical numbers for Ivanpah make no sense and could not have passed Department of Energy “Due Diligence” unless a kick-back scheme was underway. The technical facts showed, back then, that Ivanpah could never succeed.

 

 

The “give us some more time” plea by Ivanpah is actually a plea from the Obama offices to “Please not go belly up on my watch.”

 

 


Cloudy days for solar thermal

 

 

 

by Drew Thornley

 

 

“$2.2 billion California project generates 40% of expected electricity” This past weekend’s Wall Street Journal has some unsurprising news about solar-thermal technology. Excerpts to follow, but, in short: It’s very expensive to build, it doesn’t deliver nearly the amount of projected power, and it kills birds: The $2.2 billion Ivanpah solar power project in California’s Mojave Desert is supposed to be generating more than a million megawatt-hours of electricity each year. But 15 months after starting up, the plant is producing just 40% of that, according to data from the U.S. Energy Department.

 

 

 

Built by BrightSource Energy Inc. and operated by NRG Energy Inc., Ivanpah has been advertised as more reliable than a traditional solar panel farm, in part, because it more closely resembles conventional power plants that burn coal or natural gas. NRG co-owns the plant with Google Inc. and other investors. Turns out, there is a lot more to go wrong with the new technology. Replacing broken equipment and learning better ways to operate the complex assortment of machinery has stalled Ivanpah’s ability to reach full potential, said Randy Hickok, a senior vice president at NRG. One big miscalculation was that the power plant requires far more steam to run smoothly and efficiently than originally thought, according to a document filed with the California Energy Commission. Instead of ramping up the plant each day before sunrise by burning one hour’s worth of natural gas to generate steam, Ivanpah needs more than four times that much help from fossil fuels to get the plant humming every morning. Another “unexpected” problem: not enough sun. Weather predictions for the area underestimated the amount of cloud cover that has blanketed Ivanpah since it went into service in 2013. Ivanpah isn’t the only new solar-thermal project struggling to energize the grid. A large mirror-powered plant built in Arizona almost two years ago by Abengoa SA of Spain has also had its share of hiccups. Designed to deliver a million megawatt hours of power annually, the plant is putting out roughly half that, federal data show. Solar-thermal developers including Abengoa and BrightSource continue to build new plants in South Africa, Chile and China.

 

 

 

But Lucas Davis, an economics professor at the University of California, Berkeley, says it is unlikely more U.S. projects will gain traction as utilities opt for cheaper solar farms that use panels. “I don’t expect a lot of solar thermal to get built. It’s just too expensive,” he said. American solar farms generate nearly 16 million megawatt-hours of electricity each year. That satisfies less than 1% of U.S. electricity demand, but six times the amount of power that solar-thermal plants currently produce. And the vast arrays of solar panels that blanket the ground cost roughly half as much to build as new mirror-powered plants, according to the U.S. Energy Department. Electricity prices from new solar farms average around 5 cents a kilowatt-hour, according to GTM Research, which tracks renewable energy markets. That compares with between 12 and 25 cents a kilowatt-hour for electricity generated by the Ivanpah power plant, state and federal data show. The Ivanpah plant was delayed several months and had millions of dollars in cost overruns because of wildlife protections for the endangered Desert Tortoise. Once built, U.S. government biologists found the plant’s superheated mirrors were killing birds. In April, biologists working for the state estimated that 3,500 birds died at Ivanpah in the span of a year, many of them burned alive while flying through a part of the solar installment where air temperatures can reach 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/planet-gore

 

 

 

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Aug 17, 2014 · At the start of the weekend, and quite by accident, I found myself aloft and looking directly into the glare of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System.

 

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Facebook is watching and tracking you more than you probably realize

Facebook is watching and tracking you more than you probably realize

Here’s how to keep advertisers from tracking your activity on Facebook.

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Whenever you’re on Facebook, do you ever get the feeling that you’re being watched? An ad pops up that’s right up your alley, or three new articles show up in your feed that are similar to something you’ve just clicked on.

Sometimes it seems like Facebook knows you personally, and that’s because it does. It has algorithms that track what you like, watch and click on. That information is then passed along to Facebook advertisers.

Facebook itself isn’t the only culprit. Tons of companies use Facebook’s platform as a way to track you. In fact, right now there a probably dozens of companies that are watching your posts, storing your profile information and more, without you even realizing it. Today, I’m going to tell you how to stop it.

How did this happen in the first place?

When Facebook first started out, people rushed to the platform because of the many perks that it offered. One of those perks, and probably the most appealing, was the fact that Facebook was entirely ad-free. You could use the platform to connect with family and friends without being bothered by someone trying to sell you something.

Well, like they say, “All good things must come to an end.”  Eventually, Facebook began selling ads like everyone else. And that’s when everything changed.

People realized that Facebook provided a treasure trove of information for advertisers. By clicking “like” users were telling companies exactly what they wanted — more of this, less of that, please. This led to the big data tracking we now see.

Three sneaky ways companies are tracking you:

Most people understand that Facebook is tracking their preferences whenever they use the app. But, few realize they’re being tracked in other ways too. And, that’s what these third-party companies are banking on. If you don’t know you’re being tracked, then you won’t ask them to stop. So, here are three things to watch out for.

Facebook apps: This is when you receive a request to play a Facebook game your friends are obsessed with, and you decide to sign up. If you’ve ever done this before, then you’ve allowed that app developer track you. These third-party apps integrate with your Facebook profile and generally have permission to pull whatever information they want. And although you can edit what information they can access, very few people do.

Facebook logins: This is when you visit a site and it says “Log in with Facebook,” and you do, then you’re letting that company track you.

Friends’ apps monitoring you: Even if you didn’t download an app, Facebook’s default settings allow apps your friends have installed to also see YOU. It’s pretty scary.

How to stop it from happening:

You might be wondering why this even matters, and how it really impacts you personally. The easiest way to answer those questions is to point out all of those big data breaches you hear about almost daily. Hackers rarely waste time on individuals these days. They’ve got much bigger fish to fry. Large retailers, for example – or the databases where these third-party companies store the information they’ve gathered. That’s why everyone should take these steps to protect their private information.

Review and edit installed apps: To see what apps you’ve installed over the years, open Facebook in your browser, click the down arrow in the upper right corner and select “Settings.” Then click on the “Apps” header in the left column.

To see what information an app is accessing, click the pencil icon next to any of the apps to see and edit the settings. The first setting lets you set who can see that you use the app. It defaults to “Only Me,” so it isn’t a big deal. Below it, however, is another story.

In the case of Skype, for example, it pulls your public profile information along with your list of friends, email address, birthday and hometown.

Remember that this information is being stored on a third-party server. Not every app developer is going to have Microsoft-level security, and hackers are good at turning tiny pieces of stolen information into big gains.

If you want to keep using the app, you can deselect certain items, such as your email address. Be aware that won’t remove the information from the app developer’s servers, however. If you change your email address in the future, however, the developer won’t get the new one.

Remove apps you don’t use: If you don’t want to use the app anymore, you can click the “Remove app” link at the bottom of the page. Just remember that this won’t automatically remove your information from the app developer’s servers. For that you’ll need to contact the app developer directly. Facebook has a link for more information on this under the “Remove info collected by the app” section in the app’s settings.

Turn off apps completely: If you’ve deleted all the apps, and you’re not keen on accidentally installing more in the future, you can turn off the app platform completely. Just note you won’t be able to install apps or log in to third-party sites using Facebook until you turn this back on.

To turn off the app platform, go back to the App Settings page. Under “Apps, Websites and Plugins,” click the “Edit” button. At first, this just looks like a way to disable app notifications and invites from other people, which is a big help on its own. However, you’ll want to click the “Disable Platform” link in the bottom left corner.

Facebook gives you the standard warning about what disabling the platform does. If you’re OK with it, click the “Disable Platform” button. Again, this won’t remove information that app developers might have collected about you already.

Stop logging into sites using Facebook: In the future, when you’re adding an app or logging into a website try to avoid logging in with Facebook. But, if you must use Facebook to log in, then look for the “Log in Anonymously” or “Guest” option so it won’t share your information.

Stop friends’ apps from seeing your info: Apps can still get your information through your friends. By default as your friends install apps, those apps have permission to grab whatever info about you your friends can see.

To put a stop to this, go back to the App Settings page. Then under “Apps Others Use” click the “Edit” button.

You’ll see everything that your friends’ apps can see about you. Go through and uncheck every option listed on the page, and then click “Save.” Now companies can’t track new information about you.

Apps aren’t the only worry you’ll run into on Facebook. Recently I told you how scammers use Facebook like-farming can put your privacy at risk. Find out how like-farming works and how you can avoid it.

If you want to like something safe that will also bring you the latest news and updates to stay ahead of the game in your digital life, head over to my Facebook page at Facebook.com/KimKomando and click the like button.

On the Kim Komando Show, the nation’s largest weekend radio talk show, Kim takes calls and dispenses advice on today’s digital lifestyle, from smartphones and tablets to online privacy and data hacks. For her daily tips, free newsletters and more, visit her website at Komando.com. Email her at techcomments@usatoday.com.

Modern Public Protest Media Goes Sci-Fi

Modern Public Protest Media Goes Sci-Fi

 

 

LASER graffiti drones, balloon spy drones and drone projection screen billboards bring a whole new meaning to public information dissemination

 

 

With its agile but classy and elegant flight characteristics, AEROTAIN’s Skye is the Bentley of aerial platforms, offering new horizons in aerial entertainment. Lifted by helium and powered by electrical motors which are merely used for movements, Skye is like an eye in the sky: It can perform any translation while having any orientation. Thanks to this patented technology, astonishing movements such as a rolling football can be flown. No currently available UAV allows such a degree of freedom. Unique safety features enables it to fly over crowded places and closely approach people. The visibility leads to a friendly appearance and can be used to depict a product for advertising purposes and even take its shape. Scaleable payloads enable Skye to carry heavy cameras for live streams and aerial cinematography.

 

Skye – SAFE AND FRIENDLY

 

With its agile but classy and elegant flight characteristics, AEROTAIN’s Skye is the Bentley of aerial platforms, offering new horizons in aerial entertainment. Lifted by helium and powered by electrical motors which are merely used for movements, Skye is like an eye in the sky: It can perform any translation while having any orientation. Thanks to this patented technology, astonishing movements such as a rolling football can be flown. No currently available UAV allows such a degree of freedom. Unique safety features enables it to fly over crowded places and closely approach people. The visibility leads to a friendly appearance and can be used to depict a product for advertising purposes and even take its shape. Scaleable payloads enable Skye to carry heavy cameras for live streams and aerial cinematography.

 

 

 

How ICON IMAGES Put Laser Graffiti on the Most Famous Building In The World

 


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Take one part self-controlled drone, one part high intensity pen laser, some expansion foam, one part high speed micro-motor with a mirror mounted on one end, an Arduino mini-computer PC board, five parts of Banksy, a hundred parts of moxie and a little math, and you just painted the words:

“ YOU ARE A CROOK! “

On the most famous building in the world.

Nobody could stop you from spray painting, with light, in front of the whole world, and the network news cameras. You made your point in one of the most epic ways possible. Your text graphic switched from your statement, to the URL of your website where you reveal all of the crookedness.

Here is how it worked:

You had multiple drones that you purchased, with cash, off of Craigslist. You selected ones that could carry the most weight. You are never going to see them again, after your project so you bought the biggest, cheapest ones you could find.

You bought an easy to program mini Arduino computer-on-a-board, at the Maker Faire. It comes with detailed online instructions. There are also tons of YouTube videos about how to set it up.

You got a bright green laser that looks like a fountain pen. It’s spot of emerald green light can be seen for miles.

Your little server motor, that the Arduino computer operates, is humming like an angry bee as it moves its spindle arm back and forth so fast that you cannot see it moving. You bought some little front surface mirrors and mechanically mounted them to the spindle via slots in the spindle that you cut. This is your light pen scanner.

In the old days of laser shows, the laser machine used brainwave scanners, these were little electric motors that came with a mirror already mounted on one end. They were fast and durable and acted as the hand of the digital laser paintbrush. Brain wave scanners are large, heavy and expensive, though. Now, you can do better just building it yourself.

You took some high resolution aerial shots, from Google maps, of the exact location of your “canvas” building. These are so detailed that you can measure the route, from miles away, via the exact known lengths of each street, down to the inch. You don’t need GPS, or cell phone tower triangulation, although you could use those. ‘THE CROOK” might use his big bucks to have those cut off, in the area of your art performance. Use ground measurement. It is easier and more dependable.

You drive out to a field, at night and aim your rig, per its final display point. Then you spray 2 part expansion foam, from Home Depot, over everything but the mirror head and the laser opening. You now have every locked in place in a low weight, durable little package.
You can fit 6 drones, with their packages in your Volkswagen. You gave them all fresh batteries. You drove to the corner, 2 miles away that you measured from. You hold each drone, one after the other, in the dark, above the exact center of the fire hydrant that you took your measurements from. Up each one goes, and off the head on their little artistic mission.
You do not have a remote control box. You don’t need one. You told the drones which path to follow, and how high to fly. They arrive at the “Canvas”, at the same time, each one adjusted for height and with a 10 feet separation programmed into each drone, to put multiple messages on the façade of the building.

As soon as the last drone left your hand, you hopped in your Volkswagen, and drove the two miles to check out your handy work. There was no need for you to stand around and meticulously guide all of the drones with a little radio control geek panel. This is self-guided art.
As you arrive at the site, you park a few blocks away and walk in. The crowd is rapidly growing, thanks to your mysterious announcement Tweets. CNN is setting up at one corner, the cover photographer for WIRED magazine is rapidly clicking off photos. A stringer for Drudge Report is drooling with excitement and typing the story into her WIFI notebook Mac.

Any geek that goes online, to most websites that start with “Maker” or “DIY” or “Do It Yourself”, can see how to do this. All you need is a soldering iron and some basic nerdiness. Most of all, though, you need some audaciousness!

 

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AEROTAIN offers fun and interactive flying solutions to creatives and boosts the attention and coverage of brands and products. Our modular platform allows various designs and is perceived more organically, contrary to most robots. This allows it to be smoothly implemented into various event settings.

 

We cover the whole process from idea to execution. At the event, an experienced pilot is assuring a high level of customer satisfaction and can precisely address your individual requests.

 

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Skye’s surface can be designed individually, for instance to depict a product or to show the name of a brand.

 

 

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Due to the high agility of Skye, it attracts peoples attention effectively and can watch you EVERYWHERE:

 

 

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With interactive entertainment concepts, such as aerial selfies or a life-stream, people can be engaged to interact with Skye, resulting in significant recall of the brand.

 

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Obama-Backed Solar Plant Could Be Shut Down For Not Producing Enough Energy

Google’s Ivanpah Crony-Funded Project Seeks Ways To Fake Energy Output After Already Faking Output with Outside Generators

Obama-Backed Solar Plant Could Be Shut Down For Not Producing Enough Energy

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Michael Bastasch

 

California regulators may force a massive solar thermal power plant in the Mojave Desert to shut down after years of under-producing electricity — not to mention the plant was blinding pilots flying over the area and incinerating birds.

The Ivanpah solar plant could be shut down if state regulators don’t give it more time to meet electricity production promises it made as part of its power purchase agreements with utilities, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Ivanpah, which got a $1.6 billion loan guarantee from the Obama administration, only produced a fraction of the power state regulators expected it would. The plant only generated 45 percent of expected power in 2014 and only 68 percent in 2015, according to government data.

And it does all this at a cost of $200 per megawatt hour — nearly six times the cost of electricity from natural gas-fired power plants. Interestingly enough, Ivanpah uses natural gas to supplement its solar production.

These disappointing results at high prices could be the solar plant’s undoing. California Energy Commission regulators hoped the plant would help the state get 33 percent of its electricity from green sources, but now the plant could be shut down for not meeting its production promises.

Ivanpah — which is owned by BrightSource Energy, NRG Energy and Google — uses more than 170,000 large mirrors, or heliostats, to reflect sunlight towards water boilers set atop 450-foot towers that create steam to turn giant turbines and generate electricity.

The plant was financed by $1.6 billion in loan guarantees from the Department of Energy in 2011. When the solar plant opened in 2014, it was hailed as a great achievement by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

“This project speaks for itself,” Moniz said when the project went online in early 2014. “Just look at the 170,000 shining heliostat mirrors and the three towers that would dwarf the Statue of Liberty.”

“Ivanpah is the largest solar thermal energy facility in the world with 392 MW of capacity — meaning it can produce enough renewable electricity to power nearly 100,000 homes,” Moniz said.

Moniz’s optimism aside, the project faced huge problems from the beginning. NRG Energy asked the federal government for a $539 million federal grant to help pay off the $1.6 billion loan it got from the Energy Department.

NRG Energy said the plant had only produced about one-quarter of its expected output in the months after it opened. The company needed an infusion of cash to help keep the project afloat.

That was only the beginning of the company’s problems. Environmentalists quickly attacked the project for killing thousands of birds since it opened. Many birds were incinerated by the intense heat being reflected off Ivanpah’s heliostats.

The Associated Press cited statistics presented by environmentalists in 2014 that “about a thousand… to 28,000” birds are incinerated by Ivanpah’s heliostats every year.

“Forensic Lab staff observed a falcon or falcon-like bird with a plume of smoke arising from the tail as it passed through the flux field,” according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report from 2014.

“Immediately after encountering the flux, the bird exhibited a controlled loss of stability and altitude but was able to cross the perimeter fence before landing,” FWS reported.

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Pilots have also reported seeing a “nearly blinding” glare emanating from Ivanpah while flying over the solar plant. The Sandia National Laboratory reported in 2014 Ivanpah was “sufficient to cause significant ocular impact (potential for after-image) up to a distance of ~6 miles.”

“At distances greater than ~6 miles (10 km), a low potential for after-image exists from the heliostat glare as a result of the reduced retinal irradiance and subtended angles,” Sandia reported. “It should be noted that two of the authors who were in the helicopter qualitatively confirmed these results after observing the glare. The pilot acknowledged that the glare was very bright, but he also stated that it did not impair his flying ability since he was aware of the glare and avoided looking in that direction when flying over [Ivanpah].”

Update: California regulators announced Thursday that Ivanpah would have until the end of July to produce more power or face shut down. 

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TESLA “announces results” of fake safety review but leaves out key incriminating data

TESLA “announces results” of fake safety review but leaves out key incriminating data

By Andrew Weber – Green Car Retorts

Today Tesla announced that the latest horrific vehicle-melting fire of the Tesla Model S in Norway, which delivered a nasty surprise on New Year’s Day, was “just an accident” from faulty manufacturing.

This appears to be the latest in the constant Tesla smoke-screens designed to cover-up a litany of defects with Tesla and with Elon Musk’s entire corrupt operation.

Tesla’s battery pack is constantly looking for any excuse to blow up and release toxic fumes. That is the plain fact of the matter.

The Deadly Lithium Ion Battery

Lithium ion batteries are blowing up, starting fires and, generally, destroying people’s homes, cars, electronics and physical health. Boeing was ordered to stop flying the 787 Dreamliner because it’s Lithium ion batteries are catching fire spontaneously.

A group of silicon valley venture capitalists forced/leveraged the government to buy and pay for these specific batteries ( Silicon Valley billionaires own the lithium ion Cartel), in order to benefit their profit margins. Other batteries don’t have these problems. Silicon Valley knew about this from day one, but those snarky billionaires put greed ahead of safety. There are thousands and thousands of reports of spontaneous lithium ion fires, but the Silicon Valley campaign billionaires, who back lithium ion, pay to keep this information hushed up.

Millions of these batteries have been recalled for fire risk. The VC’s tried to dump as many of them as they could (into hoverboards and Musk’s “home energy pack”) before they got caught. Now they are caught. These VC’s own stock in lithium mining companies in Afghanistan and really like the Afghan war.

These links show vast sets of Fisker electric cars that burst into flames just because they GOT WET:

http://updates.jalopnik.com/post/34669789863/more-than-a-dozen-fisker-karma-hybrids-caught-fire-
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http://green.autoblog.com/2012/08/12/fisker-flambe-second-karma-spontaneously-combusts-w-video/

http://www.autoblog.com/2012/11/05/how-sandy-may-have-set-17-plug-in-hybrids-on-fire/

Fisker Karma spontaneously combusts

http://cbdakota.wordpress.com/2012/11/07/fisker-karmas-catch-fire-following-inundation-by-sandy/

http://www.engadget.com/2012/08/12/fisker-karma-hyrbid-ev-second-fire/

http://www.techfever.net/2012/08/fisker-karma-hybrid-ev-ignites-while-parked/

http://evmc2.wordpress.com/2012/11/04/fisker-karma-fire-report/

http://fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com/2012/05/12/karma-burns-owners-mansion/

http://www.carbuzz.com/news/2012/11/1/Karmas-Ignite-After-Hurricane-Floods-Newark-Port-7711437/

There are hundreds of other links proving the point., ie: http://lithium-ion.weebly.com

Tesla Motors has filed a patent which states the following, THESE ARE TESLA MOTORS WORDS warning about a crisis, the level of which they never disclosed to the consumer:

“Thermal runaway is of major concern since a single incident can lead to significant property damage and, in some circumstances, bodily harm or loss of life. When a battery undergoes thermal runaway, it typically emits a large quantity of smoke, jets of flaming liquid electrolyte, and sufficient heat to lead to the combustion and destruction of materials in close proximity to the cell. If the cell undergoing thermal runaway is surrounded by one or more additional cells as is typical in a battery pack, then a single thermal runaway event can quickly lead to the thermal runaway of multiple cells which, in turn, can lead to much more extensive collateral damage. Regardless of whether a single cell or multiple cells are undergoing this phenomenon, if the initial fire is not extinguished immediately, subsequent fires may be caused that dramatically expand the degree of property damage. For example, the thermal runaway of a battery within an unattended laptop will likely result in not only the destruction of the laptop, but also at least partial destruction of its surroundings, e.g., home, office, car, laboratory, etc. If the laptop is on-board an aircraft, for example within the cargo hold or a luggage compartment, the ensuing smoke and fire may lead to an emergency landing or, under more dire conditions, a crash landing. Similarly, the thermal runaway of one or more batteries within the battery pack of a hybrid or electric vehicle may destroy not only the car, but may lead to a car wreck if the car is being driven or the destruction of its surroundings if the car is parked. “  WTF!!! THESE ARE TESLA MOTORS OWN WORDS

Tesla’s own staff have now admitted that once a lithium ion fire gets started in one of their cars, it is almost impossible to extinguish burning lithium ion material.

In Fact, in the Malibu, California Tesla Fire the Tesla Driver was burned alive and his body rendered “unrecognizable” according to fire officials who found him melted into a ball of molten plastic, alloy and battery debris.

Telsa’s own words in THEIR patent filing say that the risk is monumental.  Tesla has 6800 lithium ion batteries, any one of which can explode and start a chain reaction! If you look at all of the lithium ion danger movies you will see how easy it is to set these things into failure mode. They even get more flammable as they age.

Imagine a car crash with a Tesla where these 6800 batteries get slammed all over and then exposed to rain, fire hose water, water on the roads, cooling system liquid.. OMG!!

Musk has no morals. This is clear from the following article:

IS ELON MUSK A MOBSTER AND POLITICAL CORRUPTION RACKETEER?

Numerous parties would like this answered, in public, in front of a Grand Jury, A DOJ Special Prosecutor and a public federal court trial, but Elon Musk has spent vast amounts of money in order to delay the justice system from bring him to such a hearing.
The Following inquiries, though, should serve to resolve the issue.
All of the following questions have now been FAXED, EMAILED, U.S. POSTAL SERVICED MAILED to Elon Musk at his homes and offices and to the corporate offices of the companies and U.S. Senators that he owns. He is now fully aware that answers for each of the following questions is required from him. It is no longer possible for him to not have immediate answers to these questions should you encounter him in-person, at a conference or in a broadcast news interview.
If you see him, ask him: “Elon…
Why was Tesla located on the same geological land, next door to, FBI-raided Solyndra?
1. Did Senator Dianne Feinstein ever have a personal meeting with you?
2. Did you or your staff ever promise, or deliver, any favors or items of value to Senator Dianne Feinstein
3. Did you or your staff ever promise, or deliver, any favors or items of value to Senator Harry Reid?
4. Have you, or any family members or friends ever placed money in a family trust fund that originally came from the U.S. Treasury?
5. Had you ever met Steven Chu, Steve Spinner, Alison Spinner, Matt Rogers or Jonathan Silver before they were appointed to run the U.S. Department of Energy?
6. Did you ever say, in a recorded conversation, that the NUMMI factory made no sense for Tesla to occupy?
7. What is your relationship with Richard Blum, the husband of Senator Dianne Feinstein and his real estate company CBRE?
8. When your Tesla and Powerwall batteries explode, do they release any toxic fumes? How many different kinds of toxic fumes do they release? In what year were you aware of these toxic fumes. Did your employee: Bernard Tse, ever warn you about these toxic fumes?
9. Did you, or your associates ever benefit from lithium mining in the Afghanistan War?
10. Did three of your employees suddenly die in a plane crash? What engineering information did they have about Tesla Motors?
11. Did your patent filings include any language which specifically and intimately disclosed the deadly danger of your batteries? Please quote those paragraphs from your very own patent filings that you were forced to give away for free because they were rendered value-less by those disclosures?
12. The news stories said that, even though you were a billionaire, you got over thirty billion dollars in taxpayer-funded handouts from California and Federal government officials in hard cash, tax waivers, free NASA buildings, government jet fuel, credits, stock market pumps and other things; Did you get all of this free cash in exchange for conduit-ing campaign funding for Obama, Reid and Feinstein?
13. Were you involved in the death of your competitor: Gary D. Conley?
14. Does Google rig search engine results about you because they covertly co-own some of your assets? Do Twitter and Google hype up PR aggrandizement about you and hide negative news stories about you?
15. Have you hidden money from state and federal tax collection in off-shore tax evasion schemes?
16. Do you hire troll-farms, click-farms and meat-puppet fake bloggers to write self-glory statements about you on reddit, twitter, facebook and other social media?
17. Have Tesla’s killed anybody? How many people have died in, or near a Tesla, ever? Do you run cover-ups about the deaths?

IVANPAH SOLAR SOLYNDRA-LIKE PROJECT IN CALIFORNIA FOUND TO BE CRONY KICK-BACK SCAM.

IVANPAH SOLAR SOLYNDRA-LIKE PROJECT IN CALIFORNIA FOUND TO BE CRONY KICK-BACK SCAM.

 

 

  • ENERGY DEPT. BEGS THEM NOT TO GO OUT OF BUSINESS WHILE THEIR BENEFACTOR OBAMA IS STILL IN OFFICE

  • TECHNOLOGY FAILED SO BAD THAT OUTSIDE OLD-SCHOOL GENERATORS HAD TO BE TRUCKED IN TO FAKE THE ENERGY OUTPUT

  • MISSED EVERY MILESTONE

  • THOUGHT TO BE A MATERIALS AND STOCK MARKET SKIM SCAM

  • GOOGLE, AS BOTH OBAMA FINANCIER AND PAYOLA RECIPIENT, DEEP IN THE MIX

 

 

As warned by this paper and many others, years before Ivanpah broke ground or fried any birds, the technical numbers for Ivanpah make no sense and could not have passed Department of Energy “Due Diligence” unless a kick-back scheme was underway. The technical facts showed, back then, that Ivanpah could never succeed.

 

 

The “give us some more time” plea by Ivanpah is actually a plea from the Obama offices to “Please not go belly up on my watch.”

 

 

 

Cloudy days for solar thermal

 

 

by Drew Thornley

 

 

“$2.2 billion California project generates 40% of expected electricity” This past weekend’s Wall Street Journal has some unsurprising news about solar-thermal technology. Excerpts to follow, but, in short: It’s very expensive to build, it doesn’t deliver nearly the amount of projected power, and it kills birds: The $2.2 billion Ivanpah solar power project in California’s Mojave Desert is supposed to be generating more than a million megawatt-hours of electricity each year. But 15 months after starting up, the plant is producing just 40% of that, according to data from the U.S. Energy Department.

 

 

Built by BrightSource Energy Inc. and operated by NRG Energy Inc., Ivanpah has been advertised as more reliable than a traditional solar panel farm, in part, because it more closely resembles conventional power plants that burn coal or natural gas. NRG co-owns the plant with Google Inc. and other investors. Turns out, there is a lot more to go wrong with the new technology. Replacing broken equipment and learning better ways to operate the complex assortment of machinery has stalled Ivanpah’s ability to reach full potential, said Randy Hickok, a senior vice president at NRG. One big miscalculation was that the power plant requires far more steam to run smoothly and efficiently than originally thought, according to a document filed with the California Energy Commission. Instead of ramping up the plant each day before sunrise by burning one hour’s worth of natural gas to generate steam, Ivanpah needs more than four times that much help from fossil fuels to get the plant humming every morning. Another “unexpected” problem: not enough sun. Weather predictions for the area underestimated the amount of cloud cover that has blanketed Ivanpah since it went into service in 2013. Ivanpah isn’t the only new solar-thermal project struggling to energize the grid. A large mirror-powered plant built in Arizona almost two years ago by Abengoa SA of Spain has also had its share of hiccups. Designed to deliver a million megawatt hours of power annually, the plant is putting out roughly half that, federal data show. Solar-thermal developers including Abengoa and BrightSource continue to build new plants in South Africa, Chile and China.

 

 

But Lucas Davis, an economics professor at the University of California, Berkeley, says it is unlikely more U.S. projects will gain traction as utilities opt for cheaper solar farms that use panels. “I don’t expect a lot of solar thermal to get built. It’s just too expensive,” he said. American solar farms generate nearly 16 million megawatt-hours of electricity each year. That satisfies less than 1% of U.S. electricity demand, but six times the amount of power that solar-thermal plants currently produce. And the vast arrays of solar panels that blanket the ground cost roughly half as much to build as new mirror-powered plants, according to the U.S. Energy Department. Electricity prices from new solar farms average around 5 cents a kilowatt-hour, according to GTM Research, which tracks renewable energy markets. That compares with between 12 and 25 cents a kilowatt-hour for electricity generated by the Ivanpah power plant, state and federal data show. The Ivanpah plant was delayed several months and had millions of dollars in cost overruns because of wildlife protections for the endangered Desert Tortoise. Once built, U.S. government biologists found the plant’s superheated mirrors were killing birds. In April, biologists working for the state estimated that 3,500 birds died at Ivanpah in the span of a year, many of them burned alive while flying through a part of the solar installment where air temperatures can reach 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/planet-gore

 

 

Obama-Backed Solar Plant Could Be Shut Down … – The Daily Caller

 

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11 hours ago … The Ivanpah solar plant could be shut down if state regulators don’t give it … agreements with utilities, according to The Wall Street Journal.

 

http://dailycaller.com/2016/03/17/obam%5B…%5D-down-for-not-producing-enough-energy/

 

 

 

More Problems for CSP: Ivanpah Solar Plant Falling Short of …

 

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http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles%5B…%5Dort-of-expected-electricity-production

 

 

 

A birds-eye view of the bird scorching Ivanpah solar …

 

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Aug 17, 2014 · At the start of the weekend, and quite by accident, I found myself aloft and looking directly into the glare of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System.

 

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/08/18/%5B…%5Dd-scorching-ivanpah-solar-power-plant/

 

Ivanpah Solar Plant May Be Forced to Shut Down | 17.03.16 …

 

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FAIL: Ivanpah solar power plant not producing enough electricity …

 

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Ivanpah Solar Compliance – Basin and Range Watch

 

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Inside the Secret Life of Google’s Tech VC and His $10 Million Anal Sex Slave Infidelity

 

Michael Goguen has departed Sequoia Capital after facing sex abuse allegations.

 

Lizette Chapman @lizette_chapman

 

 

 

 

Michael Goguen in 2012.

 

Photographer: Lido Vizzutti/Flathead Beacon

 

 

 

Michael Goguen liked his privacy.

 

In the world of startups, full of bombast and self-promotion, the soft-spoken venture partner at Sequoia Capital specialized in quieter, more technical areas: He vetted networking, infrastructure, and security technologies for the firm before he departed abruptly last week. He spent millions of dollars to build a secluded, 32,000-square-foot getaway in Whitefish, Mont., complete with a racquetball court, underground shooting range, karate room, and 12-sided swimming pool. He kept a low social media profile, too: a bare bones LinkedIn profile, no blog, no Twitter account, and no Snapchat profile.

 

He also had a secret. But it turns out privacy had a price, and Goguen was not willing to pay the full amount. On March 8, Amber Laurel Baptiste sued Goguen for breach of contract, saying he owes her $30 million in addition to the $10 million he gave her in 2014. She also alleges that over the past 13 years, he sexually abused her and made her his sex slave after promising to rescue her from the human traffickers that brought her to the U.S.

 

Goguen, 52, says the relationship was consensual. In a graphic countersuit filed March 14, he provides what he says is e-mail and text message evidence showing she was a willing participant who became increasingly vengeful when he wouldn’t make a greater commitment to her. The $40 million contract, both agree, was to stop Baptiste, 36, from going forward with a personal injury lawsuit that would have alleged he caused her bodily harm during sex. Goguen calls it extortion.

 

Sequoia Capital, where he had been a partner for 20 years, quickly severed all ties with Goguen and scrubbed him from their firm’s site. (Goguen’s lawyer, Diane Doolittle, says that it was a mutual decision to part ways.) It’s now seeking replacements for him on the boards of 11 companies, including Cumulus Networks and R2 Semiconductor. In a statement, the firm said, “We didn’t learn about these claims until March 10th, after they were filed in court. We understand that these allegations of serious improprieties are unproven and unrelated to Sequoia. Nevertheless, we decided that Mike’s departure was the appropriate course of action.”

 

Goguen did not respond to a request to comment for this article, but in a post on LinkedIn on Saturday, he wrote: “My departure allows me to focus with full force on clearing my name and vigorously pursuing justice.”

 

 

 

Growing up in Bedford, Mass., Goguen loved going on hunting trips with his dad in the mountains of Maine despite temperatures that sometimes dropped to minus 10 degrees, according to an interview he gave to the Whitefish Pilot in 2012. The lanky teenager with a winning smile was attracted to highly technical engineering challenges and opted to pursue a degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University in 1986 before going on to earn his master’s in the same field from Stanford University. He didn’t go to business school or specialize in the high-octane networking that many other venture capitalist have perfected to build careers.

 

After Stanford, Goguen worked for a string of companies, including minicomputer maker Digital Equipment Corporation, which was acquired by Compaq and later merged with Hewlett-Packard. He also held positions at networking equipment company SynOptics Networking and Bay Networks—both also now defunct.

 

In 1996, when Goguen was 32, he joined Sequoia. One of the most respected venture firms in the world, Sequoia made a name for itself by backing Cisco, Apple, Google, and PayPal. The firm, which employs no female investing partners in the U.S., faced outrage on Twitter when, in December, Chairman Mike Moritz told Bloomberg TV that the firm wouldn’t lower its standards to hire a woman partner (he later amended his statement).

 

The partners are tight. They meet every Monday for sometimes as long as 12 hours, and they decide all matters as a group, unlike many firms where more senior partners have the final say. Although each partner has a focus, they are slow to take credit for delivering the outsize returns that make venture capital famous.

 

“Fame relates to a different personal need which I don’t think is very dominant around here,” Goguen told the Daily Deal in 2000. “Sequoia operates as a tightly integrated team as opposed to a loose collection of stars.” In his time at Sequoia, Goguen was a part of several major deals, including FireEye’s initial public offering and the acquisition of Virident Systems for $685 million.

 

The firm parted ways swiftly and completely, says a person familiar with the matter, because Goguen showed “poor judgment” in signing the contract and then keeping it a secret from the others. Secrecy from other partners is a decidedly un-Sequoia value.

 

 

 

In 1999, Goguen divorced his first wife Lynne Izicki, with whom he had two children. Goguen met Baptiste at Baby Dolls Saloon, a Dallas strip club where she was working, in 2002. They began spending time together, according to both Baptiste’s suit and Goguen’s countersuit.

 

Goguen married again. That marriage, to Melinda Rose, lasted a few years, and after it was over, Goguen remarried again. His third wife, Jordana Crisel Woodland, is an actress and entrepreneur who is the chief executive officer of lingerie company Naked Princess Worldwide. The pair, who have since divorced, have three children together.  

 

While juggling three wives, five kids, and at least a dozen board seats over 13 years, Goguen maintained a relationship with Baptiste. In his countersuit, Goguen says they got together only a few times a year, mostly at the behest of Baptiste; she says he begged to see her.

 

Goguen struggled to remain private. In her lawsuit, Baptiste alleges that during their relationship, Goguen used the name “Mark Smith” to conceal his identity. She also claims that in 2010 he requested Baptiste form two companies—Je Ne Se Que Enterprises LLC and charitable organization Every Girl Counts—so he could wire money directly to her without his wife knowing.

 

According to Baptiste’s civil suit and his countersuit, Goguen agreed to pay Baptiste to keep quiet and go away. Both agree that after a $10 million installment, Goguen didn’t want to hand over any more money. “Enough is enough,” Goguen said in his countersuit.

 

 

 

About a decade ago, Goguen built a private retreat on a hill in rural Montana overlooking Whitefish Lake and the Flathead Valley some 20 minutes from Glacier National Park. He named the place Two Bear Ranch and constructed a New England-style covered bridge over the railroad running along the lake to link his house with the beach. “It’s like a castle,” one worker on the house, Paul Krause, told the Missoula Independent in 2004, as locals traded rumors about who the mystery owner was.

 

Whitefish is a small mountain town, and it didn’t take residents long to get to know Goguen. Even among such celebrities as NFL quarterback Drew Bledsoe, actor Jim Nabors (aka Gomer Pyle), and singer Justin Bieber, who are frequent visitors, Goguen stood out. Over the years, he gave tens of millions to local charities, supporting public trails, a fitness center, a music school, skateboard park, food bank, and a saloon in the heart of downtown.  

 

“He’s a great asset for the Whitefish community,” then-governor Brian Schweitzer told the Flathead Beacon, a Montana newspaper, in 2012, after Goguen donated more than $10 million to a state land trust and spent about the same amount to create a high-end helicopter search-and-rescue program for the community. “I’m proud that I know him as a friend, and I’m proud that I know him as a neighbor.” Schweitzer did not respond to a request to comment for this article.

 

Jordan White, a longtime backcountry coroner who now runs Two Bear Air, said on Tuesday that the helicopter donation was unprecedented. “It changed the course of our community and our state,” he said.

 

Goguen has also been a big political donor, giving more than $250,000 into the super-PAC backing John Kasich’s presidential bid and another $90,000 to other Republican campaigns. On Tuesday, the super-PAC, New Day for America, told Yahoo News the money would be donated to charity.

 

Goguen, White said, is just a “normal guy” who “dresses the same and drives the same car” as anyone else in town. In Whitefish, Goguen said in 2012, “It’s easy to forget the external stresses or problems you’re wrestling with in day-to-day life.”

 

(A previous version of this story was corrected in the ninth paragraph to show that Sequoia Capital has no female investment partners in the U.S.)

 

Horrific Google Anal Sex Slave Case Uncovers Twisted Perversions Of Google Executives

 

 

 

By Samantha Conners – APT

 

 

 

Michael Goguen, Google’s married senior investor, “sexually and physically” abused Amber Laurel Baptiste with constant anal sex over more than 13 years after picking her up at a Texas strip club. His company: Sequoia Capital, has had other run-ins with cheating married executives, escorts and tax evasion schemes, per legal filings.

 

Eric Schmidt, the head of Google, proclaimed that he would have a “open marriage” where he could have sex any time, with anybody, and is documented in a ream of news articles and video regarding his fifteen million dollar “sex penthouse” in New York.

 

Sergey Brin, another head of Google, is featured in numerous news articles for his “three way sex romp” with multiple Google employees forcing one employee to move to China to escape him.

 

A married Google senior executive named Hayes, who helped rig Google’s searches for political clients, was murdered on his “sex yacht” by his prostitute, which other Google executives had used.

 

Ravi Kumar, another VC associated with Google Executives, was also murdered by a pack of hookers and pimps that frequented his Silicon Valley home.

 

Valley Girls was a private escort service that used Stanford Co-eds to service the sexual kinks of Google executives.

 

Ellen Pao famously sued Google founding investor John Doerr, and his company Kleiner Perkins, for sexual abuse.

 

Google employee divorce filings hold the Silicon Valley record for use of the word “abuse” as one of the reasons given in the legal papers filed to initiate the divorce.

 

The list of kinky, twisted, bizarre sexual antics of Google executives, and their investors, goes on for pages and pages…

 

Google seems to attract the most twisted, perverted, morally decrepit men in the world.

 

One has to wonder why, of all the large companies on Earth, only Google got to place the majority of it’s people in the White House? That’s right, Nike doesn’t have it’s people in the White House. Macy’s doesn’t either. Neither does Chevron, or John Deere tractor or any other company on Earth.

 

Only Google, exclusively and uniquely, had all of their people placed in the White House and top federal agency lead positions. What’s up with that? Were they selected because of their technical skills or their ability to make people bend over?

 

An addiction to dirty sexual perversions are not the only illicit trends that Google folks display. The Google investors are members of a financing cartel called the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). This group of frat boy elitists got busted for running the “Angelgate” scandal in which they were documented rigging, colluding, black-listing and contriving the whole Silicon Valley start-up industry.

 

Then they were caught again when Eric Schmidt, Mr. “Sex Penthouse” and the head of Google, wrote emails ordering a conspiracy against Silicon Valley engineers. This “No Poaching” conspiracy got the Silicon Valley VC’s sued in a class-action lawsuit, which the VC’s lost. The Google founder’s best friend: Jacques Littlefield, kept the world’s largest private fully functional military tank squadron, in fully operational status, hidden in vast warehouses in his Silicon Valley estate in Woodside, California. He said he had this arsenal: “just in case”. Does Google make white frat house men insane or does it draw the crazy ones to it?

 

The FBI is finally crunching down on these people. After so many years of the White House ordering the FBI to leave the Google VC’s and Silicon Valley perverts alone, it was just getting plain embarrassing for the FBI. The audacious impunity with which Google, and it’s friends, engaged in tax evasion, importing hookers, bribery, stock market rigging, anti-trust schemes and other crimes has become so overt, in the media, that it was created a spotlight on federal law enforcements avoidance of prosecution of the shenanigans of the Google crowd.

 

 

 

 

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Are Elon Musk’s Crimes Being Covered-Up On Orders From The White House?

Are Elon Musk’s Crimes Being Covered-Up On Orders From The White House?

IS ELON MUSK A MOBSTER AND POLITICAL CORRUPTION RACKETEER?

Numerous parties would like this answered, in public, in front of a Grand Jury, A DOJ Special Prosecutor and a public federal court trial, but Elon Musk has spent vast amounts of money in order to delay the justice system from bring him to such a hearing.

The Following inquiries, though, should serve to resolve the issue.

All of the following questions have now been FAXED, EMAILED, U.S. POSTAL SERVICED MAILED to Elon Musk at his homes and offices and to the corporate offices of the companies and U.S. Senators that he owns. He is now fully aware that answers for each of the following questions is required from him. It is no longer possible for him to not have immediate answers to these questions should you encounter him in-person, at a conference or in a broadcast news interview.

If you see him, ask him: “Elon…

  1. Did Senator Dianne Feinstein ever have a personal meeting with you?
  2. Did you or your staff ever promise, or deliver, any favors or items of value to Senator Dianne Feinstein
  3. Did you or your staff ever promise, or deliver, any favors or items of value to Senator Harry Reid?
  4. Have you, or any family members or friends ever placed money in a family trust fund that originally came from the U.S. Treasury?
  5. Had you ever met Steven Chu, Steve Spinner, Alison Spinner, Matt Rogers or Jonathan Silver before they were appointed to run the U.S. Department of Energy?
  6. Did you ever say, in a recorded conversation, that the NUMMI factory made no sense for Tesla to occupy?
  7. What is your relationship with Richard Blum, the husband of Senator Dianne Feinstein and his real estate company CBRE?
  8. When your Tesla and Powerwall batteries explode, do they release any toxic fumes? How many different kinds of toxic fumes do they release? In what year were you aware of these toxic fumes. Did your employee: Bernard Tse, ever warn you about these toxic fumes?
  9. Did you, or your associates ever benefit from lithium mining in the Afghanistan War?
  10. Did three of your employees suddenly die in a plane crash? What engineering information did they have about Tesla Motors?
  11. Did your patent filings include any language which specifically and intimately disclosed the deadly danger of your batteries? Please quote those paragraphs from your very own patent filings that you were forced to give away for free because they were rendered value-less by those disclosures?
  12. The news stories said that, even though you were a billionaire, you got over thirty billion dollars in taxpayer-funded handouts from California and Federal government officials in hard cash, tax waivers, free NASA buildings, government jet fuel, credits, stock market pumps and other things; Did you get all of this free cash in exchange for conduit-ing campaign funding for Obama, Reid and Feinstein?
  13. Were you involved in the death of your competitor: Gary D. Conley?
  14. Does Google rig search engine results about you because they covertly co-own some of your assets? Do Twitter and Google hype up PR aggrandizement about you and hide negative news stories about you?
  15. Have you hidden money from state and federal tax collection in off-shore tax evasion schemes?
  16. Do you hire troll-farms, click-farms and meat-puppet fake bloggers to write self-glory statements about you on reddit, twitter, facebook and other social media?
  17. Have Tesla’s killed anybody? How many people have died in, or near a Tesla, ever? Do you run cover-ups about the deaths?
  18. Why was Tesla located on the same geological land, next door to, FBI-raided Solyndra?
     
    ….(More questions to be added, as submitted, and hot-linked to back-ground details, as they come in…)

APPLE Tells DOJ/White House to Put it Where the Sun Don’t Shine

Apple’s Response To DOJ: Your Filing Is Full Of Blatantly Misleading Claims And Outright Falsehoods

from the no-love-lost dept – TECH DIRT

As expected, Apple has now responded to the DOJ in the case about whether or not it can be forced to write code to break its own security features to help the FBI access the encrypted work iPhone of Syed Farook, one of the San Bernardino attackers. As we noted, the DOJ’s filing was chock-full of blatantly misleading claims, and Apple was flabbergasted by just how ridiculous that filing was. That comes through in this response.

The government attempts to rewrite history by portraying the Act as an all-powerful magic wand rather than the limited procedural tool it is. As theorized by the government, the Act can authorize any and all relief except in two situations: (1) where Congress enacts a specific statute prohibiting the precise action (i.e., says a court may not “order a smartphone manufacturer to remove barriers to accessing stored data on a particular smartphone,” … or (2) where the government seeks to “arbitrarily dragoon[]” or “forcibly deputize[]” “random citizens” off the street…. Thus, according to the government, short of kidnapping or breaking an express law, the courts can order private parties to do virtually anything the Justice Department and FBI can dream up. The Founders would be appalled.

The Founders would be appalled. That’s quite a statement.

Apple also slams the DOJ for insisting that this really is all about the one iPhone and that the court should ignore the wider precedent, citing FBI Director James Comey’s own statements:

It has become crystal clear that this case is not about a “modest” order and a “single iPhone,” Opp. 1, as the FBI Director himself admitted when testifying before Congress two weeks ago. Ex. EE at 35 [FBI Director James Comey, Encryption Hr’g] (“[T]he broader question we’re talking about here goes far beyond phones or far beyond any case. This collision between public safety and privacy—the courts cannot resolve that.”). Instead, this case hinges on a contentious policy issue about how society should weigh what law enforcement officials want against the widespread repercussions and serious risks their demands would create. “Democracies resolve such tensions through robust debate” among the people and their elected representatives, Dkt. 16-8 [Comey, Going Dark], not through an unprecedented All Writs Act proceeding.

Apple then, repeatedly, points out where the DOJ selectively quoted, misquoted or misleadingly quoted arguments in its favor. For example:

The government misquotes Bank of the United States v. Halstead,…, for the proposition that “‘[t]he operation of [the Act]’” should not be limited “‘to that which it would have had in the year 1789.’” … (misquoting Halstead, 23 U.S. (10 Wheat.) at 62) (alterations are the government’s). But what the Court actually said was that the “operation of an execution”—the ancient common law writ of “venditioni exponas”—is not limited to that “which it would have had in the year 1789.” … see also… (“That executions are among the writs hereby authorized to be issued, cannot admit of a doubt . . . .”). The narrow holding of Halstead was that the Act (and the Process Act of 1792) allowed courts “to alter the form of the process of execution.” … (courts are not limited to the form of the writ of execution “in use in the Supreme Courts of the several States in the year 1789”). The limited “power given to the Courts over their process is no more than authorizing them to regulate and direct the conduct of the Marshal, in the execution of the process.”

The authority to alter the process by which courts issue traditional common law writs is not authority to invent entirely new writs with no common law analog. But that is precisely what the government is asking this Court to do: The Order requiring Apple to create software so that the FBI can hack into the iPhone has no common law analog.

The filing then goes step by step in pointing out how the government is wrong about almost everything. The DOJ, for example, kept insisting that CALEA doesn’t apply at all to Apple, but Apple points out that the DOJ just seems to be totally misreading the law:

Contrary to the government’s assertion that its request merely “brush[es] up against similar issues” to CALEA…, CALEA, in fact, has three critical limitations—two of which the government ignores entirely—that preclude the relief the government seeks…. First, CALEA prohibits law enforcement agencies from requiring “electronic communication service” providers to adopt “any specific design of equipment, facilities, services, features, or system configurations . . . .” The term “electronic communication service” provider is broadly defined to encompass Apple. … (“any service which provides to users thereof the ability to send or receive wire or electronic communications”). Apple is an “electronic communication services” provider for purposes of the very services at issue here because Apple’s software allows users to “send or receive . . . communications” between iPhones through features such as iMessage and Mail….

The government acknowledges that FaceTime and iMessage are electronic communication services, but asserts that this fact is irrelevant because “the Court’s order does not bear at all upon the operation of those programs.” … Not so. The passcode Apple is being asked to circumvent is a feature of the same Apple iOS that runs FaceTime, iMessage, and Mail, because an integral part of providing those services is enabling the phone’s owner to password-protect the private information contained within those communications. More importantly, the very communications to which law enforcement seeks access are the iMessage communications stored on the phone…. And, only a few pages after asserting that “the Court’s order does not bear at all upon the operation of” FaceTime and iMessage for purposes of the CALEA analysis…, the government spends several pages seeking to justify the Court’s order based on those very same programs, arguing that they render Apple “intimately close” to the crime for purposes of the New York Telephone analysis.

Second, the government does not dispute, or even discuss, that CALEA excludes “information services” providers from the scope of its mandatory assistance provisions…. Apple is indisputably an information services provider given the features of iOS, including Facetime, iMessage, and Mail….

Finally, CALEA makes clear that even telecommunications carriers (a category of providers subject to more intrusive requirements under CALEA, but which Apple is not) cannot be required to “ensure the government’s ability” to decrypt or to create decryption programs the company does not already “possess.”… If companies subject to CALEA’s obligations cannot be required to bear this burden, Congress surely did not intend to allow parties specifically exempted by CALEA (such as Apple) to be subjected to it. The government fails to address this truism.

Next, Apple rebuts the DOJ saying that since CALEA doesn’t address this specific situation, that means Congress is just leaving it up to the courts to use the All Writs Act. As Apple points out, in some cases, Congress not doing something doesn’t mean it rejected certain positions, but in this case, the legislative history is quite clear that Congress did not intend for companies to be forced to help in this manner.

Here, Congress chose to require limited third-party assistance in certain statutes designed to aid law enforcement in gathering electronic evidence (although none as expansive as what the government seeks here), but it has declined to include similar provisions in other statutes, despite vigorous lobbying by law enforcement and notwithstanding its “prolonged and acute awareness of so important an issue” as the one presented here…. Accordingly, the lack of statutory authorization in CALEA or any of the complementary statutes in the “comprehensive federal scheme” of surveillance and telecommunications law speaks volumes…. To that end, Congress chose to “greatly narrow[]” the “scope of [CALEA],” which ran contrary to the FBI’s interests but was “important from a privacy standpoint.” … Indeed, CALEA’s provisions were drafted to “limit[] the scope of [industry’s] assistance requirements in several important ways.”….

That the Executive Branch recently abandoned plans to seek legislation expanding CALEA’s reach… provides renewed confirmation that Congress has not acceded to the FBI’s wishes, and belies the government’s view that it has possessed such authority under the All Writs Act since 1789.

In fact, in a footnote, Apple goes even further in not just blasting the DOJ’s suggestion that Congress didn’t really consider a legislative proposal to update CALEA to suck in requirements for internet communications companies, but also highlighting the infamous quote from top intelligence community lawyer Robert Litt about how they’d just wait for the next terrorist attack and get the law passed in their favor at that point.

The government’s attempts to minimize CALEA II, saying its plans consisted of “mere[] vague discussions” that never developed into a formal legislative submission …, but federal officials familiar with that failed lobbying effort confirmed that the FBI had in fact developed a “draft proposal” containing a web of detailed provisions, including specific fines and compliance timelines, and had floated that proposal with the White House….. As The Washington Post reported, advocates of the proposal within the government dropped the effort, because they determined they could not get what they wanted from Congress at that time: “Although ‘the legislative environment is very hostile today,’ the intelligence community’s top lawyer, Robert S. Litt, said to colleagues in an August [2015] e-mail, which was obtained by The Post, ‘it could turn in the event of a terrorist attack or criminal event where strong encryption can be shown to have hindered law enforcement.’ There is value, he said, in ‘keeping our options open for such a situation.’”

Next Apple goes through the arguments for saying that, even if the All Writs Act does apply, and even if the court accepts the DOJ’s made up three factor test, Apple should still prevail. It notes, again, that it is “far removed” from the issue and reminds the court that the order sought here is very different from past cases where Apple has cooperated:

The government argues that “courts have already issued AWA orders” requiring manufacturers to “unlock” phones … but those cases involved orders requiring “unlocking” assistance to provide access through existing means, not the extraordinary remedy sought here, i.e., an order that requires creating new software to undermine the phones’ (or in the Blake case, the iPad’s) security safeguards.

It also mocks that weird argument from the DOJ that said because Apple “licenses” rather than “sells” its software, that means Apple is more closely tied to the case:

The government discusses Apple’s software licensing and data policies at length, equating Apple to a feudal lord demanding fealty from its customers (“suzerainty”). … But the government does not cite any authority, and none exists, suggesting that the design features and software that exist on every iPhone somehow link Apple to the subject phone and the crime. Likewise, the government has cited no case holding that a license to use a product constituted a sufficient connection under New York Telephone. Indeed, under the government’s theory, any ongoing postpurchase connection between a manufacturer or service provider and a consumer suffices to connect the two in perpetuity—even where, as here, the data on the iPhone is inaccessible to Apple.

From there, Apple dives in on the question of how much of a “burden” this would be. This is the issue that Judge Pym has indicated she’s most interested in, and Apple goes deep here — again and again focusing on how the DOJ was blatantly misleading in its motion:

Forcing Apple to create new software that degrades its security features is unprecedented and unlike any burden ever imposed under the All Writs Act. The government’s assertion that the phone companies in Mountain Bell and In re Application of the U.S. for an Order Authorizing the Installation of a Pen Register or Touch-Tone Decoder and a Terminating Trap …, were conscripted to “write” code, akin to the request here… mischaracterizes the actual assistance required in those cases. The government seizes on the word “programmed” in those cases and superficially equates it to the process of creating new software….. But the “programming” in those cases—back in 1979 and 1980—consisted of a “technician” using a “teletypewriter” in Mountain Bell …, and “t[ook] less than one minute” in Penn Bell… Indeed, in Mountain Bell, the government itself stated that the only burden imposed “was a large number of print-outs on the teletype machine”—not creating new code….. More importantly, the phone companies already had and themselves used the tracing capabilities the government wanted to access…. And although relying heavily on Mountain Bell, the government neglects to point out the court’s explicit warning that “[t]his holding is a narrow one, and our decision today should not be read to authorize the wholesale imposition upon private, third parties of duties pursuant to search warrants.” …This case stands light years from Mountain Bell. The government seeks to commandeer Apple to design, create, test, and validate a new operating system that does not exist, and that Apple believes—with overwhelming support from the technology community and security experts—is too dangerous to create.

Seeking to belittle this widely accepted policy position, the government grossly mischaracterizes Apple’s objection to the requested Order as a concern that “compliance will tarnish its brand”…, a mischaracterization that both the FBI Director and the courts have flatly rejected. [See Comey] (“I don’t question [Apple’s] motive”);… (disagreeing “with the government’s contention that Apple’s objection [to being compelled to decrypt an iPhone] is not ‘conscientious’ but merely a matter of ‘its concern with public relations’”). As Apple explained in its Motion, Apple prioritizes the security and privacy of its users, and that priority is reflected in Apple’s increasingly secure operating systems, in which Apple has chosen not to create a back door.

Apple also calls out the DOJ’s technical ignorance.

The government’s assertion that “there is no reason to think that the code Apple writes in compliance with the Order will ever leave Apple’s possession” … simply shows the government misunderstands the technology and the nature of the cyber-threat landscape. As Apple engineer Erik Neuenschwander states:

I believe that Apple’s iOS platform is the most-attacked software platform in existence. Each time Apple closes one vulnerability, attackers work to find another. This is a constant and never-ending battle. Mr. Perino’s description of third-party efforts to circumvent Apple’s security demonstrates this point. And the protections that the government now asks Apple to compromise are the most security-critical software component of the iPhone—any vulnerability or back door, whether introduced intentionally or unintentionally, can represent a risk to all users of Apple devices simultaneously.

… The government is also mistaken in claiming that the crippled iOS it wants Apple to build can only be used on one iPhone:

Mr. Perino’s characterization of Apple’s process . . . is inaccurate. Apple does not create hundreds of millions of operating systems each tailored to an individual device. Each time Apple releases a new operating system, that operating system is the same for every device of a given model. The operating system then gets a personalized signature specific to each device. This personalization occurs as part of the installation process after the iOS is created.

Once GovtOS is created, personalizing it to a new device becomes a simple process. If Apple were forced to create GovtOS for installation on the device at issue in this case, it would likely take only minutes for Apple, or a malicious actor with sufficient access, to perform the necessary engineering work to install it on another device of the same model.

. . . [T]he initial creation of GovtOS itself creates serious ongoing burdens and risks. This includes the risk that if the ability to install GovtOS got into the wrong hands, it would open a significant new avenue of attack, undermining the security protections that Apple has spent years developing to protect its customers.

And, not surprisingly, Apple angrily attacks the DOJ’s bogus misleading use of Apple’s transparency report statements about responding to lawaful requests for government information in China, by pointing out how that’s quite different than this situation:

Finally, the government attempts to disclaim the obvious international implications of its demand, asserting that any pressure to hand over the same software to foreign agents “flows from [Apple’s] decision to do business in foreign countries . . . .”. Contrary to the government’s misleading statistics …, which had to do with lawful process and did not compel the creation of software that undermines the security of its users, Apple has never built a back door of any kind into iOS, or otherwise made data stored on the iPhone or in iCloud more technically accessible to any country’s government…. The government is wrong in asserting that Apple made “special accommodations” for China, as Apple uses the same security protocols everywhere in the world and follows the same standards for responding to law enforcement requests.

Apple also points out that the FBI appears to be contradicting itself as well:

Moreover, while they now argue that the FBI’s changing of the iCloud passcode—which ended any hope of backing up the phone’s data and accessing it via iCloud—“was the reasoned decision of experienced FBI agents”, the FBI Director himself admitted to Congress under oath that the decision was a “mistake”…. The Justice Department’s shifting, contradictory positions on this issue—first blaming the passcode change on the County, then admitting that the FBI told the County to change the passcode after the County objected to being blamed for doing so, and now trying to justify the decision in the face of Director Comey’s admission that it was a mistake—discredits any notion that the government properly exhausted all viable investigative alternatives before seeking this extraordinary order from this Court.

On the Constitutional questions, again Apple points out that the DOJ doesn’t appear to understand what it’s talking about:

The government begins its First Amendment analysis by suggesting that “[t]here is reason to doubt that functional programming is even entitled to traditional speech protections” … , evincing its confusion over the technology it demands Apple create. Even assuming there is such a thing as purely functional code, creating the type of software demanded here, an operating system that has never existed before, would necessarily involve precisely the kind of expression of ideas and concepts protected by the First Amendment. Because writing code requires a choice of (1) language, (2) audience, and (3) syntax and vocabulary, as well as the creation of (4) data structures, (5) algorithms to manipulate and transform data, (6) detailed textual descriptions explaining what code is doing, and (7) methods of communicating information to the user, “[t]here are a number of ways to write code to accomplish a given task.”… As such, code falls squarely within the First Amendment’s protection, as even the cases cited by the government acknowledge…

Later it points out that the DOJ’s claim that since Apple can write such code however it wants it’s not compelled speech, Apple points out that their argument says the exact opposite:

The government attempts to evade this unavoidable conclusion by insisting that, “[t]o the extent [that] Apple’s software includes expressive elements . . . the Order permits Apple to express whatever it wants, so long as the software functions” by allowing it to hack into iPhones…. This serves only to illuminate the broader speech implications of the government’s request. The code that the government is asking the Court to force Apple to write contains an extra layer of expression unique to this case. When Apple designed iOS 8, it consciously took a position on an issue of public importance…. The government disagrees with Apple’s position and asks this Court to compel Apple to write new code that reflects its own viewpoint—a viewpoint that is deeply offensive to Apple.

The filing is basically Apple, over and over again, saying, “uh, what the DOJ said was wrong, clueless, technically ignorant, or purposely misleading.” Hell, they even attack the DOJ’s claim that the All Writs Act was used back in 1807 to force Aaron Burr’s secretary to decrypt one of Burr’s cipher-protected letters. Apple points out that the DOJ is lying.

The government contends that Chief Justice Marshall once ordered a third party to “provide decryption services” to the government…. He did nothing of the sort, and the All Writs Act was not even at issue in Burr. In that case, Aaron Burr’s secretary declined to state whether he “understood” the contents of a certain letter written in cipher, on the ground that he might incriminate himself…. The Court held that the clerk’s answer as to whether he understood the cipher could not incriminate him, and the Court thus held that “the witness may answer the question now propounded”—i.e., whether he understood the letter…. The Court did not require the clerk to decipher the letter.

If anything, to be honest, I’m surprised that Apple didn’t go even harder on the DOJ for misrepresenting things. Either way, Apple is pretty clearly highlighting just how desperate the DOJ seems in this case.

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IS ELON MUSK A MOBSTER AND POLITICAL CORRUPTION RACKETEER?

Numerous parties would like this answered, in public, in front of a Grand Jury, A DOJ Special Prosecutor and a public federal court trial, but Elon Musk has spent vast amounts of money in order to delay the justice system from bring him to such a hearing.

The Following inquiries, though, should serve to resolve the issue.

All of the following questions have now been FAXED, EMAILED, U.S. POSTAL SERVICED MAILED to Elon Musk at his homes and offices and to the corporate offices of the companies and U.S. Senators that he owns. He is now fully aware that answers for each of the following questions is required from him. It is no longer possible for him to not have immediate answers to these questions should you encounter him in-person, at a conference or in a broadcast news interview.

If you see him, ask him: “Elon…
  1. Why was Tesla located on the same geological land, next door to, FBI-raided Solyndra?
  2. Did Senator Dianne Feinstein ever have a personal meeting with you?
  3. Did you or your staff ever promise, or deliver, any favors or items of value to Senator Dianne Feinstein
  4. Did you or your staff ever promise, or deliver, any favors or items of value to Senator Harry Reid?
  5. Have you, or any family members or friends ever placed money in a family trust fund that originally came from the U.S. Treasury?
  6. Had you ever met Steven Chu, Steve Spinner, Alison Spinner, Matt Rogers or Jonathan Silver before they were appointed to run the U.S. Department of Energy?
  7. Did you ever say, in a recorded conversation, that the NUMMI factory made no sense for Tesla to occupy?
  8. What is your relationship with Richard Blum, the husband of Senator Dianne Feinstein and his real estate company CBRE?
  9. When your Tesla and Powerwall batteries explode, do they release any toxic fumes? How many different kinds of toxic fumes do they release? In what year were you aware of these toxic fumes. Did your employee: Bernard Tse, ever warn you about these toxic fumes?
  10. Did you, or your associates ever benefit from lithium mining in the Afghanistan War?
  11. Did three of your employees suddenly die in a plane crash? What engineering information did they have about Tesla Motors?
  12. Did your patent filings include any language which specifically and intimately disclosed the deadly danger of your batteries? Please quote those paragraphs from your very own patent filings that you were forced to give away for free because they were rendered value-less by those disclosures?
  13. The news stories said that, even though you were a billionaire, you got over thirty billion dollars in taxpayer-funded handouts from California and Federal government officials in hard cash, tax waivers, free NASA buildings, government jet fuel, credits, stock market pumps and other things; Did you get all of this free cash in exchange for conduit-ing campaign funding for Obama, Reid and Feinstein?
  14. Were you involved in the death of your competitor: Gary D. Conley?
  15. Does Google rig search engine results about you because they covertly co-own some of your assets? Do Twitter and Google hype up PR aggrandizement about you and hide negative news stories about you?
  16. Have you hidden money from state and federal tax collection in off-shore tax evasion schemes?
  17. Do you hire troll-farms, click-farms and meat-puppet fake bloggers to write self-glory statements about you on reddit, twitter, facebook and other social media?
  18. Have Tesla’s killed anybody? How many people have died in, or near a Tesla, ever? Do you run cover-ups about the deaths?

 

….(More questions to be added, as submitted, and hot-linked to back-ground details, as they come in…)