Daily Notes 08.13.18


PAYSON — The pilot of a small plane died after the aircraft crashed into a house in Payson early Monday morning, officials confirmed.

The plane went down around 2:30 a.m. near 584 E. Canyon Road, emergency dispatchers said.

The pilot, who was the only person on board the plane, died. Their name has not yet been released. The only two people inside the house at the time of the crash escaped safely, according to Payson police.

Plane crashes into house in Payson; pilot dies

Plane crashes into house in Payson; pilot dies

Plane crashes into house in Payson; pilot dies

Plane crashes into house in Payson; pilot dies


Pilot dies after crashing plane into his own home, police say


Pilot dies after crashing plane into his own home, police say

By Linda Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated Aug 13th, 2018 @ 10:24am

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6AM: Plane crashes into house in Payson; pilot dies
Caitlin Burchill, KSL TV
PAYSON — A man died when he flew a small airplane into his own home early Monday morning following a domestic dispute, police said.The deceased is identified as Duane Youd, according to Payson police Sgt. Noemi Sandoval.Police arrested Youd about 7:30 p.m. Sunday following a domestic dispute at the home near 600 E. Canyon Road, Sandoval said. He was released from the Utah County Jail on bail, then followed procedure in requesting a police escort to retrieve belongings at the home about midnight.A short time later, Youd flew a borrowed plane from the Spanish Fork airport and crashed it into his home about 2:30 a.m. Youd died on scene, and his wife and a juvenile inside the home escaped safely, Sandoval said.

The plane clipped the corner of a garage across the street but missed power lines as it crashed. The incident could have been much worse, Sandoval said.

Pictures sent to KSL show the plane in the front yard of the damaged home.

The plane and the house apparently caught fire but the flames have been extinguished.

Police are aware of one other domestic violence incident in which Youd was arrested within the past year, Sandoval said.

FAA investigators already on scene will be joined by NTSB investigators this afternoon.

This article will be updated as more information becomes available.

Contributing: Caitlin Burchill and Shara Park, KSL TV; Peter Samore, KSL Newsradio


 Linda Williams, KSL.com
Pilot dies after crashing plane into his own home, police say


Carter Williams, KSL.com

Before and after: How smoky skies have changed SLC’s scenery

By Carter Williams, KSL.com | Posted – Aug 12th, 2018 @ 1:50pm

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SALT LAKE CITY — Smoke coming from wildfires burning throughout Utah and the west has blanketed a good chunk of Utah with haze for more than a week now.It’s hard to not notice the smoky skies: there is a slight campfire scent in the air and the smoke has made some of the state’s beautiful scenery difficult to see.In some places, such as Utah County, air quality dove into unhealthy levels by Thursday. In fact, it led to some athletic events in the county being canceled or placed indoors because it was just too dangerous otherwise.In Salt Lake County, which has remained relatively untouched by wildfires thus far in the season, smoke has sifted through the valley, and air quality and visibility have dipped because of it.So I went back to my photo archives to compare shots of some of Salt Lake City’s more photogenic spots. I matched photos from the past few years with how they looked over the past week after the haze drifted in.

One thing is for sure: There has been a dramatic change to what you can and can’t see in the dense haze.

600 North Bridge

The bridge on 600 North east of I-15 is one of the better spots to grab that iconic photo of the Salt Lake City skyline underneath the majestic Wasatch mountains. However, that doesn’t work as well on a smoky day.

The view of downtown Salt Lake City from the 600 North bridge on Dec. 17, 2017. (Photo: Carter Williams, KSL.com)
The view of downtown Salt Lake City from the 600 North bridge on Aug. 11, 2018. (Photo: Carter Williams, KSL.com)

Bonneville Boulevard

This is the road that connects the Avenues with East Capitol Boulevard, with a turnoff to City Creek Canyon along the way. It also offers motorists, bikers and runners a gorgeous view of the city and the valley on a clear day.

Bonneville Boulevard on Feb. 6, 2017. (Photo: Carter Williams, KSL.com)
Bonneville Boulevard on Aug. 11, 2018. (Photo: Carter Williams, KSL.com)

As you can see, the valley disappears and the Oquirrh Mountains aren’t visible.

Capitol steps

One of the points of the Utah Capitol, when it was built, was to overlook Salt Lake City. As the city and valley have grown throughout the decades, that view has become greater. It’s also a great place to stare at mountains — on a clear air day.

A view of White Memorial Chapel from the Utah Capitol on Nov. 17, 2017. (Photo: Carter Williams, KSL.com)
A view of White Memorial Chapel from the Utah Capitol on Aug. 11, 2018. (Photo: Carter Williams, KSL.com)

KSL Building

Since the Triad Center has the tallest buildings in Salt Lake City west of 300 West, it provides a great view of the Oquirrh Mountains, planes arriving and departing into Salt Lake International Airport, Antelope Island and sunsets.

A photo from the eighth floor of the KSL Buiding on Aug. 11, 2018. (Photo: Carter Williams, KSL.com)

What that same view looks with the recent smoke:

A photo of a sunset from the eighth floor of the KSL Building on June 21, 2018. (Photo: Carter Williams, KSL.com)

Smith’s Ballpark

The ballpark provides fans with one of the best backdrops in all of minor league baseball. On a clear day, fans can see Salt Lake’s Wasatch Range, highlighted by Mount Olympus.

A view of Smith’s Ballpark on April 14, 2017. (Photo: Carter Williams, KSL.com)
A view of Smith’s Ballpark on Aug. 10, 2018. (Photo: Carter Williams, KSL.com)

Tanner Park

The northwest end of Tanner Park, much like many other places across the valley, offers visitors a grand view of the Salt Lake City skyline with Antelope Island in the background. It’s a great place to watch a sunset.

A view of downtown Salt Lake City from Tanner Park on June 30, 2018. (Photo: Carter Williams, KSL.com)
A view of downtown Salt Lake City from Tanner Park on Aug. 7, 2018. (Photo: Carter Williams, KSL.com)

The smoke here strips away the detail in the buildings and Antelope Island has nearly disappeared in the second shot — taken before air quality in the county took a larger drop Friday.

The bad news is poor air quality is forecasted Utah and Salt Lake counties again Sunday, according to KSL’s Air Quality Network. It is rated as being moderately unhealthy to unhealthy for sensitive groups for the rest of northern Utah, and moderate for eastern and southern Utah counties.

It remains unknown when exactly the smoke will clear out.


SALT LAKE CITY — Almost immediately after stepping back onto the titular sandlot filming location, “The Sandlot” cast members Grant Gelt, Shane Obedzinski and Victor DiMattia wandered to the back in search of a tree long since removed.

They called over to Marshall Moore, vice president of marketing and operations for Utah Film Studios and former director of the Utah Film Commission, to ask about what happened to all the various film spots that existed 26 years ago when they filmed the movie.

“It’s like we never left,” Gelt, who played Bertram Grover Weeks, said.

However, the field is completely different than what they remember.

“Everything felt so much bigger,” he later added. “I remember running out there and thinking it was the biggest field I had ever seen.”

The cast met with the next group of young sandlot players at the actual sandlot Saturday before an event to celebrate the film’s 25-year anniversary. The cast took photos with young ball players and signed autographs.

The cast also took photos with each other. It has been 25 years since the movie was released and they’re now in the 30s and 40s. They have their own families.

Returning to the sandlot is akin to a high school reunion.

Grant Gelt, right, asks a question about a filming location to Marshall Moore, vice president of marketing and operations for Utah Film Studios and former director of the Utah Film Commission, at “The Sandlot” filming location in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018. The movie turned 25 years ago this year. (Photo: Carter Williams, KSL.com)
The cast members “The Sandlot” are shown in a promotional photo back in 1993 when the movie came out. (Photo: Fox)
The cast members of “The Sandlot” pose for a photo with their families and members of Utah’s film groups at the sandlot filming location in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018. The movie turned 25 this year. (Photo: Carter Williams, KSL.com)

If there were any indication what the movie meant for Utahns, it was the long line outside Smith’s Ballpark Friday night as people attempted to claim one of 2,000 Ham bobbleheads.

And those bobbleheads went fast. In fact, when they first announced the promotion, an initial 1,000 bobbleheads were made to be shipped out to fans. Kraig Williams, Salt Lake Bees communication manager, said about half of those were sent across the U.S. to people who just wanted the bobblehead, and who asked the team to donate their ticket.

The Bees recorded 14,149 fans at the ballpark Friday, just shy of a sell-out crowd. The team typically averages 8,000 to 10,000 on a Friday night.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to.

An Associated Press investigation found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you’ve used a privacy setting that says it will prevent Google from doing so.

Computer-science researchers at Princeton confirmed these findings at the AP’s request.

For the most part, Google is upfront about asking permission to use your location information. An app like Google Maps will remind you to allow access to location if you use it for navigating. If you agree to let it record your location over time, Google Maps will display that history for you in a “timeline” that maps out your daily movements.

Storing your minute-by-minute travels carries privacy risks and has been used by police to determine the location of suspects — such as a warrant that police in Raleigh, North Carolina, served on Google last year to find devices near a murder scene. So the company will let you “pause” a setting called Location History.

Google says that will prevent the company from remembering where you’ve been. Google’s support page on the subject states: “You can turn off Location History at any time. With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored.”

That isn’t true. Even with Location History paused, some Google apps automatically store time-stamped location data without asking.

For example, Google stores a snapshot of where you are when you merely open its Maps app. Automatic daily weather updates on Android phones pinpoint roughly where you are. And some searches that have nothing to do with location, like “chocolate chip cookies,” or “kids science kits,” pinpoint your precise latitude and longitude — accurate to the square foot — and save it to your Google account.

The privacy issue affects some two billion users of devices that run Google’s Android operating software and hundreds of millions of worldwide iPhone users who rely on Google for maps or search.

Storing location data in violation of a user’s preferences is wrong, said Jonathan Mayer, a Princeton computer scientist and former chief technologist for the Federal Communications Commission’s enforcement bureau. A researcher from Mayer’s lab confirmed the AP’s findings on multiple Android devices; the AP conducted its own tests on several iPhones that found the same behavior.

“If you’re going to allow users to turn off something called ‘Location History,’ then all the places where you maintain location history should be turned off,” Mayer said. “That seems like a pretty straightforward position to have.”

Google says it is being perfectly clear.

“There are a number of different ways that Google may use location to improve people’s experience, including: Location History, Web and App Activity, and through device-level Location Services,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement to the AP. “We provide clear descriptions of these tools, and robust controls so people can turn them on or off, and delete their histories at any time.”

To stop Google from saving these location markers, the company says, users can turn off another setting, one that does not specifically reference location information. Called “Web and App Activity” and enabled by default, that setting stores a variety of information from Google apps and websites to your Google account.

When paused, it will prevent activity on any device from being saved to your account. But leaving “Web & App Activity” on and turning “Location History” off only prevents Google from adding your movements to the “timeline,” its visualization of your daily travels. It does not stop Google’s collection of other location markers.

You can delete these location markers by hand, but it’s a painstaking process since you have to select them individually, unless you want to delete all of your stored activity.

You can see the stored location markers on a page in your Google account at myactivity.google.com, although they’re typically scattered under several different headers, many of which are unrelated to location.

To demonstrate how powerful these other markers can be, the AP created a visual map of the movements of Princeton postdoctoral researcher Gunes Acar, who carried an Android phone with Location history off, and shared a record of his Google account.

The map includes Acar’s train commute on two trips to New York and visits to The High Line park, Chelsea Market, Hell’s Kitchen, Central Park and Harlem. To protect his privacy, The AP didn’t plot the most telling and frequent marker — his home address.

Huge tech companies are under increasing scrutiny over their data practices, following a series of privacy scandals at Facebook and new data-privacy rules recently adopted by the European Union. Last year, the business news site Quartz found that Google was tracking Android users by collecting the addresses of nearby cellphone towers even if all location services were off. Google changed the practice and insisted it never recorded the data anyway.

Critics say Google’s insistence on tracking its users’ locations stems from its drive to boost advertising revenue.

“They build advertising information out of data,” said Peter Lenz, the senior geospatial analyst at Dstillery, a rival advertising technology company. “More data for them presumably means more profit.”

The AP learned of the issue from K. Shankari, a graduate researcher at UC Berkeley who studies the commuting patterns of volunteers in order to help urban planners. She noticed that her Android phone prompted her to rate a shopping trip to Kohl’s, even though she had turned Location History off.

“So how did Google Maps know where I was?” she asked in a blog post .

The AP wasn’t able to recreate Shankari’s experience exactly. But its attempts to do so revealed Google’s tracking. The findings disturbed her.

“I am not opposed to background location tracking in principle,” she said. “It just really bothers me that it is not explicitly stated.”

Google offers a more accurate description of how Location History actually works in a place you’d only see if you turn it off — a popup that appears when you “pause” Location History on your Google account webpage . There the company notes that “some location data may be saved as part of your activity on other Google services, like Search and Maps.”

Google offers additional information in a popup that appears if you re-activate the “Web & App Activity” setting — an uncommon action for many users, since this setting is on by default. That popup states that, when active, the setting “saves the things you do on Google sites, apps, and services … and associated information, like location.”

Warnings when you’re about to turn Location History off via Android and iPhone device settings are more difficult to interpret. On Android, the popup explains that “places you go with your devices will stop being added to your Location History map.” On the iPhone, it simply reads, “None of your Google apps will be able to store location data in Location History.”

The iPhone text is technically true if potentially misleading. With Location History off, Google Maps and other apps store your whereabouts in a section of your account called “My Activity,” not “Location History.”

Since 2014, Google has let advertisers track the effectiveness of online ads at driving foot traffic , a feature that Google has said relies on user location histories.

The company is pushing further into such location-aware tracking to drive ad revenue, which rose 20 percent last year to $95.4 billion. At a Google Marketing Live summit in July, Google executives unveiled a new tool called “local campaigns” that dynamically uses ads to boost in-person store visits. It says it can measure how well a campaign drove foot traffic with data pulled from Google users’ location histories.

Google also says location records stored in My Activity are used to target ads. Ad buyers can target ads to specific locations — say, a mile radius around a particular landmark — and typically have to pay more to reach this narrower audience.

While disabling “Web & App Activity” will stop Google from storing location markers, it also prevents Google from storing information generated by searches and other activity. That can limit the effectiveness of the Google Assistant, the company’s digital concierge.

Sean O’Brien, a Yale Privacy Lab researcher with whom the AP shared its findings, said it is “disingenuous” for Google to continuously record these locations even when users disable Location History. “To me, it’s something people should know,” he said.


AP Interactive: https://interactives.ap.org/google-location-tracking/


Election Machine Hacking for Dummies Easy to Do No Special Tools Needed- 2 Mins or Less!! Short vid demonstration

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Date: Monday, 13-Aug-2018 10:23:04

Voting Machines Used In 18 States Can Be Hacked In Under Two Minutes. Watch this DIY video and learn the 1-2-3 easy steps to get your candidate elected without the pesky need for your voters to show up at the polls.

Excellent find!!! Unless paper ballots are counted by human hands in a bi-partisan manner, the elections will be rigged by the globalists whose candidates will not win otherwise. Demand paper ballots and human counting.


At @defcon hacking conference and just learned how easy it is to physically gain admin access on a voting machine that is used in 18 states. Requires no tools and takes under 2 minutes. I’m concerned for our upcoming elections.


Wildfire updates: US Highway 6 closed due to Coal Hollow Fire; evacuations ordered in Diamond Fork Canyon


DENVER (CNN) — Parents may want to take a second look at their children’s school supplies this season.

The results of lab tests detailed in a report released Aug. 7 found traces of asbestos, lead and other dangerous chemicals in a number of popular school supplies.

The US Public Interest Research Group Education Fund tested dozens of typical classroom materials for toxins. While most were nontoxic, some crayons, markers and binders received a failing grade.

Here are some of the products that tested positive for toxic substances:

Playskool crayons (36 count)

This box set, purchased at Dollar Tree, has traces of asbestos, the report found. The chemical can appear in the talc that is used in crayon manufacturing, according to the report.

If ingested or inhaled, asbestos can cause severe damage to a person’s health, including lung cancer and mesothelioma.

It is unclear if other versions of the crayons have been affected.

“Product and children’s safety are top priorities for Hasbro,” the toy company said in a statement to CNN. Hasbro owns the license to the product. “We are conducting a thorough investigation into these claims.”

Dollar Tree spokesperson Randy Guiler said the retail chain is “aware of the report and have since reverified that each of the listed products successfully passed inspection and testing.”

EXPO dry erase markers with scented ink

The markers, purchased on Amazon, were found to have traces of BTEX, which refers to four chemicals that have been linked to liver, kidney and immune system damage. One of the four chemicals, benzene, is a carcinogen.

It is unclear if unscented versions of the markers also contain traces of BTEX.

In a statement to CNN, EXPO said in part, “We are aware of the report by U.S. Public Interest Research Group and can confirm that our products meet all applicable regulatory and safety standards. Additionally, all EXPO Dry Erase Markers have been examined by an independent, certified toxicologist from Duke University Medical Center and are certified as safe, non-toxic by The Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc. (ACMI).”

CNN has not yet heard back from Amazon for comment.

The Board Dudes six magnetic dry erase markers

The Board Dudes, another brand of dry erase markers that were also purchased on Amazon, tested positive for traces of BTEX chemicals.

Amazon and Mattel, which owns The Board Dudes’ parent company, have not responded to CNN’s request for comment.

Related story:

Jot 1-inch 3-ring binder in blue

This Dollar Tree binder tested positive for traces of phthalates, a group of chemicals used to soften plastics.

According to the report, research suggests the chemicals can cause problems for children, including issues with development, asthma and childhood obesity.

It is unclear if other versions of the binder also contain phthalates.

‘Need for constant vigilance’

The organization urged parents to be mindful of the potential presence of toxins when buying school supplies.

“The presence of toxic hazards in school supplies highlights the need for constant vigilance on the part of government agencies and the public to ensure that school supplies containing toxic chemicals are removed from store shelves,” the report says.

The report is accompanied by a shopping guide for parents that lists products that tested safe for use.

“We want to give parents and teachers the option to choose school supplies that do not contain toxic chemicals.”


LONDON (AP) — A British conservation charity says record-breaking temperatures have encouraged a rare flock of Andean flamingos to lay eggs for the first time since 2003.

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust says six of the exotic birds laid nine eggs, all of which were infertile. The charity’s reserve in Gloucestershire in southwest England then gave the Andean flamingos eggs from near-relatives, Chilean flamingos, to look after.

Mark Roberts, the aviculture manager at the Slimbridge reserve, says “with the Andeans in full parenting mode, we gave them Chilean chicks to bring up as their own. It’s great motivation and enriching for the birds.”

The Andeans are some of the oldest animals at the trust’s Slimbridge reserve. Some arrived in the 1960s as adults. The birds are long-lived and can breed into old age.

An Andean flamingo swaddles a surrogate Chilean flamingo chick, supplanted to replace its own infertile egg, in Slimbridge, England, in this undated photo. (Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust via AP)

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PROVO, Utah (AP) — Authorities say a man has been arrested in Orem after allegedly having $100,000 in illegal drugs mailed to him.

The Daily Herald reports 29-year-old Manteo Soto of Price was arrested Friday on suspicion of distributing, offering or arranging the distribution of a controlled substance.

Utah County authorities say they received information from federal agents that a package being shipped to an Orem post office from Germany contained 543 grams of the drug ecstasy that could be used to produce hundreds of pills.

They say two packages of drugs were hidden inside a teddy bear inside of a shipping box that had been sealed and addressed to a post office box.

Soto reportedly signed for the package and was later arrested.

It was unclear Sunday if he has a lawyer yet.


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Embarking on a mission that scientists have been dreaming of since the Sputnik era, a NASA spacecraft hurtled Sunday toward the sun on a quest to unlock some of its mysteries by getting closer than any object sent before.

If all goes well, the Parker Solar Probe will fly straight through the wispy edges of the sun’s corona, or outer atmosphere, in November. In the years ahead, it will gradually get within 3.8 million miles (6 million kilometers) of the surface, its instruments protected from the extreme heat and radiation by a revolutionary new carbon heat shield and other high-tech wizardry.

Altogether, the Parker probe will make 24 close approaches to our star during the seven-year, $1.5 billion journey.

“Wow, here we go. We’re in for some learning over the next several years,” said Eugene Parker, the 91-year-old astrophysicist for whom the spacecraft is named.

It was Parker who accurately theorized 60 years ago the existence of solar wind — the supersonic stream of charged particles blasting off the sun and coursing through space, sometimes wreaking havoc on electrical systems on Earth.

This is the first time NASA has named a spacecraft after a living person.

As Parker and thousands of others watched, a Delta IV Heavy rocket carried the probe aloft, thundering into the clear, star-studded sky on three pillars of fire that lit up the middle-of-the-night darkness.

NASA needed the mighty 23-story rocket, plus a third stage, to get the Parker probe — the size of a small car and well under a ton — racing toward the sun, 93 million miles (150 million kilometers) from Earth.

A Saturday morning launch attempt was foiled by last-minute technical trouble. But Sunday gave way to complete success.

It was the first rocket launch ever witnessed by Parker, a retired University of Chicago professor. He said it was like looking at photos of the Taj Mahal for years and then beholding the real thing in India.

“I really have to turn from biting my nails in getting it launched, to thinking about all the interesting things which I don’t know yet and which will be made clear, I assume, over the next five or six or seven years,” Parker said on NASA TV.

Among the mysteries scientists hope to solve: Why is the corona hundreds of times hotter than the surface, which is 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit (5,500 degrees Celsius)? And why is the sun’s atmosphere continually expanding and accelerating, as Parker theorized in 1958?

“The only way we can do that is to finally go up and touch the sun,” said project scientist Nicola Fox of Johns Hopkins University. “We’ve looked at it. We’ve studied it from missions that are close in, even as close as the planet Mercury. But we have to go there.”

The Mobile Service Tower is rolled back to reveal the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket with the Parker Solar Probe onboard, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Fla. A last-minute technical problem Saturday delayed NASA’s unprecedented flight to the sun. Rocket maker United Launch Alliance said it would try again Sunday, provided the helium-pressure issue can be resolved quickly. Once on its way, the Parker probe will venture closer to our star than any other spacecraft. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)

A better understanding of the sun’s life-giving and sometimes violent nature could also enable earthlings to better protect satellites and astronauts in orbit, along with the power grids so vital to today’s technology-dependent society, said Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA’s science mission chief.

Parker, the probe, will start shattering records this fall. On its very first brush with the sun, it will come within 15.5 million miles (25 million kilometers), easily beating the current record of 27 million miles (43 million kilometers) set by NASA’s Helios 2 spacecraft in 1976.

By the time Parker gets to its 22nd, 23rd and 24th orbits of the sun in 2024 and 2025, it will be even deeper into the corona and traveling at a record 430,000 mph (690,000 kilometers per hour). Nothing from planet Earth has ever gone that fast.

Even Fox has difficulty comprehending the mission’s derring-do.

“To me, it’s still mind-blowing,” she said. “Even I still go, ‘Really? We’re doing that?'”

The 8-foot (2.4-meter) heat shield will serve as an umbrella that will shade the spacecraft’s scientific instruments, with on-board sensors adjusting the protective cover as necessary so that nothing gets fried.

A mission to get up close and personal with our star has been on NASA’s books since 1958. The trick was making the spacecraft compact and light enough to travel at incredible speeds and durable enough to withstand the punishing environment.

“We’ve had to wait so long for our technology to catch up with our dreams,” Fox said.


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Toll from Greek seaside resort wildfire rises to 94

By The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 12th, 2018 @ 11:05am

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek health officials say the death toll from the July 23 fire at the seaside resort of Mati, near Athens, has risen to 94 after a 57-year-old woman in intensive care died of her injuries.The Ministry of Health announced that the woman, who died Saturday morning, is the 11th person to have died in the hospital from injuries sustained in the fire.The ministry says 31 other fire victims are still hospitalized; eight of them are still in intensive care, including five who are on life support.Greece’s fire service confirmed the number of Mati wildfire dead at 94, adding that among them “are two unidentifiable remains, with available DNA, that have not been sought by relatives.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


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Airplane theft shows potential dangers from airline workers

By Rachel By Corte and Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 12th, 2018 @ 10:28am

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The theft of an empty plane by an airline worker who performed dangerous loops before crashing into a remote island in Puget Sound illustrated what aviation experts have long known: One of the biggest potential perils for commercial air travel is airline or airport employees causing mayhem.”The greatest threat we have to aviation is the insider threat,” said Erroll Southers, a former FBI agent and transportation security expert. “Here we have an employee who was vetted to the level to have access to the aircraft and had a skill set proficient enough to take off with that plane.”Video showed the Horizon Air Q400, a turboprop plane that seats 76 people, doing large loops and other dangerous maneuvers as the sun set on Puget Sound. The flight lasted about 75 minutes, and ended Friday night when he crashed into the small island after being chased by military jets. The two F-15C aircraft scrambled from Portland didn’t fire the plane, authorities said.

Southers said the man could have caused mass destruction.

“If he had the skill set to do loops with a plane like this, he certainly had the capacity to fly it into a building and kill people on the ground,” he said.

A U.S. official briefed on the matter told The Associated Press the man was Richard Russell. The official wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter and spoke on the condition of anonymity. He is presumed to have died in the crash.

Officials said he was a 3.5-year Horizon employee and had clearance to be among aircraft, but that to their knowledge, he wasn’t a licensed pilot. He took the empty plane from a maintenance area.

Alaska Airlines said the suspect was a ground service agent employed by Horizon. Those employees direct aircraft for takeoff and gate approach and de-ice planes, as well as handle baggage.

It’s unclear how the 29-year-old Russell attained the skills to do loops in the aircraft, authorities said.

Gary Beck, CEO of Horizon Air, said it wasn’t clear how the man knew to start the engine, which requires a series of switches and levers.

At a news conference, officials from Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air said they are working with authorities.

“Last night’s event is going to push us to learn what we can from this tragedy so that we can ensure this does not happen again at Alaska Air Group or at any other airline,” said Brad Tilden, CEO of Alaska Airlines.

Smoke rises from the site on Ketron Island in Washington state where an Horizon Air turboprop plane crashed Friday after it was stolen from Sea-Tac International Airport as seen from the air, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, near Steilacoom, Wash. Investigators were working to find out how an airline employee stole the plane Friday and crashed it after being chased by military jets that were quickly scrambled to intercept the aircraft. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

The plane crashed on tiny Ketron Island, southwest of Tacoma, Washington. Video showed fiery flames amid trees on the island, which is sparsely populated and only accessible by ferry. Investigators expect they will be able to recover both the cockpit voice recorder and the event data recorder from the plane.

Russell could be heard on audio recordings talking to air traffic controllers, who tried to convince him to land the airplane.

“There is a runway just off to your right side in about a mile,” the controller says, referring to an airfield at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

“Oh man. Those guys will rough me up if I try and land there,” Russell responded, later adding “This is probably jail time for life, huh?”

Later Russell said: “I’ve got a lot of people that care about me. It’s going to disappoint them to hear that I did this … Just a broken guy, got a few screws loose, I guess.”

Russell went by “Beebo” on social media, and on his Facebook page, which had limited public access. He said he was from Wasilla, Alaska, lived in Sumner, Washington, and was married in 2012.

In a humorous YouTube video he posted last year, he talked about his job and included videos and photos of his various travels.

“I lift a lot of bags. Like a lot of bags. So many bags,” he said.

Russell’s family said in a statement that they are stunned and heartbroken. They referenced the recordings and said and that it’s clear Russell, who went by the nickname “Beebo,” didn’t intend to harm anyone and “he was right in saying that there are so many people who loved him.”

Suicide prevention resources

If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, call the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK.Crisis Hotlines

  • Utah County Crisis Line: 801-691-5433
  • Salt Lake County/UNI Crisis Line: 801-587-3000
  • Wasatch Mental Health Crisis Line: 801-373-7393
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Trevor Project Hotline for LGBTQ teens: 1-866-488-7386

Online resources

Warning signs of suicide

  • Talking about wanting to die
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious, agitated or recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings

The more of these signs a person shows, the greater the risk. Warning signs are associated with suicide but may not be what causes a suicide.

Information from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

What to do if you see warning signs of suicide

  • Do not leave the person alone
  • Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt
  • Call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional

Information from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.


Ridler reported from, Idaho. AP reporter Mike Balsamo in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

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Utah Fire Info via Twitter

Wildfire updates: Fire in Sanpete County fully contained; Southern Utah sees hail, flash flooding

By Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com and Yvette Cruz, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug 11th, 2018 @ 11:04pm

10PM: Wildfire updates: Fire in Sanpete County fully contained; Southern Utah sees hail, flash flooding
SALT LAKE CITY — The Coal Hollow Fire, burning in southeast Utah County in Spanish Fork Canyon, grew to 19,360 acres Saturday and was 4 percent contained, Utah fire officials report.A new fire broke out south of Saratoga Springs Saturday morning and had burned about 1,400 acres by the evening.There were at least nine active wildfires burning throughout Utah as of Saturday, according to Utah Fire Info. The Wasatch Front continues to experience bad air quality as smoke from the fires affects the area.While fires burned in northern and central Utah, residents in parts of southern Utah were hit with hail, 55 mph winds and flash flooding Saturday.

Friday’s fire coverage:

Stay tuned to KSL.com for the latest fire information updates. This story will be updated throughout the day.


Hail, flooding reported in parts of southern Utah

While wildfires burned in northern and central Utah, residents in southern Utah were hit with thunderstorms, hail, 55 mph winds and flash flooding Saturday.

In St. George, Washington and Santa Clara, an urban and small stream flood advisory was issued just before 8:30 p.m. and was expected to last until 10:15 p.m.


Hill Top Fire (in Sanpete County) 100 percent contained; Evacuations lifted

Evacuations were lifted Saturday night as firefighters reached full containment on the Hill Top Fire, officials reported.

The fire burned a total of 1,861 acres.

Crews will continue to monitor the area for any hot spots, officials said.


Coal Hollow Fire 4 percent contained

The Coal Hollow Fire in Utah County was 4 percent contained Saturday evening, according to Inciweb.

The fire had not grown in size as of about 9:00 p.m.


Iron Hill Fire near Saratoga Springs grows to 1,400 acres

A wildfire that sparked earlier Saturday grew to 1,400 acres and was 25 percent contained by the evening, officials report.

A crew of 20 will stay overnight on the mountain by the communication towers located in the area. Retardant had been spread near the towers earlier in the day. On Sunday morning, a new crew and three helicopters will join the firefighting effort.


Cause of Dollar Ridge Fire (in Duchesne County) remains unknown

Nearly six weeks after the Dollar Ridge Fire in Duchesne County ignited, officials have not yet been able to determine the exact cause.

While firefighters continue battling the blaze, a lack of human evidence has made it difficult to establish how the fire started, according to Jason Curry of the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands.

“We get fires every year that we say are undetermined because there’s not enough evidence, there’s no witnesses and (they’re burning) in a very remote area like this one is,” Curry said.

Because no lightning was detected in the area, fire officials believe the fire to be human caused. That said, it could have been intentional or unintentional.

“In Utah, we’re very fortunate. We don’t have a lot of intentional acts starting our wildfires,” Curry said. “Usually, it’s something that’s less-than-intentional.”

Officials will continue investigating, and are considering all possibilities of what may have sparked the blaze, including natural causes like rockfall or lightning that may not have been noticed yet, Curry added.

The fire has destroyed an estimated 90 structures.

“It’s frustrating to have the investigation have zero results, especially one that takes homes and impacts communities the way the Dollar Ridge Fire did,” Curry said.

As of Friday evening, the fire had burned 64,565 acres, or about 101 square miles, and was 90 percent contained.

Anyone with information on the Dollar Ridge Fire is asked to contact the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office at 435-654-1411 or the Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office at 435-738-2015.

— Alex Cabrero, KSL TV


Iron Hill Fire near Saratoga Springs grows past 100 acres, 20 percent contained

A fire that broke out Saturday morning south of Saratoga Springs, dubbed the Iron Hill Fire, has grown past 100 acres, Eagle Mountain City officials said on Twitter.

It was 20 percent contained as of 2:45 p.m., and crews were making good progress on the fire, Saratoga Springs officials said on Twitter.

The fire is burning near milepost 20 on state Route 68, also known as Redwood Road, officials said. The blaze is about five miles south of Saratoga Springs and west of Utah Lake in the Lake Mountains.

Officials reported that the fire was moving west up a steep canyon. Two helicopters and two planes had been assigned to the fire as of Saturday afternoon.


New fire breaks out south of Saratoga Springs

A new fire sparked Saturday morning on the west side of Redwood Road south of Saratoga Springs, city officials reported.

The fire was first reported just after 11 a.m. Saturday. It is thought to be between 30 and 50 acres. Officials are asking people to avoid the area.


Coal Hollow Fire in Utah County remains 0 percent contained

The Coal Hollow Fire burning in Spanish Fork Canyon in southeast Utah County was zero percent contained as of Saturday morning.

The fire grew to 19,360 acres overnight, from almost 18,000 acres Friday, Utah fire officials reported.

Evacuation statuses in the area remained unchanged on Saturday. Evacuation information is available on Inciweb.

Crews were conducting burnout operations to reduce fuels near the northwest corner of the fire and U.S. Highway 6, officials said. The fire also is advancing toward Highway 6 in the right fork of Clear Creek, southwest of Tucker.





6 cars swallowed by sinkhole under outlet mall parking lot

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 11th – 7:30pm

Six cars are trapped by a sinkhole that’s opened up in the parking lot of a Pennsylvania outlet mall.

Authorities probe how airline employee could steal plane

Rachel La Corte and Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 11th – 6:07pm

Investigators are piecing together how an airline ground agent working his regular shift stole an empty Horizon Air turboprop plane, took off from Sea-Tac International Airport and fatally crashed into a small island in the Puget Sound after being chase

Officials identify pilot in fatal plane crash at St. George airport

Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug 11th – 5:44pm

One person died when an experimental plane crashed at the St. George Airport Saturday morning, officials confirmed.

Steve Helber, AP

Tense confrontation amid peaceful vigils in Charlottesville

By Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 11th, 2018 @ 7:34pm



Airbus Spy Drone Breaks Flight-Endurance Record To 25 Days

A solar-powered spy drone developed by Airbus Defence and Space recently broke the record for the longest continuous flight. The unmanned aircraft is known as Zephyr, a unique, re-usable solar-powered plane, providing a broad scope of applications, ranging from military surveillance, border patrol missions, communications, forest fire detection and monitoring.

According to the press release, the aerospace company recently announced the successful flight test of its first production aircraft of the Zephyr programme, the new Zephyr HAPS: a High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite, which can autonomously fly for months at a time, combines the persistence of a satellite with the flexibility of a UAV. To achieve extended flight duration, the spy drone harnesses the sun’s rays, running exclusively on solar power, and flies above weather (clouds, jet streams) and regular air traffic.

After taking off on 11th July in Arizona, Zephyr S stayed airborne for 25 days, 23 hours, and 57 minutes. The flight smashed the previous record — set by a legacy Zephyr prototype several years ago, achieving then more than 14 days continuous flight.

According to Flightradar24, the precise location of the test seemed to be around the Yuma Proving Grounds, an Army facility and one of the biggest military installations in the world. Judging by the flight path, pilots and or the onboard autonomous flight control system had a creative touch as they spelled out “Airbus” during the test.

The Airbus drone flies at an altitude of 65,000 feet, entirely above the Earth’s weather systems and commercial air traffic.

“The only civil aircraft that used to fly at this altitude was Concorde, and only the famous military U2 and SR-71 Blackbird could operate at similar levels,” the aerospace company said.

The flimsy-looking aircraft was constructed at a facility in Farnborough, England, with a wingspan of 25-meter (82 feet) and weight of roughly 75 kilos (165 pounds).

Airbus states that the Zephyr is “filling a capability gap between satellites and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) by providing an affordable, adaptable and persistent solution.” The company mentions the spy drone has the ability “to continuously evolve with advances in payload technology.” As far as sensors, it seems the drone could take full advantage of the next generation of payloads including high-resolution imaging and high bandwidth communication systems.

Zephyr Footage: 15cm resolution from 60,000 feet altitude

“This very successful maiden flight represents a new significant milestone in the Zephyr programme, adding a new stratospheric flight endurance record which we hope will be formalized very shortly. We will in the coming days check all engineering data and outputs and start the preparation of additional flights planned for the second half of this year from our new operating site at the Wyndham airfield in Western Australia,” said Jana Rosenmann, Head of Unmanned Aerial Systems at Airbus.

With a successful test flight and series production of the Airbus Zephyr, it now makes sense why Facebook in June abandoned its internet drone program.

Video: Airbus Zephyr Solar High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite Maiden Flight


Peter Strzok, who spearheaded the FBI’s investigations into both the Clinton email “matter” and the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, has been fired from the agency over anti-Trump texts, according to The Washington Post.

Aitan Goelman, Strzok’s lawyer, said FBI Deputy Director David L. Bowdich ordered the firing on Friday — even though the director of the FBI office that normally handles employee discipline had decided Strzok should face only a demotion and 60-day suspension. Goelman said the move undercuts the FBI’s repeated assurances that Strzok would be afforded the normal disciplinary process. –Washington Post

This isn’t the normal process in any way more than name,” Goelman said.

Strzok’s termination follows a June report that he was physically escorted out of an FBI building despite still being employed by the agency.

In response Goelman said in a statement: “Pete has steadfastly played by the rules and respected the process, and yet he continues to be the target of unfounded personal attacks, political games and inappropriate information leaks.”

In the same June letter, Goelman complained about the “impartiality of the disciplinary process, which now appears tainted by political influence.”

In other words, Peter Strzok – who vowed in a text message to his FBI mistress to “stop” Trump, was the victim of political bias – according to his attorney.

Goelman also wrote that “instead of publicly calling for a long-serving FBI agent to be summarily fired, politicians should allow the disciplinary process to play out free from political pressure.” We are confident that everyone will be very interested in watching the “impartial” disciplinary process play out fully in the coming months.

Goelman’s conclusion: “Despite being put through a highly questionable process, Pete has complied with every FBI procedure, including being escorted from the building as part of the ongoing internal proceedings.”

Strzok’s anti-Trump sentiment came to light after an internal investigation revealed he and his FBI mistress Lisa Page had exchanged 50,000 text messages, many of which contained clear animus towards then-candidate Donald Trump.

Strzok’s position in the bureau had been precarious since last summer, when Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz told Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III that the lead agent on his team had been exchanging anti-Trump messages with an FBI lawyer. The next day, Mueller expelled Strzok from the group.

The lawyer, Lisa Page, had also been a part of Mueller’s team, though she left a few weeks earlier and no longer works for the FBI. She and Strzok were having an affair. –Washington Post

Perhaps the most alarming of the exchanges mentions an “insurance policy” in the event Trump is elected.

I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office – that there’s no way he [Trump] gets elected – but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk.” Strzok wrote to Page, adding “It’s like a life insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.”

In another text exchange, Strzok tells Page: “I am riled up. Trump is a f*cking idiot, is unable to provide a coherrent answer,” and “I CAN’T PULL AWAY, WHAY THE F*CK HAPPENED TO OUR COUNTRY (redacted)??!?!

Page then messages Strzok, saying “And maybe you’re meant to stay where you are because you’re meant to protect the country from that menace. (links to NYT article), to which Strzok replied “I can protect our country at many levels.”

The text messages made abundantly clear that Strzok – the man who downgraded the FBI’s assessment of Hillary’s email mishandling from “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless,” and used a largely unfounded Trump-Russia dossier to launch a counterintelligence operation – holds a deep disdain for Donald Trump.

In response to the discovery of Strzok and Page’s texts, President Trump derided the pair as “FBI lovers.” On Sunday, Trump tweeted “Will the FBI ever recover it’s once stellar reputation, so badly damaged by Comey, McCabe, Peter S and his lover, the lovely Lisa Page, and other top officials now dismissed or fired? So many of the great men and women of the FBI have been hurt by these clowns and losers!”

Strzok testified at a Congressional earing last month, asserting that there was “no evidence of bias in my professional actions,” and that his testimony was “just another victory notch in [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s belt and another milestone in our enemies’ campaign to tear America apart.”

The now-former FBI agent also creeped people out with a weird smirk during the session, as well as the generally creepy faces he made:

We’re looking forward to hearing Strzok’s side of the story wherever he lands next – which we assume will either be CNN or MSNBC.


Musk: “I Said “Funding Secured” After Meeting With Saudis”, Admits It Wasn’t



Britain’s Biggest Home Improvement Chain May Dump Monsanto’s “Roundup” After Cancer Lawsuit

Turkish State Media Exposes The American Empire & Its Media

Amid growing diplomatic tensions between the US and Turkey, Turkish TV station ‘A Haber’ on Saturday presented a detailed segment on ‘The American Empire and its Media’showing the surprisingly close interrelations between U.S. mainstream media and key foreign policy institutions.

Chicago’s Obamaland “Scam” Reaches Mainstream Media

It’s a political ‘institute’, not a presidential library. So taxpayers shouldn’t be paying for anything…”


Infowars Website Traffic Explodes After Silicon Valley Blacklists Alex Jones Empire

“They are using me as a test case to try to bring an EU style web censorship”

72% Of Americans Say It’s “Essential” For US To Be World Space Exploration Leader

…but Democratic leaders disagree“It’s dangerous to have a leader who cannot be talked out of crazy ideas.”


Seventy-two percent of U.S. adults say it is “essential” for the U.S. to lead the world in space exploration, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted from March 27 to April 9.

As The Daily Caller’s Evie Fordham reports, space exploration is on many Americans’ minds after President Donald Trump proposed creating a sixth branch of the military called the Space Force in March. Vice President Mike Pence delivered a speech Thursday outlining a Pentagon report about how Space Force can become reality.

Eighty percent of U.S. adults see the International Space Station as a “good investment.” Sixty-five percent of U.S. adults see the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as “essential” in space exploration even as private companies like Virgin Galactic and Elon Musk’s SpaceX have come into existence, according to Pew.

Support for U.S. investment in space exploration and technology is roughly the same among U.S. adults “across gender, educational and political groups,” according to Pew. Seventy-one percent of Baby Boomer and older generations support “continued U.S. space leadership” compared to 70 percent of millennials.

Sixty-three percent of U.S. adults say that monitoring “key parts of the Earth’s climate system” should be a top priority for NASA. Sixty-two percent of U.S. adults say that monitoring “asteroids/objects that could hit earth” should be NASA’s top priority. Only 18 percent say that sending astronauts to Mars should be a top priority.

Democrats, including Hawaii Rep. Brian Schatz, blasted Trump’s interest in space and a potential Space Force after Pence’s speech Thursday.

“It’s dangerous to have a leader who cannot be talked out of crazy ideas,” Schatz said on Twitter Thursday.

Bernie would rather government used the budget for the space force to give some more ‘free shit’ away…

However, the Democrats (and the Democratic Socialists) seem adrift here as not just 72% of Americans but some extremely renowned experts are supportive of his space force.

Although a segment of the scientific community has been vocally opposed to a Space Force, the sentiment is not universal. Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of Cosmos and an outspoken science advocate, explained to Yahoo Entertainment why the idea of a Space Force shouldn’t immediately be mocked.

And none other than the man who first landed on the moon – Buzz Aldrin – endorsed Trump’s new galactic effort…

“One giant leap in the right direction. #SpaceForce,” the retired astronaut tweeted, quoting a message from Vice President Mike Pence about the initiative.


Facebook Brags They Can Change ‘Any Public Opinion’

Embattled social media giant Facebook actually promoted its usefulness “as a market research tool and as a platform for ad saturation [that] can be used to change public opinion in any political campaign.”



Authored by ‘Stucky’ via The Burning Platform blog,

Farcebook influences American elections a thousand times more effectively than Russia. So, it does make sense that the ‘media’ spends a thousand percent more time on Russia. Russia. Russia. Did I mention Russia?

I soooooo wish there was a way to utterly destroy that shitfuk company! Of course there IS a way. DON’T USE FACEBOOK!! But, it seems that will never happen. Even Facebook lobbying banks to access YOUR FINANCIAL DATA is met with “ho hum” indifference. It seems they are indestructible. Stupid ass Amerikans.

Some of you have a Facebook account. Maybe you “only” use it to keep in touch with a loved one. Whatever. If you have a Facebook account …. you ARE part of the problem. How can you live with yourself, and still post there?

Don’t be angry with me, my friends. I speak my chastisement out of love. I’m trying to save your sorry-asses souls from going to hell… the eternal home of 99.99% of Facebook Users, according to the Old Testament.

BUSTED: In 2011, Facebook Promoted Case Study That Bragged “Very Economical” Ads On Social Network “Can Be Used To Change Public Opinion In Any Political Campaign”


Embattled social media giant Facebook actually promoted a case study on its own website in 2011 that praised its usefulness “as a market research tool and as a platform for ad saturation [that] can be used to change public opinion in any political campaign.”

The case study highlighted how a media firm named Chong + Koster was able to successfully sway public opinion against a 2010 Florida ballot measure that would have increased public school class sizes. It noted how Chong + Koster’s “Vote NO on 8” campaign cleverly “used Facebook’s targeting capabilities to serve a variety of ad messages to Floridians by age groups – 18 – 29; 30 – 44; 45 – 54; 55 – 63; 64 and over – separately for both males and females,” and ended up scoring an impressive, improbable victory on Election Day.

“The campaign had a very small budget and needed to maximize the effectiveness of its marketing to persuade voters to vote no on the proposition,” the case study, which is still up on Facebook’s Government and Politics page today, notes. “The backers also knew at the outset that they wanted to find a new model for voter communication. The first goal of the Facebook Ads campaign was to use Facebook as a market research tool to hone the messages identified by a baseline poll specifically for each micro-audience of targeted voters in Florida and for each demographic group. The learnings from this market research would be used across all other media buys. The second goal was to saturate Facebook users in Florida with targeted messages in the month prior to the election.”

The page also states that the most important goal of this Facebook advertisement campaign was to determine whether it could change future political advertising: “The third, and most important goal, was to measure the impact of the online ad program to assess its viability as a new model for voter persuasion.”

You won’t hear this stuff from the lying mainstream media. Keep the GotNews mission alive: send tips to editor@gotnews.com or donate at FreeStartr.com/GotNews.

In addition, it discusses how Chung + Koster utilized Facebook users’ locations to perfect its microtargeting. “The agency relied on Facebook’s Location Targeting to reach people in two of the most populated counties in Florida, Dade and Broward, which have a combined population of 4.2 million,” the case study explains, before quoting a very satisfied Chong + Koster partner named Tyler Davis. “The methodology for using Facebook as a market research tool is really quite simple and incredibly efficient,” Davis observes in the case study. “For each target audience identified by the poll, we ran a set of Facebook Ads that split-tested a variety of messages and imagery. Then, with Facebook’s real-time performance reporting, we were able to pinpoint the best message/image for each audience, and move those findings to inform display ad production within a week.”

Another one of the firm’s partners, Josh Koster, revealed that the insights his firm gained from its Facebook advertising campaign were so beneficial that it used them to tweak its advertisements on other platforms. “We used Facebook as the master research tool to help determine the creative for banner ads and TV ads online,” Koster explains. “Not only were our display ads based on the results of the Facebook research, but a lot of our ads ran to people who we originally aggregated on a remarketing list through the Facebook acquisition campaign.”

The case study then boasts about the effectiveness of the campaign by bragging about the Facebook advertising campaign’s astounding results:


It then concludes with a section titled “The Future,” which asserts: “Chong & Koster believes that the strategy of using Facebook as a market research tool and as a platform for ad saturation can be used to change public opinion in any political campaign. The agency has already applied the model for other campaigns, and is also working with a number of brands that recognize that this could lead to a new model for brand advertising in the digital era.”

That this bold claim is still featured on Facebook’s Government and Politics page may come as a surprise in light of Facebook’s recent political advertising scandals – particularly this year’s scandal involving Cambridge Analytica, the political data firm that Facebook suspended after reports of it violating users’ privacy by improperly accessing their data.

But as Facebook tries to downplay its history of sharing massive amounts of data with political advertisers, this case study from 2011 is a good reminder of how the company used to boast about its ability to help sway elections for clients willing to buy advertisements on the site.

[Stucky Ending Note: FUCK FACEBOOK AND IT’S (((CEO))) and the people who support Facebook by using it!!!!]

Seattle Airport Employee Who Stole And Crashed Plane Identified

“an avid traveler, a high-school football standout and Christian youth leader who once operated an Oregon bakery with his wife.”


Over 100 Newspapers Collude To Decry Trump’s “Dirty War On The Free Press”

Yesterday, we noted The Boston Globe’s ‘call to action’ for the nation’s newspapers to collude to fight back against what they called Trump’s “dirty war against the free press.”

“We propose to publish an editorial on August 16 on the dangers of the administration’s assault on the press and ask others to commit to publishing their own editorials on the same date,” The Globe said in its pitch to fellow papers.

Today we see the results.

As of today, CNN reports that Marjorie Pritchard, the Globe’s deputy editorial page editor, says “we have more than 100 publications signed up, and I expect that number to grow in the coming days.”

The American Society of News Editors, the New England Newspaper and Press Association and other groups have helped her spread the word.

“The response has been overwhelming,” Pritchard said. “We have some big newspapers, but the majority are from smaller markets, all enthusiastic about standing up to Trump’s assault on journalism.”

Instead of printing the exact same message, each publication will write its own editorial, Pritchard said. That was a key part of her pitch:

“The impact of Trump’s assault on journalism looks different in Boise than it does in Boston,” she wrote. “Our words will differ. But at least we can agree that such attacks are alarming.”

Pritchard said she expects differing views from the editorials, “but the same sentiment: The importance of a free and independent press.”

CNN proudly crows that the coordinated editorials may be another example of unity across the news business, or, as we noted previously, another example of supreme hypocrisy – as a ‘free and independent’ press being coerced to collude on the same story against their President.

Finally, the ‘media’ should be a little careful what they wish for, as Axios show below, the Trump news cycle is paying their bills handsomely.

The first half of 2018 has been extremely busy, as seen in Google News Lab’s data on the googling trends of the public. It shows when and how much people searched about 30 of the biggest news events.



Guided Bomb Fragments At Site Of Yemen Bus Airstrike Trace Back To Lockheed Martin

A prominent Yemeni journalist who throughout the war has been instrumental in getting images and information out of the country ahead of Western journalists has photographed and examined fragments from one of the exploded missiles found at the site of the US-Saudi coalition airstrike on a school bus in Yemen, which left as many as 50 people dead and 63 injured — the vast majority of which were children

The image of the missile fragment, believed to be among those that scored a direct hit on the bus full of children traveling through Dahyan market in Saada province last Thursday, was uploaded by Sanaa-based Hussain Albukhaiti and quickly spread online over the weekend. It appears to be a US-made MK-82 guided bomb produced by Lockheed Martin.

Ben Norton, an American journalist among the first to track down publicly available government contract information showing the MK-82’s likely origins, said of the bomb fragment imagery“Yemeni journalists found this fragment of the bomb Saudi Arabia dropped on a school bus full of children in Yemen. It’s a US-made MK-82 guided bomb, which has been used in previous attacks on Yemeni civilians. The cage code on the bomb is Lockheed Martin’s.

Bomb fragment said to have been photographed at the scene of Thursday’s coalition strike on a school bus full of children. 

The MK-82 is a 500-pound air dropped guided bomb which US Air Force and military publications previously touted as “causing the least amount of collateral damage” — US defense contractors have over the past few years sold the MK-82 to Saudi Arabia under contracts worth tens of millions of dollars.

The CAGE Code, or Commercial and Government Entity Code, is a number assigned to suppliers of various government or defense agencies which provides a standardize method to track military items to a given facility at a specific location. According to one defense contracting consultation siteThe Department of Defense’s Defense Logistics Agency, (DLA) assigns the five-character ID and uses alpha numeric identifier is assigned to entities located in the United States and its’ territories.

Ben Norton says the Cage Code on the fragment reportedly found at the site traces to US government contractor Lockheed Martin.

The code on the panel fragment in the photograph reads: 94271.

Ben Norton further tracked down specific contracts through 2016 and 2017 showing that Lockheed Martin/General Dynamics is the key supplier of the MK-82 500-pound bombs to the Saudi military (in 1997 General Dynamics acquired Lockheed’s Armament Systems and Defense Systems productions divisions).

The separate contracts are collectively worth over $60 million and were approved by US Army Contracting Command.

In 2016 the Saudi coalition, of which both the US and Britain play a lead role, used the US-made MK 82 guided bombs to attack a funeral in Sanaa, Yemen’s capital city, which killed over 140 and wounded at least 500 more.

At that time The Intercept identified external bomb fragment markings found in the debris to track it to the United States.

During the State Department’s daily press briefing at the end of last week, spokesperson Heather Nauert was asked point blank by Associated Press reporter Matt Lee, whether the US condemns the attack.

It resulted in a drawn out testy exchange, but Matt Lee laid out the case for direct US complicity in the attack on the bus packed with children: “The Saudis obviously are the ones who conducted this, but they do that with weapons supplied by the U.S., with training supplied by the U.S., and with targeting information, targeting data, supplied by the U.S. How can something like this happen?” he said.

Not only did Nauert refuse to say the US condemned the attack, but wouldn’t so much as agree to simply call for an independent investigation into the incident (she called only for a Saudi-led inquiry) which killed at least 29 children and has resulted in the United Nations launching an independent probe.

Previously last week, just before the horrendous attack on the school bus, Nauert had unambiguously stated the Saudi coalition’s ongoing airstrikes on Yemen are legitimate and justified.

The Saudis for their part called the incident part of a legitimate military operation” soon after it happened, ultimately blaming Shia Houthi rebels who control the region.

In April of 2016, Bruce Riedel, a 30-year CIA officer and senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, told a conference audience“If the United States and the United Kingdom, tonight, told King Salman [of Saudi Arabia] ‘this war has to end,’ it would end tomorrow. The Royal Saudi Air Force cannot operate without American and British support.”

Last week’s coalition airstrike on the bus elicited rare bipartisan outrage among a handful of congress members, including from Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn), who said in a statement“The Saudi/UAE/U.S. bombing campaign is getting more reckless, killing more civilians, and strengthening terrorists inside Yemen. We need to end this – NOW.”

The Pentagon has long tried to present its role in the conflict as attempting to stave off humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen, yet as even NPR confirmed while reporting from inside the country earlier this year the US military “has provided targeting information, equipment and aircraft refueling to the Saudi air campaign, which has been widely criticized for being indiscriminate and killing civilians in places like hospitals, funerals and homes.”

Lenin Updated: “Turn The Globalist War Into A Race War”

“It is increasingly obvious that what poses as anti-racism and opposition to ‘hate’ is little more than hostility to the identity and values of the core American ethnos: English-speaking Christians of European descent, including completely or partially assimilated descendants of immigrants.”



Elon Musk, Tesla Sued For Fraud Over Tweets, Going Private Transaction

“As a result of Defendants’ wrongful acts and omissions, and the precipitous increase in the market value of the Company’s common shares, Class members who purchased or sold securities of Tesla have suffered significant losses and damages.”


Listen To Audio, Watch “Barrel Roll” Of Suicidal Seattle Plane Hijacker

Audio of the 29-year-old Seattle-Tacoma airline worker who hijacked an empty Alaska Airlines plane on Friday night before crashing to his death on a sparsely populated Island in puget sound reveal a deeply troubled man at the end of his rope.

No passengers were aboard the 76-seat Horizon Air Q400 turboprop plane stolen by the ground service agent from Pierce County, as he conducted an “unauthorized takeoff” from the airport and proceeded to attempt aerobatic maneuvers while chased by two F-15’s scrambled by the National Guard.

The full 25-minute recording of a conversation between the man, identified as “Rich” on the tape, and air traffic control (ATC) employees can be found here, while Twitter user Jimmy Thomson (@jwsthomson) posted key segments on Twitter shortly after the incident.

I’ve got a lot of people that care about me. It’s going to disappoint them to hear that I did this,” said the man. “I would like to apologize to each and every one of them. Just a broken guy, got a few screws loose I guess. Never really knew it until now.”

The man next told ATC that he was quickly running out of fuel. “I’m down to 2100; I started at like 30-something,” he reported. “I don’t know what the burnage [sic], burnout? is like on takeoff, but yeah, it’s burned quite a bit faster than I expected.”

The ATC then tried to convince him to land at McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma, WA, to which the man said “Aww man, those guys would rough me up if I tried landing there… Oh — they’ve probably got anti-aircraft!” The ATC replied “No, they don’t have any of that stuff. We’re just trying to find a place for you to land safely,” to which the man replied: “Yeah, not quite ready to bring it down… This is probably jail time for life, huh? Well I would hope it would be for a guy like me.”

After ATC controllers discussing the situatoin on the open mic suggest the man needs help, the man replied “Nah, I mean, I don’t need that much help; I’ve played some video games before.” The man then asked how to pressurize the cabin because he was feeling “lightheaded.”

Offering a clue as to the man’s motive, he tells the ATC “Ah, minimum wage. We’ll just chalk it up to that. Maybe that will grease the gears a little bit with the higher-ups.” 

The man then either became emotional or theatrical, exclaiming “Damnit Andrew, people’s lives are at stake here!” to which the ATC employee responds “Ah Rich, don’t say stuff like that.”

I don’t want to hurt no one. I just want you to whisper sweet nothings into my ear,” the man responds.

Joking with the ATC employee, the man asks “Hey, do you think if I land this successfully, Alaska will give me a job as a pilot?

The ATC employee responds “You know, I think they would give you a job doing anything if you could pull this off,” to which the hijacker replied “Yeah right! … Nah, I’m a white guy.

More select clips of the man:


Judge dismisses sexual assault lawsuit against former MTC president

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Aug 13th – 12:46pm

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Update 2: Strzok’s attorney Aitan Goelman has issued the following statement which reads in part:

Late Friday afternoon, the Deputy Director of the FBI overruled the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) and departed from established precedent by firing 21-year FBI veteran Peter Strzok.

This decision should be deeply troubling to all Americans. A lengthy investigaiton and multiple rounds of Congressional testimony failed to produce a shred of evidence that Special Agent Strzok’s personal views ever affected his work.

Update: President Trump has fired off two tweets following Strzok’s firing, stating “The list of bad players in the FBI & DOJ gets longer & longer. Based on the fact that Strzok was in charge of the Witch Hunt, will it be dropped? It is a total Hoax. No Collusion, No Obstruction – I just fight back!”

Followed by: “Just fired Agent Strzok, formerly of the FBI, was in charge of the Crooked Hillary Clinton sham investigation. It was a total fraud on the American public and should be properly redone!”

EarlierPeter Strzok, who spearheaded the FBI’s investigations into both the Clinton email “matter” and the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, has been fired from the agency over anti-Trump texts, according to The Washington Post.

Aitan Goelman, Strzok’s lawyer, said FBI Deputy Director David L. Bowdich ordered the firing on Friday — even though the director of the FBI office that normally handles employee discipline had decided Strzok should face only a demotion and 60-day suspension. Goelman said the move undercuts the FBI’s repeated assurances that Strzok would be afforded the normal disciplinary process. –Washington Post

This isn’t the normal process in any way more than name,” Goelman said.

Strzok’s termination follows a June report that he was physically escorted out of an FBI building despite still being employed by the agency.

In response Goelman said in a statement: “Pete has steadfastly played by the rules and respected the process, and yet he continues to be the target of unfounded personal attacks, political games and inappropriate information leaks.”

In the same June letter, Goelman complained about the “impartiality of the disciplinary process, which now appears tainted by political influence.”

In other words, Peter Strzok – who vowed in a text message to his FBI mistress to “stop” Trump, was the victim of political bias – according to his attorney.

Goelman also wrote that “instead of publicly calling for a long-serving FBI agent to be summarily fired, politicians should allow the disciplinary process to play out free from political pressure.” We are confident that everyone will be very interested in watching the “impartial” disciplinary process play out fully in the coming months.

Goelman’s conclusion: “Despite being put through a highly questionable process, Pete has complied with every FBI procedure, including being escorted from the building as part of the ongoing internal proceedings.”

Strzok’s anti-Trump sentiment came to light after an internal investigation revealed he and his FBI mistress Lisa Page had exchanged 50,000 text messages, many of which contained clear animus towards then-candidate Donald Trump.

Strzok’s position in the bureau had been precarious since last summer, when Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz told Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III that the lead agent on his team had been exchanging anti-Trump messages with an FBI lawyer. The next day, Mueller expelled Strzok from the group.

The lawyer, Lisa Page, had also been a part of Mueller’s team, though she left a few weeks earlier and no longer works for the FBI. She and Strzok were having an affair. –Washington Post

Perhaps the most alarming of the exchanges mentions an “insurance policy” in the event Trump is elected.

I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office – that there’s no way he [Trump] gets elected – but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk.” Strzok wrote to Page, adding “It’s like a life insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.”

In another text exchange, Strzok tells Page: “I am riled up. Trump is a f*cking idiot, is unable to provide a coherrent answer,” and “I CAN’T PULL AWAY, WHAY THE F*CK HAPPENED TO OUR COUNTRY (redacted)??!?!

Page then messages Strzok, saying “And maybe you’re meant to stay where you are because you’re meant to protect the country from that menace. (links to NYT article), to which Strzok replied “I can protect our country at many levels.”

The text messages made abundantly clear that Strzok – the man who downgraded the FBI’s assessment of Hillary’s email mishandling from “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless,” and used a largely unfounded Trump-Russia dossier to launch a counterintelligence operation – holds a deep disdain for Donald Trump.

In response to the discovery of Strzok and Page’s texts, President Trump derided the pair as “FBI lovers.” On Sunday, Trump tweeted “Will the FBI ever recover it’s once stellar reputation, so badly damaged by Comey, McCabe, Peter S and his lover, the lovely Lisa Page, and other top officials now dismissed or fired? So many of the great men and women of the FBI have been hurt by these clowns and losers!”

Strzok testified at a Congressional earing last month, asserting that there was “no evidence of bias in my professional actions,” and that his testimony was “just another victory notch in [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s belt and another milestone in our enemies’ campaign to tear America apart.”

The now-former FBI agent also creeped people out with a weird smirk during the session, as well as the generally creepy faces he made:


Just-fired FBI agent Peter Strzok hopped on Twitter Monday with a statement from his lawyer and a link to a GoFundMe account set up by the “Friends Of Special Agent Peter Strzok,” which has already raised just under $30,000 in three hours after more than 700 people donated to the fundraiser. Jennifer Kay, a spokeswoman for Strzok’s attorney, confirmed that the Twitter account was authentic according to the Daily Caller.

The page reads:

For the last year, Pete, his work, and his character have been the target of highly politicized attacks, including frequent slanderous statements from President Trump, who actively—and apparently successfully—pressured FBI officials to fire Pete.

All funds raised on this GoFundMe will be put into a trust dedicated to covering Pete’s hefty – and growing – legal costs and his lost income. The trust is being created and details about its management will be shared here as things progress

Given that Strzok’s wife Melissa Hodgman is an Associate Director in the SEC’s enforcement division (with a $250,000 annual salary to boot), the following disclaimer at the bottom of the GoFundMe page comes as no surprise:

*Please note: Due to federal ethics regulations as applied to the Securities and Exchange Commission (“agency”), any donation whose source cannot be determined or which falls into one of the categories below may be returned. Any aggregate donation of $390 or more will be publicly disclosed. We cannot accept donations from any “prohibited source” as defined by federal ethics rules that apply to the agency…

While Strzok appears to have been on Twitter for at least a month – first “liking” a tweet by actor-turned-activist Jim Carrey comparing Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) to an insect, the former FBI agent.

The tweet reads: “When Trey Gowdy woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed into a vile insect. After crawling into the people’s chamber he was promptly squashed by Agent Strzok of the FBI.”

Strzok subsequently “liked” pro-Strzok / anti-Trump tweets from John Leguizamo, Rosie O’Donnell, Mark Hamill, Bill Kristol and more.

Still no word on which MSM network will sign Strzok for a recurring role in the next stage of the saga, which we assume to be the next logical step.



Kunstler: “There’s Nothing Left Of American Common Culture Besides A Few Disney Movies”

Authored by James Howard Kunstler via Kunstler.com,

Be careful about what you see in the foreground of the news vis-à-vis what’s in the background. Sunday, the cable networks were on fire over the 30-or-so white nationalists marching across Washington DC — with much larger hordes of masked, black-clad Antifa street-fighters following them around, and an army of DC cops in fluorescent green riot vests following the Antifas and the white nationalist knuckleheads.

The event was a billed as an attempt to commemorate the clash that happened between the same contestants in Charlottesville, Virginia, a year ago in the uproar over Confederate statues. That fiasco ended in the death of a bystander named Heather Heyer. Not a whole lot has changed since then, except perhaps the Left has become more strident in its calls to penalize white people for their crimes of “privilege,” no doubt further inflaming the Unite-the-Right crew. (And the anti-statue campaign has dropped down the memory hole.)

There was plenty of “hate” to go around on both sides Sunday. But those who were waiting for a climactic bloodbath in Lafayette Park must have been disappointed after a long day of tension when a big blob of rain hunkered over the District at suppertime and the theatrics concluded. Both the Antifas and the Unite-the-Right marchers had to go home and get out of their wet clothes. At least they could agree on that.

The cable TV anchors had issued the usual calls for “national unity,” exhorting President Trump to emerge from his Bedminster, New Jersey, golfing bunker and “bring the country together,” a sadly fatuous proposition. There is nothing to come together within. There’s nothing left of an American common culture besides a few Disney movies and that’s not nearly enough. That’s what happens when you opt for multiculturalism as your number one political principle. It automatically negates shared values, so why even expect any agreement between groups contending for dominance?

The animosity will only grow sharper, and it will happen because of things that are roiling in the background now — namely, the unraveling global financial system. Some fireworks commenced at the end of last week when the Turkish Lira slumped. Who cares about the currency of a second-rate player in the global economy? A lot of SIFIs (“systemically important financial institutions”) otherwise known as Too-Big-To-Fail banks. That’s who. Deutsche Bank’s stock dropped over 6 percent when the Turkish Lira tanked on Friday.

Turkey’s nickname since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in the 1920s has been “the sick man of Europe” and Deutsche Bank in the post-2008-crash era is widely regarded as the sick man of SIFI banks. One analyst wag downgraded its status a year ago to “dead bank walking.” Its balance sheet was a Cave of Winds littered with the moldering skeletons of malinvestment.

If the European Central Bank (aka Germany) has to bail out DB, all bets are off for the Euro, which was showing serious signs of distress Friday. And who is going to bail out Turkey? If the IMF is your go-to vehicle, then you mean US taxpayers. Anyway, Turkey’s Lira is only one of several Emerging Market currencies whose hands have been called at the global poker table, where the four-flushers are getting flushed out. The Russian ruble was another one, ostensibly to the delight of America’s Destroy-Russia-at-All-Costs faction.

China is also having to play a round of super Three Card Monte with its currency, the yuan. President Trump’s tariff monkeyshines are shoving the Chinese banking system up against a wall of utterly irresolvable insolvency problems and threatening the stability of Xi Jinping’s one-party government. The Chinese export trade is at the heart of the world’s current economic arrangements. If you pull it out of the globalism machine, the machine will stop. It is going to stop one way or another anyway, but the gathering crisis of autumn 2018 will hasten that.

All of this is happening because the whole world can’t handle the debts it has racked up, and the whole world knows it. And knowing it, they also know that their debt-based currencies are worthless. And knowing that, they also know that absolutely everybody else is broke and unable to meet their obligations. That is some dangerous knowledge. For the moment, this dynamic appears to be working in the USA’s favor, with our dollar rising and what remains of credible foreign wealth seeking shelter here. But the time will come when that delusion goes up in a vapor, too, and the USA will find itself without the means to carry on, just like everybody else.

In the meantime, we entertain ourselves with the antics of Unite-the-Right and Antifa, two acting troupes composed of young people who have no idea what they will do with their lives when the economic condition of the land reveals itself to be more desperate than they ever imagined. The truth is, they’ll be fighting ever more desperately, not over abstractions but over the table-scraps of history.


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Fired FBI Hack PETER STRZOK Creates Twitter Account and GoFundMe Page — TRASHES TRUMP

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(Disclaimer: The following is an overview of the current situation based on intelligence leaks received from several sources which may or may not accurate. Other confirmed sources may also be included in this overview.)

Another hidden Cabal-MIC underground facility was destroyed in Alaska resulting in a 6.4 magnitude earthquake.

The hijacking of the empty Q400 aircraft from SeaTac was a covert operation.

The aircraft was remote controlled and flown directly into a Cabal hideout.

The Cabal situated at the hideout were involved in the attempt to assassinate Trump back in June before the summit with Kim Jong-un.

The aircraft did an aerobatic maneuver that resembled a “Q” before crashing into the hideout.

All sources with connections to the RV have gone silent.

It is rumored that the silence indicates the RV is about to be released.

Source: Operation Disclosure




Benjamin Fulford 8-13-18… “China’s AI “Goddess” and the East/West AI competition”

New weekly report from Ben. The is the last of Ben’s pre-written reports while HE is finishing his annual “sabbatical off the grid”. I did add into the highlights, in the last half of the last sentence, as it all just sounded too “dark” without it.

“Last year, Russian President Vladimir Putin said whoever leads in AI (Artificial Intelligence) “will control the world.” The Chinese took these words seriously and are investing huge sums of money in an effort to create an AI “Goddess.” They hope it will give them unprecedented powers and help them in their bid to form a world government, according to members of Asian secret societies. The West, for its part, is building a quantum-based financial system they hope will allow them to continue to control the main source of world power—the international financial system.

“This battle is serious, and it even led to the Chinese supercomputer Tainhe-1—at one point the world’s fastest—to be blown up by unknown parties on August 12, 2015… Clearly, some sort of Chinese and European Khazarian attempt to use the devaluation and the supercomputer to destabilize U.S. dollar-based Western financial system did take place and was met with a kinetic response.

“Representatives of an Asian secret society explained the goals of the new Goddess project to this writer earlier this summer. As it now exists, the Goddess can identify anybody’s face and within 7 seconds pull up all the data available on that person “such as their blood type.”… They can also follow a person “anywhere on earth,” the sources say.

“The real aim of this Goddess project, though, is to create a real-time, live system of meritocratic governance, the officials said.” [Kp note: pardon, but I stole the last half of this sentence from the full article]


China’s AI “Goddess” and the East/West AI competition
By Benjamin Fulford, White Dragon Society, August 13, 2018

Notice to readers: This is the last of our three pre-written reports. We will return to our usual weekly news format next week. Your patience and understanding have been appreciated.

Last year, Russian President Vladimir Putin said whoever leads in AI (Artificial Intelligence) “will control the world.” The Chinese took these words seriously and are investing huge sums of money in an effort to create an AI “Goddess.” They hope it will give them unprecedented powers and help them in their bid to form a world government, according to members of Asian secret societies.

The West, for its part, is building a quantum-based financial system they hope will allow them to continue to control the main source of world power—the international financial system.

This battle is serious, and it even led to the Chinese supercomputer Tainhe-1—at one point the world’s fastest—to be blown up by unknown parties on August 12, 2015. The fact that this explosion came immediately after a sudden unannounced 4% devaluation in the Chinese yuan was almost certainly no coincidence. The fact that the European-headed IMF supported this move shows that the European faction of the Khazarian mafia was in on the plot.

Clearly, some sort of Chinese and European Khazarian attempt to use the devaluation and the supercomputer to destabilize U.S. dollar-based Western financial system did take place and was met with a kinetic response.

Now fast-forward to the third-year anniversary of this explosion. As of June 2018, the U.S. Department of Energy surpassed the Chinese with the world’s fastest publicly acknowledged computer. The system—called Summit—can process 200,000 trillion calculations per second, or 200 petaflops. That’s eight times faster than America’s former top supercomputer, the Titan, and it maintains a big lead over China’s 93-petaflop TaihuLight, which had been the world’s fastest supercomputer since 2016.

No doubt the Chinese will soon announce something even faster than that as the AI “arms race” continues. These days, though, the Chinese, instead of concentrating on finance, are taking a different tack with a “Goddess” project.

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Published: 2 days ago
(Buzzfeed News) Election hackers have spent years trying to bring attention to flaws in election equipment. But with the world finally watching at DEFCON, the world’s largest hacker conference, they have a new struggle: pointing out flaws without causing the public to doubt that their vote will count.
This weekend saw the 26th annual DEFCON gathering. It was the second time the convention had featured a Voting Village, where organizers set up decommissioned election equipment and watch hackers find creative and alarming ways to break in. Last year, conference attendees found new vulnerabilities for all five voting machines and a single e-poll book of registered voters over the course of the weekend, catching the attention of both senators introducing legislation and the general public. This year’s Voting Village was bigger in every way, with equipment ranging from voting machines to tabulators to smart card readers, all currently in use in the US.

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Who Is Q? Mainstream Media Crashes The Party To Take Control Of The Narrative

August 12, 2018
By Steve Beckow

Anyone not interested in the Q phenomenon is asked to skip this article and go on to the next. Thank you.

Who Is Q? Mainstream Media Crashes The Party To Take Control Of The Narrative

Richard Enos, Collective Evolution, Aug. 10, 2018


Who is Q?

If you don’t have a clue, then you are one of the people that the mainstream media is targeting to make sure you get their narrative on the subject first.

But let’s be frank here. Our mainstream friends never wanted to cover the Q-Anon phenomena. Their idea was to not dignify the movement with any recognition, so as not to bring any more attention to it. But that was before Trump rallies across the country started showing a growing number of supporters sporting Q shirts and posters. The Deep State must have figured that not saying something would be more harmful to their grip on the steering wheel than saying something, clumsy as it may look for them to be suddenly weighing in on this matter en masse after being collectively silent for so long.

Nonetheless, they must have thought that if they blanket the airwaves and webwaves with the ‘alt-right Trump supporter conspiracy nut’ angle, they might be able to herd back a few sheep who might stray from the flock if they asked the question ‘Who is Q?’ to people who actually have done their research and had some informed opinions about it.

Mainstream Perception

Mainstream Media really glosses over the inception of Q-Anon and the reasons anyone paid any attention to it in the first place, but they usually do mention some of the most basic facts about the phenomena:

  • An anonymous user named ‘Q’ began posting in the 4chan internet forum entitled “Calm Before the Storm” last October 28th
  • Q claims to be a high-level government insider, or group of insiders, with Q clearance (a United States Department of Energy security clearance with access to classified information)
  • The messages Q posts consists mainly of short leading questions and bits of intel known as “bread crumbs”
  • Many Q followers identify themselves as “bakers” since they attempt to put together the “bread crumbs” into a coherent message
  • The main undercurrent of the messages is that Donald Trump is working with an alliance of political and military insiders to bring down the Deep State

Beyond these basic facts, mainstream media is holding a concerted front on this one point: we don’t know who Q is, but we think probably, likely, with 99.9% certainty, that it’s nonsense. It is ‘conspiracy theory,’ and we know all conspiracy theories are nonsense.

In the mainstream articles I’ve read, it seems as though one mainstream source happily references opinion from other mainstream sources as though they were the golden truth. Here’s an interesting example where a CNN writer calls upon the Daily Beast’s Will Sommer who, the writer opines, ‘has been writing and thinking smartly about QAnon since its inception.’:

CNN: Why has this become such a, well, thing?

Sommer: Unlike something like birtherism or Pizzagate, QAnon is a kind of mega-conspiracy theory that sucks in just about every conspiracy theory you can think of. Pizzagate is part of it, birtherism is part of it — but so is the JFK assassination conspiracy theory, the idea that all these mass shootings have been deep-state false flags, and much more. The vague nature of the Q clues also means that you can sort of imprint whatever your personal issue is onto it.

In one fell swoop, it’s like mainstream media is trying to bring us back to a simpler time when the ridicule bestowed upon ‘conspiracy theory’ was at the height of its influence. One of the real disconnects here is that Sommer implies that most people still don’t believe there was a conspiracy (a plan made by more than one person) to assassinate John F. Kennedy, when we actually live in a time in which a majority of people believe this and other well-known ‘conspiracies’ to be fact. In fact a March poll by Politico reveals that belief in the Deep State is not the stuff of fringe groups, and is only growing:

Does the unelected group known as the Deep State exist?

  • Definitely: 27%
  • Probably: 47%
  • Probably Not: 16%
  • Definitely Not: 5%

But mainstream media really hasn’t got many other options, do they? Nobody knows this better than the Deep State themselves–the owners andpuppetmasters of mainstream media, whose cloak of secrecy has all but been removed. Mainstream media is in a full-on quandary: many people who work within these organizations don’t understand how the world works and how information is controlled.

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The fundamental assertions about the state of the world made by Q and popular analysts of his posts upsets the very nature of the mainstream media. Hence they cannot talk accurately about Q, even if some within those organizations want to, because to do so would be to admit that they worked for criminally-owned, truth-distorting news organizations. The only way the mainstream can report on Q is through the divisive polemic story filters like Right Wing/Left Wing, Trump Lovers/Trump Haters they have been indoctrinated into, which as we shall see cannot be employed to truly understand what Q is.

Perception of Q Followers

To their followers, Q is essentially what Q purports to be: the voice of political, military and intelligence insiders who are allied against the control of the Deep State. There is much speculation about who Q is but general agreement that the Q posts are informed by a group of insiders. The whole phenomena of the Q posts is considered part of an intelligence operation that is coming from white hats within intelligence communities. Some believe public figures such as Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, William Binney and other prominent whistleblowers, who have been on the inside and know what is going on, may have a hand in the information behind this operation.

There is some talk that the Q operation began as a way for insiders to communicate with each other on various phases of their intelligence operation, and it has inadvertently become a full-blown drip by drip revelation of truth to a growing community of researchers and supporters who are ready for it and willing to invest time and effort making sense of the clues. Regardless of the initial intentions, it seems now that Q has embraced its role as a purveyor of updates to the public of the progress being made behind the scenes, in recognition of the fact that an informed and engaged public can only help matters in disclosing the truth and defeating the Deep State. In this way, it dovetails nicely with those who believe a mass awakening to the truth is needed in order for us to remove the need and withdraw our consent for a controlling authority like the Deep State to operate at all.

Q Did Not Invent Anything

One of the aspects of Q that mainstream media cannot intelligently discuss is how the movement ever got off the ground. They will try to hem and haw about how people on the far right are desperate to believe something good is happening through their hero Donald Trump since we are living in such tumultuous times. But that is completely inaccurate, if one examines who was paying attention to Q posts on 4chan early on and what they were saying about it.

First off, most of the people commenting on the posts were people who already had a strong understanding of the existence of the Deep State, the power of the Corporatocracy, the fraudulent activities of Central Banks, the rampant illegal surveillance of intelligence agencies, and the deception of mainstream media. They were versed in the revelations of Julian Assange and Edward Snowdon, revelations which the mainstream media has given up directly calling ‘conspiracy theories’ because they are commonly accepted as fact. They were not Donald Trump supporters per se except in regards to the idea that he was not a member of the Deep State (like Hillary Clinton is known to be). Most were a bit skeptical of Donald Trump’s promise to ‘Drain the Swamp,’ although they certainly knew by then that there was a swamp that needed draining.

No, the main reason the Q-Anon phenomena took off as it did was because many people saw truth in what they were reading, ideas that cohered with the rest of what they had been researching and coming to understand about how our world works and who has held the real power for so long. The reason that the mainstream media is floundering so much these days is that they are trying to discredit as ‘conspiracy theory’ many things that to the diligent researcher are only one degree of separation from things that are commonly accepted to be true, such as the revelations of Assange, Snowdon and others.

Trump Supporters Jump On The Bandwagon

Of course now the Q phenomenon is growing among Trump supporters, because a certain narrative positions Trump as a superhero who is truly taking on all comers in dismantling a system that many presidents had warned people about since the 1950’s and even before that, a system that showed its force with the assassination of JFK in 1963. But for most serious researchers, Trump is a figurehead for an alliance group that probably has its roots in the time of JFK and really became galvanized after the 9/11 massacre.

Trump may have been asked to run for president by one or more military men that were part of the alliance, as some people say, but what seems more clear is that he is getting much of his confidence and swagger from knowing that he is backed by a very powerful alliance that now has control of the majority of the military, and he need only follow instructions at the appropriate time in order to fulfill his mission.

For certain, Trump has been strictly forbidden from publicly commenting on Q, even to the extent of directly acknowledged its existence. An untethered Donald Trump would surely be making direct references to the flattering advances of Q posts if left to his own devices. Instead, questions about Q are answered in very indirect and circumspect ways, such as this recent response from such a question by White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders:

Reporter: “Does the President encourage the support of people who showed up last night in these QAnon and Blacks for Trump fringe groups?”

Sanders: “The President condemns and denounces any group that would incite violence against another individual and certainly doesn’t support groups that would promote that type of behavior. We’ve been clear about that a number of times since the beginning of the administration.”

For many researchers, however, Trump and the White House have dropped hints, Q-style, that he not only acknowledges the movement but is intimately connected to it. The best way to explore these examples is by looking at this link. You will notice pictures, Q posts, time stamps and so forth as they relate to posts Trump or the White House made AFTER the Q posts.


The precise identity of Q, indeed the validity that Q is who he is made out to be by his supporters, is not yet a matter of certainty. As with many things in our world today, our personal discernment is needed in order for us to draw our own conclusions. What seems obvious, however, is that even the scantest research done a little below the surface will reveal that the mainstream media characterization of Q has little resemblance to reality.

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Image: A Uranium One sign that points to a 35,000-acre ranch owned by John Christensen, near the town of Gillette, Wyo. Uranium One has the mining rights to Mr. Christensen’s property. | Credit: Matthew Staver for The New York Times

The headline on the website Pravda trumpeted President Vladimir V. Putin’s latest coup, its nationalistic fervor recalling an era when its precursor served as the official mouthpiece of the Kremlin: “Russian Nuclear Energy Conquers the World.”

The article, in January 2013, detailed how the Russian atomic energy agency, Rosatom, had taken over a Canadian company with uranium-mining stakes stretching from Central Asia to the American West. The deal made Rosatom one of the world’s largest uranium producers and brought Mr. Putin closer to his goal of controlling much of the global uranium supply chain.

But the untold story behind that story is one that involves not just the Russian president, but also a former American president and a woman who would like to be the next one.

At the heart of the tale are several men, leaders of the Canadian mining industry, who have been major donors to the charitable endeavors of former President Bill Clinton and his family. Members of that group built, financed and eventually sold off to the Russians a company that would become known as Uranium One.

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Government Agencies Admit to Vaccine Poisoning in ICD-9

It can’t be both ways. If there are insurance ICD-9 billing codes for harm done by vaccines, then denying that vaccines cause harm, is ridiculous. A must read. See the codes for yourself. – Anonymous Reader

Government Agencies ACTUALLY Admit Poisoning By Vaccines In ICD-9


Source: Natural Blaze | By Catherine J. Frompovich

What is ICD-9, you probably are asking. Well, it’s the official International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Edition, used to assign codes to diagnose and procedures associated with hospital utilization in the United States [1], and published by none other than the U.S. CDC. See chart below.

You will note from the listing how many poisonings and other adverse effects by or from vaccines are listed along with their ICD-9 codes. Why weren’t those codes used when infants, toddlers and teens were taken to emergency rooms by parents who say their children were compromised by vaccines?

Note none other than U.S. CDC’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid published that defining information!

However, in trying to research the current ICD-10, there seems to be some ‘sanitation efforts’ going on of the incriminating information regarding vaccines causing poisoning! Hmmm.

So, if the fact vaccines can and do poison was an accepted and published admission by the CDC for specific medical insurance coding reasons why, then, is everyone in Big Pharma, medical doctors, FDA, pharmacists and vaccine pushers, and the media so doggone upset about parents, guardians and affected individuals talking about, documenting and reporting their experiences, plus independent vaccine data/information researchers exercising their constitutional rights to free speech?

Good question? How about “active censorship” and/or suppression of our rights to self-determination?

Moreover, what’s happened to parents’ rights to protect and preserve their children’s health from being poisoned by aluminum in any of four formulations; ethylmercury in Thimerosal; polyethylene glycol (a chemical used in antifreeze); and all the other toxic chemicals [2] (read the laundry list of chemicals in vaccines); plus foreign DNA—AND genetically modified Nano-particles / Nano-particulatesindiscriminately syringed into newborns, infants, toddlers, and teens?

Why do I say “indiscriminately syringed”?

Because from all the research I’ve done on vaccines data/demographics since the mid-1980s—yes the mid-1980s!—I’ve never found any studies confirm the following:

  • Cumulative effects of all vaccine ingredients in just one vaccine
  • Cumulative effects of multiple vaccines’ [up to 9] ingredients given at one time
  • CDC/FDA studies confirming health safety short- or long-term for any vaccine; why are boosters needed, if they are supposed to provide ‘immunity’ when actual lifetime immunity only is available from the natural contraction of childhood infectious diseases, i.e., measles, etc.
  • CDC/FDA comparative studies for vaccinated versus non-vaccinated children

Furthermore, each vaccine’s package insert confirms the following:

  • Contraindications
  • Warnings
  • Adverse Reactions

which indicate very serious adverse health effects everyone should know before the administration of any one vaccine, but more specifically, nine different vaccines given at the same time.

Question: How in life can a human be subjected to nine separate diseases at the same time and expect the immune system to build immunity to each?

Impossible! Such exposure just cannot happen! Think about that! How bizarre a scientific attitude!

So why do Big Pharma, CDC/FDA and the consensus science medical professioncontradict the laws of Nature by chemically-forcing the human body—especially a two-, four-, or six-month-old infant’s body—to react to forced chemical interventions when a baby’s immune system is not fully developed until between two and three years of age?

What don’t Big Pharma, medicine, federal and state health agencies not get about human biology and physiology? Is their agenda Transhumanism and Artificial Intelligence?

Technology—medical ‘consensus science’ in particular—is forcing children’s bodies to do biologically and physiologically what the human evolutionary processes over time have not provided for and, therefore, are causing medical problems for all—either immediate, short- or long-term—thereby creating life-long Big Pharma customers.

Is there a method to their scientific madness?


[1] https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/icd/icd9cm.htm

Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting.

Catherine’s latest book, published October 4, 2013, is Vaccination Voodoo, What YOU Don’t Know About Vaccines, available on Amazon.com.

Her 2012 book A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments, is available on Amazon.com and as a Kindle eBook.

Two of Catherine’s more recent books on Amazon.com are Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009) and Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008)



Britain Suffers 15 Acid Attacks a Week, With Three Quarters Taking Place in London

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Date: Monday, 13-Aug-2018 13:56:12

By Oliver Lane:

The United Kingdom’s surge of the previously unheard of phenomenon of acid attacks has seen an average of 15 a week over the past three years, with the vast majority taking place in the crime-struck capital, London.

There were 2,602 acid attacks in Britain between January 2015 and May 2018, the equivalent of 15 a week, according to government figures accessed by The Mirror newspaper.

Comparing that figure — which will almost certainly be higher on average for 2018 crimes given the apparent surge in acid attacks in the past year — the newspaper notes between 2007 and 2011 there were just 100 such attacks, or just one a fortnight over the period.

Of the attacks, the majority took place in London — 73 per cent — despite just 12 per cent of people in the United Kingdom living in the capital.

The paper also reports instances of particular attacks that have taken place in recent years, some of which child victims and even child perpetrators — one as young as six years old.

Breitbart London has reported on the rising prominence of acid attacks in the United Kingdom and in London in particular, with the city being crowned the world acid attack capital in 2017, with incidents reaching “epidemic” levels, according to medics working on acid victim care.

While the attacks are often severely debilitating and leave victims with what are euphemistically called “life-changing injuries”, Britain saw its first prosecution for an acid attack killing in 2018.

Xeneral Abu Webster, 19, was sentenced to 17 years in prison after he chucked a bottle of high strength acid over a nurse during a botched robbery. The victim, who had just come from the grave of her daughter, died 11 days later.

In another attack which saw particularly strong media attention, a three-year-old boy was splashed with acid during a “deliberate” attack which police attributed to “community violence”. The extent to which the boy’s injuries will impact him in the long run is not yet known. Five were subsequently arrested, with the case soon going to court.



Those Who Cannot Control Themselves, Seek To Dominate & Control Everyone Else Instead

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Date: Monday, 13-Aug-2018 17:20:50

Blue Haired, Gun Control Dem Congressional Candidate in GA shoots lover to death – 12160 Social Network


Former Gun Control Candidate Charged With Shooting Her Campaign Treasurer

AUGUST 13, 2018 By Juliana Knot

Kellie Collins, a former congressional candidate in Georgia’s 10th District, was charged with the murder of her former campaign treasurer, Curtis Cain. The allegations of murder follow Collins’ advocacy for “responsible” gun control laws during her campaign. WSB-TV reports that she argued for stricter legislation “to protect the community.”

Police found Cain’s body in Collins’s apartment with a gunshot wound. Cain did not come in to work last Tuesday, prompting deputies to check in on him. Police estimated that he was dead for roughly a week.

Collins turned herself in to police on Saturday, shortly after the body was found. The two were reportedly living together and may have been married.

Collins ran as a Democrat against Republican incumbent Rep. Jody Hice. In an interview, Collins said, “The GOP is targeting all women, minorities, members of the LGBT community and disabled people as lesser sections of society and you can see it in the bills they have passed and are attempting to pass so far in 2017.”

Collins also called President Trump an “unqualified demagogue” and was a proponent of socialized health care.




FBI warns of imminent mass attack on world’s ATMs

Posted By: tonzal [Send E-Mail]
Date: Monday, 13-Aug-2018 17:46:48

TELEGRAPH – August 13, 2018: The article highlights that cash machines could be mass-hacked in global cyber attack, FBI warns.

Banks have been warned of an imminent threat that their cash machines could be mass-hacked by cyber criminals.

In a confidential alert on Friday (August 10), America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation told international banks that criminals are plotting a concerted global malware attack on cash machines in the next few days.

The FBI issued a warning about a highly choreographed fraud scheme known as an ATM “jackpotting”, in which crooks hack a bank or payment card processor and use cloned cards at cash machines around the world to take out millions in just a few minutes.

UK-based banks with large international operations, such as HSBC and Barclays, are among those thought to have been made aware of the problem.





How Did You Get Approved for Disability? (Survey Results)

Posted By: CrystalRiver
Date: Monday, 13-Aug-2018 18:41:25


How Did You Get Approved for Disability? (Survey Results)

Survey results from people who were approved for disability.

Most Helpful Medical Documents

🌷 “I worked with my doctor to prepare a letter based on sample letters.”

🌷 “I got multiple doctor’s letters. I asked five doctors. Three wrote letters. One out of five doctors knew how to write a great disability letter.”

🌷 “Getting an RFC Form from my doctor was the most important thing”

🌷 “A lot of RFC forms. I asked eight doctors. Five said yes. One was really, really helpful and the rest were good.”

🌷 “I collected all medical records myself, including hidden treatment notes that don’t appear online. My mom helped me do it. I sent every record in all at once so nothing got separated.”

🌷 “I had documentation of regular doctor visits every two weeks over 6 years.”

🌷 “I wrote a draft of an extremely detailed statement. My doctor reviewed it, made some changes, and signed it.”

🌷 “I got complete medical records going back to my childhood. It was 8 inches thick”.

🌷 “My pain management doctor kept very accurate records”

🌷 “I used the workbook “How to Get SSDI and Keep It.” Based on the workbook, I wrote an outline for a letter. My doctor added in facts and lab results and then signed it.”

🌷 “I read all my records – every single medical record in the past 2 years. I went through and circled in a bright color everywhere there was something that was really important. I didn’t want them to miss something important.”

🌷 “Detailed medical records made a big difference in my case. I always recommend to get copies of your medical records and go over them yourself. You’d be surprised at how often doctors either give wrong information or the record keeping is very brief and non-descriptive. My PCP basically diagnosed me with “stomach flu” at the majority of my appointments”

🌷 “My friend helped me make a medical outline. I think this was the biggest reason I got approved so quickly”

🌷 “The most important thing was the clinical observations about mental health in the notes from my regular doctors appointments. I also submitted letters from three doctors, and results from cognitive tests, but the judge gave the most weight to the clinical observations.”

🌷 “I got two tests: A neuropsych test, a brain scan. This combination seemed to help the most, because the scan showed something was wrong with my brain and then the neuropsych test showed how this affected my memory and ability to think.”

🌷 “I hired a physiologist to write a special report based on my CPET test. It showed how disabled I am”. (for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)

🌷 “I collected all my medical records before I applied. My boyfriend made a spreadsheet listing appointments, symptoms, medications and medical findings. I applied in person and brought the spreadsheet and the box of records with me and submitted them when I applied.”

🌷 “I gathered 11 years of all my hospital, ER, and doctors records, as well as my payroll stubs showing precipitous decline in hours over three months – from 40 hours a week to 1 hour when I had to quit my job. My application was a full ream thick. I submitted my application along with all documents by FedEx to the local SSA Office. I was approved one month later.”

Most Helpful Supporting Documents

Please note: Please focus on medical documents first. If your medical documents are strong, then supporting documents can help as a support. If your medical documents are not strong, supporting documents will not help.

🌷 “I kept track of my symptoms on a regular basis through lists and symptom diaries.”

🌷 “I requested and sent in a copy of my file and caseworker reports from my homecare program.”

🌷 “I got a great letter from my employer.”

🌷 “I got three affidavits from people who knew me best stating in gory detail what had happened to me. We’re trained not to share bad news – the exception to this is when applying for disability it’s essential to share every single sad, gory, bad detail because no one else can/will do it for you.”

🌷 “I kept a daily log of pain, limitations, ability to function and help needed from family members.”

🌷 “I wrote out a timeline of all my symptoms, doctors, and work history. I wanted the judge to see that I went back to school after leaving my teaching career and tried to work because I went through really significant denial about how limiting my illness really was. I think some personal stories about my experience helped with the judge. I told her about how when I was still teaching, on the seldom days I could make it into work, that I would literally not be able to pick my head off my desk.”

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2 thoughts on “What Documents Helped Your Disability Application the Most?”
Billy bones
November 12, 2017
8:28 pm
Diagnosis and prognosis are the two best letters or documents you can have and also the type of work you do and any limitations that you’re going to experience on a daily basis and in my case narcolepsy my employer at the time was Dead Set against any accommodations that help really the most
Dear RM Agents and Readers,

I have been working towards much of this myself and was lucky to be blessed with a wonderful doctor. I’m sure I will be working with him again; huge Thank You To Him for everything he has done:)

Will be onto a specialist for a bit of time but hopefully will actually get to finish up with the original doctor that I plan on keeping in the loop out of my deep respect and appreciation for everything he has done.

Many Blessings,



Call for a Constitutional Intervention — NESARA?

Conservatives call for constitutional intervention last seen 230 years ago

Lawmakers push for ‘constitutional convention’ to restrict federal government – and it’s not as far fetched as it sounds

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Source: The Guardian | By Jamiles Lartey

There is growing confidence a convention could take place, introducing new constitutional amendments: ‘We’re in a battle for the future of our country.’ Photograph: Adrees Latif/Reuters

It’s been more than 230 years since America’s last constitutional convention, but there is growing confidence in some conservative circles that the next one is right around the corner – and could spell disaster for entitlement programs like medicare and social security, as well court decisions like Roe v Wade.

“I think we’re three or four years away,” said the former Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn on Friday, speaking at the annual convention for American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec) – a powerful rightwing organization that links corporate lobbyists with state lawmakers from across the country.

Coburn, a veteran Republican lawmaker, now works as a senior adviser for the advocacy group Convention of States, which seeks to use a little known clause in article V of the US constitution to call a constitutional convention for new amendments to dramatically restrict the power of the federal government.

Coburn, who retired from the Senate in 2010, said that the American republic is “failing”, and that such a convention is the “only answer” to the problems the country faces today.

“We’re in a battle for the future of our country,” Coburn told the assembly of mostly conservative state lawmakers meeting in New Orleans. “We’re either going to become a socialist, Marxist country like western Europe, or we’re going to be free. As far as me and my family and my guns, I’m going to be free.”

Convention of States, with Alec’s support, is one of three prominent conservative groups pushing for a new constitutional convention. Under article V, if two-thirds of state legislatures so choose, they can force congress to convene such a meeting.On the agenda for Convention of States: an amendment to require a balanced budget, term limits for congress, repealing the federal income tax and giving states the power to veto any federal law, supreme court decision or executive order with a three-fifths vote from the states.

“The only chance we have to restore this country, that is peaceful, is this convention,” said Jim Moyer, a Convention of States supporter and attendee at the Alec annual meeting.

It’s not as far fetched as it sounds. A coalition seeking just the balanced budget amendment currently has 28 out of the required 34 state legislatures on board, with active bills calling for a convention. Since Trump’s election,Arizona and Wyoming have both passed bills to join in the call whileMarylandNevada and New Mexico have repealed versions they had previously put on the books.

We’re either going to become a socialist, Marxist country like western Europe, or we’re going to be freeSenator Tom Coburn

Convention of States and its more expansive to-do list doesn’t have as many states in play as the balanced budget group, but it does boast a big roster of well-known conservative supporters such as Sean Hannity, Sarah Palin, Bobby Jindal and Rand Paul, and a reported 2.5 million volunteers ready to mobilize: “double that of the NRA [National Rifle Association],” pointed out Rita Dunaway, the staff council at Convention of States.

Their partnership with Alec makes success that more likely. No group in US history has been so successful at getting similar and sometimes nearly identical pieces of legislation passed in multiple states, often within a period of one or two legislative sessions.

Unity among conservatives seeking an article V intervention is paramount. For the convention to be triggered, all 34 states have to ask for the same thing. Once they do though, critics argue the floodgates open. “Once you call a convention literally anybody can bring up anything,” said Jay Riestenberg, a spokesperson for the non-partisan watchdog group Common Cause. “We can bring up an amendment to overturn Roe v Wade or the Civil Rights Act,” Riestenberg added.

Sarah Palin is among the supporters of Convention of States. Photograph: REX/Shutterstock

Coburn and Dunway both bristled at the possibility of what is known as a “runaway convention”, where conventioneers go beyond their original mandate, perhaps so far as to write an entirely new constitution. This is technically what happened during the framing of the current constitution in 1787, when attendees were tasked with amending the Articles of Confederation, but wound up crafting something new entirely.

Coburn cited the three-fourths barrier – three out of four states need to agree for any proposal made to become law – a firewall to concerns over “runaway”. “All it takes is 13 judiciary chairmen, in 13 states, to stop anything stupid that might come out of that,” Coburn said. “Nothing’s going to happen, I’ll stake my life on that.”

The panelists broadly tabbed “liberals” as the opposition to their hopes, but the politics of an article V convention aren’t so cut and dry. Some of the most virulent opposition to the movement has arisen in the far right John Birch Society which argues that a convention could “rewrite our constitution and destroy its protection of our rights”.

Conversely, some liberal groups have also pushed for an article V convention in response to the supreme court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling as a means to winnow back the influence of money in politics. A group called Wolf Pac leading that charge and has secured legislation in five of the 34 required states.

Tom Buford, a Republican state senator from Kentucky, said he’s been to both of the “simulations” that Convention of States has staged – including one held in 2016 at Colonial Williamsburg complete with period costumes and wigs.

“I support their thought, I’m OK with it, but I’m not the poster child,” Buford said. He thinks some of the proposals, like veto power over the supreme court go too far, and said that decades in state government have shown him the limitations of things like balanced budget amendments.

“A balanced budget amendment is a nice idea, and it will make people feel happy if that amendment were to pass but it wont solve the problem,” Buford said. Kentucky (like every other state besides Vermont) has a balanced budget clause in its state constitution, but lawmakers routinely find ways around.


Info Wars Website Traffic Soars After Silicon Valley Blacklists Alex Jones

Infowars Website Traffic Explodes After Silicon Valley Blacklists Alex Jones Empire

Sun, 08/12/2018 – 11:30

Source: Zero Hedge | By Tyler Durden

Silicon Valley’s coordinated purge of all things Infowars from social media has had an unexpected result; website traffic to Infowars.com has soared in the past week, according to Amazon’s website ranking service Alexa.

Infowars was recently banned by YouTube, Facebook, iTunes, Google Podcast, Spotify, iHeartRadio, MailChimp, Disqus, LinkedIn, Flickr, Pinterest and several others – leading many to wonder exactly how and why this was seemingly coordinated mass takedown took place between platforms.

Jones’ popular supplements were even stripped of their “Amazon’s Choice” tags on the website:

That said, Google and Apple are still allowing people to access Infowars content via apps, which have seen their downloads spike as well.

Consumers still can access InfoWars through the same tech companies that just banned it. Google still offers the Infowars app for Android users, and Apple customers can download it through the App Store.

As of Friday, the show’s phone app remained near the top of the charts in both the Apple App and Google Play stores. Infowars Official, an app that lets viewers stream Jones’ shows and read news of the day, was ranked fourth among trending apps in the Google Play store Friday. In the news category on Apple’s App Store, Infowars earned the fourth slot under the top free apps, behind Twitter and News Break, a local and breaking news service, revealing a sudden boost of user downloads. –American Statesman

What’s more, Jones says that 5.6 million people subscribed to the Infowars newsletter within 48 hours of his YouTube ban, according to the Daily Mail.

What’s more he claims the publicity surrounding the action taken by the likes of YouTube, Facebook and Apple – who have blocked his content and removed his channels – has gained him millions of subscribers – not lost him followers.

Jones claims 5.6million people have subscribed to the Infowars newsletter and free podcast in the past 48 hours.

Branding what’s happened ‘bull***t’, the 44-year-old Texan said: ‘Why not say I’m flying a Nazi flying carpet. I sit up in the morning and I s**t Hitler out of my a**. It’s bull***t. –Daily Mail

“Because I play devil’s advocate, because I play both sides, they’ve taken me out of context, they are using me as a test case to try to bring an EU style web censorship,” Jones said. “They’ve got mainline Democratic senators saying they ought to restrict Fox News, Tucker Carlson, Matt Drudge, the President himself. They are misrepresenting what I’ve said and done and are using that to set a precedent for internet wide de-platforming, censorship beyond what Russia does, what China does, ahead of the midterms (election). The whole thing is fake.”

Looking at Infowars’ stats, a little over 10% of their pre-ban traffic in July came from social media, with Facebook about half of that. Which likely means that Jones will survive as most of his traffic is direct, as users access the site via typing it into the URL bar or click on a bookmark, instead of coming through search engines.

In terms of dollars and cents, the website Social Blade estimates that over the last 30 days, the Infowars YouTube channel received a little over 17 million views. With average YouTube ad revenue is around $2 per 1,000 clicks (CPM), and InfoWars undoubtedly demonetized for much of that, YouTube’s decision to ban Jones and his channels cost the Infowars enterprise up to $400,000.

Meanwhile, a flood of new traffic has been driven to Infowars.com, which is probably paying a much higher CPM. It’s entirely possible that if the newfound site visitors stick around, Jones would end up more profitable than before he was blacklisted.




RV/Intelligence Alert: “Boom” — August 12, 2018

Operation Disclosure


(Disclaimer: The following is an overview of the current situation based on rumors/leaks from several sources which may or may not be truthful or accurate.)

The Emergency Broadcast System (EBS) interrupted TV in several states around 4 AM EDT on August 12, 2018. Strange code was reportedly seen on the EBS. This can be confirmed by 3 witness accounts located in different states.



“I had one the other night which was strange for it was scrolling a green bar across the top but the “language” or codes you couldn’t read. It wasn’t the regular test one that gives u the county and time range and talks and says a test of the emergency broadcast system.”

According to sources, the EBS was a deliberate hint of what is coming within the next couple of weeks.

Q is alluding to 4 “BOOM’s” occurring next week.

There’s more to the story of the stolen commercial plane from SeaTac which is currently being kept quiet for now.


West Virginia is moving to impeach its entire supreme court. This move is part of an on-going operation to restore the Republic.


The transition event is arriving and it begins with the RV.


Voice to Skull Technology Embedded in 5G

Voice to Skull Technology Is Embedded in 5G-Mind Control Reaches Its Apex

Source: The Common Sense Show

Recently I has approached by a self-described “insider” who had at one time worked for DARPA. He insisted that the new 5G technology being rolled out across the country was both lethal and contained mind control elements that should alarm all people. I thought the claims were outrageous and with scientific justification. Don’t misunderstand me, I know that mind control exists, however, 5G being an element of mind control surprised me. Subsequently, I began a literature search and I found the mother load.

Subsequent to my search, I found the patent that should scare the hell out of all Americans.

“United States Patent 6,017,302 Loos January 25, 2000

Subliminal acoustic manipulation of nervous systems

Abstract: In human subjects, sensory resonances can be excited by subliminal atmospheric acoustic pulses that are tuned to the resonance frequency. The 1/2 Hz sensory resonance affects the autonomic nervous system and may cause relaxation, drowsiness, or sexual excitement, depending on the precise acoustic frequency near 1/2 Hz used. The effects of the 2.5 Hz resonance include slowing of certain cortical processes, sleepiness, and disorientation. For these effects to occur, the acoustic intensity must lie in a certain deeply subliminal range. Suitable apparatus consists of a portable battery-powered source of weak subaudio acoustic radiation. The method and apparatus can be used by the general public as an aid to relaxation, sleep, or sexual arousal, and clinically for the control and perhaps treatment of insomnia, tremors, epileptic seizures, and anxiety disorders. There is further application as a nonlethal weapon that can be used in law enforcement standoff situations, for causing drowsiness and disorientation in targeted subjects. It is then preferable to use venting acoustic monopoles in the form of a device that inhales and exhales air with subaudio frequency.

Inventors: Loos; Hendricus G. (Laguna Beach, CA)Family ID:25505170Appl. No.:08/961,907 Filed:October 31, 1997…

The patent goes on to further describe the workings of this acoustic technology.

Experiments have shown that atmospheric acoustic stimulation of deeply subliminal intensity can excite in a human subject the sensory resonances near 1/2 Hz and 2.5 Hz. The 1/2 Hz resonance is characterized by ptosis of the eyelids, relaxation, drowsiness, a tonic smile, tenseness, or sexual excitement, depending on the precise acoustic frequency near 1/2 Hz that is used. The observable effects of the 2.5 Hz resonance include a slowing of certain cortical functions, sleepiness, and, after long exposure, dizziness and disorientation.

According to my inside source, that when the brain reaches the 2.5Hz, it is vulnerable to implantation of ideas and suggestions for behavioral modification. I was stunned when I found this passage in the description section of the patent because it matched what I was told by the former DARPA source.

The finding that these sensory resonances can be excited by atmospheric acoustic signals of deeply subliminal intensity opens the way to an apparatus and method for acoustic manipulation of a subject’s nervous system, wherein weak acoustic pulses are induced in the atmosphere at the subject’s ears, and the pulse frequency is tuned to the resonance frequency of the selected sensory resonance. The method can be used by the general public for control of insomnia and anxiety, and for facilitation of relaxation and sexual arousal.

Based upon the above description, we are seeing acute and dramatic behavioral modification as a result of this technology.

Clinical use of the method includes the control and perhaps a treatment of anxiety disorders, tremors, and seizures. A suitable embodiment for these applications is a small portable battery-powered subaudio acoustic radiator which can be tuned to the resonance frequency of the selected sensory resonance.

The significance of the behavioral modification potential of this technology is dramatically described in the preceding paragraph.

The following paragraph of the patent description, explains how this technology can be used at a distance.

There is an embodiment suitable for law enforcement operations in which a subject’s nervous system is manipulated from a considerable distance, as in a standoff situation. Subliminal subaudio acoustic pulses at the subject’s location may then be induced by acoustic waves radiating from a venting acoustic monopole, or by a pulsed air jet, especially when aimed at the subject or at another material surface, where the jet velocity fluctuations are wholly or partly converted into static pressure fluctuations.

The described physiological effects occur only if the intensity of the acoustic stimulation falls in a certain range, called the effective intensity window. This window has been measured in exploratory fashion for the 2.5 Hz resonance.”

The ability to embed mind control into the 5G range is discussed in the patent:

The very low frequency waves needed for the acoustic stimulation of the vestibular nerve may also be provided by a sound system in which weak subaudio pulses are added to audible audio program material. This may be done in the customary manner way of adding the currents from these signals at the inverting input of an operational amplifier. The amplitude of the pulses is chosen such that the strength of the resulting acoustic pulses lies in the effective intensity window. Experiments in our laboratory have shown that the presence of audible signals, such as music or speech, does not interfere with the excitation of sensory resonances.

The invention can also be implemented as a sound tape or CD ROM which contains audible audio program material together with subliminal subaudio signals. The recording can be done by mixing the audio and subaudio signals in the usual manner. In choosing the subaudio signal level, one must compensate for the poor frequency response of the recorder and the electronics, at the ultra low subaudio frequencies used.

The above paragraph contains a description of what is known as voice-to-skull technology. the process was popularized by Dr. Nick Begich. In his book, Angels Don’t Play This HAARP, Begich describes how he provided the European Union legislature with a personal demonstration of implanting voices into someone’s head in a technological approach, Begich referred to as voice-to-skull technology. The European Union leaders were so stunned, they passed a resolution against the use of the technology.

Unmistakable Referencing to Mind Control

Brain mapping under the guise of research has the strong appearance of being a whole lot more than someone’s laboratory investigation. Consider the very telling excerpt in which project managers state that they want to implant electrodes in hundreds of cell membranes by an army of nan0particles which will allow these nanoparticles to become apart of the cell membrane functioning. The process is descried in the project managers own words:

“…Nanoprobes bearing several dozen electrodes, for instance, could be stacked to probe hundreds of thousands of recording sites and transmit data wirelessly.

Alternatively, nanoparticles carrying molecules that bring them to specific cell types could lodge in cell membranes so surgical placement wouldn’t be necessary. The nanoparticles could also carry molecules that can sense electrical activity, pressure, or even certain chemicals revealing brain activity.”

What is described above, is the delivery system for this technology. I sum up the finding in the following short video.

United States Patent 5,159,703, Lowery, October 27, 1992, Silent Subliminal Presentation System, Inventors: Lowery, Oliver M. Appl. No. 458339 Filed December 28, 1989, discusses the microwave technology necessary for mind control. In this patent, we witness the move from the mind control of certain individuals who might have been programmed, which is frightening enough, to witnessing entire populations being controlled. 5G coming to a neighborhood very soon! Welcome to the Brave New World, where very soon, the globalists will own everything, including your thoughts.


NASA just gave $44 million to 6 private companies — including Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin — to develop ‘tipping point’ space technologies

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NASA’s “Tipping Point” awards will help United Launch Alliance develop its next-generation Vulcan rocket.
United Launch Alliance/YouTube

  • NASA just awarded six private companies a total of $44 million.
  • The agency’s “Tipping Point” program is intended to help the commercial space industry push next-generation technologies over the finish line.
  • The projects awarded funding include new moon-landingsystems and a method to recover expensive rocket engines.

NASA is doling out a total of $44 million in awards among six private companies, including Jeff Bezos’ secretive rocket company, Blue Origin.

The new contracts are part of the agency’s third “Tipping Point” competition and an ongoing push to commercialize space. The goal of the awards is to help companies take what NASA sees as exciting, almost-ready-to-debut devices and “tip” them over the finish line into commercial markets.

The money covers 10 distinct projects, including ways for robots to land on and explore the moon, a next-generation fuel cell to power deep-space missions, a deep-space propulsion system, and an inflatable shell that may one day help land people on Mars.

“These key technologies will support NASA’s science and human exploration missions in the future,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a press release.

The biggest winner of the competition was United Launch Alliance, formed by Boeing and Lockheed Martin. The aerospace company (which is about to launch NASA’s Parker Solar Probe to “touch” the sun) scooped up $13.9 million. Blue Origin, meanwhile, walked away with $13 million in contracts.

Here’s a quick look at the projects NASA picked:

The companies that won NASA ‘Tipping Point’ awards and how much

Astrobotic Technology, Inc.

  • Project: “Stand-Alone Sensor for High Precision Planetary Landing” ($10 million)
    What it is: A “low-cost, reliable, high-performance, stand-alone” system to help Astrobotic, a former team in the Google Lunar X Prize competition (which ended without a winner), continue its work to land a commercial lunar spacecraft on the moon and perhaps elsewhere in the solar system.

Blue Origin

  • Project: “Advancing Sensor Suites to Enable Landing Anywhere on the Lunar Surface” ($3 million)
    What it is: “This project will mature critical technologies that enable precision and soft landing on the moon,” Blue Origin says, such as detection systems for terrain and altitude. “The resulting sensor suite will enable precision landing anywhere on the lunar surface.”
  • Project: “Cryogenic Fluid Management-Enhanced Integrated Propulsion Testing for Robust Lander Services” ($10 million)
    What it is: A propulsion system powered by ultra-cold liquid fuels for landing a robot on the moon.

Frontier Aerospace Corporation

  • Project: “Flight Qualification of the DSE, MON-25 MMH Rocket Engine” ($1.9 million)
    What it is: A crucial test of a deep-space rocket that may help Astrobotic land its probe on the moon.

Paragon Space Development Coporation

  • Project: “Cryogenic Encapsulating Launch Shroud and Insulated Upper Stage” ($1.6 million)
    What it is: A way to insulate a rocket’s ultra-cold cryogenic fuel tanks and protect them “from meteoroids and debris” in space.

Space Systems/Loral, LLC

  • Project: “High Efficiency 6kW Dual Mode Electric Propulsion Engine for Broad Mission Applications” ($2 million)
    What it is: A new ion-powered engine that will provide “faster, more efficient, propulsive capabilities for future NASA missions.”
  • Project: “In-Space Xenon Transfer for Satellite, Servicer and Exploration Vehicle Replenishment and Life Extension” ($2 million)
    What it is: A way to replenish xenon fuel in satellites, helping them stay in orbit longer.

United Launch Alliance

  • nasa inflatable aeroshell atmospheric reentry
    An illustration of an inflatable shield that could help spacecraft safely return to Earth, Mars, or other worlds with atmospheres.

    Project: “Cryogenic Fluid Management Technology Demonstration” ($2 million)
    What it is: A way to keep an upper-stage rocket’s cryogenic fuel from boiling into a gas in space. The system would allow the rocket to remain capable of firing up weeks or months after launch, enabling unique deep-space missions. It would also help prevent explosions, which generate dangerous space debris.

  • Project: “Integrated Vehicle Fluids Flight Demonstration” ($10 million)
    What it is: This system aims to use liquid hydrogen and oxygen, which are normally used just for propulsion. Extra fluid might be used to pressurize fuel tanks, generate electricity, propel a mission through space, and ultimately reduce the need for additional systems (e.g. batteries) that take up precious weight. This might better enable long-duration space missions, perhaps to the moon.
  • Project: “Mid-Air Retrieval Demonstration” ($1.9 million)
    What it is: This may be a way to recover (and reuse) rocket engines and other expensive parts after they fly to space. A big inflatable aeroshell would unfurl and protect the part during atmospheric reentry. Once the payload reaches air that’s dense enough, parachutes would further slow descent. Then a powerful helicopter would swoop in to snag the parachutes and the rocket parts.

Both awards to Bezos’ aerospace company appear to be related to work that will help Blue Origin drop a “Blue Moon” lander on the lunar surface in 2023, as GeekWire wrote in July.


Hans Pennink, AP Photo

Trump signs bill named for Sen. McCain, doesn’t mention him

By Jill Colvin and Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 13th, 2018 @ 4:40pm

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday signed a $716 billion defense policy bill named for John McCain but included no mention in his remarks of the Republican senator, who is battling brain cancer at home in Arizona.Trump and McCain are engaged in a long-running feud that dates to Trump’s 2016 presidential run. At campaign rallies, Trump regularly castigates McCain — without using his name — for casting a dramatic thumbs-down vote that doomed Trump’s effort last year to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which was enacted by President Barack Obama.Trump said there was “no better place than right here at Fort Drum” to celebrate passage of the defense bill, which will boost military pay by 2.6 percent, giving service members their largest increase in nine years.The bill — formally the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act but referred to by Trump as simply the National Defense Authorization Act — will introduce thousands of new recruits to active duty, reserve and National Guard units and replace aging tanks, planes, ships and helicopters with more advanced and lethal technology, Trump said.

“Hopefully, we’ll be so strong we’ll never have to use it. But if we ever did, nobody has a chance,” he said.

Later Monday, Trump referenced McCain — again without naming him — while talking about Obama’s health law at a fundraiser in Utica for Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney.

“I would’ve gotten rid of everything, but as you know, one of our wonderful senators had thumbs down at 2 o’clock in the morning,” Trump said, pantomiming the gesture.

The bill authorizes billions of dollars for military construction, including family housing.

Besides setting policy and spending levels, the bill weakens a bid to clamp down on Chinese telecom company ZTE. It allows Trump to waive sanctions against countries that bought Russian weapons and now want to buy U.S. military equipment. The bill provides no money for Trump’s requested Space Force but authorizes the military parade he wants in Washington in November.

The compromise bill removes a provision reinstating penalties against ZTE and restricting the company’s ability to buy U.S. component parts. ZTE was almost forced out of business after being accused of selling sensitive information to nations hostile to the U.S., namely Iran and North Korea, in violation of trade laws.

The measure also includes provisions designed to improve how the Defense Department handles reports of child-on-child sexual assaults among the tens of thousands of children and teens who live and go to school on the military bases where their parents serve. An Associated Press investigation this spring documented broad failures of justice when military kids report incidents.

Among the changes, the bill creates new legal protections for students at Department of Defense Education Activity schools and requires the school system and the Pentagon to develop new policies for responding to reports on bases more generally. Schools and the armed services also must start tracking incidents — AP identified nearly 700 over 10 years, but that was a certain undercount.

The annual measure sets policies and a budget outline for the Pentagon and will be followed by a later appropriations bill.

Trump and McCain have had a strained relationship for years. During his election campaign, Trump declared that McCain, who was a prisoner of war for more than five years in Vietnam, was not a war hero, and he has publicly and privately blamed McCain for submarining the Republican health care bill last year.

In May, a West Wing aide dismissed McCain’s negative opinion on Trump’s CIA nominee during a closed-door meeting by saying of the senator that “he’s dying anyway.” Trump, who has long prided himself on never apologizing, believing it shows weakness, did not apologize, but the aide was later fired.

In a statement Monday, McCain expressed pride in the bill.

“I’m proud the NDAA is now law & humbled Congress chose to designate it in my name. As Chairman of the Armed Services Cmte, I’ve found high purpose in service of a cause greater than self_the cause of our troops who defend America & all that she stands for,” he tweeted.

His wife, Cindy McCain, meanwhile, retweeted a post from CBS News that noted Trump had neglected to mention McCain at the signing.


Superville contributed from Washington.

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