US Patent Application for Ebola Virus – Five Years Ago Today By Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 26 Oct 2014 Below is a screenshot depicting the US government’s application for the Ebola Bundibugyo (EboBun) virus. PATENT – Human Ebola Virus Species and Compositions and Methods Thereof – US 20120251502 A1 – ABSTRACT: Compositions and methods including and related to the Ebola Bundibugyo virus (EboBun) are provided…Inventive methods are directed to detection and treatment of EboBun infection. [See also: Why does the CDC own a patent on Ebola 'invention?' 3 Aug 2014.]
Around two million barrels of oil from the BP spill off the US Gulf Coast in 2010 are believed to have settled on the ocean floor, according to a study Monday.
The fate of two million of the nearly five million barrels that gushed into the open waters has remained a mystery until now, said the findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a peer-reviewed US journal.
Researchers analyzed samples collected at more than 500 locations around the Macondo Well, where the leaked oil emerged, and found it had spread widely, settling down like dirt in a bathtub.
The oil was found to have spread as far as 3,200 square kilometers (1,235 square miles) from the site, and may have gone even further, the report said.
“Our analysis suggests the oil initially was suspended in deep waters and then settled to the underlying sea floor,” said the study by the University of California, Santa Barbara; the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts; and the University of California, Irvine.
Researchers came to this conclusion by studying seafloor sediment cores for residual hopane, a hydrocarbon that comes from crude oil.
BP took issue with the findings and the method researchers used, saying the impacted area was overestimated.
“The authors failed to identify the source of the oil, leading them to grossly overstate the amount of residual Macondo oil on the sea floor and the geographic area in which it is found,” said a statement from BP spokesman Jason Ryan.
“Instead of using rigorous chemical fingerprinting to identify the oil, the authors used a single compound that is also found in every natural oil seep in the Gulf of Mexico, causing them to find false positives all over the sea floor.”
- Sea-life damaged -
According to the National Science Foundation, which funded the study, “hopane was concentrated in a thin layer at the sea floor within 25 miles of the ruptured well, clearly implicating Deepwater Horizon as the source.”
Study author David Valentine, a bio of the University of California, Santa Barbara, said the process likely led to the damage of deep sea corals.
“The pattern of contamination we observe is fully consistent with the Deepwater Horizon event but not with natural seeps — the suggested alternative.”
The National Wildlife Federation said earlier this year that scientific studies on 14 different types of creatures affected by the spill show that long lasting harm was done to dolphins, sea turtles, tuna, loons and other animals in the region.
In pleading guilty to the spill, BP agreed to pay the government $4.5 billion to settle criminal charges in the case.
It also agreed in 2012 to settle damage claims by businesses and individuals for about $7.8 billion.
Last month, a federal court judge in New Orleans concluded that BP acted with “gross negligence” ahead of the massive 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, meaning BP may face billions of dollars in new fines.
The April 20, 2010 Deepwater Horizon drilling rig blowout, which killed 11 people, happened because BP’s US subsidiaries, along with oil-services company Halliburton and rig owner Transocean, did not take adequate care in drilling a risky well, the court found.
SEATTLE (CBS SEATTLE) – The Seattle Times said the paper is “outraged” to learn that the FBI created a fake news story on a “bogus” web page in order to plant tracking software in the computer of a bomb threat suspect.
The FBI fabricated a story to look like a news piece with an Associated Press byline about bomb threats against Lacey’s Timberline High School in 2007, according to documents obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and revealed by the ACLU on Monday. The FBI also created a fake email link “in the style of the Seattle Times” including details about subscriber and advertiser information. This link was then sent to the suspect’s MySpace account.
When the suspect clicked on the bogus link, the hidden FBI software forwarded his location and Internet Protocol information to bureau agents. The juvenile suspect was identified and arrested on June 14 of 2007.
But Times Editor Kathy Best ridiculed the FBI’s investigative tactics, saying “not only does that cross a line, it erases it,” in a statement.
“We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,” said Best.
She continued: “Our reputation and our ability to do our job as a government watchdog are based on trust. Nothing is more fundamental to that trust than our independence — from law enforcement, from government, from corporations and from all other special interests. The FBI’s actions, taken without our knowledge, traded on our reputation and put it at peril.”
The documents detailing the FBI’s investigation to lure out the juvenile bomb threat suspect were obtained by the EFF in San Francisco and then publicized via Twitter on Monday by Christopher Soghoian, the principal technologist for the American Civil Liberties Union in Washington, D.C.
The 172 pages of documents released by the FBI show their software tool called a “Computer and Internet Protocol Address Verifier” (CIPAV) in two cases, with one being the Timberline High School bomb threats. The documents show how the FBI is able to “geophysically” locate a computer and track its Internet Protocal address.
According to Soghoian, the software was activated by the suspect when they clicked on the bogus link – a tactic similar to that used by hackers.
But Frank Montoya Jr., the special agent in charge of the FBI in Seattle during the case, defended the investigation techniques, which led to the arrest and conviction of a 15-year-old student.
“Every effort we made in this investigation had the goal of preventing a tragic event like what happened at Marysville and Seattle Pacific University,” Montoya said. “We identified a specific subject of an investigation and used a technique that we deemed would be effective in preventing a possible act of violence in a school setting.”
“Use of that type of technique happens in very rare circumstances and only when there is sufficient reason to believe it could be successful in resolving a threat.”
by Stephen Lendman
So-called Ukrainian democracy is pure fantasy. Tyranny masquerading as rule by the people.
Sunday’s snap unicameral Verkhovna Rada (parliamentary) elections reflected post-February coup business as usual.
Ukraine is a US-installed fascist dictatorship. Its so-called government has no legitimacy whatever.
A previous article discussed whole families contesting for seats. Future deputies were known in advance. They’re relatives of currently serving politicians.
Including oligarch president Petro Poroshenko’s son, Oleksiy. Running for the same Vinnitsa region’s seat his father held previously. Assured of winning before voting began.
According to Itar Tass:
“…Ukraine’s political class is built on the foundation of nepotism and cronyism, as all the political forces display the tradition of nominating candidates on the grounds of kinship.”
A closely controlled family affair with no legitimacy. Powerful interests control things Ordinary people have no say.
Stop NATO founder/editor Rick Rozoff calls Ukraine “a Nazi-like victory of US/NATO lawlessness.” A US-led takeover of formerly sovereign Ukraine.
Planned and executed by neocons and Zbigniew Brzezinski acolytes, says Rozoff. The driving force behind US unipolarity and quest for unchallenged global dominance.
(T) worst thing…in our lifetime for what it signals,” says Rozoff. “(T)he utter triumph of (Western) gangsterism…”
“(A)nd their gutter-snipes and…punks” serving their interests. Fanatical extremists of the worst kind. Usurpers.
Xenophobic, hate-mongering, ultranationalist anti-Semites. Combined representing mob rule. Gangsterism writ large.
Fascism’s reemergence in Europe’s heartland. Inmates running the asylum. A threat to world peace.
On October 26, Washington’s ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt and US OSCE representative Daniel Baer commented on Sunday’s elections.
“(D)emocracy in action,” they said. Phonier than America’s. A “historic day,” they claimed. “(A)nother step in Ukraine’s democratic journey.”
The road to hell more accurately explains things. Half the country opted out. According to Ukraine’s Central Election Commission, turnout was 52.4%.
Ukrainian Civil Network Opora reported 51.2%. Turnout was especially low in Russian speaking regions.
Fifteen Donbass region districts opted out. Around half a million ex-pats were eligible to vote in 72 countries. Many don’t bother registering. Overall turnout was extremely low.
A total of 6,436 candidates competed. Half according to party lists. Others by individual districts single mandate. Some 450 seats were up for grabs.
Donetsk People’s Republic Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Purgin called Ukrainian elections “farc(cial). They “were not free.”
“People are intimidated.” Ukraine’s Southeast “is not represented. We do not care for the elections results, we are not interested in them.”
“We have our own elections that will make the DPR authorities legitimate.”
Purgin expects less “militaristic hysteria.” Likely post-electoral short-term only.
He doubts Kiev’s’s so-called government can resolve intractable conditions. A combination of political illegitimacy, fascist rule and economic chaos.
“Ukraine is in a deep crisis,”he said. “I doubt that the new Parliament will find a way out of it. They have halted the chemical industry.”
“They have lost the East. Europe is paying for Ukrainian gas…A counter-elite comes to power, which is not interested in solving the crisis.”
Lugansk People’s Republic President Igor Piotnitsky said “(w)e will organize our own elections. Our people will hold (them). Ukraine will be our neighbor.”
According to Russian State Duma lower house Foreign Affairs Committee head Alexei Pushkov:
“After the elections, it will become clear to the Ukrainians: nothing will change for the better. Independence did not change the country, but only provided the redistribution of power.”
Andriy Yermolaev heads the “New Ukraine” Institute for Strategic Research.
“Unfortunately, these elections have substituted the task that we were facing in summer – a new national dialogue and national compromise,” he said.
“If we achieved this balance, this truce in summer, this election campaign would have been the answer to the question about (our) future. But now this problem has been substituted.”
No one talked about East/West convergence. “Everyone talked about their future victories. Here we are now reaping the fruits of this.”
According to British Politics First magazine editor Marcus Papadopoulos:
“Ukraine’s Parliamentary elections were a farce, an insult to democracy and an affront to millions of the Ukrainian population.”
Petroshenko-led governance “use(s) the tactics of violence and fomenting fear to suppress the voice of our community in Ukraine: for example, neo-Nazi parades, not so long ago took place in Kyiv, Odessa and Kharkiv, the collapse of the Soviet/Russian monuments, as well as among them monuments of the Second world war, and physical attacks on Russian-speaking politicians, such as Petro Symonenko.”
US-installed fascists destroyed the former dominant Party of Regions, he said. Ukraine’s Communist party is a shadow of its former self.
“While the West – both governments and media outlets – will recognize the outcome of Ukraine’s ‘elections,’ the reality is that millions upon millions of the Ukrainian population did not vote – through fear and/or because there was no choice for them on the ballot paper,” Papadopoulos said.
Millions of Ukrainians are intimidated for their cultural background. They’re second class citizens. Practically nonpersons in their own country.
According to Russia’s National Institute of Modern Ideology Development deputy director Igor Shatrov:
“Most apparently the Petro Poroshenko Bloc, People’s Front and Batkivshchyna will form a ruling coalition. This will possibly also include Svoboda and the Radical Party. Or radicals will join the coalition as long as this is needed.”
“To my mind, an alarming signal for Kiev should be the success of Samopomoshch (Self-Help) led by (western Ukrainian) Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovy.”
“The results (at parliamentary elections) for this political force show that Western regions had shaped their own view on the country’s future.”
“Meanwhile, this view differs from what Poroshenko declared, as a voter supported his politician there, but not the president. (A)t this stage, Samopomoshch can also join a ruling coalition.”
“(T)he new Rada will have almost no deputies representing the interests of the country’s south-east, and that will not bring stability to Ukraine.”
Nor will formerly dominant Party of Regions have any influence.
“Meanwhile, it should not be forgotten that anti-Russian vector and ‘European dream’ are probably few things in common that unite a majority of those elected…” said Shatrov. “
“Unity in other issues is not expected in the Ukrainian parliament. It should be taken into account that many political forces used this election as a rehearsal and training for more serious battles.”
“They are just waiting for new mistakes made by Poroshenko and his team to make a claim for everything, including the loss of Crimea and Donbass and to take over reins of power.”
Powerful pro-Western interests are “behind each more or less noticeable politician in Ukraine.” Serious battles remain to be fought. Expect nothing positive from their outcome.
Preliminary results will be announced later on Monday. Final ones are expected by October 30.
On October 28, Reuters headlined “Ukraine leader wins pro-West mandate but wary of Russia” saying:
“Pro-Europe parties will dominate Ukraine’s parliament after an election handed President Petro Poroshenko a mandate to end a separatist conflict and steer the country further out of Russia’s orbit into Europe’s mainstream.”
“Poroshenko planned to start coalition talks on Monday after exit polls and partial results showed most of the groups that were holding up democratic and legal reforms demanded by the European Union had been swept out of parliament on Sunday.”
Early totals showed Poroshenko’s bloc and putschist prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s People’s Front each getting over 21 percent of votes cast.
In a field of 29 competing parties. Expect them to form what passes for coalition governance.
Perhaps including other “parties of the Maidan” extremists. Fascists by any other name. Tyranny masquerading as democracy. Shaming the real thing.
After polls closed Sunday, Poroshenko ludicrously thanked Ukrainians for a “democratic, reformist, pro-Ukrainian and pro-European majority.”
Illegitimate by any standard. Dark forces run things. Democracy is nowhere in sight. It’s verboten.
Ordinary Ukrainians have no say whatever. Status quo putschist power runs things. Business as usual continues.
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The Internal Revenue Service has been seizing money from the bank accounts of individuals and businesses with no proof of any crimes nor any charges filed.
Now, the IRS claims that it will stop — but will it?
Using a law, the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000, that allows the feds to seize money from suspected gangsters, drug dealers and terrorists, the IRS has put innocent people into bankruptcy and massive debt and taken the money a military father saved from his paychecks to put his kids through college, solely by tracking the amounts that people put into their bank accounts.
When no criminal activity is charged, The New York Times reports, the IRS often negotiates to return only part of the seized money, leaving impoverished citizens with little option but to either accept the IRS’ offer or continue a lengthy and very expensive legal battle to try to get their legitimately earned money back.
The problem has been growing. The Institute for Justice estimates that from just 114 seizures in 2005, the IRS made 639 seizures in 2012, and in only 20 percent of the cases were any criminal charges ever pursued.
Under the Bank Secrecy Act, banks report transactions larger than $10,000 to federal authorities, but also report a pattern of regular, smaller deposits which appear designed to get around the act. This alone can be enough to trigger a seizure, the Times reports, and banks filed over 700,000 “suspicious” reports last year.
One involved a 27-year-old Long Island candy and cigarette distribution company, Bi-County Distributors, which made daily cash deposits, usually under $10,000. When the IRS seized $447,000 from the company, it refused to return it, despite the fact that there was no crime to prosecute, and instead offered a partial settlement.
The company is now $300,000 in debt and attorney Joseph Potashnik told the Times, “I don’t think they’re (the IRS) really interested in anything. They just want the money.”
Army Sgt. Jeff Cortazzo was saving up for his daughters’ college education when the IRS seized $66,000 of his money – it cost him $21,000 to get the remainder back.
Richard Weber, the chief of Criminal Investigation at the IRS, said in a written statement in response to the Times story, “After a thorough review of our structuring cases over the last year… IRS-CI will no longer pursue the seizure and forfeiture of funds associated solely with ‘legal source’ structuring cases unless there are exceptional circumstances justifying the seizure and forfeiture and the case has been approved at the director of field operations (D.F.O.) level.”
3 sheriff’s deputies, bystander shot in series of Calif. shootings; one deputy has died–Motive for shootings ‘unknown’ 24 Oct 2014 A Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy who was shot while investigating a suspicious vehicle has died and the suspect has been taken into custody after an intensive manhunt. Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones says the 47-year-old deputy, Danny Oliver, was killed after he approached a suspicious vehicle and was shot in the forehead. Three deputies and a bystander were shot during a series of shootings Friday that spanned more than 30 miles through two California counties.
ISIL terrorist leader is CIA agent: Chechen president
22 Oct 2014 – (Legit Gov) Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov says the ISIL terrorist group’s leader, Ibrahim Samarrai, who is known by the alias Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, works for the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and is financially supported by western secret services. [*Duh.*] “Baghdadi should take off his mask and declare loudly and clearly that he is a CIA agent, that he has been recruited,” Kadyrov said on Tuesday, adding, “They (the ISIL militants) are Shaitans (devils) and their sole obsession is to grab as much money as they can lay hands on. They are acting on orders from the West and deliberately exterminating Muslims.” The Chechen leader called on Samarrai to confess to committing atrocities including the massacre of Muslims.
Thank the gods that “Ebola” is over (ahemmmmm)
Ron Klain on the “top leadership issue in the world today.”
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