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Groundbreaking sailplane soars at world championships

By Jim Moore

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Dick Butler pilots Concordia, a sailplane custom-made for racing and the product of a decade of effort. Photo courtesy: Andrew McKittrick.

Dozens of sailplanes are crisscrossing the Texas skies as pilots from around the world seek supremacy in the thermals. The field includes many stock aircraft, but Concordia, designed and created to compete in the world championships, is spreading its wings for the first time in competition and proving its worth. Piloted by Dick Butler, one of a team of creators who set to work on the groundbreaking glider a decade ago, Concordia flew a 386 nautical mile (714 kilometer) course Aug. 7 in 4 hours 38 minutes, beating all comers with its sprawling 92-foot wingspan delivering an average speed of 83 knots (154 km/hr).

A spokesman for the thirty-second Fédération Aéronautique Internationale World Gliding Championships being held in Uvalde, Texas through Aug. 19 said Concordia—which first flew in May—is setting itself apart from the field. Butler, who lives in Tennessee, is a veteran of many past competitions, and worked with Gerhard Waibel, Loek Boermans, Johannes Dillinger, and Christian Striefeneder to complete the custom sailplane just in time for this year’s world championships.

“When you get near the finish line, it adds a lot of energy and enthusiasm to all this,” Butler said in an interview with Soaring Café earlier this year.

Competitors are divided into classes—15-meter, 18-meter, and Open—and given a new course, or task, to fly each day. Butler lost speed Aug. 8 on a shorter course, but remained in the top 12 in cumulative standings with many more days of flying to go. Thousands of enthusiasts are following the race on the field, and online through Facebook and the contest website, which includes links to streaming video and real-time GPS tracking of the competitors.

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Dick Butler led the field in the open class Aug. 7, piloting Concordia through a 386 nm course in 4 hours 38 minutes.

August 9, 2012

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Local Business Reputation Management – Google+ Local

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Businesses need to grab the reigns of their reputation. Whether they like it or not, people are talking about them. Now Google has done it again, and local business owners need to sit up and take notice. Your business reputation must be managed or you will pay for it with poor ranking in local search, among other things.

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Emergency Truck and Trailer Service Sacramento Area

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I’m highlighting The Truck Shoppe in the Sacramento and Elk Grove area. They do great work and provide 24 Hour emergency truck and trailer repair services in the Sacramento area.

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The End of American Independence | Planet Infowars

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I came across this well-done article in an anti-war site, of all places. An interesting read.

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NSASpy Center (Watch What You Say

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The spring air in the small, sand-dusted town has a soft haze to it, and clumps of green-gray sagebrush rustle in the breeze. Bluffdale sits in a bowl-shaped valley in the shadow of Utah’s Wasatch Range to the east and the Oquirrh Mountains to the west. It’s the heart of Mormon country, where religious pioneers first arrived more than 160 years ago. They came to escape the rest of the world, to understand the mysterious words sent down from their god as revealed on buried golden plates, and to practice what has become known as “the principle,” marriage to multiple wives.

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Today Bluffdale is home to one of the nation’s largest sects of polygamists, the Apostolic United Brethren, with upwards of 9,000 members. The brethren’s complex includes a chapel, a school, a sports field, and an archive. Membership has doubled since 1978—and the number of plural marriages has tripled—so the sect has recently been looking for ways to purchase more land and expand throughout the town.

But new pioneers have quietly begun moving into the area, secretive outsiders who say little and keep to themselves. Like the pious polygamists, they are focused on deciphering cryptic messages that only they have the power to understand. Just off Beef Hollow Road, less than a mile from brethren headquarters, thousands of hard-hatted construction workers in sweat-soaked T-shirts are laying the groundwork for the newcomers’ own temple and archive, a massive complex so large that it necessitated expanding the town’s boundaries. Once built, it will be more than five times the size of the US Capitol.

Rather than Bibles, prophets, and worshippers, this temple will be filled with servers, computer intelligence experts, and armed guards. And instead of listening for words flowing down from heaven, these newcomers will be secretly capturing, storing, and analyzing vast quantities of words and images hurtling through the world’s telecommunications networks. In the little town of Bluffdale, Big Love and Big Brother have become uneasy neighbors.

The NSA has become the largest, most covert, and potentially most intrusive intelligence agency ever.

Under construction by contractors with top-secret clearances, the blandly named Utah Data Center is being built for the National Security Agency. A project of immense secrecy, it is the final piece in a complex puzzle assembled over the past decade. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of international, foreign, and domestic networks. The heavily fortified $2 billion center should be up and running in September 2013. Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital “pocket litter.” It is, in some measure, the realization of the “total information awareness” program created during the first term of the Bush administration—an effort that was killed by Congress in 2003 after it caused an outcry over its potential for invading Americans’ privacy.

But “this is more than just a data center,” says one senior intelligence official who until recently was involved with the program. The mammoth Bluffdale center will have another important and far more secret role that until now has gone unrevealed. It is also critical, he says, for breaking codes. And code-breaking is crucial, because much of the data that the center will handle—financial information, stock transactions, business deals, foreign military and diplomatic secrets, legal documents, confidential personal communications—will be heavily encrypted. According to another top official also involved with the program, the NSA made an enormous breakthrough several years ago in its ability to cryptanalyze, or break, unfathomably complex encryption systems employed by not only governments around the world but also many average computer users in the US. The upshot, according to this official: “Everybody’s a target; everybody with communication is a target.”

For the NSA, overflowing with tens of billions of dollars in post-9/11 budget awards, the cryptanalysis breakthrough came at a time of explosive growth, in size as well as in power. Established as an arm of the Department of Defense following Pearl Harbor, with the primary purpose of preventing another surprise assault, the NSA suffered a series of humiliations in the post-Cold War years. Caught offguard by an escalating series of terrorist attacks—the first World Trade Center bombing, the blowing up of US embassies in East Africa, the attack on the USS Cole in Yemen, and finally the devastation of 9/11—some began questioning the agency’s very reason for being. In response, the NSA has quietly been reborn. And while there is little indication that its actual effectiveness has improved—after all, despite numerous pieces of evidence and intelligence-gathering opportunities, it missed the near-disastrous attempted attacks by the underwear bomber on a flight to Detroit in 2009 and by the car bomber in Times Square in 2010—there is no doubt that it has transformed itself into the largest, most covert, and potentially most intrusive intelligence agency ever created.

In the process—and for the first time since Watergate and the other scandals of the Nixon administration—the NSA has turned its surveillance apparatus on the US and its citizens. It has established listening posts throughout the nation to collect and sift through billions of email messages and phone calls, whether they originate within the country or overseas. It has created a supercomputer of almost unimaginable speed to look for patterns and unscramble codes. Finally, the agency has begun building a place to store all the trillions of words and thoughts and whispers captured in its electronic net. And, of course, it’s all being done in secret. To those on the inside, the old adage that NSA stands for Never Say Anything applies more than ever.

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For those still in the matrix… maybe you should pay some attention to this.

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Tell the EPA: Ban the pesticide that’s killing bees!

In the next week, the EPA is expected to issue a decision on the pesticide Clothianidin — which scientists believe is a major factor in the alarming decline in U.S honey bee populations, known as Colony Collapse Disorder. Since 2006, one third of U.S honey bee populations have been dying off. One third. Every year. That’s a terrible rate of species destruction on its own, but it’s also a serious threat to our food supply. Honey bees play a crucial role by pollinating 71 of the 100 most common crops, which account for 90% of the world’s food supply.1

My father was a beekeeper, and so I have had first-hand experience with beekeeping. We have become a nation of chemicals and pesticides. Enough is enough. Ban pesticides that kill bees, and let’s get real: Pesticides are NOT “safe” for human consumption in ANY amount (“safe” is relative).

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E-Verify ‘flags’ Obama’s Social Security Number

A private investigation reveals that the Social Security Number being used by Barack Obama does not pass a check with E-Verify, the electronic system the U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has created to verify whether or not prospective employees have the required authorization to work legally in the United States.

Over the past few years, the E-Verify system has received national attention because of its ability to determine if prospective employees are illegal immigrants who have entered the United States without the legal authority to work.

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By flagging fraudulent documents, including faked Social Security Numbers, the E-Verify system can assist an employer in the effort to make sure all prospective hires have authentic identification papers, including valid Social Security Numbers, issued to them and not to someone else.

Now WND has obtained a copy of an affidavit from Linda Jordan, a private citizen who entered Obama’s Social Security Number into the “Self Check” section of the E-Verify website, only to find out that Obama’s Social Security Number was flagged by E-Verify as likely being fraudulent.

The document:

Jordan told WND she is a wife, mother and homemaker. She described herself as “an average citizen with reasonable research skills.”

She said she became concerned when she realized that Congress was not willing to investigate issues concerning Obama’s identity, including whether or not he currently is using a fraudulent Social Security Number, and that federal law enforcement authorities also were doing nothing.

“Between October 2008 and May 2011, I submitted several requests to agencies and people with the legal responsibility and authority to investigate the use of forged documents and election fraud, concerning Obama’s birth records and Social Security Number,” she stated in her affidavit. “To date no one with the legal responsibility and authority has responded to any of these requests.”

Jordan told WND she finally decided to investigate Obama on her own initiative.

“I did my own research and I found allegations that Obama was using a fraudulent Social Security Number and that his birth certificate had been forged were more than credible,” she said. “Then I saw many brave people putting their reputations on the line to get the truth concerning Obama, including military officers like Lt. Col. Terry Lakin, and I decided I could no longer just sit back and watch.”

Jordan finally decided to take matters in her own hand.

“I considered myself to be one of the employers of the president of the United States,” she said, “so I decided to sign up for E-Verify and see if I could determine whether or not I could find out something about his true identity.”

In May 2010, WND reported two private investigators working independently were asking why President Obama was using a Social Security Number set aside for applicants in Connecticut while there is no record he ever had a mailing address in that state.

In addition, the records indicate the Social Security Number Barack Obama is using was issued between 1977 and 1979, yet Obama’s earliest employment reportedly was in 1975 at an ice cream shop in Hawaii.

E-Verify reports suspected fraud

As seen in Exhibit 1, after Jordan entered Obama’s Social Security Number into the E-Verify Self Check, the system indicated Obama’s Social Security Number produced a mismatch that warranted a visit to the Social Security Administration to investigate the discrepancy.



Exhibit 1, E-Verify notification of ‘mismatch’ in Obama Social Security Number self check

More detailed analysis of Exhibit 1 shows the checked reason for the mismatch notice was: “SSA record does not verify. Other reason. SSA found a discrepancy in the record.”

Exhibit 2 shows a Social Security Online page that indicates the response “SSA record does not verify, other reason” is to be interpreted as “Special indicator present,” with the reference to three E-Verify sections.



Exhibit 2, Social Security Online page explaining response “SSA record does not verify, other reason.”

Further research revealed that the SSA adds “Special Indicator codes” to identify Social Security Numbers that individuals obtained fraudulently.

According to an audit report authored by the Office of the Inspector General, Social Security Administration, titled “Effectiveness of Special Indicator Codes on the Social Security Administrations Numident File,” dated August 2008, there were 9 special indicator codes as of November 2008:

  1. False Identity
  2. Noncitizen Not in Status
  3. Multiple SSNs with Different Identities
  4. Scrambled Earnings with New SSN Assigned
  5. SSN Obtained Using Fraudulent Documentation
  6. SSN Assignment Based on Harassment/Abuse/Life Endangerment
  7. Fictitious Identity
  8. Fraud – OIG Investigated
  9. Fraud SSN Misuse

“Eight of the Special Indicators have to do with fraud of some kind,” Jordan said. “It looks to me like the SSN Obama is using has been flagged with a Special Indicator suggesting fraud.”

WND’s phone call to the media office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security went unanswered.

Whose Social Security Number is Obama using?

As seen in Exhibit 3, U.S. Air Force Col. Gregory Hollister, retired, has obtained from the Social Security Administration verification that the Social Security Number currently being used by Barack Obama is a number that was never issued to Obama.


Exhibit 3, SSA verification that the Obama’s Social Security Number (redacted above) was not issued to Obama

Yet, WND has independently verified that Obama is using the Social Security Number in question.

As seen in Exhibit 4, WND has further confirmed that Obama’s Social Security Number links to Obama in the online records maintained by the Selective Service system; inserting Obama’s Social Security Number into the online Selective Service search engine produces a valid Selective Service number identified with Obama.


Exhibit 4, Selective Service online search engine links Obama’s Social Security Number to his Selective Service number

Researcher Felicito Papa has further confirmed, in an affidavit filed on lawyer Orly Taitz’s website, that Obama’s Social Security Number is clearly legible in a non-redacted layer of the electronic file when Obama’s 2009 federal tax return is viewed in Adobe Illustrator.

On Aug. 30, 2011, Judge Royce C. Lamberth, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, granted summary judgment dismissing a federal lawsuit brought by Taitz, asking for FOIA disclosure of Obama’s Social Security information.

Taitz had alleged Obama was engaged in Social Security identity fraud, using a Social Security Number that had not been issued to him; Lamberth ruled that privacy restrictions prevented the Social Security Administration from releasing the requested files, despite the fact Obama is a public figure.

 

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As promised, here is a curation (in case the original is ever censored) of a WND post about Barack N0Bama’s squeaky clean records. You can make up your own mind. As for me, where there’s smoke, there’s often fire….

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