The Memo Has Landed

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Andy McCabeGreg Michael

The Hillary Clinton campaign’s Fusion GPS created the dossier.

Clinton supporters in the FBI promoted the false dossier to major U.S. news media including the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, the New Yorker, Yahoo, and Mother Jones.

The four-page report includes testimony from a high-ranking government official that without the infamous Trump dossier, the FBI and DOJ would not have secured surveillance warrants to spy on at least one member of the Trump team.

It also claims the FBI and DOJ used media reporting to lend credibility to the dossier, while the firm behind the dossier, Fusion GPS, briefed major American news outlets to include New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, New Yorker, Yahoo and Mother Jones.

The memo shows that after former British spy Christopher Steele was cut off from the FBI, he continued to pass information, as did Fusion GPS, through Justice Department Official Bruce Ohr.  Ohr’s wife Nellie began working for Fusion GPS as early as May 2016.

It also claims evidence that Steele has a personal animus for President Trump.

McCabe knew that the FISA warrant was obtained using shady dossier and that all extensions were based on the original application. The Obama administration then used information that Hillary paid for to justify spying on . If I got that right should be game over.

The impending release of the four-page memo comes after the House Intelligence Committee voted earlier this week, over Democratic objections, to make the document public. This led to a rare and stunning rebuke from the bureau, which said Wednesday they had “grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”

The memo includes alleged abuses involving the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

In a last-ditch objection, the top Democrat on the House committee claimed overnight that Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., had made “material changes” to the memo that was sent to the White House for review.

Nunes’ office described the changes as minor and blasted the complaint as a “bizarre distraction from the abuses detailed in the memo.”

The White House has backed the memo’s release, calling for “transparency.”

 

TRUMP BLASTS ‘POLITICIZED’ FBI, JUSTICE DEPARTMENT

Earlier Friday, President Trump unleashed an early-morning tweet at a Justice Department he said has been “politicized” by Democrats.

GOP-led House investigators believe the FBI used a dubious dossier, initially prepared as campaign opposition research for Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid, to get permission from a secret federal court to eavesdrop on Trump campaign and transition team communications.

“The top Leadership and Investigators of the FBI and the Justice Department have politicized the sacred investigative process in favor of Democrats and against Republicans – something which would have been unthinkable just a short time ago,” Trump wrote. “Rank & File are great people!”

Just more than two weeks, Republican lawmakers first drew attention to the memo, with some calling it “shocking,” “troubling” and “alarming” and one likening the details to KGB activity in Russia. They argued the memo should be immediately made public, leading to a social media #ReleaseTheMemo campaign.

Fox News’ Catherine Herridge, Judson Berger, and Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

 

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NASA’s moon launch computer technology was a fraction of what is on​ an iPhone or laptop today

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IMG_2600By Greg Michael

Landing the first two astronauts on the Moon on July 20, 1969, ranks as one of the greatest engineering achievements of mankind.
— Photo by Greg Michael, Apollo exhibition at the Space Center in Houston

July 20, 2019, will be the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s historic walk on the moon. It is one of the most impressive engineering feats in history. Top rocket scientists of the day used slide rulers for calculations. Handheld calculators were not yet invented. IBM’s state-of-the-art mainframes for NASA’s mission control were in a 10,000 square foot, climate-controlled room. Those massive mainframes could have up to 8MB of memory.

Fast forward to 2018, you can buy an iPhone with 32GB or 256GB. One gigabyte (GB) is about 1 billion bytes or 1,000 megabytes.

The iPhone was launched over 10 years ago, in 2007. Rarely has one product generated so much innovation in mini-computers, texting, social media, cell phone technology, cameras, weather forecasts, storm tracking, and the ability to hail an Uber or Lyft driver. The iPhone gave rise to thousands of apps, competitors, and entirely new industries.

Most project managers use smartphones in their day-to-day lives. Text messages on when to pick up the kids for soccer practice, ordering lunch from JimmyJohns, and checking on bank accounts… Now the technology is being applied to work.

A dozen years ago, a construction manager used a digital camera to capture progress on the project. They may have taken a SIM card to a drug store to print photos and then paperclip them to a folder. In recent years, more advanced project managers began attaching JPG images to their digital drawings in seconds.

Thanks to smartphones, project managers are no longer limited by questionable or unreliable Wi-Fi connections inside the construction trailer; smartphones can create a hotspot for laptops in a pickup truck.

Weather tracking on smartphones comes in handy for construction crew scheduling. When a major storm is tracking toward the job site, the project manager can cancel the delivery of concrete mixers, roofers, and masons. Crews can get an alert text message the day before.

The manager can now email the next day’s work plan to the crew. Progress can be recorded and emailed to the office at the end of the day.

Nearly 20 years before the iPhone, niche software companies began developing digital solutions that were virtually paperless for estimating, takeoff, project collaboration, and tracking. But adaptation has been slow.

Nearly half of contractors still use paper plans to create bids and takeoffs manually. They get the job done, but they aren’t aware of the ways technology can improve their business.

Today, project managers can snap several images of construction progress or critical issues with their smartphone and email the JPG to their laptop, where they can be attached with a hyperlink to the exact spot on digital plans.  Change orders, drawings, photos, and project history can now be stored in the cloud, to be instantly recalled on a laptop, smartphone, or iPad from anywhere.

Using the smartphone hotspot, project managers, and foremen can view and collaborate on the same set of plans at the same time from the field and in the office.

Remember the scientists at NASA and their slide rulers? Even in the early ‘70s when hand-held calculators became popular, most of the rocket scientists refused to use the new technology, they trusted their slide rulers.

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Green Activists Petition Pope Francis to Declare Fossil Fuels Sinful and Call for a Boycott of Vatican Investment

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In June, Pope Francis spoke at a symposium of entrepreneurs and investment organizations about the ramifications of investing in poor communities and applying ethics in investment decisions.

That led environmental lobbyists to petition Pope Francis to apply ethics to wind and solar investment and to divest from “unethical” fossil fuels. Lobbyists behind the petition report that Pope Francis is indeed planning to state the Roman Catholic Church’s position on ethical investing and call for wealthy parishioners to divest  from fossil fuels. The lobbyists expect it to be an October surprise http://www.romereports.com/pg157305-pope-francis-talks-about-ethical-investing-while-addressing-a-group-of-entrepreneurs–en According to one of the petitioners, the Pope will urge investors to back sustainable investments with a monumental proclamation and urge the boycott investment in “unethical” fossil fuels. The activists report that following the Papal decry, the Vatican Bank will smoothly divest its portfolio of fossil fuels throughout 2015. The Papal petition has the fingerprints of Democratic party strategists, solar power and electric car manufacturers all over it.

Why make the dramatic call to action in October? The scheme is to increase turnout for Democrats in the U.S. mid-term elections this November. The political plotters hope this is a game changer. All the Pontiff’s endorsement has to do is turn a portion of conservative and moderate Democratic party Catholics against the momentum of booming U.S. shale gas production and high-paying jobs. Their  ultimate goal is to defeat Republicans for battleground U.S. Senate seats with Pope Francis’ mid-September endorsement. If the Democrat party can keep the majority in Senate, the eco-manufacturers will be paid back handsomely with increased subsidies for electric cars, wind turbines, solar projects and EPA mandates taxing and shutting down America’s chance for energy independence and spiking the price of conventional fuel. Higher home heating bills will hit the middle class and the con game continues until the next ice age.

Hopefully, the Vatican will weigh the potential negative impact of such an invasive declaration by the church and revoke the petition. I am confident this story will never be picked up or further investigated by the main stream media. It shows you how low politicians will go to strengthen their party’s influence. 

 

By Mick Gregory

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has been caught red-handed manipulating temperature data to show “global warming” where none actually exists.

At Amberley, Queensland, for example, the data at a weather station showing 1 degree Celsius cooling per century was “homogenized” (adjusted) by the Bureau so that it instead showed a 2.5 degrees warming per century.

Breitbart reports a global warming fix was discovered in Australia. At Rutherglen, Victoria, a cooling trend of -0.35 degrees C per century was magically transformed at the stroke of an Australian meteorologist’s pen into a warming trend of 1.73 degrees C per century.

Last year, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology made headlines in the liberal media by claiming that 2013 was Australia’s hottest year on record. This prompted Australia’s alarmist-in-chief Tim Flannery – an English literature graduate who later went on to earn his scientific credentials with a Ph.D. in paleontology, digging up ancient kangaroo bones – to observe that global warming in Australia was “like climate change on steroids.”

But we now know, thanks to research by Australian scientist Jennifer Marohasy, that the hysteria this story generated was based on fabrications and lies.

Though the Bureau of Meteorology has insisted its data adjustments are “robust”, it has been unable to come up with a credible explanation as to why it translated real-world data showing a cooling trend into homogenized data showing a warming trend.

She wrote:

“Repetition is a propaganda technique. The deletion of information from records, and the use of exaggeration and half-truths, are others. The Bureau of Meteorology uses all these techniques, while wilfully ignoring evidence that contradicts its own propaganda.’’

This is a global problem. Earlier this year, Breitbart reported that similarly dishonest adjustments had been made to temperature records by NASA and NOAA. Similarly implicated are the UK temperature records of the Met Office Hadley Centre and at Phil “Climategate” Jones’s disgraced Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia.

One of the many disingenuous arguments used by climate alarmists against skeptics is mocking and accusing them of being conspiracy theorists. “How could global warming possibly not be a problem when all the world’s temperature data sets from Australia to the US to the UK clearly show that it is? Are you seriously suggesting that so many different scientists and so many distinguished institutions from across the globe would collude in such a massive lie?” their argument runs.

Our answer: yes we bloody well are.

The world has been cooling the past 15 years, so change the term global warming to climate change Populist politicians know that a crisis does not have to be based on facts. A crisis can be created with dramatic appeal to the emotions of the masses. Cropped photos of polar bears seemingly stranded on an iceberg, file video of glaciers sliding into the arctic sea, shots of a desert waste land. Captivating pictures for a junior high assembly.

Basic geology and earth science textbooks introduced just a few years later in high school, explain the evidence of multiple ice ages and warming periods for tens of millions of years. Alligators swam in warm seas in present-day Alaska and Canada. The tar sands in Canada were formed from red tide microbes in tropical seas. The Great Lakes were formed from receding ice sheets a mile high that covered present-day Chicago. Glaciers are advancing when you see sheets of ice falling into the Arctic Ocean. Glaciers are receding when the pull back from the coast. Polar bears are known to swim for miles in open water hunting for food. Wooly mammoth remains from the last ice age, 20,000 years ago are discovered regularly in the Arctic. Some studies have shown that mammoths died out from hunting as late as 7,000 years ago.

For more than a century scientists have speculated that Earth’s ice ages are caused by the wobbling of the planet’s orbit, which changes its orientation to the sun and affects the amount of sunlight reaching higher latitudes, particularly the polar regions. I’m  not an Einstein by any measure, but I have an above average IQ. It wobbling of the Earth’s orbit caused the ice ages, why not consider the other shape of the wobble? Why are they not named hot ages?

Some researchers believe the 17-year cicadas have survived millions of years, through ice ages because they developed prolonged hibernation, emerging from underground every 13 or 17 years, depending on the species. The periodic cicadas emerge as part of a specific brood in order to look for a mate. The group that came out last spring in 2013, and have some stragglers this summer, is known as Brood 2. They are in the Northeast, the offspring of cicadas last seen in 1996. The genetic mechanism that prompts the hibernating cicadas to emerge every 17 years or 13 years is when the ground warms up to 64°F. During an ice age, they would have to wait several thousand years for the temperature to warm to 64°F. The Northern Hemisphere’s last ice age ended about 20,000 years ago,

Some researchers think the timing of a brood’s emergence is a defensive mechanism—appearing at infrequent intervals means that it’s harder for would-be predators like birds and squirrels to anticipate when the insects will be available to eat. I believe this theory gives too much credit to rodents’ planning skills.

The South has cicadas emerge every summer and fall. The Southern region of the U.S. didn’t have the ice sheets covering the ground for thousands of years.

How much warmer will the earth be before the turn to the next ice age? Some experts cite watermarks and ancient clams in cliffs 70 meters high. Florida has underwater caves with artifacts from humans who lived in the caves during the end of the last ice age when water levels were much lower because water was locked in massive ice sheets.

Small steps in solar energy efficiencies make a giant leap for solar power

By Greg Michael

An “overnight success” often takes decades of development. Electric lamps had a slow start in the 1880s. It took the Edison Company seven years to grow from 203 customers to 710. By 1900, ten thousand people had electric lights. Ten years later the number reached three million. One hundred years later, technological advances in lithium-ion batteries launched Tesla into a new, all-electric car company.

Significant advances are coming from improvements in existing electrochemical technologies by using new materials. These incremental advances improve battery reliability, longevity, and lower costs.

One of the most promising opportunities for future battery technology is the lithium-air or lithium-oxygen battery, which is predicted to provide three times as much power as lithium-ion batteries.

The unique properties of the lithium-air battery come from thin air.

Traditionally, the electrodes in batteries are made of metal or metal oxides. One electrode is replaced with air that flows in and out of the battery. It is a weightless substance, cutting battery weight in half. The other electrode in the next-gen batteries will be made of near-pure metallic lithium, a lightweight element, reducing more weight.

Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) – a branch of the U.S. Department of Energy presented data at their March 17, 2018, energy summit that states it achieved its breakthrough technology in seven years.

Ellen Williams, ARPA-E’s director, and the spokeswoman said: “I think we have identified some holy grails in batteries.”

Many of the projects incubated by the agency are attracting private sector funding. In fact, Bill Gates and 24 other billionaires have committed to spend $2 billion on energy research.

In April, MGM Resorts announced that it has signed a contract with Invenergy to build a 100 MW solar project in Nevada to power its casinos and resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. The solar farm will be on 640 acres of the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone.

The plant is scheduled to go live by the end of 2020. The goal is to meet 90% of the electricity demand for MGM’s 13 casinos in Las Vegas, including the Mandalay Bay, Circus Circus, Bellagio, Mirage, Aria and MGM Grand resorts. In 2016, MGM completed an 8.3 MW rooftop array.

As solar farms have become commercial successes, battery storage systems developed with ARPA-E’s support are on the verge of transforming America’s electrical grid, a transformation that could unfold within the next five to ten years, according to ARPA-E. New methods for storing electricity for the grid are developing rapidly, but widespread adoption of these technologies requires detailed data about their performance, reliability, and longevity.

ARPA-E improved battery technologies for the grid are about to be tested. The goal of the testing is to quicken the commercialization of electrochemical energy storage systems from design and testing to real-world application.

The most promising developments are with large energy storage systems on the grid, including Community Solar – a leading solar farm firm that generates and supplies power at the utility level. The solar power source is from photovoltaic modules that convert light directly into electricity. This is several degrees different from solar arrays of mirrors, which concentrate solar power to produce steam to generate turbines to produce electricity. There are disadvantages to concentrated solar power systems, including mirror wobble that damages the collection structure, and reported cases of incinerated migratory birds that fly into the concentrated rays. Photovoltaic (PV) systems outnumber concentrators by nearly 40-to-1.

Most of the existing large-scale photovoltaic power stations are owned and operated by independent power producers, but the involvement of community- and utility-owned projects is increasing. To date, almost all have been supported at least in part by regulatory incentives such as tax credits. Success has brought grid parity with legacy fossil fuel systems to many regions.

Most of today’s solar PV farms are owned by independent power producers, but utility-owned projects are rapidly increasing. At the same time, technologies in solar panel efficiencies and durability have grown as fast. Today, Community Solar has massive commercial solar arrays linked and metered to the grid in Minnesota, Michigan, and New York. California leads the nation in advanced solar energy production. Chevron has a business unit focused installing massive solar panel grids on top of roofs of schools and government buildings.