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Saturday, September 30, 2017

‘INEPT’ Puerto Rican Government ‘RIDDLED with CORRUPTION’: CEO




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Jorge Rodriguez, 49, is the Harvard-educated CEO of PACIV, an international engineering firm based in Puerto Rico that works with the medical and pharmaceutical sectors. The Puerto Rican-born engineer says he has dispatched 50 engineers to help FEMA rehabilitate the devastated island — a commonwealth of the United States — after Hurricane Maria. He refuses to work with the local government, which he called inept and riddled with corruption.


For the last 30 years, the Puerto Rican government has been completely inept at handling regular societal needs, so I just don’t see it functioning in a crisis like this one. Even before the hurricane hit, water and power systems were already broken. And our $118 billion debt crisis is a result of government corruption and mismanagement.
The governor Ricardo Rossello has little experience. He’s 36 and never really held a job and never dealt with a budget. His entire administration is totally inexperienced and they have no clue how to handle a crisis of this magnitude.
For instance, shortly after the hurricane hit, the government imposed a curfew from 6 pm to 6 am and then changed it. Now, it’s 7 pm to 5 am, and makes no sense. The curfew has prevented fuel trucks from transporting their loads. These trucks should have been allowed to run for 24 hours to address our needs, but they have been stalled, and so we have massive lines at gas stations and severe shortages of diesel at our hospitals and supermarkets.
I’m really tired of Puerto Rican government officials blaming the federal government for their woes and for not acting fast enough to help people on the island. Last week I had three federal agents in my office and I was so embarrassed; I went out of my way to apologize to them for the attitude of my government and what they have been saying about the US response. When the hurricane hit we had experts from FEMA from all over the US on the ground and I was really proud of their quick response. The first responders and FEMA have all been outstanding in this crisis, and should be supported.
I have 50 engineers that I have sent out pro bono to help local companies get back on their feet. This includes getting people gasoline and cash, and helping them connect to others that can assist with repairs without delays.
I won’t allow my people to work with the local government.
I have a message for the U.S. Congress: Watch out what relief funds you approve and let our local government handle. Don’t let the Puerto Rican government play the victim and fool you. They have no clue what they are doing, and I worry that they will mishandle anything that comes their way.
They don’t need another aircraft carrier. They need experienced people to run a proper disaster command center.
Source>http://nypost.com/2017/09/30/inept-puerto-rican-government-riddled-with-corruption-ceo/

San Juan Mayor Praised Terrorist, Ridicules Trump

Lopez, Guiterrez and Carmen Cruz American's shame
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Kerry Picket
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who attacked President Donald Trump for his response to last week’s hurricane in Puerto Rico, previously praised FALN terrorist leader Oscar Lopez Rivera.
Yulin Cruz is a member of Puerto Rico’s Popular Democratic Party that wants the island to remain a U.S. territory. But she sounded more like a member of the island’s Independence Party in a video that surfaced back in January when President Barack Obama commuted the sentence of Rivera Lopez.
The mayor is shown praising the convicted Puerto Rican terrorist in the video below.

“Hello, San Juan. Freedom forOscar Lopez Rivera.. soon he will be with us. We have to thank every Puerto Rican man and woman, who for a long time, many of us didn’t know Oscar Lopez Rivera. He was fighting the fight,” she said.
“We’re going to give you more details when we welcome this great Puerto Rican patriot in a cause that unites us and to know that, in spite of our differences, we can do big things in this country,” she continued.
Yulin Cruz added, “This great celebration is going to be in the streets and it is going to be extraordinarily large. So do come by starting Thursday to celebrate what our hearts scream for. Thanks, President Obama. Long live Oscar Lopez Rivera.”
Lopez Rivera was sentenced to 35 years in prison for his involvement in the FALN, a Puerto Rican separatist group that was responsible for more than 100 bombings in the U.S. during the 1970s and 1980s.
Four people lost their lives in 1975 when an explosion happened at Fraunces Tavern in New York City, an attack the FALN was responsible for. The organization was also responsible for seriously injuring three NYPD officers in several bomb attacks on New Year’s Eve in 1982.
During a press conference Friday, Yulin Cruz attacked the Trump administration’s response to the hurricane’s destruction. “We are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency and the bureaucracy.”
“This is what we got last night: four pallets of water, three pallets of meals and 12 pallets of infant food — which I gave them to the people of Comerio, where people are drinking off a creek,” she added. “So I am done being polite. I am done being politically correct. I am mad as hell.”
Source>http://dailycaller.com/2017/09/30/san-juan-mayor-praised-convicted-faln-terrorist/

FB EXECS in CLOSE Proximity to Clinton’s Campaign Despite Claiming No BIAS

Zuckerberg denies claims of bias after Trump said social media company was against him



Joe Schoffstall


Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said his company is not biased against President Donald Trump, disputing claims made by the president that the social media company is against him.

"Trump says Facebook is against him. Liberals say we helped Trump. Both sides are upset about ideas and content they don't like. That's what running a platform for all ideas looks like," Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post.

However, Facebook executives were in close contact with Hillary Clinton's failed presidential campaign. Zuckerberg himself met with John Podesta, Clinton's former campaign chairman, and the company has even teamed up with longtime Clinton ally David Brock to combat "fake news," according to confidential documents obtained earlier this year by the Washington Free Beacon.

In a document attached to an email released by WikiLeaks and discovered by the Free Beacon last year, Teddy Goff, the digital strategist for the Clinton campaign, wrote of having "discreet conversations" about forming "working relationships" with companies such as Facebook and Apple as early as October 2014.

"Working relationships with Google, Facebook, Apple and other technology companies were important to us in 2012 and should be even more important to the you in 2016, given their still-ascendant positions in the culture," the partnership portion of the document reads. "These partnerships can bring a range of benefits to a campaign, from access to talent and progressive donors to early knowledge of beta products and invitations to participate in pilot programs."

"We have begun discreet conversations with some of these companies to get a sense of their priorities for the coming cycle, but would encourage you, as soon as your technology leadership is in place, to initiate more formal discussions."

The memo also confirmed that Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Alphabet, Google's parent company, was aiding the Clinton campaign. The Schmidt-backed group involved with the campaign was never mentioned by name, although he had provided funding to a tech company called The Groundwork, which ultimately received hundreds of thousands from Clinton's campaign.

Zuckerberg met with Podesta on at least one occasion, according to another email.

"I enjoyed spending time with you yesterday and our conversation gave me a lot to think about. Thanks for sharing your experiences with CAP and some of the choices you made as you put the organization together," Zuckerberg wrote to Podesta on August 7, 2015. "I hope it's okay if I reach out as my thinking develops to get your ideas and reactions. If there are any other folks you think I should talk to, please let me know. Thanks again. I look forward to continuing our conversation."

Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, is additionally shown communicating with the Clinton campaign on a number of occasions within the hacked Podesta emails.

Dustin Moskovitz, Facebook's cofounder, committed $20 million to Clinton and other Democrats last year. Zuckerberg hired Clinton's former pollster in August of this year, a possible prelude to a presidential campaign of his own.

The Free Beacon attended a retreat in January hosted by David Brock, the liberal operative who founded Media Matters and is a close ally of Clinton, where he huddled with more than 100 deep-pocketed donors at the posh Turnberry Isle Resort in Aventura, Fla.

As the retreat was underway, the Free Beacon obtained a copy of a confidential Brock memo that outlined his four-year agenda of attacking Trump and Republicans using Media Matters, American Bridge, Citizen's for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), and Shareblue.

The memo, which contained plans such as defeating Trump through impeachment, also spoke of how Media Matters was partnering with Facebook to combat "fake news."

Facebook began talks with Brock's company after it had launched a "fake news" petition drive in 2016, according to the documents.

"It became clear from these conversations that Facebook needed our help in fully understanding the problem and identifying concrete solutions, the memo states. "Further, it also became clear that we had information and insight that they didn't have that was helpful in educating them on the full scope of the problem. For example, Media Matters had a detailed map of the constellation of right-wing Facebook pages t hat had been the biggest purveyors of fake news—as well as insight into the food chain of fake news and how it was moving through the Facebook ecosystem."

"We've been engaging with Facebook leadership behind the scenes to share our expertise and offer input on developing meaningful solutions," the memo says.

Facebook has come under fire in recent weeks after it was revealed that Russian-funders had bought $100,000 worth of political advertisements leading up to the 2016 presidential election.

Politico reported that the purchases "backed" Green Party candidate Jill Stein, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), and Trump. The ads, however, "didn't necessarily hew to promoting Trump and bashing Clinton." Russians also bought a Black Lives Matter advertisement that targeted individuals in Baltimore and Ferguson.

Marc Elias, Clinton's campaign lawyer, helped Facebook avoid political ad disclosures years before acting as her general counsel.

Facebook did not return a request for comment by press time.

Source>http://freebeacon.com/politics/facebook-execs-close-proximity-clintons-campaign-despite-claiming-no-bias/?


Friday, September 29, 2017

Cops Using SNEAKERS to Spot MS-13 Members, Gang Leader Says

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Forget the faces covered with tattoos. The gang signs. Even the guns and knives sticking out of their jeans.
The real way to spot an MS-13 gangster is by his sneakers.
nike blue cortez
A top leader of the notoriously violent gang told associates in the U.S. to ditch their footwear, because that's how law enforcement was identifying members.
In a racketeering indictment unsealed Thursday, Edwin Manica Flores, known as “Shugar,” allegedly told other gang leaders to avoid wearing clothes and colors associated with MS-13 as to not attract police attention.
He specifically told them to steer clear of blue and white Nike Cortez shoes, Newsweek reported.
“Dressed like that, the enemy can see you, the police can arrest you, and boom, to El Salvador,” the 35-year-old reportedly told gang leaders in tapped phone calls from a prison in the Central American country. “To a great life there, one must be humble, you know, to avoid being detected.”
According to Nike, the original Cortez, which debuted in 1972, was the first “masterpiece” by Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman. The shoe consisted of unprecedented cushioning in the insoles and was very lightweight, which made it one of the most popular running shoes at the historic 1972 Olympic games.
Flores, who investigators say led the gang’s East Coast operation from prison in El Salvador, was indicted as part of a six-month operation that led to more than 3,800 arrests across the U.S. and Central America.
More than 70 people have been arrested during roundups in Los Angeles, Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Long Island and Columbus, Ohio.
MS-13, which originated in Los Angeles in the 1980s before spreading like wildfire to the East Coast, is believed to have some 10,000 members across the U.S. They are a mix of Central American immigrants and U.S.-born members.
The gang, whose motto is "kill, rape, control," is known for its use of gruesome tactics, including hacking and stabbing its victims with machetes. It has been tied to a wave of recent violence on Long Island, just east of New York City, and has been linked to brutal killings in other states.
The notorious gang continues to tighten its grip across the country by tapping into young, vulnerable unaccompanied immigrant children and giving them a sense of family, experts say.
“MS-13 has a powerful marketing strategy in which they offer a family for these children,” Angel Melendez, special agent-in-charge of the ICE Homeland Security Investigations unit in New York, told WJLA.
He said unaccompanied minors made up about 30 percent of recent arrests against the gang.
A former MS-13 gang member told WJLA the group target minors because they are more likely to get a slap on the wrist for any crimes they might commit.
“They have no boundaries. They are not afraid to kill kids, parents, cousins – they are not afraid,” he added. “As long as they are sending the message they are sending, they are not afraid to do what they have to do.”
MS-13 has become a prime target of the Trump administration, which discusses its violence in suburban, immigrant communities in an effort to build support for a broader crackdown on immigration. President Trump directed federal enforcement to focus resources on combating the transnational gangs.
For federal prosecutors who have long worked to quash the gang, the new emphasis is rewarding.
“The more work we do down [in Central America], the more it helps us here,” said David Rybicki, a deputy assistant attorney general in the Criminal Division, who oversees the organized crime and gang unit. “We can’t effectively work on our cases here without information from El Salvador.”
These recent indictments will change gang dynamics, said Zach Terwilliger, who prosecuted gangs in the Eastern District of Virginia before taking a position in the deputy attorney general's office.
"The gang feels as though it's under a microscope," he said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Source>http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/09/29/ms-13-continues-targeting-young-immigrants-for-gang-as-police-efforts-ramp-up.html

Obama Officials Used Pricey PRIVATE JETS on the Government's Dime, Too

Obama administration officials used pricey private jets on the government's dime, too\

 Alex Pappas

The use of private planes by President Trump’s Cabinet has come under intense media scrutiny in recent days, but officials in the Obama administration also took pricey flights on the government’s dime, including for personal trips.
Top figures during President Barack Obama’s tenure who used non-commercial planes for travel included then-attorney generals Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, then-FBI director Robert Mueller, and then-CIA director and defense secretary Leon Panetta. 
Because of their jobs, these officials were required to take government planes for security and communications purposes. Still, critics questioned whether they could have found more cost-effective options and whether all the trips were necessary. 
The issue of Cabinet officials using non-commercial planes has resurfaced since the revelation that Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price has repeatedly used private planes and military flights for official business. 
The HHS secretary, unlike the defense secretary and others, is not required to use non-commercial planes. The details of Price's frequent flights drew criticism from the media and the president himself. Price has pledged to repay the government more than $51,000 for his share of the flights (which covers a fraction of the cost) and has vowed to not fly private any more on the job.
The flare-up over Price’s travel has led to further examination of the travel practices of other Trump officials, including Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
Like these officials, top figures during the Obama administration raised eyebrows with some of their travel.
In 2014, Holder, while attorney general, boarded a government-owned Gulfstream and flew to the Belmont Stakes Thoroughbred horse race in New York with his daughters, their boyfriends and two security officers.
According to records obtained by The Daily Caller from the Department of Justice, that trip cost the government $14,440. But Holder only had to reimburse the government $955 for that flight -- the equivalent cost of a coach commercial airline ticket for each non-law enforcement passenger.
At the time, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, criticized Holder and Mueller for their use of expensive Gulfstream V jets for personal travel.
“Nobody disputes that the Attorney General and the FBI Director should have access to the secure communications, but, for instance, there’s no reason they can’t take a less expensive mode of transportation, or cut their personal travel,” Grassley said.
According to statistics provided by a senior administration official, the Trump White House has authorized fewer trips on military planes for senior officials than the Obama administration did during the first eight months in office.
From Jan. 20 to Sept. 19, the Trump administration authorized 77 military flights, while the Obama administration allowed 94 flights during the same time period, according to the stats. 
Leon Panetta, who served as both CIA director and defense secretary during the Obama years, frequently used a government airplane to commute back and forth from Washington to California nearly every weekend at taxpayer expense.
The Washington Times reported then that each flight cost about $32,000 but Panetta only had to pay $630 per trip, because that was the cost of an equivalent round-trip commercial flight. It noted that the government required defense secretaries to use a military plane for travel, and Panetta had the approval of Obama to fly home every weekend.
“The White House understood when Mr. Panetta took the job that he would return to Monterey to visit his family, as he did when he was director of the CIA,” a senior Obama administration official told the newspaper at the time. “That’s where his family lives, after all.”
Perhaps the most famous example of an Obama official using a non-commercial plane came when then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch met with former President Bill Clinton on June 27, 2016 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport during the presidential election. 
The 45-minute encounter on her plane stirred up controversy because the FBI was still investigating Hillary Clinton emails during her tenure as secretary of state.
“I do regret sitting down and having a conversation with him because it did give people concern,” Lynch later said of the tarmac meeting in a television interview.

Fox News’ John Roberts contributed to this report.
Source>http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/09/29/flight-furor-obama-officials-also-took-pricey-non-commercial-planes.html

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Pope Francis, a Man of Thee Not ME

Pope Francis blesses a pregnant woman during his weekly general audience, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017.  (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool via AP)


Cheryl K. Chumley

ANALYSIS/OPINION:
Pope Francis has once again trotted into political territory, calling on the masses to not just feed and clothe but also open border doors and shelter strangers from lands far and away.
His words? European nations, all the developed nations, need to welcome more migrants.
Well, isn’t that special. Now what about Vatican City?
Hold that thought.
“Christ himself asks us to welcome our brother and sister migrants and refugees with arms wide open,” he said, during a recent address from St. Peter’s Square, Breitbart reported.
That chastisement came on the heels of another one offered a few days earlier, one where he characterized Europeans who opposed open-door welcomes of migrants as filled with “intolerance, discrimination and xenophobia.”
Well, apparently the pope himself is suffering from a serious bout of “thee and not me” disease.
Against the backdrop of all this sanctimony stands Vatican City and its massive walls. And while church officials go to great lengths to point out that it’s simply a metal detector that separates any Tom, Dick, Harry or Jane — or, ostensibly, Abdul and Aisha — from strolling into St. Peter’s Square, fact is a walk is hardly the same as a homestead.
For the pope to call on the world — including America — to take more refugees is a true Matthew 7:5 moment. That’s the biblical passage that reads, “You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
Oh, we know, we know, back in March, the Vatican Press Office announced loudly and proudly that “three new Syrian families have found shelter and welcome in the Vatican as part of an ongoing effort to provide the means and the tools for integration and a new life of hope for those fleeing conflict and persecution.” But really — really?
By headcount, the three families totaled 13. And more than half were Christian. Imagine that. The better part of the fleeing refugee population is Muslim, yet the Vatican’s powers-who-be happen to find the Christian bunch among the Syrian masses. You can bet they were well-vetted, too.
If only this pope would allow for America to similarly vet refugees for entry. Instead?
He’s kicked off a two-year campaign about the sufferings of the poor migrant community, telling the world at large, the governments of the globe: “Don’t be afraid of sharing hope.”
That’s Catholic code for Open Your Borders. And that’s a plank in the walled Vatican City-living pope’s eye that needs to be pulled.
Source>http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/sep/28/pope-francis-a-man-of-thee-not-me/

ICE Nabs 500 Aliens in SWEEP of SANCTUARY Cities

In this Feb. 9, 2017, photo provided U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE agents at a home in Atlanta, during a targeted enforcement operation aimed at immigration fugitives, re-entrants and at-large criminal aliens. The Homeland Security Department said Feb. 13, that 680 people were arrested in roundups last week targeting immigrants living illegally in the United States. (Bryan Cox/ICE via AP)


Stephen Dinan

Federal deportation officers swarmed sanctuary cities this week, netting nearly 500 immigrants in a series of targeted operations designed to go after people that counties and cities were shielding through their noncooperation policies.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it netted more than 100 migrants in Los Angeles and Philadelphia each, and dozens more in Baltimore, Chicago, Denver and New York, among other jurisdictions.
One of the Baltimore arrests was a woman from El Salvador who was charged with attempted murder and had an assault conviction on her record, but whom local authorities released before ICE could take custody.
In New York, officers nabbed a man the city had released rather than turn over to ICE despite a conviction for sexual abuse of a minor.
“Sanctuary jurisdictions that do not honor detainers or allow us access to jails and prisons are shielding criminal aliens from immigration enforcement and creating a magnet for illegal immigration,” said Tom Homan, acting director of ICE. “As a result, ICE is forced to dedicate more resources to conduct at-large arrests in these communities.”

ICE specifically said that it didn’t target anyone who is currently protected by DACA, the Obama-era deportation amnesty for Dreamers.
Source>http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/sep/28/ice-nabs-nearly-500-aliens-sweep-sanctuary-cities/

Feds: Every LEGAL Mexican Immigrant Sponsors SIX MORE to US




Paul Bedard


While President Trump has his eyes on curbing illegal immigration, federal rules are allowing legal immigrants to "sponsor" several more family members from their countries, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

On average, legal immigrants have been sponsoring three additional immigrants. And newly arrived Mexicans are sponsoring an additional six family members.


The statistics analyzed by the Center for Immigration Studies find that sponsorships exceed initial immigration numbers.

Called "chain migration" because the first immigrant acts as a link to many others legally allowed to follow, the practice is having a huge impact on the U.S. Sponsors are "native-born citizens or naturalized citizens."

Jessica Vaughan, the director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, reported that in the last 10 years half the 10.6 million immigrants allowed into the country were "initiating" and the rest sponsored followers. Over the last 35 years, over 60 percent were sponsored.



Her findings are even more alarming when considering the fate of some 800,000 recipients of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is likely to increase chain migration in the future, as DACA beneficiaries eventually qualify for citizenship and the opportunity to sponsor their parents and siblings, many of whom also have been residing in the United States illegally," she wrote in the report.

Her key findings:

Over the last 35 years, chain migration has greatly exceeded new immigration. Out of 33 million immigrants admitted to the United States from 1981 to 2016, about 20 million were chain migration immigrants (61 percent).

Judging from preliminary administrative data, approximately 1,125,000 legal immigrants were approved for admission in 2016, which is about 7 percent higher than 2015, and one of the highest numbers in the last decade.

The largest categories of chain migration are spouses and parents of naturalized U.S. citizens because admissions in these categories are unlimited by law.

According to the most complete contemporary academic studies on chain migration, in recent years each new immigrant sponsored an average of 3.45 additional immigrants. In the early 1980s, the chain migration multiplier was 2.59, or more than 30 percent lower.

Of the top immigrant-sending countries, Mexico has the highest rate of chain migration. In the most recent five-year cohort of immigrants studied (1996-2000), each new Mexican immigrant sponsored 6.38 additional legal immigrants.

Chain migration is contributing to the aging of the immigration stream. In the early 1980s, only about 17 percent of family migrants were age 50 or over. In recent years, about 21 percent of family migrants were age 50 or older — a rate that is more than 24 percent higher. This trend has implications for the fiscal consequences of immigration.

Enacting an amnesty for roughly 700,000 DACA beneficiaries is likely to add double that number in additional immigrants because of chain migration, as the amnesty beneficiaries sponsor their parents and other family members.

Source>http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/feds-every-legal-mexican-immigrant-sponsors-six-more-to-us/article/2635905

Russians Posed as MUSLIM Organization to Sway US Voters



 Chris Perez

The Russian government tried to influence the 2016 presidential election by masquerading as an authentic US Muslim organization on social media and posting incendiary memes about Hillary Clinton — while simultaneously using other accounts to send Islamophobic messages to right-wing users, a report says.
Sources tell The Daily Beast that the Kremlin-backed internet trolls created a fake Facebook group called “United Muslims of America” and then used it to stir the proverbial pot for months.
While the Russians’ use of imposter accounts is well noted, this is one of the first known instances where they impersonated an actual organization.
The real “United Muslims of America” is a California-based nonprofit that claims to have promoted interfaith dialogue and political participation for more than 30 years. It is “not functional” at the moment, though, and is in the middle of an organizational rebuild.
The group has hosted events with numerous members of Congress in the past — including Democrats Andre Carson and Eric Swalwell. The lawmakers are both members of the House intelligence committee that is currently investigating President Trump’s ties to Russia.
“Unfortunately, it appears that the United Muslims of America is one of many organizations that was unfairly targeted by Russia in their attempt to influence the 2016 Presidential election,” Carson told the Daily Beast.
While using the imposter UMA account, the Russian trolls reportedly posted countless messages and memes aimed at smearing Clinton’s name, as well as other politicians.
One claimed that the Democratic nominee “created, funded and armed” al-Qaeda and ISIS, while another said John McCain was the true founder of the Islamic State.
The account also posted a photo showing a whitewashed, blood-drenched Moammar Gadhafi — which applauded him for not having a “Rothschild-owned central bank.”
Another post, which was watermarked with the UMA logo, falsely alleged that Osama bin Laden had been a “CIA agent.”
“Russia knows no ends and no limits to which groups they would masquerade as to carry out their objectives,” Swalwell told the Daily Beast.
Throughout the campaign, much of the content that was posted on the account remained apolitical — but the influx of fake news was likely enough to sway voters.
Positive portrayals of Islam were ultimately aimed at Muslim audiences, while the Islamophobic messages were meant for right-wing users.
One post from August 2016 promoted an anti-immigrant rally in Idaho, saying: “We must stop taking in Muslim refugees!”
A message from June 2016, following the deadly Orlando nightclub massacre, asked people to attend an event titled, “Support Hillary. Save American Muslims!”
According to the Daily Beast, the fake UMA page wrote that Clinton was “the only presidential candidate who refuses to ‘demonize’ Islam after the Orlando nightclub shooting.” It added that “with such a person in White House (sic) America will easily reach the bright multicultural future.”
Sources told the outlet that the Russian government also used the account to buy Facebook advertisements to reach its target audiences.
In order to hide their operation, the trolls reportedly used the URL “Facebook.com/MuslimAmerica” — as opposed to the real UMA’s URL, which is “Facebook.com/UnitedMuslimsofAmericaUMA.”
They wound up amassing more than 260,000 followers before the account was eventually deactivated by Facebook last month as part of the company’s public acknowledgement of Russia’s network activity.
The Daily Beast managed to uncover some of its content, including a number of posts that were made on Instagram and Twitter.
The Russians reportedly used the handles “muslims_in_usa” and “muslim_voice” to promote political rallies for Muslims and post more inflammatory memes. The accounts have since been suspended, as well.
Source>http://nypost.com/2017/09/27/russians-posed-as-muslim-organization-to-sway-us-voters/

Evaporating Water Could Power 70% of the US

Autumn Lake


 Lauren Tousignant

A potential new source of renewable energy has been pulled out of thin air – literally.
Evaporating water could provide the US with 70 percent of its electricity, according to new research.
“We have the technology to harness energy from wind, water and the sun, but evaporation is just as powerful,” Ozgur Sahin, lead author of the study, told Columbia.edu. “We can now put a number on its potential.”
Using evaporation as an energy source would solve many of the problems tied to generating wind and solar power since it could be stored and used when needed. In 15 of the 47 states researchers looked at, the power generated would exceed demand. The first-of-its-kind study was published in Nature Communications.
Sahin and his team at Columbia University developed their first “evaporation machine” prototype in 2015. These prototypes placed bacterial spores – a material that changes when there’ s a lot of water inside them – onto a piece of tape.
These spores’ natural response to changes in humidity is to shrink, so when there’s more humidity the water inside the spores evaporates and the spores shrink which, in turn, causes the tape to contract.
“They work like a muscle,” Sahin told New Scientist. “They can push and pull with a lot of force.”
So you could take these muscles and hook them up to a generator and that would produce electricity from the motion of the material.
In theory, it sounds great. This kind of system could save the 25 trillion gallons of water a year the US loses to evaporation, while generating around 325 gigawatts of electricity.
Unfortunately, in practice – at least for now – this system would be a big eyesore. Sahin’s “evaporation machine” would need to be placed on top of the water in order to collect the evaporation, and the study’s calculations were based on all the lakes and reservoirs – excluding the Great Lakes – in the continental US.
This means a bunch of generators would be hovering over the country’s freshwater resources, ending lake or water activities like boating and swimming, as well as ruining billions of potential Instagrams.
But Sahin says the research is the first step in an extremely promising direction. While the research is still currently limited to inside a lab, the research team plans to test the system on a pool next.
“The present study is only one piece of the puzzle,” Sahin told Gizmodo.
Source>http://nypost.com/2017/09/27/evaporating-water-could-power-up-to-70-percent-of-the-us/