Friday, October 19, 2018

New Evidence of Hacked Supermicro Hardware Found in U.S. Telecom


Obviously we have a serious problem with hardware and it goes both ways.  The solution needs to be an internally secure supply line delivering at the best global price to prevent extortion.  I think it can be done.

That enforces a local supply chain in order to access the secure market.  It may well be partially subsidized by low pricing offshore but that is too bad.  It can be done.

This will take time to sort out, but it adds to the list of charge backs we can apply to China.

New Evidence of Hacked Supermicro Hardware Found in U.S. Telecom

The discovery shows that China continues to sabotage critical technology components bound for America.

A major U.S. telecommunications company discovered manipulated hardware from Super Micro Computer Inc. in its network and removed it in August, fresh evidence of tampering in China of critical technology components bound for the U.S., according to a security expert working for the telecom company.

The security expert, Yossi Appleboum, provided documents, analysis and other evidence of the discovery following the publication of an investigative report in Bloomberg Businessweek that detailed how China’s intelligence services had ordered subcontractors to plant malicious chips in Supermicro server motherboards over a two-year period ending in 2015.
Yossi Appleboum
Source: Yossi Appleboum
Appleboum previously worked in the technology unit of the Israeli Army Intelligence Corps and is now co-chief executive officer of Sepio Systems in Gaithersburg, Maryland. His firm specializes in hardware security and was hired to scan several large data centers belonging to the telecommunications company. Bloomberg is not identifying the company due to Appleboum’s nondisclosure agreement with the client. Unusual communications from a Supermicro server and a subsequent physical inspection revealed an implant built into the server’s Ethernet connector, a component that's used to attach network cables to the computer, Appleboum said.

The executive said he has seen similar manipulations of different vendors' computer hardware made by contractors in China, not just products from Supermicro. “Supermicro is a victim -- so is everyone else,” he said. Appleboum said his concern is that there are countless points in the supply chain in China where manipulations can be introduced, and deducing them can in many cases be impossible. “That's the problem with the Chinese supply chain,” he said.

Supermicro, based in San Jose, California, gave this statement: “The security of our customers and the integrity of our products are core to our business and our company values. We take care to secure the integrity of our products throughout the manufacturing process, and supply chain security is an important topic of discussion for our industry. We still have no knowledge of any unauthorized components and have not been informed by any customer that such components have been found. We are dismayed that Bloomberg would give us only limited information, no documentation, and half a day to respond to these new allegations.”

Bloomberg News first contacted Supermicro for comment on this story on Monday at 9:23 a.m. Eastern time and gave the company 24 hours to respond.

Supermicro said after the earlier story that it “strongly refutes” reports that servers it sold to customers contained malicious microchips. China's embassy in Washington did not return a request for comment Monday. In response to the earlier Bloomberg Businessweek investigation, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs didn’t directly address questions about the manipulation of Supermicro servers but said supply chain security is “an issue of common concern, and China is also a victim.”

Supermicro shares plunged 41 percent last Thursday, the most since it became a public company in 2007, following the Bloomberg Businessweek revelations about the hacked servers. They fell as much as 27 percent on Tuesday after the latest story.

The more recent manipulation is different from the one described in the Bloomberg Businessweek report last week, but it shares key characteristics: They’re both designed to give attackers invisible access to data on a computer network in which the server is installed; and the alterations were found to have been made at the factory as the motherboard was being produced by a Supermicro subcontractor in China.

Based on his inspection of the device, Appleboum determined that the telecom company's server was modified at the factory where it was manufactured. He said that he was told by Western intelligence contacts that the device was made at a Supermicro subcontractor factory in Guangzhou, a port city in southeastern China. Guangzhou is 90 miles upstream from Shenzhen, dubbed the `Silicon Valley of Hardware,’ and home to giants such as Tencent Holdings Ltd. and Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.

The tampered hardware was found in a facility that had large numbers of Supermicro servers, and the telecommunication company's technicians couldn’t answer what kind of data was pulsing through the infected one, said Appleboum, who accompanied them for a visual inspection of the machine. It's not clear if the telecommunications company contacted the FBI about the discovery. An FBI spokeswoman declined to comment on whether it was aware of the finding.

AT&T Inc. spokesman Fletcher Cook said, “These devices are not part of our network, and we are not affected.” A Verizon Communications Inc. spokesman said “we’re not affected.”  T-Mobile U.S. Inc. and Sprint Corp. didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Sepio Systems’ board includes Chairman Tamir Pardo, former director of the Israeli Mossad, the national defense agency of Israel, and its advisory board includes Robert Bigman, former chief information security officer of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.

U.S. communications networks are an important target of foreign intelligence agencies, because data from millions of mobile phones, computers, and other devices pass through their systems. Hardware implants are key tools used to create covert openings into those networks, perform reconnaissance and hunt for corporate intellectual property or government secrets.

The manipulation of the Ethernet connector appeared to be similar to a method also used by the U.S. National Security Agency, details of which were leaked in 2013. In e-mails, Appleboum and his team refer to the implant as their “old friend,” because he said they had previously seen several variations in investigations of hardware made by other companies manufacturing in China.

In Bloomberg Businessweek’s report, one official said investigators found that the Chinese infiltration through Supermicro reached almost 30 companies, including Inc. and Apple Inc. Both Amazon and Apple also disputed the findings. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said it has “no reason to doubt” the companies’ denials of Bloomberg Businessweek’s reporting.

People familiar with the federal investigation into the 2014-2015 attacks say that it is being led by the FBI's cyber and counterintelligence teams, and that DHS may not have been involved. Counterintelligence investigations are among the FBI's most closely held and few officials and agencies outside of those units are briefed on the existence of those investigations.

Appleboum said that he's consulted with intelligence agencies outside the U.S. that have told him they've been tracking the manipulation of Supermicro hardware, and the hardware of other companies, for some time.

In response to the Bloomberg Businessweek story, the Norwegian National Security Authority said last week that it had been "aware of an issue" connected to Supermicro products since June.  It couldn’t confirm the details of Bloomberg's reporting, a statement from the authority said, but it has recently been in dialogue with partners over the issue.

Hardware manipulation is extremely difficult to detect, which is why intelligence agencies invest billions of dollars in such sabotage. The U.S. is known to have extensive programs to seed technology heading to foreign countries with spy implants, based on revelations from former CIA employee Edward Snowden. But China appears to be aggressively deploying its own versions, which take advantage of the grip the country has over global technology manufacturing.

Three security experts who have analyzed foreign hardware implants for the U.S. Department of Defense confirmed that the way Sepio's software detected the implant is sound. One of the few ways to identify suspicious hardware is by looking at the lowest levels of network traffic. Those include not only normal network transmissions, but also analog signals -- such as power consumption -- that can indicate the presence of a covert piece of hardware.

In the case of the telecommunications company, Sepio's technology detected that the tampered Supermicro server actually appeared on the network as two devices in one. The legitimate server was communicating one way, and the implant another, but all the traffic appeared to be coming from the same trusted server, which allowed it to pass through security filters. 

Appleboum said one key sign of the implant is that the manipulated Ethernet connector has metal sides instead of the usual plastic ones. The metal is necessary to diffuse heat from the chip hidden inside, which acts like a mini computer. "The module looks really innocent, high quality and 'original' but it was added as part of a supply chain attack," he said.

The goal of hardware implants is to establish a covert staging area within sensitive networks, and that's what Appleboum and his team concluded in this case. They decided it represented a serious security breach, along with multiple rogue electronics also detected on the network, and alerted the client's security team in August, which then removed them for analysis. Once the implant was identified and the server removed, Sepio's team was not able to perform further analysis on the chip.
The threat from hardware implants “is very real,” said Sean Kanuck, who until 2016 was the top cyber official inside the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. He's now director of future conflict and cyber security for the International Institute for Strategic Studies in Washington. Hardware implants can give attackers power that software attacks don’t.

“Manufacturers that overlook this concern are ignoring a potentially serious problem,” Kanuck said. “Capable cyber actors -- like the Chinese intelligence and security services -- can access the IT supply chain at multiple points to create advanced and persistent subversions.”

One of the keys to any successful hardware attack is altering components that have an ample power supply to them, a daunting challenge the deeper into a motherboard you go. That's why peripherals such as keyboards and mice are also perennial favorites for intelligence agencies to target, Appleboum said.

In the wake of Bloomberg's reporting on the attack against Supermicro products, security experts say that teams around the world, from large banks and cloud computing providers to small research labs and startups, are analyzing their servers and other hardware for modifications, a stark change from normal practices. Their findings won't necessarily be made public, since hardware manipulation is typically designed to access government and corporate secrets, rather than consumer data.

National security experts say a key problem is that, in a cybersecurity industry approaching $100 billion in revenue annually, very little of that has been spent on inspecting hardware for tampering. That's allowed intelligence agencies around the world to work relatively unimpeded, with China holding a key advantage.

“For China, these efforts are all-encompassing,” said Tony Lawrence, CEO of VOR Technology, a Columbia, Maryland-based contractor to the intelligence community. “There is no way for us to identify the gravity or the size of these exploits -- we don't know until we find some. It could be all over the place -- it could be anything coming out of China. The unknown is what gets you and that's where we are now. We don't know the level of exploits within our own systems.”

— With assistance by Scott Moritz, and Gwen Ackerman

A mushroom vaccine could save the honey bees

This appears promising and may well lead to a general broadcast solution to the problem of colony collapse syndrome which can additionally benefit the general background population.  Optimistic yes, but it does address the virus load directly which has been encouraged by something we are doing.
The damage has been sustained for a decade now and has even triggered a private support movement of small apiaries which has been welcome to see.
Still a long way from proactive crop growing and universal establishment of hives on farms.

A mushroom vaccine could save the honey bees

By Jackie Flynn Mogensen on Oct 7, 2018

Over the past decade, the honeybee story has been the stuff of science fiction. Back in 2006, beekeepers first noticed their honeybees were mysteriously dying off in huge numbers, with no clear cause. For some, a whopping 30 to 90 percent of their colonies were disappearing, especially on the East Coast. Worker bees were abandoning their queens and leaving hives full of honey. That first winter, beekeepers nationwide lost about a third of their colonies. Since then, the numbers haven’t improved.

Researchers now call this ongoing phenomenon “colony collapse disorder,” but scientists still haven’t identified a singular cause. They say it’s a combination of factors: pollution, habitat loss, herbicides, and viruses, though some experts believe viruses may be the primary driver. For instance, “deformed wing virus,” which causes bees to develop disfigured, nonfunctional wings, can be nasty, and, like other viruses, is transferred to bees by parasitic mites. Until now, scientists haven’t developed any antiviral treatments to protect the bees.

But in a landmark study published Thursday in Nature journal Scientific Reports, researchers revealed they’ve discovered the first-ever “vaccine” for bees, procured from an unexpected source: mushrooms. Specifically, it’s mycelia — cobweb-like fungal membranes found in and on soil — from two species, “tinder fungus” and Red Reishi mushrooms.

Total winter colony loss rate in the United States (preliminary 2017-2018 results) National Honey Bee Colony Loss Survey / Bee Informed.

“Up until this discovery, there were no antivirals reducing viruses in bees,” Paul Stamets, the lead author on the study, tells Mother Jones. “Not only is this the first discovery, but these extracts are incredibly potent.” Stamets is a Washington-based mycologist and author whose work includes books “Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save The World, Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms, and Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World.” Stamets also holds patents “pertaining to the use of fungal extracts for antiviral activity and honeybee health,” according to the study.

This giant discovery actually has very humble origins. Decades before colony collapse hit the United States, Stamets says he had noticed bees in his own yard feeding off water droplets on the mushrooms that were growing on wood chips in his garden. They had pushed the wood chips aside to expose the mycelium. At the time, he thought they might be getting sugars from the fungi, and it wasn’t until about five years ago — after researching the antiviral properties of fungi for humans — that he made the connection to viruses affecting bees. “I had this waking dream, ‘I think I can save the bees,’” he says.

In collaboration with researchers from Washington State University, Stamets decided to conduct a two-part study to test his theory that fungi could treat the viruses in honeybees. First, in a controlled, caged experiment, he and his team added small amounts of mushroom extract, or “mycelial broth,” to the bees’ food (sugar water) at varying concentrations and measured how it affected their health. Then, they tested the best-performing extracts in the field.

The extracts worked better than Stamets ever imagined.

The team measured the virus levels in 50 bees from 30 different field colonies and found the bee colonies that consumed the mycelium extracts saw up to a 79-fold decrease in deformed wing virus after 12 days and up to a 45,000-fold reduction in Lake Sinai virus (another virus linked to colony collapse) compared to the bees that only ate sugar water.

“We went out of the laboratory, into the field — real-life field tests,” says Stamets. “And we saw enormous benefit to the bees.”

So what’s going on here? Stamets says the operating hypothesis is this: “These aren’t really antiviral drugs. We think they are supporting the immune system to allow natural immunity to be strong enough to reduce the viruses.” More research, he says, is needed to fully understand how the fungi are working.

Diana Cox-Foster, a research leader and entomologist at the USDA’s Pollinating Insects Research Unit in Utah who was not involved in the study, tells Mother Jones the research looked “promising” and adds that it could have ramifications for other pollinators, like bumblebees. “These viruses are widely shared,” she says. “If we could knock down viruses in honeybee colonies, it could lead to greater health in other pollinators.”

The paper provides “valuable new data,” Erik Tihelka, an insect researcher Hartpury College in the U.K., tells Mother Jones in an email. But it may only help solve part of the problem. “The health challenges honeybees are facing are multifactorial and interacting,” he says, “ranging from loss of the flowering plots for nutrition, use of pesticides in agriculture, a complex of parasites and pathogens, and other stressors.”

The results could be particularly impactful for farmers. Some crops are almost entirely dependent on honeybee pollination for survival, including blueberries, avocados, onions, broccoli, carrots, and cantaloupe. Almonds are 100 percent dependent on honeybees. California farmers currently rent bee colonies from out of state to pollinate their trees in spring.

On a planet where about one-third of all our crops rely on pollinators, losing bees could be disastrous. “A loss of bees is like rivets in an airplane,” says Stamets. “If we lose the bees, it is a critical rivet in an airplane that can lead to catastrophic failure.”

Cassini revealed three big surprises before diving into Saturn

What we do not have is any confirmation of massive devices harvesting the rings or something like that.  Of course it either does not exist or it has been neatly edited out which appears to be SOP at NASA.

At this point we are not supposed to know and NASA knows better than to acknowledge the meme.

A vertical magnetic field may well be artificial and Saturn is the one planet that i would anticipate this.  It does not prove anything but it points at another oddity for Saturn.  Recall our speculation that Saturn is used to add inertial mass to world ships passing through our solar system who would match orbits with Saturn in order to add mass.  All this would nicely support a major change in trajectory and would typically be repeated at every star visited.

Also recall that a world ship would have the capacity to land a global population on a planet as well and may well be doing just that as part of an expanding sphere of life.. 

Cassini revealed three big surprises before diving into Saturn

4 October 2018
By Leah Crane

Cassini is dead, but its legacy lives on. Before the NASA spacecraft plunged into Saturn and burned up last September, it made 22 daring final orbits, swooping between the planet and its rings in a mission called the Grand Finale. Now, researchers are analysing the data from the that mission, and there are a few surprises.

Saturn’s magnetic field is weirdly flat

The magnetic fields of planets in our solar system are all tilted to some extent – Neptune’s is off by a whopping 47 degrees. But Saturn’s magnetic field seems to be perfectly straight, and our current theories of how these fields are generated suggests that should be impossible.

“If you don’t have a tilt, you would expect the magnetic field to start dying away, but as we got in really close with the Grand Finale orbits, we saw that it is not,” says Michele Dougherty at Imperial College London.

That might mean that Saturn produces its magnetic field differently from the other planets in our solar system, maybe with many onion-like layers of flowing particles producing the field instead of a single zone.

Saturn has a lot going on between its rings

Even the seemingly empty space between Saturn’s surface and its rings is more exciting than we thought. “There’s this connection between the rings and the upper atmosphere of Saturn that we just didn’t think would be there,” says Dougherty. “That was a complete surprise.”

That connection is in the form of streaming electric currents that flow between the rings and the upper atmosphere. It’s not yet clear what’s causing them or why they’re there, says Dougherty, but she hopes that combining the data from different Cassini instruments will help us figure it out.

The currents aren’t all – there’s also a belt of radiation coming from trapped energetic particles between the rings and the planet. It’s similar to Earth’s Van Allen belts, which can be dangerous for astronauts and spacecraft that might pass through them, says William Kurth at the University of Iowa.

It’s not clear how those particles got there, though. “Since Saturn has this elaborate ring system, it’s difficult to get energetic particles from the outer areas across the rings,” Kurth says. Figuring out how the belt formed could help us understand similar zones of radiation around other planets.

Saturn’s rings rain the equivalent of 1800 cars per minute

Between Saturn’s innermost rings and the top of its atmosphere is a deluge of tiny particles falling down from the rings into the planet, called ring rain. Cassini found that, around Saturn’s equator, this rain deposits up to 45,000 kilograms of dust, ice, and gas every second.

That’s the equivalent of about 1800 cars falling into Saturn every minute – such a downpour may mean that the rings are disappearing faster than we thought.

While the rings are made of mostly water ice, the rain is much more diverse, with ammonia, nitrogen, methane, and even more complex organic particles. This may affect the chemistry of the top layers of Saturn, says Hunter Waite at Southwest Research Institute in Texas.

This downfall was not obvious before Cassini because it’s spread over a large area. “It’s not like rain, really – more like a really fine mist that you can’t even really see,” says Waite. “The particles are so small that I don’t think you’d feel them if you were floating between Saturn and its rings.”

Journal reference: Science, DOI: 10.1126/science.aat5434; 10.1126/science.aat1962; 10.1126/science.aat3185; 10.1126/science.aat2236; 10.1126/science.aat2382

Quit eating bacon, ham and pork?

Image: Quit eating bacon, ham and pork? Pigs are SMARTER than dogs, and pigs suffer horribly inside factory farms across America

I am no fan of our industrial approach to animal husbandry and this item lays out just how truly inhumane it all happens to be.  Animal slaughter does need to be isolated as a standard matter of practice and it is not.   As a result, as noted, the quality of the meat suffers and yes, obviously the animals suffer unnecessarily and that is what is wrong.

Another huge loss is to agriculture itself.  All our animals actively interact with the available land base and this is hugely beneficial.  Sustainability means integrating the animals.  We really do need goat herds, cattle herds and swine herds as well.  These all need to be properly guided in order to maximize efficiency.  Yet we are doing just this.

We have not achieved fence-less fields as yet, but the advent of mind to mind management should solve just that as well as protecting from predators.  This is how we did things in the Garden of Eden and will again in a restored Heaven on Earth.

Quit eating bacon, ham and pork? Pigs are SMARTER than dogs, and pigs suffer horribly inside factory farms across America

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 by: S.D. Wells

Tags: animal farms, bad meat, badfood, CAFO, cafo meat, cafos, confined animals, E. coli, fast food meat, Hurricane Florence, infected meat, parasites, pathogens, pigs smarter than dogs, Salmonella, sick animals, toxic meat, toxic water

(Natural News) Start double-thinking that pulled pork barbecue sandwich, that BLT, and that slow-cooked ham. There are several reasons vegetarians and vegans don’t eat slaughtered animals, but one of those driving forces for many herbivores is the fact that animals have parents, eyes, feelings, emotions, and yes, intelligence. In fact, pigs are smarter than your pet dog and your pet cat, and outperform them on cognitive ability tests, coming close to the intelligence of even dolphins and chimpanzees.

Pigs not only have long term memory and are quite clever, but they feel empathy and react to sadness, just like “man’s best friend” – the domesticated dog. Sure, there are plenty of cats and dogs suffering at shelters, waiting for some pet lover to come rescue them, but they’re not slaughtered in front of each other, and then rushed to a processing plant, only to become the next “American” breakfast, lunch, or dinner. So, maybe next time you consider a BLT, you’ll pass, because if it was a DLT (dog, lettuce and tomato), especially one made with your pet dog, you’d certainly say “not a chance in hell.”

Pigs live social lives, like humans, where they experience emotions and learn from each other through cooperation

Just because pigs wallow around in mud, doesn’t mean they’re dumb or “dirty” animals. They do that to stay cool because they don’t have sweat glands. To the contrary of popular belief, pigs may just be the cleanest domestic animals alive, even more so than cats. As far as being intelligent, back in the 1990s, pigs were literally trained to use their snouts to manipulate a cursor on a video screen to distinguish between known scribbles and new ones. Plus, they performed this task just as fast as chimpanzees. Pigs have been known to outperform three-year-old children on cognition tests. Pigs are also more trainable than dogs.

When pigs are jacked up with artificial hormones and toxic GMO animal feed (mutated Franken-soy and corn), their bodies and minds are poisoned, weakened, and their meat is toxic. All those chemicals rush through their blood and into their tissues when they see and hear their fellow beings being tortured and slaughtered all around them. There’s no way to cook out these carcinogens, no matter how long you fry that bacon or spin that hog on the rotisserie. In fact, overcooking meat adds to the toxicity, as well as when meat processing plants add cancer-causing and migraine headache causing nitrates, nitrites and monosodium glutamate (MSG).

Millions of hogs, along with turkeys and chickens, were left to die by drowning on North Carolina factory farms during Hurricane Florence

Most confined animal feeding operations in the United States are so filthy, nasty, and inhumane, that even if the most avid carnivores visited them, they may never eat meat again. Thanks to an almost week-long massive storm, enormous lagoons are now filled with infected, bacteria-laden pig manure (and rotting animal corpses), and are overflowing into nearby watersheds.

Welcome to the United States of America, where the spread of food-borne illnesses run rampant, affecting millions of consumers every year. Nearly every factory farm in this country fuels the fast food industry, the restaurant chains, and the corporate-owned-and-run grocery stores and supermarkets. Excessive consumption of factory farm meat and dairy fuels pandemic-style diseases and disorders that barely existed in this country a century ago, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, respiratory diseases, and infections bred and fed by parasites and pathogens.

Humans who work in CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations) commonly suffer from respiratory diseases and outbreaks of E. coli and Salmonella poisoning. That’s why most conventional meat gets treated with bleach and ammonia at processing plants, before artificial flavors and fake coloring are added back in.

CDC estimates three million people get sick and 1,000 die from CAFO meat and poultry-related infections every year

Those figures are most likely low-balled. Animals that are trapped in crammed-up quarters, caked with their own feces, and suffering from digestive disorders and parasitic infections never heal. Animal waste is the main source of the spreading of Salmonella and E. coli bacteria. Plus, most CAFO animals (and their babies and chicken eggs) are exposed to pesticides regularly, adding to the tainted meat.

Got polyps or colon cancer? Got irritable bowels? Suffering from dementia? How much meat do you eat? Some Americans don’t even consider it a meal if there’s no meat on their plate. From chicken biscuits to bacon-cheeseburgers, the diseases are spread from the filthy, diseased CAFOs right to the human gut.

So, if you just “gotta” have that meat, stick with grass-fed beef, wild caught fish, and please, don’t support the CAFO madness of America, because that’s just flirting with disaster while saying yes to animal abuse. Think about your pet dog or cat next time you’re waiting in line at that Mickey Dee’s drive through. This has been a public service message from Natural News.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Corrupt Scientists Driven To Resign, but Not Climate Scientists?

The fundamental problem is that manipulation of data is often an accepted casting out of a small group of anomalies as lab error or its equivalent.  It is my contention that this is a grave mistake.  those 'errors' need to be carefully vetted for the possibility of new information. In fact i would invest as much on anomalies as on well behaving data which could well be defining the media.

 In fact twenty anomalies just by themselves if conforming represent a new phenomena, no matter how large the primary universe of samples.  I use this all the time to winkle out new information.  It allowed me to determine and refine the living presence of the supposedly extinct Giant Sloth.

It also allowed me to understand that mind to mind communication is universal in the animal kingdom and that we are the likely exceptions.  This generated further work that nicely confirmed the phenomena.

Some science is also simply bought and sold and this is profoundly corrupt and even dangerous as we are discovering with the Vaccine meme. Then there is climate science which has become a laughing stock in terms of scientific rigor and  fraud.

Corrupt Scientists Driven To Resign, but Not Climate Scientists?

Dr. José Baselga (Wikipedia Commons)

Written By: AFP September 24, 2018

Top researchers and scientists are being forced to resign over egregious ethical violations and conflicts of interest, but it appears that climate scientists are still getting a free pass. Climate science has been rife with purposely falsified data and the same kind of ethical breaches as found in this story. ⁃ TN Editor

Three prominent US scientists have been pushed to resign over the past 10 days after damning revelations about their methods, a sign of greater vigilance and decreasing tolerance for misconduct within the research community.

The most spectacular fall concerned Jose Baselga, chief medical officer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He authored hundreds of articles on cancer research.

Investigative journalism group ProPublica and The New York Times revealed on September 8 that Baselga failed to disclose in dozens of research articles that he had received millions of dollars from pharmaceutical and medical companies.

Such declarations are generally required by scientific journals.

Links between a doctor leading a clinical trial and manufacturers of drugs or medical equipment used in the study can influence the methodology and ultimately the results.

But journals don’t themselves verify the thoroughness of an author’s declarations.

Caught up in the scandal, Baselga resigned on September 13.

Next came the case of Brian Wansink, director of the Food and Brand Lab at the prestigious Cornell University.

He made his name thanks to studies that garnered plenty of media attention, including on pizza, and the appetites of children.

His troubles began last year when scientific sleuths discovered anomalies and surprisingly positive results in dozens of his articles.

In February, BuzzFeed published messages in which Wansink encouraged a researcher to extract from her data results more likely to go “viral.”

After a yearlong inquiry, Cornell announced on Thursday that Wansink committed “academic misconduct in his research and scholarship,” describing a litany of problems with his results and methods.

He is set to resign at the end of the academic year, but from now on will no longer teach there.

Wansink denied all fraud, but 13 of his articles have already been withdrawn by journals.

In the final case, Gilbert Welch, a professor of public health at Dartmouth College, resigned last week.

The university accused him of plagiarism in an article published in The New England Journal of Medicine, the most respected American medical journal.

“The good news is that we are finally starting to see a lot of these cases become public,” said Ivan Oransky co-founder of the site Retraction Watch, a project of the Center for Scientific Integrity that keeps tabs on retractions of research articles in thousands of journals.

Oransky told AFP that what has emerged so far is only the tip of the iceberg.

The problem, he said, is that scientists, and supporters of science, have often been unwilling to raise such controversies “because they’re afraid that talking about them will decrease trust in science and that it will aid and abet anti-science forces.”

But silence only encourages bad behavior, he argued. According to Oransky, more transparency will in fact only help the public to better comprehend the scientific process.

“At the end of the day, we need to think about science as a human enterprise, we need to remember that it’s done by humans,” he said. “Let’s remember that humans make mistakes, they cut corners, sometimes worse.”

Attention has long focused on financial conflicts of interest, particularly because of the influence of the pharmaceutical industry.

But the Wansink case illustrates that other forms of conflict, including reputational, are equally important. Academic careers are largely built on how much one publishes and in which journals.

As a result, researchers compete to produce positive, new and clear results -- but work that produces negative results or validates previous findings should also be rewarded, argued Brian Nosek, a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia who heads the pro-transparency Center for Open Science.

"Most of the work when we're at the boundary of science is messy, has exceptions, has things that don't quite fit," he explained, while "the bad part of the incentives environment is that the reward system is all about the result."

While moves toward more transparency have gathered momentum over the past decade, in particular among publishers of research articles, there is still a long way to go, said Nosek.

"Culture change is hard," he argued, adding: "Universities and medical centers are the slowest actors."

FBI Investigator Charged With Child Rapes Found Dead

This means he is no longer the star witness in ongoing investigations, but this tells me he has already sung like a canary, so the information is not lost.  There is little doubt here that this man was simply suicided and is a clear reminder just how deep this corruption goes.

We need to do much better in protecting these assets and surely that is on the table after this.

Do look at those charges though.  We never had anything like this in the past and this was awfully functioning human being who was employed at a professional life giving him a clean middle class lifestyle.  This could be your brother..

FBI Investigator Charged With Child Rapes Found Dead in New York City Hotel Room Just Hours Before Plea Deal Testimony

Posted on October 2, 2018 by admin

Was there fear that the FBI’s Jeffrey Wilson would Rat out others?

One New York FBI source says there was. But that is no longer a concern because Wilson was found dead in a New York City hotel room Saturday, literally hours before he was scheduled to sign a plea deal.

“There was fear of what he would testify to because he was a wildcard,” one FBI insider said. “The Bureau was trying to keep this entire case away from the media. It’s a mess.”

Wilson worked computer crimes for the FBI in New York City. He may have known too much or was ready to trade some of that knowledge for a sweet plea deal.

Wilson was facing two counts of child rape with force, and six counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 years old.

There are two victims in this case, and the attacks allegedly occurred in Grafton, Massachusetts. The alleged attacks dated back to 1998 and continued to 2006.

Court records indicate at the time of his arrest, Jeffrey Wilson was employed by the New York Office of the FBI working computer investigations.

The New York FBI confirmed at the time of his death, Wilson was no longer working for them, but court records indicate, when the FBI was informed of the indictments against Wilson, the federal agency conducted its own investigation.

But Wilson had worked out a very favorable plea deal in Massachusetts, Wilson would get a sentence of 18 months in the House of Correction plus probation, but he would not get a lengthy prison sentence.

That deal had some brass in the FBI concerned, a source said.

“When you see a deal like that the first thing that comes to mind is what is he (Wilson) is giving the prosecutors in return,” one FBI source said.

Instead, Wilson was found dead in Queens, New York over the weekend. It is believed, rather than plead guilty in Worcester on Monday, Wilson killed himself Saturday night.

Another hotel room “suicide.”

Wilson’s attorney said he was surprised Wilson would have killed himself, given the favorable plea deal and Wilson’s recent mood.

Why would you go to the trouble to work out a plea deal if you were going to kill yourself?

Wilson was due in court Monday. Now the case is closed.

Economics Everywhere, Politics Nowhere: The Benefits of Swiss Decentralization

 The fundamental error of hierarchical economic thinking is that good management at the upper level has any chance of working down to the lowest level.  It does not.  However good management at the lowest level has every chance of working its way up the food chain.

Now imagine a world in which tribes or ethnic groups establish nation states with little land attachment except to a designated city state to which all are enrolled as citizens.  This even allows dual citizens at the least and arrangements such as made by italy with long gone non residents.  After all this means exactly two things.  One the right to vote and two the right to buy a property in the designated city State.

After all that the population goes where they are welcome and can prosper.  The Swiss merely prove my point by having done just what i say.

Economics Everywhere, Politics Nowhere: The Benefits of Swiss Decentralization

Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford ran mass “hypnotic inductions” of psychiatric subjects


Now that she has dropped out of the picture, we can pay attention to the real story here.  This lady is as good as it gets in terms of an example of mind manipulation as likely practiced by the CIA to undertake a variety of tasks.

Those tasks have included producing a pilot able to shut of the fuel line in an aircraft and then interfere to prevent its recovery as well.  This appears to be what happened to JFKjr's aircraft and shortly after to an Egyptian bound aircraft.  That is why i think that the JFKjr crash was actually faked in order to prevent an actual attempt on his life.  Of course this means a Navy SEAL intervention which the pattern of events easily supports.  I cannot prove any of this but the pattern supports just that and it is clearly possible.

Here we get more into the the science been developed and the side effects are not trivial either.

I have seen a number of example or at least suspected examples and it has reached a point in which law enforcement needs to become aware of the possiblity and just how it may compare to biologically and drug induced mental illness.

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Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford ran mass “hypnotic inductions” of psychiatric subjects as part of mind control research funded by foundation linked to “computational psychosomatics” neuro-hijacking 

(h/t to The Gateway Pundit for the initial lead). In another stunning bombshell about the hoax accusations against Brett Kavanaugh, we’ve now learned and confirmed that Christine Blasey Ford co-authored a science paper that involves her carrying out mass “hypnotic inductions” of psychiatric subjects as part of a mind control program that cites methods to “create artificial situations.

Internet sleuths are turning up an extraordinary collection of evidence that increasingly points to Christine Blasey Ford being involved in mind control programs at Stanford, which some claim are run by the CIA. We have confirmed that Stanford University, where Ford works, runs a “CIA undergraduate internship program” which is described in full at this recruitment page for the CIA. The Stanford recruitment page for the CIA explains, “You will be given the opportunity to work with highly-skilled professionals and see first-hand the role the CIA plays in supporting US officials who make our country’s foreign policy.”

We can also now confirm that Ford is listed as a co-author of a study that carried out mass hypnosis and mind control on psychiatric subjects under the banner of “psychoeducation,” covered in more detail below.

A university professor named Margot Cleveland first tweeted the discovery, which is now spreading rapidly across the ‘net:

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Christine Blasey Ford confirmed to be a co-author of the mind control study

The study was published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology. The study title, abstract and authors can be confirmed at this link.

Interestingly, the study was funded by the Mental Insight Foundation (see detailed financial records, below) and was overseen by Dr. Lisa Butler of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine. You can confirm these facts at this link.

The full text of the research paper describes methods to “create artificial situations.” Here’s some of the actual language from the paper, which can be viewed in full at this link from

…assist in the retrieval of important memories,and create arti?cial situations that would permit the client to express ego-dystonic emotions in a safe manner.

[Subjects] were given the Hypnotic Induction Pro?le (HIP; H. Spiegel & Spiegel, 2004) to evaluate their level of hypnotizability and were asked to complete a baseline packet of psychosocial questionnaires assessing life events, general functioning, satisfaction with life, and aspects of mood (including symptom levels), personality, health, social support, traumatic experience, and spirituality.
Therapist-led groups met once a week in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine to participate in an intervention that included either meditation and yoga exercises or group therapy with formal hypnotic inductions.

From this published paper, co-authored by Christine Blasey Ford, we know she is intimately familiar with mass hypnosis, self-hypnosis and mind alteration processes, all of which are being deployed in this staged “false flag” assault on Brett Kavanaugh. Through carefully crafted leaks, cover-ups and media narratives, almost half the nation has already been mass hypnotized into believing that an innocent man is a deranged serial rapist. Such is the power of CIA mind control, deployed on a nationwide scale. (It also underscores the realization that the entire purpose of the establishment media is not to inform people but to influence minds.)

The Mental Insight Foundation also funded a study on “Interoception” and “neuroimaging” to control the mind through biological intervention

If you venture even deeper down this rabbit hole, you find that the same Mental Insight Foundation that funded the mass hypnosis / mind control study on which Christine Ford work also helped fund another study called “Interoception and Mental Health: A Roadmap.”

This study, completed in June of this year (2018), is available at this ScienceDirect link.

The abstract for this study describes the key focus of the research:

Interoception refers to the process by which the nervous system senses, interprets, and integrates signals originating from within the body, providing a moment-by-moment mapping of the body’s internal landscape across conscious and unconscious levels.

In essence, this research seeks to find ways to control the mind through biological interventions by exploiting the “roadmap” of biology / neuro links. When the full map of how the mind interprets internal biological is understood, it allows a kind of reverse engineering of the mind through interventions in the human subject. If this sounds familiar, recall the recent revelations about the projections of inner voices through sub-audible frequencies that can essentially “plant” voices or even emotional moods into the minds of targeted subjects.

It is well known that U.S. embassy workers in Cuba were recently attacked by secret “sonic weapons” that were widely reported in the media. As The Guardian reports, the level of mind control achieved through such biological interventions can cause targeted subjects to be unable to recall specific words that would otherwise be in their vocabulary. The Guardian says:

At least some of the incidents were confined to certain rooms with laser-like specificity, and some victims now have problems recalling specific words…

The blaring, grinding noise jolted the American diplomat from his bed in a Havana hotel. He moved just a few feet, and there was silence. He climbed back into bed. Inexplicably, the agonizing sound hit him again. It was as if he’d walked through some invisible wall cutting straight through his room.

Soon came the hearing loss, and the speech problems, symptoms both similar and altogether different from others among at least 21 US victims in an astonishing international mystery still unfolding in Cuba.

Some felt vibrations, and heard sounds – loud ringing or a high-pitch chirping similar to crickets or cicadas.

Other symptoms have included brain swelling, dizziness, nausea, severe headaches, balance problems and tinnitus, or prolonged ringing in the ears.

Getting back to Christine Blasey Ford’s work on interoception / neuroimaging, the paper funded by the Mental Insight Foundation openly admits that the neuroimaging “roadmap” can alter decisions, behavior and even consciousness. It explains, “Recent years have witnessed a surge of interest on the topic of interoception due in part to findings highlighting its integral role in emotional experience, self-regulation, decision making, and consciousness. Importantly, interoception is not limited to conscious perception or even unique to the human species.”

Some other interesting text from the study:

While interoception research to date has typically focused on single organ systems, an expanded approach that assesses multiple interoceptive organ systems and/or elements is needed. Examples include targeting numerous interoceptive features simultaneously and employing different tasks that converge on the same feature (e.g., combining top-down assessments of interoceptive attention with bottom-up perturbation approaches in the same individual)…

…a host of novel tools are capable of inhibiting, stimulating, or modulating the activity of interoceptive brain networks. Noninvasive methods include the application of transcranial magnetic stimulation (77), transcranial direct and alternating current stimulation (78), low-intensity focused ultrasound (79), temporally interfering electric fields (80), transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation (81), presentation of information during different phases of visceral rhythms (e.g., cardiac systole vs. diastole) (82), and assessment of corticocardiac signaling (83).

Take a closer look at these diagrams found in the research, which details methods of “changing the world through exteroactions” and “changing the body through interoactions” in order to create “combined percept of the body in the world.”

“Computational psychosomatics”

The study openly discusses altering behavior and beliefs through the application of neurotechnology “inference-control loops” that “hijack” human anatomy to control minds. In essence, they are modeling the neurology of a human being in terms of firmware / software / hardware, then hacking the system to install their own desired beliefs and behaviors. They even call it “computational psychosomatics,” and they talk about using torture techniques to force the neurological maps out into the open, saying, “the degree of tolerance to being enclosed in a small dark chamber for 10 minutes might provide behavioral evidence verifying tolerance to triggers of interoceptive dysregulation.”

In the language of the science authors:

Eliciting surprise-minimizing (homeostasis-restoring) actions changes the bodily state and thus interosensations. This means that inference and control of bodily states form a closed loop. Inference–control loops that minimize interoceptive surprise can be cast as hierarchical Bayesian models (HBMs). Anatomically, HBMs are plausible candidates given that interoceptive circuitry is structured hierarchically 45, 94. Under general assumptions, HBMs employ a small set of computational quantities—predictions, prediction errors, and precisions 37, 95. These quantities can support surprise minimization in two ways: by adjusting beliefs (probability distributions) throughout the hierarchy [predictive coding (95)] or engaging actions that fulfill beliefs about bodily states [active inference (96)]

Additional details about the Mental Insight Foundation

We are not alleging any nefarious, unethical or illegal activities on the part of the Mental Insight Foundation. However, to help other internet researchers follow the many leads now uncovered in all this, we’re publishing public information about this foundation that’s readily available in online public tax documents.

The Mental Insight Foundation took in a whopping $18+ million in 2015, according to tax records. Its address is 538 BROADWAY STE A, SONOMA, CA 95476-6602, which appears to be a single family house.

That address is the exact same address listed by Virginia Hubbell Associates, a small firm that says it offers “consulting services for family foundations.” Its client list, found here, includes not only the Mental Insight Foundation but also:

Codding Enterprises
Levi Strauss Foundation
McKesson Foundation
Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co.
The Public Affairs Council
Sparkletts/Alhambra Water Company
Science Alliance

Most of the clients appear to be genuinely helpful organizations for society, but they’re probably worth a second look from internet researchers. Notably, the Levi Strauss company recently came out in favor of destroying the Second Amendment by pushing gun control.

What’s especially interesting is that Virginia Hubbell Associates was paid $341,375 in just one year for “foundation management” services, according to this form 990-PF for 2015.

“Statement 11” of the document lists the officers, directors, trustees and key employees of the Mental Insight Foundation. Notably, they are all paid nothing except for the treasurer. In other words, most of the directors are paid nothing, but the management consultant is paid $341K. We are not alleging any unscrupulous activities among these individuals. They are public officers of a public foundation, listed in a public document. These individuals are:

David Herskovits of Brooklyn, NY
Robert P. Bunje of Foster City, CA
Isabelle Kimpton of Incline Village, NV
Graham Kimpton of Fairfax, CA
Barry Bunshoft of San Francisco, CA
Len Dell’Amico of Fairfax, CA
Jennifer Catherine Egan of Brooklyn, NY
Laura Kimpton of Vineburg, CA
Kay Kimpton Walker of San Francisco, CA

If you’re noticing a lot of “Kimpton” names in this list, that’s probably because one of the primary sources of income for the Mental Insight Foundation is the Kimpton Hotel Group, LLC, which generated $2.3 million in revenue for the foundation in 2015. There’s nothing illegal about that. It’s just an interesting note.

The foundation donated money to the following groups. We’re not alleging anything nefarious in this list, by the way. Rather, these are leads for other internet researchers to follow. Many of the groups this foundation donates to appear to be related to offering support for veterans, the homeless and integrative medicine:

Hoffman Institute, San Anselmo, CA
Amazon Watch, San Francisco, CA
Center for Mind Body Medicine, Washington, DC
Institute for Integrative Health, Baltimore, MD
Jericho Project, Brisbane, CA
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA
More research under way… check back for more stories each morning and evening.