F.B.I. Recommends No Charges Against Hillary Clinton

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The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, said on Tuesday that the bureau would not recommend criminal charges in Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified information, lifting an enormous legal cloud from her presidential campaign, hours before her first joint campaign appearancewith President Obama.

But Mr. Comey rebuked Mrs. Clinton as being “extremely careless” in using a personal email address and server for sensitive information, declaring that an ordinary government official could have faced administrative sanction for such conduct.

To warrant a criminal charge, Mr. Comey said, there had to be evidence that Mrs. Clinton intentionally sent or received classified information — something that the F.B.I. did not find. “Our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case,” he said at a news conference.

The Justice Department is highly likely to accept the F.B.I.’s instruction. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Friday that she would accept the recommendation of the F.B.I. and career prosecutors in the case, after questions were raised about an impromptu meeting between her and former President Bill Clinton at an airport in Phoenix.

Mr. Comey’s statement came three days after F.B.I. investigators interviewed Mrs. Clinton, a sign that the case was winding down. He described an elaborate yearlong investigation, in which the F.B.I. examined multiple servers, read 30,000 emails and interviewed dozens of people.

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Court Rules Home Computers Connected to the Internet Aren’t Private

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A federal judge for the Eastern District of Virginia has ruled that the user of any computer that connects to the Internet should not have an expectation of privacy because computer security is ineffectual at stopping hackers.The June 23 ruling came in one of the many cases resulting from the FBI’s infiltration of PlayPen, a hidden service on the Tor network that acted as a hub for child exploitation, and the subsequent prosecution of hundreds of individuals. To identify suspects, the FBI took control of PlayPen for two weeks and used, what it calls, a “network investigative technique,” or NIT—a program that runs on a visitor’s computer and identifies their Internet address.Such mass hacking using a single warrant has riled privacy and digital-rights advocates, but Senior U.S. District Judge Henry Coke Morgan Jr. upheld the use of the warrant and even stated that the warrant is unnecessary because of the type of crime being investigated and because users should have no “objectively reasonable expectation of privacy.”Even using countermeasures, such as the Tor network, does not mean that the user should expect their location or their activities to remain private, according to the judge.

“It is clear to the Court that Defendant took great strides to hide his IP address via his use of the Tor network,” the judge wrote in the ruling. “However, the court FINDS that any such subjective expectation of privacy—if one even existed in this case—is not objectively reasonable.”Other courts have found the opposite. The Ninth Circuit, for example, held in 2007 that just connecting a computer to the network does not undermine a user’s “subjective expectation of privacy and an objectively reasonable expectation of privacy in his personal computer.”Yet there has been a dramatic shift in the public’s reasonable expectation of privacy because people do expect to be able to defend their computers against attack, Judge Morgan argued.”[H]acking is much more prevalent now than it was even nine years ago, and the rise of computer hacking via the Internet has changed the public’s reasonable expectations of privacy,” the judge wrote. “Now, it seems unreasonable to think that a computer connected to the Web is immune from invasion. Indeed, the opposite holds true: In today’s digital world, it appears to be a virtual certainty that computers accessing the Internet can—and eventually will—be hacked.”The judge argued that the FBI did not even need the original warrant to use the NIT against visitors to PlayPen.The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights group, warned that the ruling is far outside any current legal notion of privacy. The group expects, however, that law enforcement will begin to use the ruling unless it is overturned.

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Dread Parallel Parking? Omnidirectional Tires Got Your Back

By Paris Finnie 

A few of us pride ourselves in our smooth ability to parallel park our cars. “It is a coming of age experience” proclaims one of our staff. Regardless, it seems that this noble ability to whip that tail in without touching the curb, is one of scariest and godawful “experiences” for many drivers. We wanted to take a look at parallel parking in the past and where it is to be in the future. Through our research process we hope to leave you (if you are one of those parallel protesters) with a glimmer of hope.

The roaring 20’s had a grip on the parallel parking issues.

Throughout the automotive history there have been many contenders in properly propelling/powering a wagon with wheels. As you may have figured, perhaps from watching westerns, the horse was a primary source of propulsion for many years before the combustion engine was built. In fact, to this day we use horsepower to describe the power of an engine.

Horsepower as reported from “How Stuff Works” revealed in this short prose says, “The story goes that Watt was working with ponies lifting coal at a coal mine, and he wanted a way to talk about the power available from one of these animals. He found that, on average, a mine pony could do 22,000 foot-pounds of work in a minute. He then increased that number by 50 percent and pegged the measurement of horsepower at 33,000 foot-pounds of work in one minute. ”

A myriad of power sources surfaced before the combustion engine made its way to superstardum. It was in the late 1800s that a man named Carl Benz perfected (at the time) the combustion engine. A business man and entrepreneur Carl lead the way for many other manufactures to better his design. He however, was never replaced in the automotive industry, his legacy lead to what we know today as Mercedes Benz. Soon after, companies like General Motors and Ford began springing up from around the world and the initial automotive boom surfaced. The ease of transportation combined with busy metropolitan streets gave way to the dreaded parallel parking job.

Fail Blog posted the best Parallel job we have ever seen

Parallel parking has become such a problem that companies have begun installing driver assisting software. Honestly it is a godsend to some people, especially the lady in the video above. The complexity of the problem has inspired engineers and programmers alike to build autombiles to better suit driver needs and concerns. For example, The Eagle 360 concept tire. The tire is a sphericle and self correcting. In the video below you will notice how postmodern the vehicle appears. One can foretell it would be a few decades before any automobile would have the design capabilities to harbor a tire of this sort. There is however, a neophyte design  recently announced by a Canadian engineer. The design not only allows a car to drive sideways, but is compatible with any modern vehicle.

Goodyear forecasts a brilliant tire design

Liddiard, an engineer out of canada has created a brilliant design that can lay to rest the parallel parkaphobia in us all. The Liddiard tire uses a sturdy rubber and transverse rollers to allow any car to roll sideways. He discovered the idea in his brother’s barn using $60,000 startup cash to construct a viable product. The design does not require a futuristic car or selling your soul to afford it. In fact each wheel cost about $1,600 ( no one said parallel parking hacks were cheap). Liddiard’s design is patented, but he hopes major companies like Goodyear or Toyo can pick up the idea and mass produce it. The tires currently are unavailable for purchase, but with any luck may come to order in the next few years.

Liddiard Wheels eccentric design.

So, to all our parallel parkaphobia having friends and family, missing out on great parking spaces, your time is near. We will however leave you with the best instruction video we could find in hopes that you can hold on until then.

Remember, do not just believe what we say. Research what we say!

Sources
History
NBC
Fail Blog
How Stuff Works

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Chile To Add To The Existing Countries Who Label Unhealthy Food Ingredients

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Chile joined Ecuador and Britain on Wednesday, becoming one of the few countries in the world providing consumers with warning labels about the excessive content of unhealthy ingredients in foods.

The legislation will help families decide what they consume and learn about healthy products, President Michelle Bachelet said.

“This is more than a new law. It is a historic public policy step for the country, with regulations unparalleled in the world,” Bachelet, a surgeon, said, adding that the legislation was “comparable only to the efforts Chile made 50 years ago to deal with child malnutrition.”

“Half a century later, the fight is against obesity and excessive weight. It’s a real problem – half of girls and boys in the first year of school are overweight, and our country is on top of Latin America’s obesity indices,” the president said.

The new legislation is similar to laws enacted by Britain in 2012 and Ecuador in 2014, requiring “traffic light labels” on foods with warnings in green, yellow or red to indicate caloric content.

By May 2015, according to the Parliamentary Front against Hunger, three out of four people in the region were obese or overweight.

The group named Mexico, Chile, Guatemala and Ecuador as the countries with the worst problems.

The new legislation bans the sale of foods containing ingredients critical for human nutrition that are promoted with toys, such as Ferrero’s Kinder Sorpresa (Kinder Surprise) and McDonald’s Happy Meals, which have high levels of salt, sugar and saturated fat.

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Shin-Sen-Gumi Hakata Ramen Restaurant Ramen Challenge

By Paris Finnie 

Shin-Sen-Gumi Hakata Ramen has just finished hosting their biannual Ramen Challenge. People from all over Fountain Valley come to bear witness to one of the restaurants greatest past times, ‘The Ex-Noodle Challenge!!’  As bionic as it sounds, the challenge is not meant for the faint of heart. The restaurant has come a long way from its roots in Japan to now hosting this marvelous endeavor. We think their secret to success resides in their delicious ramen and gregarious staff.

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Ramen Challenge flyer

Shin-Sen-Gumi was founded by Mitsuyasu Shigeta. He was raised in Tokunoshima Japan, but later moved to Hakata to attend the university. As many typical students do, he found a part time job to help pay for his studies. He worked in a yakitori restaurant  named “Tonsho” where he first discovered the delicious taste of Hakata- style cuisine. Shigeta moved to Los Angeles after graduating at the ripe age of 22 to learn English. The savy culinary artist and business man formed the Shin-Sen-Gumi Group and opened restaurants throughout the West Coast. One of those restaurants being Shin-Sen-Gumi Hakata Ramen restaurant in Fountain Valley.


A Ramenful experience with an astounding combination of flavor and atmosphere.

Of all the Ramen places I have attended in my life, there is no other like this one. It feels as if you are transported out of California into the bustling streets of Japan. The staff greet you in traditional Japanese fashion and sit you in their authentic high energy eatery. For the first timers out there, be prepared to order as if you were in Hakata Japan. You are given a menu, a piece of paper, and pencil. Sifting though the menu you will notice numbers next to the food items. You will write on that piece of paper they provided, your preference of ramen. The order options consists of: the strength of the base, the texture of the noodles and culinary assortments help flavor to your bowl. My preference? Strong base, hard noodles, medium oil, egg, ginger, no meat, and onions.

Hakata Ramen Challenge video.

The Challenge as we mentioned is no kids play. ” I have seen people come in and time themselves” said one staff member. As the flyer displays you have 30 minutes to eat as much Ramen as you can. their restaurants record is 15 bowls. yes, I could not believe it either, one bowl every two minutes. We were able to interview a few challenge champions.

IMG_0269 (768x1024) Kelly Zadonis

  • 6 bowls in 30 minutes.
  • 2nd year in attendance.
  • Record holder of the year.

 

 

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  • 7 bowls in 30 minutes
  • 2nd year participation
  • “Last year I was half a bowl short. This year I came to win”

 

 

From the moment you step into the restaurant it is obvious how much fun it is to be a staff member. When asked their favorite thing about working in Shin-Sen-Megumi Hakata Ramen. Staff member after staff member all responded the same, “It is like having a giant family.” In between the Japanese phrases and gestures the laughter is vibrant. You can feel the joy in the service which only adds to the experience while eating in the restaurant. ” At first it was a little difficult to learn the phrases, my first language is not Japanese. After practice and memorization it comes second nature to me.” Said Ramon, a seasoned server at Shin-Sen-Megumi.

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In order from left to right top to bottom: Javier, Wanda, Ramon, Lizandro.

If you have not had a chance to check out this eatery, we strongly recommend that you come and enjoy an authentic Japanese dinner. The staff is incredibly friendly and the food is delicious, we assure you that when you walk out the building you will be planning your next trip back.

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Tariq Zaki Elected Council of World Peace Committee Pratinindi (India)

By: Amb Mohd Tariq Zaki

New Delhi- All India reporter’s Association (Aira) Chairman Tariq Zaki was raised on one side of the achievements. Now Mr. Zaki appoint as Council of REPRESENTATIVE World Peace Committee INDIA is elected. Chairman of the league’s very success has been so long that its chairman Aira is proud started. The huge success across the country have begun a series of journalist Jagat wishing.

In the interest of journalists always play a leading role in the success of the Aira founder Tariq Zaki ever new chapter is being written under the same success now many social and governmental, non-governmental organizations in the key positions Tariq Zaki Peace Council ( India) along with the entire nation, after which representatives are elected to local journalist Aira atmosphere of joy is immense happiness.

Tariq Zaki, editor of the SARKAR KI KAHANI on the PHONE Jris Malik said during an interaction with any success is not mine alone, but Aira’s success is linked to the success of all the people. Brotherhood, peace and other partner organizations together with the Indian government for the country to take up their cause and will calmly. He also pointed out that the organization of the world in 202 countries, is working for peace.

I will also aim to maintain peace and order everywhere. Hopefully with the high officials of the institution has entrusted me load him I will try to play well. Even before the name of the journalist’s many achievements. Not only the public sector, which also is convincing journalists. Many in the younger age biggest achievement is directly linked to the public today in the principal responsibility is the name of Tariq Zaki. It is hoped this achievement reports from the All India REPORTER’S Association (Aira) not only in the country would also strengthen abroad.

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Civil Journalist of India 

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Scotland considering Scoexit

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In a clear reflection of the growing backlash north of the Border to Thursday’s Brexit result, a ScotPulse online survey of 1,600 Scottish adults on Friday (24 June) showed that 59% of Scots now back leaving the UK.

The poll was carried out just hours after the EU result was confirmed and offers a boost to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon who has dramatically put the prospect of another independence vote back on the table.

Nearly two-thirds of Scots believe that was the right move, according to our survey.

And even the mood of older voters – who have traditionally always been hugely more in favour of the Union than other age groups – appears to be changing, with 47% of pensioners now saying they’d vote Yes.

Anti-independence groups last night pointed out more people in Scotland voted to stay in the UK in 2014 than voted to remain in the EU.

But SNP business convener Derek MacKay said the survey was a “strong endorsement of the actions of the First Minister”.

He added: “At a time when the Government and parties across the UK are in chaos, this poll shows people back Nicola Sturgeon’s strong and stable leadership.

“It also shows they support her decision to ensure a second independence referendum is firmly on the table.

“When faced with the choice between being taken out of the EU against our will by a right-wing Tory Government or continuing as outward-looking, independent members of the EU, more and more people are open to the possibilities independence brings.”

The online survey, by research firm ScotPulse, took place on Friday and was sent to a representative sample of 1,600 adults across Scotland.

Respondents were asked: If there was a referendum tomorrow with the question “Should Scotland be an independent country?”, how would you vote?

A total of 59% said Yes, 32% said No and the rest were undecided.

A total of 73% of those under the age of 25 backed independence, with over-65s the only age group with support for separation under the 50% mark.

People were also asked: “In light of the EU referendum result, were you more or less supportive of Scottish independence?”

A total of 50% said they were more supportive, 17% said they were less supportive and the rest said the result hadn’t changed their view on the question.

Asked if Nicola Sturgeon’s bid to stay in the EU was the right decision, 62% backed the First Minister, 33% said it was the wrong decision and 6% were unsure.

In another boost for the SNP leader, 62% of respondents said the legal power to hold an independence referendum – currently reserved to Westminster – should be handed over to Holyrood, with only 31% against the move.

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Governmental Scandals, Zika, and Financial Hardship: Is Brazil Ready For The Olympics?

By Paris Finnie 

Brazil has been the hot topic for many news outlets as of late. The biggest country in South America is to host the worlds greatest past time. The Olympics, a revered competition where the countries around the world offer their champions to compete for gold. The games are viewed by millions and hosted in opulent arenas. The Olympics game are the most sought after athletic event of its kind. Grievously, as the date approaches, Brazil seems to face challenges of tremendous magnitude, and with these challenges Brazil also offers a great deal of doubt for its international guest.

Government


President Dilma Rousseff

Scandals are surfacing that would make Frank Underwood from House of Cards cringe. “Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has been suspended from office pending an impeachment trial over accusations that she illegally manipulated government accounts” writes BBC. Those accusations stem from the Mensalao and Operation Car Wash, publicly titled scandals which may soon leave the country without Rousseff.

Mensalao was a scandal attributed to the party of the sitting president. The party is known as ‘The Workers Party’. The group was accused of using public funds to pay members of Brazilian congress to sway votes. The event lead to over fifty bankers and congressman convicted of their crimes.

Operation Car wash was the name given to the event in which construction firms over charged state oil companies and using the money earned, the group financed the Workers Party’s campaign and expenses.

The nail in the coffin happened recently when the interim President and a few members of congress unknowingly leaked recordings of their conversations. The recordings disseminated by all major news outlets of Brazil, had members of the Worker Party discussing attempts to obstruct investigations. The revelations sparked country wide protests demanding the removal of the current heads of state. Leaving Brazil with a shaky governmental foundation

Economy 

Ballots, Money, Real, Note, Brazilian Currency, BrazilBrazilian Real

BBC writes:

In 2015, the economy shrank by 3.8%, its worst annual performance since 1981.

Inflation reached 10.7% at the end of last year, a 12-year-high.

Unemployment increased to 9% in 2015 and economists predict it could go into double figures in the coming months.

The forecast for 2016 does not look any rosier with GDP expected to decline by 3.8% again and inflation expected to rise.

The reality of financial instability not only shakes job security for the citizens of Brazil, but it also feeds the concern of safety for attendees of the upcoming event. Rio is still awaiting a 2.9 billion Brazil Real ($860 million) investment from the federal government. Among other services the money was to be allocated to pay for security for the event. Reports of Olympic cyclist getting robbed during training is becoming more common than the government wants to lead on.

To boost economy, the country had intended to build a metro line that could shuttle tourist from the main Olympic area to Barra da Tijuca a far western region in Brazil. Albeit positive intentions and design plans, the Brazilian government has yet to release the funds for the endeavor.

As the date approaches the fear of instability and security grows for the tourist and athletes with intentions of visiting the beautiful country.

Health

Tiger Mosquito, Mosquito, Asian Tigermücke, StingZika carrying mosquitoes terrorize the globe

Zika, the pandemic feared by lovers and pregnant mothers around the world, has gained media momentum from the massive outbreak in Brazil. The virus has been reported to have been carried by Aedes aegypti Masquitoes. The catalyst for panic was Zika’s rumor to cause  microcephaly.  A neurological disorder that causes infants to be born with abnormal sized craniums. The condition today, is incurable and leads to mental deficiencies among its victims.

The virus has been at the top of many debates, some skeptical that Zika and microcephaly are related. The science daily reports :

Recently, the New England Journal of Medicine published the preliminary results of a large study of pregnant Colombian women infected with Zika. Of the nearly 12,000 pregnant women with clinical symptoms of Zika infections until March 28, no cases of microcephaly were reported as of May 2. At the same time, four cases of Zika and microcephaly were reported for women who were symptomless for Zika infections and therefore not included in the study itself.

Regardless of whether Zika causes microcephaly the media has created a monster that Brazil has been struggling to conquer since its induction.

Many are looking forward to the Olympics while others are dreading the globally recognized event. The show must go on,  as they say in show business. The question is will there be an audience to witness the performance?

Remember, do not just believe what we say. Research what we say!

Sources

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BBC
Science Daily

 

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Land Acceleration World Record Set By An Electric Vehicle

By Paris Finnie 

A group of university students have set the acceleration record. The new fastest 0-62 mph is placed at 1.513 seconds. The vehicle is completely electric and hand built by students attending the ETH Zurich university and  and Lucerne’s University of Applied Sciences and Arts.

grimsel electric racing car

The car weighs no more than 370 pounds, is manned by one person,  and contains 4 independent motors for each of its wheels. Electric vehicles are setting land speed and acceleration records left and right, leaving their petrol counterparts in their eco friendly dust.

To put the acceleration speed in perspective here are a few comparisons:

  • SUPERMAN: Escape from Krypton (Six Flags Magic Mountain) : 0-60 = 3-4 seconds
  • Free falling while skydiving: 0-60 = 2.75 seconds
  • Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid: 0-60 = 2.2 seconds

The vehicle is from from street legal but the technology discovered by these students could help auto racing leagues reach news horizons.

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Six flags
BBC
Physics Classroom

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Today’s Vote Will Determine If The UK Stays With The European Union

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A record 46,499,537 people are entitled to take part, according to provisional figures from the Electoral Commission.

Polling stations opened at 07:00 BST and will close at 22:00 BST.

It is only the third nationwide referendum in UK history and comes after a four-month battle for votes between the Leave and Remain campaigns.

In common with other broadcasters, the BBC is limited in what it can report while polls are open but you can follow the results as they come in across the BBC after polls close on Thursday evening.

The referendum ballot paper asks the following question: “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?”

Whichever side gets more than half of all votes cast is considered to have won.

The weather forecast for polling day is mixed.

There have been thunderstorms in London and south-east England which caused flooding overnight.

Kingston upon Thames Council in south west London has moved two polling stations after they were inundated with water.

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Image captionPrime Minister David Cameron cast his vote in London with wife Samantha
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Image captionLabour leader Jeremy Corbyn voted in Islington
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Image captionScotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon cast her vote in Glasgow

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