Saturday, May 7, 2016

U.S Government has confirmed that there is troops in Yemen. Pentagons states that the purpose is to assist Arab coalitions in fighting al qaeda. The security void created in the wake of the more than a year of war between loyalists of exiled government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and the Shia Houthi rebels has been exploited by the al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).Pentagon spokesperson Jeff Davis said on Friday the US military had also stepped up air strikes against AQAP fighters in the war-torn country. A "very small number" of American military personnel has been working from a "fixed location" with Yemeni and Arab coalition forces - especially the Emiratis - in recent weeks around Mukalla, a port city seized by AQAP a year ago, Davis said. "This is of great interest to us. It does not serve our interests to have a terrorist organisation in charge of a port city, and so we are assisting in that," the spokesman added. He said the troops were helping the Emiratis with "intelligence support," but declined to say if they are special operations forces. AQAP fighters have now fled Mukalla and other coastal areas, due to the government offensive. The United States is also offering an array of assistance to partners in Yemen, including air-to-air refueling capabilities, surveillance, planning, maritime security and medical help.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Why the world needs more U.S government debt.The U.S. generates more income than any other country, and will keep doing so for many years to come. The federal government can generate a lot of revenue by taxing this income a power that puts it in a unique position to issue the kind of extremely safe bonds that are in great demand among the world's investors.The yield on a 20-year inflation-protected Treasury bond, at just over 0.5 percent, is nearly two full percentage points lower than it was 10 years ago. This means that the price is near record highs, suggesting that the U.S. government's supply of such safe investments is falling far short of demand. In other words, we're starving the world of desperately needed financial safety.To some, the idea that the U.S. government isn't issuing enough debt may seem counter intuitive after all, federal debt outstanding has more than doubled over the past 10 years. But scarcity is not about supply alone. In the wake of the financial crisis, households and businesses are demanding more safe assets to protect themselves against sudden downturns. Similarly, regulators are requiring banks to hold more safe assets. Market prices tell us that the government needs to produce more safety in order to meet this increased demand.The scarcity of safety creates hardships for people and businesses. Retirees can't get adequate returns on their nest eggs. Banks can't earn enough on safe, long-term investments to cover the costs of attracting deposits (interest rates on which can't fall much below zero).

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Government officials are urgently warning employers in the United States to take major steps to protect their employees from getting the zika virus.As the outbreak worsens, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued new guidelines that are aimed at employers working in areas where the zika virus is a threat, according to a CDC statement.Those who work outdoors and are pregnant are most at risk, and employers should take preemptive steps to protect them, the CDC says.Although a full-scale breakout of the zika virus in the United States is a fairly low risk, the CDC warns that people should not underestimate their risk for getting the virus.Since zika is transmitted via mosquitoes, the best way to protect yourself is by wearing protection designed to stop mosquitoes from biting, like sprays and nettings, and avoiding stagnant water where mosquitoes like to breed.Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent zika, so the only protection against it is preemptive measures.“Zika virus is primarily spread through the bites of infected mosquitoes,” the CDC statement reads. “There is no vaccine to prevent Zika virus infection, and there is no specific treatment for people who become infected. Although Zika virus is primarily spread by infected mosquitoes, exposure to an infected person’s blood or other body fluids may also result in transmission.“Outdoor workers may be at the greatest risk of exposure to Zika virus,” it continues. “Some workers, including those working with insecticides in areas of active Zika transmission to control mosquitoes and healthcare workers who may be exposed to contaminated blood or other potentially infectious materials from people infected with Zika virus, may require additional protection. Although there are no reports of transmission of Zika virus from infected patients to health care personnel or other patients, minimizing exposure to body fluids is important to reduce the possibility of such transmission.”

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Computer technology company Microsoft has brought a legal case against the U.S. government.Microsoft says a law that permits agencies to demand to read emails or online files without their owners knowledge violates the Constitution.The Reuters news agency reports that the company believes the government’s actions violate the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution. That amendment bans“unreasonable searches and seizures.”Reuters also reports that Microsoft says the law violates the company’s First Amendment right to free speech.The law in question is the Electronics Communications Privacy Act of 1986. It permits government investigators to examine emails and other electronic files without telling the owners of the documents. In Most cases, a judge must give the investigators permission to do so. Microsoft says the law was written before distant computer data storage centers, known as the cloud,were developed.Microsoft is a major operator of cloud storage for computers. It says the government is using the new technology to increase its power.Microsoft says it received more than 5,600 federal demands for access to files between September 2014 and March 2015. It says more than half of the requests did not permit the company to tell the owners of the files that their information was being read.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The United States Government has founded a program that allows hackers to hack the pentagon so they can find bugs in there security. Hackers will soon be able to probe U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) systems for security bugs under a new pilot bug bounty program.The DoD has now opened registrations for the US government's first commercial bug bounty under a one month pilot dubbed "Hack the Pentagon". The program will award hackers with cash for finding new security flaws in certain DoD systems.The DoD announced last week that it will be partnering with HackerOne, a firm that coordinates bug disclosures and facilitates payments to hackers around the world. The firm recently landed Uber on its platform with rewards of up to $10,000 for ferreting out critical bugs.The department flagged the program in March but still hasn't revealed exactly how much hackers will receive for finding different classes of bugs. Payments will come from $150,000 in funding for the program, though it's not clear how much of that fund has been allocated to awards.hackers won't be paid unless they submit to a "basic criminal background check to ensure tax dollars are spent wisely", according to the Pentagon.Participants will be alerted prior to the screening and may opt-out of the process, however avoiding the background check will result in no compensation.To join the pilot hackers will need to apply through HackerOne and submit signed tax documents.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

The investigation into this week’s deadly attacks in Brussels has prompted worries that the Islamic State is seeking to attack, infiltrate or sabotage nuclear installations or obtain nuclear or radioactive material. This is especially worrying in a country with a history of security lapses at its nuclear facilities, a weak intelligence apparatus and a deeply rooted terrorist network.On Friday, the authorities stripped security badges from several workers at one of two plants where all nonessential employees had been sent home hours after the attacks at the Brussels airport and one of the city’s busiest subway stations three days earlier. Video footage of a top official at another Belgian nuclear facility was discovered last year in the apartment of a suspected militant linked to the extremists who unleashed the horror in Paris in November. Since the threat the British national security advisor Michael Fallon has reported that there is a new threat emerging. Terrorists can obtain enough highly enriched uranium and then turn it into a nuclear fission bomb seems far-fetched to many experts, they say the fabrication of some kind of dirty bomb from radioactive waste or byproducts is more conceivable. There are a variety of other risks involving Belgium’s facilities, including that terrorists somehow shut down the privately operated plants, which provide nearly half of Belgium’s power. The fears at the nuclear power plants are of “an accident in which someone explodes a bomb inside the plant,said S├ębastien Berg, the spokesman for Belgium’s federal agency for nuclear control.The other danger is that they fly something into the plant from outside.That could stop the cooling process of the used fuel, Mr. Berg explained, and in turn shut down the plant.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Obama administration is reworking its plan to open the southern Atlantic coast to offshore oil exploration because of strong opposition from the Pentagon, which says the activity could hurt military maneuvers and interfere with missile tests the Navy relies on to protect the coast.Early this week, Interior Department officials from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management expect to release an update of its draft proposal to lease federal waters to oil and gas companies off the coasts of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.The Pentagon confirmed Sunday that it provided an assessment of Interior's map for oil exploration on the coastal outer shelf "that identifies locations.Interior confirmed last week that an update was in the works but declined to discuss specifics. Under the draft plan released in January 2015, the department would sell leases in federal waters over five years starting in 2017 to companies hoping to prospect for oil, gas and other minerals. Actual drilling might not start for a decade.The update could dampen the enthusiasm that oil industry representatives and southern coastal-state governors showed when the draft was released. According to Interior's estimates, more than 3 billion barrels of oil is recoverable on the outer continental shelf, plus more than 30 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

March 8 2016 the United States has founded a program to find algorithms that will make computers think more like humans.The Machine Intelligence from Cortical Networks program, or MICrONS, aims to reverse-engineer one cubic millimeter of the brain, study the way it makes computations, and use those findings to better inform algorithms in machine learning and artificial intelligence.IARPA has recruited three teams, led by David Cox, a biologist and computer scientist at Harvard University, Tai Sing Lee, a computer scientist at Carnegie Mellon University, and Andreas Tolias, a neuroscientist at the Baylor College of Medicine. Each team has proposed its own five-year approach to the problem. President Obama’s brain Initiative, is an attempt to push forward the status quo in brain-inspired computing. A great deal of technology today already relies on a class of algorithms called artificial neural networks, which, as their name would suggest, are inspired by the architecture (or at least what we know about the architecture) of the brain. Thanks to significant increases in computing power and the availability of vast amounts of data on the Internet, Facebook can identify faces, Siri can recognize voices, cars can self-navigate, and computers can beat humans at games like chess. These algorithms, however, are still primitive, relying on a highly simplified process of analyzing information for patterns.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

March 3 the Obama administration has had series of raids on Central American refugees and migrants.In just over a month from Jan. 1 to early February, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, deported at least 121 people, in raids primarily in Georgia, Texas and North Carolina.Most of the people being targeted by raids and deportations have fled extreme forms of violence in Central America. Immigrants’ rights and human rights activists have expressed outrage at the Obama administration’s policies. In early February, rights groups delivered the president a petition with more than 130,000 signatures, calling on his administration to end all deportation raids against Central American refugee families and provide them with Temporary Protected Status.In recent months, however, ICE has accelerated its clampdown on Central American migrants in particular.Most refugees and migrants are fleeing Central America’s Northern Triangle region, which consists of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. This region endures “extreme levels of organized crime, gang violence and poverty. These three countries are among the five most dangerous nations in the Western Hemisphere. Homicide rates in all three are many times worse than murder figures in the U.S.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

February 25 the U.S Government has confirmed that the United States Caused the December power outage in Ukraine With cyber attack. December power outage in Ukraine affecting 225,000 customers was the result of a cyber attack, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Thursday, marking the first time the U.S. government officially recognized the blackout as caused by a malicious hack. Security experts had already widely concluded that the downing of utilities in western Ukraine on December 23 was due to an attack, which is believed to be the first known successful cyber intrusion to knock a power grid offline. During the attack, hackers remotely switched breakers in a way that cut power after installing malware, DHS said.The attackers are also believed to have spammed the Ukraine utility’s customer-service center with phone calls in order to prevent real customers from communicating about their downed power, according to a report released last month by Washington-base SANS Inc. Some security researchers criticized the analysis provided by DHS, believing it was hemmed in by legal considerations."If they had come out two months ago and said this it would have been useful,” said Robert Lee, chief executive of Dragos Security, a cyber security firm. “But at this point they’re saying things we already know.”

Saturday, February 20, 2016

On January 19 the U.S government announced that the new hoverboards are unsafe.They were one of the hottest-selling items of the holiday season, but Friday the head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission says no hoverboard currently on the market can be considered safe. The CPSC is putting hoverboard manufacturers, importers and retailers on notice: meet safety standards or face recall or seizure at ports. it has been provin that the product has caused houses to burn down and cause health risks.the government agency said in an official letter it sent out issuing a new set of safety standards for the gliding gadgets. Elliot Kaye said "Not that we are aware of, that's why we want everybody to stop sale, test their units, see if they do or not, and if they do continue selling it, if they don't, don't sell them anymore and recall any of them that are on the market." The CPSC's warning does not ban hoverboards. However, the notice lays out new safety standards that could bring serious penalties (including fines, civil and criminal legal action, and seizure of products) against retailers, manufacturers and importers. The warning could lead to a widespread recall inside the hoverboard industry. The CPSC notes that the recall applies to hoverboards of all shapes, sizes, variations, and prices.

Monday, February 8, 2016

A US government jet was lying in wait in Copenhagen to extradite the whistleblower Edward Snowden if he had come to Scandinavia after fleeing to Moscow in June 2013, the Danish government has revealed.The twin-engined Gulfstream aircraft, which had previously been used to fly Abu Hamza to the US from the UK, landed shortly before the FBI called on Scandinavian police forces to arrest Snowden and hand him over for extradition.This week, Pind confirmed to the Danish parliament that the aircraft had been given high-level permission to land in Copenhagen, but said he did not know the purpose of its visit.The admission confirms speculation about the aircraft after enthusiasts in the UK saw the jet flying at very high altitude through Scottish airspace on its way to Copenhagen.The Gulfstream jet was identified by its registration number, N977GA, as the aircraft used to extradite radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza, and other prisoners, to the US in 2012.On 27 June 2013, the fugitive whistleblower was seeking an onward destination from Moscow, where he had fled from Hong Kong, after handing over to the Guardian thousands of top-secret documents revealing the spying activities of the US National Security Agency.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Yesterday on January 28, 2016 the U.S Government has halted oil fracking Off coast of California. The halting of oil fracking is because of a lawsuit proposed By the CBD(center of bilogical diversity.)
The halt in oil fracking is considered a huge victory for the envireslists.Offshore fracking blasts vast volumes of water mixed with toxic chemicals beneath the seafloor, at pressures high enough to fracture rocks.The lawsuit provided views from the people to see if it effects the environment. The oil industry has federal permission to dump more than 9 billion gallons of wastewater, including chemical-laden fracking fluid, into the ocean off California’s coast every year. Today’s agreement requires the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement to analyze the environmental dangers of offshore fracking and acidization under the National Environmental Policy Act. The settlement requires a “programmatic environmental assessment” to be completed by May 28, 2016. It also requires the public to be given at least 30 days to review and comment on the draft assessment. Today’s settlement follows the city of Long Beach’s decision last month not to move forward with 13 planned offshore fracks, which would have been the first offshore fracks in state waters since 2013.At least 10 fracking chemicals routinely used in offshore fracking in California could kill or harm a broad variety of marine species, including sea otters and fish, Center scientists have found.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Yesterday, of the date January 23,2016 the U.S Government suspends enrollment in Cigna Medicare advantage, drug plans. The U.S Government suspended enrollment for prescription drug plans, stating Cigna had widespread systematic failures. The statements that were given said that Cigna was not doing the appropriate actions relating to the grievances and complaints of there clients. Officials also found problems with the list of covered drugs and said that it did not handle its request for prior authorization. Cigna said in a regulatory filing the suspension , effective immediately, does not affect members currently enrolled. Cigna stated that " We have internal quality review processes in place that identified some of the areas in advance of the audit findings and we have stared immediately to remedy them." Since the suspension the company has faced a drop in shares of 1.2 percent to 138.50 in midday trading. Because open enrollment has closed the impact is expected to be minimal.  

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Earlier today the United States has announced the release of U.S citizen and military personnel. The Associated Press has confirmed that three of them were Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati and pastor Saeed Abedini. There were conflicting reports about the other prisoners. The reporter from the Washington post and his wife have been detained since July 2014,they were seized by Iranian soldiers. Rezian was born in California,he holds a U.S and a Iranian citizenship,was convicted with accounts of espionage and other similar accusations.Former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati of Flint, Michigan, was detained in August 2011 on espionage charges. Hekmati was tried for espionage as well and sentenced to death,but pleaded for a retrial and was sentenced to 10 years. Pastor Saeed Abedini of Boise, Idaho, was detained for compromising national security, presumably because of Christian proselytizing, in September 2012. President Barack Obama met his wife and children in 2015. At time of arrest, was running an orphanage in Iran.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

A couple of days ago on January 7th there was an announcement by the Alabama Governor Robert Bentley. The announcement consisted that Alabama has sued the U.S. Government for putting Syrian refugees into the state with out consulting the state. Alabama has filed a lawsuit stating that the U.S. Government broke the Refugee act of 1980. Alabama is the second state that has sued the U.S. Government for putting Syrian refugees into the state's,the first was Texas. The state of Alabama has filed for a temporary restraining order to block the arrival of refugees,though it was later withdrawn. Bentley and Texas Governor Greg Abbott were among mostly Republican Governors that said that they would bar the arrival of Syrian Refugees,from their states. The Governors cited fears that the refugees were not thoroughly screened, and could pose a security risk.The citizens of the United States and religious leaders have urged political leaders to demonstrate leadership on the issue. Meanwhile, other governess have opened their doors to refugees if they are properly screened and will not compromise citizens safety. I personally think that it should be up to the states and officials if they take them in.