Report: FBI opens criminal investigation into net neutrality comment fraud

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the use of stolen identities in public comments on the government’s repeal of net neutrality rules, BuzzFeed News reported Saturday.

The investigation focuses on “whether crimes were committed when potentially millions of people’s identities were posted to the FCC’s website without their permission, falsely attributing to them opinions about net neutrality rules,” the report said.

“Two organizations told BuzzFeed News, each on condition that they not be named, that the FBI delivered subpoenas to them related to the comments,” BuzzFeed wrote.

The FBI subpoenas came a few days after similar subpoenas sent by NY AG Barbara Underwood in mid-October. Underwood “subpoenaed more than a dozen telecommunications trade groups, lobbying contractors, and Washington advocacy organizations,” The New York Times reported in October.

The firms subpoenaed by New York also reportedlyincluded contractors and subcontractors who participated in lobbying efforts to sway the net neutrality decision.

The New York subpoenas were issued “to 14 organizations—11 of which are either politically conservative or related to the telecommunications industry and opposed net neutrality, and three of which supported it,” BuzzFeed wrote Saturday.

Both organizations that confirmed receiving FBI subpoenas “had previously been subpoenaed by New York and said the scope of those subpoenas were similar,” BuzzFeed wrote. But the report did not say what information was sought in the subpoenas, and it’s not clear whether the other organizations subpoenaed by New York also received subpoenas from the FBI.

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By Jeff Jacoby Globe Columnist December 28, 2018

HERE’S A PIECE of news you may have missed: The internet is getting faster. The technology news website Recode reported this month that “US internet speeds rose nearly 40 percent this year,” with broadband download velocity now averaging as much as 159 megabits per second in some cities. The United States currently ranks seventh worldwide in broadband internet speed. That’s up from 12th a year ago.

Perhaps this strikes you as something less than a stop-the-presses revelation. The internet, after all, has been expanding and accelerating for the past 25 years. Why should 2018 have been any different? Yet last year, when the Federal Communications Commission moved to repeal the Obama administration’s “Net Neutrality” rule, much of the liberal establishment went berserk. Many in the media were sure the change would mean the “end of the internet as we know it.” A lavish online campaign backed by dozens of organizations issued a “Red Alert,” warning that if the FCC under Chairman Ajit Pai overturned the Obama regulations, it would “give the big cable companies control over what we see and do online” and “allow widespread throttling, blocking, censorship, and extra fees.” A New York Times business journalist bewailed the coming demise of the internet — undoing net neutrality, he wrote, “would be the final pillow in its face.” Other tech analysts were even more caustic. Nilay Patel, the editor of The Verge, proclaimed that with net neutrality gone, the internet was doomed. (“Doomed” wasn’t the word he used.)

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More District residents learning about new end-of-life law

FILE – In this Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, file photo, an American flag flies over Capitol Hill in Washington, as lawmakers return from a 7-week break. The federal government recorded a deficit of $107.1 billion in August, slightly lower than the July deficit. But the imbalance through 11 months of this budget year is up sharply from a year ago, reflecting higher spending and lower-than-expected tax revenues. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

WASHINGTON — More than a year after a controversial end-of-life law went into effect in the District, advocacy groups say they are now seeing a higher public response to its efforts to ensure D.C. residents know the law exists.

How many people have used the law will become clearer in an upcoming February report. As of last April, no patient had yet used the law, according news accounts.

The Death with Dignity Act allows mentally capable, terminally ill adults with six months to live to request lethal doses of prescription medication so they can die peacefully and comfortably in their homes or any place where they have been granted permission to do so.

One of the law’s main proponents, Compassion & Choices, has helped the District of Columbia Council advocate for the legislation and educate D.C. residents about the new option for patients with terminal illnesses.

The administrative side of the end-of-life process apparently has dissuaded physicians, pharmacists and patients from using the law, but local public service announcements have helped spike interest and attention, Sean Crowley, spokesman for Compassion & Choices, told Capital News Service in an interview.

His group declined to say how many doctors in the District registered to use the law, as it did not have access to such records. But as of last April, only two doctors among the roughly 11,000 doctors in the District had registered to use the law and just one hospital had approved doctors for the practice, according to The Washington Post.

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Growing marijuana in Michigan: Here’s what to know about the law

By : DAVE BARTKOWIAK JR.

As of Dec. 6, 2018 it is legal to grow your own marijuana in the state of Michigan.

“You can grow up to 12 plants indoors”

According to the new Michigan law, a person who is at least 21 years old is allowed no more than 2.5 ounces of marijuana within his or her place of residence unless any excess marijuana is stored in a container or area equipped with locks “or other functioning security devices that restrict access to the contents of the container or area.”

That’s how the law reads.

Of course, while growing and using is legal, law enforcement officials are reminding residents that marijuana will be treated like alcohol: You can’t drive while under the influence, and using it openly in public can get you arrested. 

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Fatal brain-eating amoeba may have come from woman’s neti pot

SEATTLE (CNN) — A Seattle woman rinsed her sinuses with tap water. A year later, she died of a brain-eating amoeba.

Her case is reported this week in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases. The 69-year-old, whose name was not given, had a lingering sinus infection. For a month, she tried to get rid of it using a neti pot with tap water instead of using sterile water, as is recommended.

Neti pots are used to pour saline into one nostril and out of the other to irrigate the sinuses, usually to fight allergies or infections.

According to the doctors who treated the woman, the non-sterile water that she used it thought to have contained Balamuthia mandrillaris, an amoeba that over the course of weeks to months can cause a very rare and almost always fatal infection in the brain.

Once in her body, the amoeba slowly went about its deadly work. Finish the story down below. 

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Google software engineer, 22, found dead at New York headquarters

A male employee was discovered dead Friday in Google’s headquarters in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, reports said. Scott Krulcik, 22, was found on the sixth floor of the building unconscious and unresponsive around 9 p.m. EST on Friday, the New York Post reported. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His body did not appear to show any signs of trauma, police sources told the New York Post. He does not have a history of substance abuse problems or medical issues. The Medical Examiner’s office will determine his cause of death. Krulcik worked as a software engineer for the tech giant since August, his LinkedIn page stated. He lived in the West Village.

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Saudi Arabia, Allies Maintain Cold Shoulder for Qatar Ahead of Gulf Summit

—Saudi Arabia and its allies are settling in for a new phase of a protracted standoff with rival Qatar, as officials from opposing Gulf Arab states gathered in Riyadh on Sunday for a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Saudi soldiers in armoured vehicles guard the entrance to the Diriya Palace inRyadh during the Gulf Cooperation Council meeting on Sunday. PHOTO: FAYEZ NURELDINE/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

Both sides have repeatedly defied U.S. attempts to find middle ground—and Sunday’s meeting made little progress narrowing differences. The deadlock shows how Saudi Arabia and its allies have refused to back away from a 2017 blockade of Qatar that has divided key American allies in the Middle East and further complicated the crises in Yemen, Libya, and other conflicts where Gulf states project power. Saudi Arabia along with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt imposed sanctions on Qatar last year, accusing the tiny state of supporting terrorist groups, a charge it has denied.

Source from – Wall Street Journal 

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Gene Editing


A Chinese scientist shocked the world this week when he reported — through a well-coordinated media campaign that involved an AP exclusive and YouTube videos — that he’d created the world’s first babies genetically edited with CRISPR: a set of twin girls, with a third potential CRISPR baby on the way.If He’s experiment is confirmed, he would be the first scientist known to use CRISPR to edit human embryos resulting in a live birth, defying the unofficial international moratorium on editing human embryos intended for a pregnancy. This means that there’s a possibility that creating babies can be resistant to H.I.V. infection if parent carry’s this STD. Full link and Story found below.
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