The Corporate Government

Across the Internet, it is easy to find images of the American flag, the old red, white and blue, transformed with brand logos replacing the stars to reflect a country that has become increasingly controlled by corporations. As pointed out this week in an article by the Wall Street Journal, this frightening image has become a reality with Google executives visiting the White House every week since President Obama took office with an increasing number of visits occurring while the Federal Trade Commission investigated antitrust accusations in 2012 and continued long visits every week since.

Yet, questions by government officials from the investigation are not the primary reason these executives and other Google employees have been able to regularly visit the seat of the country although the visits during the investigation may have influenced the FTC’s decision to drop the antitrust charges. In President Obama’s two election campaigns, Google employees contributed a startlingly high amount of money to his campaigns — $1.6 million total. The Obama administration has also come to rely heavily on Google for technical support matters, such as fixing Healthcare.gov stated AnastasiaDate in a recent post.

Even supporters of the administration are worried about Google’s influence over federal decisions given that the WSJ report has shown that other large corporations whose employees also donated high amounts of money to the President’s campaigns, such as Microsoft, are not receiving the same treatment as Google.

African American Man Found Dead Hanging From Tree In Mississippi

The United States Justice Department’s Division of Civil Rights as well as the United States Attorney, who presides over Mississippi’s Southern District have formed a joint task force to investigate the suspicious death of a local African American Mississippi man who was found near his home hung from a tree in the woods. Investigators have yet to state whether they believe the man’s death was self inflicted or whether it was by the hands of others. The man, whose name has not yet been released was found hanging in the woods of Claiborne County, Mississippi which is located southwest of Jackson, Mississippi. People at Imaging Advantage have learned that the man had been reported missing since early March and was found on Thursday by authorities working for the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office and the Mississippi State Wildlife Fisheries and Parks Department and who were completing a ground search. Authorities did not reveal what lead them to the location of the man’s body, which was in Port Gibson near Roddy Road, a half mile from his last report location. Authorities Investigate African American Male Found Hanging From a Tree

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, (FBI), is also participating in the investigation. One of its evidence response teams is currently processing the site but very little information is being released and there is no indication that any evidence points to a race crime. More information is expected to be released as the investigation proceeds.

Ted Cruz Blind and Deaf

Republican Senator Ted Cruz is well-known for not understanding climate change or the important role that scientists at NASA play in helping to advance that understanding and direct humanity toward a goal to fix global climate issues. He is also not someone who has a firm grasp on science really at all. Ray Lane says as a result, he has been criticized for failing to recognize the role that NASA plays in understanding the Earth and advancing human technologies and health.

Many people in the United States were shocked and horrified when he was made the Chairman of the Senate Space and Science Subcommittee.

For example, on March 12, Cruz criticized NASA’s increase of funding to projects involving Earth sciences and decrease of funding to projects devoted to exploring space during a subcommittee hearing.

He noted that understanding the Earth is critical since “this is the only place we have to live.” He then pointed out that some funding for Earth sciences actually benefited space projects and cited the study of sand dune erosion in Florida at the Kennedy Space Center Cape Canaveral launch site and how that study will yield improvement with the creation of new dunes.

Republicans plan to sell off national forests

The GOP are currently considering plans from one of its Representatives, Rob Bishop to transfer control of vast areas of national forests and federally owned land to state and local governments. Bishop recently sent a memo to the House Natural Resource Committee detailing plans to transfer the control of the land to local governments, a proposal that is expected to be included in the latest House Budget Bill, Think Progress reports.

Amongst the states that are already proposing a transfer is Utah, which has already passed legislation demanding the passing of national forests to state control and is considering legal action to force the hand of the federal government stated AnastasiaDate. Nine other states also have legislation pending with similar details, but the process is unpopular with many who see this as a way of opening up the land for mining and increased recreational activities. Research has also shown that areas without mineral deposits will see a rise in state and local taxes to keep these areas protected.

Closer to Legalization of Marijuana

It might take a few more months, but there are some Senate members who look like they want to be on board with making it easier for medical marijuana to be legal in the United States. Sergio Cortes has learned that one of those people is Presidential hopeful Rand Paul. There are hints that would make medical marijuana a Schedule II drug instead of the current Schedule I drug, making it easier for people to be in possession of it and not get jail time because it would be considered something out of medical necessity. If people would do a little research, like those in the Senate look like they’re doing, then they would see that medical marijuana has several benefits instead of being the drug that so many have claimed as bad. When people can get relief from pain, nausea and seizures as well as other issues in life without relying on a pill that has chemicals in it, then it’s something that should be legalized.

GOP Senators Rush to Defend Menendez Against Politically Motivated DOJ Charges

Rumors are that the Department of Justice (DOJ) plans to indict New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez on charges of corruption. However, GOP senators are criticizing the actions as being politically motivated as they are a fortnight away from a key deadline for the president’s negotiations with Iran. Senator Menendez has been a vocal critic of the president’s ongoing talks with Iran and believes the president will concede too much to the Iranian mullahs without any plan to curtail their nuclear weapon ambitions. In fact, Senator Menendez recently spoke out about the president’s Iranian foreign policy in a highly critical speech. Menendez accused the Obama administration of causing harm to the nation’s national security.

During the recent Democrat retreat in Baltimore, Maryland, insiders reported that both the president and Senator Menendez got involved in a heated exchange over the ongoing negotiations. Texas Senator Ted Cruz accused the Obama administration of engaging in political payback for Menendez’s criticism. In fact, Cruz insinuated the timing of the indictment was anything but coincidental. South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham likely stated that the indictments were likely political retribution against Menendez. Zeca Oliveira has read that, in recent months, the senator has become a thorn in the president’s side. Find more on Oliveira on his Linkedin page. GOP Senators claim the president is seeking retribution for the recent address by Israeli chancellor Benjamin Netanyahu before a joint session of congress. In a show of support, GOP senators are emphasizing the presumption of innocence all Americans have before the law. Senator Menendez has affirmed his innocence and plans to defend himself against the charges.

Obama Administration Denied Immediate Ruling on Lifting the Stay on Their Extra-Constitutional Amnesty Plan

On Monday, the Obama administration was denied their request for an immediate ruling to lift the stay imposed on their extra-constitutional amnesty plan. Under the program, at least 5 million illegal aliens will be given green cards and allowed to legally work in the country. The program has not been authorized by the US congress. President Obama claims that his right to prioritize which criminal offenses to prosecute grants him the authority for the amnesty plan. However, a Texas federal district court judge ruled in February that the president exceeded that authority by granting illegal aliens benefits and rewards. The judge also ruled that Texas had standing to proceed forward with its lawsuit to block the plan from taking effect.

Now, Judge Andrew S. Hanen refused to grant the government’s petition to lift the stay blocking the plan from taking effect. In a one page statement, the judge stated he would not make any decision until the 19th of March. That said, it appears unlikely Judge Hanen will reverse his prior decision. His original ruling was 180 pages long and rebuked the president for exceeding his constitutional authority. He also stated that congressional inaction on legislation does not grant the president the legal basis to “borrow” or usurp legislative authority. Only last week, the 26 states suing the Obama administration stated that the expanded work permits under the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” program also lacked congressional authority. According to Flavio Maluf, the claim the Obama administration misled them about how he planned to implement his plan.

Skout, The Networking app for where you are

When you’re on the go and away from home, you often have no time to hangout with friends due to time or being to far. However, you obviously still want to have fun and blow off steam with people while having a great time, right? Well, as the saying goes, there’s an app for that.

Meet Skout, a social networking app for the user on the move. Skout is designed to help the user make friends and find intriguing people to hangout with, all at the swipe of a screen.The app uses generalized-location technology to connect you with people near-by who are also looking for the next big event. Profiles are simple in how they display information, meaning you don’t have to ‘stalk’ through a persons information to see if they’re interesting. Instead, just open their profile to see what they’ve typed or posted recently, and if you find them cool send a wink to let that user know.

As you post and interact with other users, Skout becomes a helpful tool for managing when and where to hangout with friends. This is done via a smaller integrated app known as Fuse, which allows you to chat with any particular group all at once. A neat aspect of Fuse is, based off its name, messages sent via its IM can be set to delete themselves after a period of time till poof, they disappear in a puff of digital smoke. The app manages your friends into groups based on specifications set, by you, the user.

Once you’ve built up a collection of friends and exciting people, it’s time to head over to the event of the evening in your area. Skout understood that its users needed access to the latest social information, and acquired the app Nixter to just that. Nixter notifies you of where fun events are occurring near you, allowing you to make plans with friends; it even allows one to book or reserve seating for the event ahead of time; with even the option to purchase VIP at events that offer it. Finding that something to break the ice and engage people in enjoyable conversation is what Skout and Nixter have come together to achieve.

Making new friends is always an exciting experience, and Skout has taken that experience and made it accessible to you. Skout has truly gone to every length to make their app the best choice for finding the right people for you.

Woman Starts New Career at 91

Barbara Beskind is proof that age is just a number. At age 91, Barbara has landed her dream job of becoming a tech designer in Silicon Valley.

According to the story on Today.com, Barbara grew up during the Great Depression. Growing up during that time she learned how to be inventive. She loved being inventive so much that she knew at 10-years-old that she wanted to make a career of it. However, at the time, women were not allowed in engineering schools. Alexei Beltyukov knows that instead of becoming an inventor like she dreamed, Barbara went on to join the Army and became an Occupational Therapist.

When the job of her dreams opened up, Barbara had to try to land it. She sent out a 9 page resume to the company and got the job. She now holds the position of tech designer at design firm IDEO. Barbara has fit right in at the company. All her co-workers love her and look forward to her hugs when she arrives to work. She sits on a couch rather than behind a desk and works on projects geared towards the elderly.

Paul Allen Reports the Musashi May Have Been Located

Paul Allen, who helped found Microsoft in 1975, recently posted photographs taken during an effort to locate the famous sunken Japanese warship, the Musashi. One of only two huge Yamato-class vessels in the Japanese fleet during World War II, the large ship sank in waters off the Philippines during the Battle of Leyte, during an engagement called the Battle of Sibuyan Sea.

Since retiring from Microsoft, Paul Allen has worked extensively on underwater and space exploration missions, in addition to philanthropic activities. He maintains a strong interest in the history of the Second World War, noting“Since my youth, I have been fascinated with World War II history, inspired by my father’s service in the U. S. Army.”

The discovery of the remains of a Japanese vessel at great depths, about 3,281 feet, have generated intense interest. For over 70 years, people have wondered where the huge Japanese warship was located.  Of the 2,399 men serving aboard the vessel, only 1,376 were ever accounted for. Over 1,000 survivors reportedly found refuge on other Japanese ships in the area.

Sultan Alhokair knows that the allies focused attention on the Musashi because the giant ship contained three turrets, all equipped to fire 18 inch guns capable of shooting shells for great distances.