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Lerner e-mails likely gone forever, IRS claims, as hard drive was “thrown away”

I still think that the "lost emails" claim is totally bogus. Unless she was using POP3 to access her mail, was only using that single computer, never had backups, never made archives, and had no retention on the server side - or they were intentionally nuked by someone - there would be a way to get those messages.  She could have gone through multiple hard drives and still had those emails sitting on the mail server.  Heck, I've formatted my computer multiple times, never had to restore from backup, and still have never lost an email that I wanted to keep. :

Old and busted: “The dog ate our e-mails.” New hotness: “The dog ate our e-mails, so we put him down.” The IRS announced last night — after a subpoena from House Oversight chair Darrell Issa — that , which means at least for the moment that none of her interagency e-mails can be recovered:

“We’ve been informed that the hard drive has been thrown away,” Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, the top Republican on the Finance Committee, said in a brief hallway interview.

Two additional sources told POLITICO the same late Wednesday, citing IRS officials.

UN, White House Climate Reports "an Excuse to Control the American People"

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The chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology charged Thursday that reports from the United Nations and the White House on the threat of global climate change “appear to be designed to spread fear and alarm” in an effort to provide the Obama administration with “an excuse to control more of the lives of the American people.”

Speaking at a hearing designed to examine the process utilized by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in developing its assessment of climate change, a report slated for release in October, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) asserted that the group’s goal “is an international climate treaty that redistributes wealth among nations.”

“Serious concerns have been raised about the IPCC, including lack of transparency in author and study selection, and inconsistent approaches to data quality, peer review, publication cut-off dates and the cherry-picking of results,” Smith said.

The chairman also derided the National Climate Assessment, a White House report assembled by 300 noted scientists that found the nation already is experiencing the effects of global climate change and warned that the situation is likely to worsen.

New technology that allows parents to hold a life-size model of their unborn child

Pretty darn cool. Technology has come a long way since my kids were born. It would have been pretty awesome to hold a life-size 3D model of the kids prior to their birth. :

It's a defining moment in a parent's life: Seeing their unborn child's image on an ultrasound for the first time. Now pregnant women could have the chance to hold a life-size model of their unborn baby.

The startling new medical technology is the result of a Royal College of Art design student's PhD.

Your baby at 12 weeks old: A life-size model of a foetus created using imaging from an ultrasound scan
Your baby at 12 weeks old: A life-size model of a foetus created using imaging from an ultrasound scan

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A 32-week-old foetus is modelled from scanned images

Microchip implant will become necessary to live

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You might not like or believe it, but odds are something is tracking you. Your cell phone or other technological device you use on a daily basis has a RFID chip inside of it that documents your location. A transmitter can determine your location through a 15 digit code the chip releases. Those same microchips follow you all the way to the bank as well, and trace your moves with your debit card.

Technology is in a perpetual state of evolution. You might want to find a place to sit before you hear what the next step in the process is. Scientists believe that microchip implants eventually will become ““. That’s right, the same GPS technology wired into your phone could soon be on your person, and the Government will be able to track your every step. Literally.

 

Minority Report? Researchers use Twitter to predict crime

Predicting crime before it happens. Is the next step to arrest before the crime? :

Hidden in the Twittersphere are nuggets of information that could prove useful to crime fighters—even before a crime has been committed.

Researchers at the University of Virginia demonstrated  could predict certain kinds of  if the correct analysis is applied.

A research paper published in the scientific journal Decision Support Systems last month said the analysis of geo-tagged tweets can be useful in predicting 19 to 25 kinds of crimes, especially for offenses such as stalking, thefts and certain kinds of assault.

The results are surprising, especially when one considers that people rarely tweet about crimes directly, said lead researcher Matthew Gerber of the university's Predictive Technology Lab.

Gerber said even tweets that have no direct link to crimes may contain information about activities often associated with them.

"What people are tweeting about are their routine activities," Gerber told AFP. "Those routine activities take them into environments where crime is likely to happen.

"So if I tweet about getting drunk tonight, and a lot of people are talking about getting drunk, we know there are certain crimes associated with those things that produce crimes. It's indirect."

Entire United States Power Grid Brought Down In Few Moves

Well this is not reassuring.  Read at :

Reports release show  with just a few moves. How can the entire electronic energy grid be knocked out by a few précise hits?

Issue
The United States power grid is divided into three major networks. The three networks are Texas, the western half, and the eastern half. If the precision coordinated attacks hit those three grids, nine of the nation’s 55,000 electric substations would be enough to have a nationwide blackout.

 

Requirements
Noting the report, the Federal Regulatory Commission is requiring the industry to provide plans by June 1st in protecting the grid. This will be a costly endeavor. 90% of the power grid was created before computers were invented. A interlocking capability, or failover setup will be needed. What is feared is a domino effect, when one substation goes down, the cascade effect will knock the remaining ones.

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