#2470: Christian Hands on Co-Joined Twins – Serco 8(a) Gas-Filled Ammo – Syrians Killed For Teachers Carbon
1. AD ASSERTS THAT RETIRED NEUROSURGEON “BEN” CARSON HAS COMBINED CHRISTIAN VALUES WITH GIFTED HANDS TO ACHIEVE THE ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE – THE SEPARATION OF COJOINED TWINS.
2. AD ASSERTS THAT SERCO 8(A) COMPANIES TRACK GAS-FILLED SHELLS THROUGH THE U.S. DEFENSE AMMUNITION CENTER so innocent state leaders can be assassinated by bogus coalitions for their alleged crimes against humanity.
3. AD ASSERTS THAT THE TEACHERS PENSION FUND (TIAA-CREF) USES AN ‘ANIMAL FARM’ ROLE IN THE CARBON DISCLOSURE PROJECT TO PAY KILLERS OF SYRIANS with Bitcoins timed over Serco 8(a) master clocks.
United States Marine Field McConnell (http://www.abeldanger.net/2010/01/field-mcconnell-bio.html) is writing an e-book “Shaking Hands With the Devil’s Clocks” and invites readers to e-mail him images (examples below) for a proof by contradiction of the three assertions above.
“Benjamin Solomon “Ben” Carson, Sr. (born September 18, 1951) is an American author, retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon and Republican Party candidate for President of the United States in the2016 election.
Carson was the first surgeon to successfully separate twins conjoined at the head. In 2008, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush.
After delivering a widely publicized speech at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast, he became a popular conservative figure in political media for his views on social and political issues. On May 4, 2015, Carson announced he was running for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election at a rally in his hometown of Detroit.
Carson was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Sonya (née Copeland) and Robert Solomon Carson, a Seventh-day Adventist minister. Both his parents came from rural Georgia. A DNA test on the television series African American Lives showed that his ancestry is 20% European and 80% African, including ancestors within the Makua people. His parents divorced when he was eight, and he and his ten-year-old brother Curtis were raised by their mother.
In his book Gifted Hands, Carson relates that in his youth, he had a violent temper. Once, while in the ninth grade, he nearly stabbed a friend during a fight over a radio station. After this incident, he began reading the Book of Proverbs, applying verses on anger and thereafter “never had another problem with temper”.
Carson attended Southwestern High School in Southwest Detroit where he excelled in JROTC, a program sponsored by the United States Armed Forces. He quickly rose in rank and was offered an appointment to West Point, but never went on to serve in the military.
Carson graduated from Yale University, where he majored in psychology. He received his M.D. from theUniversity of Michigan Medical School, and completed his residency in neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
Carson was a professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics, and he was the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. At 33, he became the youngest major division director in the hospital’s history as director of pediatric neurosurgery. He was also a co-director of the Johns Hopkins Craniofacial Center.
Carson specialized in traumatic brain injuries, brain and spinal cord tumors, achondroplasia, neurological and congenital disorders, craniosynostosis, epilepsy, and trigeminal neuralgia.
Carson believes his hand–eye coordination and three-dimensional reasoning made him a gifted surgeon. After medical school, he became a neurosurgery resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He began his career as a neurosurgeon, but also developed an interest in pediatrics.
In 1987, Carson successfully separated conjoined twins, the Binder twins, who had been joined at the back of the head (craniopagus twins). The 70-member surgical team, led by Carson, worked for 22 hours. Both twins survived.
Carson figured in the revival of the hemispherectomy, a drastic surgical procedure in which part or all of one hemisphere of the brain is removed to control severe pediatric epilepsy. He refined the procedure in the 1980s, encouraged by John M. Freeman, and performed it many times.
Carson has served on the boards of the Kellogg Company, Costco, and the Academy of Achievement. He is anemeritus fellow of the Yale Corporation.
In March 2013, Carson announced he would retire as a surgeon, stating “I’d much rather quit when I’m at the top of my game”. His retirement became official on July 1, 2013.”
“Ben Carson Rounded Up A Bunch Of Obamacare Opponents And Now Calls Them His ‘Medical Coalition’
BY KIRA LERNER
OCT 2, 2015 1:09PM
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson announced on Friday that he has assembled a team of 32 doctors, authors, and policy experts — mostly vocal Obamacare opponents and anti-vaccine proponents — to advise him on health care policy.
Carson, a retired pediatric neurosurgeon, has repeatedly spoken out about his opposition to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). He has called it the worst thing since slavery, worse than the terrorist attacks of September 11, and said the U.S. Supreme Court overstepped its authority when it upheld the landmark health care law.
The medical coalition Carson announced in Iowa Friday will, according to his statement, help spread his “message of liberty, simplicity and personal responsibility for health care reform.” The announcement comes at a time when the number of people who are uninsured in the United States has declined by almost 16 million thanks to the health care law’s coverage expansion.”
“White House Hired Sham Foreign Company for Obamacare, Employees ‘Do Nothing’
May. 22, 2014 10:00am
Akash Chougule is a policy analyst at Americans for Prosperity, the nation’s premier free-market grassroots organization. Akash brings a unique perspective to AFP, and specializes in education, health care, tax, and transportation issues.
Just when you thought the unfolding saga of Obamacare couldn’t get any stranger, it does. Witness last week’s bombshell – a whistleblower alleges American taxpayers are paying workers “to do nothing but sit at their computers.”
First reported by KMOV News 4, the whistleblower painted a picture reminiscent of the cult classic “Office Space,” telling the St. Louis station that employees went weeks literally doing nothing. What were they supposed to be doing? Processing ObamaCare paper applications.
Instead, they were sitting around playing games – all on the American taxpayer’s dime.
Lavonne Takatz worked from October to April at the Wentzville, Missouri facility where the transgressions occurred. She told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “We played Pictionary. We played 20 Questions. We played Trivial Pursuit.”
Another former employee told KMOV management told them to “act like we were working” and “look at the screen as if we were reading things.” Employees were banned from speaking to the media, even after they left the company. The company is called Serco, a British firm awarded a $1.2 billion contract to manage paper applications for President Obama’s health care law.
Instead, they were sitting around playing games – all on the American taxpayer’s dime.
Serco was a boondoggle of its own amidst Obamacare’s disastrous rollout. The former Serco employee explained that there were 1,800 people waiting to get one out of 20 applications that came through.
Since the workload was so light, they were told “to sit at their computers and hit the refresh button…no more than every 10 minutes.” If they refreshed more than that, they were called into a supervisor’s office and told to stop, reported the Post-Dispatch. Takatz says that Serco even provided books to read.
According to Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) data, throughout October and November only 17 percent of exchange applications were on paper – far below the one-third rate the Congressional Budget Office projected. And yet at the same time there was a backlog of 50,000 to 60,000 paper applications – each representing a customer left in the dark about their status.
The Obama Administration awarded Serco with the contract last summer. Of course, as has been the case with so many recipients of this administration’s generosity, a cloud of insider politics hangs over the award.
Serco spent more than $1 million on lobbying and other political activities, including a donation to the Obama campaign – presumably common practice for a company that does 90 percent of its business with the federal government.
Interestingly, one of Serco’s hired lobbyists, Mark Hayes, was the central subject of an insider-trading investigation. But Serco’s dark history goes far beyond one lobbyist – it appears to stretch across the Atlantic Ocean.
Just days after Serco was awarded the Obamacare contract, they came under investigation from Britain’s Serious Fraud Office. An audit discovered that Serco and another company had been over billing the government by over $80 billion (USD). Serco, Inc. in the United States did not alert the government that their parent company was under foreign investigation, despite being required by law to do so.
No US questioned the contract issued to Serco during the summer of 2013 – but now they are looking at the contributions the company made to the Obama campaign and the companies transgressions in Britain and Australia.
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In August, London police investigated allegations that Serco falsified documents on a British government contract. In 2006, they were contracted to provide certain healthcare services in England, but the Guardian found that quality of service had declined drastically as a result. Another contract in 2011 resulted in 400 “clinical incidents.” In March of 2013, Britain’s National Audit Office found that Serco had made “unauthorized changes to performance data” 252 times in six months.
However, ineptitude and employee boredom have not been Serco’s only problems. Multiple reports have surfaced of staff being physically and sexually violent at another Serco-run facility, leading the Australian government to join the British in their suspicion of the worldwide corporation.”
“Why Assad keeps dropping gas bombs on Syrian civilians
SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press
May 23, 2015, 9:52 AM
With only a cloth mask for protection, Firas Kayali rushed to try to rescue the residents of a house in a village in rebel-held northern Syria after a barrel bomb, suspected to be filled with chlorine gas, hit nearby.
Once a house painter and now a member in a volunteer rescue team, Kayali tried once, twice, three times to break into the house, but he was overcome by the gas and passed out. Only 20 minutes later, after the gas dissipated, was the team able to get into the house.
Inside, they found a toddler dead, still wrapped in his blankets in bed, Kayali told The Associated Press, recounting the May 2 attack. The child’s father died a few days later, his lungs collapsed, in a hospital near the Turkish border.
“I blamed myself first. But then again I go back and say if we had equipment and outfits, maybe,” Kayali said. “Then again, ‘if’ will not change anything now. … God destined and what he destined happened.”
Frustrated and despairing, Syrian opposition activists are trying to garner international pressure to stop a growing number of attacks using chlorine gas, which they say are undoubtedly carried out by government aircraft.
Two years after President Bashar Assad agreed to destroy his chemical arsenal and joined the Chemical Weapons Convention, activists say they have documented 18 cases of chlorine gas used in the country’s rebel-held north since March 6, when the United Nations issued a resolution determining that chlorine was used in Syria and warning of repercussions. They say the attacks have killed nine people and injured hundreds.
The Syrian government denies using chlorine gas. But activists and residents of the villages hit say the attacks, usually at night, are clearly by government forces. The chlorine bombs are dropped in barrels from the skies, and residents say they hear the buzz of helicopters first. Syrian military forces are the only combatants in the civil war known to fly helicopters, and the villages hit are pro-rebel, largely in the northwestern province of Idlib.” [The western media strategy has been to portray the Syrian government as ruthless killers of Syrian people but this story is entirely inconsistent with the facts.]
“One strategy: let America’s enemies go on slaughtering each other
Such is the Luttwak Plan, which would also doom all remaining Middle East Christians
Aug 29, 2013
As the United States stood poised this week to launch a strike against Syria’s Assad government for using nerve gas on civilians in the Syrian civil war, discordant voices were arising on every side. Russia warned that such an attack without the prior approval of the United Nations would be illegal. Britain warned that it would not support such an attack until the U.N.’s investigative team reports. Meanwhile, one member of that team disclosed that it had so far found some evidence that the rebels had launched the attack, none that Assad had. So the U.S. might attack the wrong side. With four warships off the Lebanese coast the U.S. dismissed this out of hand.
Finally there came an article in the New York Times, written by a key American military adviser, Edward N. Luttwak, weighing the options with cold-blooded candor.
The Luttwak plan: Keep the slaughter going “The war in Syria,” he wrote, “is now waged by petty warlords and dangerous extremists of every sort: Taliban-style Salafists who kill even devout Sunnis because they fail to ape their ways; Sunni extremists who have been murdering innocent Alawites and Christians because of their religion; and militants who have advertised their intention to turn Syria into a base for global jihad.”
If either side wins, the U.S. will lose, said Luttwak. An Assad victory will increase Iran’s power in the Middle East. A rebel victory will unleash a wave of Al-Qaeda terrorism. As long as the butchery continues, it ties down America’s four enemies – Assad’s army and its Iranian and Hezbollah allies on one side, and al-Qaeda aligned extremists on the other; including (though he didn’t mention it) the Muslim Brotherhood.
Therefore the U.S. should support the rebels if Assad is winning and support the rebels if they are losing. But it should not itself become involved. In short, let the Muslims slaughter each other and let the U.S. otherwise stay out of it. The Christians would be slaughtered too, of course, and by both sides. Cruel, cynical, heartless, but in a sense rational.
– See more at: http://thechristians.com/?q=node/582#sthash.Ib15UoCN.dpuf”
ISIS targets civilians with chemical weapon attack in Iraq and Syria
CHEMICAL weapons have been used by Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Iraq and Syria, according to groups monitoring the increasingly deadly conflict.
By TOM BATCHELOR
PUBLISHED: 12:00, Mon, Jul 20, 2015 | UPDATED: 15:56, Mon, Jul 20, 2015
Poison gas attacks were carried out using ‘chlorine-filled rockets’ on civilians and rebel fighters in Kurdish-controlled areas, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Two organisations investigating the attack confirmed chemical weapons had been used in June against the Kurdish group – which has taken a lead in battling Isis fighters.
And in a further worrying development, the jihadi group is said to have obtained “industrial grade” gas masks, suggesting they are prepared and equipped for further acts of chemical warfare.”
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“It Begins: Obama Administration Coming For Guns
Despite his tepid protests to the contrary (“I don’t have the votes in Congress to take your guns”) during the 2008 Presidential campaign, Barack Obama is and always was a gun grabbing enemy of the Second Amendment.
Some didn’t fall for Barack Obama’s campaign year transformation from a handgun ban supporting eight-year Joyce Foundation board member to a man brimming with respect for the peoples’ right to keep and bear arms. Some, although they would be directly effected by Obama realizing his dream of a disarmed populace, were all too happy to let themselves get caught up in the “change” mantra and vote against their own interests. We call those people f’n idiots.
Well here’s your reward: Obama’s CDC has quietly begun circumventing Congress’ ban on funding gun control studies to lay the phony science groundwork for gun control legislation.
With a wave of a hand, the CDC has simply redefined gun-control research so the ban no longer applies. They’re not researching guns; they’re researching alcohol sales and their impact on gun violence, or researching how teens carrying guns affect the rates of non-gun injuries. “These particular grants do not address gun control; rather they deal with the surrounding web of circumstances,” wrote National Institutes of Health (NIH) spokesman Don Ralbovsky.
Take the Obama administration’s justification for its new gun research. “Gun-related violence is a public health problem – it diverts considerable health care resources away from other problems and, therefore, is of interest to NIH,” wrote the agency spokesman in an e-mail responding to questions from Republican members of Congress about new grants the CDC is giving out. The statement assumes the conclusion of the research before the first study is done.
People sometimes get what they deserve, but in this case the rest of us get it, too. And if you don’t think these phony studies based on presupposed conclusions have any end effect, see the issue of so-called man made climate change.
The CDC’s brazen end run around restrictions on gun-control research is hardly surprising given that when President Obama served on the board of the Joyce Foundation, it was the largest private funder of gun-ban research in the country. Now he has the resources of the whole federal government.
First we’ll get the half-baked studies followed by fawning press coverage. Then Democratic politicians and activists will pretend the gun restrictions they’ve always wanted were spurred by the new government research.
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Serco manages the UK Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) as part of a consortium with Lockheed Martin and Jacobs. AWE is one of the most advanced research, design and production facilities in the world, developing the sophisticated materials, quantum physics and computer modelling vital to the safe and effective maintenance of the UK’s nuclear deterrent. AWE experts also play a leading role in nuclear non-proliferation and international nuclear security.
We enable the Royal Navy to move in and out of port at HM Naval Bases Faslane, Portsmouth and Devonport for operational deployment and training exercises. Managing a fleet of over 100 vessels, we operate tugs and pilot boats, provide stores, liquid and munitions transportation and provide passenger transfer services to and from ships for officers and crew.
We provide facilities and information systems support to the MoD’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), the UK government’s leading defence research establishment, including a £400m programme to rationalise the Dstl estate. We also provide facilities management services to the Defence Estates in support of the UK military presence in Gibraltar.
Serco provides extensive engineering and maintenance support to UK military aviation, including to the Fleet Air Arm and Royal Air Force, working on over 16 military aircraft types, in addition to the logistical support services at RAF bases across the country, including Brize Norton, Lyneham and High Wycombe, the Headquarters of Air Command.
Our space and security specialists provide spacecraft operation and in-theatre support to the Skynet 5 secure military satellite communications network; we maintain the UK’s anti-ballistic missile warning system at RAF Fylingdales and support the UK Air Surveillance and Control System (ASACS); Serco also supports the intelligence mission of the MoD and US Department of Defence at RAF Menwith Hill.
Serco enables the training of national security personnel through its services at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, the MoD’s world class institute responsible for educating the military leaders of tomorrow; we train all of the RAF’s helicopter pilots at the advanced training facility at RAF Benson; and we manage the Cabinet Office’s Emergency Planning College, the government’s training centre for crisis management and emergency planning.
In the UK, we also developed an approach that combines the introduction of windfarm friendly radar technology at RRH Trimingham, Staxton Wold and Brizlee Wood that has enabled >5GW windfarm development projects, which are equally important to the Department of Energy and Climate Change to meet its commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the Ministry of Defence”
“A CRIMINAL SLIPS THROUGH
BY NEWSWEEK STAFF
4/24/05 AT 8:00 PM
FILED UNDER: News
Chris O’Keefe, a tech manager at TIAA-CREF, the massive pension fund for teachers and professors, figured it was a no-brainer to hire Sonia Radencovich. Her resume listed the right experience for testing TIAA-CREF’s computer databases that held client data like Social Security numbers. And she was a contractor from Tek Systems, a “preferred vendor” to TIAA-CREF. O’Keefe assumed Tek had checked her background. “She seemed like the type of person you could trust,” he says.
Radencovich, however, left some key facts off her resume, NEWSWEEK has learned. Just days before she began work at TIAA-CREF last Sept. 27, she was sentenced to four years in prison for her role in a huge financial scam. Under what appears to be her real name–Sonia Howe–she was convicted of helping her friend and lover Martin Frankel bilk more than $200 million from insurance firms. She was to begin her sentence on Jan. 4, a few months after she started at TIAA-CREF, at the same prison that housed Martha Stewart for five months.
But her criminal background went undetected for nearly two months, during which she had access to customer data from a number of colleges, including Harvard, the University of Michigan and Purdue. A co-worker knew about her from the Frankel scam (he’s serving 16 years) and notified management. Fund execs say they then discovered she had brought her laptop computer to the office–a violation of policy–and downloaded some data. She was fired in November and is now in prison on charges of racketeering and money laundering.”
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“IPCC report: global warming theory is ‘junk science’
Telegraph columnist James Delingpole says Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a “political organisation rather than a scientific one which uses the science to its own ends”.
Leading climate scientists said this morning they were more certain than ever before that mankind was the main culprit for global warming and warned the impact of greenhouse gas emissions would linger for centuries.
A report, by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), played down the fact temperatures have risen more slowly in the past 15 years, saying there were substantial natural variations that masked a long-term warming trend.
Commenting on the report, Telegraph columnist James Delingpole said: “All the computer models the IPCC has used in its 25 years have predicted global warming much greater than has been observed
“This represents a problem because what it means is all these insistent claims they have been making that we need to take urgent measures now to deal with this unprecedented problem seem to be based on junk science.
“The IPCC stands or falls on its computer models. There is no other evidence out there that global warming is any kind of problem. That it exists only in the imagination of the people who programme those computer models and the scientists who contribute to the theory that anthropogenic CO2 is a problem.”
Jan 31, 2001
SBA modernizes to help feed its growing programs
BY PATRICIA DAUKANTAS | GCN STAFF
Under a five-year plan for overhauling its information technology systems, the Small Business Administration recently acquired new software for financial and other administrative tasks.
By the time SBA celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2003, agency officials want all their programs up and running around the clock, chief financial officer Joseph Loddo said.
In the first phase of the modernization, the agency has upgraded systems for managing its extensive portfolio of guaranteed loans, chief operating officer Kristine Marcy said.
SBA processed its first electronic loan last November through its Sacramento, Calif., office and plans to add more private lenders during fiscal 2001.
The agency’s staffing level has dropped 22 percent over the past eight years, which is another reason to improve IT, Marcy said. Over the past decade, SBA’s portfolio of loans to small and disadvantaged businesses has more than doubled to $50 billion.
‘We’re a small agency with a huge portfolio,’ Marcy said. SBA supplies more than half of the U.S. venture capital available each year.
Seventy percent to 80 percent of the loans are booked through a preferred lender program, which involves nearly 7,000 banks, Marcy said. SBA guarantees the loans, just as the government backs student and housing loans.
‘The financial and IT businesses were changing so rapidly, we had to make some changes to stay current with the private sector,’ Marcy said. Banks had been asking SBA to make faster decisions on loan guarantees. The agency decided to aim for a turnaround time of one hour.
In the second phase of modernization, SBA is revamping its financial, human resources, procurement and travel systems with Web-enabled Oracle Corp. applications.
Online in October
The financial system will use Oracle’s U.S. Federal Financials 3.3, which meets the requirements of the Joint Financial Management Improvement Program.
SBA announced the $1.5 million Oracle contract late last year and plans to bring the software online by Oct. 1, Loddo said.
‘We need to make sure we are appropriately sensitive to small businesses’ and have small-business partners, not just Oracle, Marcy said.
The second-phase integrator, SRA International Inc. of Arlington, Va., has subcontracted with a number of small firms for things such as training and data conversion.
Also, a core team of senior SBA employees has been transferred away from day-to-day tasks to help with the modernization, Loddo said.
In the final phase of the modernization, SBA will upgrade the computers in its 8(a) Business Development Program, which assists small businesses in competing for government contracts, Marcy said. The agency wants to be able to improve its tracking of clients’ successes and failures.”
“8(a) Business Development Program
The 8(a) Business Development Program assists in the development of small businesses owned and operated by individuals who are socially and economically disadvantaged, such as women and minorities. The following ethnic groups are classified as eligible: Black Americans; Hispanic Americans; Native Americans (American Indians, Eskimos, Aleuts, or Native Hawaiians); Asian Pacific Americans (persons with origins from Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Japan, China (including Hong Kong), Taiwan, Laos, Cambodia (Kampuchea), Vietnam, Korea, The Philippines, U.S. Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (Republic of Palau), Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Samoa, Macao, Fiji, Tonga, Kiribati, Tuvalu, or Nauru); Subcontinent Asian Americans (persons with origins from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, the Maldives Islands or Nepal). In 2011, the SBA, along with the FBI and the IRS, uncovered a massive scheme to defraud this program. Civilian employees of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, working in concert with an employee of Alaska Native Corporation Eyak Technology LLC allegedly submitted fraudulent bills to the program, totaling over 20 million dollars, and kept the money for their own use. It also alleged that the group planned to steer a further 780 million dollars towards their favored contractor.”
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