Thursday, October 2, 2014

"The Strain" fiction and/or present day fact?

Over the summer as experts and adherents of common sense were warning of an unprecedented health crisis due to the flood of illegal immigrants, the state-run media was decrying the “myth of the diseased immigrant”.

A few days ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added Ohio to a list of at least 28 states hit by the virus, which has caused complications in children and led to a surge in pediatric illnesses and hospitalizations in recent weeks.

In Columbus, the increase in respiratory illnesses has been seen at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and pediatric urgent cares, said Dr. Mysheika Williams Roberts, medical director at Columbus Public Health.

From Sept. 17 through Sept.22 555 children went to Columbus Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s emergency department for respiratory symptoms, according to data provided by Columbus Public Health. Now in the coming weeks propagandists will be working overtime to downplay the fact that more than 3000 children in 10 states have been hospitalized after being infected with a potentially fatal respiratory virus. In that State up north, the Michigan Department of Community Health has confirmed numerous cases of the enterovirus in Detroit.

The virus is called Enterovirus 68 (EV68) and it’s been plaguing the world’s developing nations for decades. The onset is marked by flu-like symptoms and for some victims infection will result in paralysis and even death. All twelve species of Enterovirus, including polio and rhinovirus (the common cold), mutate rapidly and are highly contagious. EV68 was first isolated and identified in California in 1962. While the CDC has noted ‘clusters’ of the virus occurring in Europe, Asia and North America between 2008-2010, global statistics are inconclusive due to a lack of testing and inadequate documentation in developing nations.

                However, in November of 2013 a study published by the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal (PIDJ) found that among 345 Honduran children, more than 75% were found to be infected with a respiratory virus, most commonly enterovirus.

                EV-D68 can cause mild to severe respiratory illness. Mild symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches. Severe symptoms may include wheezing and difficulty breathing. Since EV-D68 causes respiratory illness, the virus can be found in an infected person’s respiratory secretions, such as saliva, nasal mucus, or sputum. EV-D68 likely spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or touches contaminated surfaces.

                Commenting on the ‘unprecedented’ number of children hospitalized under intensive care the CDC said that the current number of EV68 cases may just be the tip of the iceberg. While not yet declaring an emergency, the statement released by the Centers for Disease Control said that prior to the mass migration of illegal children into the U.S. only 79 cases of EV68 were recorded by the National Enterovirus Surveillance System in the prior four years.
            Since this summer, Obama’s ‘Dreamers’ have been sidestepping TSA security and boarding commercial airline flights to every corner of the nation including Alaska, Hawaii and the Virgin Islands. Airliners are notoriously conducive to the rapid and widespread distribution of communicable diseases yet the Obama regime has been happily providing illegals with a free ride to the destination of their choice (funded by the US Taxpayer) but only after they’ve spent a few weeks locked up in overcrowded cages with others that are known to be carrying the dangerous EV68 virus.

Paralysis and fatalities resulting from EV68 are believed to occur in only a minority of cases, but for the United States even a small number of children killed or permanently disabled because of a communicable disease represents a shocking regression of our national standard of living.
                On Sept. 22 Emily Otrando, a 10-year-old from Cumberland, Rhode Island died at the Hasbro Children's Hospital, after tested positive for enterovirus D68. Dr. Michael Fine, Rhode Island's Department of Health director, told reporters that the girl "died from overwhelming Staphylococcus aureus sepsis." Staphylococcus aureus is a bacteria resistant to many antibiotics, while sepsis is an illness affecting all parts of the body that springs up in response to an infection, according to the CDC. That determination notwithstanding, Fine also noted that "cultures also showed the presence of enterovirus D68." He explained that the child, who was otherwise healthy, experienced shortness of breath "and really by the time she got to the hospital, everything fell apart very quickly within 24 hours."

What is the CDC and the current administration not telling us? Funny of how the timing of the illegal migration of illegals and the 9/11 date coexist in this mysterious enterovirus breakout.  Could “The Strain” be turning into fact rather than fiction?

Saturday, July 19, 2014

A Complete Turn Around

A Complete Turn Around

                Some weeks ago I posted an article to this Blog complaining about the lack of an adequate identification card for our industry; one that would truly serve to identify us to the court system and/or the general public; not the current “Mickey Mouse” card board cut out that is currently issued by the Department of Public Safety.

                When our industry was under the auspicious of the Ohio Department of Commerce we were issued as identification the notorious “Green Card” which in its time was a bigger joke than our current issue. 

                Shortly after September 11, 2001 our industry was moved to the Department of Homeland Security it was the industries hopes that we would then be in receipt of a more official looking identification respective of our professional standing.   Again this did not happen. Instead we were issued a computer generated paper cut out that was to suffice as an identification; another joke and a step down from the Green Card.

                But in retrospect, as a licensed member of our industry, I am glad that my current identification no longer states, issued by the “Department Homeland Security”. In a backdoor move made by the Department of Public Safety and without notification to the industry our regulatory entity was moved from Homeland Security to the Department of Public Safety. At the time of this change I, as an OASIS member and retired Executive Director of the industry, became extremely aggravated because of promises made to our industry that we would never be brought under the control of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

                Unbeknownst to our industry at the time was that this broken promise would turn out to be somewhat of a blessing.  At least our current ID Cards, as Mickey Mouse as they are state Department of Public Safety and not Homeland Security.

                While what was once thought to be a great association that would give our industry respect and standing in the community The Department of Homeland Security respect has taken a nose dive. They initially provided monetary grants to local law enforcement without keeping any paper trail and wasting millions taxpayer’s dollars. Now they have formed their own police department to suppress individual’s right while allegedly protecting the Federal Government.  I was led to believe that their main responsibility was the protection of the citizens from oversea terrorist, not protecting the IRS from abused citizens or illegal aliens criminals.  

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Once Before I Die

         This past Christmas my son-in-law knowing I’m a Cleveland Brown’s fan got me; got me as a present a T-Shirt in Orange & Brown that reads “Once Before I Die”. The chances or odds of the Browns winning a Super Bowl are as great as the Ohio Department of Public Safety answering a request from the PI/SG industry.

         For the past fifteen years I have been personally involved with negations with the State of Ohio both as a lobbyist for the industry and as a licensed business owner representing the interest of our industry, so I am therefore qualified to address the issue.

          Let’s start out with a simple issue that will address all the major issues that follow. This past year our investigative agency was request to do an intellectual property investigation in Licking County, OH; otherwise make an undercover purchase of “knock-offs” goods. After several undercover purchases we turned our evidence over to the Newark Police Department. We provided that department with physical evidence that a crime was being committed in their jurisdiction and requested their assistance in obtaining a search warrant. The search warrant was served and additional evidence recovered. Our investigative assistance led to the indictment of an individual for:

         2925.11B - Felony 4th Degree POSSESSION OF COCAINE-
         2913.34 - Misdemeanor 1st Degree TRADEMARK COUNTERFEITING
         2921.03 - Felony 3rd Degree INTIMIDATION
         2921.51 - Misdemeanor 4th Degree IMPERSONATING A PEACE OFFICER

      Here’s where it gets interesting. The above individual is an ex-con, jail house lawyer whose live-in-girl friend is a para-legal who practices law without a license. To cut the story short the above two with the assist of an individual from Franklin County, who we previously investigated for their involvement in criminal activity filed a Civil Protection Order in Franklin County against our agency to cease and desist our investigation of their illegal activities. Upon having a hearing on said CPO we learned that it was an attempt by the indicted to question my undercover investigation into his criminal activities for which he was indicted. Ok, let’s get back to the issue at hand. As part of the testimony in the CPO hearing we had to produce for the Franklin County Deputy running security for the court room and to the magistrate our individual PI license, the one issued by the Ohio Department of Public to all investigators and security guards in the State of Ohio. What an embarrassment.

       That’s where the fun began, neither the Deputy nor the Magistrate; believed the “Mickey Mouse” ID, designed by Walt Disney and issued by the Ohio Department of Public Safety was a real ID Card. For those past fifteen years of dealing with the State of Ohio our industry has requested something as simple as an official ID issued to every license holder and their employees; but our controlling entity the Ohio Department of Public Safety, ie. The Ohio State Highway Patrol” somehow has it in their mind that if we show a proper State Issued ID someone may mistake us for a law enforcement officer or heaven forbid a State Trooper.

        This comes from an entity that for 15 years has lobbied against our industry obtaining anything in reform or professionalism. This comes from an entity whose director was the OSP lobbyist who for the past fifteen years spoke against every progressive change that the industry attempted to make. Initially when the PI/SG industry was moved to the Department of Homeland Security from the Ohio Department of Commerce the PI/SG industry was promised that they would never be under the control of the Highway Patrol or its retired officers. Guess what?

       So before I die, and I am quickly approaching age 70, like to see the following:

           1. The State of Ohio, Department of Public Safety, live up to one of its promises and obligations to the PI/SG industry. Just one. A new ID would be nice.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Life is Like a TV Program

                                My Game of Thrones

                Every morning I arise at sunrise to don my amour and prepare for life’s battles only to stand impatiently waiting at the gate for the call to arms but there no longer any battles to win; or maidens to save or dragons to slay.  So impatiently I wait till next Sunday night’s fictional episode of the Game of Thrones to dream the dream of the conquering hero. But wait I can watch a re-run of the Vikings or Justified.  

                                                                White Hats v Black Hats
                As a follow-up to my last post and mention of Justified; in my day, with the exception of Hop Cassidy, Zorro and Paladin, heroes wore white hats and the villains black. But somewhere the line got crossed and villains who were tired of being caught, shot or hung started coning the good guys out of those white hats.
                As history repeated itself, like the Indians who were tricked out of New York by a handful of beads the good guys were handed a handful of Zoloft, Lexapro, Prosaic and Ritalin, all testosterone altering drugs, handed a remote control and a joy stick and banished to the bunk house.
                There was some hope that the next generation of testosterone producing individual would be the coming grace but as soon as they enter the public school system they are judged by an alleged professional with one year of Introduction to Psychology to be ADHD and provided one of the aforementioned controlling substances handed an X-Box and/ or a Play Station and join their elders in the bunk house.
                 Those old Saturday Morning Heroes have been replaced by a sponge and a ferb. There are no more Saturday Morning white hats. They were ruled to violent by the ADHD crowd and they have been relegated to late night cable.
                Interestingly televised during an earlier hour for the ADHD crowd is a cunning psychotic sociopath who tricks a bumbling FBI Agent at every turn. No doubt the Hollywood ending for “The Following” will be that the villain gets to be President.
                Hey, if that guy was to ventured into Harlan County the duly elected County Constable wouldn’t have had to borrow Ryland Gibbon’s white hat to bring about justice.    

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Silent Phone App:

The Silent Phone App:

Courtesy of Silent Circle CEO Mike Janke

Back in October, the start up tech firm Silent Circle ruffled governments’ feathers with a “surveillance-proof” smartphone app to allow people to make secure phone calls and send texts easily. Now, the company is pushing things even further—with a groundbreaking encrypted data transfer app that will enable people to send files securely from a smartphone or tablet at the touch of a button. (For now, it’s just being released for iPhones and iPads, though Android versions should come soon.) That means photographs, videos, spread sheets, you name it—sent scrambled from one person to another in a matter of seconds.

The technology uses a sophisticated peer-to-peer encryption technique that allows users to send encrypted files of up to 60 megabytes through a “Silent Text” app. The sender of the file can set it on a timer so that it will automatically “burn”—deleting it from both devices after a set period of, say, seven minutes. Until now, sending encrypted documents has been frustratingly difficult for anyone who isn’t a sophisticated technology user, requiring knowledge of how to use and install various kinds of specialist software. What Silent Circle has done is to remove these hurdles, essentially democratizing encryption. It’s a game-changer that will almost certainly make life easier and safer for journalists, dissidents, diplomats, and companies trying to evade state surveillance or corporate espionage.
Governments pushing for more snooping powers, however, will not be pleased.

By design, Silent Circle’s server infrastructure stores minimal information about its users. The company, which is headquartered in Washington, D.C., doesn’t retain metadata (such as times and dates calls are made using Silent Circle), and IP server logs showing who is visiting the Silent Circle website are currently held for only seven days. The same privacy-by-design approach will be adopted to protect the security of users’ encrypted files. When a user sends a picture or document, it will be encrypted, digitally “shredded” into thousands of pieces, and temporarily stored in a “Secure Cloud Broker” until it is transmitted to the recipient. Silent Circle, which charges $20 a month for its service, has no way of accessing the encrypted files because the “key” to open them is held on the users’ devices and then deleted after it has been used to open the files. Janke has also committed to making the source code of the new technology available publicly “as fast as we can,” which means its security can be independently audited by researchers.

The cryptographers behind this innovation may be the only ones who could have pulled it off. The team includes Phil Zimmermann, the creator of PGP encryption, which is still considered the standard for email security; Jon Callas, the man behind Apple’s whole-disk encryption, which is used to secure hard drives in Macs across the world; and Vincent Moscaritolo, a top cryptographic engineer who previously worked on PGP and for Apple. Together, their combined skills and expertise are setting new standards—with the results already being put to good use.
             The new Silent Circle encrypted data transfer capability hit the Apple’s App Store last month.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Latest GPS Rulings

On March 16, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell signed HB 1981, making it a Class 3 misdemeanor for any person to install or place an electronic tracking device without permission of the owner of the vehicle or causes an electronic tracking device to be installed and uses such device to track the location of any person. 

The new legislation contains some limited exceptions, including one for Virginia state registered private investigators. A caveat against such use by private investigators is that their client not be subject to a restraining order.

Nicole Bocra, ISPLA's executive committee member and a founder, worked closely with the Virginia Professional Investigators Political Action Committee and its lobbyist to achieve this result. Pertinent excerpts from the measure are: 

Unauthorized Use of electronic tracking device; penalty.

"Any person who installs or places an electronic tracking device through intentionally deceptive means and without consent, or causes an electronic tracking device to be installed or placed through intentionally deceptive means without consent, and uses such device to track the location of any person is guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor. 

The provisions of this section shall not apply to the installation, placement, or use of an electronic tracking device by:

...a registered private investigator. as defined in section 9.1 - 138, who is regulated in accordance with section 9.1-139 and is acting in the normal course of his business and with the consent of the owner of the property upon which the electronic tracking device is installed and placed. However, such exception shall not apply if the private investigator is working on behalf of a client who is subject to a protective order..., or if the private investigator knows or should reasonably know that the client seeks the private investigator's services to aid in the c