South Korean National and Hundreds of Others Charged Worldwide in the Takedown of the Largest Darknet Child Pornography Website, Which was Funded by Bitcoin
Above: screenshot of seized website
Above: screenshot of seized website
Community policing at it’s best! Two Savannah Georgia officers ended up getting two new car seats for a 21 year old mom who didn’t have her children properly restrained. She had recently had her car stolen and was just starting a new job. Read more
FCC LEARNS THAT SPRINT RECEIVED TENS OF MILLIONS IN LIFELINE SUBSIDIES—BUT PROVIDED NO SERVICE
Got Paid for Consumers Who Used No Minutes, No Data
The Federal Communications Commission has learned that Sprint Corp. claimed monthly subsidies for serving approximately 885,000 Lifeline subscribers, even though those subscribers were not using the service. That would be a violation of a key rule—the “non-usage” rule—designed to prevent waste, fraud, and abuse in the Lifeline program. The 885,000 subscribers represent nearly 30% of Sprint’s Lifeline subscriber base and nearly 10% of the entire Lifeline program’s subscriber base.
“Lifeline is an important component of our efforts to bring digital opportunity to low-income Americans, and stopping waste, fraud, and abuse in the program has been a top priority of mine since I’ve been at the Commission,” Chairman Pai said. “It’s outrageous that a company would claim millions of taxpayer dollars for doing nothing. This shows a careless disregard for program rules and American taxpayers. I have asked our Enforcement Bureau to investigate this matter to determine the full extent of the problem and to propose an appropriate remedy.”
Lifeline helps make phone and broadband service more affordable for low-income consumers. Providers participating in the program receive a $9.25 monthly subsidy for most Lifeline subscribers, which the company must pass along to the consumers as a discount. For most consumers served by the mobile Lifeline product marketed by Sprint and many other providers, the subsidy makes the service free to the consumer.
However, the program has been fraught with waste, fraud, and abuse. While ongoing FCC reforms have taken a bite out of waste, the latest report by the FCC Inspector General shows that 18.5% of payments made by the program were improper.
The non-usage rule requires Lifeline providers of “free” service to de-enroll subscribers who don’t use their phones—a rule meant to protect Lifeline from wasting payments on service not provided. The FCC developed this and other rules after investigations showed that companies hawked free Lifeline service aggressively and indiscriminately, knowing that they would get paid each month even if consumer didn’t use their phones. And because the consumer paid nothing, he or she had no incentive to relinquish the subscription.
Under the non-usage rule, providers of free service may only be reimbursed for a Lifeline subscriber if that subscriber has used the service at least once in the past 30 days. Providers must de-enroll inactive subscribers after giving them 15 days’ notice. Program-wide, the rule resulted in approximately 3.1 million de-enrollments in 2018.
Sprint’s apparent disregard of the non-usage rule initially came to light as a result of an investigation by the Oregon Public Utility Commission.
“I thank the Oregon Public Utility Commission for its work,” Pai said. “States are an important partner with the FCC in both helping low-income consumers get access to affordable communications through Lifeline and cracking down on waste, fraud, and abuse in the program.”
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public’s assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male who may have critical information pertaining to the identity of a child victim in an ongoing sexual exploitation investigation. Photographs and an informational poster depicting the unknown individual, known only as John Doe 41, are being disseminated to the public and can be found online at the FBI website at https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/ecap.
The video depicting the unidentified male, John Doe 41, shown with a child, was first noted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in March of 2018; therefore, the video is believed to have been produced around 2016 to 2018.
John Doe 41 is described as an African American male, likely between the ages of 18 and 20 years old. He appears to be a thin-framed individual with black hair. Anyone with information to provide should submit a tip online at https://tips.fbi.gov , or call the FBI’s toll-free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324). The public is reminded no charges have been filed in this case and the pictured individual is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
This individual is being sought as part of the FBI’s Operation Rescue Me and Endangered Child Alert Program (ECAP) initiatives, both of which represent strategic partnerships between the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Operation Rescue Me focuses on utilizing clues obtained through in-depth image analysis to identify the child victims depicted in child exploitation material, while ECAP seeks national and international media exposure of unknown adults (referred to as John/Jane Does) who visibly display their faces and/or other distinguishing characteristics in association with child pornography images.
The attacks may have occurred 18 years ago but we still remember! Prayers for those who lost family members and for those with continued health problems due to the attacks.
If only our nation could become united again like we were on that day!
National Breaking Alert: Reports of at least 20-30 people injured in Odessa and Midland Texas. Shooters are firing at motorists and or people in area randomly.
Update * We believe there are two shooters in two separate vehicles. One suspect is believed to be at the Cinergy in Midland and the other is believed to be driving on Loop 250 in Midland. The two vehicles in question are: gold/white small Toyota truck and a USPS Postal Van. Please stay away from these areas and stay indoors.
There are reports of an active shooter at the Home Depot in Odessa. For the safety of the public and law enforcement please stay away from the area and stay in your homes. We will update with more information as soon as possible.
Multiple police agencies are responding and urging everyone to stay off the roadways.
From Odessa, TX Police:
Active Shooter! Please Share!
A subject (possibly 2) is currently driving around Odessa shooting at random people. At this time there are multiple gunshot victims. The suspect just hijacked a U.S. mail carrier truck and was last seen in the area of 38th and Walnut. Everyone is encouraged to get off the road and use extreme caution! All law enforcement is currently searching for the suspect and more information will be released as soon as it becomes available.
Note: Different media outlets are reporting different numbers for victims. We have seen up to 30 so far reported by CBS News.
Update 9-1-19 by AP reports 7 fatalities and 22 injured. Follow the link below for updates on the AP news website.
Several police officers have been injured during an active shooter situation at a residential building near Temple University in North Philadelphia
– Home in Philadelphia
– Narcotics officers were on scene
– Police were making arrests
– Gunfire erupted, trapping officers
– At least 5 officers shot
– 6th officer injured in crash
– Suspect(s) firing at police
– Suspect not in custody
Information above is preliminary from multiple sources
As of last report at posting time shooting is active now
Update at 4:35pm Pacific
Shooter is continuing to fire shots at officers at the scene of the active shooting in the Tioga-Nicetown area of #Philadelphia.
National News Update: At least 9 killed and 16 injured after mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio; suspect also dead.
This follows a mass shooting attack in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday, and comes 1 week after the California garlic festival mass shooting attack.
According to reports the suspect in Dayton shooting was wearing body armor and had high-capacity magazines; he was shot and killed by police “in less than 1 minute” – mayor
Suspect is 24 year old male. One of the victims is the shooters 22 year old sister. Victims range from 22 to 57 years in age.
Police in El Paso, Texas, say they are responding to an active shooter
Active shooter in the area of Hawkins and Gateway East in El Paso. Stay away from the Cielo Vista Mall area. (Source: El Paso Police)
Scene is still Active. We have multi reports of multiple shooters. Please avoid area police conducting search of a very large area.
A new and very powerful earthquake has just impacted southern California.
The quake was centered near Ridgecrest, California. Early reports are that it was close to a 7.1
Moments after the quake, the lights in our house here in Klamath Falls swung back and forth indicating slight movement here.
This is a developing event. Unknown on damage reports yet.
A series of quakes have shaken Southern California today and reports are coming in of aftershocks. The quakes have been felt in Los Angeles. No reports of damage yet.
There have also been four more smaller quakes observed off the Oregon Coast yesterday as earthquake activity continues along the US West Coast.
“Dog the Bounty Hunter” star Beth Chapman, who found fame with her husband on the popular TV series, is dead at age 51
NASA is allowing the general public to submit your name to be etched onto a small microchip and then placed aboard the spacecraft that is scheduled to travel to Mars September, 2020. This is a great learning opportunity for kids as well. All submitted names are reviewed, approved and then etched onto a microchip. The microchip is placed aboard the Mars 2020 rover, which will land on Mars.
There is no charge and NASA states on the website they will not share your personal information. Also, providing your email address is optional. The website also can inform you of future missions and opportunities. You can even print a “boarding” pass for the mission.
To find out more and submit your name visit the NASA website:
Keep your family safe from the West Nile Virus this summer
As the weather continues to warm up, health officials say it’s important for people to protect themselves from disease-carrying mosquitoes. One of the illnesses to avoid is the potentially deadly West Nile virus.
About one in five infected people may show signs of West Nile virus. People at risk of serious illness include individuals 50 and older, and people with immune-compromising conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
West Nile symptoms may include fever above 100 degrees and severe headache, stiff neck, mental confusion, muscle weakness, shaking, paralysis or rash. People should contact their health care provider if experiencing any of these symptoms.
Health officials are advising people to take precautions against mosquitoes to avoid the risk of infection, including preventing mosquito bites. West Nile is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito.
“It’s very easy for people to prevent bites from mosquitoes that may carry West Nile virus,” said Dr. Emilio DeBess, public health veterinarian at the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division. “Although the risk of contracting West Nile virus is low, people can take simple precautions to keep these insects at bay if they’re headed outdoors.”
To prevent the spread of West Nile virus:
In 2018, there were two human cases of West Nile virus in two Oregon counties: Harney and Clackamas. The virus was found in one bird, 58 mosquito pools — samples of about 50 mosquitoes each — and two horses. In 2017, seven humans, 92 mosquito pools, five horses and one bird tested positive for West Nile. The virus also can be found in chickens, squirrels and dogs.
Climate change, particularly effects such as increased temperature and changes in rainfall, have led to longer mosquito seasons and are contributing to the spread of West Nile virus, health officials say. They agree these and other climate change indicators must be considered to help people better prepare for future transmission of the disease.
Additional information about West Nile virus is available on the Oregon Health Authority website, and from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.