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General Radio Discussion / Some very “peculiar signals”
« on: July 18, 2017, 1352 UTC »
Some very “peculiar signals” have been noticed coming from a star just 11 light-years away, scientists in Puerto Rico said.

The mystery has gripped the internet as speculation mounts about the potential for a discovery of alien life on the red dwarf star known as Ross 128—despite the best attempts of astronomers to put such rumors to rest.

“In case you are wondering, the recurrent aliens hypothesis is at the bottom of many other better explanations,” said a blog post by Abel Mendez, director of the Planetary Habitability Laboratory at the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo.

Something unusual first came to light in April and May, when the team was studying a series of small and relatively cool red dwarf stars, some of which are known to have planets circling them.

Ross 128 is not known to have planets, but “we realized that there were some very peculiar signals in the 10-minute dynamic spectrum that we obtained from Ross 128.”

The signals were observed May 13 at 0053 GMT, and “consisted of broadband quasi-periodic non-polarized pulses with very strong dispersion-like features,” he wrote.

“We believe that the signals are not local radio frequency interferences (RFI) since they are unique to Ross 128 and observations of other stars immediately before and after did not show anything similar.”

There are three main possibilities to explain the bursts.

They could be emissions similar to solar flares.

They could be emissions from another object in the field of view of Ross 128.

Or they might be a burst from a high orbit satellite, Mendez wrote.

Since the signals are likely too dim to be picked up by other radio telescopes in the world, Mendez said that scientists at the Arecibo Observatory joined with astronomers from SETI (Search for ExtraTerrestrial Life) would use the Alien Telescope Array and the Green Bank Telescope to observe the star for a second time late Sunday.

The results of these observations should be posted by the end of the week, he said.

“I have a Pina Colada ready to celebrate if the signals result to be astronomical in nature,” Mendez said.

http://principia-scientific.org/peculiar-radio-signals-emerge-from-nearby-star/

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Serious question (yeah I know I seldom am are serious); does anyone on here know if an IRF610 is a good replacement for an IRF510 ? for RF and/or AF purposes or should I just bite the bullet and google for the spec sheets?  (hate doing that... sigh)

Thanks folks... :-)

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Just started... follow my lead folks...  I'm not here :-)
6935 AM 1912utc  NOW!!!

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Glenn A. Baxter
1942 - 2017

BELGRADE - Glenn Albert Baxter, 75, died May 5, 2017, at Maine General Medical Center, Augusta, after a strong, courageous battle with lymphoma cancer.

Glenn was born the son of Frank and Marion ("Sunny") Watson Baxter and grew up in Scarsdale, N.Y., having spent summers in Maine from the age of 9. He became a full-time Maine resident in 1977 and met Bonnie Richardson in April, 1979. They married one year later in April of 1980 and lived in Belgrade on Great Pond, that Glenn often referred to as his "paradise."

He loved being on the water and was an expert at navigating his way around the waters of Great Pond in his two old wooden boats that he and Bonnie and their friends enjoyed for many years.

As a student at Northwestern University for two years, Glenn was a member of the football team and religiously followed their games each season cheering them on from afar! He later attended and graduated from the University of Rhode Island as an Industrial Engineer and proudly acquired his Registered Professional Engineering license (RPE) for Illinois and Maine.
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For more go to;

http://obituaries.centralmaine.com/obituaries/mainetoday-centralmaine/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=185382929






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HF Mystery Signals / 6814khz 0220 utc 02/17/2017 40khz wide. OTHR ?
« on: February 17, 2017, 0301 UTC »
On 6814khz 0220 utc 02/17/2017  40khz wide.

Well I thought this could be OTHR but it appears to be 40 Khz wide and it tends to move frequency of a few KHZ upward.  The sound file is here:

http://www111.zippyshare.com/v/lJ4tz58u/file.html

And of course the picture file is attached. Any ideas from where this signal comes from or what it is?

tnx vgw

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Radio Veritas  Asia  1530 utc 02/16/2017 Tagalog/Filipino 15620 khz

Good signal with little fading

Kinda funny because there was a male speaker and once in awhile he broke into the (non) language of Taglish which is really the normal street language of the Filipino people. :-)

Now if these folks would slow down with their speaking I might get what they are saying.  It's a good think that I have a Lady that can translate this and other languages :-)


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http://www.nbcnews.com/mach/space/why-these-scientists-fear-contact-space-aliens-n717271


Why These Scientists Fear Contact With Space Aliens
by REBECCA BOYLE
 Image: An illustration of aliens.
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The more we learn about the cosmos, the more it seems possible that we are not alone. The entire galaxy is teeming with worlds, and we're getting better at listening — so the question, "Is there anybody out there?" is one we may be able to answer soon.

But do we really want to know? If aliens are indeed out there, would they be friendly explorers, or destroyers of worlds? This is a serious question no longer confined to science fiction, because a growing group of astronomers has taken it upon themselves to do more than just listen. Some are advocating for a beacon swept across the galaxy, letting E.T. know we're home, to see if anyone comes calling. Others argue we would be wise to keep Earth to ourselves.

Related: NASA's Bold Plan to Save Earth From Killer Asteroids

"There's a possibility that if we actively message, with the intention of getting the attention of an intelligent civilization, that the civilization we contact would not necessarily have our best interests in mind," says Lucianne Walkowicz, an astrophysicist at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. "On the other hand, there might be great benefits. It could be something that ends life on Earth, and it might be something that accelerates the ability to live quality lives on Earth. We have no way of knowing."

Like many other astronomers, Walkowicz isn't convinced one way or the other — but she said the global scientific community needs to talk about it.

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Internet investor and science philanthropist Yuri Milner shows the Starchip, a microelectronic component spacecraft. The $100 million project is aimed at establishing the feasibility of sending a swarm of tiny spacecraft, each weighing far less than an ounce, to the Alpha Centauri star system. Bebeto Matthews / AP, file
That conversation is likely to heat up soon thanks to the Breakthrough Initiatives, a philanthropic organization dedicated to interstellar outreach that's funded by billionaire Russian tech mogul Yuri Milner. Its Breakthrough Message program would solicit ideas from around the world to compose a message to aliens and figure out how to send it. Outreach for the program may launch as soon as next year, according to Pete Worden, the Breakthrough Initiatives' director.

"We're well aware of the argument, 'Do you send things or not?' There's pretty vigorous opinion on both sides of our advisory panel," Worden says. "But it's a very useful exercise to start thinking about what to respond. What's the context? What best represents the people on Earth? This is an exercise for humanity, not necessarily just about what we would send." Members of the advisory panel have argued that a picture (and the thousand words it may be worth) would be the best message.

Next comes "more of a technical expertise question," Wordon says. "Given that you have an image or images, how do you best encrypt it so it can be received?"

Breakthrough Message will work on those details, including how to transmit the pictures, whether through radio or laser transmitters; how to send it with high fidelity, so it's not rendered unreadable because of interference from the interstellar medium; which wavelengths of light to use, or whether to spread a message across a wide spectrum; how many times to send it, and how often; and myriad other technical concerns.

Related: Space Mining: The Intergalactic Gold Rush Is On

The scientific community continues to debate these questions. For instance, Philip Lubin of the University of California, Santa Barbara, has published research describing a laser array that could conceivably broadcast a signal through the observable universe.

Breakthrough is also working on where to send such a message, Worden adds. The $100 million Breakthrough Listen project is searching for any evidence of life in nearby star systems, which includes exoplanets out to a few hundred light years away.

"If six months from now, we start to see some interesting signals, we'll probably accelerate the Message program," he says.

The fact that there have been no signals yet does pose a conundrum. In a galaxy chock full of worlds, why isn't Earth crawling with alien visitors? The silence amid the presence of such plentiful planets is called the Fermi Paradox, named for the physicist Enrico Fermi, who first asked "Where is everybody?" in 1950.

In the decades since, astronomers have come up with possible explanations ranging from sociology to biological complexity. Aliens might be afraid of us, or consider us unworthy of attention, for instance. Or it may be that aliens communicate in ways that we can't comprehend, so we're just not hearing them. Or maybe aliens lack communication capability of any kind. Of course there's also the possibility that there are no aliens.

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Stephen Hawking announces the "Breakthrough Starshot" initiative in New York in 2016. Dennis Van Tine / Star Max/IPx via AP
But those questions don't address the larger one: Whether it's a good idea to find out. Some scientists, most notably Stephen Hawking, are convinced the answer is a firm "No."

"We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn't want to meet," Hawking said in 2010. He has compared meeting aliens to Christopher Columbus meeting Native Americans: "That didn't turn out so well," he said.

Others have warned of catastrophic consequences ripped from the pages of science fiction: Marauding aliens that could follow our message like a homing beacon, and come here to exploit Earth's resources, exploit humans, or even to destroy all life as we know it.

"Any civilization detecting our presence is likely to be technologically very advanced, and may not be disposed to treat us nicely. At the very least, the idea seems morally questionable," physicist Mark Buchanan argued in the journal Nature Physics last fall.

Related: How Computers Are Learning to Predict the Future

Other astronomers think it's worth the risk — and they add, somewhat darkly, that it's too late anyway. We are a loud species, and our messages have been making their way through the cosmos since the dawn of radio.

"If we are in danger of an alien invasion, it's too late," wrote Douglas Vakoch, the director of Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence (METI) International, in a rebuttal last fall in Nature Physics. Vakoch, the most prominent METI proponent, argues that if we don't tell anyone we're here, we could miss out on new technology that could help humanity, or even protect us from other, less friendly aliens.

“If we are in danger of an alien invasion, it’s too late.”
David Grinspoon, an author and astrobiologist at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, says he first thought, "'Oh, come on, you've got to be kidding me.' It seems kind of absurd aliens are going to come invade us, steal our precious bodily fluids, breed us like cattle, 'To Serve Man,' " a reference to a 1962 episode of "The Twilight Zone" in which aliens hatch a plan to use humans as a food source.

Originally, Grinspoon thought there would be no harm in setting up a cosmic lighthouse. "But I've listened to the other side, and I think they have a point," he adds. "If you live in a jungle that might be full of hungry lions, do you jump down from your tree and go, 'Yoo-hoo?'"

Many have already tried, albeit some more seriously than others.

In 2008, NASA broadcast the Beatles tune "Across the Universe" toward Polaris, the North Star, commemorating the space agency's 50th birthday, the 45th anniversary of the Deep Space Network, and the 40th anniversary of that song.

Later that year, a tech startup working with Ukraine's space agency beamed pictures and messages to the exoplanet Gliese 581 c. Other, sillier messages to the stars have included a Doritos commercial and a bunch of Craigslist ads.

Last October, the European Space Agency broadcast 3,775 text messages toward Polaris. It's not known to harbor any exoplanets, and even if it did, those messages would take some 425 years to arrive; yet the exercise, conceived by an artist, raised alarm among astronomers. Several prominent scientists, including Walkowicz, signed on to a statement guarding against any future METI efforts until some sort of international consortium could reach agreement.

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Even if we don't send a carefully crafted message, we're already reaching for the stars. The Voyager probe is beyond the solar system in interstellar space, speeding toward a star 17.6 light-years from Earth. Soon, if Milner has his way, we may be sending even more robotic emissaries.

Milner's $100 million Breakthrough Starshot aims to send a fleet of paper-thin space chips to the Alpha Centauri system within a generation's time. Just last fall, astronomers revealed that a potentially rocky, Earth-sized planet orbits Proxima Centauri, a small red dwarf star in that system and the nearest to our own, just four light years away. The chips would use a powerful laser to accelerate to near the speed of light, to cover the distance between the stars in just a few years. A team of scientists and engineers is working on how to build the chips and the laser, according to Worden.

"If we find something interesting, obviously we're going to get a lot more detail if we can visit, and fly by," he says. "Who knows what's possible in 50 years?"

But some time sooner than that, we will need to decide whether to say anything at all. Ultimately, those discussions are important for humanity, Worden, Walkowicz and Grinspoon all say.

"Maybe it's more important that we get our act together on Earth," Grinspoon says. "We are struggling to find a kind of global identity on this planet that will allow us to survive the problems we've created for ourselves. Why not treat this as something that allows us to practice that kind of thinking and action?"

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New ‘Space Poop’ System Could Fly on Orion Deep-Space Mission
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NASA will announce winners for its Space Poop Challenge Feb. 16. NASA
A new spacesuit system to flush away astronauts' poop will likely fly on the first crewed Orion spacecraft flight, NASA said in an interview with Space.com.

This means that eager innovators could see their waste collection system fly in space between 2021 and 2023 on "Exploration Mission 2," or EM-2, which could bring the astronauts out of low-Earth orbit for the first time in half a century.

NASA recently wrapped up an open "space poop challenge" for designs that improve upon the current spacesuit waste collection garment (sometimes referred to as a diaper). Winners will be announced Feb. 16.

Related: How to Pee in Space (and What to Do If the Toilet Breaks)

Winning designs will be able to flush away poop, urine and menstrual fluid for up to six days without the astronaut needing to use his or her hands. The substances have to be moved away in microgravity (where everything floats, even the gross stuff). Not only that, the new system has to have a design that works for any gender.

"The final waste management garment that is created won't be used nominally, but only in certain emergency situations that require spending long durations in a pressurized suit," Kristyn Johnson, one of the principal investigators for the study, told Space.com in an email. "For shorter durations, during launch and entry, the crew will plan to use an adult diaper as it fits our needs and is something we've used in the past."

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NASA currently uses the Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) for spacewalks on the International Space Station. This spacesuit type was first used in 1981 for the space shuttle program and, among other things, includes a diaper-like waste collection garment so that both males and females can relieve themselves while still inside. The EMU is designed for microgravity work, so NASA is also working on spacesuits that would be better suited for work on the surface of Mars.

"No major design changes have been made to the EMU waste collection garment over the years, as it still fulfils all the necessary requirements," Johnson said.

"We're looking for a solution that will be included on the vehicle for upcoming manned Orion missions," she added. "EM-2 will be the first flight of a long duration waste management device. There is a possibility that it could be a part of a future Mars trip timeline, but we're not focused on that aspect right now."

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While NASA says isolating sick astronauts isn't part of the space poop challenge, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum curator Cathy Lewis pointed out the new waste collection system could be good for that, too.

During the Gemini program of the 1960s, which tested out key technologies used for the Apollo moon landings between 1969 and 1972, there was a project to determine how to treat astronauts who become ill while wearing spacesuits. This included using an "injection patch" in some of the Gemini suit types for astronauts to receive medications by needle without opening the suit, she told Space.com.

Related: Evolution of the Spacesuit in Pictures

"Going from the injection patch to long term waste recovery is the next step," Lewis said. She added that the Apollo spacesuits had a built-in urine collection device that was hands-free, but it wouldn't work today as the system was designed only for male anatomy. (The first American female astronaut, Sally Ride, flew in space during the shuttle program in 1983.)

"The other limitation," she added, "is they are breathing pure oxygen, so they can't live in a spacesuit longer than 14 days. It's an absolute physiological maximum."

Lewis pointed out that bowel movements in space tend to be messy, even when not wearing a spacesuit. Astronauts are on a constant "low-producing" diet to keep poop to a minimum. Up until the end of the Apollo program, they dealt with feces using a plastic bag that attached to their rear ends. The bags were then stowed for the remainder of the mission.

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On the space station today, however, astronauts don't need to go through that process; they instead use suction-operated toilets that don't require gravity to function.

Johnson said that after the contest's winners are announced, there will be a lengthy suit system design review where the agency tests and develops different options, then makes a final decision about which system to fly. As usual, NASA is also hoping to apply some of the technology to earthbound endeavors.

"We're happy to see all of the interest in this challenge," Johnson said. The challenge has been covered in more than 150 media outlets worldwide, according to the challenge website.

"It does have a lot of applicability to patients that may be on extended bed rest or those having to deal with incontinence," she added. "Being able to prevent skin breakdown, reduce odor, and fecal matter containment are just aspects of the challenge that we'd love to get input on. We're more than excited to hear people's concepts.


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Product Report: Tool Bench Hardware Wire Set 6 coils wire @ 33 feet for $1.00

It appears to be #22 wire shiny silver like color

2 coils at 33 feet wire red plastic insulation

2 coils at 33 feet wire black plastic insulation

2 coils at 33 feet wire of non-insulated 'buss wire'?

I'm laughing while I write this soooooo....  :D

Before I bought a package of this stuff I pulled out the magnet I keep in my pocket for testing such things and guess what?  Yep the magnet stuck to it...  Hmmmm  must be steel wire... can't be nickel because nickel is too damned expensive.

So when I got it home I took out my handy dandy ohm meter and guess what?  33 feet of this stuff equals 9.5 ohms.  Well now... That comes to 0.2878787878...  ohms per foot or 0.023989898... ohms per inch.

 Let's see, I just tried my 16X eye loupe that hangs on a chain around my neck and took a peek at the inner core of the wire and it appears to be somewhat grainy.  Can't be too strong or dependable really.  Might have stress points and the like...

I guess I could use it for bag ties... or something like that.  Wire sculptures maybe...

But wait a minute...  9.5 ohms for 33 feet...  I could hook it to the output of an audio amp and place the stuff around the place where the walls meet the ceiling and I'd have an inductive radiator... all I would need is a simple receiver with a high inductance antenna coil and... taa dah!  an inductive radio station for that room.

Yea!!!! to hell with WiFi...

<sigh>

But that is too much work for little gain... ratts...

I could use it for meter shunts...

Now what I need to do is find out how much current this crappy wire will take so I might be able to use it for simple low current power resistors...  each one would have to be made to order and tolerance but...

Damned Chinese junk... more work than it's worth...  Most likely made from the bits and pieces of a melted down nuke power plant.  <sigh>  But if it is... does that mean I won't be able to make children any more?  Or I might glow in the dark...  I hope not, my Lady has problems enough with seeing me in the day time <big sigh>  Rattz

OK folks, this stuff is imported by:

Greenbrier International, Inc
500 Volvo Parkway
Chesapeake, VA  23320

Made in China of course.  Typical Dollar Store, Dollar Tree, All For A Dollar etc etc etc stuff...

Hope you enjoyed this first 'Product Report'

vgw

 ::)





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As I said above, my computer blocked this site as being 'unsafe'... so here's the addy folks!!!

https://www.passports.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings/philippines-travel-warning.html


Perhaps my computer is smarter than I????    :-\   Ok folks.... don't say what you're thinking   :P

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Come on folks... I work my heart out over this tunage, please give it a listen.  My Lady (oh I love her) figured I was nutz when I danced nakid in the living room over this one but give it a listen!!!  I mean will it not replace rap and hip-hop?  I mean if I can dance to it what the hey hey hey, right?

It is easy to dance too I give it about a 69, ... well give it a listen ok folks...

Here it is:

http://www105.zippyshare.com/v/kBuWMkEj/file.html

Thanks to you all ;-)

CoolAM can't even remember me sending it to him so it has to be good right?  Sri CoolAM... :-)


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Shortwave Pirate / UNID 6950 AM 0820 UTC 11/25/2016
« on: November 25, 2016, 0839 UTC »
Hey guys... I hope this shows up on some ones SDR tomorrow morning...  It seems to be short bits of early English rock but not something I an knowledgeable of. 11/25/2016.

Time I first heard this was 0820 utc, 6950 AM no ID as of yet, I am rolling tape.

Really great tunage...  please someone ID the music if not the station OK???  I may have it in my collection but not sure...

vw

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Shortwave Broadcast / BBC in English 7445KHZ 0500 UTC 11/17/2016
« on: November 17, 2016, 0933 UTC »
The BBC broadcast in English on 7445KHZ at 0500 UTC 11/17/2016.

With an excellent signal Q5 all the way.  This broadcast was made from the BBC transmitters at Ascension.

I just happened on the frequency and I knew at once it was the BBC.  The BBC has a sound that I can spot in a second.  I use to listen to them for hours way back when, I do so miss them these days.  Unfortunately this broadcast is only one hour long (0500 to 0600 UTC).

It was great to hear this 'old friend' once again.



 

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Voice of the People 6600 khz 1140 utc 10/27/2016

Fair signal (S3-4)with little or no fading and it beats out the jammer from the north PRK.

Female is speaking right now... dialog with a male speaker.  I guess my long wire is working :-D

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Huh? / The Real Story Behind The FCC Sex Scandal
« on: October 22, 2016, 1720 UTC »
From: http://www.forbes.com/sites/fredcampbell/2016/10/20/the-real-story-behind-the-fcc-sex-scandal/#6794c2fd1703


The Real Story Behind The FCC Sex Scandal


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Though a lawsuit’s revelation that Thomas Reed, the director of the FCC’s Office for Communications Business Opportunities, had sex with a Washington Post reporter in his office is salacious, that’s not what should get Congress’s attention. The far more serious revelation involves the FCC’s official legal response to a female employee’s allegation that she was subjected to a hostile work environment due to management inaction when a male coworker repeatedly invited other male coworkers to watch porn with him in the cubicle adjacent to hers, from which she would “hear groans – mmm, mmm, ahh – in response to the pornography viewings,” while having one “stand guard looking for her.”

In today’s environment of heightened concern regarding gender issues, these allegations should have raised red flags about the prevailing institutional culture at the FCC and prompted swift remedial action. Instead, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler’s legal team attempted to dismiss the case in federal court by arguing that these allegations amounted to nothing more than the “mere existence of pornography in the workplace” that was not sufficiently “severe or pervasive” to create a hostile work environment.

Federal Communications Commisison (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

As common sense suggests, the court disagreed. Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly recognized that the female employee alleged more than the “mere existence of pornography in the workplace,” as the FCC contended. The court determined the allegations were sufficient to demonstrate that the female employee “frequently had ‘no way to avoid’ the groups of men watching pornography in the adjacent cubicle,” that “she felt ‘surrounded by’ the pornography being viewed nearby,” and that “the hostile conduct could be considered to be ‘directed at [her].’” In short, the court found it plausible that the FCC subjected the female employee to “discriminatory intimidation, ridicule, and insult” that is sufficiently “severe or pervasive” to alter the conditions of her employment and “create an abusive working environment.”

Chairman Wheeler’s dismissive response to these activities is especially troubling when the social context of these events is considered. The FCC’s Office for Communications Business Opportunities (known as OCBO) “serves as the principal advisor to the Chairman and the Commissioners on issues, rulemakings, and policies affecting small, women, and minority-owned communications businesses.” And the female employee, who worked at the FCC for over thirty years, was working as a “Women’s Outreach Specialist” at the time of the alleged harassment. When the head of the FCC office responsible for promoting business opportunities for women condones loud and conspicuous porn watching by a group of males in a cubicle adjacent to a female employee and admits to using his own office in the FCC as a location for sex, there is evidence of a problem that should be addressed by more than an aggressive legal defense.

An internal investigation indicates the female employee’s allegations were more than merely plausible. According to a memorandum the female employee filed in her legal case against the FCC, after Reed failed to take action on her behalf and her male coworkers’ behavior escalated, she reported the pornography issue to the agency’s Inspector General in February 2012. Though it doesn’t name any employees specifically, pages 17-18 of the Inspector General’s March 2016 report to the agency’s commissioners describe the results of a “lengthy investigation” into the misuse of FCC facilities to conduct personal business and view pornography. The report states that the investigation, “which included referrals of potential criminal activity to the Internal Revenue Service that were ultimately declined, revealed that four FCC employees violated various ethical and administrative rules, including the FCC’s Computer System Rules of Behavior, the FCC’s Cyber Security Policy, and the Standard of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch, 5 CFR § 2635 et seq.” Among other violations, the report noted there was “substantial evidence” that the employees used FCC equipment to “view, store, and send pornographic material,” and that the Inspector General had referred the case to “the appropriate Bureaus and Offices within the Commission for action.”
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Sadly, it appears Wheeler has decided to do “nothing” to address the hostile culture and management issues at the agency. Thomas Reed remains the director of OCBO, a highly-paid management position at the FCC, and it appears no action has been taken in response to the Inspector General’s investigative findings (published nearly 4 years after the female employee alleges she first reported the issue to the IG). During a congressional hearing on September 17, 2014, the FCC’s inspector general testified that the agency “got [a] person to resign” who had been watching porn “8 hours a week” rather than terminate him (which apparently allowed him to keep his federal benefits), but made no mention of the other (or perhaps additional) employees in the 2016 report.

The FCC’s attempt to paper over allegations of abusive behavior toward a female employee would be disturbing in any context. But the pattern of denial, delay, and inaction in this case is positively outrageous. The next administration should make cleaning this mess up a top priority.

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Huh? / Bob Dylan removes mention of Nobel prize from website
« on: October 21, 2016, 1429 UTC »
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/oct/21/bob-dylan-unacknowledges-nobel-prize-literature-win-removed-website

The Nobel prize has become such a joke and serious POS who would want to admit those a**holes had even heard of Dylan...  The Nobel 'prize' is and has been awarded to the highest bidder....  I am sure Sony is behind bringing this disgrace to Dylan only to sell the 'bootleg' series of CD's.

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