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  Yellow Snow Warning.
Posted by: BIAD - 04-02-2018, 10:55 AM - Forum: Humor, Jokes & Pranks - Replies (1)

I could be reading this wrong or it's a simple case of an over-protecting UK Met Office!
Are they taking the p*ss?!

Quote:'Posted at 12:12 29 Mar
Snow warning for Bank Holiday Monday
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for Bank Holiday Monday which covers most of Yorkshire.

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According to the warning there is the possibility of heavy snow over parts of England, Wales and southern Scotland,
especially for high ground. This means that travel may be affected.

There's a small chance of travel delays on roads along with delayed or cancelled rail and air travel...'
BBC Bradford News Item:

The guys at the Met Office must be surely giggling to themselves when they posted the image... surely?!

...And it doesn't end there. It seems that the colloquial expression "It's p*ssing down with rain" is to
be taken literally in many areas of the British Isles.

Quote:'...Police urge drivers to slow down after two crashes in 'yellow' rain
The accidents happened within ten minutes of each other...'
The Plymouth Herald:

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  Governor Moonbeam Brown
Posted by: guohua - 03-31-2018, 06:05 PM - Forum: General News and Events - Replies (1)

This Progressive Idiot,,,,, Governor Moonbeam Brown of The Republic of California has made another Stupid Leftist Decision!  smalltappingfoot [Image: Brown_Pardons_40788.jpg]

Quote:California governor pardons 5 men facing deportation

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday pardoned five ex-convicts facing deportation, including two whose families fled the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia four decades ago.

The pardons don't automatically stop deportation proceedings, but eliminate the state convictions federal authorities based their deportation decisions on. That gives the men's lawyers strong legal arguments before immigration judges to try to prevent the deportations.
"The pardon does provide enormous benefit to immigrants facing deportation," said Anoop Prasad, an immigration staff attorney at Asian Law Caucus.
Now this is who they are and their crimes.
Quote:Those pardoned Friday included Sokha Chhan and Phann Pheach, both of whom face deportation to Cambodia, a country ruled in the 1970s by the genocidal Khmer Rouge.
Chhan was convicted of two counts of misdemeanor domestic violence in 2002 and served 364 days in jail.

Pheach was convicted of possessing drugs and obstructing a police officer in 2005 and served six months in jail. His wife said he is in federal custody.

Also pardoned was Daniel Maher, who was convicted in 1995 of kidnapping, robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm and served five years in prison. Maher is facing deportation to China.

Chhan, Pheach and Maher hold permanent U.S. residency but had exhausted all legal avenues to fight deportation, making Brown's pardons for them their last hope to stay in the U.S., Prasad said.

"This is a life-changing, enormous event," he said.

Also pardoned while facing deportation were Daniel Mena and Francisco Acevedo Alaniz, but their home countries were not immediately known.
Mena was convicted in 2003 of possessing illegal drugs. Alaniz served five months in prison for a 1997 auto theft conviction.

Brown on Friday also commuted the sentences of 14 others convicted of crimes.

So just how many Criminals has Moonbeam pardon?

Quote:California's longest-serving governor has now issued 1,519 pardons, including 404 during his first two terms as governor from 1975 to 1983.

Brown's father, Edmund G. "Pat" Brown issued 467 pardons and 55 commutations, but there have been long stretches of very few in California.

From 1991 through 2010, former Govs. Pete Wilson and Gray Davis issued no pardons while Arnold Schwarzenegger handed out just 15.
This story corrects that Pheach was born in Thailand, not Cambodia. It corrects the spelling of one man's last name, Chhan, not Chann.

Yes, Moonbeam Brown did Pardoned a criminal with convictions for kidnapping, robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The State Department should issue a Travel Warning regarding the Banana Republic of California. Anyone who ignores the warning should at least get the full package of vaccines before traveling to that 3rd World Loony Bin.

Furthermore, CA must be banned from participating in national elections, CA’s congressmen sent home, and CA residents required to present a passport and a health certificate before being allowed to enter the Actual / Real United States of America.  minusculethinking

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  How The CIA Hid Their MKULTRA Mind-Control Program
Posted by: 727Sky - 03-31-2018, 07:07 AM - Forum: Betterment through Pharmacology - No Replies

I have never been all that interested in MKULTRA simply because I have always been aware of how people can be manipulated and it does not seem to take all that much.. Throw in drugs and a captive population and no telling what can be done to just about anyone. 


Quote:Back in the early 1990s, I interviewed John Marks, author of Search for the Manchurian Candidate. This was the book (1979) that helped expose the existence and range of the infamous CIA MKULTRA program.
Marks related the following facts to me. He had originally filed many Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests for documents connected to the CIA’s mind-control program. He got nothing back.
Finally, as if to play a joke on him, someone at the CIA sent Marks 10 boxes of financial and accounting records. The attitude was, “Here, see what you can do with this.”
I’ve seen some of those records. They’re very boring reading.
But Marks went through them, and lo and behold, he found he could piece together MKULTRA projects, based on the funding data.

Eventually, he assembled enough information to begin naming names. He conducted interviews. The shape of MKULTRA swam into view. And so he wrote his book, Search for the Manchurian Candidate.
He told me that three important books had been written about MKULTRA, and they all stemmed from those 10 boxes of CIA financial records. There was his own book; Operation Mind Control by Walter Bowart; and The Mind Manipulators by Alan Scheflin and Edward Opton.
After publishing his book, Marks continued to press the CIA for more MKULTRA information. He explained to me what then happened. A CIA official told him the following: in 1962, after ten years of mind-control experiments, the whole program had been shifted over to another internal CIA department, the Office of Research and Development (ORD).
The ORD had a hundred boxes of information on their MKULTRA work, and there was no way under the sun, Marks was told, he was ever going to get his hands on any of that. It was over. It didn’t matter how many FOIA requests Marks filed. He was done. The door was shut. Goodbye.
The CIA went darker than it ever had before. No leaks of any kind would be permitted.
In case there is any doubt about it, the idea of relying on the CIA to admit what it has done in the mind-control area, what it is doing, and what it will do should be put to bed by John Mark’s statements. The CIA always has been, and will continue to be, a rogue agency.
To give you an idea of how far the CIA, the US military, and its allied academics will go in MKULTRA “research,” here is what I wrote in 1995 about several human experiments. My information was based on the three key books I mentioned above, as well as Martin Lee’s classic, Acid Dreams:
“Dr. Robert Heath of Tulane University, as early as 1955, working for the Army, gave patients LSD while he had electrodes implanted deep inside their brains.”
“In the mid-1950’s, Paul Hoch, M.D., a man who would become Commissioner of Mental Hygiene for the State of New York, then a laborer in the field for the CIA, gave a ‘pseudoneurotic schizophrenic’ patient mescaline. The patient had a heaven-and-hell journey on the compound. But Hoch followed this up with a transorbital leucotomy [aka lobotomy]… Hoch also gave a patient LSD, and a local anesthetic, and then proceeded to remove pieces of his cerebral cortex, asking at various moments whether the patient’s perceptions were changing.”
People need to understand how the history of mind control and psychiatry are interwoven, and how the madmen and murderers within these “professions” are content to use torture “in the name of science.”
From a naturalnews.com article by the heroic whistleblower, psychiatrist Dr. Peter Breggin (“Never again! The real history of psychiatry”), we get insight into one aspect of that history.

Breggin: “[Before World War 2, in America], organized psychiatry had been sterilizing tens of thousands of Americans. For a time in California, you couldn’t be discharged from a state hospital unless you were sterilized. In Virginia the retarded were targeted. American advocates of sterilization went to Berlin to help the Nazis plan their sterilization program. These Americans reassured the Germans that they would meet no opposition from America in sterilizing their mentally and physically ‘unfit’ citizens.”
“While the murder of mental patients was going full swing in Germany, knowledgeable American psychiatrists and neurologists didn’t want to be left out. In 1942, the American Psychiatric Association held a debate about whether to sterilize or to murder low IQ ‘retarded’ children when they reached the age of five. Those were the only two alternatives in the debate: sterilization or death.”
“After the debate, the official journal of the American Psychiatric Association published an editorial in which it chose sides in favor of murder (“Euthanasia” in the American Journal of Psychiatry, 1942, volume 99, pp. 141-143). It said psychiatrists would have to muster their psychological skills to keep parents from feeling guilty about agreeing to have their children killed.”
The psychiatrists who later went to work for the CIA, in the MKULTRA program, were devoid of conscience. Any experiment was a good experiment. Human beings were “useful subjects.”
Here is an MKULTRA sub-project you may not have heard of. I wrote about it several years ago—
Some would say the 1940s and 50s were the most vibrant and innovative period in the history of American jazz.
During those years, it was common knowledge that musicians who were busted for drug use were shipped, or volunteered to go, to Lexington, Kentucky. Lex was the first Narcotics Farm and US Health Dept. drug treatment hospital in the US.
According to diverse sources, here’s a partial list of the reported “hundreds” of jazz musicians who went to Lex: Red Rodney, Sonny Rollins, Chet Baker, Sonny Stitt, Howard McGhee, Elvin Jones, Zoot Sims, Lee Morgan, Tadd Dameron, Stan Levey, Jackie McLean.
It’s also reported that Ray Charles was there, and William Burroughs, Peter Lorre, and Sammy Davis, Jr.
It was supposed to be a rehab center. A place for drying out.
But it was something else too. Lex was used by the CIA as one of its MKULTRA centers for experimentation on inmates.
The doctor in charge of this mind control program was Harris Isbell. Isbell was, at the same time, a member of the FDA’s Advisory Committee on the Abuse of Depressant and Stimulant Drugs.
Isbell gave LSD and other psychedelics to inmates at Lex.
At Sandoz labs in Switzerland, Dr. Albert Hofmann, the discoverer of LSD, also synthesized psilocybin from magic mushrooms. The CIA got some of this new synthetic from Hofmann and gave it to Isbell so he could try it out on inmates at Lex.
Isbell worked at Lex from the 1940s through 1963. It is reported that in one experiment, Isbell gave LSD to 7 inmates for 77 consecutive days. At 4 times the normal dosage. That is a chemical hammer of incredible proportions.
To induce inmates to join these MKULTRA drug experiments, they were offered the drug of their choice, which in many cases was heroin. So at a facility dedicated to drying out and rehabbing addicts, the addicts were subjected to MKULTRA experiments and THEN a re-establishment of their former habit.
Apparently, as many as 800 different drugs were sent to Isbell by the CIA or CIA allies to use on patients at Lex. Two of the allies? The US Navy and the US National Institute of Mental Health—proof that MKULTRA extended beyond the CIA.
In another MKULTRA experiment at Lex, nine men were strapped down on tables. They were injected with psilocybin. Bright lights were beamed at their eyes—a typical mind control component.

During Isbell’s tenure, no one knows how many separate experiments he ran on the inmates.
As I say, Lex was the main stop for drying out for NY jazz musicians. How many of them were taken into these MKULTRA programs?
As Martin Lee explains in his book, Acid Dreams, “It became an open secret…that if the [heroin] supply got tight [on the street], you could always commit yourself to Lexington, where heroin and morphine were doled out as payment if you volunteered for Isbell’s whacky drug experiments. (Small wonder Lexington had a return rate of 90%.)”
A June 15, 1999, Counterpunch article by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair, “CIA’s Sidney Gottlieb: Pusher, Assassin & Pimp— US Official Poisoner Dies,” contains these quotes on Dr. Isbell:
“Gottlieb also funded the experiments of Dr. Harris Isbell. Isbell ran the Center for Addiction Research in Lexington, Kentucky. Passing through Isbell’s center was a captive group of human guinea pigs in the form of a steady stream of black heroin addicts. More than 800 different chemical compounds were shipped from Gottlieb to Lexington for testing on Isbell’s patients.”
“Perhaps the most infamous experiment came when Isbell gave LSD to seven black men for seventy-seven straight days. Isbell’s research notes indicates that he gave the men ‘quadruple’ the ‘normal’ dosages. The doctor marveled at the men’s apparent tolerance to these remarkable amounts of LSD. Isbell wrote in his notes that ‘this type of behavior is to be expected in patients of this type’.”
“In other Gottlieb-funded experiment at the Center, Isbell had nine black males strapped to tables, injected them with psylocybin, inserted rectal thermometers, had lights shown in their eyes to measure pupil dilation and had their joints whacked to test neural reactions.”
If you think these experiments were so extreme they bear no resemblance to modern psychiatry, think again. Thorazine, the first so-called anti-psychotic drug, was researched on the basis of its ability to make humans profoundly quiescent and passive. Electroshock and lobotomy are straight-out torture techniques that also destroy parts of the brain. SSRI antidepressants increase violent behavior, including homicide. Among its many documented effects, Ritalin can induce hallucinations and paranoia.
Well, all these effects are part and parcel of the original (and ongoing) MKULTRA.
But now the whole population, via psychiatry, is included in the experiment.
Which is one reason why the right to refuse medication must be protected and expanded.
The author of an explosive collection, THE MATRIX REVEALED, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at www.nomorefakenews.com

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  The Confessional
Posted by: 727Sky - 03-31-2018, 02:02 AM - Forum: Humor, Jokes & Pranks - No Replies

Quote:[b]Subject:[/b] Confession ?

Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. I have been with a loose woman for the last three weekends."

Father Donavon asks, "Is that you, little Tommy Shaughnessy? "

"Yes, Father, 'tis I."

"And who was the woman you were with?"

"I can't be telling you, Father. I don't want to ruin her reputation."

"Well, Tommy, I'm sure to find out sooner or later, so you may as well tell me now. Was it Brenda O'Malley?"

"I cannot say Father, please."

"Was it Patricia Kelly?"

"I'll never tell."

"Was it Brydie Sharon?"

"I'm sorry, but I'll not name her."

"Was it Mary Catherine Morgan?"

"My lips are sealed, Father."

"Was it Fiona McDonald then?"

"Please, Father, I cannot tell you."

The priest sighs in frustration. "You're a steadfast lad, Tommy Shaughnessy, and I admire that. But you've sinned, and you must atone. You cannot attend church for three months. Be off with you now."

Tommy walks back to his pew. His friend Sean slides over and whispers, "What'd you get?"

"Three month's vacation and five good leads." ???
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  Is it me or is this world getting crazier by the minute..?
Posted by: Sol - 03-30-2018, 12:13 PM - Forum: Daily Chit Chat - Replies (9)


Happy Easter reflections...

March for our lives. Nice, my dear young Millenials but what about stopping to fucking drive while texting? I live on the road and see you everywhere. Texting kills more people than all of those school shootings combined...in a year. Wake the hell up.

Trump this, Trump that, everywhere a Trump Trump... If Trump retired today, all the medias would die from loss of creativity. I just wonder how many people realize that he's done more in a year than his predecessor did in 8? Legitimate question.

So Big Fat Kim met Xi. And all the media can talk about is his wife. WTF. People do realize that his people starve, right? But his wife is fashionable. OK.

The world has become a circus of stupidities making headlines and seriousness taking a plunge out the window.

Russia is being bombarded with accusations based on assumptions, people are being thrown out of their careers out of allegations of sexual assaults on mere words, Stormy the porn star is now a role model for women and the Saudis are still laughing their heads off.

It's no longer smoke and mirrors. It's outright bullshit at every corner. But if you repeat it enough times, it becomes true. Right?

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Please do.  tinylaughing

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  Worth a bit of your time..promise
Posted by: 727Sky - 03-30-2018, 08:36 AM - Forum: Firearms and Related Topics - Replies (1)

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  Holy Shit!!!! They LIED!!!!????
Posted by: guohua - 03-29-2018, 10:04 PM - Forum: Religion and Matters of Faith - Replies (3)

Quote:Pope Francis: 'There Is No Hell'
No!!!  minusculewtf They have Lied to us all these years!! ?? Why?  tinysure

Quote:In another interview with his longtime atheist friend, Eugenio Scalfari, Pope Francis claims that Hell does not exist and that condemned souls just "disappear." This is a denial of the 2,000-year-old teaching of the Catholic Church about the reality of Hell and the eternal existence of the soul.
The interview between Scalfari and the Pope was published March 28, 2018 in La Repubblica. The relevant section on Hell was translated by the highly respected web log, Rorate Caeli
The interview is headlined, "The Pope: It is an honor to be called revolutionary." (Il Papa: “È un onore essere chiamato rivoluzionario.")
The Pope has a friend who is an Atheist,,,, REALLY!?  tinywhat
Quote:Scalfari says to the Pope, "Your Holiness, in our previous meeting you told me that our species will disappear in a certain moment and that God, still out of his creative force, will create new species.

You have never spoken to me about the souls who died in sin and will go to hell to suffer it for eternity.

You have however spoken to me of good souls, admitted to the contemplation of God. But what about bad souls? Where are they punished?"
They go to Hell and Burn in Lakes of Fire,,,,, That is what we've been Told All these Years,,,,,, Right?
Quote:Pope Francis says,  "They are not punished, those who repent obtain the forgiveness of God and enter the rank of souls who contemplate him, but those who do not repent and cannot therefore be forgiven disappear.

There is no hell, there is the disappearance of sinful souls."
minusculewtf minusculeredtantrum But that's not what all those Christians have taught us all these years. minusculeredtantrum
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Quote:The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: "The teaching of the Church affirms the existence of hell and its eternity. Immediately after death the souls of those who die in a state of mortal sin descend into hell, where they suffer the punishments of hell, 'eternal fire.' 

The chief punishment of hell is eternal separation from God, in whom alone man can possess the life and happiness for which he was created and for which he longs." (1035)

The Catechism further states, "The affirmations of Sacred Scripture and the teachings of the Church on the subject of hell are a call to the responsibility incumbent upon man to make use of his freedom in view of his eternal destiny.
They are at the same time an urgent call to conversion: 'Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few.'

"Since we know neither the day nor the hour, we should follow the advice of the Lord and watch constantly so that, when the single course of our earthly life is completed, we may merit to enter with him into the marriage feast and be numbered among the blessed, and not, like the wicked and slothful servants, be ordered to depart into the eternal fire, into the outer darkness where 'men will weep and gnash their teeth.'"
There it is, The Good Old Lake Of Fire Story.

Quote:* In a statement released on Mar. 29, after Scalfari's report garnered worldwide attention, the Vatican said:

"The Holy Father Francis recently received the founder of the newspaper La Repubblica in a private meeting on the occasion of Easter, without however giving him any interviews. What is reported by the author in today’s article [in La Repubblica] is the result of his reconstruction, in which the textual words pronounced by the Pope are not quoted. No quotation of the aforementioned article must therefore be considered as a faithful transcription of the words of the Holy Father."


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  [France] Man 'shouted Arabic Insults' And 'Drives At Soldiers'
Posted by: BIAD - 03-29-2018, 03:24 PM - Forum: European Union - No Replies

Quote:French police detain man who 'shouted Arabic insults' before 'driving at soldiers'

The incident comes days after a radical Islamist gunman fired at police officers before holding
people hostage in a supermarket.

'French police have detained a man accused of trying to run over several soldiers who were
jogging near an army base.

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The National Police said an individual was taken into custody after an operation at a market square
in Grenoble, following the attempted attack in the town of Varces-Allieres-et-Risset around nine miles
(15km) away.

Colonel Benoit Brulot said the driver circled the military barracks shouting insults in Arabic at several
groups of soldiers. He added that the man returned later and tried to hit four soldiers with his car before
making a quick getaway.

The army spokesman confirmed that none of the soldiers, from the 27th Mountain Infantry Brigade,
were injured. The failed attack comes as security services in the country are on high alert.

Last week an Islamist extremist shot at police returning from jogging in southern France, before taking
hostages in a supermarket in Trebes.
The hostage situation claimed four lives, including that of "hero" police officer Arnaud Beltrame.

It was the first militant attack since President Emmanuel Macron lifted a state of emergency.
Mr Macron said on Wednesday that France was locked in a fight against "clandestine Islamic fundamentalism",
as he paid tribute to Mr Beltrame, who took the place of a hostage in Friday's attack.
Pierre-Yves Sarzaud of the army's public relations unit told BFM TV that Thursday morning's incident appeared
to be deliberate.

He explained there was a gap of around 30 minutes between the insults and the driver returning to try and run
over soldiers. A source close to the investigation said the driver's motivations remained unclear, but that the
incident was being taken seriously.

If confirmed to be a deliberate act, it would not be the first time an assailant has used a vehicle to target members
of the security forces in France...'

But they're immigrants and borders are bad. Let them run people over and stop being racist.
Isn't the EU great?!

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  'The March For Our Lives'... Not What It Seemed.
Posted by: BIAD - 03-28-2018, 09:42 PM - Forum: Political News and more - Replies (7)

Well-well, they're at it again! Adults using kids for optics and kids using adults to get a day off school.

Quote:Despite media narrative, study says teenagers made up just 10 percent of March for Our Lives crowd.

'A university professor studying large-scale, Trump-era protests in Washington says the media is giving
the wrong impression about who made up the crowd during last weekend’s anti-gun March for Our Lives

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“My research tells a different story about who participated in the March for Our Lives —and it is more
complicated and less well-packaged for prime time,” University of Maryland sociology professor
Dana R. Fisher wrote in a Wednesday story for the Washington Post.

Fisher’s study indicates that -- while news coverage focused on the teenagers marching for gun control
in the wake of last month’s shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida -90 percent
of the crowd was actually adults. She said the average age of adults in the crowd was just under 49.

“Contrary to what’s been reported in many media accounts, the D.C. March for Our Lives crowd was not
primarily made up of teenagers,” Fisher wrote. “Only about 10 percent of the participants were under 18.”

Fisher said her team sampled 256 people who were randomly selected.
Her research will become a book titled “American Resistance” and will be published after the midterm elections.

Fisher also expressed skepticism that all those who showed up to the march were there primarily because of
their views on guns. Some, she said, came for entertainment.

“The March for Our Lives had the allure of a free concert -in fact, the event’s website maintained a list of performers
but never listed the speakers," she said. "But it is one thing to turn out to watch Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ariana
Grande perform, and quite another to vote in the midterm election in November.”

The research follows an imaging company saying the turnout for the march was much less than claimed by its
organizers. Organizers of the demonstration claimed Sunday that some 850,000 people attended the pro-gun
control event.

But Virginia-based Digital Design & Imaging Service Inc., which uses aerial photos to calculate crowd sizes,
reported the event’s peak crowd size was at 202,796 people...'

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  Arizona governor and Uber kept self-driving program secret, emails reveal.
Posted by: BIAD - 03-28-2018, 09:28 PM - Forum: America and its Territories - No Replies

Here's one for Mr. & Mrs. Guohua... and by the way, hurry on back!

Quote:Arizona governor and Uber kept self-driving program secret, emails reveal.

'Arizona’s Republican governor repeatedly encouraged Uber’s controversial experiment with
autonomous cars in the state, enabling a secret testing program for self-driving vehicles with
limited oversight from experts, according to hundreds of emails obtained by the Guardian.

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Governor Doug Ducey.

The previously unseen emails between Uber and the office of governor Doug Ducey reveal how
Uber began quietly testing self-driving cars in Phoenix in August 2016 without informing the public.

On Monday, eight days after one of Uber’s self-driving vehicles killed a pedestrian in a Phoenix suburb,
Ducey suspended the company’s right to operate autonomous cars on public roads in Arizona.
It was a major about-face for the governor, who has spent years embracing the Silicon Valley startup.

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Uber’s behind-the-scenes efforts to court Ducey, and the governor’s apparent willingness to satisfy the
company, is made clear in the emails, which were sent between 2015 and 2007 and obtained by the
Guardian through public records requests.

They reveal how Uber offered workspace for Ducey’s staff in San Francisco, praised the governor lavishly,
and promised to bring money and jobs to his state. Ducey, meanwhile, helped Uber deal with other officials
in Arizona, issued decrees that were friendly to the company, tweeted out an advert at the company’s request,
and even seems to have been open to wearing an Uber T-shirt at an official event.

There is no way to know whether tougher regulations would have prevented the death of 49-year-old Elaine
Herzberg, who was struck by an Uber-owned Volvo while it was in self-driving mode on 19 March.
Uber immediately suspended its self-driving vehicle testing in Arizona, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto.

The first fatal crash involving a self-driving vehicle and a pedestrian in the US has sparked a national discussion
about the safety of a technology, which tech companies claim will dramatically improve road safety.

However the correspondence between Ducey and Uber will now throw a spotlight on the Arizona governor’s office
–and raise questions about his apparently laissez-faire approach to safety.
While Arizona’s neighbour California has some of the toughest self-driving regulations in America, other states,
such as Michigan and Florida, are at least as permissive as Arizona, with few restrictions and little oversight of
highly automated vehicles.

‘A real thought leader’
Arizona was not always a friendly state for Uber. In April 2014, then-governor Jan Brewer vetoed legislation that
would have exempted taxi-hailing companies from insurance regulations imposed on traditional taxis.

Uber and Lyft continued to operate in the state, however, risking fines for their drivers. In late 2014, Brewer was
replaced by Ducey, a fellow Republican, and Uber almost immediately began its charm offensive.

A month after being sworn in, Ducey met with David Plouffe, Barack Obama’s former campaign manager, who had
been hired by Uber as a senior vice-president, and another Uber executive named Justin Kintz.

The following week, Kintz wrote to Ducey: “I know [Plouffe] and [Uber founder] Travis [Kalanick] are as excited as
I am to expand our footprint in Arizona, and we are encouraged that the state legislature is interested in codifying
a permanent regulatory structure for ridesharing.”

One of Ducey’s first acts as governor was to instruct officials not to pursue ride-share drivers over taxi licensing rules.
Uber seemed to have secured a political ally in Ducey who signed a bill legalizing ride-sharing at a high-profile
ceremony in April 2015, flanked by Uber and Lyft drivers and executives.

In the run-up to the ceremony, Uber staff wrote to Ducey’s office with some questions. “Is the governor still interested
in wearing an Uber shirt at the event? We’re looking into polo shirts, and it would be great to get his size,” wrote one.
“Can we swap out the order and have the Uber driver [introduce the governor]?” wrote another. “I think this makes
more sense since this is ultimately about them.”

While Ducey’s team agreed to Uber’s scheduling preference, photographs from the signing show him wearing a
plain blue shirt. Nevertheless, Uber was pleased with Ducey’s performance.

Justin Kintz sent a gushing email to Ducey’s chief of staff calling the governor “a real thought leader on these
innovation issues”. Uber also said it would send out an “all-rider, all-driver email thanking the [governor] and the
state of AZ for their leadership.”...'
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