Rothschild inherits Patent after 4 co-owners disappear on MH 370




The disappearance of four members of a patent semiconductor traveling on Malaysia Airlines MH370

The disappearance of four members of a patent semiconductor traveling on Malaysia Airlines MH370 makes the famous billionaire Jacob Rothschild the sole owner of a very important patent.

The mystery surrounding the Malaysian Airlines MH-370 is growing as each day passes with more mysterious silence shadowing the disappearance of the airline. More and more theories are beginning to emerge.

We have heard of black holes swallowing the airliner (likely the least intelligent thing ever said on TV), deranged pilots taking it over… But no media outlet has mentioned anything about who was on that plane.

Absolutely nothing! Well, for starters, the people who owned the patent to Freescale Semiconductor’s ARM microcontroller ‘KL-03′ which is a new improvised version of an older microcontroller KL-02 were on the MH-370 flight.

This report has caught legs across dozens of European based news outlets. Did Rothschild exploited the airlines to gain full Patent Rights of an incredible KL-03 micro-chip? According to the reports, Jacob Rothschild is dubbed as the “evil master plotter”.

A US technolofy company which had 20 senior staff on board Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 had just launched a new electronic warfare gadget for military radar systems in the days before the Boeing 777 went missing.

Freescale Semiconductor has been developing microprocessors, sensors and other technology for the past 50 years. The technology it creates is commonly referred to as embedded processors, which according to the firm are “stand-alone semiconductors that perform dedicated computing functions in electronic systems”.




Why were so many Freescale employees traveling together? What were their jobs. Were they on a mission and if so what was this mission? Can these employees be the cause of the disappearance of this plane? Could the plane have been then hijacked and these people kidnapped?

Did these employees hold valuable information, did they have any valuable cargo with them? Did they know company and technological secrets? With all the might of technology why cant this plane be located? Where is this plane where are these people?”

The 20 Freescale employees, among 239 people on flight MH370, were mostly engineers and other experts working to make the company’s chip facilities in Tianjin, China, and Kuala Lumpur more efficient, said Mitch Haws, vice president, global communications and investor relations.

“These were people with a lot of experience and technical background and they were very important people,” Haws said. “It’s definitely a loss for the company.”

In Malaysia, Freescale’s modern operations facility that manufactures and tests integrated circuits (IC) is based in Petaling Jaya.
Based on information obtained from Freescale’s website, the facility began operations in 1972 covering an eight hectare site and is specifically designed for the manufacturing and testing of microprocessors, digital signal processors and integrated radio frequency circuits.
It also owns Freescale RF which is involved in creating solutions for Aerospace and Defence listed below.

1. Battlefield communication
2. Avionics
3. HF Radar – Band L- and S-
4. Missile Guidance
5. Electronic Warfare
6. Identification, friend or foe (IFF)

Freescale’s shareholders include the Carlyle Group of private equity investors whose past advisers have included ex-US president George Bush Sr and former British Prime Minister John Major.

Carlyle’s previous heavyweight clients include the Saudi Binladin Group, the construction firm owned by the family of Osama bin Laden.
The fact that Freescale had so many highly qualified staff on board the Boeing 777 had already prompted wild conspiracy theories about what might have happened.

The company says they were flying to China to improve its consumer products operations, but Freescale’s fresh links to electronic warfare technology is likely to trigger more speculation and deepen the mystery.




Experts have been baffled how a large passenger jet seems to have flown undetected and possibly beaten military radar systems for up to six hours even though today’s satellites can take a crystal clear picture of someone crossing a street. /

What is the scientific reason tomatoes should not be refrigerated?

Q. Can you explain the scientific reason that I should not store my fresh tomatoes in the refrigerator?

 



A. Tomatoes begin to lose their flavor after they’ve in the refrigerator for a few days – or even a few hours, so say some true aficionados. Their texture also gets grainy.

The culprit is an acid in tomatoes (lineolic acid) that turns to a compound (Z-3 hexenel) which gives tomatoes their taste. Cold hinders the process that the acid uses to turn into the compound. More cold = less transformation of lineolic acid to Z-3 = less tomatoey taste and smell.

One way to manage this is to remove tomatoes from the refrigerator about an hour or two before you plan to eat them. By setting them at room temperature you give any remaining lineolic acid the chance to turn into the compound, giving the tomato a final boost of flavor.




Try this experiment to test flavor for yourself:

  1. Pick 4 tomatoes – same variety, same ripeness.
  2. Taste one right away.
  3. Set one on the counter. Place two in the fridge.
  4. An hour later, remove one from the fridge.
    Taste the room-temperature, counter top tomato, the short-term fridge tomato, and the long-term fridge tomato against each other (remembering the flavor of the vine-eaten tomato).
  5. Decide for yourself!

Exclusive: Philadelphia will host WWE’s Royal Rumble in 2018




Philadelphia’s rich history of professional wrestling will get even richer in 2018: The city will host the WWE Royal Rumble at the Wells Fargo Center on Jan. 28.

The Royal Rumble is one of the WWE’s “big four” events, which also include WrestleMania, SummerSlam, and the Survivor Series.

Philadelphia hosted the Royal Rumble in 2015, which brought 17,164 fans to the Wells Fargo Center. But that was before the WWE changed its strategy: Now, it presents multiple events surrounding its “big four” extravaganzas, all at the same venue.

Auxiliary events Raw, Smackdown Live, and NXT — the company’s developmental program that has morphed into its own thriving brand — will also also take place at the Wells Fargo Center Jan. 27-30 next year.

On Jan. 27, 2018, WWE will present a live special from NXT called NXT Takeover. WWE’s main television programs, Raw and Smackdown Live, will be held at the Wells Fargo Center on Jan. 29 and Jan. 30, 2018.

Ticket information for all events will be announced soon.




“WWE has enjoyed a very special relationship with the city and its fans over decades, and that important heritage made Philadelphia a very natural choice to host this unprecedented four-night celebration,” John Saboor, WWE’s executive vice president of special events, said in an interview Wednesday. “Our decision to place next year’s Royal Rumble celebration in Philadelphia is truly another exciting and important step in the continued growth of WWE’s four largest annual events.”

Saboor said one of the reasons Philadelphia landed the Royal Rumble was that WWE has appreciated the city’s passion and pursuit in hosting major events, including its most notable event, WrestleMania, which the city has bid on in recent years.

Saboor also said the WWE would work with the city on other ancillary events to help celebrate the Royal Rumble, including community and charity activities.

When it came to clearing the dates for WWE, Wells Fargo Center president John Page said that it wasn’t an issue and that the venue jumped at the opportunity to host the Royal Rumble again.

“When you look at what WWE has been able to accomplish in terms of their live-event programming, to be able to bring four events to Philadelphia, it’s huge,” Page said.

“The wrestling community, there’s nothing quite like it from an entertainment value,” he added.



“When they presented us the opportunity to essentially put a bid together, we were very excited about it. Albeit, it was a little bit different from before, the attractive nature of it really showcased four successive nights, it’s something you don’t get the opportunity to do very often.”

He said it also meant a lot to Comcast Spectacor overall, as it owns NBC Universal, the television home of WWE.

This year is the 30th edition of the Royal Rumble, which will be held Sunday at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Fans here can watch the event live on the WWE Network starting at 5 p.m.

Five Big Banks Plead Guilty to Rigging Currency Markets

James S. Henry is a leading economist, attorney and investigative journalist who has written extensively about global issues. James served as Chief Economist at the international consultancy firm McKinsey & Co. As an investigative journalist his work has appeared in numerous publications like Forbes, The Nation and The New York Times. He was the lead researcher of the recently released report titled ‘The Price of Offshore Revisited.’

SHARMINI PERIES, EXEC. PRODUCER, TRNN: Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Sharmini Peries coming to you from Baltimore.




The five biggest banks, Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase, Barclays, The Royal Bank of Scotland, and UBS, have all pleaded guilty to multiple crimes involving foreign currencies, interest rates, and collusion. The traders, according to the New York Times, had formed a, quote, “an invitation-only club where the stakes were so high that newcomers were warned: mess this up, and sleep with one eye open.” The pleas are expected to be heard this afternoon in federal court. Joining us now from Sag Harbor, New York to discuss all of this is James S. Henry. James is a leading economist, attorney, and investigative journalist.

Thank you so much for joining us today, James.

JAMES S. HENRY, SENIOR ECONOMIST, TAX JUSTICE NETWORK: You’re very welcome.

PERIES: James, so let’s start off, and can you explain to us exactly what these banks were involved in?

HENRY: They set up a cartel to rig one of the largest financial markets in the world. The $5.3 trillion per day foreign exchange market. And some of them, most of them were also involved in rigging what’s called the LIBOR interest rate market, as well. Which is a–.

PERIES: Explain that.

HENRY: –of fundamental importance for all kinds of interest rate markets all over the world.

PERIES: Explain the LIBOR scandal.

HENRY: Well, the LIBOR scandal was very similar to the foreign exchange scandal. You had traders who were involved in colluding on pricing financial securities and agreeing on what interest rate they would bid on the part of their banks, rather than compete on an arm’s-length basis. So this is a clear cut [inaud.] case of where the invisible hand was nowhere to be seen.

These are critical markets for all kinds of corporate investors, financial investors of all kinds, housing markets, you know. It’s trade–anyone involved in international trade. This is absolutely outrageous, and it’s an example of really bad behavior by essentially a cartel of very large institutions that have been behaving as if they are too big to jail, too big to penalize.

PERIES: Now, explain further in terms of what this pleading guilty actually means, and what is expected in terms of the next steps in this case.

HENRY: Well, they’ve agreed under this settlement to pay $5.89 billion in fines in disgorgement of profit. But they’ve also, the five institutions here, four of them have pleaded guilty. Which is a corporate plea submission. And that’s really unusual. The problem is that in advance of this settlement, essentially the collateral consequences that would have applied to a guilty plea by a corporate institution such as losing the right to be a prime dealer for Federal Reserve securities, or losing other rights to represent the pension funds and the U.S. pension fund system, those rights were all shielded, protected. So essentially this is a plea that has been deprived of any collateral consequences.

So we also see nobody going to jail here. The traders involved may have lost their jobs. But the profits from this activity were recorded by these banks years ago, and now finally after six or seven years, lots of litigation, they have finally come to this settlement.

You know, you have to ask whether the settlement has any real impact on their bottom lines. And I think the best answer to that is given by today’s stock market price. Which, for this bank group as a whole, their market capitalization actually rose. In the case of UBS the stock price rose 3 percent. In the case of Barclays it rose 3.7 percent.

PERIES: What’s the calculation there? Why is that happening?

HENRY: I think investors are looking at this as a light, as a kind of slap on the wrist. I mean, if you look at JP Morgan for example. JP Morgan is being fined under this agreement about a billion dollars. Little bit less than that. About $900 million. But JP Morgan in the first quarter of 2015, this largest U.S. bank, had net income of $5.9 billion. On a year basis–I mean, if they describe this penalty as less than 3 percent of JP Morgan net income last year, it would come off as a more realistic appraisal of how light the penalty is.




And this is an important thing for us to look at. These 22 largest global banks, in general, I have compiled a database of all the corporate crimes they’ve been fined or had to pay penalties for, or settle private lawsuits for from 1998 to 2015. There’s a grand total of 255 felony-scale offenses. Not only LIBOR rigging and currency markets, but money laundering, bribery, mortgage fraud, financial sanctions and [inaud.], wrongful foreclosures. Total of 14 different offenses, and a grand total of, for this group of the largest 20 banks in the world, more than 650 such fines. For which they received a grand total of $246 billion of fines.

But it hasn’t affected their behavior.

PERIES: And it’ll continue to not affect their behavior, unless key leaders of these organizations or banks are held accountable. Now, I know in other countries like Ireland actually took the bankers to court and convicted them. Why is that not happening here?

HENRY: I think there’s a mentality in the part of the Justice Department that they really can’t hold senior bankers responsible. In the 1980s under the first Bush administration something like 880 bankers went to jail in the United States for the savings and loan crisis and the financial fraud that was committed there. Here we have banks that are engaged in much more damaging global activity, costing tens of billions of dollars to financial markets, and no one’s going to jail.

There may be jail for lower-level traders going forward. But none of the CEOs at these institutions have experienced any kind of penalties. In fact, their payment schedules are going up as the stock market increases. JP Morgan’s stock price has appreciated 20 percent in the last year alone.

The main point about this is that if you look at this strictly on a business basis, this is a very profitable kind of crime. Because the profits are all realized five or six years ago, at least, from this kind of activity. It’s been going on for a long time. And finally, after a lot of litigation, a lot of settlement negotiations, maybe five to six years after the fact, they finally have to pay a fine. So on a net present value basis, putting aside the ethics or the morality of this, it’s been a profitable business for the banks and there’s no reason they shouldn’t be expected to continue doing it.

PERIES: And the Department of Justice here in this case, why haven’t they moved more swiftly?

HENRY: These are institutions that are not without influence in Washington. Eric Holder, if he goes back to Covington and Burling, joining Lanny Breuer, who used to be head of the white-collar crimes unit of the Department of Justice, that’s a big law firm at Covington. They represent all of these institutions. There’s a tremendous amount of political influence on the part of the large institutions and, and Jamie Dimon basically taunted Elizabeth Warren back in the fall, saying you know, go ahead, fine us. He’s been complaining about being targeted by the regulators. But the history is that these banks have not changed their behavior. And these fines are just passed along to customers. They’re not borne by the executives involved at all. And the behavior goes on.

PERIES: James, do you think Loretta Lynch, the new Department of Justice head, will have anything to add to this case, and bring it to greater conclusion?

HENRY: I think going forward you’d like to believe that she would have a tougher stance towards the banks than her predecessor. But she was deeply involved in the slap on the wrist settlement with HSBC in 2012, which was, where HSBC was caught red-handed laundering billions for the cartels in Mexico, and also busting sanctions against U.S.–sanctions that have been imposed on countries like Iran and North Korea.

The track record suggests that she will be as accommodating as her predecessors. But that’s not the way we’re going to bring these–essentially banking has become a kind of criminal enterprise. And we’re talking about multiple crimes over multiple years, committed by the same institutions under the administration of the same senior executives. So it isn’t a quick case of one or two rogue traders or bad actors here. We have an institutional problem, a real culture of crime and opportunism within these financial institutions.




PERIES: And in spite of what we have seen over the years since 2007 and 2008 crises, things really haven’t changed. There has really been no reform of the system in any way.

HENRY: Well, I think the banks are very busy right now trying to undermine the reforms that were made. There were some efforts on the part of Congress to toughen up on bank regulation, to establish new bank regulators. But right now they’re spending a lot of money on lobbyists to undermine that and to roll it back, and I don’t think there’s much support for tougher regulation in Congress, on the part of this Congress.

I think we’re, the problem is that we’re looking at a situation that hasn’t fundamentally changed from a standpoint of tough penalties. What you need to stop this kind of behavior is proactive regulation. This kind of ex-, post-facto, cleaning up after the fact takes years, it imposes a fine that is a fraction of profits or cash flow or trivial, and I think the behavior underlying it just goes on.

Is this ET? Mystery of strange radio bursts from space

Mysterious radio wave flashes from far outside the galaxy are proving tough for stronomers to explain. Is it pulsars? A spy satellite? Or an alien message?

 

BURSTS of radio waves flashing across the sky seem to follow a mathematical pattern. If the pattern is real, either some strange celestial physics is going on, or the bursts are artificial, produced by human – or alien – technology.




Telescopes have been picking up so-called fast radio bursts (FRBs) since 2001. They last just a few milliseconds and erupt with about as much energy as the sun releases in a month. Ten have been detected so far, most recently in 2014, when the Parkes Telescope in New South Wales, Australia, caught a burst in action for the first time. The others were found by sifting through data after the bursts had arrived at Earth. No one knows what causes them, but the brevity of the bursts means their source has to be small – hundreds of kilometres across at most – so they can’t be from ordinary stars. And they seem to come from far outside the galaxy.

The weird part is that they all fit a pattern that doesn’t match what we know about cosmic physics.

To calculate how far the bursts have come, astronomers use a concept called the dispersion measure. Each burst covers a range of radio frequencies, as if the whole FM band were playing the same song. But electrons in space scatter and delay the radiation, so that higher frequency waves make it across space faster than lower frequency waves. The more space the signal crosses, the bigger the difference, or dispersion measure, between the arrival time of high and low frequencies – and the further the signal has travelled.

Michael Hippke of the Institute for Data Analysis in Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany, and John Learned at the University of Hawaii in Manoa found that all 10 bursts’ dispersion measures are multiples of a single number: 187.5 (see chart). This neat line-up, if taken at face value, would imply five sources for the bursts all at regularly spaced distances from Earth, billions of light-years away. A more likely explanation, Hippke and Lerned say, is that the FRBs all come from somewhere much closer to home, from a group of objects within the Milky Way that naturally emit shorter-frequency radio waves after higher-frequency ones, with a delay that is a multiple of 187.5.

They claim there is a 5 in 10,000 probability that the line-up is coincidence. “If the pattern is real,” says Learned, “it is very, very hard to explain.”

“Perhaps extraterrestrial civilisations are flagging us down with basic multiplication”

Cosmic objects might, by some natural but unknown process, produce dispersions in regular steps. Small, dense remnant stars called pulsars are known to emit bursts of radio waves, though not in regular arrangements or with as much power as FRBs. But maybe superdense stars are mathematical oddities because of underlying physics we don’t understand.

It’s also possible that the telescopes are picking up evidence of human technology, like an unmapped spy satellite, masquerading as signals from deep space.

The most tantalising possibility is that the source of the bursts might be a who, not a what. If none of the natural explanations pan out, their paper concludes, “An artificial source (human or non-human) must be considered.”

“Beacon from extraterrestrials” has always been on the list of weird possible origins for these bursts. “These have been intriguing as an engineered signal, or evidence of extraterrestrial technology, since the first was discovered,” says Jill Tarter, former director of the SETI Institute in California. “I’m intrigued. Stay tuned.”




Astronomers have long speculated that a mathematically clever message – broadcasts encoded with pi, or flashes that count out prime numbers, as sent by aliens in the film Contact – could give away aliens’ existence. Perhap extraterrestrial civilisations are flagging us down with basic multiplication.

Power source

But a fast radio burst is definitely not the easiest message aliens could send. As Maura McLaughlin of West Virginia University, who was part of the first FRB discovery points out, it takes a lot of energy to make a signal that spreads across lots of frequencies, instead of just a narrow one like a radio station. And if the bursts come from outside the galaxy, they would have to be incredibly energetic to get this far.

If the bursts actually come from inside the Milky Way, they need not be so energetic (just like a nearby flashlight can light up the ground but a distant light does not). Either way, though, it would require a lot of power. In fact, the aliens would have to be from what SETI scientists call a Kardashev Type II civilisation (see “Keeping up with the Kardashevs” below).

But maybe there’s no pattern at all, let alone one that aliens embedded. There are only 10 bursts, and they fit into just five groups. “It’s very easy to find patterns when you have small-number statistics,” says McLaughlin. “On the other hand, I don’t think you can argue with the statistics, so it is odd.”

The pattern might disappear as more FRBs are detected. Hippke and Learned plan to check their finding against new discoveries, and perhaps learn something about the universe. “Science is the best game around,” says Learned. “You don’t know what the rules are, or if you can win. This is science in action.”

If the result holds up, says Hippke, “there is something really interesting we need to understand. This will either be new physics, like a new kind of pulsar, or, in the end, if we can exclude everything else, an ET.”

Hippke is cautious, but notes that remote possibilities are still possibilities. “When you set out to search for something new,” he says, “you might find something unexpected.”

Keeping up with the Kardashevs

THE first search for extraterrestrial intelligence, Frank Drake’s Project Ozma, looked for radio broadcasts from hypothetical aliens in the 1960s.

Around the same time, cosmologist Nikolai Kardashev began to wonder what a truly advanced civilisation’s radio messages might be like. His main conclusion: more powerful than ours. In a 1963 paper called “Transmission of Information by Extraterrestrial Civilizations”, he grouped ETs into three categories according to how big their broadcasts could be. The labels stuck, and SETI scientists still use them today.




A signal from a Kardashev Type I society uses a planet’s worth of energy, pulling from all its resources – solar, thermal, volcanic, tectonic, hydrodynamic, oceanic, and so on.

A Type II civilisation has a star’s worth of output at its disposal. It would have to capture all its sun’s radiation, throw material into a black hole and suck up the radiation, or travel to many planets and strip them of resources.

A Kardashev Type III civilisation controls the power output of a galaxy like the Milky Way. If a galaxy was home to just one Type III society, it would be completely dark except for the waste infrared radiation (heat) blowing from their massive engineering projects.

Archdiocese gives $850,000 to fight marijuana bid




The Boston Archdiocese is pouring $850,000 into a last-minute effort to defeat a state ballot measure to legalize marijuana, calling increased drug use a threat to the Catholic Church’s health and social-service programs.

The church’s contribution represents about a 50 percent increase over what the antimarijuana Campaign for a Safe and Healthy Massachusetts has collected so far. The total, however, is still less than half of what has been raised by the referendum’s proponents.

The church’s donation will likely help fund an existing advertising campaign. Archdiocesan officials have also sent materials to parishes and schools arguing against the ballot question.

“It reflects the fact that the archdiocese holds the matter among its highest priorities,” archdiocese spokesman Terrence Donilon said of the donation. “It’s a recognition that, if passed, the law would have significantly detrimental impacts on our parishes, our ministries.”

Just last week, convening a group of interfaith leaders around strategies to defeat the measure, Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley said the archdiocese would spend only a small amount in opposition.
A guide to marijuana referendum in Mass.

But “within the last few days,” his thinking changed, Donilon said. “The more he thought about this and prayed about this, he thought this was the right thing to do because it directly impacts the people we’re trying to help,” he said.

Donilon said the money comes from a discretionary, unrestricted central ministry fund, not from parish collection baskets or other programs.




The prolegalization forces say they aim to create a regulated and taxed market, removing marijuana sales from the criminal sphere. They point to statistics showing that current marijuana laws disproportionately hurt people of color.

Opponents have cited the state’s opioid addiction crisis, warning that marijuana is a “gateway drug” that leads to more dangerous habits. And they argue that “edibles” — candy-like products infused with cannabis – could lure children into trying the drug.

“The archdiocese has come up with a position that, frankly, we think is based on unfounded assumptions and junk science,” said Jim Borghesani, a spokesman for the promarijuana group YES on 4. “But they can spend their money any way they wish.”

Borghesani added, “What I think the archdiocese is missing is the terrible harm that (marijuana) prohibition has done to people of color, to people who have chosen a substance that is less dangerous than alcohol and have had their lives ruined because they’ve been arrested.”

Voters on Nov. 8 will decide four statewide ballot questions. On marijuana — known as Question 4 — polls consistently show the legalization forces in the lead. A Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll released Thursday showed likely voters backing the proposal, 49 percent to 42 percent.

The marijuana referendum comes at a time when national opinion appears to be swinging starkly in favor of legalized recreational use. Four other states will vote on similar questions, with polls showing them also trending toward approval.

A recent Pew Research Center poll pegged national support for legalization at 57 percent, with 37 percent opposed — nearly the mirror image of public sentiment a decade ago. Increased acceptance in the states would likely ramp up pressure on the federal government to lift its decades-long ban.

Given the small window between the archdiocese’s financial involvement and the election, and with the airwaves crowded with presidential ads, it remains unclear what impact the investment will have.

The church’s recent record on ballot-question politics is mixed. In 2014, the state’s four Catholic bishops joined other religious leaders in pushing a repeal of the law permitting casinos here, but did not raise enough money to air TV ads. That measure floundered, and casinos remained.

In 2012, the church helped lead the fight against a ballot measure that would have allowed doctor-assisted suicides. The Boston Archdiocese and its affiliated entities contributed about $2.5 million, and the proposal failed.

This year, Donilon said, the Archdiocese has identified the legalization campaign as a threat to its sprawling umbrella of services — from antihomelessness programs, to food pantries, to parochial schools.

“We provide extensive programs, and the church has historically spoken out on issues that are both a public policy matter and also impact the wider society in terms of serving those who are truly in need,” Donilon said. “We’re convinced now more than ever that these programs will take a negative impact. It’s going to have a huge societal impact.”

Much of the state’s political establishment — including Governor Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Attorney General Maura Healey, and House Speaker Robert DeLeo — has also spoken out against the measure.




The bishops’ contribution represents the largest single donation against marijuana legalization aside from the $1 million check written by casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, a Dorchester native and conservative political financier. The antilegalization campaign has raised more than $2.6 million, including the archdiocese’s contribution.

YES on 4 has raised $6.6 million so far, according to state campaign finance records.

How an ex-NFL player is on the verge of becoming a wrestling superstar




In 2012, Quinn Ojinnaka had a solid NFL career and a healthy bank account that allowed him the freedom to do whatever he wanted. While that may be something that most people only dream of, the man affectionately nicknamed “Moose” simply wasn’t happy. So he decided to trade in the shoulder pads for a pair of spandex and live out his childhood fantasy of becoming a professional wrestler.

It all sounded like a dream come true, but in reality, when he told his wife about his plans, she responded with divorce papers.

“The first person I told that I was retiring from the NFL to become a pro wrestler was my ex-wife and her reaction was that she hated it and that I was being selfish for retiring at a young age,” says Ojinnaka as he walks through the Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on a warm February afternoon. “One of the biggest reasons why we split up was because I was leaving all this money on the table for something that was just a maybe.”

His dream is no longer a “maybe” because in 24 hours, the 6-foot-5 former offensive lineman will step into the ring against the man who just so happens to be his favorite wrestler, New Japan Professional Wrestling’s heavyweight champion Kazuchika Okada, at independent wrestling promotion Ring Of Honor’s 14th Anniversary show.

Today, Ojinnaka is one of the brightest stars on the independent wrestling scene and happier than he’s ever been, which proves the sacrifices he had to make were all worth it.

“It’s funny how my ex-wife laughed at me and called me an idiot when I quit football to become a wrestler,” he says with a pregnant pause and a grin on his face as he refers to a recent post he made on Facebook. “But who is the idiot now?”

It’s hard not to notice Ojinnaka. His presence simply demands attention. Throughout the conversation, people stop and stare. Some immediately recognize Ojinnaka and take selfies with him while others unfamiliar with his background whisper to each other and stare in awe. He exudes big business and, to many, it’s only a matter of time before “Moose” heads to the WWE.




“He’s a thoroughbred,” longtime WWE commentator and talent scout Jim Ross told Yahoo Sports. “He has that competitive edge from being in the NFL and you don’t check that at the door. He has a truly fascinating upside with his agility, physicality and competitive drive to be the best. He has special skills that you simply cannot replicate and I would be shocked if he’s not in the WWE in the next few years.”

Ring of Honor has proven to become one of the premier breeding grounds for WWE superstars including CM Punk, A.J. Styles, Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Cesaro, Samoa Joe and others. And with this being Ojinnaka’s fourth year as a professional wrestler, there is a possibility that the 31-year-old could eventually joint the ranks of some of ROH’s illustrious alumni in the WWE.

But in order to get to where he is today, he had to endure the backlash from his unpopular decision to walk away from a lucrative career in the NFL.

“My brothers hated it and didn’t understand how I could give away millions to do something stupid and fake,” Ojinnaka says. “Other than my mom, everyone took it the wrong way and said it was stupid. But that made me work harder to prove them wrong.”

Before football consumed his life, Ojinnaka was infatuated with professional wrestling. Born and raised in Maryland, a 7-year-old Ojinnaka happened to stumble across the 1992 WWE Royal Rumble when the consummate showman Ric Flair emerged on the screen. “I was watching this as a kid and said, ‘What the hell is this?’ ” Ojinnaka reflects. “I liked what I was watching and this guy was instantly my favorite wrestler. I told my mom that whatever this was, I wanted to watch it every single time it is on.”

But it wasn’t until Ojinnaka saw Razor Ramon, a Cuban-American intimidator from Miami, that he realized he wanted to be a professional wrestler.

“From watching him I thought I could actually be him,” Ojinnaka says. “I’d dress, walk and talk like him. It came to a point where I said that I wanted to be a wrestler so I could be just like him.”

Despite his love for professional wrestling, Ojinnaka found success as a football player. After a stellar high school career at DeMatha Catholic High School in Maryland, Ojinnaka went to Syracuse where he was dominant as an offensive lineman. His athletic prowess led him to being selected in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL draft by the Atlanta Falcons and his financial future was set. But professional wrestling was still in the back of his mind.

“All of my teammates in college and the NFL would tell you that I would be still watching wrestling whenever it came on,” Ojinnaka says.

No matter how well he was doing on the field, the idea of becoming a professional wrestler was gnawing at him. When he was traded to the New England Patriots in 2010, Ojinnaka began to realize that he wasn’t getting any younger and if he was going to chase his dream, he needed to do it sooner than later.

“When I got traded to the Patriots was when I saw the real life of football and that you won’t play for the same team for the rest of your career and that’s when I got tired of it,” Ojinnaka says. “I was always in a bad mood and realized that the only way I could make myself happy was to chase this dream to become a pro wrestler.”

From 2010-12, Ojinnaka played for the Patriots, Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Rams before getting released after his second stint on the Rams in October 2012. But instead of chasing down another team, Ojinnaka decided go after his dream. And with a pretty significant amount of money saved up due to his frugal spending habits, he decided that there would be no better time than the present to see if he had what it took to become a professional wrestler.

“When I decided I wanted to become a wrestler, I knew I could take six months to a year and focus on becoming a wrestler,” Ojinnaka says when referring to his healthy nest egg. “I didn’t need to have a backup job. I could wake up and go to wrestling school and be dedicated.”




Ojinnaka began his training in 2012 under the tutelage of retired WWE and WCW star Curtis Hughes at WWA4 Wrestling School in Atlanta. To prove his dedication, Ojinnaka drove an hour each way to the wrestling school four times a week from November until his first match in April the following year.

Transitioning from getting hit on the football field to taking bumps in a wrestling ring didn’t prove to be too difficult for Ojinnaka as his natural athleticism allowed him to quickly grasp the moves and techniques necessary to begin his new career. Ojinnaka had his first wrestling match against indie talent AR Fox in a match that he says he hated despite the praise he received by those watching. “I was more nervous than I was in my first football game,” Ojinnaka says with a laugh. “I was actually shaking in the ring while I was running my spots.”

Although he was green, his physical ability, size and determination was undeniable.

There are those that think that the only reason Ojinnaka was given an opportunity in Ring of Honor was because of his NFL background. That couldn’t be further from the truth. He had to chase them down to get their attention, literally.

“Ring Of Honor told me to keep showing up even though I wasn’t promised a spot,” Ojinnaka says. With the money he saved up, he would travel wherever ROH was having a show just to prove his dedication and determination. “It got to the point where someone would be hurt or miss their flight and they’d ask me to be in a match.”

On June 19, 2014, Ojinnaka signed a two-year contract with Ring Of Honor and officially began his journey to become the greatest professional wrestler in the world. But life on the road with a bunch of wrestlers versus the lavish life of traveling with an NFL team would take some adjusting.

“Financially, it’s definitely an adjustment,” Ojinnaka says. “In football you’re making hundreds of thousands of dollars weekly. In wrestling you’re making maybe $500 a week.”

But despite the financial differences, Ojinnaka says that he enjoys the camaraderie travelling with fellow wrestlers more than he did the NFL.

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Over the past 18 months, Ojinnaka has showed tremendous growth and become a fan favorite. A strong showing during a tour in Japan further certified his growing presence as a future star in this business and led to Ring of Honor booking him for a match against Okada in their biggest show of the year.

It’s apparent that Ojinnaka was both nervous and excited at the opportunity. With several combat sports journalists in attendance, including lauded pro wrestling reporter Dave Meltzer, Ojinnaka realized the opportunity to impress.

“It’s like I’m a kid preparing for the first day of school and I can’t sleep because I’m excited to see all of my friends,” Ojinnaka said with a wide smile stretching across his face. “He’s my favorite wrestler in the world and I’m so excited.

“Moose” would end up losing to Okada but the spirited affair allowed him to show off his athleticism while telling a story where the up-and-comer may be an extraordinarily talent but the experienced champion eventually gained the upper hand. Wrestling is funny that way where the loser can come out as the winner with the fans for exceeding their expectations. Okada would leave “Moose” alone in the ring as the arena swelled with chants of “Moose! Moose! Moose!”

A couple of hours later in his hotel room, Ojinnaka was visibly pleased with his performance. While his fellow wrestlers are preparing for a night on the town, Ojinnaka was contemplative and reflective.

“That was definitely the best match of my career so far but I have a tendency of saying this after every match,” Ojinnaka said. His phone filled with text messages from friends who enjoyed his match and echo his sentiments. “I have people tell me that I’m on a great pace for only doing this for three years but I don’t want it to mess with my focus. I just want to continue to get better.”

On June 19, Ojinnaka’s contract with Ring Of Honor will expire and there’s a distinct possibility that he could be headed for the big stage in the house that Vincent K. McMahon built.

Despite the acclaim and fitting the WWE type (big, strong and athletic), Ojinnaka isn’t concerning himself much with the future, as he is too busy enjoying the present.

“I haven’t thought about what’s next yet,” Ojinnaka says. “I love Ring of Honor and I’m the happiest that I’ve ever been in my life, hands down.”

Ultimately, the sacrifices were all worth it.

“Money doesn’t make you happy,” he says. “I’m way happier doing this than playing football. Football wasn’t happiness to me. That was a job. This isn’t a job. This is me doing something I love.”

How Samsung missed out on buying Android




Before being acquired by Google, Andy Rubin’s Android team pitched to Samsung at some point in late 2004, looking for further funding. However, Samsung did not see the potential in Android at the time, preferring to pass on the opportunity to invest in the startup. When the eight people Android team flew to Samsung’s headquarters in South Korea, “instead of enthusiasm and questions, the only response [Rubin got was] dead silence,” from the 20 Samsung executives that attended the meeting, Phone Arena writes, citing as reference the “Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution” book by Fred Vogelstein.

“’You and what army are going to go and create this? You have six people. Are you high?’ is basically what they said. They laughed me out of the boardroom,” Rubin later said. “This happened two weeks before Google acquired us.”




In early 2005, Google purchased Android for $50 million, in what was to become one of the most important purchases the Search giant made. Rubin and his team further developed Android in the years that followed the Google acquisition, even though that meant redesigning the OS for touchscreen devices to better take on the newly launched iPhone.

Now, Rubin is heading Google’s robotics division, while Android is the dominant smartphone operating system, with Samsung being the top Android device maker. Google and Samsung have recently inked a partnership that will see the two company working together in following years, putting an end to speculation that Samsung may be more interested in developing its own Tizen OS than working with Android.




Former Monsanto Executive Admits Company Faked Scientific Data To Gain Regulatory Approval




The former Monsanto boss said the company used to fake scientific data” submitted to government regulatory agencies to get commercial approvals for its products in India.

 

The debate on genetically modified (GM) brinjal variety continues to generate heat. Former managing director of Monsanto India, Tiruvadi Jagadisan, is the latest to join the critics of Bt brinjal, perhaps the first industry insider to do so.

Jagadisan, who worked with Monsanto for nearly two decades, including eight years as the managing director of India operations, spoke against the new variety during the public consultation held in Bangalore on Saturday.

On Monday, he elaborated by saying the company “used to fake scientific data” submitted to government regulatory agencies to get commercial approvals for its products in India.




The former Monsanto boss said government regulatory agencies with which the company used to deal with in the 1980s simply depended on data supplied by the company while giving approvals to herbicides.

“The Central Insecticide Board was supposed to give these approvals based on the location and crop-specific data from India. But it simply accepted foreign data supplied by Monsanto. They did not even have a test tube to validate the data and, at times, the data itself was faked,” Jagadisan said.

“I retired from the company as I felt the management of Monsanto, USA, was exploiting our country,” Jagadisan, 84, said from his home in Bangalore.

“At that time, Monsanto was getting into the seed business and I had information that a ‘terminator gene’ was to be incorporated in the seeds being supplied by the firm. This meant that the farmer had to buy fresh seeds from Monsanto at heavy cost every time he planted the crop,” he said.




Jagadisan said the parent company also retracted from the assurance given to then minister for chemicals and fertilisers, Vasant Sathe, on setting up a manufacturing unit in collaboration with Hindustan Insecticides for the herbicide butachlor.

“The negotiations went on for over a year and in the meantime, Monsanto imported and sold large quantities of the product and made huge profits,” he said.

Asked to comment on Jagadisan’s allegations, a Monsanto spokesperson said: “We have full faith in the Indian regulatory system, which has its checks and measures in place to ensure accuracy and authenticity of data furnished to them.” On approval of GM crops, the spokesperson said the regulatory process was stringent and “no biotech crops are allowed in the market until they undergo extensive and rigid crop safety assessments, following strict scientific protocols”.

Kraft Reveals Revamped Mac and Cheese, 50 Million Boxes Later




USUALLY when companies come out with a new and improved formula, they want the public to know. But when the item in question is an iconic food product, the calculus gets tougher. Every marketer remembers with a shudder the cautionary tale of New Coke.

So when Kraft Heinz reached inside the blue box to tweak the recipe for its macaroni and cheese, it chose to whisper rather than shout the results.

A new formula that removed artificial preservatives and swapped out artificial dyes for a combination of paprika, annatto and turmeric had been under development for three years, and last April Kraft announced that it planned to make the switch. But when the reformulated version hit shelves in December, only customers paying careful attention to the ingredients listed on the side of the box would have known. Even the orangeish color of the mac and cheese remained the same.

“We’ve sold well over 50 million boxes with essentially no one noticing,” said Greg Guidotti, vice president for meal solutions at Kraft Heinz.
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“This was absolutely brilliant of them to change it and not say anything,” said Lynn Dornblaser, director of innovation and insight at the market research firm Mintel.

Now Kraft is getting a little more vocal.

A new ad campaign plays up the element of surprise involved with the company’s new mac and cheese formula, with 15- and 30-second broadcast and online video spots featuring the former late-night television host Craig Kilborn and the tag line, “It’s changed. But it hasn’t.”

Kraft was concerned that people would perceive a change in flavor that wasn’t really there if it made too big a deal about the different formula as soon as it started using it. In fact, when the company made the announcement last spring that it would be tweaking the ingredients, Mr. Guidotti said, people began posting on social media their concerns that the mac and cheese would taste different.




“We knew we wanted to address that tension,” he said.

Some on social media even said, shortly after the April announcement, that they thought the mac and cheese tasted different when, in reality, they were still eating the previous version. This is a psychological quirk, well known to food manufacturers, that can stymie well-meaning attempts to make processed foods healthier.

“Anytime there’s a suggestion of what something should taste like, some aspect of taste, when we try that food, we’re looking for it,” said David Just, a professor of behavioral economics at Cornell University who is affiliated with the Cornell Food and Brand Lab. “Whenever you have labels like ‘healthier’ or ‘reformulated,’ people are looking for the absence of a taste they really like.”

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Ms. Dornblaser added, “Normally, consumers are going to expect when there’s going to be a reformulation of whatever kind, they’re going to expect it to taste different and to look different.”

Overcoming such a hard-wired preconception required stealth.

“Our first advice to them was not to tell anyone about it, which is unusual for an ad agency,” said Adam Chasnow, vice president and executive creative director for Crispin Porter & Bogusky, Kraft’s partner in developing the campaign. “We’re going to focus on the fact that things are still the same.”

In addition to the commercials with Mr. Kilborn, the campaign includes a two-and-a-half-minute online video that takes a more serious, documentary-style look at the change; digital display ads; and promotions through Pandora online radio, Snapchat and ESPN’s “SportsCenter.” Print ads in 20 magazines, including Southern Living, US Weekly and Essence, cheekily tell readers things like, “We’d invite you to try it, but you already have.”

Kraft is also encouraging fans to post on social media with the hashtag #didntnotice by offering giveaways, including a pillow shaped like Kraft’s curved macaroni noodle.

Mr. Guidotti said that since the company revealed that it had been using the new formula for some time, customer feedback has been generally positive, although there was a spate of posts from customers claiming that they actually had noticed the change. “When you say something, people will say, ‘Oh yeah, I knew that,’ ” he said. “There’s psychology involved in there as well.”




Before the campaign began, Kraft and Crispin Porter & Bogusky worried that a sharp-eyed fan or a food blogger would notice the changes to the ingredients list and act as a spoiler.

“We were always concerned,” Mr. Guidotti said. “Should consumers find out sooner, we had contingencies. We had a lot of different ways of launching our advertising sooner, launching our social sooner, having more specific responses.”

None of that proved to be necessary, not that Mr. Guidotti or his team are complaining.

“I think we probably did five times as much work, but it was all worth it,” he said.