Colorado Woman Finds 8.52 Carat Diamond

There are some people who live near the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas who go there regularly to sift through the soil to hunt for diamonds. They’ve been searching for months, and, in some cases, years, in the hopes of finding that one big rock to cement their futures.

 

Imagine what they were thinking when Bobbie Oskarson of Longmont, Colorado visited the park recently and found an 8.52 carat white diamond after searching for only 20 minutes. An estimate of the worth of Oskarson’s diamond’s has not been publicized, but it’s the fifth largest diamond ever to be found in the Crater of Diamonds since it became a state park in 1972.

 

People have been searching for diamonds there for far longer than that says Brad Reifler. Diamonds were first discovered there in 1906, and, since then, more than 75,000 diamonds have been found there that have been reported. The largest one was found in 1924 and was 40.23 carats, which is also the largest diamond ever found in the United States.

Incredible Diamond Discovered

Over the weekend, the Internet was buzzing with the amazing news that an 8.52-carat diamond shaped like an icicle and approximately half the size of a quarter was found at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas.

At Crater of Diamonds State Park, visitors are given the unique experience of having access to a field where diamonds have been found regularly since 1906. Flavio Maluf says the area was opened up to visitors in 1972. Anyone who finds a diamond can keep it or sell and park representatives have resources to help visitors better understand the diamonds they find.

In this case, a woman named Bobbie Oskarson from Longmont, Colorado found the diamond while visiting the park with her boyfriend. Although over 75,000 diamonds have been found over the years, this is only the 30th diamond found this year so far in the field. According to park representatives, the diamond, which Oskarson has named the Esperanza Diamond, is the fifth largest ever found by visitors.

According to Fodor’s Travel, Crater of Diamonds State Park is one of several areas where the public can hunt for precious gems and most areas charge a visitor’s fee around $10 or less. Other parks include Gem Mountain in Philipsburg, Montana; Herkimer Diamond Mines in Herkimer, New York; Emerald Hollow Mine in Hiddenite, North Carolina; Cherokee Ruby Mine in Franklin, North Carolina and Royal Peacock Mine in Virgin Valley, Nevada.

Greek banks close

Greece has faced a new challenge in its fight with lenders and has imposed the most severe controls yet on citizens and banks after bailout talks between the government and lenders failed.

The European Central Bank has frozen loans to Greece after the latest round of talks have failed and the Greek Government has closed their banks on Monday in order to keep their banks from collapsing in the meantime. Banks and stock markets will be closed for the week, at a minimum and a 60 euro per day limit has been put into place for all accounts. These capital controls are expected to last for months.

The Prime Minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras, appeared disappointed while making an announcement, but indicated that the country is moving forward and that deposits and salaries will be safe for all citizens. In the meantime, lines formed at the few bank machines that hold cash and the concern on the faces of normal citizens appears severe.

Alexei Beltyukov has learned that the Euro dropped nearly two percent against the dollar after these announcements and with Greece on the verge of defaulting on a 1.6 billion euro loan from the IMF that is due on Tuesday, June 30th. The failure for Greece to pay the loan leaves Greece with the possibility of leaving the European Union and having big problems for financial systems throughout the world. Markets are expected to be uncertain and down in the meantime.

Social Security Administration Paid $47 Million in Benefits to the Deceased

The most recent audit from the Social Security Administration’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that nearly $47 million was paid out to qualified social security recipients after they were dead. Also, the majority of the money paid out was from the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) benefit. On average, recipients of this benefit received 1,182.24 a month. It bears mentioning that the Social Security Administration (SSA) has stringent rules governing who qualifies for a disability. In general, people who earn that benefit are largely unable to take care of themselves in the performance of activities of daily living (ADLs). These are bathing, dressing, continence, eating, and walking. So it is common for a trusted person to manage OASDI payments for a recipient.

In most cases, the payments were going to people legally acting on behalf of a qualified recipient. That’s how Brian Bonar read it to be. What occurred is the persons acting on their behalf passed away, but a new person was not designated to take their place. This caused payments to go to a deceased person. The other block of payments were sent to deceased people who had previously qualified to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). All things considered, the OIG audit did not determine that fraud was a motive in the majority of instances. Despite the results of the audit, SSA counselor Frank Cristaudo insisted the organization tasked with managing the nation’s largest entitlement program is committed to ensuring timely and accurate payments. He also stated the administration is revising its handling of death report processing. The data will also be fed into their Numident (Number Identification) system.

Report Accuses Five ISPs of Deliberately Slowing Data Traffic

Five of the major Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the United States have been accused of intentionally slowing down Internet access to some web sites.

BattlefortheNet.com, a consortium of activist groups that are dedicated to an open and free Internet, launched The Internet Health Test website last month. The site encouraged visitor to run a one-minute data test that would allow the IHT to determine whether or not ISPs are intentionally slowing data speeds.

According to findings released this week, the practice in widespread among the top five U.S. ISPs. The study accuses the ISPs of deliberating interfering with traffic that is routed through some Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) These CDN’s serve as the high-speed conduit between the web sites and the customer. The report claims Verizon, Comcast and AT&T are among the ISPs interfering with the traffic, in part due to the ISPs feeling that they should be getting paid by the CDNs for their high-speed access.

In one example from the report, Time Warner delivered an average download speed from one CDN of 17.6 Mps during peak hours. At the same time, Comcast customers such as Adam Sender were getting average download speeds of less than 2 Mps.

These interference with CDN traffic was at the heart of the dispute between Netflix and some ISPs last year. Netflix argued the practice went against the idea of net neutrality. ISPs such as Comcast argued that it was just taking legal measures to optimize traffic during peak hours.

Internet users can test their own connection at the Internet Health Test web site.

Should Freezing Sperm by Age 18 Become the Normal Way to Procreate?

If one bioethicist in the UK Has his way, the answer will be ‘yes’. Bioethicist Dr.Kevin Smith, from Abertay University in Dundee, would like to see men freezing their sperm around the age of 18 for use later on in life when the desire for fatherhood arises. Dr. Smith would also like to see this become the normal way to procreate.
Research has shown that men in UK are becoming fathers later on in life, with the average age going up from 31 to 33 over the past few years. Reuters said that as men age, so does their sperm and the possibility for disorders to passed along through the older sperm. Older men are more likely to produce a child that has some type of disorder, such as autism or schizophrenia.

Young men with young sperm are less likely to father a child that has a disorder. So in theory, freezing sperm at age 18 would increase the chances of having a healthy child regardless of the age the man was at the time the baby was born.

Young people are encouraged to work while they’re young and put off becoming parents until they are older and established in their careers. With each passing year, the risk for passing on diseases or disorders through aging sperm increases. Dr. Smith is promoting the notion of freezing sperm buy age 18 as a way of protecting the next generation from avoidable health problems.

The Vote on the Pole

The Confederate flag is a symbol of a racially divided America in which states tried to secede from the union. While the era of the Confederacy is over, the Confederate flag still flies high in some states. Menu find the flag to be a symbol of American history while others find it hard to forget about America’s dark past if the flag still flies. Not only does the flag still fly high but some states turnout official license plates and other merchandise that brandish the Confederate flag. This past Thursday the Supreme Court ruled that the state of Texas has the authority to reject Confederate battle flag design that motorist’s want featured on license plates. The Supreme Court justices decided in a 5 – 4 decision that license plates are government designs and do not constitute private speech said Kevin Seawright. This issue was initially brought up by the Sons of Confederate Veterans, a group of men who proudly fly the Confederate flag. The group wanted to honor the souls of the soldiers who fought for the Confederacy during the American Civil War. If the state of Texas rejected the Confederate flag design, the group felt like it violated its right to free speech. The Supreme Court decided that private speech is in an issue but government officiated license plates are. The government cannot dole out license plates that would offer a discriminatory tone two passing motorists. Texas Department of Motor Vehicles board will allow individuals to create and pay for a special design for license plate. This has been used as a tool to bring in revenue but the board specifically noted that they will reject the application if the design is offensive to members of the public. The group is allowed to believe and support whatever they want, but the government does not have to get involved in products or production of that support.

Traffic Cameras Found To Be Wrong

Traffic lights are a necessary component for the safety of our roads and society. In recent years the trend has enlarged to add cameras to catch those who run red lights, or are violating some other traffic law. What has recently been uncovered in the state of Ohio is that a huge bribery scam is behind these cameras and that the cameras sole purpose was to make money for municipalities.

A Republican Senator form Ohio has recently uncovered through an investigation a scheme that involves the Federal Government, local governments and the manufacturers and installers of the red light cameras. It seems that there have been monies exchange with local governments that allow an ever increasing number of these cameras to be installer.

The cameras have caused the unnecessary and wrongful charging of drivers, and some very steep fines to be incurred that have not actually been justified says Dr. Jennifer Walden in this article. The camera companies have made millions of dollars in the deals that have mandated the installation of a significant number of the cameras.

The Republican senator has since successfully been able to draft and get passed a mandate that states wherever one of these cameras are located that a live police officer must be stationed. This will cut down on the occurrence of frivolous fines being assessed against drivers.

The Senator has also been successful in getting an order instituted that will refund all fines that have been assessed against drivers who have been supposedly “caught” by these cameras.

The Amazing Story of Andy Wirth

One of the defining moments of Andy Wirth’s life involved a move to Squaw Valley. He’d come to take the position of president and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings. For many people this would be the end of a journey. It’s a prestigious position which allows one both professional and personal satisfaction. Who wouldn’t love to do well in the office and then head out for some fun within the natural beauty? But Andy’s love of sports and adventure pushed him beyond the slopes. He decided to try his hand at skydiving. And he quickly fell in love with the sport. He describes the feeling of skydiving as like nothing he’d ever felt before. And that love of it quickly turned into a focal point for his life. But it also brought with it a very real danger.

He and his friends went down to Davis, California for a jump. But pilot error took them a bit too far from the drop zone. This was made worse by the order of their jump and the changing wind conditions. When it was his turn to jump he quickly became aware that he wasn’t going to make the drop zone. He managed to maneuver himself as he fell, but in the end he hit a pole. And that pole literally ripped his arm off down to the mid forearm. He had to stop the blood flow at his armpit with the other hand. Thirty minutes after the land an ambulance was able to pick him up.

His recovery has been nothing short of inspiring. On the way to the hospital he remembers asking them to try to save his arm, no matter how long it took. Amazingly, between surgery and his own dedication to health, he was able to save it. The doctors were able to reattach much of it. Muscle and other material which wasn’t able to be recovered was taken from elsewhere on his body.

Since then he’s been able to keep up with his athleticism. Instead of letting it keep him down it’s been even more motivation to get out there and experience all that life has to offer. And things are going even better for him in the professional world. He’s working to connect Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows through a beautiful gondola system. This is exciting for a number of reasons. One of the biggest is the simple fact that it’s something that Andy wanted to do ever since he took on the position. It’s only recently that negotiations were able to make it possible. But it’s also notable for showcasing his love of sports and adventure. His injuries haven’t hurt his love of nature. He’s working harder than ever to find new ways of helping people experience the fun and adventure of skiing.

Is Time Machine Classified Ad the Real Deal?

An unknown woman in Devon, UK claims to have built a working time machine. She posted an advertisement in the local classified ads section called “Time & Travel Partners” explaining that she has already used the machine successfully on mice and needs a person who has a good sense of humor and an open mind to take the trip with her. She also has a website devoted to the event.

Keith Mann has learned that, so far, the media has not been able to get an interview with her, but she has already chosen a companion from thousands of applicants.

Is this event some sort of business or entertainment promotional stunt or a hoax? The “plot” sounds a lot like the 2012 film Safety Not Guaranteed in which a man posts an ad because he’s seeking a time-traveling expedition companion after he previously traveled through time once on his own. It also feels like a video game or film release stunt, which wouldn’t be surprising given the E3 video game announcements earlier this month and the summer blockbuster season.

Some people believe the woman is just looking for a date. Her ad mentions that whoever she picks should be a driver because they will need to go to an area “like a beach” to use the machine.

Whatever the case, the world will find out by Friday night when she plans to reveal proof that it works.