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The Key to Understanding the Disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 -- Freescale Semiconductor (Update, Including Curiously Backdated Press Release)

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This post is dedicated to the memory of Michael C. Ruppert, author, former Los Angeles narcotics detective, investigative journalist, political activist, peak oil awareness advocate, and self-styled "conspiracy realist". The world lost a warrior for truth on April 13 in Calistoga, CA. Mike died of a single self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head after taping his final broadcast of "The Lifeboat Hour".

Not to die, but to live again. Go straight toward the light, Mike.

 
INTRODUCTION

With the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, British multi-billionaire, Jacob Rothschild, net worth $6 billion, becomes an owner of an important semiconductor patent along with former President Bill Clinton.. 
 
Strange? 

Well, truth is stranger than fiction. Follow this story, if you can. It's the story of the perfect marriage between money and power.


FREESCALE SEMICONDUCTOR

Freescale was one of the first semiconductor companies in the world, having started as a division of Motorola in Phoenix, Arizona in 1948 and then becoming autonomous by the divestiture of the Semiconductor Products Sector of Motorola in 2004.

In 1955, a Motorola transistor for car radios was the world’s first commercial high-power transistor. It was also Motorola’s first mass-produced semiconductor device. 

In the 1960s, one of the U. S. space program's goals was to land a man on the moon and return him safely to Earth. A division of Motorola, which became Freescale Semiconductor, supplied thousands of semiconductor devices, ground-based tracking and checkout equipment, and 12 on-board tracking and communications units. 

In the 1990s, Motorola’s technology was the driving force behind intelligent power switches for anti-lock brake systems, one of the first microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) inertial sensor for automotive airbags, and Motorola’s MPC5200 microprocessor deployed telematic systems for General Motors’ OnStar systems.

On September 15, 2006, Freescale agreed to a $17.6 billion buyout by a consortium led by Blackstone Group and its co-investors, Carlyle Group, TPG Capital, and Permira.

In 2011, the company launched the industry’s first multimode wireless base station processor family that scales from small to large cells – integrating DSP and communications processor technologies to realize a true "base station-on-chip". In addition, a recent ABI Research market study report states that Freescale owns 60% share of the radio frequency (RF) semiconductor device market.

Also in 2011, Freescale announced the company's first magnetometer for location tracking in smart mobile devices. On 26 February 2013, Freescale Semiconductor announced the creation of the world’s smallest (by size) ARM-powered chip.

One application that Freescale says the chips could be used for is swallowable computers. Freescale already works with a variety of health and wellness customers. Both the Fitbit and OmniPod insulin pump use Freescale chips. 

The new chip was on display at 'Embedded World' in Nuernberg, Germany, from February 26–28, 2013.

 
FREESCALE'S KL-03
 
The Kinetis KL-03 chip-scale package (CSP) MCU is the next world's smallest ARM Powered MCU. It is designed to support the latest innovation in smartest, smallest devices.

Simply stated, the KL-03 enables nano technology.
 
The KL-03 shrinks the world's smallest ARM-based MCU by an additional 15 percent.
 
This is astonishing.
 
There is no end to super-small chip applications in the defense, intelligence, and national security industries, also healthcare, and consumer and industrial applications.
 
Available in the ultra-small 1.6 x 2.0 mm² wafer-level CSP, the Kinetis KL-03 CSP (MKL03Z32CAF4R) reduces even more board space while integrating even more rich MCU features than previously seen in the market.
 
The Kinetis KL-03 CSP MCU consumes 35 percent less PCB area, yet delivers 60 percent more GPIO than the nearest competing MCU.
 
The Kinetis KL-03 family of chips joins the Freescale Kinetis mini MCU portfolio, allowing designers to dramatically reduce their board size without compromising the performance, feature integration and power consumption of their end products.
 
The KL-03 is so small that your handlers could miniaturize a GPS device and ask you to swallow it. Or for a permanently tracking application, your handlers could have the KL-03 GPS device subcutaneously inserted under your skin or injected into you. Then a spy satellite could track you for the rest of your life.
 
How about that for a New World Order scenario?
 
Big Brother could keep track of you from cradle to grave.

Scarier still, all your finances could also be on the same chip. And your medical history.

Big Brother could cut off your finances. Or deny you health care.

There could even be reconnaissance drones the size of a horsefly that could fly around and keep everything and everybody under surveillance.

Or killer drones the size of a horsefly that could terminate you with a miniscule 10 milligram dose of VX nerve agent.

KL-03 chips make this science fiction nightmare a distinct possibility.
 
Scared yet?
 

LAWSUITS

At the time Flight 370 went missing, Freescale was being sued by Marvell Semiconductor for infringing on seven patents held by Marvell. The case is being litigated in the US District Court for the West District of Texas. 

The seven patents are the following:

  • 7,496,818: “Apparatus and method for testing and debugging an integrated circuit”by Azimi et. al.. Includes 14 claims (2 indep.). Was application 11/178,807. Granted 2/24/2009.

  • 7,216,276: “Apparatus and method for testing and debugging an integrated circuit”by Azimi et. al.. Includes 52 claims (9 indep.). Was application 10/375,986. Granted 5/8/2007.

  • 7,562,276: “Apparatus and method for testing and debugging an integrated circuit”by Azimi et. al. Includes 24 claims (6 indep.). Was application 11/800,614. Granted 7/14/2009.

  • 6,903,448: “High performance leadframe in electronic package”by Sutardja et. al.. Includes 90 claims (10 indep.). Was application 10/392,436. Granted 6/7/2005.

  • 7,573,249: “Power array system and method”by Sutardja et. al.. Includes 25 claims (3 indep.). Was application 11/906,084. Granted 8/11/2009.

  • 7,444,571: “Apparatus and method for testing and debugging an integrated circuit”by Azimi et. al. Includes 44 claims (11 indep.). Was application 11/065,584. Granted 10/28/2008.

  • 7,379,718: “Method and apparatus to manage power consumption of a semiconductor device”by Dor et. al.. Includes 20 claims (5 indep.). Was application 11/014,805. Granted 5/27/2008.

Freescale turned around and countersued Marvell, also in the Federal District Court of West Texas.

The five patents in that second case include the following:

  • 5,825,640: “Charge pump circuit and method” by Quigley et. al. and assigned to Motorola, Inc.. Prosecuted by Atkins; Robert D.. Includes 23 claims (4 indep.). Was application 08/885,970. Filed 6/30/1997. Granted 10/20/1998.

  • 5,943,274: “Method and apparatus for amplifying a signal to produce a latched digital signal”by Roth et. al. and assigned to Motorola, Inc.. Prosecuted by Hill; Susan C.. Includes 24 claims (4 indep.). Was application 09/016,914. Filed 2/2/1998 & Granted 8/24/1999.

  • 6,920,316: “High performance integrated circuit regulator with substrate transient suppression”by Connell et. al. and assigned to Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. Includes 36 claims (6 indep.). Was application 09/946,010. Filed 9/4/2001. Granted 7/19/2005.

  • 7,927,927: “Semiconductor package and method therefor”by Quan et. al. and assigned to Freescale Semiconductor, Inc... Includes 15 claims (3 indep.). Was application 09/928,737. Filed 8/13/2001. Granted 4/19/2011.

  • 5,467,455: “Data processing system and method for performing dynamic bus termination”by Gay et. al. and assigned to Motorola, Inc.. Prosecuted by Witek; Keith E.. Includes 29 claims (9 indep.). Was application 08/145,117. Filed 11/3/1993 & Granted 11/14/1995

Taken together, the twelve patents involved in both lawsuits represent some of the most important proprietary technology in the semiconductor industry today.

There's more.

Freescale recently lost a patent infringement lawsuit filed by Tessera Corporation and was forced to pay an undisclosed amount as part of the settlement. The verdict is being appealed.

Freescale is also being sued by Vantage Point Technology, Inc. for patent infringement in Texas Eastern District.

Freescale has also been served by Computer Sciences Corp. This is a breach of contract case and it is being litigated in the Texas Western District under Sam Sparks.


DR. SHANE DODD

The mystery of Dr. Shane Todd: In June, 2012, did a brilliant U.S. electrical engineer working on a gallium nitride-based semiconductor amplifying device with enormous industrial and strategic potential for a Chinese company, Huawei, commit suicide – or was he murdered because he knew too many Chinese secrets?

Was Dr. Todd murdered because he was becoming increasingly anxious about being asked by the Chinese to compromise American security?

Was he murdered because he had just submitted his resignation and was planning on returning to the U.S. to work for Nuvotronics, an American research company?

A coroner’s inquiry that opened in Singapore in May, 2013, to investigate the many inconsistencies and contradictions in the official coroner's report could have offered a final chance of resolving whether Todd committed suicide or was killed -- but the Singapore corner refused the FBI's offer to lead the investigation.

Also, the Singapore coroner stonewalled the five attorneys from Singapore's three top law firms that were hired by the Todd family.

U.S. Senator Max Baucus, currently the U.S. Ambassador to China, met with the Todd family in 2013. He was also stonewalled by the Singapore coroner. 

Mr Todd, who was 31-years old when he died, had joined the Singapore government-backed Institute for Micro Electronics (IME) eighteen months earlier, and for the final year of his life he worked on an IME project to develop the amplifying device, using gallium nitride (GaN), a heat-resistant material with the potential to make superconductors with many possible uses in the civilian and military fields. 

IME is part of the Singaporean government-run Agency for Science, Technology, and Research ("A Star") and has as one of its key collaborative research partners, Huawei, the Chinese telecom company.
 
Dr Todd had been trained in the U.S. on proprietary equipment that produces GaN but is restricted for export because of its potential military applications.


GaN TECHNOLOGY

Two severe design issues for cellular base stations that might be resolved by using GaN technology for advanced RF power amplifier concepts. NXP's Rik Jos discusses the design flaws and the GaN solution in this link: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxWIs25B0TM

One switch for all internet systems...just what is needed to control the flow of all information or shut it down.

Think about it! One switch to turn on or shut down all internet systems!
 

HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The patents for the Kinetis  KL-03 Chip Scale MCU Package, were approved by the U.S. Patent Office four days after Flight 370 went missing.

But here's where it gets interesting. Four of the five Patent holders of the KL-03 were Chinese employees of Freescale Semiconductor of Austin TX. And guess what? All four were passengers aboard Flight 370.

The patent ownership is divided as follows: 

Peidong Wang (Suzhou, China) -- 20 percent 
Zhijun Chen (Suzhou, China) -- 20 percent 
Zhihong Cheng ((Suzhou, China) -- 20 percent
Li Ying (Suzhou, China) -- 20 percent
Freescale Semiconductor -- 20 percent

When Flight 370 went missing, the patents had not been approved. Thus, Freescale Semiconductor would get 100 percent if the other patent holders are declared dead. Patent holders cannot pass the patent to their heirs until a patent is approved.

Stated another way, if a patent holder dies, the surviving patent holders equally divide ownership.

If all patent holders with the exception of one surviving patent holder die, as was the case with Flight 370, then the one surviving patent holder gets 100 percent of ownership.

Since the disappearance of Flight 370, the one surviving patent holder is, of course, Freescale Semiconductor.

So, who owns Freescale?

Again, in 2006, Freescale agreed to a $17.6 billion buyout by a consortium led by Blackstone Group and its co-investors, Carlyle Group, TPG Capital, and Permira.

Blackstone owns Freescale. 

And Jacob Rothschild is a member of Blackstone's International Advisory Board and one of Blackstone's biggest investors. And Bill Clinton is the senior advisor to the Carlyle Group.

Jacob Rothschild and Bill Clinton. Ah, the perfect match. The perfect marriage between money and power. A marriage made in heaven.

Another bonus:  With the four Chinese chip design engineers aboard Flight 370 missing and presumed dead, four important witnesses in the lawsuits against against Freescale won't be appearing in court anytime soon. Freescale may end up owning the all-important, enormously valuable, disputed patents free and clear.

The really disturbing thing? A total of 20 Freescale Semiconductor employees were aboard Flight 370. Not just the four Chinese chip design engineers, but a total of 20 Freescale employees were aboard Flight 370.

Twenty fewer employees for Blackstone to worry about. Twenty fewer employees to testify in the numerous lawsuits against Freescale. Twenty fewer employees to be bribed or blackmailed. Twenty fewer employees who were in a position to steal intellectual property or to work for a competitor, like Marvell, Tessera, Vantage Point, or Computer Sciences Corporation.

Twenty fewer people to "manage". Twenty fewer problem children.

Twenty fewer witnesses.

Flight 370 notwithstanding -- or maybe because of Flight 370 -- I bet the whole line of Kinetis KL-03 chips is already in full production and selling like hotcakes.

Does all this sound familiar?

It should. Remember Dr. Shane Todd? The semiconductor industry is ruthless, particularly when national security interests ae involved.

FREESCALE'S PRESS RELEASE

Perhaps partly as a result of our investigation, Freescale Semiconductor now admits that 20 of its employees were passengers on Flight 370 in a press release that was curiously backdated to March 8. See below.

 
AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 8, 2014-- Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL) has confirmed that 20 of its employees were confirmed passengers on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Twelve are from Malaysia and eight are from China. The entire Freescale Semiconductor community is deeply saddened by this news. The company is continuing to monitor the situation and will provide more information as it becomes available.
 
“At present, we are solely focused on our employees and their families,” said Gregg Lowe, president and CEO, Freescale. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this tragic event.”
 
The company has assembled counselors and other professionals through Freescale’s Employee Assistance Program, with around-the-clock support for those impacted by this tragedy.
 
About Freescale Semiconductor
 
Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL) is a global leader in embedded processing solutions, providing industry leading products that are advancing the automotive, consumer, industrial and networking markets. From microprocessors and microcontrollers to sensors, analog integrated circuits and connectivity – our technologies are the foundation for the innovations that make our world greener, safer, healthier and more connected. Some of our key applications and end-markets include automotive safety, hybrid and all-electric vehicles, next generation wireless infrastructure, smart energy management, portable medical devices, consumer appliances and smart mobile devices. The company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing and sales operations around the world. www.freescale.com
 
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MCPB Board of Directors

Welcome our new board members and thank our outgoing board members at the Annual Meeting of the Mendocino County Public Broadcasting Board of Directors

Point Noyo (previously The Cliff House)

1011 S Main Street 

Fort Bragg, CA 95437

Monday, May 2nd, 2016 6:00 pm

(No Host Bar/Food available for purchase)

New board members John Azzaro (At large); Jonathan Middlebrook (1st District); and Stuart Campbell (Programmer Elect) 

Outgoing board members are Bob Page and John Sakowicz


Here are the minutes from the last meeting, as yet unapproved.


KZYX/MENDOCINO COUNTY PUBLIC BROADCASTING

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

MARCH 7, 2016

WILLITS LIBRARY

 

MINUTES

 THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 6:03 P.M.

ROLL CALL
Present: Meg Courtney, Lorraine Dechter, Jane Futcher, Jenness Hartley, Ed Keller, Benj Thomas, John Sakowicz

Absent: Clay Eubank

 

APPROVAL OF LAST MEETING’S MINUTES: Unanimous

 

MATTERS FROM THE BOARD PRESIDENT: Meg Courtney

—GROUND RULES: Meg appointed Jenness to be the Meeting Facilitator

—THANK YOUS: Meg expressed thanks to Lorraine Dechter, the new GM: Jane Futcher, elections coordinator and election ballot workers and stampers, including Jenness, Ed, Bob and several others. Ed Keller was thanked for building a covered area outside where staff can sit.

—FUNDRAISING: Meg mentioned some of the fundraisers coming up, including Amy Goodman in Willits, April 16; a Willits house party April 23; a Mother’s Day fundraiser with Starchild chocolate; a Church of the Boogie Woogie party with a Boogie Woogie diva in June. She thanked Catherine Keegan and Tim Bray for taking on many fundraising events for KZYX and for requiring board and staff do very little.

 

MATTERS FROM BOARD MEMBERS:

Jane Futcher reported that board election was proceeding and the on-air forum went well.

John Sakowicz welcomed Lorraine and expressed hope that KZYX will collaborate with low-power channels like KMEC, also using digital platforms and many new technologies that expand the station’s reach and can be the source of potential revenues.

 

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS

—Elections Report by Jane not needed because of above check-in

—No Finance Committee report due to Clay’s absence

 

PRESENTATION OF MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS’ COMMENDATION TO MARY AIGNER BY TOM WOODHOUSE: Tom Woodhouse read an eloquently worded recognition of Mary Aigner’s 22 years of service as a staff member of KZYX. (See Attached)

 

COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD REPORT FROM ELLEN SAXE

Ellen summarized the results of a CAB public meeting in Elk in February. She chose an area that the station does not always reach out to but was disappointed with the turnout despite the fact that the meeting was well publicized. About 10 people attended. She said transparency of the board and station was a big issue and there were requests for:
1. On-air CAB meetings

2. On-air Board meetings

3. On-air discussions with board representatives

4. The board should stop using a closed board list serve and confidential meetings

5. Simple living membership of $25 should be announced on the air

6. Controversy comes from exclusion — Someone said that when the Mendocino School Board adopted a more open stance their meetings became less contentious and shorter.

 

Ellen reported many comments about the board’s conduct, including:

—Board should state what its rules are and follow the process

—Board should not let a few people make all the decisions

—Board should make transparency a priority

—Board needs to follow through as new board members replace outgoing members.

—Board should be more responsive.

Several of those attending want access to the membership list with an opt-out clause for folks who don’t want to be contacted.

Other suggestions:

—Hire a volunteer coordinator

—contact nonmembers through public meetings

—Restore safe harbor

—State what happened with Ukiah studio funds

—Start a program council that had decision-making power

—Pay attention to the South Coast so people in Gualala can tune in.

—Encourage more participation by young people

—Define and follow the process for choosing programmers

—Institute a grievance procedure for former programmers

—Form Ad Hoc committees of members for pursuing specific issues

—Take seriously the decline in membership

—Encourage and support local programmers

 

BREAKS: During the meeting, possibly during Ellen’s presentation, a reporter covering the meeting and a candidate for the board interrupted frequently and claimed the board president was not following clear procedures. The facilitator called short break to establish calm.

 

NO ACTION ITEMS

STATE OF THE STATION REPORT — Lorraine Dechter

Lorraine did not submit a written report. She introduced Jerry Fraley, the interim Operations Manager, who was not present, and Raoul Van Haul, who introduced himself and his long experience in broadcasting, particularly in Portland, Oregon. Lorraine announced new Native American programming, a five-minute syndicated segment for which she has not yet found the perfect time slot. She said our expenses for the month of January were triple what was budgeted because it was costly covering the vacant program manager and ops manager positions.

 PUBLIC COMMENT:

Jeff Wright: Thanked Lorraine for unraveling the “trainwreck she was left with.” Said the satellites studios are working better and he asked that the “safe harbor” from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. be restored. He encouraged KZYZ to participate in joint events with KMUD and promote the Seven Rivers Network.

Sheila Dawn Tracy: Said members should be able to communicate with each other; wants safe harbor restore; would like a written GM report; feels new KZYX newsletter should have gone in the silent drive letter.

Sarah: Requested results of fundraisers and pledge drives be published on the KZYX Web site and promoted on the Web site in advance

Fran Koliner: Welcomed Lorraine

Ellen Saxe: Gave out her email address so others can receive summary of CAB meeting

Lyn Dee Johnson: Wants each board member to have a sign with their names so people know who they are; said this was an “emotional transition” that is hard on listeners, too, as they hear new voices on the air, etc. She, or someone else, remarked that the FCC investigation of KZXY led to a decision by the staff to end safe harbor because of concerns the station might lose its license if the FCC heard bad language on the air.

 

The meeting ended at 8 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Jane Futcher, Board VP

 

Adendum: Mendocino Board of Supervisors’ letter of Commendation to Mary Aigner. Signed by Tom Woodhouse and Dan Gjerde, delivered at the meeting March 7, 2016

 

Mary Aigner tirelessly served Mendocino County for 22 years through her work at KZYX. During her tenure as program director, she exhibited an unflagging dedication to community radio in general and Mendocino County Public Broadcasting in particular. The station was more than a job to her, it was a career and a passion, often placed before her own personal life. 

 

Mary exhibited dedication to the listening community by

—Cultivating familiarity with the various communities of the region, and the issues

confronting each of them. She often helped to arrange discussions of those issues on the stations public affairs programs and newscasts’’

—Maintaining steadfast awareness, and unwaveringly correct instincts about the preferences

of the public radio listening community, and representing them in any meeting,

conversation, or decision in which she was involved. “How will it benefit the listeners?”

was the perspective she always brought to the table.

 —Facing recurring challenges from small segments of the community about programming,

remaining firmly rooted in her convictions and professional expertise about how to serve

the majority of listeners and how to make KZYX the best possible community station. 

  —Being willing to engage in conversation with any listener, and personally respond to their

questions and concerns

             

Mary exhibited dedication to the station by:

 —Understanding and being able to operate and manage all the stations equipment, and

keeping herself abreast of the evolving technology

—Being available 24/7 to handle last-minute changes, trouble-shoot technical difficulties and support other staff members in their efforts to seek resolution

 —Being available to facilitate special programming – coming in on weekends and evenings to update the stations automated broadcast system

 —Helping produce live remote broadcasts, and fundraising events

 —Remaining ever mindful of the regulations which govern public radio stations

              

Mary exhibited dedication to the stations volunteer programmers by:

—Training, guiding, and assisting on-air volunteers, whatever their level of skill or experience

 —Helping find substitute hosts for absent programmers, often filling in herself on short notice

—Always being available to programmers, even on weekends or when out of town, to instruct,

support, and trouble-shoot unexpected on-air difficulties

 —Actively interfacing with record companies, and content providers, to keep the flow of new

music and programming coming to the station

 —Alerting programmers to new music or events which might be of interest to their audience

 —Facilitating interview opportunities for programmers with performers and public figures

Tom Woodhouse & Dan Gjerde

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