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Bakersfield officers have arrested three men of the Mongols Motorcycle Club they believe were involved with the killing of Ricardo Viera.

Officers have arrested 40-year-old Christopher Clay Wilson, 45-year-old Eliseo Ray Miranda and 37-year-old Arturo Desiderio. They believe the three men were involved in a deliberate plan to provoke a confrontation with a rival club, Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.

Officers say the confrontation was to happen during an event happening in the 3200 block of Buck Owens Boulevard near Zingo’s Cafe. During the confrontation, Viera shot into a group of people in the parking lot.

A person then returned fire, killing Viera.

Wilson, Miranda and Desiderio have all been booked on attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon.

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The first time I experienced lane-splitting it totally freaked me out. I’d just moved to California after college and was getting used to driving L.A.’s cutthroat rush-hour traffic — at time when freeway shootings were rampant, giving rise to the term “road rage” — when a motorcycle came flying past and made me reach for my pistol (JK).

For those who don’t know, lane-splitting (aka white-lining or “filtering” in British parlance) is the practice of motorcyclists threading between cars on a multi-lane road, giving riders an edge in stop-and-go traffic. In the U.S., it’s legal only in California, although it’s “not specifically prohibited” in a dozen states, according to the Motorcycle Legal Foundation. And it’s common practice in other parts of the world, particularly Asia.

Ask any two-wheeler and they’ll probably tell you it’s not lane-splitting that’s hazardous if you’re a competent rider. The real danger comes from complacent “cagers” who are unaware of their surroundings and are probably too preoccupied or distracted to check their side mirrors and notice a lane-splitter barreling up from behind them, before changing lanes.

Bosch recently unveiled a motorcycle-to-car communication technology that the company claims “could prevent nearly one-third of all motorcycle accidents.” But it would require all motorcycles and vehicles in a vicinity to have the technology onboard to be effective, which would obviously take a lot of time — and literally an act of Congress for car and bike makers to comply.

Ford has come up with a better idea, at least at it relates to lane-splitting and rider safety. The automaker has received a patent for a system that uses cameras and other sensors to detect lane-splitting motorcyclists and even intervene to potentially prevent a collision. The patent calls for using rear-facing cameras that would tie into a vehicle’s driver assist features such as blind-spot detection to issue a warning and initiate automatic braking or steering if a motorcycle is detected white-lining near the car.

Ford’s lane-splitting patent points to two promising solutions — now and into the future.

First, since the patent uses existing sensors and other electronics, it wouldn’t take years to implement. And with driver assists coming even to entry-level cars, the feature could rapidly proliferate throughout automakers’ fleets.

Second, motorcyclists as well as bicyclists are concerned that, despite all their sophistication, self-driving cars have an even more difficult time than humans detecting small, fast-moving objects. Or even small, slow-moving objects in the case of the recent Uber fatality involving a cyclist walking her bike across the road.

Motorcyclists’ and bicyclists’ worries were confirmed by a recent IEEE Spectrum report that revealed bicycles are “the most difficult detection problem that autonomous vehicle systems face.” And a lane-splitting motorcycle moves much faster.

Automakers receive hundreds of patents for innovations like Ford’s lane-splitting idea that never make it into production. But car companies already have systems on the market that watch out for other cars, pedestrians, bicyclists and even large animals like moose.

With motorcycle fatalities up more than 5 percent between 2016 and 2015 — the second year in a row they’ve increased — technology like Ford’s recent patent can help prevent lane-splitting accidents in California and beyond. And drivers win too, since they won’t be startled when a bike blasts past them..

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Something extraordinary was revealed today. Former high-level officials and scientists with deep black experience who have always remained in the shadows came forward on one platform. These insiders have long-standing connections to government agencies which may have programs investigating unidentifed aerial phenomena (UAP/UFOs). The team includes a 25-year veteran of the CIA’s Directorate of Operations, a Lockheed Martin Program Director for Advanced Systems at “Skunk Works”, and a former deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence.


Today marked the official launch of To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science (TTS/AAS) an innovative Public Benefit Corporation which will advance research into unexplained phenomena and develop related technology. It has established three synergistic divisions: Science, Areospace, and Entertainment. “We believe there are discoveries within our reach that will revolutionize the human experience,” says company President and CEO Tom DeLonge. Please see my previous story,- released yesterday – for background on today’s announcement which was live-streamed and is archived on the company website.

According to a TTS /AAS statement, its team members who have been “operating under the shadows of top-secrecy for decades” believe that “there is sufficient credible evidence of UAP that proves exotic technologies exist that could revolutionize the human experience.”

This could represent the beginning of a trend towards a new openness on the part of the U.S. government. These people know more than any of us, and they will be releasing important data on UAP in the future. As an investgative reporter with a long standing interest in this subject, who has worked with a few Academy team members in the past, I was shown some of this data at a meeting with them on Oct 4.

Present for that four hour meeting was Luis Eiizondo, who ran an important program at the DOD. Elizondo is a senior career intelligence officer whose experience includes working with the U.S. Army, the Dept of Defense, the National Counterintelligence Executive, and the Director of National Intelligence. He served as the Director for the National Programs Special Management Staff in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He is also the former Director of Programs to investigate Unidentified Aerial Threats for the Office of the Secretary of Defense.


“Lue will architect partnerships with some very sensitive places, to help protect us and the technology involved, so we may achieve for you the extraordinary,” DeLonge said at today’s event.


Lue [the “nickname” for Luis] had resigned his position at the DOD literally the day before we met. I was able to verify who he was and what his tasks were at the Pentagon. He received the highest commendations from his superiors. I was told that important unclassified data and documentation are expected to be released through the Academy’s on-line Community of Interest (COI) in collaboration with the US government, which will be set up soon.


I asked him if these unidentified objects were considered to be threats. “They did not exhibit overt hostility,” he said. “But something unexplained is always assumed to be a potential threat until we are certain it isn’t. On the bright side, I believe we are closer than ever before in our understanding of how it operates,” he told me.


At the event today, Elizondo explained his work this way: “I am accustomed to being involved in close-hold, nuanced programs involving national security. This includes being a Counterintelligence Special Agent, a case officer, and intelligence practitioner. However, by far the most interesting effort I was involved with was the topic of Advanced Aerial Threats.”


He stated that he ran “a sensitive aerospace threat identification program focusing on unidentified aerial technologies.” His job at TTS/AAS will be “to work as a liaison and interlocutor in the collection of this information for the Science division, allowing us to collect facts for analysis.” How will this be done? One way is through the COI, which will “provide a platform for the detection and triangulation of phenomena events in real time, and allows two-way communication between the public and our team regarding this information.”

As a result of his position managing the DOD program for almost a decade, Lue said “I learned that the phenomena is indeed real.”


In short, less that two weeks after leaving the Pentagon, Luis Elizondo confirmed that UFOs are a real; they exist, and they have been officially documented. Can anyone argue with this fact now, given where this man comes from and what he knows?

A former high ranking DOD official – who only left his position last week – has confirmed that an official UFO Program exists, answering a question so many have debated and speculated about for decades.


It is very important to understand that Lue does not speak for the DOD, since he is no longer employed there; he speaks independently as part of the TTS Academy.

Lue also stated: “We are also planning to provide never before released footage from real US Government systems…not blurry, amateur photos, but real data and real videos.” And even more significant: “We are inviting our Government colleagues and friends in Defense to participate regularly with their own findings.”


Another member of the team, Stephen Justice, an experienced aerospace engineer, explained that he will use scientific disoveries about the travel of UAP through space, demonstrating almost unimaginable technology, to develop technology that can change the world. Steve recently retired as a Program Director for Advanced Systems at Lockheed Martin after a thirty-one year career in the Skunk Works.  “How dare we think that the physics we have today is all that there is,” he told me in an interview a few days ago. The opportunity here, as he sees it, is to “stand in the future and look back.””


Steve’s objective is to harvest this advanced technology to build a vehicle that will allow for almost instantaneous travel through land, air, oceans and space, by engineering the fabric of space-time. Such a vehicle could also float, like something from science fiction. Steve says we have had glimpses of the science that could make this possible. It is not outside the realm of possibiity, if the necessary resources are in place.

TTS Academy member Chris Mellon served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence for two administrations, and early in his career drafted the legislation that established the US Special Operations Command at a time when terrorism was not yet on the radar. He presented an overview of a 2004 incident involving the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz which was detected on two separate radars.


“Two F-18s approach, the four aviators see that the object has no wings or exhaust — it is white, oblong, some 40 ft long and perhaps 12 ft thick”, he said. “One pilot pursues the craft while his wingman stays high. The pilots are astonished to see the object suddenly reorient itself toward the approaching F-18. In a series of discrete tumbling maneuvers that seem to defy the laws of physics, the object takes a position directly behind the approaching F-18.”


The lengthy event occurred in broad daylight off the California coast, and gun camera footage was taken. At one point the object went from hovering at 80,000 feet to dropping at supersonic speeds, and came to a complete stop at 50 feet above the ocean. “More F-18’s are dispatched but with similar results,” Mellon stated. “The secret machine easily evades the F-18s. Dozens of military personnel aboard the various planes and ships involved are privy to these interactions.”


Tom DeLonge’s final message today sums up the position of all involved: “No one person, one government, or one hidden institution should own this information and technology.”

The TTS Academy intends to release game-changing information of the type interested people have been seeking for a long time. “The fact is, we might not necessarily be alone,” Luis Elizondo says. “Now is the time to move forward and try to answer some of life’s deepest mysteries.”

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