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German spies made use of U.S. surveillance data

What's this, the US helped find kidnapped Germans?

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's foreign intelligence agency (BND) has known about U.S. surveillance and storage of German data for years and used it in cases of Germans kidnapped abroad, the mass-circulation daily Bild reported on Monday.

Questions over how much the German government and its own security agencies knew about U.S. surveillance have touched a raw nerve in Germany, given historical memories of spying on citizens by former communist East Germany and the Nazi regime.

The matter has also become an issue in Chancellor Angela Merkel's campaign for re-election to a third term in office and, although favored to win, she is keen to quash any impression that she knew more than she has let on.

Citing U.S. government sources, Bild said the BND had asked the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) for the email and telephone records of German citizens kidnapped in Yemen or Afghanistan to help ascertain their whereabouts and contacts.http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130715/german-spies-made-use-us-surveillance-data-paper

Baltimore residents line up to get laptops in exchange for guns

"Think smart, not stupid. Think education, not guns."

Curtis Mason dropped off three small-caliber handguns at yesterday’s Computers for Guns event and came away with a fresh Dell laptop and a sense of relief.

Mason’s 17-year-old nephew who lives in Baltimore had started to acquire handguns, so when the 55-year-old Towson resident heard on TV about the event, he realized he had a chance to help the boy he’s been trying to mentor.

“I was very concerned about these guns. What would happen from them? Would they fall into the wrong hands?” Mason asked.

“I told him ‘You don’t have to go down there. I’ll handle the logistics,’” he recalled. “I said ‘Think smart, not stupid. Think education, not guns.’ I was shocked he didn’t resist.http://www.baltimorebrew.com/2013/07/14/baltimore-residents-line-up-to-get-laptops-in-exchange-for-guns/

Live Stream from Vice - NYC Protest

http://www.vice.com/read/live-streaming-trayvon-martin-protests-in-new-york?utm_source=vicefbus

Safer World Because of Eddie ... LOL

anti-Americanism is at an all time high in every corner of the world thanks to ES. If anyone thinks other countries don't do the same thing, you're delusional. American's without guns are not safe in America and Ed Snowden has made it so we are not safe anywhere - time to revert back to saying you're Canadian if you travel.

Vows To Rebuild Million Dollar Homes in Burnt Forest

Untold thousands of homes in Colorado's heavily populated Front Range are at risk for fires, said Gregory Simon, an assistant professor of geography who studies urban wildfires at the University of Colorado-Denver. Many are built on windy mountain roads or cul-de-sacs — appealing to home buyers seeking privacy but often hampering efforts to stamp out fire. Residents in the outdoor-loving state are also attracted by the ability to hike from their backyards and have horses.

"Unfortunately, these environments give the appearance of being peaceful, tranquil and bucolic and natural. But they believe the reality that they are combustible, volatile and at times dangerous," Simon said.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/trio-blazes-burn-control-colorado-19386203#.Ub1ysZwmbIA

Isn't it time stop building mega mansions in known danger zones?



Tony Blair - STFU

WTF - first Bill Clinton and now Bush's Poodle? Do they think once in power always in power?

Tony Blair calls for intervention after use of chemical weapons by President Bashar al-Assad and Hezbollah involvement

Tony Blair has waded into the debate over UK policy on the Syrian civil war, saying the Government should consider imposing a no-fly zone over Syria to prevent "catastrophic consequences."

The former prime minister and current peace envoy to the Middle East said there was a danger both sides will begin to use chemical weapons as an "acceptable form of warfare" if no action is taken.

In an interview with The Times, he said: "I feel very strongly we are in danger of a failure with catastrophic consequences if we’re not careful.

"This is no longer a civil war between factions within Syria. We should be taking a more interventionist line. That’s where I come from in politics. People can agree or disagree with it.”

The two developments which he says have “completely changed the game,” for him are the revelation of Hezbollah's open involvement in the battle over Qusayr, and US and UK confirmation of the use of chemical weapons by President Bashar al-Assad.http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/syrian-civil-war-tony-blair-calls-for-intervention-after-use-of-chemical-weapons-by-president-bashar-alassad-and-hezbollah-involvement-8660114.html

Jeb Bush Isn't Quite Right About 'Fertile' Immigrants...

Because of Television....

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said immigration reform would help America in a speech at the Faith and Freedom Conference on Friday, saying, "Immigrants are more fertile, and they love families, and they have more intact families, and they bring a younger population." The fertile-immigrants argument seemed a little off-key, in part because it's a counterintuitive strategy for selling immigration to the relatively white Republican base. But more important, the picture Bush paints of immigrants with tons of babies isn't quite right. Fertility rates are falling around the world — everywhere except subsaharan Africa. And it might be because of something else uniquely American: television.

In 2011, the U.S. birthrate hit a record low — "led by a plunge in births to immigrant women" since the start of the recession, Pew Research Center found in a study published in November 2012. Foreign-born women still had a higher birth rate than American-born women, but immigrant women's birth rate declined much faster. And the birth rate drops significantly between the first and second generations.

As The Washington Post's Brad Plumer explained in May, some developing countries have lower birth rates than the U.S. and some European countries (see chart above right). "Chile (1.85 children per woman), Brazil (1.81), and Thailand (1.56) have lower birthrates than France (2.0), Norway (1.95), and Sweden (1.98)," Stanford geographer Martin Lewis wrote for the Breakthrough Institute. America's is 2.1. Why is that? Weirdly, Lewis says, it might be TV. Look how closely rates of female exposure to media line up with fertility rates.http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2013/06/jeb-bush-fertile-immigrants/66245/

Wind Farms Interfere With Surveillance - so says Booz Hamilton



BOOZ ALLEN’S PHYSICS-BASED MODELING, SIMULATION, AND ANALYSIS EFFORTS TO QUANTIFY THE IMPACT OF WIND FARMS ON DOMESTIC RADAR

As municipalities across America seek alternatives to traditional energy production, wind farms are becoming an increasingly common sight. A wind farm can consist of more than a thousand individual towers, each with massive rotating blades used to capture wind energy to feed a growing appetite for electricity.

These expansive wind farms can negatively impact domestic air traffic control radar and military test and training range radar, impeding their ability to track targets near turbines. Prior to construction, the impact of turbines on a region’s civil and military radar must be considered.

Military test and training ranges as well as civil air operations are concerned about how renewable energy technologies may impact aircrew training, airborne radio frequency (RF) system components, and flight safety. With deep modeling and radar analysis capabilities, Booz Allen’s experts are exploring wind turbine technical impacts, specifically those associated with RF sensor systems.http://www.boozallen.com/consulting/view-our-work/48383297/wind-energy-impact-on-air-survelliance-radar

Creating a High-Fidelity Radar Simulation Environment

Booz Allen has developed a high-fidelity, signal-based model—called WindTRx—that allows wind farm developers, civil, and military stakeholders to look at the same data, understand the impacts of specific turbine placement, and make adjustments early in the planning phase with assurances of the final impact on local radar.

Right Wing Radio Host Fired For Getting Physical w/ His Producer

DENVER - Peter Boyles, a well-known and sometimes-controversial radio host in Denver for 630 KHOW, will be off the air Friday after a heated physical exchange with one of his producers, multiple sources connected to the station confirm to 9NEWS.

Employees observed red marks on producer Greg Hollenback's neck within the minutes of the argument, which happened during Thursday morning's broadcast of the Peter Boyles Show.

The sources wished to remain anonymous because they were not authorized to speak on the matter.

"Everyone here is disappointed and devastated," one employee told 9NEWS.

Reached for comment Thursday morning, Boyles told 9NEWS only that he "had a very heated exchange" with Hollenback.
http://www.9news.com/news/article/337705/188/Peter-Boyles-gets-in-heated-exchange-with-producer

Buh bye douchebag Boyles.....

Media Makes Medea The Headline

forget the importance of this speech, many headlines read "President Heckled Repeatedly"



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