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Police Getting Real-Time Access to Private Security Cameras in Downtown Grand Rapids

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 08:44 Written by
By: GARRET ELLISON
 
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Downtown businesses are giving area law enforcement agencies greater access to private video surveillance feeds under a new push to increase real-time monitoring capabilities in Grand Rapids.
 
Jack Stewart, Kent County emergency management coordinator, said the Grand Rapids Police and Kent County Sheriff’s departments are increasing access to the downtown surveillance apparatus under a new public-private partnership program.
 
The two agencies are tapping into private video feeds from existing cameras mounted on the exterior of private commercial buildings downtown, he said.
 
Previously, police would request video from private feeds during the course of a criminal investigation. Now, police will be able to monitor the feeds in real time from county and city dispatch centers.
 
“This is the same technology that helped catch the Boston Marathon bombers,” said Stewart. “This is not day-to-day monitoring. It’s just in the event of an emergency. There would have to be an event serious enough to trigger us to monitor the cameras.”

Celebrate Independence Day by Opposing Government Tyranny

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 08:32 Written by
By: Ron Paul
 
The mainstream media and opportunistic politicians have turned Independence Day into the opposite of what was intended.
 
This week Americans will enjoy Independence Day with family cookouts and fireworks. Flags will be displayed in abundance. Sadly, however, what should be a celebration of the courage of those who risked so much to oppose tyranny will instead be turned into a celebration of government, not liberty. The mainstream media and opportunistic politicians have turned Independence Day into the opposite of what was intended.
 
The idea of opposing — by force if necessary — a tyrannical government has been turned into a celebration of tyrannical government itself!
 
The evidence is all around us.
 
How would the signers of the Declaration of Independence have viewed, for example, the Obama Administration’s “drone memo,” finally released last week, which claims to justify the president’s killing American citizens without charge, judge, jury, or oversight? Is this not a tyranny similar to that which our Founders opposed? And was such power concentrated in one branch of government not what inspired the rebellion against the English king in the first place?
 
The “drone memo,” released after an ACLU freedom of information request, purports to establish the president alone as the arbiter of who is or is not a terrorist subject to execution by the US government. There is no due process involved, just the determination of the president. Thus far the only American citizens killed by the president are Anwar al-Awlaki and his teenaged son, but the precedent has been established, according to the memo, that the president has the authority to kill Americans he believes are terrorists.

Gallup: All Branches of Government Hit Record Low Approval Ratings

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 08:23 Written by
By: STEVE WATSON 
 
A fresh Gallup poll today highlights the fact that Americans are at their wits’ end with government, all three branches of government.
 
Confidence in the Supreme Court, Congress, and the presidency has hit record lows.
 
The Supreme Court is down to a 30 percent approval rating, an all time low. Congress is currently at 7 percent, another all time low. The presidency is now at 29 percent, a six year low, and an all time low under Obama, just 4 points higher than the all time low under then reviled George W. Bush in 2007.
 
The branch with the most steep drop in confidence is the presidency, falling a full seven percentage points from its 2013 rating of 36 percent.
 
Obama is currently experiencing worse ratings than his two predecessors, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, at the same point in their terms, and has done in each subsequent year of his presidency.
 
To put this into further perspective, in 1998 Bill Clinton had a rating 24 points higher than Obama currently does, despite the fact that he was embroiled in a sex scandal and facing impeachment.

Will Obama Investigate 9/11?

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 08:16 Written by
By: Infowars.com
 
In the years since 9/11, the term "false flag" has emerged into a household phrase as the public increasingly questions the official version of world events. As the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria gains more territory in the Middle East, leading the al-Qaeda group to shorten its name to simply the Islamic State, it is important to look back at 9/11 and its aftermath for the orchestrated events that have led to the ongoing arc of chaos and violence in Iraq, Syria and neighboring countries.
 
This implosion of the Middle East into a massive region ruled by al-Qaeda was planned by world powers as a way to strip mine the Middle East for its natural resources, particularly oil, because al-Qaeda won’t have as much control over the area as an independent, sovereign state.
 
And it will ultimately lead to the complete balkanization of the Middle East, giving Western powers better control of the region while also allowing NATO better access to Central Asia, the vulnerable “soft underbelly” of the Russian Federation.
 
However, in the years since 9/11, the once unknown term “false flag” has emerged into a household phrase as the public increasingly questions the official version of world events promoted by government officials who are not only known liars, but also have the aforementioned motives which are obviously not in the public’s best interests.

Two More Swine Flu Cases Confirmed Among Minor Detainees

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 08:10 Written by
By: ADAN SALAZAR
 
Over the weekend two additional cases of the swine flu (H1N1) virus were confirmed among Central American illegal immigrant minors being detained in South Texas, and two more were found to be exhibiting “flu like symptoms,” compounding anxieties over communicable diseases being spread within the meager confines of overloaded detention facilities.
 
On Saturday, KGBT confirmed via a Border Patrol Union representative that two more cases of the H1N1 virus were detected in minors being held in two separate detainment facilities in Brownsville, Texas.
 
Chris Cabrera, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council #3307, “said both cases involve juveniles and both were confirmed on Friday by medical personnel located at both facilities,” reports ValleyCentral.com.
 
Cabrera also divulged approximately 120 people were being isolated due to exposure with the afflicted juveniles.
 
On Sunday, Cabrera revealed two more children at a Border Patrol station in Brownsville were also isolated after exhibiting “flu like symptoms,” however, H1N1 in those cases has not been confirmed.

Legendary NFL Quarterback Phil Simms Tackles Skin Cancer

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 08:01 Written by
By: Ruchi Shah
 
As a quarterback for the New York Giants for more than 14 years, Phil Simms knew how to take a hit. But nothing could prepare the NFL hall-of-fame player for the blow of finding out he had skin cancer.
 
“[The dermatologist] walked in the room and looked at me and goes ... ‘You're in trouble’ … right away,” Simms told FoxNews.com. “Of course, looking back I can see. She could look at me and see all the signs were there ... I have [precancerous cells] everywhere -- my chest, my legs, my hands were unbelievable.”
 
Simms admits he had never visited a dermatologist for skin cancer screenings before his diagnosis in 2010. And he’s not alone. While more than 90 percent of American men admit they know something about skin cancer, only about 18 percent actually visit a doctor for annual skin cancer screenings, according to a recent survey by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD).
 
Since Simms’ initial diagnosis, he has undergone several Mohs surgery procedures to remove cancerous cells from his skin.  During Mohs surgery, layers of cancer-containing skin are progressively removed and examined until only cancer-free tissue remains, according to the Mayo Clinic.  However, Simms also had numerous spots where precancerous cells were found.

Could Ebola Spread to the United States?

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 07:56 Written by
By: Rachael Rettner
 
The current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is now the largest in history, but how likely is it to spread to the United States or other countries around the world?
 
It's theoretically possible that people with Ebola could travel to other countries on planes, and infect others outside the region. However, it's extremely unlikely that the virus would then cause further outbreaks in communities in the United States or other developed countries with systems in place to contain such deadly infections, experts say.
 
So far, the Ebola outbreak, which first appeared in December 2013, has infected at least 600 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, including 338 who died, according to the World Health Organization.
 
The medical group Doctors Without Borders has said the epidemic is "out of control" in the region, and that they do not have the resources to care for the growing number of people who are sick.
 
Could Ebola come to the U.S.?
 
One reason why the Ebola virus's spread is possible in theory is that it can take up to 21 days for an infected person to show symptoms. That's ample time for someone with Ebola to travel a long distance by plane and arrive in the United States or Europe, said Derek Gatherer, a researcher at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom who studies virus genetics and evolution.

Deadliest Weekend for New Mayor: 4 Killed, 19 Injured in New York City

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 07:51 Written by

 

By: Spencer Platt
 
A string of bloody shootings in New York City over the weekend has left at least four people dead and 19 others injured.
 
The surge in violence marked the deadliest weekend since New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio took office in January, the New York Post reported. It was also the third time in June that New York City saw at least 12 people involved in shootings, leaving one local lawmaker to wonder whether a decline in stop-and-frisk practices is responsible for the spike.
 
According to NBC New York, the shootings took place in all five of the city’s boroughs, and included injuries to 10-, 12-, and 16-year-old boys in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Harlem. One man died after being shot in the head in Queens, while another suffered a similar fate in Brooklyn. Of all the boroughs, Brooklyn experienced the most violence with seven shootings and 11 people hurt.
 
At one point, 15 people were shot over a 12-hour period between Saturday night and Sunday morning.
 
Speaking with the New York Post, state Sen. Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn) blamed the New York Police Department’s decreased use of stop-and-frisk for the uptick in violent episodes, saying gun wielders “are taking chances because they don’t think stop-and-frisk is going on … Thank God these guys are bad shots and thank God for our trauma rooms that keep these [victims] alive.
 
“If we don’t do stop-and-frisk, there will be more shootings and there will be more death.”

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