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NSA Spying on Germany

It is a rare thing when an ally tells another that one of their embassy individuals should be sent packing from their plumb surrounds.  The French did it in 1995, when it expelled several US officials on the grounds of suspected espionage.  But French-US relations during the post-World War II period have been periodically icy, making such an act less of a surprise than something of a clarifying gesture. The order of expulsion was executed on Thursday, when it was revealed in the German press that a CIA station chief was, for all intents and purposes, given his marching orders.  While embassies are to spies what honey is to bees, the manner of its execution raised a few eyebrows. Clemens Binninger, chair of the committee that oversees the intelligence services of Angela Markel’s Christian Democrats, said at a press conference in Berlin that the action was occasioned by Washington’s ‘failure to cooperate on resolving various allegations, starting with the NSA and up to the latest incidents’.  The head of the SPD parliamentary group, Thomas Opperman, is beside himself.  ‘It is a degrading spectacle to watch US spies being exposed on a weekly basis.’  Much of this rage, however, must be seen as the indignation of impotence.

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Eating Organic Has Significant Health Benefits Over Conventional Food: Major New Study Finds

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Children on dairy farms run one-tenth the risk of developing allergies

Children who live on farms that produce milk run one-tenth the risk of developing allergies as other rural children. According to researchers at The University of Gothenburg in Sweden, pregnant women may benefit from spending time on dairy farms to promote maturation of the fetal and neonatal immune system. The occurrence of allergic diseases has risen dramatically in Western societies

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Atlases reveal climate and weather impacts

NASA says Arctic sea ice thickness in some areas has halved since 1980 Image: Hannes Grobe 20:05 via Wikimedia Commons By Alex Kirby Two new atlases provide clear visual evidence of the effect climate change and extreme weather can have on people and property. LONDON, 12 July 2014 – For people who find it hard to believe the Earth really is warming, new visual evidence will soon be available – two atlases, one showing graphically the retreat of Arctic ice, the other the human and economic price exacted by extreme weather.

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Obama First ‘Jew-Hating’ President Says Fox News Hate Expert

“Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro threw some tough words President Obama’s way when he said on The Kelly File Thursday night that the current administration not only hates Israel and is refusing to give it vital aid as it escalates with the Palestinian government, but it’s a borderline “Jew-hating administration.” He charged that the White House was “effectively” telling Israelis to stop defending themselves, and claimed that time after time, the Obama administration has not been as tough on Israel’s enemies as it should be, especially in the current crisis that stemmed from the deaths of three Israeli teenagers.”* The Young Turks hosts Ana Kasparian, Ben Mankiewicz (Turner Classic Movies), Jimmy Dore (The Jimmy Dore Show), and John Iadarola (TYT University) break it down. *Read more here from Josh Feldman / Mediaite:

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Bob Beckel Earns His Pay As Fox News’ Clown ‘Liberal’ Racist

“Fox News’ token liberal host Bob Beckel used a racial slur Thursday on “The Five” to refer to Chinese hackers. “The Chinese are the single biggest threat to the national security of the U.S.,” Beckel said. “They have been, they will be and they can wait, they’re very patient.

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Should Presidents Get Special BBQ Treatment? Obama Says Yes

“Even the president pays it forward. After speaking in Austin, Texas, Thursday, President Obama stopped in at Franklin Barbecue, a restaurant Austin360 says is “well known for its great brisket and extremely long waits.” Since presidents apparently have schedules to keep, Obama cut to the front of the hours-long line — then bought lunch for those behind him as a thank-you.”* The Young Turks hosts Ana Kasparian, Ben Mankiewicz (Turner Classic Movies), Jimmy Dore (The Jimmy Dore Show), and John Iadarola (TYT University) break it down.

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Her Bigot Parents Shut Her Out, Crowdfunding Steps In

“A University of Pittsburgh student who was cut off from her family for being gay, is asking the public’s help to continue her college education. Kate Koenig, 19, was about to start college when she was outed when her father went through her mail. When she returned home for a visit her mother said she had a letter to give her but the printer had no ink so she would email it to her instead, according to a YouTube video she posted last September.

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Scientists create ‘self-healing’ plastic

Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a ‘self-healing’ plastic that could one day allow objects from cracked mobile phone screens to meteor-battered space probes to automatically repair themselves

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Multistory Car Park in U.S. Transformed Into Designer Micro-Apartments

Many of the 105 million parking spaces in American cities are under-used: could they be repurposed into affordable housing? The American love affair with the car is well documented.

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