“Gunshot detectors” could be used to eavesdrop on street chatter
Paul Joseph Watson
January 21, 2013
The Department of Homeland Security is looking to install “gunshot detector” microphones that are capable of listening to conversations throughout “urban areas” of Washington, DC.
According to a Request for Information (RFI) posted on the FedBizOpps website on January 18 (PDF), the DHS, in tandem with the Secret Service, “Is seeking information on commercially available gunshot [...]
- The rate of gun ownership is higher in rural areas than in urban areas, but the murder rate is higher in urban areas.
- The rate of gun ownership is higher among whites than among blacks, but the murder rate is higher among blacks.
- For the country as a whole, hand-gun ownership doubled in the late 20th century, while the murder rate went down.
- Britain has had a lower murder [...]
There were some interesting points in this.
People leaving the urban areas because of the crisis feel a stronger connection to the earth.
People are noticing that the money system makes you disposable when it doen’t need you anymore to function.
A barter system is created where markets once were used in communities.
There were some extra tid-bits but have a look for yourself.
(This is from the Australian state channel, so hope it works [...]
Poverty across the planet will be virtually eliminated by 2030, with a rising middle class of some two billion people pushing for more rights and demanding more resources, the chief of the top U.S. intelligence analysis shop said on Saturday.
If current trends continue, the 1 billion people who live on less than a dollar a day now will drop to half that number in roughly two decades, Christoper Kojm said.
UK urban areas battle for ‘smart city’ cash
Thirty urban areas across the UK are competing for a single £24m prize to help them become “smart cities”.
UK ‘smart cities’ being chosen
They will submit plans to integrate infrastructure, like that for water or transport, with communication networks.
All the studies will be made publicly available to inform similar projects in the future.
The 30 areas chosen are: Belfast, Birmingham, Brighton & Hove, Bristol, Cambridge, Camden, [...]
Residents continuing to flee Fukushima one year after disasters: ministry
June 28, 2012
Residents continuing to flee Fukushima one year after disasters: ministry
Fukushima saw a net outflow of 9,779 residents between March and May this year, indicating the prefecture is continuing to lose residents more than 12 months after the nuclear crisis started, according to data compiled by the internal affairs ministry.
Meanwhile, the number of people who moved from the Tokyo metropolitan [...]
China’s urban areas are booming economically, but that trend is paralleled by another one with serious implications for public health: obesity rates have skyrocketed over the last generation.
The number of Chinese people who are obese quintupled between 2005 and 2011, to nearly 100 million people. The World Health Organization estimates that 38.5 percent of the population was overweight in 2010, up from 25 percent in 2002. Male children from high-income familieshave an especially high [...]
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fifty-seven percent of Chinese adults surveyed in 2011 — before the country’s economic slowdown grabbed headlines — prioritized protecting the environment, even at the risk of curbing economic growth. About one in five believed economic growth is more important. Chinese attitudes are typical of those in other emerging-market economies, where residents sided with the environment over the economy in earlier surveys.
Similarly, Americans historically prioritized environment protection [...]
Syrian tanks shelled the central city of Hama and parts of Homs came under mortar fire on Tuesday, opposition activists said, on the day President Bashar al-Assad had agreed to halt the use of heavy weapons and withdraw forces from urban areas.
The offensive, taking place on the day of a UN deadline for the Syrian government to withdraw its troops from cities, raised new doubts about the viability of Kofi [...]
Scientists have identified a new species of leopard frog in and around New York City.
The frog was found hiding in plain sight on Staten Island.
The New York Times reported the find is surprising because the frog was discovered in one of the world’s most populated urban areas.
Researchers said the new frog species was confused for a long time with a frog it closely resembles, the southern leopard frog.
Rutgers doctoral candidate [...]
In a few parts of the country (at least mine), reason still prevails when it comes to building codes and permits. Let us be charitable for a moment: building codes can and often do serve a legitimate purpose. Permits, on the other hand, might be viewed with a bit more suspicion; perhaps they tend to be more of a revenue raising measure.
That said, when my wife and I bought our [...]
According to the latest statistics published by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), the number of Internet users in the country has for the first time exceeded 100 million, a Business Standard report reveals.
The number of Internet users in India stood at 112 million in September this year, with 88 million of them coming from the urban cities and 24 million from the country’s [...]
Thousands of unemployed waited overnight, camping out in their business suits and office heels and braving the tormenting heat in Atlanta to stand in line for a job fair Thursday. Authorities treated 20 people for heat exhaustion as they struggled to keep the line moving and get people moved inside.
The incredible turnout at the job fair comes on the heels of the state [...]
As the core of the heat wave settles eastward, all-time record highs are on the bubble in the I-95 Northeast Friday.
Following a very warm night, where many urban areas failed to drop below 80 degrees, the extra warm start makes high temperatures for the date “sitting ducks,” waiting to be knocked off.
The dangerous heat may not stop there with some locations reaching their highest point in over 100 [...]
Karachi is facing 10 hours of power outages a day, severely damaging industrial
output and undermining economic growth. The shortages of electricity and gas
have forced hundreds of units to shut down in the textile district of
A 40% cut in generation late last month forced the Pakistan Electric Power Company to carry out eight to 10 hours of load-shedding in urban areas and 12 to 14 hours in rural areas.
What we are now witnessing is the slow motion unraveling of America. Our economy is dying, the American people have lost faith in the government and in almost all of our other major institutions, and our society is collapsing. Most Americans don’t understand why all of this is happening, but most of them do realize that something has fundamentally changed. Earlier this year, McDonald’s held [...]
“The heat will be hard on the very young, elderly and those who must work outdoors.”
Heat that has been building in the mid-South in recent weeks was reached the Midwest Monday and will expand into the East through midweek.
Intense June sunshine combined with building humidity and hot air will push AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures to dangerous levels during the heat wave.
The worst of the heat [...]
DETROIT (WWJ) – According to a new report, 47 percent of Detroiters are ”functionally illiterate.” The alarming new statistics were released by the Detroit Regional Workforce Fund on Wednesday.
WWJ Newsradio 950 spoke with the Fund’s Director, Karen Tyler-Ruiz, who explained exactly what this means.
“Not able to fill out basic forms, for getting a job — those types of basic everyday (things). Reading a prescription; what’s on the bottle, how many you should take… [...]
By Chris Oliver
HONG KONG (MarketWatch) — Shanghai has enacted a one-dog policy in some inner urban areas, under tightened ownership and licensing rules that will take effect May 15, as authorities seek to strike a balance between pet ownership and the city’s surging population, believed to be more than 23 million, according to a report Thursday in the Shanghai Daily. The single-dog policy will [...]
Separate cost factors are used for urban and rural areas. In urban areas, widening costs are further disaggregated by the type of roadway (freeways, other divided highways, and undivided roads), and vary from $2.4 million to $6.9 million per lane-mile. In rural areas, costs depend upon highway functional class (Interstates, arterial roads, and collectors) and terrain type, and range from $1.6 million to $3.1 million per lane-mile.
A little old (early [...]