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Google Earth Street View Image of Fort Sam Houston before it was Removed  (Source: BBC News)
Pentagon bans Google from taking images and video of military installations

Services like Google Earth are viewed by many to be nothing more than an interesting curiosity.  However, for the U.S. military and other world governments the satellite images and other footage Google offers on its Earth service represents a big security risk.

BBC News reports that the Pentagon has banned Google from filming inside and making detailed studies of U.S. military bases. The ban comes after detailed footage from inside and outside of the U.S. military base at Fort Sam Houston in Texas turned on up Google Earth’s Street View service.

Street View is a service of Google Earth that allows users of the application to travel down streets from the perspective of a car driver. The problem the Pentagon had with these images was that they were shot with great detail and were found to represent a significant security risk.

The defense department said in a statement quoted by BBC News, “Images include 360-degree views of the covered area to include access control points, barriers, headquarters, facilities and community areas.” The fear is that terrorists could use the detailed images to develop plans to attack the base.

Larry Yu, a Google spokesman, told BBC News that the decision to enter the US military base had been a “mistake.” Yu further said, “[it is] not our policy to request access to military installations, but in this instance the operator of the vehicle with the camera on top - which is how we go about capturing imagery for Street-View - requested permission to access a military installation, was given access, and after learning of the incident we quickly removed the imagery".

The U.S. military isn’t the only military force that has had problems with images shown on Google Earth. DailyTech reported in July of 2007 that satellite imagery form Google Earth had shown a new Chinese ballistic missile sub in dock. Indian officials became irate when images of its new Sukhoi 30 MK1 aircraft turned up on Google Earth as well.

A U.S. spy agency stated in May of 2007 that curbs needed to be placed on satellite images made available to the public.



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By mdogs444 on 3/7/2008 5:18:44 PM , Rating: 2
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which are only NECESSARY because businesses are taking advantage of their workers today and not paying them the wages that they should be being paid.

You earn wages based on SKILL and demand for a position, now how hard you work. You can train a monkey to answer phones all day - should he be paid a much higher wage than he is now? The laws of supply and demand correlate perfectly well to the job market.
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15 dollars an hour. Most people get paid closer to 8-9 dollars an hour.

Then go back to school, get a better education, get a second job, etc. If you are only making 16-18k/year as you just suggested, then you would be able to go to college for next to nothing on need based grants, and if you dont qualify for those, then you automatically qualify for student loans. Yes, you'll have to pay them back just like everyone else does.
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"Payment for raising our next generation" and start giving that automatically to women and men who have children and are single, because they are doing EXACTLY THAT, raising our next generation which takes a hell of a lot more time and energy than even working at a warehouse job.

So let me get this right. Families who pay taxes, and have 2, 3, or 4 kids should have to pay into the welfare system so someone else can raise their kids? What about the parents right to provide a better future for their own kids? This entitlement and welfare bull**** is getting old really fast. Get motivated, get off your lazy ***, and do something with your life. Not everything is perfect, and the world isnt going to change for you. Its call get an education, and learn how to better yourself within the system that is currently in place.
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I know that from personal experience. I am working right now at a day care center (yes, they know what I am and so do the parents) and it is HARDER than working at the warehouses I worked at, because you are having to watch out, not only for yourself, but for 5-8 OTHER people who are inexperienced and who don't know that doing some things will cause permanent physical harm to themselves.

Again, not sure what is so hard about this to understand. You are paid based upon your skills. You must possess something that someone else needs, and is difficult to find. Exactly why there is no market for someone with only a high school diploma. They are a dime a dozen, so why would anyone pay you more money for it? Just becuase you want them to? Being a child day care person is difficult work, so is stacking boxes in a warehouse, and so is digging ditches. But none of them require any skills that are in high demand above and beyond and average person! I've heard you cite so many times in here that they should raise the minimum wage to $20/hr. You have no sense of economics because by doing that, all you are doing are raising the price of the products that we buy. If labor cost increases, so do production cost, operating expenses, and the final price of the product. Its a direct correlation.
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Also, look at the country that pays the most out in social welfare. It isn't the United States...... dum-da-dum..... ready for a shock - Saudi Arabia and Australia are tied, and they are doing pretty darn well.

Have you ever considered the term "standard of living". Go ahead and compare the standards of living between the US and the people of Saudi Arabia. You talk about people being poor throughout the world - and its quite sad. But people in the US are not poor. Most of the poor in the US have color televisions, heat, running water, electricity, lamps, a dvd player, etc. Im sorry, that is not poor. Its just a lower standard of living compared to the middle class who have what the lower class lacks: "motivation to better themselves".


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