Day: September 3, 2013

“Diamonds and Rust Joan Baez (with lyrics)”


Diamonds, please.

“Facebook peer groups may be useful for HIV education”


Andrew M. Seaman, Reuters

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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Groups on the popular networking site Facebook may help educate men about HIV prevention and testing, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that specially-created Facebook social media groups helped encourage men who have sex with men to reach out for information about testing themselves at home for HIV.

The study is “really demonstrating a way to take what we already know to be effective… and translating it into the digital realm,” Sheana Bull, professor and chair of the Department of Community and Behavioral Health at the Colorado School of Public Health in Denver, said.

“I think it does have a lot of potential and a lot of promise,” said Bull, who wasn’t involved with the new study.



“DEA phone call database bigger than NSA’s”


By Richard Esposito
Senior Executive Producer for Investigations, NBC News

The federal government has access to a massive database of 25 years of AT&T phone data, NBC News has confirmed, as part of a secret program in which phone company employees work alongside local and federal law enforcement agents to track the phone calls of suspected drug dealers.

As first reported by the New York Times, the Hemisphere Project is at least six years old and has access to the data from every call coming through an AT&T switchboard back to 1987. The pool grows by billions of calls a day, includes information on the location of callers, and is larger than the controversial database maintained by the NSA, which goes back five years.



Record Crowds Descend on Black Rock for Burning Man 2013


More than 61,000 revelers flocked to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada to create Black Rock City, a temporary community that springs up each year at the world-famous art and music festival. This year’s theme was Cargo Cult, signifying the return of ‘benevolent Visitors from Elsewhere’

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Inside the mind of Bashar Al-Assad

CNN Newsroom

Author of “The Fall of the House of Assad,” David Lesche talks to Brooke about what he believes could be going through al-Assad’s mind.

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Good strategy in Syria may be effective

CNN Newsroom

Brooke hears opinions from the left and right after Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham hold a press conference about Syria.

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Drug Agents Plumb Vast Database of Call Records

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