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The Loose Nukes is an attempt (by people who should probably be under 24 hour supervised psychiatric care) to bring attention to somewhat serious issues like nuclear weapons, militarism and other seemingly random, unrelated issues through vain attempts at social satire and other futile gestures of total contempt for a fading empire that continues to employ nuclear weapons, the ultimate instruments of an erectile dysfunctional national security state, as instruments of foreign policy. OK, you probably get the idea by now. We are obsessed by run-on sentences, peace and justice, having fun, and don't know when to quit. At any rate, we don't think nuclear weapons are a very good idea, and are most definitely unhealthy for living things. We also think the folks running this Empire should just get over it.

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Google Street View: Coming to an Occupied Territory near you!

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — After months of discussions with Israeli security officials, Google has launched its popular Street View service in the country's largest cities.

Israel had raised concerns that images of its streets could be used by terrorists. But last August, Google said it reached a deal with the government.

Google officials formally unveiled Street View on Saturday, and the company's servers were quickly overwhelmed by traffic on the site.  Google analysts soon realized that all the site views were coming from the Occupied Territories.  Saturday is the Jewish Sabbath, or day of rest.

Google Street View provides detailed panoramic photos of nearly every house and public institution in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa and Dimona to the Web. 

The pictures offer images of ordinary life, contested areas, religious sites and nuclear weapons sites in the Holy Land. Due to security issues, areas around several sensitive sites, such as the military headquarters in Tel Aviv and a large dome-shaped object in Dimona, are blurred.

Google is currently in negotiations to expand Street View to the Occupied Territories.  Israeli officials, however, are split on this issue.

Israel is the first Middle Eastern country to offer Street View. 

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