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Overfilled Garbage Bins Can Lead to Fines of £110

Overfilled Garbage Bins Can Lead to Fines of £110

Daily Express
August 4, 2008

MINISTERS have ordered people who overfill their bins to be punished more severely than shoplifters, drug users and dangerous drivers.

Official guidance from the Department of the Environ-ment to local councils says they must impose fines of “not less than £75” and up to £110 on taxpayers who disobey rubbish rules.

The crackdown from the so-called “Talibin” will apply to virtually all UK households.

Anyone caught leaving their wheelie-bin lid even slightly open, placing bins or rubbish out on the day before collection or putting their bin in the wrong place could get a fixed penalty or end up in court.

Tory spokesman Eric Pickles yesterday accused Labour of creating “an army of municipal bin bullies”.

He warned they were targeting “law-abiding families with massive fines while professional criminals get the soft touch. It is clear Whitehall bureaucrats are instructing town halls to target householders with fines for minor breaches.

Anyone caught leaving their wheelie-bin lid even slightly open, placing bins or rubbish out on the day before collection or putting their bin in the wrong place could get a fixed penalty or end up in court.

Tory spokesman Eric Pickles yesterday accused Labour of creating “an army of municipal bin bullies”.

He warned they were targeting “law-abiding families with massive fines while professional criminals get the soft touch. It is clear Whitehall bureaucrats are instructing town halls to target householders with fines for minor breaches.

“Yet with the slow death of weekly collections and shrinking bins, it is increasingly hard for families to dispose of their rubbish responsibly.

“It is fundamentally unfair that householders are now getting hammered with larger fines than shoplifters get for stealing.”

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Eco-Nazi Youths urged to report on family’s eco-crimes

National Post
August 1, 2008

In a recent series of ads aimed at school children, a leading British energy company has assigned a controversial summer project: police their family’s global-warming crimes.

Launched last week by NPower — the country’s fourth-largest provider — the campaign is part of a larger program to educate children about global warming and the wasteful habits that might exacerbate it.

Placed in prominent newspapers such as The Sunday Times and The Telegraph, the ads offer giveaway diaries in which kids can note domestic infractions, such as leaving a mobile phone charging for too long or a Nintendo game left flickering in the dark, as well as Post-It notes, which can be left at the crime scene as a warning to the offenders. Equally important, the campaign seeks to attract kids to its controversial Web site, Climate Cops, which encourages children to monitor and report on their domestic energy crimes to their classrooms.

Some activists and marketers see the site as a clever marketing gimmick to teach children to preserve their planet. Others see excessive indoctrination tactics lifted from the pages of the George Orwell novel 1984, in which children are set against their parents, or worse, the Hitler Youth, who were encouraged to betray their loved ones for the greater glory of the state.

Last Tuesday, a satirical article on the British Web site Anorak referred to these cadets as “Greenshirts” and compared them to the young Blackshirts of yore. “NPower, the electricity people, want you, the Britisher Jungvolk, to inform on your mums and your dads if they disobey the rules on climate change.”

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NASA Urged to Debunk the Current Hysteria Over Global Warming
http://www.rightsidenews.com/2..he-current-hysteria-over-global-warming.html

Old ships’ logs show temporary global warming in 1730s
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/08/04/ships_log_climate_change/

Drivers face higher parking charges under controversial new car tax band linked to engine emissions
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ne..-car-tax-band-linked-engine-emissions.html

Spain Cuts Speed Limit To Fight Global Warming
http://www.independent.co.uk/..and–turns-out-lights-to-save-fuel-881401.html

SF Mayor Wants Fines For Unsorted Trash
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-b..2008/08/01/MN47122A98.DTL

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Lockheed: U.S. must pay for rocket-test cleanup

Lockheed: U.S. must pay for rocket-test cleanup

Washington Times
July 7, 2008

One of the nation’s largest federal defense contractors says the U.S. government should pay the cleanup costs – likely in the tens of millions of dollars or more – from pollutants leaked during the production and testing of U.S. military and space rockets.

Federal policies at one former Lockheed Propulsion Co. rocket plant in California allowed for burning toxic chemical waste in open, unlined dirt pits during the 1970s, according to a lawsuit that Lockheed Martin Corp. filed against the U.S. government.

The practice has been linked to pollution in groundwater and soil.

Lockheed, whose propulsion company helped build rocket motors for the Apollo and Mercury space programs, has faced personal injury lawsuits over the past decade from residents upset about pollution near the now-closed Redlands, Calif., rocket facility, according to U.S. Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings.

The company wants the government to pay past cleanup costs and to be held liable for future expenses.

A Lockheed spokeswoman declined to comment on the company’s lawsuit, filed Tuesday in federal court in the District. The lawsuit doesn’t say how much money the company is seeking.

Lockheed is reporting more than $500 million in liabilities companywide from “environmental matters,” which include soil and groundwater contamination in Redlands and unrelated projects, according to SEC filings.

According to the lawsuit, Lockheed says two sorts of pollutants – ammonium perchlorate and trichloroethylene – “escaped into the environment in the course of operations at the Redlands facility,” and turned up in local soil and groundwater.

Trichloroethylene, or TCE, is an industrial solvent that can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea and cancer. Exposure to perchlorate can affect the thyroid gland, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office.

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Syria tells UN: Israel burying nuclear waste in Golan Heights
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/999114.html

 



Australian Researchers Warn of Global Cooling

Australian Researchers Warn of Global Cooling
“Spin-orbit coupling” to blame; effects could last decades.

Daily Tech
July 1, 2008

A new paper published by the Astronomical Society of Australia is warning of upcoming global cooling due to lessened solar activity. The study, written by three Australian researchers, has identified what is known as a “spin-orbit coupling” affecting the rotation rate of the sun. That rotation, in turn, is linked to the intensity of the solar cycle and climate changes here on Earth.

The study’s lead author, Ian Wilson, explains further, “[The paper] supports the contention that the level of activity on the Sun will significantly diminish sometime in the next decade and remain low for about 20 – 30 years.”

According to Wilson, the result is a strong, rapid pulse of global cooling, “On each occasion that the Sun has done this in the past the World’s mean temperature has dropped by ~ 1 – 2 C.”

A 2 C drop would be twice as large as all the warming the earth has experienced since the start of the industrial era, and would be significant enough to impact global agriculture output.

Earlier this year, astronomers from around the world noted solar activity was suspiciously low; some began predicting global cooling at that time. Since then, activity has remained far below average, with it now being over two months since a single sunspot has appeared on the surface of the sun.

In May, a team of German climatologists published research stating that, due to “natural effects”, global warming would halt for up to 15 years.

 

Are the ice caps melting?

Steven Goddard
The Register
July 4, 2008

The headlines last week brought us terrifying news: The North Pole will be ice-free this summer “for the first time in human history,” wrote Steve Connor in The Independent. Or so the experts at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colorado predict. This sounds very frightening, so let’s look at the facts about polar sea ice.

As usual, there are a couple of huge problems with the reports.

Firstly, the story is neither alarming nor unique.

In the August 29, 2000 edition of the New York Times, the same NSIDC expert, Mark Serreze, said:

“There’s nothing to be necessarily alarmed about. There’s been open water at the pole before. We have no clear evidence at this point that this is related to global climate change.”

During the summer of 2000 there was “a large body of ice-free water about 10 miles long and 3 miles wide near the pole”. Also in 2000, Dr Claire Parkinson at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center was quoted as saying: “The fact of having no ice at the pole is not so stunning.”

Secondly, the likelihood of the North Pole being ice free this summer is actually quite slim. There are only a few weeks left where the sun is high enough to melt ice at the North Pole. The sun is less than 23 degrees above the horizon, and by mid-August will be less than 15 degrees above it. Temperatures in Greenland have been cold this summer, and winds are not favorable for a repeat. Currently, there is about one million km2 more ice than there was on this date last summer.

So what is really going on at the poles?

The Tipping Point that wouldn’t tip

Satellite records have been kept for polar sea ice over the last thirty years by the University Of Illinois. In 2007 2008, two very different records were set. The Arctic broke the previous record for the least sea ice area ever recorded, while the Antarctic broke the record for the most sea ice area ever recorded. Summed up over the entire earth, polar ice has remained constant. As seen below, there has been no net gain or loss of polar sea ice since records began.

Last week, Dr James Hansen from NASA spoke about how CO2 is affecting the polar ice caps.

“We see a tipping point occurring right before our eyes… The Arctic is the first tipping point and it’s occurring exactly the way we said it would,” he said.

Well, not exactly.

Hansen is only telling half the story. In the 1980s the same Dr Hansen wrote a paper titled Climate Sensitivity to Increasing Greenhouse Gases, in which he explained how CO2 causes “polar amplification.” He predicted nearly symmetrical warming at both poles. As shown in Figure 2-2 from the article, Hansen calculated that both the Arctic and Antarctic would warm by 5-6 degrees Centigrade. His predictions were largely incorrect, as most of Antarctica has cooled and sea ice has rapidly expanded. The evidence does not support the theory.

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Lack of Sunspot Activity Could Spell ’Mini Ice Age’
http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2008/06/the-sunspot-mys.html

Business To Back Carbon Trading
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Biofuels behind food price hikes: World Bank report
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Charlotte Temperature Hits 123 Year Low
http://www.charlotte.com/news/story/695929.html

Shell Wants Refiners Exempt From EU CO2 Plan
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Flat Screen TV’s Blamed For Global Warming
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Developed countries declarations on climate change ‘make no sense’ India
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Carbon Tax Means Fewer Travellers
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Soil on Mars is good for growing food
July 2, 2008, 1:16 pm
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Soil on Mars is good for growing food

ABC
June 26, 2008

There is still no answer to the old question of whether there has ever been life on Mars but apparently there could be vegetable life.

NASA scientists say the soil they have collected from the northern polar regions of the red planet would be good for growing asparagus and turnips, but probably not strawberries.

The Phoenix Mars Lander scooped up soil with its robotic arm and scientists say the sample is similar to dirt found in some backyards on Earth.

The project’s lead chemist, Samuel Kounaves, from the University of Arizona says he is flabbergasted by what has come back.

“We basically have found what appears to be the requirements, the nutrients to support life, whether past present or future,” he said.

“The sort of soil you have there is the type of soil you’d probably have in your backyard, you know, alkaline.

“You might be able to grow asparagus in it really well – strawberries probably not really well.”

Glen Nagle from the NASA tracking station in Canberra has been watching the soil analysis and its results closely.

“What they’ve found is the soil wasn’t really acidic or over salty and actually we had a nice pH level it was quite alkaline, not acidic,” he said.

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Scientists: It Once Rained On Mars

Wired Magazine
June 25, 2008

Drizzle once fell on Martian soil, according to a new geochemical analysis by Berkeley scientists, though the rain probably stopped several billion years ago.

Drawing on soil data from the five missions to Mars before the current Phoenix Lander and comparing it to information collected in Earth’s driest places, the scientists concluded that water must have fallen from above, not welled up from below, as has been thought.

“The soil acts as a sort of an imperfect record of climate change,” said Ronald Amundson, UC Berkeley professor of ecosystem sciences and the study’s lead author. “We can study the chemistry of the soil and extract information about climate history.”

Amundson’s key observation is that Martian soil has a layer of sulfates sitting on top of chlorides. That’s a pattern consistent with water moving downward from the atmosphere to the regolith in places on Earth.

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Martian Skies

Boston
June 20, 2008

 



Lack of Sunspot Activity Could Spell ’Mini Ice Age’

Lack of Sunspot Activity Could Spell ’Mini Ice Age’

Daily Galaxy
June 20, 2008

Dark spots, some as large as 50,000 miles in diameter, typically move across the surface of the sun, contracting and expanding as they go. These strange and powerful phenomena are known as sunspots, but now they are all gone. Not even solar physicists know why it’s happening and what this odd solar silence might be indicating for our future.

Although periods of inactivity are normal for the sun, this current period has gone on much longer than usual and scientists are starting to worry—at least a little bit. Recently 100 scientists from Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and North America gathered to discuss the issue at an international solar conference at Montana State University. Today’s sun is as inactive as it was two years ago, and solar physicists don’t have a clue as to why.

“It continues to be dead,” said Saku Tsuneta with the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, program manager for the Hinode solar mission, noting that it is at least a little bit worrisome for scientists.

Dana Longcope, a solar physicist at MSU, said the sun usually operates on an 11-year cycle with maximum activity occurring in the middle of the cycle. The last cycle reached its peak in 2001 and is believed to be just ending now, Longcope said. The next cycle is just beginning and is expected to reach its peak sometime around 2012. But so far nothing is happening.

“It’s a dead face,” Tsuneta said of the sun’s appearance.

Tsuneta said solar physicists aren’t weather forecasters and they can’t predict the future. They do have the ability to observe, however, and they have observed a longer-than-normal period of solar inactivity. In the past, they observed that the sun once went 50 years without producing sunspots. That period coincided with a little ice age on Earth that lasted from 1650 to 1700. Coincidence? Some scientists say it was, but many worry that it wasn’t.

Geophysicist Phil Chapman, the first Australian to become an astronaut with NASA, said pictures from the US Solar and Heliospheric Observatory also show that there are currently no spots on the sun. He also noted that the world cooled quickly between January last year and January this year, by about 0.7C.

“This is the fastest temperature change in the instrumental record, and it puts us back to where we were in 1930,” Dr Chapman noted in The Australian recently.

If the world does face another mini Ice Age, it could come without warning. Evidence for abrupt climate change is readily found in ice cores taken from Greenland and Antarctica. One of the best known examples of such an event is the Younger Dryas cooling, which occurred about 12,000 years ago, named after the arctic wildflower found in northern European sediments. This event began and ended rather abruptly, and for its entire 1000 year duration the North Atlantic region was about 5°C colder. Could something like this happen again? There’s no way to tell, and because the changes can happen all within one decade—we might not even see it coming.

The Younger Dryas occurred at a time when orbital forcing should have continued to drive climate to the present warm state. The unexplained phenomenon has been the topic of much intense scientific debate, as well as other millennial scale events.

Now this 11-year low in Sunspot activity has raised fears among a small but growing number of scientists that rather than getting warmer, the Earth could possibly be about to return to another cooling period. The idea is especially intriguing considering that most of the world is in preparation for global warming.

Canadian scientist Kenneth Tapping of the National Research Council has also noted that solar activity has entered into an unusually inactive phase, but what that means—if anything—is still anyone’s guess. Another solar scientist, Oleg Sorokhtin, a fellow of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, however, is certain that it’s an indication of a coming cooling period.

Sorokhtin believes that a lack of sunspots does indicate a coming cooling period based on certain past trends and early records. In fact, he calls manmade climate change “a drop in the bucket” compared to the fierce and abrupt cold that can potentially be brought on by inactive solar phases.

Sorokhtin’s advice: “Stock up on fur coats”…just in case.

 

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DC Madam Predicted She Would Be Suicided

DC Madam Predicted She Would Be Suicided
“Rape, beating, maiming, disfigurement and more than likely murder disguised in the form of just another jailhouse accident or suicide would await me,” Palfrey wrote – Time Magazine curiously quick to re-affirm suicide story

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet
May 1, 2008

http://youtube.com/watch?v=R5bAboiLv7U

http://youtube.com/watch?v=St3gLiynu14

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IuqNZjDLKA

Click here to listen to Palfrey clearly state that she would not commit suicide.

DC Madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey predicted she would be “suicided” on several occasions both recently and as far back as 17 years ago – comments that now appear ominous in light of the announcement that the former head of a Washington escort service allegedly killed herself today.

“If taken into custody, my physical safety and most probably my very life would be jeopardized,” she wrote in August 1991 following an attempt to bring her to trial, “Rape, beating, maiming, disfigurement and more than likely murder disguised in the form of just another jailhouse accident or suicide would await me,” said Palfrey in a handwritten letter to the judge accusing the San Diego police vice squad of having a vendetta against her.

During several recent appearances on The Alex Jones Show, Palfrey also said that she was at risk of being killed and that authorities would make it look like suicide. She made it clear that she was not suicidal and if she was found dead it would be murder.

Palfrey had threatened to release the names of well-known clients of her upscale call girl ring in the nation’s capitol, and had indicated that Dick Cheney may be one of them.

“We now know it goes at least as high as a United States Senator,” Palfrey told The Alex Jones Show, “I’m hearing rumors now from other people that there are other possibilities in that stratosphere so to speak, on that level.”

“No I’m not planning to commit suicide,” Palfrey told The Alex Jones Show on her last appearance in March, “I’m planning on going into court and defending myself vigorously and exposing the government,” she said.

“Blanche Palfrey had no sign that her daughter was suicidal, and there was no immediate indication that alcohol or drugs were involved, police Capt. Jeffrey Young said,” according to an AP report.

Click here to listen to Palfrey clearly state that she would not commit suicide.

Click here to listen to the entirety of a July 2007 interview with Palfrey.

UPDATE: In an almost uncanny development, as soon as this article started to go viral on the Internet, Time Magazine released a story claiming that Palfrey told author Dan Moldea that she would rather commit suicide than go to jail. What a funny coincidence!

 

Eerie Flashback: DC Madam said ’I’d never want my life to end in suicide’
Palfrey rejected suicide in May 2007 interview

Examiner.com
May 2, 2008

When Deborah Jeane Palfrey (aka the “DC Madam,” who was found hanged in Tarpon Springs, Florida on Thursday) sat down in May 2007 for an interview with Carol Joynt, host of the Q&A Cafe interview series, most everything was up in the air: Palfrey faced a criminal indictment on prostitution charges and was fighting courts over how to handle thirteen years of phone records which contained the phone numbers of many clients of her escort service.

But, for Palfrey, one thing was crystal clear during that interview: She would never end her life by hanging herself.

Joynt brought up the subject of Brandy Britton, a Baltimore prostitute whom had occasionally worked for Palfrey and whom had hanged herself in January 2007, only days away from facing prostitution charges.

Palfrey told Joynt in no uncertain terms: “I don’t want to be like her. I don’t want to end up like her.”

In the months following the interview with Joynt, Palfrey’s fortunes took a turn for the worse. In April, a federal jury convicted Palfrey of running a prostitution ring and she awaited her sentencing on July 24, where she faced up to six years in prison.

In the end, Palfrey’s proud and defiant statements about Britton’s tragic end couldn’t stop her own sad conclusion, and it all too closely tracked the final days of her former employee: A woman caught up in an illegal world of sex and money, and for whom the pressure ultimately became too much to bear.

 


Palfrey Considered Call Girl’s “Suicide” Possible Murder
DC Madam employee also found hanged despite family’s insistence she was upbeat, positive

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet
May 1, 2008

DC Madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey, who was found hanged today in what authorities claim was a “suicide,” not only asserted that she would never commit suicide, but also thought the alleged suicide of one of her former call girls was possibly murder.

Brandy Britton was an employee of Palfrey before the D.C. Madam’s prostitution ring was busted. She was found hanged after allegedly committing suicide in January 2007 days before she was set to go to trial.

Asked if the suicide was in fact murder, Palfrey told the Alex Jones Show in July last year, “Well we don’t know about that, there’s two schools of thought – one says yes one says no,”

Asked what the circumstances were that made people question the alleged “suicide” of her former call girl, Palfrey responded, “People say that she was a very upbeat person, a very positive person that she was going into court, she was ready to fight them, that she absolutely was not going to give in and all of a sudden a few days before she was to go to trial she committed suicide and her family members and friends say this was extremely abnormal.”

“She was not in a frame of mind to commit suicide, you know perhaps she knew something, there’s been a lot of speculation about that,” said Palfrey, “She had very little to lose, she wasn’t going to go to jail, she’d been charged on a prostitution case,” added Palfrey, noting that individuals involved in the call girl scandal possibly thought Britton was about to name names.


Brandy Britton

According to a Post Chronicle report, Palfrey and Britton’s alleged “suicides” bear similar hallmarks.

During several recent appearances on The Alex Jones Show, Palfrey conceded that she was at risk of being killed and that authorities would make it look like suicide. She made it clear that she was not suicidal and if she was found dead it would be murder.

“No I’m not planning to commit suicide,” Palfrey told The Alex Jones Show on her last appearance in March, “I’m planning on going into court and defending myself vigorously and exposing the government,” she said.

“Blanche Palfrey had no sign that her daughter was suicidal, and there was no immediate indication that alcohol or drugs were involved, police Capt. Jeffrey Young said,” according to an AP report.

Click here to listen to Palfrey clearly state that she would not commit suicide on two separate occasions, as well as discuss the case of Brandy Britton.

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$32 Billion of taxpayer dollars for patches?

Inside the Black Budget
$32 Billion of taxpayer dollars for patches?

NY Times
April 1, 2008

Skulls. Black cats. A naked woman riding a killer whale. Grim reapers. Snakes. Swords. Occult symbols. A wizard with a staff that shoots lightning bolts. Moons. Stars. A dragon holding the Earth in its claws.

More badges

No, this is not the fantasy world of a 12-year-old boy.

It is, according to a new book, part of the hidden reality behind the Pentagon’s classified, or “black,” budget that delivers billions of dollars to stealthy armies of high-tech warriors. The book offers a glimpse of this dark world through a revealing lens — patches — the kind worn on military uniforms.

“It’s a fresh approach to secret government,” Steven Aftergood, a security expert at the Federation of American Scientists in Washington, said in an interview. “It shows that these secret programs have their own culture, vocabulary and even sense of humor.”

One patch shows a space alien with huge eyes holding a stealth bomber near its mouth. “To Serve Man” reads the text above, a reference to a classic “Twilight Zone” episode in which man is the entree, not the customer. “Gustatus Similis Pullus” reads the caption below, dog Latin for “Tastes Like Chicken.”

Military officials and experts said the patches are real if often unofficial efforts at building team spirit.

The classified budget of the Defense Department, concealed from the public in all but outline, has nearly doubled in the Bush years, to $32 billion. That is more than the combined budgets of the Food and Drug Administration, the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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Feds use cards for lingerie, iPods, gambling, a $13,000 dinner and more

Washington Post
April 9, 2008

Federal employees used government credit cards to pay for lingerie, gambling, iPods, Internet dating services, and a $13,000 steak-and-liquor dinner, according to a new audit from the Government Accountability Office, which found widespread abuses in a purchasing program meant to improve bureaucratic efficiency.

The study, released by Senate lawmakers yesterday, found that nearly half the “purchase card” transactions it examined were improper, either because they were not authorized correctly or because they did not meet requirements for the cards’ use. The overall rate of problems “is unacceptably high,” the audit found.

The GAO also found that agencies could not account for nearly $2 million worth of items identified in the audit — including laptop computers, digital cameras and, at the Army, more than a dozen computer servers worth $100,000 each.

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