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there's just too much. coming up on r t the chancellor of germany is asking can you hear me now in light of revelations about the n.s.a. surveillance possibly being used on thirty five world leaders the e.u. is demanding answers they want to rewrite the rules of the spy game that story straight ahead. and in american politics you have elephants donkeys and then there are the dark horses but given the latest three ring circus with the shutdown showdown will there be a resurgence of third party candidate the story coming your way. down they say you can't buy love but one app is trying to change all of that but men offering incentives like jewelry dinner and even plastic surgery all for a date coming up we'll tell you how the labor of love just got a price tag. it's
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friday october twenty fifth eight pm in washington d.c. i'm an aaron david and you're watching our t.v. . we begin with more european reaction on the latest n.s.a. revelation that the u.s. government has been spying on its european allies this week we learned that the spy agency had been following the communications of more than seventy million french citizens tracking the personal cell phone of german chancellor merkel and tapping the phones of at least thirty five world leaders as a meeting of european leaders winds up in brussels today germany and france are moving to take action in the e.u. artie's test arcilla has warned thirty five world leaders will be spied on by the national security agency or the n.s.a. they were actually encouraging senior officials in various government departments like the white house receive apartments to share those contacts of important or individuals in the world in order to be added to the list surveillance list and also what's interesting to note in the latest leaked by edward snowden is that the
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acknowledgment in that document that all of this extensive spying has produced very little quote unquote a very little reportable intelligence and that really is where the debate is whether all of this could be justified in judging from the uproar coming from leaders here in europe but they don't seem to be very convinced he issued a statement that they said that this distrust of the u.s. could jeopardize or prejudice any necessary call for ration needed in intelligence gathering we already know they're being called by any piece to suspend the terrorist finance tracking program we know this is very important for both for both parties and also france and germany having a cold a for talks with the united states in fact asking for a new rules new surveillance rules and no spying agreement by the end of the year and asking other members even versed in joining the initiative if they wanted to was well as senior german officials will be on their way to the white house very shortly to discuss this as the german chancellor angela merkel was very upset with via suspicion but her phone was being monitored it's going up another level as well
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this is an issue and this should have by a germany and brazil of so they want to oppose a draft u.n. resolution to restrain the foreign spying activities basically. doesn't directly touch on the n.s.a.'s activities nor will it necessarily korea directly the activities of the n.s.a. but it does call for an expansion of international privacy rights it must be noted that this rock had already existed before the internet bought this time germany and brazil wanted to be specifically applied to all wide communications and there is no question about why they are pushing this initiative it is certain to be to be displeasure that they would have a towards the us over at the n.s.a. spying activities that was artie's tests are still reporting. and aside from what leaders are doing abroad americans here at home are also beginning to take action on the issue in fact tomorrow october twenty sixth thousands of civil liberty advocates are expected to take to the streets of washington d.c. to tell the u.s.
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government to stop infringing on their right to privacy the rally is called stop watching us with the name as simple as the demand in addition to calling for a halt to the extensive monitoring of american communications demonstrators will be calling on the government to vote revealed the full extent of the n.s.a.'s spying programs it's garnered a lot of attention from both former whistleblowers and celebrities who are taking the opportunity to call attention to this issue take a look. at st josephs we want. a certain state to see it so. it makes a mockery of our system which is based on the notion of independent government including the fourth estate press releases so. you can see that it doesn't have to present this false tradeoff between securing the scene we need to bring it and i say it needs to be in the light and we need to. suspicion the surveillance. and all the way from russia
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a former government contractor edward snowden has weighed in on the gathering in a rare statements down and said today no telephone in america makes a call without leaving a record with the n.s.a. our representatives in congress tell us this is not surveillance they're wrong now it's time for the government to learn from us on saturday join us in sending this message stop watching us to talk about what to expect from this rally and the potential for a path forward i was joined earlier by our executive director of the bill of rights defense committee i first asked him about the rally and what change he thought would come from it i certainly think it can be among the changes that the stop watching us coalition is looking for are legislative measures to rein in the n.s.a. restore constitutional rights and to change the statutory landscape enabled by the patriot act in the two thousand and five amendments sure speaking of the patriot act october twenty sixth is actually the twelfth anniversary of the signing and id
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act for people that don't understand how are the powers that were granted during the patriot act different from what we're seeing that thorny the n.s.a. now has so section two fifteen of the patriot act has proven particularly controversial it was the section at work in the first of the court orders that glenn greenwald released from the snowden documents and the author of the patriot act james sensenbrenner is a republican from wisconsin and he talked about how he engineered that authority to be an investigative authority that the n.s.a. could particularly zoom in on people who they had suspicion of wrongdoing what he's particularly concerned about is are the rest of us submergence and transformation into a bulk collection of the already that in a single order has been used to justify the surveillance of millions of americans at once well well in response to the release of all of this information and it's a director keith alexander actually called out the role of journalists let's take a listen to what he said. the reporters who got this. data and quickly run to the wrong conclusion i think it's wrong that that. newspaper reporters have all these
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documents fifty thousand whatever they have and are selling them and giving them out. as if these doesn't make sense we had to come up with a way of stopping so he's suggesting that journalists are selling these documents and that the publication of course is harmful to the united states what's your response to that i've certainly heard confirmations of journalists selling information and snowden himself is repudiated claims that he has released information that he obtained to foreign governments and i would just say it's preposterous to think the transparency has hurt anyone here if there's anything hurting anyone that is the n.s.a. its activities and to hide behind the secrecy that's enabled those abuses to continue themselves is cowardly quite frankly in a democracy and if these programs are as important to national security as they claim and are in fact compliant with the constitution which they are not they should survive the light of day and it's small and overdue for congress to have
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a transparent debate about whether or not we want to live in a country with prevailing pervasive surveillance or instead we actually mean it when we sing anthems at baseball games about living in the land of the free indeed well this past july we saw me a martian men men really take root congressman from both sides of the aisle really came together came to a consensus on this this issue and even though the amendment lost you could argue that it definitely started to build some momentum that kind of coalition would you say is building now how would you describe how politicians are rising up to really work across the aisle there's a dramatic realignment here actually just published an article about this today where the partisan division that we saw at work in the government shutdown is really being eclipsed by a different line of division between establishment and populist across both of the parties the emotion members of the house defense appropriations bill is a perfect example that vote split each of the major parties and you know the speaker of the. house the house minority leader in the president were arrayed against the combined forces of the progressive left anti-war democrats and the
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libertarian right tea party influenced republicans and together those two forces came within seven votes of defunding the n.s.a.'s domestic bulk collection operations and if we had that vote again today we would win it because there's been sustained outcry since and i think many of the members of congress particularly democrats who were carrying the bush administration's water here because the obama administration told them to i think they've been hearing it from their constituents and so i think that trans partisan residents of a constitutional perspective against what i would describe as the corrupt interests of an establishment in bed with the national security establishment that's ultimately the fault line that we're seeing emerge in to see for instance senators ron wyden a democrat from oregon and rand paul the republican from kentucky or senator patrick leahy democrat from vermont standing with james sensenbrenner the republican from wisconsin who i mentioned those are great indications of the residents of these values across the partisan spectrum it's nice to find an issue that's finally nonpartisan. well of course we know the latest news france and
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germany. the n.s.a. is spying on foreign leaders abroad and do you think that americans. had to care about this as well just as much as they have to care about you know that infringement right here absolutely i mean the habit of our country on turning our allies into enemies is as much a concern to americans i think as the abuses of our own individual privacy rights separate from either of those two things i think is a concern for democracy because what the n.s.a. is abuse is ultimately threaten our not just the rights of hundreds of millions of americans and our diplomatic relationships with other countries but also the future of democracy in america itself with this kind of pervasive surveillance the right to dissent withers and the relationship between dissent and democracy is crucial to remember and i think that's ultimately what is driving a lot of the resistance to these authoritarian programs. absolutely and lastly i want to ask you what's next after the rally what it what are the next steps that
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are going to continue this momentum and there will be movements and coalitions emerging across the country to do everything from trying to deny the n.s.a. access to essential facilities like water and electricity to pulling state governments out of complicity with suspicion lesser valence by putting in place controls on local and state police agencies which are following the n.s.a.'s lead measures for instance like restricting the uses of domestic surveillance drones or other military technology used for surveillance purposes and that's just going to be in itself a tip of the iceberg they'll be sustained lobbying i think of members of congress and i think we'll continue to see these issues be very visible to the president i think they'll be issues in the twenty sixteen presidential election in the run up to it and i hope very much that members of congress continue to heed the ongoing controversy that's imploring them to finally please pay respect and and honor their oath of office to defend the constitution against all enemies both foreign and like the n.s.a. domestic absolutely well i really appreciate you coming on to share your insight shotted butare executive director of the bill of rights defense committee thank you
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thanks for having me and washington d.c. is in a political deadlock those are the words americans often hear emanating from the nation's capital and that just two weeks ago that's all we heard of both democrats and republicans played the blame game while trying to find a solution to america's trillion dollar debt it's the kind of intransigence that deeply frustrates some americans and not to consider alternatives to the two party system but does this mean americans are more likely to elect a third party candidates than twenty sixteen parties perry and boring spoke with a few prominent voices to find out. look these four people. have the chance to be present a united states which one are you going to vote for now when they hear gary johnson who the hell is gary jones this and gary johnson and he did run for president haven't heard of him maybe that's because he ran third party of the libertarian nominee he said he only got one one thousandth of the media coverage republican nominee mitt romney and democratic president barack obama did however in two
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thousand and twelve he did get one point three million votes which he did not discounting we're about halfway to the next presidential election and there is widespread frustration within our two party system a recent poll from gallup shows that sixty percent of americans say the democratic and republican parties do such a poor job of representing the american people that a third major party is needed and as americans watched the two party run government clash to the point of paralysis earlier this month some are speculating a third party candidate could rise in two thousand and sixteen i asked gary johnson what this would take a billion dollars he also said it would take someone who has celebrity status to win the popular vote so i asked a few celebrities what they think of this there is a split in the republican party and that's not a good thing do you think this is going to lead to a third party emerging into twenty sixteen no i don't think so i think the republican party will ultimately get together they'll unify behind somebody or are
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there any third party candidates that are popping up on your radar no i don't see any ok send donald trump the environment two party system but what a third party when ben stein's about if i may say so the whole idea of a third party candidate winning or being in any way meaningful is so far fetched i just. i just can't see it but what about republican senators rand paul and ted cruz who already have a national intention and anger their party the stablish event what is being banned third party. is a good looking guy he has a cute head of hair that he's now calmed down a little bit. i don't think he can win because he's doing to israel that's one thing and. ted cruz is a likable intelligent guy a supreme court clerk smart guy but i don't have years of charisma when my crew might have the stamina he gave a twenty one hour for a speech against the affordable care act and since this partisan speech many have blamed him for the partial government shutdown and many of his republican
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colleagues have distanced themselves from him so the big question is is ted cruz planning to run third party in two thousand and sixteen but you know i am not a believer in third parties i think we need to get the republican party back to our core principles back to the principles this party was founded on when it was the party of lincoln when it was the party of reagan and that's our path to victory but the former libertarian presidential nominee is says otherwise republicans protect people that have money that's their notion of free enterprise and democrats like to say they're just they're just horrible on issues of civil liberties third party candidates head new milestones and twenty's well when they held their first ever presidential national debate come two thousand and sixteen third party candidates might be heard and this time they might be a little louder. and washington d.c. perry and boring. since welcoming agra giant monsanto into the country in one
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thousand nine hundred six argentina has become the world's largest soybean producer today nearly one hundred percent of its soy crop is genetically altered with monsanto providing much of the pesticides used in the country but we're now learning that this overabundance of chemicals isn't just confined to argentina's crops a new a.p. report shows that they're having enormous effect on the twelve million people who live in the country farm belt the a.p. has documented documented dozens of cases around the country where poisons are applied in ways that are contrary to existing laws pesticides are showing up in the soil and drinking water and a government government report found eighty percent of children surveyed had traces of pesticides in their blood as a result people are becoming very sick in santa fe argentina cancer rates are two times to four times higher than the national average and in another province called chako birth defects have quadrupled but monsanto denies that health problems in the
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country are caused by its pesticide a spokesman tells a.p. quote the absence of reliable data makes it very difficult to establish trends and disease and siddons and even more difficult to establish causal relationships to our knowledge there are no established causal relationships however many in argentina are calling on monsanto to take responsibility for their products with more and more people protesting the average giant to discuss this along with all the latest news on the g.m.o. front i was joined earlier by elizabeth consented director of policy at the center for food safety i started by asking her why g m o's require the use of such strong chemicals. they're actually developed by chemical companies not necessarily as a as you would be led to believe to increase you know to increase nutrition but really to be able to withstand and desist chemicals so there are. there are plants that are pesticide resistant crops such as roundup ready crops that you hear about and there are also those that actually produce pesticides themselves so it's
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a chemical come. please really that have made this wonderful business model for themselves in that they create a seed that is resistant to the types of chemicals that they want to apply to them so for example roundup ready corn is resistant to round up which the chemical that goes on in life is safe which is actually called so we say that it's just a short partnering of the two technologies and wow what kind of the facts are these pesticides having on human health and you know what i mean why are we really learning about them now sort of fifteen years after they were initially put into use in argentina well actually all across the world we've known about pesticide poisoning is an everyday occurrence very sadly among farm workers and people who live in rural communities that are neighboring fields and plantations that are being sprayed with pesticides so we've known about it for a long time it is a big issue in the united states as well as in countries like argentina that you've just brought up but i'm very glad that people are actually listening to it and actually becoming more aware of it now absolutely and of course on santo is
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rejecting this claim outright saying that the pesticides are not causing this that there's no causal link they say the absence of reliable data means it's difficult to establish that link so what do you make of that argument we need more data there clearly is an issue with data collection of so many different levels and when we look at the united states regulation is that many of the companies just have to submit their own data there is an independent data called for no legal requirement for it so we need to make sure that this is something that we really push for as a community of people that are very concerned about environmental health and also obviously public health but interestingly regardless of that in may of this year the u.s. environmental protection agency actually raised the amount of chemical residue that's going to be allowed and sued and they concluded this based on studies done by monsanto and only by month in tow do you find it concerning at all that the u.s. is really you know making regulation and making these guides. mine's based off of
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the fox guarding the hen house to the person with financial incentives actually saying whether something is safe or not safe that's that's not what regulation is all about and we need to make sure that f.d.a. really stands up and that we actually have regulations with teeth in them to make sure that public health environmental health are protected sure let's switch gears to another country mexico which is making waves for banning genetically modified foods outright how big of a win is this and do you think this decision really could have implications for the anti g.m.o. movement within the united states considering the countries border each other you know there are many countries that have different levels of bans of different g.m.o. crops and the mexico suspension is obviously a move in a good direction in that it will cause for a lot of more conversation just like you and i having but in reality there have been bands that are being put in place that have been overturned relatively quickly much as. that have been put in place through judicial responses
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and we need to make sure that industry doesn't pressure governments that we make sure that actually public dialogue goes to the point that we really do have regulation as i said before that has some kind of teeth to make sure the public health is protected and we look as well at trade rules such as nafta to put it in c. i had a ban put in place but it was overturned because one center was threatening that they would sue for damages of potential future losses as ruled in nafta so we have to make sure that trade agreements also don't undermine a future protections absolutely and we'll talk about the united states because it seems like more and more states are really taking the initiative to ban g.m.o. is or at least label them can you talk about what specifically going on in the state of washington and how that really compares to what we saw happen in california what kind of outcome do you think we'll see there so washington state
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right now has them in. should i five twenty two that's on the ballot the ballots have all gone out so obviously people are mailing them back and saying yes we want g.m.o. labeling there's an enormous amount of money that's being pumped in by industry and grocery manufacturers' association which represents big food. trying to stop people from being able to know what is in their food in the processes that have gone into growing their food we need to stand up for everybody's right to know because we don't know the long term effects of these things but we do have the right to know the ways in which our food is produced and the levels of pesticides that we may be exposed to and when we look at the kinds of foods that there are just general labeling that we see organic we see in supermarkets conventional we don't see g.m.o. foods that we can understand that if we're looking at a corn or soy products particularly that it will generally be genetically modified unless it says no on g.m.o. or organic and when we look at these three systems of agriculture we can say that
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g.m.o. is really because of the partnering of the chemical applications with say development that they would be extremely contaminated with pesticides conventional would be mud or any contaminated and organic would be minimally contaminated and is about as pure as we can get in the united states so just as a general guide for people we need to make sure that we're a from where possible you bilaterally where there's certainly huge momentum right now that we're seeing all over the world and so hopefully that momentum continues i do appreciate you coming on and sharing your insight elizabeth consented to director of policy at the center for food safety thank you thank you. re looking for a hot date this friday night if not maybe the promise of a pre-pay day at the spa will make you more inclined to r.t. correspondent ana stasia churkin a report on a new dating application for cell phones that uses bribery to win hearts. what would inspire one human to date another even if they aren't really feeling it there's a handful of online dating websites out there that promise the attention of the
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opposite sex at a click of a button but one service says it's really time to shake things up by trying a new approach they want to go out welcome to the world of carrot dating that's right carrot take back the the character turns your food into a personal match make a cell phone app that has those who sign up dangle so-called carrots in front of other members they're interested in when i get a carrot or something carrot like thing on my face or you ask me her spawn. yeah i like the imagery of the dangling carrot in the face very subtle there's an undertone of phallic imagery the carrots actually mean gifts or bribes to tempt the object of your affection into going on a date will it be dinner or dessert flowers chocolates truffle or shopping the choice is yours i want the new i pad air so you know i'll go on a date with someone who will give me an i pad air i'll do anything while the idea
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behind this app is more convincing to some than others this is like the app acquittal and when you see a guy in a fancy car drive by huge motorcycle and say sorry about your penis this dating application promises that a bribe is actually the best way to make anyone. male or female do exactly what you want dangle the right carrot and you've got a date while the mastermind behind the idea says women look presents like dogs love this kind of thinking has been causing a stir if you're meeting someone on the basis of you're only going out with me because i'm giving you something then guess what buddy you're year from then if that's really what she's into she's going to find a gift from someone else all right this is not a long lasting thing so again it's just tools meeting tools for now there are twenty preconfigured gifts that members can approach each other with you but it all for a long. shopping for a change of yes or even. to this list will eventually become limitless allowing
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users to offer up anything to get a date and in addition to paying for a meal or surgery members offering carrots must purchase credits on the app in order to communicate with people who accept their bribes downloading the app is free well if it's helping you know. rapid. more on women and they're getting together and they're loving the juggler then five you know if you do there's a scenes in there. and just make a bet and it's first week of existence the app has already been downloaded forty thousand times and the staggering twenty five thousand bribes have already been offered and if they see it you're going to new york. and tonight's resident looks at the burial stone of deceased army sergeant kimberly walker her family wanted to put up a headstone of sponge bob square pants because that was her favorite thing in the world or a harshness reports. america
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has brought the world ronald mcdonald singing raisins they came out guys who wear sunglasses backwards p.t. cruiser as the car to actually end and ending list of other tacky crafts we all need tacky and our culture not only embraces the but celebrates it in america your right to be tacky is protected under the constitution so that makes this story all the more political. it's also relief that kimberly walker was a twenty eight year old army sergeant who served two tours of duty in iraq this year she was found dead in a hotel room valentine's day strangled and beaten to death her army sergeant
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boyfriend was arrested and charged with the killing her family really wanted to honor her in a personal way they wanted her has done to reflect what kimberly loved in life the most and that was plunged bob square pants according to her twin sister kimberly loved the cartoon so much that every year she had a sponge bob themed birthday party she had sponge bob curtains and she even ducked out her bathroom with this image she was buried with a sponge bob pillow in her casket. so her family decided to spend twenty six thousand dollars on to mask the six foot tall seven thousand pound sponge bob square pants monument to be put at kimberly's gravesite one in an army uniform and one in a navy uniform for her sister before they ordered them they checked with spring grove cemetery in ohio where she was to be varied and. that's the statues would be fine but when the statues arrived and were placed in the cemetery the cemetery was
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all life. and changed its mind there fishel statement was that the family chose a design with the gaiety of us bringing growth and floyd who unfortunately made an error in judgment the monument does not fit within guidelines isn't appropriate for our stomach terry and cannot remain here and that is the day i am travesty kimberly put her life on the line for this country twice the country where tacky was born in america we are bombarded with and taught to revel in that tackiest crap that humanity can produce in life so isn't it right and just that we be allowed to love it in death too tonight let's talk about that by following me on twitter at the present.
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and that does it for now for more on the stories we covered today go to youtube dot com slash r t america and you can follow me on twitter at amir david have a good night. we're not psyched to an octave camp had walked on to where patients are forced that the moment after announcing the first strike ever turned the world's attention to the place that some jobs gulag of our times. hello there i marinate and this is boom bust here are some of the stories we're tracking for you today. you thought the thirteen.

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