WikiLeaks Fiasco, TSA Powers Down, Bank Glitch, Terrorist Ruffalo, Better Windmill

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The Wikileaks Backchannel Fiasco
11-30-10
It will be years before the full implications are felt from the unauthorized release of 251,287 U.S. State Department cables. (Of these, 15,652 of the cables were classified Secret or Secret/NOFORN.) In the end, the Wikileaks fiasco might even destabilize a number of governments, including those in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain, the U.A.E., Egypt, and Turkey.
The recent Wikileaks revelations may endanger the status quo in Saudi Arabia. It will be interesting to see how all this plays out, and how alliances shift in the months to come.
The bottom line is that the destabilization of pro-western Islamic governments could spark civil wars or even a regional war.

http://www.survivalblog.com/2010/11/the_wikileaks_backchannel_fias.html

TSA turns off naked body scanners to avoid opt-out day protests
11-24-10
Anticipating a nationwide grassroots surge of protests against naked body scanners and aggressive pat-downs, the TSA simply turned off its naked body scanners on Wednesday and let air travelers walk right through security checkpoints without being X-rayed or molested.
Perhaps most importantly, it proves that the naked body scanners are not needed for air travel security in the first place. When it wants to, the TSA can just turn the machines off and resort to baggage X-rays and metal detectors. That’s worked for years, and it apparently worked today, too.
This action by the TSA also shows that the TSA is desperately trying to avoid being publicly embarrassed by the national-opt-out day protests. Lots of local and national news film crews were out at the airports today, hoping to catch something interesting on camera. But by turning off the naked body scanners, the TSA was able to stage a “calm looking” day at the airport.

http://www.naturalnews.com/030509_TSA_opt_out_day.html

Millions cashless in bank glitch
11-27-10
The Herald has been inundated by anxious NAB customers, some of whom had checked online to find their past month’s transactions rubbed out and their accounts credited with nothing.
Property deals were being put on hold, car sales suspended, wages not transferred, and direct debit payments for mortgages and bills stopped.

http://www.smh.com.au/business/millions-cashless-in-bank-glitch-20101126-18akf.html

Mark Ruffalo ‘added to terrorism watchlist’ over Gasland
11-29-10
Ruffalo attracted the attention of Pennsylvania’s Office of Homeland Security when he organised screenings for Gasland, which won the special jury prize at this year’s Sundance film festival, and said he was concerned about the impact of drilling on water supplies.
The documentary attracted attention for a particular scene in which a local man shows that he is able to set his tapwater on fire.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2010/nov/29/mark-ruffalo-terrorism-watchlist-gasland#post-area

Building a better windmill
11-29-10
Windmills have assumed the same basic form for centuries: long vertical axles crowned with rectangle-shaped blades. Now, a start-up is preparing to exceed 10 megawatts (MW) this summer by utilizing wind along the full length of a tower.
Friesth envisioned a honeycomb like design where a taller tower is adorned with modular, shrouded turbines along a vertical axis. The net effect is a lower cost per megawatt.

http://www.smartplanet.com/business/blog/intelligent-energy/building-a-better-windmill/3820/?tag=content;col1

The People vs. The Airport TSA

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010 is NATIONAL OPT-OUT DAY!
11-15-10
It’s the day ordinary citizens stand up for their rights, stand up for liberty, and protest the federal government’s desire to virtually strip us naked or submit to an “enhanced pat down” that touches people’s breasts and genitals in an
aggressive manner.  You should never have to explain to your children, “Remember that no stranger can touch or see your private area, unless it’s a government employee, then it’s OK.”
The goal of National Opt Out Day is to send a message to our lawmakers that we demand change.  We have a right to privacy and buying a plane ticket should not mean that we’re guilty until proven innocent.  This day is needed because many people do not understand what they consent to when choosing to fly.

http://www.optoutday.com/

TSA Gives Rapists And Illegals The Green Light While Groping Children
11-10-10
As AirSafe News reports, “The current system of background checks may have allowed those convicted of rape and other sexually based offenses to join TSA.”
Two more bodies came out just today to join forces with the growing resistance against airport oppression, with the Association of Flight Attendants and US Airline Pilots Association now becoming part of the boycott against naked body scanners.
The TSA faces insurmountable opposition and must immediately reconsider and drastically scale back its draconian checkpoint measures. The fact that the agency gives the green light to illegal aliens to fly planes while insisting it must grope little girls and physically disabled people in the name of security underscores the fact that the primary purpose of the procedure has nothing to do with stopping terrorists and is designed to humiliate and degrade innocent Americans and train them to accept tyranny.

http://www.infowars.com/tsa-gives-rapists-and-illegals-the-green-light-while-groping-children/

DA promises to prosecute overly touchy pat downs
11-16-10
The San Mateo district attorney’s office has a warning for all TSA personnel at SFO — anyone inappropriately touching a passenger during a security pat down will be prosecuted.
“If it is skin to skin, if someone were to take their hand and put it underneath somebody’s blouse and touch someone inappropriately and go skin to skin, that’s a felony, and if it’s done simply over the clothing, according to California law, that’s a misdemeanor,” Wagstaffe said.

http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/peninsula&id=7793386

Amid airport anger, GOP takes aim at screening
11-15-10
In addition to being large, impersonal, and top-heavy, what really worries critics is that the TSA has become dangerously ineffective. Its specialty is what those critics call “security theater” — that is, a show of what appear to be stringent security measures designed to make passengers feel more secure without providing real security. “That’s exactly what it is,” says Mica. “It’s a big Kabuki dance.”
The GAO “discovered that since the program’s inception, at least 17 known terrorists … have flown on 24 different occasions, passing through security at eight SPOT airports.” One of those known terrorists was Faisal Shahzad, who made it past SPOT monitors onto a Dubai-bound plane at New York’s JFK International Airport not long after trying to set off a car bomb in Times Square.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/Amid-airport-anger_-GOP-takes-aim-at-screening-1576602-108259869.html

Big Sis Caught Lying To American People
11-15-10
Homeland Security head Janet Napolitano, now forever known as Big Sis – a reference to George Orwell’s 1984 – has been caught telling some big lies in an attempt to quell an enormous public backlash against the full body scanning
technology and invasive pat-down procedures that have been implemented by the TSA in airports nationwide.
Scientists at Columbia University also entered the debate recently, warning that the dose emitted by the naked x-ray devices could be up to 20 times higher than originally estimated, likely contributing to an increase in a common type of
skin cancer called basal cell carcinoma which affects the head and neck.

http://www.infowars.com/big-sis-caught-lying-to-american-people

DA vs. TSA, Security Theater, Business Revolution, America is sliding

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DA promises to prosecute overly touchy pat downs
11-16-10
The San Mateo district attorney’s office has a warning for all TSA personnel at SFO — anyone inappropriately touching a passenger during a security pat down will be prosecuted.
“If it is skin to skin, if someone were to take their hand and put it underneath somebody’s blouse and touch someone inappropriately and go skin to skin, that’s a felony, and if it’s done simply over the clothing, according to California law, that’s a misdemeanor,” Wagstaffe said.

http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/peninsula&id=7793386

Amid airport anger, GOP takes aim at screening
11-15-10
In addition to being large, impersonal, and top-heavy, what really worries critics is that the TSA has become dangerously ineffective. Its specialty is what those critics call “security theater” — that is, a show of what appear to be stringent security measures designed to make passengers feel more secure without providing real security. “That’s exactly what it is,” says Mica. “It’s a big Kabuki dance.”
The GAO “discovered that since the program’s inception, at least 17 known terrorists … have flown on 24 different occasions, passing through security at eight SPOT airports.” One of those known terrorists was Faisal Shahzad, who made it past SPOT monitors onto a Dubai-bound plane at New York’s JFK International Airport not long after trying to set off a car bomb in Times Square.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/Amid-airport-anger_-GOP-takes-aim-at-screening-1576602-108259869.html

A Revolution in the Works
11-17-10
The biggest structural economic shift, the one Venky has discovered and which is the launching point of the book, is that over the last decade, the global economy has experienced a fundamental and historic shift from centuries during which supply and demand were roughly balanced, to our current situation in which supply significantly outstrips the demand available to absorb it.
That’s the long way of saying that all of the forces are now in play to kick off a major new business revolution, one built upon the new primacy of demand, and one that features new tools, technologies and organizations.  It will also be a business revolution that, if present trends continue and Washington fails to respond properly (or at least just get out of the way), will leave the U.S. economy behind.  And if history teaches us anything, it is that business revolutions wait for no one.

http://blogs.forbes.com/mikemalone/2010/11/17/a-revolution-in-the-works/

American Idle
11-17-10
History is not likely to speak well of today’s Americans.  While the people of nations around the globe stand up to their oppressors, Americans sit idly by as their government runs roughshod over their life, liberty and property.
As we speak, large-scale protests and mass demonstrations continue in more than a dozen countries as citizens strike back against injustice, criminality and brutal austerity measures imposed by their corrupt governments.
In fact, just twenty years ago, we were far more resilient than we are today.
American attitudes have changed.  Today, the public cowers in fear of their oppressors.  What’s worse is that a vast majority will stick out their tounges, as they lie bloodied on the street, and lick the boot of the man who put them there.
http://revoltoftheplebs.wordpress.com/2010/11/16/american-idle/

Post-Anti-Americanism
08-09-10
The U.S. is depicted as a fraying empire of obesity, ignorance, debt, gridlock, stagnation, and mindless war. Sure, the iPad is cool, but it is evidence of what America was, not what it will be again.
We remain—for now—a safe haven for dollars (of which there are too many in the world). But we increasingly are seen less as a model or as an empire than as a cautionary tale of national neglect and decline.

http://www.newsweek.com/2010/08/09/post-anti-americanism.html

TSA Lies, TSA Opt Out Day, Refuse Vaccines, Chinese Missle, Carbon Credits Dead

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010 is NATIONAL OPT-OUT DAY!
11-15-10
It’s the day ordinary citizens stand up for their rights, stand up for liberty, and protest the federal government’s desire to virtually strip us naked or submit to an “enhanced pat down” that touches people’s breasts and genitals in an
aggressive manner.  You should never have to explain to your children, “Remember that no stranger can touch or see your private area, unless it’s a government employee, then it’s OK.”
The goal of National Opt Out Day is to send a message to our lawmakers that we demand change.  We have a right to privacy and buying a plane ticket should not mean that we’re guilty until proven innocent.  This day is needed because many people do not understand what they consent to when choosing to fly.

http://www.optoutday.com/

Big Sis Caught Lying To American People
11-15-10
Homeland Security head Janet Napolitano, now forever known as Big Sis – a reference to George Orwell’s 1984 – has been caught telling some big lies in an attempt to quell an enormous public backlash against the full body scanning
technology and invasive pat-down procedures that have been implemented by the TSA in airports nationwide.
Scientists at Columbia University also entered the debate recently, warning that the dose emitted by the naked x-ray devices could be up to 20 times higher than originally estimated, likely contributing to an increase in a common type of
skin cancer called basal cell carcinoma which affects the head and neck.

http://www.infowars.com/big-sis-caught-lying-to-american-people

Educated families increasingly refusing vaccinations
11-15-10
Educated Americans with private insurance plans are becoming increasingly less prone to vaccinate their children, according to this year’s annual State of Health Care Quality report released by the National Committee for Quality
Assurance (NCQA). The report states that there was a four percentage point drop in vaccination rates among middle- and upper-class families between 2008 and 2009.
In fact, a former editor of The New England Journal of Medicine, commented on the extent of industry corruption by revealing that “[i]t is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely
on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines.”

http://www.naturalnews.com/030402_vaccinations_intelligence.html

General Mcinerney: “I am absolutely certain that is not an aircraft”
11-13-10
More information on the recent sighting off the coast of California has once again confirmed the unidentified flying object as a missile.
Mcinerney answered with 100% conviction:
“Sean… I’ve watched that film 10 times, I’ve watched 15 other Trident films, SM 3.. Standard missile threes, and T Lam launches…. I am absolutely certain that that is not an aircraft.”
This statement by Lt. General Mcinerney appears to agree with the report by Wayne Madsen where he reports that missile experts say the plume was definitely from a missile, (most likely a JL-2 ICBM) and that it was probably launched from a Chinese Jin class submarine.

http://werhit-mathenyahu.blogspot.com/2010/11/lt-general-mcninerney-i-am-absolutely.html

Carbon Trade Ends on Quiet Death of Chicago Climate Exchange
11-12-10
To some key analysts the collapse of the CCX appears to show that international carbon trading is “dying a quiet death.”
Yet Milloy finds that such a major business failure has drawn no interest at all from the mainstream media. Milloy noted that a “Nexis search conducted a week after CCX’s announcement revealed no news articles published about its demise.”
When founded in November 2000, CCX’s carbon trading market was predicted to grow anywhere between $500 billion and $10 trillion.
http://www.suite101.com/content/carbon-trade-ends-on-quiet-death-of-chicago-climate-exchange-a305704#ixzz15PjNdNTc

TSA Practices Called Into Question

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TSA Gives Rapists And Illegals The Green Light While Groping Children
11-10-10
As AirSafe News reports, “The current system of background checks may have allowed those convicted of rape and other sexually based offenses to join TSA.”
Two more bodies came out just today to join forces with the growing resistance against airport oppression, with the Association of Flight Attendants and US Airline Pilots Association now becoming part of the boycott against naked body scanners.
The TSA faces insurmountable opposition and must immediately reconsider and drastically scale back its draconian checkpoint measures. The fact that the agency gives the green light to illegal aliens to fly planes while insisting it must grope little girls and physically disabled people in the name of security underscores the fact that the primary purpose of the procedure has nothing to do with stopping terrorists and is designed to humiliate and degrade innocent Americans and train them to accept tyranny.

http://www.infowars.com/tsa-gives-rapists-and-illegals-the-green-light-while-groping-children/

Flight Attendants Outraged Over Intrusive Patdowns
11-10-10
A flight attendants union with 2,000 members has voiced its outrage over “invasive pat-downs” recently implemented by the TSA.
The outrage of flight attendants follows that of commercial pilots who have protested both naked body scanners and intrusive pat-downs. “Pilots are piping mad over the options, saying the full-body scanners emit dangerous levels of radiation and that the alternative public patdown is disgraceful for a pilot in uniform. Some pilots have said they felt so violated after a patdown, they were unfit to fly,” reports ABC News.
On Monday, the head of the US Airways Pilots Association, Captain Mike Cleary, said the new procedures have both the public and pilots up in arms. “These changes are far reaching, intrusive and have been implemented almost overnight, leaving little time for groups who are adversely affected to form a response,” said Cleary.

http://www.infowars.com/flight-attendants-outraged-over-intrusive-patdowns/

TSA: No Fondling, Groping Or Squeezing Is Taking Place At Airports
11-10-10
Despite multiple reports of TSA agents groping, molesting and sexually assaulting passengers in a nationwide epidemic of abuse, a TSA.gov website claims that there are no instances of groping or even squeezing occurring at all, and that TSA agents are completely “professional” in their duties.
New TSA “pat down” measures introduced at the end of last month for people who refuse the dangerous naked body scan involve TSA agents using the front of their hands and literally cupping and squeezing women’s breasts and men’s testicles. As USA Today reported last week, “The searches require screeners to touch passengers’ breasts and genitals.”

http://www.infowars.com/tsa-no-fondling-groping-or-squeezing-is-taking-place-at-airports/

TSA Cuffs Radio Host to Chair
11-10-10
The TSA chose Meg McLain for special screening. They wanted her to go through the new porno-scanners. When she opted out, TSA agents raised an enormous ruckus. When she asked some question about what they planned to do to her, they flipped out. TSA agents yelled at her, handcuffed her to a chair, ripped up her ticket, called in 12 local Miami cops and finally escorted her out of the airport. Listen to her story as she told it on radio show Free Talk Live last night. Things are truly getting scary.
http://www.infowars.com/tsa-cuffs-radio-host-to-chair/
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Jail Bankers, Raise SS to 70, Bank Holiday, Chemtrails, Movies Watch You

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STIGLITZ: We Have To Throw Bankers In Jail Or The Economy Won’t Recover
11-04-10
I know so many people who say it’s an outrage that we had more accountability in the ’80’s with the S&L crisis than we are having today. Yeah, we fine them, and what is the big lesson? Behave badly, and the government might take 5% or 10% of what you got in your ill-gotten gains, but you’re still sitting home pretty with your several hundred million dollars that you have left over after paying fines that look very large by ordinary standards but look small compared to the amount that you’ve been able to cash in.
In 2005, we passed a bankruptcy reform. It was a reform pushed by the banks. It was designed to allow them to make bad loans to people to who didn’t understand what was going on, and then basically choke them. Squeeze them dry. And we should have called it, “the new indentured servitude law.” Because that’s what it did.
This is indentured servitude.

http://www.businessinsider.com/nobel-economist-says-we-have-to-prosecute-fraud-or-else-the-economy-wont-recover-2010-11

John Boehner Says In Order To Pay For The Wars, We Need To Raise The Social Security Retirement Age To 70
11-08-10
Ensuring there’s enough money to pay for the war will require reforming the country’s entitlement system, Boehner said.
He said he’d favor increasing the Social Security retirement age to 70 for people who have at least 20 years until retirement, tying cost-of-living increases to the consumer price index rather than wage inflation and limiting payments to those who need them.
“We need to look at the American people and explain to them that we’re broke,” Boehner said. “If you have substantial non-Social Security income while you’re retired, why are we paying you at a time when we’re broke?  We just need to be
honest with people.”

http://dailybail.com/home/john-boehner-says-in-order-to-pay-for-the-wars-we-need-to-ra.html

ATMs Crash Across The Country After “Bank Holiday” Warning
11-08-10
Following rumors of a “bank holiday” that could limit or prevent altogether cash withdrawals later this week, Twitter and other Internet forums were raging yesterday about numerous ATMs across the country that crashed in the early hours of Sunday morning, preventing customers from performing basic transactions.
It’s unknown whether the crashes were partly a result of a surge of people trying to withdraw their money in preparation for any feared bank shutdown, or if mere technical glitches were to blame. The fact that the problem affected numerous different banks in different parts of the U.S. would seem to indicate the former.

http://www.infowars.com/atms-crash-across-the-country-after-bank-holiday-warning/

Chemtrails – The List of Patents For Stratosperic Arial Spraying Programs!
11-08-10
For anyone doubting the existence of the phenomenon of ‘chemtrails’, please take a minute to read through this extensive list of patents from America on equipment and processes used in just such programs. The evidence is clear folks.
WE ARE BEING SPRAYING LIKE VERMIN!
United States Patent and Trademark Office
1338343 – April 27, 1920 – Process And Apparatus For The Production of Intense Artificial Clouds, Fogs, or Mists

http://www.sovereignindependent.com/?p=9344

Anti-Piracy Tool For Cinemas Will Recognize Emotions
11-02-10
Filmgoers are already being carefully watched for suspicious behavior by Big Brother’s cameras, but soon this technology will be upgraded with sophisticated emotion recognition software.
“We want to devise instruments that will be capable of collecting data that can be used by cinemas to monitor audience reactions to films and adverts and also to gather data about attention and audience movement,” Dr. Farooq said.
What was once a relaxing evening out might be turning into an interactive consumer research lab, with cameras carefully analyzing, recording and storing your every move – while you’re being charged for the privilege.

http://torrentfreak.com/anti-piracy-tool-for-cinemas-will-recognize-emotions-101102

The West Has Blown It, QE is Bad, Back to War, Water Grab

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How Western Powers May Have Blown It
11-03-10
The last time this sort of economic destabilization occurred (in the 1930s), panic set in as it has now. It was only via World War II that the world’s economies were rescued and set on track for renewed growth. But a world war is infinitely more difficult to come by these days. With that option at least partially precluded (we think it is anyway, though a war with Iran is always a possibility) and with the truth-telling of the Internet continuing to expose every power elite machination literally in real time it is very difficult to tell what is going to happen next. Of course, as we wrote yesterday, we don’t know if there will be a dollar meltdown (and a metals melt up) sooner – or later. Perhaps one will
occur after the US elections as the shorts come under increased pressure. Timing is a lot harder to calculate than trends.
What we do know is that the Western power elite is a stubborn and powerful force and that it has plenty of levers to pull that can still influence economies immensely in the West and around the world. As we were finishing this article, a
feedbacker sent us a link to an announcement that the Fed is apparently about to hold a major conference at Jekyll Island, commemorating the secret meeting held 100 years ago that created of the Fed. (This just after initiating its
controversial QE2 program.) The elite may be losing control, and may be increasingly panicked about it. But these kinds of tin-eared, self-congratulatory occurrences (such as the reported, upcoming Fed meeting) make us wonder increasingly if the powers-that-be have fully grasped the magnitude of what has been unleashed.

http://www.thedailybell.com/1498/How-Western-Powers-May-Have-Blown-It.html

9 Reasons Why Quantitative Easing Is Bad For The U.S. Economy
11-04-10
The truth is that many economists fear that an out of control Federal Reserve is “crossing the Rubicon” by announcing another wave of quantitative easing.
So will $900 billion be enough to get the debt spiral cranked up again?
No.
If 1.8 trillion dollars didn’t work before, why does the Federal Reserve think that 900 billion dollars is going to work now?  This new round of quantitative easing will create more inflation and will cause speculative asset bubbles, but it is not going to fix what is wrong with the economy.  The damage is just too vast as Charles Hugh Smith recently explained….
Anyone who believes a meager one or two trillion dollars in pump-priming can overcome $15-$20 trillion in overpriced assets and $10 trillion in uncollectible debt may well be disappointed.

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/9-reasons-why-quantitative-easing-is-bad-for-the-u-s-economy

Election Over, Neocon Republicans Talk War
11-04-10
It is time to get down to business now that Republicans are flush with victory. You’d think that business would be dismantling Obamacare or moving to outlaw the Federal Reserve. For establishment Republicans and their neocon buddies, however, the first item on the agenda is to make sure the war agenda moves forward.
Hours after the Republicans realized their historic victory, U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, who is the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, wasted little time revealing the “broad vision for national defense policy that emphasizes winning the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq while also investing in the capabilities and force structure necessary to protect the United States from threats of tomorrow,” according to The Santa Clarita Valley
Signal.

http://www.infowars.com/election-over-neocon-republicans-talk-war/

Watch Out: The World Bank Is Quietly Funding a Massive Corporate Water Grab
11-02-10
Billions have been spent allowing corporations to profit from public water sources even though water privatization has been an epic failure in Latin America, Southeast Asia, North America, Africa and everywhere else it’s been tried. But don’t tell that to controversial loan-sharks at the World Bank.
From its cultural imperialism and insensitivity to regional differences to its domination by a handful of economic elites drunk on deregulation, whose utter failure needs no further example than our continuing global economic crisis,
the World Bank’s good intentions have been compromised by an unending string of terrible press and crappier deals.

http://www.alternet.org/story/148700/