Top 20 Airports for TSA Theft

Via: TSA Watch

April 8th, 2013 by Lady Liberty

We all hear the news reports – laptops, tablets, jewelry, cash, and more… stolen from passengers by sticky-fingered TSA agents. Thefts became such a problem that even the TSA had to step up to the plate and take action.

In recent years, the TSA has fired over 400 agents for allegedly stealing from passengers in our nation’s airports.

Thanks to ABC News and a Freedom of Information Act request, the TSA is releasing the names of the airports where those employees worked. Predictably, many of our nation’s busiest airports also rank at the top of the list for the number of TSA agents fired for theft.

Interestingly, however, the number one airport for TSA theft firings only ranks twelfth in number of passengers. Miami International Airport (MIA) tops our list with 29 TSA agents fired for theft between 2002 and 2011.

Read more: here

Terrorizing and Stealing from Americans
-Moose

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“Tramp the Dirt Down”

Via: ICH

By George Galloway MP

April 09, 2013 “Information Clearing House” – The old saw that one shouldn’t speak ill of the recently dead cannot possibly apply to controversial figures in public life. It certainly didn’t apply to President Hugo Chavez who predeceased Margaret Thatcher amidst a blizzard of abuse.

The main reason it must not preclude entering the lists amidst a wave of hagiographic sycophantic tosh of the kind that has engulfed Britain these last hours is that otherwise the hagiographers will have the field to themselves.

Every controversial divisive deadly thing that Thatcher did will be placed in soft focus, bathed in a rose-coloured light, and provide a first draft of history that will be, simply, wrong.

As is now well-known, I refused to do that today on the demise of a wicked woman who tore apart what remained good about my country, and set an agenda which has been followed, more or less, by all of her successors. I certainly wasn’t prepared to leave the obituaries to those who profited from her rule or those who have aped her ever since.

So here is my own memory of Thatcher and what she did in her time on this earth.

Read more: here

Well said George!
-Moose

Christians Are Extremists Like al-Qaeda, U.S. Army Taught Troops

Via: The New American


Monday, 08 April 2013
Written by Alex Newman

The Obama administration’s Department of Defense was caught training U.S. troops that Catholics, orthodox Jews, and evangelical Christians are to be considered “religious extremists,” even equating the major religions representing more than half of Americans with truly violent groups such as al-Qaeda, the Ku Klux Klan, and Hamas. After the explosive revelations hit the headlines, outrage promptly ensued. Now, critics are calling for an immediate public apology to the soldiers exposed to the hateful propaganda, as well as to the Christian and Jewish communities targeted in the presentation.

The latest scandal to hit the Obama administration and its handling of the military surrounds a so-called “Equal Opportunity” training course presented to U.S. Army Reserve forces in Pennsylvania. During the presentation, troops were subjected to a slideshow that included a segment on what was dubbed “religious extremism.” At the top of the list — the very first item — was “evangelical Christianity” in the United States. Also included were “ultra-Orthodox” Jews, Catholicism, fundamentalist Mormons, and “Islamophobia.”

Read more: here

Watch out for the boogeyman! 
Imagine a country where everyone is a suspect…
-Moose

Seattle’s Budding Economy: Pot Tourism

Via: CNN

By Bryn Nelson, Special to CNN
April 8, 2013 

Is pot tourism the next big thing?

 Seattle, Washington (CNN) — If you think 2013 will be a half-baked year for tourism in Seattle, you haven’t been paying attention to the curiously pungent smoke signals emanating from this city.

On a recent chilly evening, an unmistakable smell has drifted across the street from an industrial space in the SODO neighborhood. Inside, a DJ spins an eclectic mix of rock while a man in a tie-dyed hoodie distributes cannabis-infused buttered rum and root beer-flavored hard candy to a diverse crowd of revelers. Another volunteer passes around a 12-foot-long “vape bag” filled with marijuana vapor — one way to get around the city’s indoor smoking ban.

Four glassblowers demonstrate the art of making bongs while attendees sip beer, munch on Greek meatballs, and dip an assortment of fruit, marshmallows and gummy worms in chocolate fountains.

If only the party wasn’t running low on grilled cheese sandwiches.

Read more: here

I should move there!
-Moose

Here Are 163 Examples of Barack Obama’s Lying, Lawbreaking, Corruption, Cronyism, Hypocrisy, Government Waste, and Other Misdeeds

Via: Dan from Squirrel Hill

In the 2008 United States election, I wrote in Ron Paul for President. In the 2012 election, I voted for Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson. Those who are of a more leftist persuasion than myself might want to consider voting for the Green Party in future elections.

Some of the things on this list are major events that should scare the daylights out of any true liberal who cares about civil liberties.

Other things on this list are medium things that some Obama supporters may dislike, but would be willing to overlook in light of the things that Obama has done which they like.

And some of the things on this list may seem trivial, but I still think they are an interesting reflection of the kinds of policies that Obama supports.

Read more: here

Yo….Dope means good?
It looks bad when you put it in a list like that…
-Moose

Do Not Use Safety Deposit Boxes

Via: DinarVets

Posted 30 January 2011 – 08:54 AM

U.S DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY HAS TOLD BANKS – IN WRITING – IT MAY INSPECT SAFE DEPOSIT BOXES WITHOUT WARRANT AND SEIZE ANY GOLD, SILVER, GUNS OR OTHER VALUABLES IT FINDS INSIDE THOSE BOXES!

According to in-house memos now circulating, the DHS has issued orders to banks across America which announce to them that “under the Patriot Act” the DHS has the absolute right to seize, without any warrant whatsoever, any and all customer bank accounts, to make “periodic and unannounced” visits to any bank to open and inspect the contents of “selected safe deposit boxes.”

Further, the DHS “shall, at the discretion of the agent supervising the search, remove, photograph or seize as evidence” any of the following items “bar gold, gold coins, firearms of any kind unless manufactured prior to 1878, documents such as passports or foreign bank account records, pornography or any material that, in the opinion of the agent, shall be deemed of to be of a contraband nature.”

DHS memos also state that banks are informed that any bank employee, on any level, that releases “improper” “classified DHS Security information” to any member of the public, to include the customers whose boxes have been clandestinely opened and inspected and “any other party, to include members of the media” and further “that the posting of any such information on the internet will be grounds for the immediate termination of the said employee or employees and their prosecution under the Patriot Act.” Safety deposit box holders and depositors are not given advanced notice when failed banks shut their doors.

Read more: here

Just had to bring this up…
Seems more pertinent now after Cyprus and all…
-Moose

Stunning Facts About How the Banking System Really Works … And How It Is Destroying America

Via: Washingtons Blog

Posted on March 27, 2013

Reclaiming the Founding Fathers’ Vision of Prosperity

To understand the core problem in America today, we have to look back to the very founding of our country.

The Founding Fathers fought for liberty and justice. But they also fought for a sound economy and freedom from the tyranny of big banks:

“[It was] the poverty caused by the bad influence of the English bankers on the Parliament which has caused in the colonies hatred of the English and . . . the Revolutionary War.”
– Benjamin Franklin

“There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.”
– John Adams

“All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation.”
– John Adams

“If the American people ever allow the banks to control issuance of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers occupied”.

— Thomas Jefferson

“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies…The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the Government, to whom it properly belongs.”

– Thomas Jefferson

“The Founding Fathers of this great land had no difficulty whatsoever understanding the agenda of bankers, and they frequently referred to them and their kind as, quote, ‘friends of paper money. They hated the Bank of England, in particular, and felt that even were we successful in winning our independence from England and King George, we could never truly be a nation of freemen, unless we had an honest money system. ”

-Peter Kershaw, author of the 1994 booklet “Economic Solutions”

Indeed, everyone knows that the American colonists revolted largely because of taxation without representation and related forms of oppression by the British. See this and this. But – according to Benjamin Franklin and others in the thick of the action – a little-known factor was actually the main reason for the revolution.

Read more: here

POLICY CONCERNING RIVER CITY PROCEDURES

Via: Cryptome

UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
15TH MARINE EXPEDITIONARY UNIT
BOX 555365
CAMP PENDLETON, CALIFORNIA 92055-5365
Canc: Aug 2013
MEUBul 2023
13 Aug 12
MARINE EXPEDITIONARY UNIT BULLETIN 2023
From: Commanding Officer
To: Distribution List
Subj: POLICY CONCERNING RIVER CITY PROCEDURES
Ref: (a) (C//NF) USS PELELIU (LHA-5) Instruction C3430.2
(b) NAVY Wide OPTASK IO, 151731Z May 06
Encl: (1) RIVER CITY Access List
(2) RIVER CITY Access Modification Request

1. Purpose. To provide procedural guidance for controlling outgoing
communications and network paths for 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU)
from the USS PELELIU (LHA-5) for the purpose of operations security (OPSEC)
and force protection.

2. Background. RIVER CITY conditions are used as a countermeasure to
prevent the release of sensitive information – Essential Elements of Friendly
Information (EEFI) — by controlling outgoing communications and network paths
from the ship while allowing users to perform mission essential duties (not
administrative or personal use).

a. RIVER CITY is not to be confused with Information Operation Condition
(INFOCON), which is an all service Computer Network Defense (CND) posture
that reduces incoming traffic during military operations and/or threats to
the computer network.

b. EEFI are those elements of information that are particularly
vulnerable to adversary exploitation, and requires protection.

c. RIVER CITY conditions should be employed prior to setting certain
force protection conditions, commencing sensitive mission planning, and/or
operations that could be compromised by an inadvertent communications or
information release.

d. Instances where RIVER CITY may be required include, but are not
limited to: special operations support, strait transits, offensive strikes,
response to casualties, high-tempo operations, or when web browsing is
adversely affecting the command’s operational mission. Additionally, RIVER
CITY will be set in response to serious events, or as the Information Warfare
Commander (IWC), deems necessary to control transmitted information by phone
or electronic mail.

Read more: here 

Translation… Shutting down all external communications!
-Moose

Genetically Modified Crops Protected By New Budget Bill

Via: Last Resistance

by Dave Jolly

Genetically modified crops are not just those that have been selectively bred, but they have had their DNA modified in some way as to make them more pest resistant and produce better yields. In many cases genes from other plants or even bacteria have been added to the DNA of a specific plant.

This process has caused great concern among some that question whether the plants with modified genes are safe for human consumption or if there may be any long-term effects from the continual eating of these plants. There have been numerous challenges to the use of genetically modified crops in the marketplace.

Companies such as Monsanto often control the patents on these genetically modified crops, but like pharmaceutical companies do on their name brand drugs. In 2011, the genetically modified seed also known as biotech seeds business generated over $13 billion. Needless to say it has become a major player in the agricultural world, and these companies are starting to exert their influence in Washington DC.

Political Action Committees working on behalf of biotech seed companies have been making significant contributions to politicians in the last few years. According to one report, the contributions since 2009 have been:

7.5 million for current members of Congress

$372,000 to members of this Senate Appropriations Committee

$71,000 to Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), and Appropriations Committee member received more than any other member, and the second-most received by any senator.

Monsanto alone has contributed $540,000 towards campaign funds. American Crystal Sugar reportedly has contributed $3.3 million. Other biotech companies contributing to PAC’s include: Archer Daniels Midland, American Farm Bureau, Cargill, Minn-Dak Farmers Coop, National Cotton Council, Scott’s Miracle-Gro, Southern Minnesota Beat Sugar Coop, and Syngenta Corp.

That influence is so great that in the newly passed 2013 Continuing Resolution, which funds the federal government through the end of September, there contained a rider to protect companies like Monsanto. The rider known as the Monsanto Rider protects all genetically modified crops from any court order issued against their use. In other words if legal challenge to the safety of the use of any biotech seeds were to be raised in court, companies like Monsanto would be automatically issued a permit from the USDA allowing them to continue selling, cultivating, and planting the genetically modified crops in question.

Basically that means there is nothing that can legally be done to stop the biotech companies from producing, cultivating, and selling genetically modified crops that could be harmful to humans.

Read more: here

The best system money can buy…
Does this bother anyone else?
-Moose