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Submission + - TSA Defends Pat Down of 4 Year Old Girl (google.com)

cosm writes: "With public outcry against the TSA continuing to spread, the TSA is defending a recent episode in which a four-year-old was patted down while kicking and screaming at Wichita Airport in Kansas. Was this a rational decision by the protocol-following security screeners, or another overreach by what some perceive as a tyrannical, gestapo-like organization? From the AP article: "The grandmother of a 4-year-old girl who became hysterical during a security screening at a Kansas airport said Wednesday that the child was forced to undergo a pat-down after hugging her, with security agents yelling and calling the crying girl an uncooperative suspect.""
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - US Could Hit Default Ceiling By May- (reuters.com) 3

cosm writes: "Unfortunately, you can spend your way out of debt. The United States Government could learn this lesson the hard way come March, when the treasury is forecasting the US will hit its debt-limit.

From the article: "As the government nears the debt ceiling, the Treasury has authority to take certain extraordinary measures to postpone the date the United States would default on its obligations. However, those actions would be exhausted after about eight weeks and there would be "no headroom" to borrow after July 8, Geithner said. The Treasury has already taken steps to avoid reaching the debt ceiling."

I guess it is time to really start stocking up on food and water, and perhaps invest in tangibles that aren't susceptible to the follies of our fiat currency."

The Almighty Buck

Submission + - US Could Hit Default Ceiling By May (reuters.com) 2

cosm writes: Unfortunately, you can spend your way out of debt. The United States Government could learn this lesson the hard way come March, when the treasury is forecasting the US will hit its debt-limit.

From the article: "As the government nears the debt ceiling, the Treasury has authority to take certain extraordinary measures to postpone the date the United States would default on its obligations. However, those actions would be exhausted after about eight weeks and there would be "no headroom" to borrow after July 8, Geithner said. The Treasury has already taken steps to avoid reaching the debt ceiling." I guess it is time to really start stocking up on food and water, and perhaps invest in tangibles that aren't susceptible to the follies of our fiat currency.

NASA

Submission + - NASA Chief Charged With Appealing to Muslims (foxnews.com)

cosm writes: While I am all for holding hands and singing kumbaya (sometimes), this comes out of the political correctness gone wrong department, FTA:

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a recent interview that his "foremost" mission as the head of America's space exploration agency is to improve relations with the Muslim world...."When I became the NASA administrator — or before I became the NASA administrator — he charged me with three things. One was he wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math, he wanted me to expand our international relationships, and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science ... and math and engineering," Bolden said in the interview.


Government

Submission + - Replacing The Monetary System (thezeitgeistmovement.com)

cosm writes: I just finished watching both the Zeitgeist Movement Orientation Guide & "Zeitgeist : Addendum". Both movies provide interesting perspectives as to what is really wrong with the world today, placing the blame on having a self-destructive monetary based system, proposing a "Resource Based Economy" as the solution. As a civilization, are we living in a flawed system, one that makes us slaves to currency? In light of the recession, is it reasonable to consider the possibility that the monetary system, great descendant of many lines of barter methodologies, should be considered obsolete? If you haven't seen the movies, consider perusing the PDF that explains the rationale behind their philosophy, Orientation Guide [PDF]. What are your thoughts?

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