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Global What? Extended Period Of Cold Raises Fears For Florida Crops

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Maria Newman / The New York Times – January 5, 2010

As a cold spell continued its rigid hold on much of the eastern United States on Tuesday, farmers in central and southern Florida were bracing for freezing temperatures overnight that could damage orange, strawberry and tomato crops.

The frigid weather was also blamed for four deaths in Tennessee and has produced record snowfalls in New England.

In Nashville, the police said the body of an 81-year-old man was found in the front yard of his home on Monday morning. The man’s family told the police that he had had Alzheimer’s disease, and that they believed he had walked out of his home in the night dressed in his bathrobe.

The deep freeze, brought on by surges of high-pressure arctic air masses moving down from northwestern Canada, has been lingering since the weekend in many places that are not accustomed to subfreezing weather, meteorologists said.

Schools were closed in Arkansas and parts of West Virginia, where up to eight inches of snow has fallen in the last few days.

“This cold snap is lasting longer than normal,” said Rick Davis, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tampa, Fla., where the temperature can fall below freezing several times a year but will usually rebound by the next day. “We’ve had it the last three or four days, and it will last for the better part of the week and this coming weekend, so we’re going to have a solid 7- to 10-day stretch of lower-than-normal temperatures.”

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: A fitting January after the ClimateGate scandal blew the fraud of “global warming” straight to the Sun… pun intended! – SJH

Link to entire article below…

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/06/us/06weather.html?hp

Written by Steven John Hibbs

January 5, 2010 at 11:22 pm

Military-Industrial Complex Set To Make Billions From Body Scanners

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Steve Watson / Infowars.net – January 5, 2010

The rabid calls for co-ordinated implementation of naked body scanners in airports across the planet, in the wake of the failed underwear bombing, will result in huge profits for the military industrial complex.

The giant defense contractor L-3 Communications is first in line, having already landed a $165 million contract for body scanners from the Transportation Security Administration late last week.

The New York based company ranks among the world’s top contractors, with 81% of it’s total revenue being generated from defense spending in 2008 (see image below).

L-3 has supplied command, control, communications, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems and products to the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and several other U.S. Government intelligence agencies.

Forty L-3 manufactured scanners are already in use at 19 U.S. airports, however that number is set to increase exponentially following the mass hysteria generated by the Christmas day incident.

“The contract last week isn’t an order for L-3 scanners, said Lauren Gaches, a TSA spokeswoman. It identified funding sources and set a ceiling for purchasing an unspecified number of units over an indefinite time period.”

Five other contractors are also said to be courting the TSA for certification of their body scanning technology.

Link to entire article below…

http://www.prisonplanet.com/military-industrial-complex-set-to-make-a-killing-from-body-scanners.html

FLASHBACK: ‘The Scientific Dictatorship And The Future Of Humanity’

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The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: I originally posted this October 21, 2009… – SJH

Invasion Of The Body Scanners: Airports To Become Peddlers Of Porn

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Paul Joseph Watson / Prison Planet – January 5, 2010

The establishment is ensuring that pedophiles and perverts are kept entertained at airport security checkpoints by mandating the mass rollout of naked body scanners that provide detailed images of your child’s genitalia, to be enjoyed by officials sitting alone in back rooms.

Despite official assurances and media talking points that claim the naked body scanners now being implemented in airports worldwide do not show enough detail to be considered a violation of privacy, the true measure of how much of an intrusion they really are is proven by the fact that they break child pornography laws in the UK that bar the production of indecent images of children.

Ministers in the UK will be forced to exempt under-18’s from the virtual strip searches or pass new legislation that protects airport workers from being prosecuted as pedophiles.

“They also face demands from civil liberties groups for safeguards to ensure that images from the £80,000 scanners, including those of celebrities, do not end up on the internet,” reports the Guardian. “The Department for Transport confirmed that the “child porn” problem was among the “legal and operational issues” now under discussion in Whitehall after Gordon Brown’s announcement on Sunday that he wanted to see their “gradual” introduction at British airports.”

“They do not have the legal power to use full body scanners in this way,” said Terri Dowty, of Action for Rights of Children, adding there was an exemption in the 1978 law to cover the “prevention and detection of crime” but the purpose had to be more specific than the “trawling exercise” now being considered.

As the Guardian report highlights, despite the fact that news organizations routinely blur out sensitive areas of the body when showing images produced by the scans, the actual resolution of the images allows airport workers to see “genitalia and breast enlargements”.

Despite the promise that the images would immediately be deleted, Simon Davies of Privacy International warns that scans of celebrities or of people with unusual or freakish body profiles would prove an “irresistible pull” for some employees.

Indeed, the fact that your sons and daughters will potentially be subject to a virtual strip search where the shape and detail of their genitalia will be visible to someone sitting alone in a back room begs the question of what kind of people would want to apply for such a job. If such technology is rolled out on a widespread basis, working in airport security will undoubtedly become a pull for perverts and pedophiles who will be given free reign to lust over your naked child’s body. How far will Americans acquiesce in the name of safety?

This compilation of articles proves that people in positions of power have routinely and illegally abused surveillance technologies for their own personal titillation, particularly in regard to young women and children.

The Alex Jones Channel

Link to entire article below…

http://www.prisonplanet.com/airports-set-to-become-primary-peddlers-of-child-porn.html