Venezuela, Debt and the Surveillance Industrial Complex
Venezuela, Debt and the Surveillance Industrial Complex by Daisy Luther – The Organic Prepper
This week on Survival Saturday, we’ll talk about the potential ban of laptops on planes, the highest household debt ever, and the gasoline shortage in Venezuela.
The case against in-flight laptops was conveniently proven by a Turkish guy on a plane.
Flying is about to get a lot more difficult for those who work online. Following discussions about the “safety concerns” presented by laptops on airplanes, the case was (coincidentally, I’m sure) proven by a Turkish man who allegedly tried to breach the cockpit of a flight to Hawaii. Conveniently for those who want to ban laptops on planes, the aggressor placed his own device right beside the cockpit door.
Bloomberg adds that a laptop computer was placed near the cockpit door.
A source at the TSA told ABC News that the man was waiting for the bathroom near the cockpit when a flight attendant asked him to sit down. He had a laptop with him and appeared to try the cockpit door before he was subdued, the source said. Additional sources said the man, who is reportedly from Turkey, breached security at Los Angeles International Airport, but was assessed and allowed to board AA Flight 31 anyway. The flight departed from Los Angeles International Airport at 8:34 a.m. local time.
Once the Airbus A321 was in the air, the man allegedly tried to break through the cockpit door. (source)
Considering that the TSA has considered me a security threat for having a venti Starbucks, isn’t it fascinating that this guy breached their security and got on the plane?
There’s no word on how the guy was subdued, but the flight was escorted by two fighter planes and landed safely in Honolulu, where it was met on the tarmac by the FBI, Passengers were questioned and sniffed by dogs before being allowed to depart.
Trump has already banned carry-on laptops on flights into the US from certain airports after an intelligence report claimed that ISIS was going to blow up American planes with bombs disguised as laptops and tablets. Apparently, this was the “top secret” information he divulged to Russia that is causing the current media brouhaha. (source) We know this is absolutely true because Buzzfeed confirmed it based on two anonymous sources. I swear numerous media outlets have, in all seriousness, cited Buzzfeed as their corroborating source. It was probably tucked in between a quiz to let you know which celebrity you’re going to marry and what kind of taco you actually are.
To date, no laptop bombs have ever been found on a plane, although in 1985 there was one in a radio and in 1988 there was one in a tape recorder. (source)
But the British Airline Pilots’ Association said, nope, having laptops in the cargo hold was a terrible idea – all of those lithium batteries together could cause a fire – something that actually has happened and caused 2 crashes. (source)
And my question is this: how is it better to have the potential bomb in the cargo area than the passenger area? You’re getting blown out of the sky either way. Will all devices be banned from flights completely? That will make business travel nearly impossible.
Just in case things in Venezuela aren’t bad enough, now there are gasoline shortages.
Just when Venezuelans were probably saying, “Well, it can’t possibly get any worse. We have no food, no medical care, and no toilet paper,” it got worse. Now, they’re running out of gasoline.
As I’ve written before, Venezuela used to be one of the wealthiest countries on the planet before socialism. That’s because they’re positively swimming in oil – more than 300 billion gallons of it. (source) Despite the richness of their natural resources, however, the country is facing gasoline shortages on top of all the other collapse issues. I guess the moral of this story is “never get too cocky about your resources because you still have to process them.”
Refineries have shut down because of technical issues and supplies have been unable to get through due to protests, according to some reports.