New Year’s Eve Water Cooler 12/31/2009
Some mid-morning updates on the last day of 2009! Get used to typing (and writing) 2010!
NO booze on the PATH after 3pm!
Hoboken411 reader Jason did some leg work for us and reports that: “PATH Police said that after 3pm on New Years Eve, ANY and ALL liquor bottles (beer, wine, spirits, champagne) will be confiscated from anyone found traveling with them on PATH trains at that time.”
411 note: I’m on both sides of the fence here – while I think as long as the bottle is closed (or never opened) it should be allowed – however, put yourself in the shoes of those enforcing the law, and sometimes it’s easier to have a set policy. If I was really in charge – I’d shut the whole PATH down at 3pm – and force people to drive or take the bus. Less of a headache.
Manufactured Terror Attacks?
If you’ve been awake for the past couple days, no doubt you’ve heard about the foiled terror attack attempt on a plane headed into Detroit. Thank God no one died or was injured.
Part of me doesn’t blame them, because until you witness something first hand – you cannot actually verify it’s authenticity. With that being said, some of the “conspiracy theories” floating around now in the wake of this so-called terrorist attempt are:
- This was manufactured by the U.S. Government as a catalyst to go to war with Yemen!
- This was manufactured by the U.S. Government as justification for more control over it’s own citizens (i.e., enhanced airport security), and lastly…
- This was manufactured by the U.S. Government to allow massive contracts to be awarded to the “full body scanner” companies that stand to make tens of millions of dollars (of which a cut will be given to those who created this so-called “scare.”)
Obviously, use your own judgment when forming your thoughts – but you have to think about things a little more. (I have a story about this coming next week…)
Financial Reform? For who?
In the final Water Cooler nugget for today – an interesting article out of Bloomberg.com.
As you may very well know – these “bills” that have been lugged around Congress in the past year, have been of unprecedented size and scope. 1000, 1500, 2500 pages and more!
In regards to the recent “Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act” passed this year – Bloomberg reporter David Reilly actually READ the ENTIRE bill – and points out what you need to know. Stuff like “It supports the biggest banks. It authorizes Federal Reserve banks to provide as much as $4 trillion in emergency funding the next time Wall Street crashes. So much for “no-more-bailouts” talk. That is more than twice what the Fed pumped into markets this time around. The size of the fund makes the bribes in the Senate’s health-care bill look minuscule.”
When will the government get out of our hair?
Have a great New Year, everyone – more to come later!