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Coffee, Tea, or Should We Feel Your Pregnant Wife’s Breasts Before Throwing You in a Cell at the Airport and Then Lying About Why We Put You There?

Despite his outrage as his and his wife’s treatment, author Nicholas Monahan, a Los Angeles film industry worker, puts the events described in context:

I don’t know how many I’ve read where the writer describes some breach of civil liberties by employees of the state, then wraps it all up with a dire warning about what we as a nation are becoming, and how if we don’t put an end to it now, then we’re in for heaps of trouble. Well you know what? Nothing’s going to stop the inevitable. There’s no policy change that’s going to save us. There’s no election that’s going to put a halt to the onslaught of tyranny. It’s here already – this country has changed for the worse and will continue to change for the worse. There is now a division between the citizenry and the state. When that state is used as a tool against me, there is no longer any reason why I should owe any allegiance to that state.

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Spending More Money Faster Dept: “…(I)f people only bought what they actually needed, the entire American economy would collapse…” On his weblog, Douglas Rushkoff posts a version of a “CBS Sunday Morning” commentary he did just for the shoppers among us.

“…This may look like an average suburban shopping mall to you — but today’s retail environments are selling machines engineered to extract the most money per second from your wallet.

The science of retail design – what the industry calls ‘atmospherics’ – was born by accident in 1956, with the very first shopping mall, “the southdale center” in Minnesota. This realization of an “indoor main street” provided laboratory conditions for the study and influence of shopping behavior…” [more] [thanks, David]

Related: Retailers Pin Holiday Sales Hopes on Last-Minute Customers: “Despite bustling stores and malls during the last weekend before Christmas, retailers remained anxious and uncertain after a hoped-for sales bonanza failed to materialize.

Many storeowners disappointed by consumers’ cautious buying are now looking with some desperation to last-minute shoppers and post-Christmas bargain hunters for some relief in what has been a difficult holiday season. ” Nando Times

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Spending More Money Faster Dept: “…(I)f people only bought what they actually needed, the entire American economy would collapse…” On his weblog, Douglas Rushkoff posts a version of a “CBS Sunday Morning” commentary he did just for the shoppers among us.

“…This may look like an average suburban shopping mall to you — but today’s retail environments are selling machines engineered to extract the most money per second from your wallet.

The science of retail design – what the industry calls ‘atmospherics’ – was born by accident in 1956, with the very first shopping mall, “the southdale center” in Minnesota. This realization of an “indoor main street” provided laboratory conditions for the study and influence of shopping behavior…” [more] [thanks, David]

Related: Retailers Pin Holiday Sales Hopes on Last-Minute Customers: “Despite bustling stores and malls during the last weekend before Christmas, retailers remained anxious and uncertain after a hoped-for sales bonanza failed to materialize.

Many storeowners disappointed by consumers’ cautious buying are now looking with some desperation to last-minute shoppers and post-Christmas bargain hunters for some relief in what has been a difficult holiday season. ” Nando Times