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Weekend: Tomorrow’s News Today

Welcome to the Wealth Daily Weekend Edition— our insights from the week in investing and links to our most-read Wealth Daily and sister publication articles. As the markets continue to feed the bulls with yet another push to the upside, it’s but a sideshow to the world’s entrepreneurs. Deaf to market chatter, they simply go about their work as the talking heads on CNBC like Cramer and Maria take it all into overdrive. And while the markets matter in the grand scheme of things, to the truly creative types, it only provides a faint background noise. Instead, they are busy doing what they have always done: pushing their dreams down the unknown road. As always, the ascent of man reaches for a higher place. That’s why the future is so hard to predict. Innovation alters the world in ways we don’t always expect. So what can we look forward to over the course of the next five years? Advertisement The Biggest Investment of the 21stCentury It’s called the smart grid… and it’s about to revolutionize the way we use our electricity. GE and Google have already committed billions to this technology… But a handful of “super-ups” are poised to dominate this $297 billion/year industry… Get their names and ticker symbols here. According to IBM’s (NYSE: IBM ) latest “Five in Five,” technology will change people’s lives in the following ways… 1. You’ll beam up your friends in 3D. In the next five years, 3D interfaces (like those in the movies) will let you interact with 3D holograms of your friends in real time. Movies and TVs are already moving to 3D, and as 3D and holographic cameras get more sophisticated and miniaturized to fit into cell phones, you will be able to interact with photos, browse the Web, and chat with your friends in entirely new ways. 2. Batteries will breathe air to power our devices. In the next five years, scientific advances in transistors and battery technology will allow your devices to last about 10 times longer than they do today. And better yet, in some cases, …

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Travelers Upgraded to “Buy” at Argus Research (TRV)

Insurance giant The Travelers Companies, Inc. ( TRV ) on Friday caught a big upgrade from analysts at Argus Research. The firm said it upgraded TRV from “Hold” to “Buy” with a $65 price target. That target implies a 15% upside from the stock’s Thursday closing price of $56.63. An Argus analyst noted the company has a strong balance sheet as well as solid earnings momentum. Travelers shares rose 27 cents, or +0.5%, in premarket trading Friday. The Bottom Line We recently began recommending shares of Travelers ( TRV ) when the stock was trading at $55.62. The company has a 2.54% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $56.63. The Travelers Companies, Inc. ( TRV ) is a “Recommended” dividend stock, holding a Dividend.com DARS™ Rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks , as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here .

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Ventura Lawsuit: TSA Pat-Downs Classify as ‘Unlawful Sexual Abuse’

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Ventura Lawsuit: TSA Pat-Downs Classify as ‘Unlawful Sexual Abuse’

Aaron Dykes Infowars.com January 25, 2011 Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura is suing the TSA and Homeland Security for humiliating and ‘offensive’ pat-down procedures he’s been subjected to during airport security checks that included ‘warrantless, non-suspicion-based offensive touching, gripping and rubbing of the genital and other sensitive areas of his body.’ Ventura, who had a hip replacement procedure in 2008, says he was unduly targeted due to his disability. His lawsuit , filed yesterday in Minnesota, claims the pat-downs violated his privacy, his 4th Amendment right and legally meet ‘the definition for an unlawful sexual assault’.” Alex Jones, who traveled with Ventura last September during the production of his “Conspiracy Theory” TV show over the course of multiple flights, witnessed the former governor being groped and inappropriately touched in a pat-down procedure that Ventura faces everytime he travels. “That’s why I want to leave the United States,” Ventura had told Jones at the time. “This is why I go down to Mexico– this is wrong.” But Jones says Ventura was even more upset everytime he witnessed some old man in a wheelchair harassed or manhandled by the TSA, without any basis for suspecting them. That’s when Ventura first revealed his thoughts of suing the TSA. In November, Ventura went on the Alex Jones Show and vowed never to fly commercially again until TSA reversed its policies. Part of Ventura’s suit includes a complaint about violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act , whereby he says TSA has unduly selected numerous disabled passengers for secondary screening and potential harassment without cause. Ventura, who travels frequently for his job hosting a TruTV program when he isn’t in Mexico, further commented that he would ‘no longer be forced by the TSA to prove he is not a criminal or terrorist.’ Ventura lamented on Jones’ program. “It probably means an end to my career,” referring to his difficulties with air travel. He’s not alone, as representatives from the travel, airline and tourism industry have already met with Big Sis to lobby DHS to back off of the enhanced pat-downs that caused a traveler backlash in the fall and what they say are more than 41 million travelers who ‘avoided’ flights and didn’t spend an estimated $9 billion in travel sales. (ARTICLE CONTINUES BELOW) Ventura’s attorney, David Olsen, told KSTP in Minnesota “The security procedures are going too far. There’s a line somewhere and he believes that line has been crossed.” Steve Wagstaffe, then D.A.-elect, now current D.A. of San Mateo County, California, stated in November 2010 that he and his deputies would be patrolling San Francisco International Airport for possible violations by TSA staff and would prosecute any employees engaged in “lewd and lascivious behavior” while conducting pat-downs. He further noted that groping of travelers’ genitals, even if backed by TSA policy, amounted to a felony offense. The TSA recently settled with an Amarillo, Texas woman whose breasts were exposed by TSA employees who then laughed at the matter. Stock up with Fresh Food that lasts with eFoodsDirect Jesse Ventura is reportedly working with the press from Mexico and should be appearing on the Alex Jones Show in the near future.

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Ventura Strikes Back with Lawsuit Against TSA

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Ventura Strikes Back with Lawsuit Against TSA

The Inside Story from Alex Jones About the Former Governor’s Humiliating Pat-Down Experiences that Included ‘Touching, Gripping & Rubbing of the Genitals’ at the Hands of TSA Alex Jones & Aaron Dykes Infowars.com January 25, 2011 Former Governor Jesse Ventura has taken steps to sue the TSA and the Department of Homeland Security in a lawsuit that will take on invasive airport pat-downs. Former Governor Jesse Ventura has taken steps to sue the TSA and the Department of Homeland Security , naming their chiefs John Pistole and ‘Big Sis’ Janet Napolitano in a lawsuit that will take on invasive airport pat-downs . Ventura first told Alex Jones of his intent to sue the TSA privately back in September while traveling for the making of TruTV’s “Conspiracy Theory,” expressing grave concern about what he viewed as his country’s transformation into East Germany. Jones recalls Ventura’s outrage at the TSA’s harassing old people in wheelchairs with the invasive new pat-down procedures. The former governor himself is routinely sent to secondary screening due to a hip replacement in 2008, and Jones witnessed him undergo repeated humiliating searches during pat-downs at the hands of TSA. Worse, at airports across the country, even those presenting medical cards describing special needs or equipment from a doctor are routinely ignored as TSA agents demand that medical patients remove urostomy bags , prosthetic breasts or that TSA be allowed to grope a pacemaker patients’ breasts . “That’s why I want to leave the United States,” Ventura then told Jones. “This is why I go down to Mexico– this is wrong.” Ventura indicated that he was most concerned about the destruction of the 4th Amendment and passing of the America he once knew. Ventura filed his lawsuit Monday, January 24, 2011 in Minnesota and news reports have named David Olsen as his lawyer. The former governor has indicated that his suit will include violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the 4th Amendment , arguing that he and others with disabilities have been discriminated against and …

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Travelers (NYSE:TRV), ACE (NYSE:ACE), Arch Capital (Nasdaq:ACGL), PartnerRe (NYSE:PRE) Top P&C Insurance Picks of Barclays

Saying they prefer the high-quality names in the P&C insurance sector, Travelers (NYSE:TRV), ACE (NYSE:ACE), Arch Capital (Nasdaq:ACGL) and PartnerRe (NYSE:PRE) were the leading companies chosen by Barclays.Barclays says, “U.S. tort costs (a proxy for P&C insurers’ claims costs) decreased by 2.7% to $248 billion in 2009 (latest data available), compared to a 1% increase 2008. In 2009, the decline

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