29 January 2010

Tommy Chung is a saint. The catholic saints are frauds. TC is not.
He suffered for us. For real.

He suffered for us
About two weeks after everyone in the world saw it, my wife
brings up the Surprise Kitty.

I imagine by now that UBL has seen it and Adam Perlman is figuring
out how to integrate it into Sahab video.

So some fundie jews in israel want to convert Indian jews to fundamentalism (orthodoxy) so they can immigrate to Israel, occupy contentious 'occupation' homes. Most israelis object on geopolitical grounds, that the immies would
be settlement pawns. The Indian government eventually figured it out, and since they have laws against religious conversion, are upset too.

Hilarious: laws against conversion, against speech. And using
immies to conquer lands.

He's a cheater, he's a liar, and guess what folks? John Edwards is now the star of his very own sex tape! Unbelievable. He was running for president, while his wife battled incurable cancer -- and he taped his sexcapades! To think this man could have been our President. Talk about a close call for America!

He would have been able to command hundreds of thousands of troops, hundreds or thousands of
boaats and planes and tanks, and about 10,000 bombs of 500,o00,000 kg of explosives each.

Instead, Obama is.

Better than a republican, but both worse than a lib.
is frickin' hilarious, probably not so to the Ambassador.
Streisand Effect. When you file legal motions to recover something that the world is not certain exists. As in, your sextape with a politician. On the day before the book describing it is being published.

Bristol Palin sextape? Obama's kids sexting pictures?

How about the kid Francis Quinn watching the movie later, knowing she was gestating in there?
Why Obama didn't pick Edwards for anything: the NSA clued him in on the affair.
Finally we have something to clean Haiti out of the news!
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. -- The mistress of former presidential candidate John Edwards wants a "very private and personal" videotape back from a former aide who wrote a book about the politician, according to court documents obtained Friday by The Associated Press.

I suppose it had to happen eventually.

Imagine if cell phone cameras were around when Monica did Bill.
SAN DIEGO – A harrowing 911 call made by a passenger in a fated Lexus that crashed seconds later and killed four people Aug. 28 was released Thursday by the California Highway Patrol.

In the 50-second tape, crash victim Chris Lastrella begins by telling the dispatcher: “We're in a Lexus ... we're going north (state Route) 125 and our accelerator is stuck.”

The dispatcher asks where they are passing, and Lastrella is heard asking someone in the car where they are. He exclaims: “We're going 120 (mph)! Mission Gorge! We're in trouble – we can't – there's no brakes, MissionGorge ... end freeway half mile.”

The dispatcher asks if they can turn the car off.

Lastrella doesn't answer and says repeatedly: “We are now approaching the intersection, we're approaching the intersection, we're approaching the intersection.”

The last sounds heard on the tape are someone saying “hold on” and “pray.” Lastrella says: “Oh shoot ... oh ... oh” Then a woman screams.

Killed in the crash were CHP officer Mark Saylor and his wife Cleofe who were both 45, their 13-year-old daughter Mahala, and Lastrella, 38, who was Cleofe Saylor's brother. All four lived in Chula Vista.

A preliminary investigation into its cause has indicated the accelerator may have become entrapped by a rubber floor mat, sheriff's Sgt. Scott Hill said.

The car was a loaner from Bob Baker Lexus El Cajon.

Hill did not know if Saylor tried to shift the vehicle into neutral or turn it off – actions safety experts say may have been impossible if the car was experiencing a malfunction. The shut-off button on the car must be held for three seconds to turn the car off, experts said.
"There's really no cost, but it's a critical skill issue -- we can only find so many people who can do this kind of work," said a senior engineer at a major automaker, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. "It would require a bunch of software and development people to design it, but spread across lots of cars, the money involved would be negligible. . . . No one wants a runaway."

28 January 2010

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Witnesses could be charged with a misdemeanor for failing to report violent attacks in California under legislation approved by the state Assembly.

Current law requires witnesses to report violent crimes when the victim is younger than 14. Nava's bill expands the requirement to include victims of all ages. Violators would face up to six months in jail and a maximum fine of $1,500.

Lawmakers approved the bill Wednesday on a 61-3 vote. It now goes to the Senate.

Yet the witness can't carry a weapon, and how are they to determine the age of participants?

And since when can speech be compelled?

Why they hate you:

Federal prosecutors in New York are ratcheting up an aggressive strategy to pursue terrorists, drug traffickers and corrupt public officials who operate on foreign soil.

How arrogant can you get? The world is not your empire, New York is not its center.


26 January 2010

10 year old, asking maths.

Two numbers, multiply them. They are whole numbers plus fractions, eg,
4 1/5 x 3 2/3
four and one fifth times three and two thirds.

What you do is this: convert them to simple ("Improper" ?) fractions:

4x5+1 fifths times
3x3+2 thirds

Then you just multiply the top and bottom.

21 / 5 x 11/3 =

(21 x 11) / (15) = 231 / 15 = 15 + 6/15

Later you will map one space to more ridiculous spaces where answers are easier, then map back. Fourier, Hamming, LaPlace, etc.


US trying to figure out if its ok to kill an american without a trial.

US fail.

25 January 2010


positive feedback

A hurrican requires positive feedback. The feedback: the winds
mix up the warm water and the air faster. This produces more
winds. As a result the storm builds itself.

Tornadoes must do same. Column of ascending/descending air with
coriolis spin.

Flu, rabies: the infected infect others. Positive feedback.

Vicious spiral some disciplines approximate.

but its positive feedback. In nature, its awesome. Evolution
is positive feedback.

Rachel Maddow is annoying talking head. With a remarkably asymmetric
mouth and remarkably asymmetric bias. Total commie.

Reminds me (haircut? way of speaking?) of Xeni Jardin.

Still, I consume infostreams that irritate, for amusement.
Obama: I'd really like to drop support for Israel, its costing us everything..

TLA: Mr President, do you remember about ten years ago, your daughter
was on the way, you were... distracted.. from Michelle..

Obama: you don't

TLA: well sir, not only do we have the Conversations, but the Israelis do too.

Obama: ok, what do you want?
Beyond duct tape
is the Osama tape
The first holds empires together
the latter disassembles.

24 January 2010

Dick was an old hand at marital dissolution. Tessa had reached her breaking point, and that evening marked the beginning of what would become his fifth divorce. The author could bounce in and out of love affairs, stints in rehab and drug overdoses -- all the while never losing his cool.

This time, though, the nonchalance wouldn't last. After Powers left, Dick took 49 tablets prescribed for a heart condition, along with other pills. He slashed his wrist and sat in his car, parked in his garage, so the carbon monoxide would finish him off.

But he threw up the pills and his car stalled. The blood from his wrist clotted. After a quick stay in the hospital and two weeks in a psychiatric ward, Dick went home.

These days, Dick is widely considered the science-fiction novelist who most accurately foresaw our contemporary world. [What? I'd say Orwell]


The author's work, Lethem says, reveals a "very strong alienation from any real environment -- it's about Disneyland, about condos where you park your car under the building, where you barely get to know your neighbors. It's about Nixon. It's almost as if Dick was a spy in Orange County."

In his new cosmology, what looked like Orange County was actually 1st century Rome. "The Empire never ended," Dick wrote, realizing he was a fugitive Christian in 70 A.D.

"He kept comparing Southern California to Disneyland," remembers Tessa, "and said it was plastic, wasn't real."

Happens all the time.

At times, he was reduced to eating horse meat. Dick -- who has been described, alternately, as paranoid, hilarious, childish and deeply empathetic -- wrote science fiction, he noted in 1969, because its "audience is not hamstrung by middle-class prejudices and will listen to genuinely new ideas."

"He would either be laughing hysterically or saying, 'This isn't real,' " she says. " 'This is just a figment of my imagination.' And he'd be totally paranoid about it
Clinton nails the truth about terrorism:

Terror mean[s] killing and robbery and coercion by people who do not have state authority and go beyond national borders.

Like a bolt of sunlight breaking through a lowering cloud, Clinton's formulation floods one's brain with sudden illumination. "Killing and robbery and coercion by people who do not have state authority" – that's terrorism. Killing and robbery and coercion by people who do have state authority is, obviously, something else altogether: humanitarian intervention, perhaps, or liberation, or preservation of national security, or maintaining great-power credibility, or restoring hope, or a pre-dawn vertical insertion.


Looks like Toyota is going to have to face a software problem with their
cars accelerating.

Recalling a million objects is very expensive. Ten million more so. Admitting liability

"A x B x C = X. If X is less than the cost of a recall, we don't do it."
If our messages had been able to reach you through words we wouldn't have been delivering them through planes." -UBL

The only language americans understand is dead americans -A cypherpunk


23 January 2010

Went to check out the output of the Villa Park Dam which is our recent special spot. It had the fish, and the mud, then the egret and coon prints after most of the fish were eaten. Today the path across the outflow was a small
mississipi, muddy and wide and flowing. There was foam forming and dirt on the foam, my kid thought it looked like coffee with foam and cocoa.

I figured out how the fish got there: they swam up stream when there was water flowing. Probably last in 2005 according to some usgs data I scanned.

[Added later: or they could have come from the Irvine Lake upstream. In any case they
must have been there for a while, in their shrinking pool, for some time; last rains were in

Wonderful new green and cleaned rockcliffs.

Water is great. Maybe more soon. Obviously hydroplaning,hitting a puddle
at 80mph, are hazardous, along with generally lengthened braking distance, but you can control those risks by driving carefully.

Almost got stuck at the Sandberg parking lot. 4wd is good.
tried the lolita access to the dam, met a former damkeeper (or
his wife), helped her close the chainlink.
Then met a couple that had parkedwhere I thought it restricted, and
so had turned around, and told them about 'our' lot. later saw them
when I hiked back to our car.

Surprised by very pleasant social interactions.

Villa Park, Southern California

Villa Park Dam is on Santiago Creek in Orange County, California and is used for fish and wildlife protection and flood control purposes. Construction was completed in 1963. At normal levels it has a surface area of 480 acres. It is owned by County Of Orange.

Villa Park is rock fill. Its height is 118 feet with a length of 119 feet. Normal storage is 15600 acre feet. It drains an area of 83.4 square miles.



In November 2006 we entered into an oral agreement with the Serrano Water District ("SWD") in Orange County, California to install an ELIXIR system at the Villa Park Dam (near Anaheim, California) for testing of the system by processing flood water residue behind the dam. Under our arrangement, scientists and engineers from California State University at Fullerton are coordinating with the SWD to trace and record the cleaning efficiency for the various contaminants in the water (thought to be iron, manganese and algae) against the flow rate capacity of the ELIXIR system. We designed the system placed at the dam site for research purposes. It contains a variety of sampling sites within the system to extract and test water outside the system, as well as a suite of internal water quality measurement instruments to monitor the cleaning process.

Villa Park Dam is operated by Orange County Flood Control and is designed to check the flow of flood waters from several small watersheds in the northern Santa Ana Mountains. The dam is capable of impounding up to 15,000 acre-feet of water (4.9 billion gallons), although its purpose is to check and safely release the waters during periods of heavy rainfall into Santiago Creek, where it is diverted to groundwater recharge ponds or allowed to discharge to the ocean. Serrano Water District has rights to 3,000 acre-feet of water from the impoundment pool. Until now, impounded waters have been released to flow downstream during storms. However, under the project, rain and other water will flow down creeks and collect to form a useable pool of water behind the dam. This water slowly degrades during the summer and has been shown to be very septic and has exceptionally high values of iron and manganese. This water has been prohibitively expensive to treat for drinking water.

In May 2007 we placed an ELIXIR system at the dam and began processing runoff water. We began a thorough evaluation of every component in the system during this testing period. Data are being used to evaluate the baseline water quality to be treated, as part of an ongoing water collection and analysis study of the ELIXIR water treatment system. Several testing and research programs to evaluate the treatment system were implemented.

The SWD pilot project was terminated in October 2008 once the retention reservoir behind Villa Park Dam was drained for periodic cleaning. With the exception of testing for Total Dissolved Solids ("TDS"), all other testing was completed in compliance with California's Title 22 certification program. TDS levels could not be properly tested since the reservoir was being drained and the dynamics of the forced water flow agitated sediment normally deposited on the bottom to mix with the draining water, producing readings above the testing thresholds.

Life is good.
Went to Zion market in Irvine, a korean grocery. One package was labelled "food" with four korean chars under it. It appeared to be steamed monocots.

22 January 2010

There are 3,120 tribute spaces available. A second row (layout 2) adds 4,440 tribute spaces, and a third row, not shown, adds another 6,240 spaces. We hope and pray we do not lose 13,800 distinguished military personnel before these wars are over. But we do have an expansion contingency if that becomes the case. --http://www.freedommemorials.org/the_memorial.html

LOL, they better buy more granite.

Or these local bozos

21 January 2010

No limits on medical pot, Calif. high court rules


Crashes plane
Gets caught
Picks Palin
Loses presidency

Creates unconstitutional law with Democrat and gets bitch-slapped by the supremes


The TSA goon should be charged with major crimes.

After planting drugs or explosives on someone as a joke.


20 January 2010

Colorless green ideas sleeping furiously

'green ideas' is now a plausible concept.

Poor Noam.
Evil virus at work. Looked at a youtube video, it did some kind of redirect
with IE, and infected the system pretty well. A lookup to a chinese domain.
Something like competitionweb.cn, I'll look it up. (I put it in my hosts
file to mess with it) Also inserted chars into the binaries and dlls
I found, in program files malware defender. Which has a few obviously
asian malformed messages.

Evil shit. I had to, in addition to the above, replace ie with IE8.
Various other scanwares and removal tools did not deal with it.
IE8 did and now the system runs as snappily as it ever did.

I then set ie8 at its maximum security settings so that it couldn't be hijacked as before.

Before, i think IE itself got corrupted, and every time i tried messing with its executable it got rewritten with the original. A nasty technique where one code watches another and fixes it, and the two programs are symmetric, ie each can restore each other.

I HATE javascript and M$ entire make everything programmable and insecure strategy.

scaling laws: half the animal dimension, you get 8x the volume reduction.
If energy demand is proportional, that's great. OTOH bigger animals shed less heat, so getting smaller doesn't quite give you 8x gain.

But the local environment selects.

sexual dimorphism

A Pakistani scientist who is the only woman accused of working with the al-Qaeda leadership has demanded that Jews should be excluded from the jury at her trial in New York.

Aafia Siddiqui called for jurors to undergo genetic testing in an outburst in federal court in Manhattan yesterday.

“If they have a Zionist or Israeli background . . . they are all mad at me,” Ms Siddiqui, an American-educated neuroscientist, said. “I have a feeling everyone here is them [sic] — subject to genetic testing. They should be excluded if you want to be fair,” she told the judge.

Prosecutors say that Ms Siddiqui, 37, who has a biology degree from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD from Brandeis University, fled the US in 2003 after marrying an al-Qaeda operative.

As a biologist she should know that zionism and judaism are behavioral not genetic traits; being hebraic is genetic.

Green Zone mortared, says eyewitness

January 19, 2010 - 06:29:45

BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: A mortar shells landed on Tuesday near the U.S. embassy inside the Green Zone, an eyewitness said.

“A mortar shell, launched from an unknown place, landed today near the U.S. embassy in the fortified Green Zone, with no word on casualties,” the witness told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

“Sirens kept wailing in the regions after the attack, while U.S. choppers hovered over the eastern regions of Baghdad,” he added.

19 January 2010

Loading firmware.

Waiting, watching the storm. Kinda interesting.


stream height


Watch local stream live


18 January 2010

The reports are that the Paki personnel security is basically
hire Punjabis.

So, the Punjabis have the Bomb.
ISLAMABAD Pakistan’s strategic assets are as safe as that of any other nuclear weapon state and these assets are fully safeguarded and secure under the protection of a well-established command and control system, a Foreign Office (FO) spokesman said on Sunday. http://www.onlinenews.com.pk/details.php?id=157312


US (manhattan of course) attorney merging narcotics and terrorism.

The new unit, he said, would be better able to bring drug charges to bear against some terrorists, as well as use a new law that gives federal drug agents the authority to pursue narcotics and terrorism crimes committed anywhere in the world if they can establish a link between a drug offense and a terrorist act or group.

The US pwns the world. But not all are happy with that.

17 January 2010

Pissed off at work. The co accepted two deadlines for monday
when both were science experiments involving new hardware
or new settings. The new settings screwed everything up so
day 11-5:30 was a bust. Yesterday (Saturday) I did manage to
get a code variant cosmetically nice and running on 'safe'
hardware so the Pres of the Major Client can do a dog and pony
show on the road.

But today was a frustrating pain. I tried a couple of times on
different variants (the current one, and an older one sent to
UL). Figured out a simpler way to try it, by globally running
a certain sensor at the lower voltage we decided to run
(during certain operations) at lower voltage than normal.
That only revealed that everything was screwed with new settings
and it wasn't just a parameter change, it was a whole new
set of experiments, analysis, algorithms, and testing. Testing
takes a long time. But off the cuff changes aren't sufficient.
This requires systematic approach, understanding of the changes
induced, the engineering changes required.

Gotta give the kid his netbook. For now.

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish lawmaker was horrified to learn that the FBI used an online photograph of him to create an image showing what Osama bin Laden might look like today.

The image using Gaspar Llamazares' photo appeared on a wanted poster updating the U.S. government's 1998 photo of the al-Qaeda leader.

FBI spokesman Ken Hoffman acknowledged to the Spanish newspaper El Mundo that the agency used a picture of Llamazares taken from Google Images.

In a statement Saturday, the agency would say only that it was aware of similarities between their age-progressed image "and that of an existing photograph of a Spanish public official."

"The forensic artist was unable to find suitable features among the reference photographs and obtained those features, in part, from a photograph he found on the Internet," the FBI said in a statement to the Associated Press.


ISTANBUL (AP) — The Turkish wife of a Jordanian doctor who killed seven CIA employees in a suicide attack in Afghanistan says her husband was outraged over the treatment of Iraqis at Abu Ghraib prison and the U.S.-led invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Defne Bayrak, the wife of bomber Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi, said in an interview with the Associated Press that his hatred of the United States had motivated her husband to sacrifice his life on Dec. 30 in what he regarded as a holy war against the U.S.

Bayrak also said Friday, "I think the war against the United States must go on."

Nice cat.

The US army is training a crack unit to seal off and snatch back Pakistani nuclear weapons in the event that militants, possibly from inside the country’s security apparatus, get their hands on a nuclear device or materials that could make one.

The specialised unit would be charged with recovering the nuclear materials and securing them.

The move follows growing anti-Americanism in Pakistan’s military, a series of attacks on sensitive installations over the past two years, several of which housed nuclear facilities, and rising tension that has seen a series of official complaints by US authorities to Islamabad in the past fortnight.

“What you have in Pakistan is nuclear weapons mixed with the highest density of extremists in the world, so we have a right to be concerned,” said Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, a former CIA officer who used to run the US energy department’s intelligence unit. “There have been attacks on army bases which stored nuclear weapons and there have been breaches and infiltrations by terrorists into military facilities.”

Professor Shaun Gregory, director of the Pakistan security research unit at Bradford University, has tracked a number of attempted security breaches since 2007. “The terrorists are at the gates,” he warned.

In a counterterrorism journal, published by America’s West Point military academy, he documented three incidents. The first was an attack in November 2007 at Sargodha in Punjab, where nuclearcapable F-16 jet aircraft are thought to be stationed. The following month a suicide bomber struck at Pakistan’s nuclear airbase at Kamra in Attock district. In August 2008 a group of suicide bombers blew up the gates to a weapons complex at the Wah cantonment in Punjab, believed to be one of Pakistan’s nuclear warhead assembly plants. The attack left 63 people dead.

A further attack followed at Kamra last October. Pakistan denies that the base still has a nuclear role, but Gregory believes it does. A six-man suicide team was arrested in Sargodha last August.

Fears that militants could penetrate a nuclear facility intensified after a brazen attack on army headquarters in Rawalpindi in October when 10 gunmen wearing army uniforms got inside and laid siege for 22 hours. Last month there was an attack on the naval command centre in Islamabad.

Pakistani police said five Americans from Washington who were arrested in Pakistan last month after trying to join the Taliban were carrying a map of Chashma Barrage, a complex in Punjab that includes a nuclear power facility.

The Al-Qaeda leadership has made no secret of its desire to get its hands on weapons for a “nuclear 9/11”.

“I have no doubt they are hell-bent on acquiring this,” said Mowatt-Larssen. “These guys are thinking of nuclear at the highest level and are approaching it in increasingly professional ways.”

Nuclear experts and US officials say the biggest fear is of an inside job amid growing anti-American feeling in Pakistan. Last year 3,021 Pakistanis were killed in terrorist attacks, more than in Afghanistan, yet polls suggest Pakistanis consider the United States to be a greater threat than the Taliban.

“You have 8,000-12,000 [people] in Pakistan with some type of role in nuclear missiles — whether as part of an assembly team or security,” said Gregory. “It’s a very large number and there is a real possibility that among those people are sympathisers of terrorist or jihadist groups who may facilitate some kind of attack.”

Pakistan is thought to possess about 80 nuclear warheads. Although the weapons are well guarded, the fear is that materials or processes to enrich uranium could fall into the wrong hands.

“All it needs is someone in Pakistan within the nuclear establishment and in a position of key access to become radicalised,” said MowattLarssen. “This is not just theoretical. It did happen — Pakistan has had inside problems before.”

Bashir Mahmood, the former head of Pakistan’s plutonium reactor, formed the Islamic charity Ummah Tameer-e-Nau in March 2000 after resigning from the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission. He was arrested in Islamabad on October 23, 2001, with his associate Abdul Majeed for alleged links to Osama Bin Laden.

Pakistan’s military leadership, which controls the nuclear programme, has always bristled at the suggestion that its nuclear facilities are at risk. The generals insist that storing components in different sites keeps them secure.

US officials refused to speak on the record about American safety plans, well aware of how this would be seen in Islamabad. However, one official admitted that the United States does not know where all of Pakistan’s storage sites are located. “Don’t assume the US knows everything,” he said.

Although Washington has provided $100m worth of technical assistance to Islamabad under its nuclear protection programme, US personnel have been denied access to most Pakistani nuclear sites.

In the past fortnight the US has made unprecedented formal protests to Pakistan’s national security apparatus, warning it about fanning virulent anti-American sentiment in the media.

Concerns about hostility towards America within elements of the Pakistani armed forces first surfaced in 2007. At a meeting of military commanders staged at Kurram, on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, a Pakistani major drew his pistol and shot an American. The incident was hushed up as a gunfight.

16 January 2010

Reading the Richter bio when the Haiti 7 hit.

"Earthquakes don't kill, buildings do"

Wooden buildings do better in earthquakes. But the Haitians
turned all the wood on their island into charcoal.

15 January 2010

"Any association with the (Yemeni) regime will only confirm al Qaida's narrative, which is that America is only interested in maintaining corrupt and despotic rulers and is not interested in the fate of Arabs and Muslims," warned Bernard Haykel, a Princeton University professor.

Its explicitly in the Fatwas as a motivation.
This RA is being issued using procedures under DoDGARS 22.315. DARPA is soliciting innovative proposals in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education as it relates to Computer Science (CS-STEM).

The United States has entered into a significant national decline in the number of college graduates with STEM degrees. This downward trend is an issue of national importance as it affects our capacity to maintain a technological lead in critical skills and disciplines related to CS-STEM. Our ability to compete in the increasingly internationalized stage will be hindered without college graduates with the ability to understand and innovate cutting edge technologies in the decades to come.
The downward trend in college graduates with STEM majors is particularly pronounced in Computer Science (CS). While computers and internet connectivity become daily fixtures in the lives of Americans, we are steadily losing the engineering talent to project these systems. According to the Computer Research Association, there were 43% fewer graduates and 45% fewer CS degree enrollments in 2006/2007 than in 2003/20041.
In addition, our systems are becoming more complex, requiring more people with the software engineering talent to manage and maintain them. Finding the right people with increasingly specialized talent is becoming more difficult and will continue to add risk to a wide range of DoD systems that include software development.
Recent studies conducted by DARPA revealed that public perception is a critical issue. Study participants believed that the “dot-com bust” and “international outsourcing” have led to fewer computer science jobs. In fact, the opposite is true: the U.S. Department of Labor lists “Computer Software Engineers, Applications” as the fourth fastest growing occupation in the country in November 20072. Verbal reports from industry partners, as well as the presence of constant job openings, indicate industry is having difficulty finding software engineering talent to develop and maintain their software systems.


14 January 2010

Last week, four supra-6 quakes on the Pacific plate.

My estimates for the big one on the San Andreas are
50% for this year.

13 January 2010

Folks don't get it.

There is no such thing as hate speech. (You can use the noun hate
as an adjective, but then its hateful speech.)

Instead of ignoring it, some call for government censorship

Which in the end looks like whining.
As if they or the government are the arbiters of fact, or argument,
what is divisive (or unifying) or humanizing or dehumanizing.

Personally I think catholicism, disdain for education, and breeding at 15 are dehumanizing.
Next on Fox: Ann Coulter naked jello wrestling Sarah Palin.
What's up with haiti pictures?
They don't have oil, and don't worry Israel. So who bombed them?


Reporting from London - The British government announced Tuesday that it would ban an Islamic group ...

Home Secretary Alan Johnson said Islam4UK would be outlawed under a measure allowing the government to ban organizations deemed to advocate or glorify terrorism.

This is why we have a bill of rights recognizing freedom of speech. The Brits
need regime change.

12 January 2010

Blown iranian physicist/dissident (how do you say sakharov
in farsi?) had 300' radius. Will have to analyze later.

Witnesses said the 7:30 a.m. blast shattered windows as far as 300 feet away.
So an Iranian "dissident" "nuclear scientist" is blown up.
Very nice wetwork.

Who did it?

Could have been US/Is if he was a useful scientist. Or
if he was going dissident, the locals.

That's why its fascinating ---not sure who, because there are
multiple capable agents. Motive, method, opportunity.
And the suspects are so hilariously opposite: Mossad and the

PETN tanks punctured.

Fruit of the Loom is sending emergency underwear to the scene.

10 January 2010

Balawi had been arrested as an al-Qaeda sympathizer in Jordan and eventually was recruited by the GID as a double agent to infiltrate al-Qaeda and determine the whereabouts of Ayman al-Zawahri. In reality it turns out Balawi was a triple agent, pretending to be a GID agent pretending to be an al-Qaeda agent, while secretly in league with the TTP.

Who's on first?
n a "private" conversation, Reid discussed candidate Barack Obama's racial profile. The authors wrote that Reid's "encouragement of Obama was unequivocal. He was wowed by Obama's oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama — a 'light-skinned' African American 'with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,' as he said privately. Reid was convinced, in fact, that Obama's race would help him more than hurt him in a bid for the Democratic nomination."

Reid apologized today:

"I deeply regret using such a poor choice of words. I sincerely apologize for offending any and all Americans, especially African Americans for my improper comments.

What was he supposed to say, "ebonics" ?

08 January 2010

Sneering Giuliani exposes his torture fetish and disdain for law

"If you put someone in a civilian court, within a short period of time a lawyer is appointed and the person shuts up. If you have a person in the military system you can question him endlessly for as long as you have to make sure you have gotten the full scope of information," Giuliani said.


07 January 2010

KABUL (AFP) – Al-Qaeda hailed the suicide bombing that killed seven CIA agents in Afghanistan as "revenge" for the deaths of top militants in US drone strikes in Pakistan, Islamist websites said on Thursday.

A Jordanian doctor said to have been a triple agent blew himself up at a US military base in Khost near the Pakistani border on December 30, the deadliest attack against the CIA since 1983.

The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility a day later. A Pakistani Taliban commander subsequently claimed his faction carried out the attack to avenge the drone attacks that killed its founder, Baitullah Mehsud, last August.

US media described the US base in Khost as a key "anti-terror" facility that oversaw the drone strikes targeting Al-Qaeda and Taliban on the Pakistani border and as a centre for recruiting and debriefing informants.


06 January 2010

The Smoker
The smoker is a metal container with air pumping bellows
attached. A smoldering fire is built in the metal fire chamber
and the bellows are used to blow the smoke produced out
through a nozzle at the top of the smoker.
When lightly puffed into a colony of honey bees the smoke
causes a temporary confusion and disorganization within the
colony. The honey bee’s group defensive behavior is disrupted.
This allows the beekeeper to move calmly and to comfortably inspect
the interior of his colonies.

Some theories of anesthesia suppose that disconnection of
various integrating parts of the brain is the mechanism.
Sounds like it works for hive minds, hive anesthesia.
Just read:

Among the red flags were that Reid bought a one-way ticket with cash and had no checked luggage.

As with the detroit bomber. So WTF,
1. TSA should clearly attend to this

2. Al Q should clearly start spending extra for a round trip
and some luggage.


Feds mention TATP in the PETN mix. So the bomb had a three
part chain: sugar + chlorate (sulphuric initiator) sets
off TATP which sets off the bulk PETN. PETN is more
energetic but TATP more easily undergoes the deflagration
to detonation reaction. Various posters have described
such 'trains'.

A small unconfined pile of TATP may just fireball when heated. Or it may detonate.

Its supposedly easily set off but in my experience that is over
hyped. Its obviously not a military explosive (can take
rifle bullets, etc) but its not nitrogen triiodide either.

Anyway, TATP is a good idea, and even a lame sugar chlorate fire would have definately set it off. Not sure why it didn't DDT and
set off the main PETN charge. 3 oz is borderline perhaps.

NB: TATP would dilute the PETN if mixed homogenously; the former
has none of those tattletale nitrate groups that various detectors
like. Woof. (And again, untagged PETN has very low vapor
pressure, and condoms can be tied effectively.)

NB: condoms are supremely QA'd, each is electrically tested.
They have enormous engineering margins: I've inflated them
to 2 feet by 6 inches diam, at least, when I needed a helium
balloon. Ironically, the IRA used them in timer devices,
but worried about them because the IRA was catholic and
condoms were verboten. Again the QA aspect would have been

Aside from the technically interesting improvised chemistry, the point is that its a losing game, its too cheap for the adversary
to launch attacks. And even partially-failed attacks have
great value to them.


I wonder if Detroit had worked, would flight corridors be
shifted to avoid overflying more areas that the precious DC
restricted areas? How much would that cost due to extra fuel?


Glass empires shouldn't fly drones.

Point your butt away from the prince.

They're in yur bases detonating your spooks.
Chanou Wilshire said the census form doesn't give her an option since it's got "African American," "black," and "negro" next to the same box.

"It's highly offensive," she told CBS 2.


A little too sensitive there, negress.

And in very related news, chicago continues to collapse,
this time removing qualification tests for cops because
minorities don't do well.

So instead of taking the test as a measure, toss it, and get incompetents.



05 January 2010

Dogs barking. So i barked back. Wife said to stop. But my
symbiofeline will not be oppressed.

Actually I was raised with dogs not cats and will one day
be a symbiont with both species.
Also Monday, NATO said a joint Afghan-international force discovered a huge cache of marijuana and turned it over to police for destruction. NATO said the cache contained up to 28,000 cubic feet of marijuana -- the equivalent of about seven standard semitrailers.


And you wonder why they hate us.
Al Q got to blow up a bomb right next to a Prince. In the middle of their Kingdom.

And the CIA thinks it can run spies in Afghanistan and not lose a few agents? LOL
I read the female Chief was targeted.
Britains security paranoia (deserved, the colonial interventionist bastards)
hits Britain's paedophile paranoia and the Kindom implodes. No doubt
the British Prince really wants to be his mistresses tampon now.


They are such wankers. We need to bomb them like we did the Canadians.

04 January 2010

And after a while, you can work on points for style.
Like the club tie, and the firm handshake,
A certain look in the eye and an easy smile.
You have to be trusted by the people that you lie to,
So that when they turn their backs on you,
You'll get the chance to put the knife in.

You gotta keep one eye looking over your shoulder.
You know it's going to get harder, and harder, and harder as you
get older.

Folks in glass empires
should neither throw stones
nor fly drones

Some of those hires
Might be liars
Might set your fires
Afghani mires
Goodyear tyres
British sires
NSA wires
Harmlessly passing your time in the grassland away,
only dimly aware of a certain unease in the air
You better watch out, there may be dogs about.
I've looked over Jordan, and I have seen things are not what they seem.

What do you get for pretending the dangers not real.
Meek and obedient you follow the leader
down well trodden corridors, into the valley of steel.
What a surprise! A look of terminal shock in your eyes.
Now things are really what they seem. No, this is no bad dream.

The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want He makes me down to lie.
Through pastures green He leadeth me the silent waters by.
With bright knives He releaseth my soul.
He maketh me to hang on hooks in high places.
He converteth me to lamb cutlets.
For lo, He hath great power, and great hunger.
When cometh the day we lowly ones,
trough quiet reflection and great dedication,
master the art of karate,
lo, we shall rise up,
and then we'll make the buggers eyes water.

Bleating and babbling I fell on his neck with a sream.
Wave upon wave of demented avengers
march cheerfully out of obscurity unto the dream.

Have you heard the news? The dogs are dead!
You better stay home and do as you're told,
get out of the road if you want to grow old
Kravetz said the 11-year-old told police he and another boy made the devises of shotgun shells, alcohol and duct tape to throw at cars, joggers and bicyclists along Coast Highway. He was detained on possession of a destructive device, exploding a destructive device with the intent to intimidate and terrify and possession of materials to make a destructive device without a permit.

In the war between humans and machines, the humans have found a new way to strike back.

A brit has no rights to assemble, speak, or bear arms. They are part
of the axis of evil and need regime change. Accept the Bill of Rights
or get bombed.


03 January 2010

As the US fails, it becomes more like israel or the uk.
Or, generally as socialism increases and resources drop,
europe generally.

The fundamental is statism vs. individualism.
People who live in glass houses should not throw stones,

People who live in glass empires should not fly drones
Too big to fail
mission accomplished

Onward to Yemen/Iran/"whatever"

There is ominous use by American politicians and commentators of the phrase "failed state" in relation to Yemen, as if this some how legitimised foreign intervention. It is extraordinary that the US political elite has never taken on board that its greatest defeats have been in just such "failed states"', not least Lebanon in 1982, when 240 US Marines were blown up; Somalia in the early 1990s when the body of a US helicopter pilot was dragged through the streets; Iraq after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein; and Afghanistan after the supposed fall of the Taliban.

Yemen has all the explosive ingredients of Lebanon, Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan. But the arch-hawk Senator Joe Lieberman, chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, was happily confirming this week that the Green Berets and the US Special Forces are already there. He cited with approval an American official in Sanaa as telling him that, "Iraq was yesterday's war. Afghanistan is today's war. If you don't act pre-emptively Yemen will be tomorrow's war." In practice pre-emptive strikes are likely to bring a US military entanglement in Yemen even closer.

02 January 2010

The United States and neighboring Saudi Arabia fear al Qaeda could exploit instability across Yemen


Yep. The US will whore itself for oil, so the Saudi Kings own the US. The Kings
are upset about a religious group that opposes them and their affiliation with
US/Israel. And which uses asymmetric warfare, required when facing something like
the US / Israel mil-industrial monster.

The president of Yemen, who just agreed to be a US puppet, just signed his own
death warrant.

However, Yemen's Shi'ite rebels responded positively on Saturday to a plea from Saleh, saying they were ready for talks with the government once fighting stops.

That's kinda weird; Al Q are Wahabi (Sunni) fundies, Shiites (concentrated in Iran) are
somewhat adversarial in a Lutheran/Catholic kinda way. But one imagines both
the IRA and the loyalists fighting should the Continentals invade. (Been there,
done that.)
We don't let that type own guns

although they should.
McIntire said about 50 percent of the brigade's ranks are made up of returned LDS missionaries who speak a second language.

So, if a mormon missionary comes to your nation, you should kill them,
as its quite likely they'll be spying on you and yours.

01 January 2010

Read http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-new-laws1-2010jan01,0,5818862.story
and identify the laws that restrict speech, consensual business
practice, increase the nanny-state.