29 January 2010
Bristol Palin sextape? Obama's kids sexting pictures?
How about the kid Francis Quinn watching the movie later, knowing she was gestating in there?
I suppose it had to happen eventually.
Imagine if cell phone cameras were around when Monica did Bill.
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.
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?
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
25 January 2010
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
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.
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."
The only language americans understand is dead americans -A cypherpunk
23 January 2010
[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
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.
22 January 2010
LOL, they better buy more granite.
Or these local bozos
21 January 2010
Creates unconstitutional law with Democrat and gets bitch-slapped by the supremes
20 January 2010
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
Waiting, watching the storm. Kinda interesting.
Watch local stream live
18 January 2010
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
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."
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
15 January 2010
Its explicitly in the Fatwas as a motivation.
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
13 January 2010
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.
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
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
10 January 2010
Who's on first?
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
"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
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 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.
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
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.
"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
And you wonder why they hate us.
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
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
Folks in glass empires
should neither throw stones
nor fly drones
Some of those hires
Might be liars
Might set your fires
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
03 January 2010
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
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
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,
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.