Archive for July, 2007

Where’s What

Last month, the Central Intelligence Agency released the “family jewels”, heavily-excised reports detailing the history of domestic or otherwise potentially illegal (“outside of charter”) activities conducted by the agency. Most of the attention was directed towards the big, flashy revealations, but buried in among them are a seemingly endless number of other interesting tidbits.
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Published in: Geekiness, General, History, Security | on July 22nd, 2007 | Comments Off on Where’s What

FBI Top Ten

Back in 2000, to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the “Ten Most Wanted” program, the FBI produced a list of every fugitive who had ever appeared on the list, with a brief summary of their escapades, and a large variety of fun facts and statistics about the whole program. Sometime in the last year or two, they removed the file from their website, for reason or reasons unknown.
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Published in: Geekiness, General, Security | on July 20th, 2007 | Comments Off on FBI Top Ten

Toxic Chemicals

One of the most unbelievably toxic chemicals found in the average household is the general-purpose cleaner Formula 409. Among the many virtues not listed on the packaging, it kills just about any household pest or insect, pretty much on contact. (In a fairly gruesome and painful-looking manner, at that, which only adds to the fun.) It’s not quite as strong a solvent as undiluted Pine-Sol floor cleaner, which strips paint and does remarkable things to metal, but it’s still not something you want to get in your eyes, or drink.
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Published in: 'D' for 'Dumb', Geekiness, General | on July 19th, 2007 | Comments Off on Toxic Chemicals

Gang Wars

The not-entirely-objective Justice Policy Institute have released a study entitled “Gang Wars” (1.5MB PDF.) In a nutshell, it concludes that gangs are an overstated problem, that gang membership is diminishing, and that none of the existing strategies to combat gangs and gang violence are working.

Well, sort of.
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Published in: 'D' for 'Dumb', General, Security | on July 18th, 2007 | 1 Comment »

Supporting the Troops, Part Two

Just one short week ago, I introduced Operation TEMPT to the world (and, being a gentleman, vice versa.) In that post, I introduced twenty-five popular military buzzwords, and encouraged readers to make such part of their everyday vocabulary. This educational joint exercise was initiated not to merely augment one’s available lexicon, but to encourage widespread visible – and audible – demonstrations of support for our nation’s courageous warfighters. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, after all.

Happily, I can report that every benchmark and performance metric so far set for this program has been met or exceeded, on time and on budget. This is a causative indicator for the generation of hope and an immediate precursor for the cautious generation of small but militarily significant quantities of optimism. An unscientific but mathematically-sound survey suggests that this initiative is producing measurable effects upon both the morale of this great nation’s warfighters, and upon the teamship, comraderie, and brotherhoodiness of the participating portions of the American civilian population.
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Published in: Geekiness, General, Security | on July 18th, 2007 | Comments Off on Supporting the Troops, Part Two