Category Archives: The Current Situation

Woody Allen’s “Bananas” comes to life in Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan’s President, Saparmurad Niyazov is number one with a bullet (pun possibly intended) on the “cuckoo regime hot 100”. I suppose if you had Having Iran and Afghanistan as neighbors, you would be feeling kinda edgy too. He began by … Continue reading

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Keeping up with the Finns: Embassy upscaling in D.C.

Embassy Row in Washington D.C. is transforming into a weird amalgamation of the World’s Fair and the Las Vegas Strip. One recent sticky summer evening, the Swedish ambassador welcomed his guests with chilled vodka and what he called the most … Continue reading

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Is Bin Laden a Cthulhu Cultist?

State of the art bulldada for your Sunday evening… It must be understood that the identity of the statues is highly suspect. There were two large guardian Buddhas, with distorted quasi-Chinese features; as many people recollect, Buddha was Indian, and … Continue reading

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The Secret Life of AAA

Like a lot of folks, I belong to AAA and yes, they’ve bailed me out on more than one occasion. I’ve always considered them to be one of the cheerful good guys – a sort of throwback to old days … Continue reading

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Conspiracies and probability

Good NYT article on probability and is (mis)uses. The focus here is on the mysterious post-9/11 deaths of a dozen or so microbiologists but the concepts here could be applied to any situation where someone is claiming events that are … Continue reading

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Despair and depression in Argentina

Note that this is real life and is occurring right now. It is not a dystopic SF movie. A mob moved out from Las Flores, a shantytown of trash heaps and metal shacks boiling over with refugees from the financial … Continue reading

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Defeating the Computer Assisted Passenger Screening system (CAPS)

Interesting paper on the weaknesses of the airport screening system and how the dependence on passenger profiles is the system’s biggest flaw. An algorithm called “Carnival Booth” demonstrates how a terrorist cell can defeat the CAPS system. [via Boing Boing]

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Want to know who’s polluting your neighborhood? Let Scorecard tell you

Punch in your zip code and Scorecard will tell you just how polluted your neighborhood is and who’s doing the dumping. Of course I had to run it on home… Based on EPA’s most current data, this county ranked among … Continue reading

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Now that’s a government logo! DARPA’s Information Awareness Office

total information awareness useful for preemption; national security warning; and national security decision making.” needs a giant eye-in-the-pyramid. Either they have a wicked sense of humor, or they’re totally serious. Scarily, I think they’re serious… [via Boing Boing]

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Peru mulls Free Software, Gates gives $550k to Peruvian president

Remember a couple of months ago when Peru was considering to mandate the use of open-source software in all government agencies? Well, guess where Bill is at the moment? In Lima, where he presented Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo with a … Continue reading

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