July 31, 2008

Look Away…

Category: Uncategorized — jerry @ 11:12 am

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Pandering again to the Religious Right, President George W. Bush displays solidarity with their anti-gay efforts by attempting to metaphorically incarcerate a fairy.

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How Terrorist Groups End

Category: Opinion — jerry @ 6:12 am

Interesting report from the RAND CORPORATION:

How Terrorist Groups End

Implications for Countering al Qa’ida

The United States cannot conduct an effective counterterrorism campaign against al Qa’ida or other terrorist groups without understanding how such groups end. While it is clear that U.S. policymakers will need to turn to a range of policy instruments to conduct such campaigns — including careful police and intelligence work, military force, political negotiations, and economic sanctions — what is less clear is how they should prioritize U.S. efforts.

A recent RAND research effort sheds light on this issue by investigating how terrorist groups have ended in the past. By analyzing a comprehensive roster of terrorist groups that existed worldwide between 1968 and 2006, the authors found that most groups ended because of operations carried out by local police or intelligence agencies or because they negotiated a settlement with their governments. Military force was rarely the primary reason a terrorist group ended, and few groups within this time frame achieved victory.

These findings suggest that the U.S. approach to countering al Qa’ida has focused far too much on the use of military force. Instead, policing and intelligence should be the backbone of U.S. efforts….[Rest of article]

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Full RAND report (PDF) here.

July 30, 2008

Your Mama!

Category: Books — jerry @ 11:49 am

“I am angry nearly every day of my life, Jo; but I have learned not to show it; and I still hope to learn not to feel it, though it may take me another forty years to do so.”–Jo’s mother, in LITTLE WOMEN, by Louisa May Alcott.

Every woman used to read this book.

Good luck with all that, ladies…

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Heh, Heh…Can’t Wait To See This One

Category: Movies/TV — jerry @ 6:37 am

July 29, 2008

Adventurer Steve Fossett ‘may have faked his own death’

Category: Uncategorized — jerry @ 11:14 am

Remember this story from last fall?  I even blogged about it.

From THE TELEGRAPH:

Fossett, a friend of Virgin boss Richard Branson, and the first man to fly non-stop round the earth in a hot air balloon, went missing last September when his final flight in a light plane over the Nevada desert went missing.

However, Lieutenant Colonel Cynthia Ryan of the US Civil Air Patrol has said Fossett, whose body or plane was never found, could still be alive.

She said: “I’ve been doing this search and rescue for 14 years. Fossett should have been found.

“It’s not like we didn’t have our eyes open. We found six other planes while we were looking for him. We’re pretty good at what we do.”

Fossett’s disappearance sparked the biggest search in American history, with the Civil Air Patrol’s Black Hawks, fitted with infra-red technology, joined by over 30 private planes and internet experts scanning the Nevada desert looking for clues.

Lt Col Ryan believes Fossett may have faked his own death due to personal problems or fears about his business dealings.Rest of art

There are also a number of anomalies that question whether Fossett’s plane ever crashed….[Rest of article]

Tackling al Qaeda Where It Thrives — Online

Category: Technology — jerry @ 6:14 am

From WIRED Magazine (best magazine in the world):

During the Cold War, each side had a frighteningly effective deterrent against nuclear first strikes: Threaten to launch an apocalyptic nuclear retaliation. The strategy — aptly named MAD, for mutual assured destruction — paradoxically cemented peace. Such “thinking about the unthinkable” still works well against Russia, China, and North Korea and likely would even deter Iran. But it obviously has little effect on Islamist terrorists.

They have no state to protect and pose no threat warranting nuclear payback. They can’t build a hydrogen bomb, and even a crude Hiroshima-style fission bomb would be a technological stretch. So brandishing the vast US military arsenal over al Qaeda is a little like holding a .44 Magnum on a buzzing mosquito: It won’t discourage the bug from drawing blood. After seven years of wishing al Qaeda was more like the Soviet Union, it’s time US antiterrorism experts muster the same creativity that the great nuclear strategists marshaled to stave off Armageddon.

When it comes to military tactics, Osama bin Laden is hardly an innovator. The most he and his minions can do is improvise with old techniques, like using a hijacked plane as a cruise missile. Yet jihadists are righteously wired. They have turned the Net into what Israeli expert Reuven Paz calls an “open university for Jihad studies,” covering everything from indoctrination to DIY car bombs….[Rest of article]

July 28, 2008

Things To Train Your Dog To Do

Category: Uncategorized — jerry @ 11:02 am


Kossan.se

Why Cavemen Went Extinct

Category: Movies/TV — jerry @ 6:02 am

July 27, 2008

God & Gas

Category: Uncategorized — jerry @ 11:47 am

Sex Crimes & The Vatican

Category: Movies/TV — jerry @ 6:36 am

From the BBC: