February, 2012

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Written by a 25-year FBI agent and head of a L.A. Joint Terrorism Task Force

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
"TSA has never, foiled a terrorist plot or stopped an attack on an airliner. Ever. They crow about weapons found and insinuate that this means they stopped terrorism. They claim that they can’t comment due to “national security” implications. In fact, if they had foiled a plot, criminal charges would have to be filed. Ever hear of terrorism charges being filed because of something found during a TSA screening? No, because it’s never happened. Trust me, if TSA had ever foiled a terrorist plot, they would buy full-page ads in every newspaper in the United States to prove their importance and increase their budget."

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TSA FAIL

I think the TSA — the security line you meet at the airport — in effectual, overbearing, and an abuse we Americans permit out of fear. This "insider" or at least sympathetic agent's account of why TSA is broken is pretty revealing. I've clipped a bunch to summarize, but read the long piece yourself.
http://gmancasefile.blogspot.com/2012/01/tsa-fail.html

For 25 years, as many of readers know, I was an FBI Special Agent, and for many of those years, I was a counter-terrorism specialist. I ran the Los Angeles Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) Al Qaeda squad. I ran the JTTF’s Extra-territorial squad, which responded to terrorism against the United States or its interests throughout the world. I have investigated Al Qaeda cell operations in the United States, Pakistan, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand, just to name a few. The FBI and the CIA provides the lion’s share of actionable intelligence on threats to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) (the mother organization of TSA), so that they can tailor security screening to the actual threat.

I have dealt with TSA since its inception and FAA security prior to that. I have witnessed TSA operate since they became a separate organization in 2002 and seen their reaction to intelligence provided them. I have now watched them operate for a decade, and I have respect for their hard-working employees who are doing a thankless job. But I have come to the conclusion that TSA is one of the worst-run, ineffective and most unnecessarily intrusive agencies in the United States government.

Approximately 99% of what the average traveler carries on a plane would be considered contraband in a maximum security prison, due to the fact that it can easily be converted into a weapon. Toothbrushes, Popsicle sticks, pens, pencils, anything with wire (iPod headset), any metal object which can be sharpened, etc., etc. is a potential weapon. Carried to its logical end, TSA policy would have to require passengers to travel naked or handcuffed.

TSA’s “major malfunction” as R. Lee Ermey would say, is that they do not understand the threat.

In order to keep getting those donations, Al Qaeda can’t appear to be losing, weak or incapable of an attack. Therefore, they actually put themselves in a little bit of a bind after 9/11: Their success was so spectacular that it has become almost impossible to duplicate it, much less create an even more spectacular act. Any attack that seems smaller in scope than those already achieved would make it appear as though Al Qaeda was “slipping” and terrorism dollars might go elsewhere, say to the Mujahedeen in Afghanistan.
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Another time, I was bypassing screening (again on official FBI business) with my .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol, and a TSA officer noticed the clip of my pocket knife. "You can't bring a knife on board," he said. I looked at him incredulously and asked, "The semi-automatic pistol is okay, but you don't trust me with a knife?" His response was equal parts predictable and frightening, "But knives are not allowed on the planes."

In the FBI, if I had a warrant to wiretap an individual on a terrorism matter and picked-up evidence of a non-terrorism-related crime, I could not, without FBI Headquarters and a judge’s approval, use that as evidence in a criminal case. But TSA is using its screening devices to carve out a niche business. According to congress, TSA began to seek out petty criminals without congressional approval. TSA have arrested more than 1,000 people on drug charges and other non-airline security-related offenses to date.

gmancasefile: TSA: Fail
TSA has never, (and I invite them to prove me wrong), foiled a terrorist plot or stopped an attack on an airliner. Ever. They crow about weapons found and insinuate that this means they stopped terror…

Well done, Ms

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
Sarah Barnes… well done. #facepalm

Woman admits to burning down 3,500-year-old tree while smoking meth
Why is it that so many of nature’s most awe-inspiring specimens seem to meet their end under such stupid circumstances? Some of you may recall reading about The Senator in recent weeks.

Looks like someone just went to the top of the year's list of Darwin Award n…

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
Looks like someone just went to the top of the year's list of Darwin Award nominees…

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NC man drinks gasoline from jar, lights up, dies
(02-28) 15:21 PST Havelock, N.C. (AP) — Police say a North Carolina man is dead after he accidentally drank from a jar of gasoline and then smoked a cigarette. Havelock police received a 911 call abo…

Free at last

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
Free at last! LOL!

Live from the NASCAR Comedy Tour…

Monday, February 27th, 2012
Live from the NASCAR Comedy Tour…

Monday, February 27th, 2012

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Breaking Good: how to synthesize Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) From N-Methylamphetamine (crystal meth)
Genius scientific paper* of the day: “A Simple and Convenient Synthesis of Pseudoephedrine From N-Methylamphetamine, by O. Hai and I. B. Hakkenshit.” (PDF).
A response by annoyed Sudafed users to the onerous demands by pharmacies for ID and tracking, due to the fact that this helpful and common over-the-counter drug can be used to manufacture crystal meth.
Snip from the paper:

A novel and straightforward synthesis of pseudoephidrine from
readily…

+Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal) depicts perfectly how the entertainment industry is…

Monday, February 27th, 2012
+Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal) depicts perfectly how the entertainment industry is taking aim squarely at its own feet… and pulling the trigger repeatedly.

I tried to watch Game of Thrones and this is what happened – The Oatmeal
I tried to watch Game of Thrones and this is what happened. A big thanks to my friend Rebecca for coining the term “CuntHammer” when describing Queen Cersei. If you have issues with my usage…

Schrödinger's lolcat says, "I SEE WUT U DID THERE."

Monday, February 27th, 2012
Schrödinger's lolcat says, "I SEE WUT U DID THERE."

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Trolling at a complete new level…

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Axis Of Oversteer: Dear NASCAR…
I tried not to poke too much fun at my parental units, as they sat through the entire broadcast waiting for the race to start. ~4 hours of petty, pedantic interviews, they were reaaaaaally reaching fo…

"The art of sitting on your ass in the rain." LOL NASCAR.

Sunday, February 26th, 2012
"The art of sitting on your ass in the rain." LOL NASCAR.