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General Radio Discussion / SPY VS. SPY – 20th CENTURY STYLE
« on: July 30, 2011, 2214 UTC »
remember the old “Spy Vs. Spy” comic in Mad Magazine. Well here’s something that reads like its right out of that genre.

According to published news reports, British spies successfully hacked into an al-Qaida website to replace instructions on how to build a bomb with – ready for this? Recipes for making cupcakes.

Nope, we are not kidding. The cyber offensive reportedly took place last year when the English language magazine aimed at Muslims in the West called Inspire was launched by supporters of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.

British intelligence officers based at the Government Communications Headquarters which is the state eavesdropping service, attacked the 67-page magazine, leaving most of it garbled. Instead of being able to read how to "Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom," readers were greeted with computer code which actually contained recipes from The Best Cupcakes in America, published by U.S. talk show hostess Ellen DeGeneres.

The Washington Post reported that the British action followed a dispute between the CIA and the newly formed U.S. Cyber Command. The cyber unit had wanted to block the al Qaeda magazine but the CIA, which had countered such an attack, would expose sources and intelligence methods, won the debate and declined to allow an attack on Inspire. So the U-K did it for them and reports say that it took almost two weeks for magazine to post a corrected version after it had been sabotaged.

An unnamed British security source said the Washington Post report was accurate but could not confirm details of the reported cupcake operation.

General Radio Discussion / Pirate Map
« on: July 25, 2011, 0258 UTC »

General Radio Discussion / Have a Ball
« on: July 20, 2011, 1920 UTC »
    At midnight in the museum hall,
    The fossils gathered for a ball,
    There were no drums or saxophones,
    But just the clatter of their bones,
    Rolling, rattling carefree circus,
    Of mammoth polkas and mazurkas,
    Pterodactyls and brontosauruses
    Sang ghostly prehistoric choruses,
    Amid the mastodonic wassail
    I caught the eye of one small fossil,
    "Cheer up sad world," he said and winked,
    "It's kind of fun to be extinct."

General Radio Discussion / and you thought WIKI LEAKS was "BAD"
« on: June 21, 2011, 1633 UTC »
Radioactive tritium leaks found at 48 US nuke sites

Leaks are prolific
Like rust under a car, corrosion has propagated for decades along the hard-to-reach, wet underbellies of the reactors — generally built in a burst of construction during the 1960s and 1970s. As part of an investigation of aging problems at the country's nuclear reactors, the AP uncovered evidence that despite government and industry programs to bring the causes of such leaks under control, breaches have become more frequent and widespread.

There were 38 leaks from underground piping between 2000 and 2009, according to an industry document presented at a tritium conference. Nearly two-thirds of the leaks were reported over the latest five years.

Here are some examples:

•At the three-unit Browns Ferry complex in Alabama, a valve was mistakenly left open in a storage tank during modifications over the years. When the tank was filled in April 2010 about 1,000 gallons of tritium-laden water poured onto the ground at a concentration of 2 million picocuries per liter. In drinking water, that would be 100 times higher than the EPA health standard.
•At the LaSalle site west of Chicago, tritium-laden water was accidentally released from a storage tank in July 2010 at a concentration of 715,000 picocuries per liter — 36 times the EPA standard.
•The year before, 123,000 picocuries per liter were detected in a well near the turbine building at Peach Bottom west of Philadelphia — six times the drinking water standard.
•And in 2008, 7.5 million picocuries per liter leaked from underground piping at Quad Cities in western Illinois — 375 times the EPA limit


General Radio Discussion / WHINE WHINE WHINE
« on: June 21, 2011, 1621 UTC »
 “You’re basically doing less work and doing it worse when you’re listening to the whines,”


General Radio Discussion / New twisters touch down
« on: May 25, 2011, 1703 UTC »
"Way above average temperatures" are combining with a powerful jet stream to fuel strong thunderstorms, which can turn into tornadoes,

The National Weather Service said the Joplin twister was an EF5, the strongest rating assigned to tornadoes, with winds of more than 200 mph.

"We are still in a search-and-rescue mode," said Mark Rohr, Joplin's city manager. "I want to emphasize that."

Late-night tornado sirens had Joplin's residents ducking for cover again before the storm brushed past without serious problems.

'Moderate risk' of more twisters; 1,500 people unaccounted for

Hospital in Joplin, Mo., takes 'direct hit' from a twister

JOPLIN, Mo. — Tornadoes ripped through parts of the Midwest on Sunday, killing at least one person in Minneapolis and reportedly dozens in a Missouri town where a hospital was hit.

Damage was widespread across the south side of Joplin. The Springfield News-Leader reported that Ryan Nicholls with the Springfield-Green County Office of Emergency Management confirmed 24 fatalities in the town.

Phone communications in and out of the city of about 50,000 people about 160 miles south of Kansas City were largely cut off.

Jasper County Emergency Management Director Keith Stammer said the St. John's Regional Medical Center on the city's south side took a "direct hit." Witnesses said windows were blown out on the top floors of the hospital.

The storm was part of a series that battered the Midwest on Sunday night. Tornado warnings and watches were posted from Texas to Michigan.

Images, real-time updates from breakingnews.com

Jeff Lehr, a reporter for the Joplin Globe, said he was upstairs when the storm hit but was able to make his way to a basement closet.

"There was a loud huffing noise, my windows started popping. I had to get downstairs, glass was flying. I opened a closet and pulled myself into it," he said. "Then you could hear everything go. It tore the roof off my house, everybody's house. I came outside and there was nothing left."

He said people were walking around the streets outside trying to check on neighbors, but in many cases there were no homes to check.

"There were people wandering the streets, all mud covered," he said. "I'm talking to them, asking if they knew where their family is. Some of them didn't know, and weren't sure where they were. All the street markers were gone."

In Minneapolis, city spokeswoman Sara Dietrich said the death was confirmed by the Hennepin County medical examiner. She had no other immediate details. Only two of the 29 people injured there were hurt critically.

In Wisconsin, a powerful storm caused significant damage in La Crosse, tearing roofs from homes and sending emergency responders to search damaged buildings for anyone trapped inside, officials said. La Crosse County sheriff's dispatcher Tim Vogel described the damage as "significant" but told The Associated Press there were no immediate reports of serious injuries.

Those storms followed a tornado Saturday night that swept through a small eastern Kansas town, killing one person and destroying at least 20 homes, as severe thunderstorms pelted the region with hail that some residents described as the size of baseballs, authorities said Sunday.

Kansas Division of Emergency Management spokeswoman Sharon Watson identified the victim as Don Chesmore, 53, of Reading. He was in a mobile home that flipped. He was taken to a hospital in Emporia, where he was pronounced dead.

General Radio Discussion / FAMOUS LAST WORDS
« on: May 12, 2011, 0458 UTC »

Billy the Kid (alias - William Bonney; real name - Henry McCarty) (1859-1881)
"Who is it?"

Booth, John Wilkes (1839-1865)
"Tell mother, tell mother, I died for my country. . . . useless . . . useless . . ."

Crowley, Francis "Two Gun" (1900-1931)
"You sons of bitches. Give my love to Mother."

Czolgosz, Leon (1873-1902)
"I killed the President because he was the enemy of the good people, the good working people. I am not sorry for my crime."

Flegensheimer, Arthur "Dutch Schultz" (?-1935)
"Mother is the best bet."

Garrett, Johnny Frank (?-1991)
"I'd like to thank my family for loving me and taking care of me. And the rest of the world can kiss my ass."

Loeb, Richard A. (1906-1936)
"I think I'm going to make it."

Appel, George - 1928
"Well, gentlemen, you are about to see a baked apple."

Barney, Jeffrey
"I'm tingling all over."

French, James - 1966
"How about this for a headline? French fries."

Gilmore, Gary - 1977
"Let's do it."

Grasso, Thomas J. - 1995
"I did not get my Spaghetti-Os. I got spaghetti. I want the press to know this."

Johnson, Edward E. - 1986
"I guess no one's going to call."

Parks, Roby Leroy - 1992
"I'm still awake."

Roges, James
"Why yes, a bullet proof vest."

Spenkelink, John - 1979
"Capital punishment; them without the capital get the punishment."

Tucker, Karla Fay - 1998
"I am going to be face to face with Jesus now. . . . I will see you all when you get there. I will wait for you

Oswald, Lee Harvey - 1963
"I will be glad to discuss this proposition with my attorney, and that after I talk with one, we could either discuss it with him or discuss it with my attorney if the attorney thinks it is a wise thing to do, but at the present time I have nothing more to say to you."

Rothstein, Arnold "Mr. Big" (?-1928)
"Me mudder did it."

Surratt, Mary (1823-1865)
"Please don't let me fall." Mary Surratt, one of the Lincoln assassination conspirators, was the first woman ever executed by the United States government. She was hanged on July 7, 1869.


General Radio Discussion / Psychology of Behavior
« on: April 26, 2011, 0316 UTC »
If one  starts with a cage containing five monkeys, and inside the cage, one   hangs a banana on a string from the top  and then places a set of stairs under the banana; before long a monkey will go  to the stairs and climb toward the banana.

Now as soon as the climbing  monkey touches the stairs, you spray all the other monkeys with cold water.  After a while another monkey makes an attempt with same result ... all the other  monkeys are sprayed with cold water. Pretty soon when another monkey tries to  climb the stairs, all the other monkeys will try to prevent it.

Now, put  the cold water away.

Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with  a new one.   The new monkey sees the  banana and attempts to climb the stairs.    To his shock, all of the other  monkeys beat the crap out of him.    After another attempt and attack,  he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs he will be assaulted.

Next,  remove another of the original five monkeys, replacing it with a new one.   The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked.    The previous newcomer takes part in the  punishment... with enthusiasm.

Then, replace a third original monkey with  a new one, followed by a fourth, then the fifth.  Every time the newest  monkey takes to the stairs he is attacked. Most of the monkeys that are beating  him up have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs.    Neither do they know why they are  participating in the beating of the newest monkey.

Finally, having  replaced all of the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys will have  ever been sprayed with cold water. Nevertheless, none of the monkeys  will try to climb the stairway for the banana.

Why, you ask?   Because in their minds... that is the way it has always been!

General Radio Discussion / A Fun Read
« on: April 22, 2011, 0257 UTC »

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