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A Fourth Cable‽

Via Wampum I have learned that a fourth cable between the islands of Haloul and Das in the Persian Gulf is now down, although the word is that it is a power problem and not a physical break, like the other three.

Move along, citizens, nothing to see here…happens all the time…well, occasionally…OK, so three cables have never been out at the same time before, but nothing to be concerned about and it’s just a coincidence that they are all running from or affecting the same area.

February 4, 2008   16 Comments

How Do You Say “Boondoggle” in Hindi

Depending on whether you have ever been involved in one of these disasters, you are ready to laugh or to cry as the FBI eyes $1 billion surveillance deal:

CLARKSBURG, West Virginia (CNN) — The FBI is gearing up to create a massive computer database of people’s physical characteristics, all part of an effort the bureau says to better identify criminals and terrorists.

But it’s an issue that raises major privacy concerns — what one civil liberties expert says should concern all Americans.

The bureau is expected to announce in coming days the awarding of a $1 billion, 10-year contract to help create the database that will compile an array of biometric information — from palm prints to eye scans.

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February 4, 2008   6 Comments