Homeland Security Watch

News and analysis of critical issues in homeland security

August 26, 2010

Some other stories, there are too many

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on August 26, 2010

Just in case like me you have had difficulty keeping up, following are a few links on some of the homeland security stories I have been trying to track.

The Natural Threat Beat

Friday Update: Fresh flooding displaces 1 million more: BBC

Flooding and misery deepen in Pakistan: Dawn (please also check “related news”)

Record heat and wildfires in California: Los Angeles Times, Bakersfield Californian (Personal note: Kern County public safety professionals are among the most intelligent, competent, and committed men and women with whom I have had the privilege to work.  In all of my work no other community has approached the level of effective interagency collaboration demonstrated in Bakersfield and Kern County.   This is a brutal time of year, especially this year.  They will need every skill they’ve got.) Friday Update: Intense heat for fourth day: Los Angeles Times

Over 2300 deaths in Chinese floods, more evacuations along N. Korean border : Xinhua, The Age

Cities attract hurricanes (!) (?): Inside Science News Service

The Intentional Threat Beat

Yemen and al-Awlaki are tagged “urgent” threats : Washington Post, USA Today

A new survey clarifies Americans’ attitudes toward Muslims: Pew Research Center for People & the Press

Friday Update: Various international angles on Mosque controversy: New York Times

72 murdered Mexican migrants found: BBC News

Friday Update: Mexico under siege: Los Angeles Times

Flash drive convicted of cyber attack: Computerworld

Canadians arrested with remote IED material: Ottawa Citizen 

The Accidental Threat Beat

Friday Update: Katrina Anniversary Coverage: Times-Picayune

Friday Update: Katrina Five Years Later: CNN special report

(Note: Given the critical role of levee failure, I categorize “Katrina” as an accidental failure of infrastructure more than a natural event.)

Significant piece of investigative journalism on the former Minerals Management Service: Washington Post

Engineer warned BP on cement seal: Wall Street Journal

Bacteria eating Gulf oil plume: Financial Times

At its core homeland security is mostly a local issue, but depending how it plays locally the issue can have far-reaching — even global — implications.  Think global, act local fits.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

August 26, 2010 @ 5:21 am

Well Phil last I heard Mother Nature is everywhere so that means all must deal with her one way or another. Pay me now or pay me later?

The spread of technology and dependence on it and energy production to satisfy that technology means that homeland security to the extent it is all-hazards analysis means that also will have world wide implications for dealing with it and thereby engaging the prevention, protection, preparedness, response, recovery, resilience, and mitigation paradigms.
What is astounding is how relatively recently the earth’s natural processes and the not always benign impact of man through his technology has become of interest as we march towards the 9B humans on earth, and occupy the dangerous places. Recommend James Burke’s “The Axemakers Gift” reference the dangers and benefits of technology. By the way clearly the hand axe was the first shaped tool. As Jared Diamond mentions “What was the person on Easter Island thinking as he/she cut down the last tree?”

Comment by Philip J. Palin

August 26, 2010 @ 5:42 am

It is an interesting algorithm:

More people +
More dense concentration of people +
Density coincident with places more prone to natural disaster +
Density dependent on technological life-lines +
Technological life-lines especially vulnerable to natural disasters…

And that doesn’t even include the accidental and intentional multipliers.

We really need to generate some divisors.

Comment by ~

August 26, 2010 @ 9:31 am

The kids are in Clearwater for a revival along with my money. I’m here back in black. Life keeps getting stranger as I travel alone. It’s all uphill from here. Some beach somewhere…

Comment by history detective

August 27, 2010 @ 5:39 am

Catch 22. Kick the can. Shoot it off a fence post with a BB gun. Put it under the grill to collect dripping grease. Construct a string telephone with it. Get 60 percent of your daily value of sodium from it. Get five cents for it …
Washington Post · 8/22/2010

I was a canon builder before 12. Cans, duct tape and Zippo fluid. You got a bazooka…The WW 2 guys taught us how it was done…


August 28, 2010 @ 9:11 am

Force Multipliers

I have the Old Grand-Dad and old canon. 100 proof and bonded. Nobody is sure about the algorithm and computers crash. Hell, entire networks crash and at the worst possible moments. Catch 22’s and crosstown traffic accidents. The horse is out of the barn and the barn is empty. So it’s all rather complex. Such is life. Too many algorithms and too little thinking, then your bonds are broken and city is busted. Boom boom boom.

Thanks Grand Army of the Republic.


August 31, 2010 @ 4:55 am

“Police are searching a man suspected of stealing a woman’s wallet as she was receiving Communion during morning Mass.” http://www.wtov9.com/news/24812120/detail.html?cxntlid=cmg_cntnt_rss

Ohio and mass. Maybe the suspect will find God in jail. You might just find better people in jail than in church. The same people running the jails are running the churches and the jails are fuller. Don’t take anything of value or money to church. High on the hog living and my back is killing me. The clergy is making a killing and splitting the profit with the undertaker. Neither want to split wood because that is real work. Jobless benefits have been extended. I’m headed for wine country. Say cheese!

The view from the other side of grave was interesting. Very expensive, but interesting.
That’s All Folks


September 3, 2010 @ 8:26 am

Hey canon fodder. Minority report. Earlier Friday, a suicide attack on a mosque belonging to the minority Ahmadi sect killed at least one person and wounded several others…They are real eager to join their friends and we are eager to help them. Virgins are awaiting you in paradise…Blow up your kids. There are too many. That’s one for Jonestown and another for paradise lost. If you are getting lost, keep getting. Finders keepers, losers weepers. Fools, religion and knavery, it’s business as usual.


September 3, 2010 @ 9:16 am

NASA Mission to Nowhere. We’ll borrow more and destroy the American people with bad debt and then give speeches about getting shortchanged.

Anyone need a $500 million, 355-foot steel tower for launching rockets into space? There’s one available at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. NASA’s $9.4 billion mission to nowhere leaves staff bewildered. Voter fraud begets leadership fraud. Maybe the scientists can “blow it up”. It can be a science class lesson. Unemployment is going up at least. Newspapers are going down. That is Deathwatch blogging and some other stories. Remember where the exits are reporters. You’ll be history and it’ll be rough.



September 3, 2010 @ 10:49 am

Stuff they can plant on your computer files.

“WASHINGTON — Federal investigators have identified several dozen Pentagon officials and contractors with high-level security clearances who allegedly purchased and downloaded child pornography, including an undisclosed number who used their government computers to obtain the illegal material, according to investigative reports.” BG

The world is directed not by words but by acts. Act your age, not your shoe size high-level idiots. The swollen bureaucracy and sore balls. Ice them down.


September 3, 2010 @ 12:07 pm



September 3, 2010 @ 3:36 pm

“Pro-government crowds swarmed outside the battered home of a key Iranian opposition leader Friday after militiamen attacked with firebombs and beat a bodyguard unconscious in a brazen message of intimidation and pinpoint pressure on dissent.” IP

The beauty of capitalism is we just bust out your company and everybody goes home early for the rest of days. Pro-business crowds are pro-business. Iran looks like Greece and all worship the state and there’s no beef Wellington. Everybody just have a beef. Give me liberty or give me death. And give me another shot of bourbon while you are at it.


September 5, 2010 @ 10:26 am

This particular case. It’s like a bad b-grade movie and you know how it will end. Unless you are clueless, which explains a number of corporations. You’ll always have more cases. Better living through chemistry…

This was the medicine, the patient died,
As no one thought of asking who recovered.

They all kind of look the same to me through the looking glass. No sense getting overly emotional. It’s just business as usual. Then they are out of business and it’s on to the next case. The train crashes and people are dead before arrival. Recover the scrap metal and build a case. Still have lots of ammo. All can’t recover. Some never had a chance and the rest is good. The Pickle Factory is busy these days. The Lie Factory is losing people left and right. That’s the price of doing business. If the case is cold have another drink. If the case is hot, well the hell with them. They can join their friends and we’ll help them do it even if we have to do it for free.


September 5, 2010 @ 2:59 pm

“Iran is paying Taliban fighters $1,000 for each U.S. soldier they kill in Afghanistan, according to a report in a British newspaper.” MSNBC

Will kill Iranians for free. Then we can get bombed doing shots and having beers. Bring Your Own Bombs or BYOB if you are MIL. It’ll be historic hit-and-fun.


September 5, 2010 @ 3:49 pm

Cannibals, that explains your roots. Our custom is man proposes, God disposes. In my humble opinion, you ain’t going to last.

No funds…the covert operations can take care of the rest of them in order of importance. It won’t load the budget down with losses and we’ll have something for later as opposed to stimulus fraud sooner. They have $10 trillion worth of absolute nothing and think it’s power. We got a bankrupt planet and mission to nowhere. Good thinking if you can afford it.


September 8, 2010 @ 7:19 am

Baaa…government approval to raise its registered capital by a third to 17.59 trillion dong ($921 million), a state-run newspaper reported on Wednesday. …The dingdongs need more dong. Find a broken bell and a whiskey jar. Use your head or lose your head.


September 8, 2010 @ 7:31 am

DonG for Facebook virtual currency. We’re not laundering your stinking mafia wars money creeps. We got a case open for you. Jump right in dingdongs. Actually we have several cases. Choose one.

They are going to be bigger than GM and just as busted. You can get a magazine for a buck and six feet of dirt for a doe. Rack ’em and stack ’em time. No funds…Use covert channel. What they dont know. Aim High.


September 10, 2010 @ 7:08 am

Intense heat. 53 homes wrecked and too many gas lines. Watch for bread lines soon and…Fascists seek to organize a nation according to corporatist perspectives, values, …Home values going down fast, going down in flames in fact. Buy some Jerkshire stocks and call Miss Jane in Death Valley. Death valley girl is in Washington…I was like oh my God, it’s totally hot. Swimming pools and movie stars. The old trusty VFD is busier than ever and you’re under the bus Gus. Buy a lottery ticket cattle. No hot water here, so I’m going to be smelling until money and new hot water tank arrives. Get Jethro a tank and me a bottle of white lightning. The stove is electric so I won’t starve. Run high pressure gas to all the houses and the government approvals are rubber stamped. Get them rubber rooms.


September 10, 2010 @ 7:18 am

All shine and no rising. She was banging a shine. Write an obit and we’ll send flowers. It’s all moonshine and bad copper pennies. Cook County is all rising and no shining. The sheriff is busy so support your county sheriff. If you can’t put him under house arrest. Same old drill with a new twist. Buy bits.


September 12, 2010 @ 5:57 am

“It is contrary to Pennsylvania law to discharge a gun, cannon, revolver or other explosive weapon at a wedding.”
“Any motorist driving along a country road at night must stop every mile and send up a rocket signal, wait 10 minutes for the road to be cleared of livestock, and continue.”

People are putting up I Pledge to Obey the Law stickers all over the place. Use a silencer at the wedding and watch out for human cattle drives. What law supports speed humps to slow down an ambulance or fire apparatus in Pennsylvania? Your career has been wrecked. Circus is hiring clowns. When clearing a room remember Constitutional situation. It’s like 911 and if they regret it now, they are really going to regret it down the road. They’ll be road kill in their own trap. Time and truth may set them free. They have a stop watch. We got a thing and it’s called Radar Love.


September 20, 2010 @ 5:05 am

Richie is the only child of fantastically wealthy parents and is the world’s richest kid. He lives and works in an expensive mansion and owns at least two of everything money could buy. Richie became disenchanted with his wealth and killed himself.

Beware The Condor: A billionaire mastermind with his own terrorist army, and the Rich Family’s worst enemy whose only desire is to take over Mr. Rich’s empire. Empires crash all of the time. If you cross all the lines at least you know where they are. More local radar solves more local problems. No solution in sight for hells gates. I was speeding to the hospital. It’s faster than a speeding bullet and God it’s more lethal. Never bet everything on a speeding train. Stop-Look-Listen, pretty much common sense. Keep leap shields on tall buildings and never shoot at a shield. It can always be more expensive. This lifestyle doesn’t require lots of money. Look before you leap and have kids play leap frog frog men. Clean your plates kids.


September 20, 2010 @ 5:12 am

Safer one car two to a car. One Adam 12. Need less cars and killer behind bars. Budgets are getting tighter so we can feed the killers. We need to work to kick up to them. The scum also rises.


September 20, 2010 @ 5:22 am

Stay out of deadpool. Carpool. It’s greener work uses less gas for greater security. Car salesmen won’t like it. Look what that got us. The welfare car salesmen class. Can’t beat Ranger School or the radio.


October 8, 2010 @ 7:46 am

Dawg just walked on words and peed. Good Puppy. Don’t pee on car pet or wet on rug. Bald guy in Washington is wearing a rug surrounded by Chicago thugs. Soldiers of the Law are busy as usual in the mobile offices. Radar guns are handy and we got great guns, we call it Radar Love.


October 8, 2010 @ 7:59 am

White House safe is closed. Just opened a new case, reports to file and half-off 2 cent head knocker sales. Keep the diamonds in her bra and watch the bra real closely. Weapons caches in the haystacks and root cellars as usual. Piece of cake!


October 8, 2010 @ 8:07 am

Phil doing dishes and I’m looking for a dish to do. Fix her little problem and light her candle. Rockets red glare.



October 9, 2010 @ 7:30 pm

This is a blast. Bang bang!

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