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


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