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We’ve all heard about the college admissions scandal in which 50 parents were charged with trying to cheat to get an acceptance from elite schools for the sake of their apparently not-too-bright offspring.
As much publicity as this scandal has received, the two most well-known of the accused are these two mothers-of-the-year – Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman:(more…)
Since a big theme of the China trade talks has been their brazen theft of our technology, I thought I’d share a little something I stumbled upon in Quora. The question being posed was: what was the most successful CIA operation? The answer is below, and I find it clever and amusing.
The 1982 gas pipeline explosion in Tobolsk.
The KGB was stealing western technology for years. So the CIA ‘allowed’ the Soviets to steal pipeline control software that ran the pumps, valves, etc of pipelines. The CIA had inserted a few lines of Trojan Horse code into the software first. The pipelines ran fine for about a year, then a huge explosion rocked Siberia, as pumps suddenly turned on to the highest pressures possible and electronic valves slammed shut.(more…)
I stumbled upon this artifact today:(more…)
Preface from Tim: It’s been a long time since we’ve heard from Binkius Hippo (this one was from three months ago), but he emailed me this morning and, at my request, has allowed me to share his email here. I always appreciate his intelligent, well-informed perspective.
“You go to war with the army you have, not the army you wished you had.”(more…)
When I first moved to the San Francisco Bay Area as a little kid, one of the first things I ever saw on television was the local Furniture USA commercial. The commercial was simple: a pudgy, middle-aged man named Ed Barbara would shout at the camera about how easy it was to get credit, and how he wanted more customers. No co-signers. No credit references.(more…)