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Explosives on a chip

There are computers on a chip and labs on a chip and now explosives on a chip. Explosives on a chip? WTF? This wonderful tech breakthrough is brought to us by Georgia Tech Research Institute and reported, straight-faced, by the Press Release service, Science Daily:

Carnegie-Mellon’s Dr. Strangeloves

Carnegie-Mellon is a great university and when it comes to robotics and computer science is always on the cutting edge. But does that cutting edge have to be so sharply lethal? Unmanned aircraft are showing up in the skies more often and today the US Army awarded $14.4 million to Carnegie Mellon to build a…

What’s the big deal about putting a few bad guys into “stressful” positions (assuming you know for sure they really are bad guys)? You call that torture? Waterboarding maybe is torture (we aren’t sure about that yet; requires some study***), but stressful positions and a love tap or two? Give me a break:

I know there are readers here who will say this is the “price of freedom” or some such nonsense. But give me a break. The father-in-law of a Swede didn’t want him to travel, so he dropped a dime on him to the FBI, saying he had links to al Qaeda:

Biodefense lab accident — again

Either there are more lab accidents in biodefense laboratories or we are hearing about them more (see here, here, here, here, here.). Since there are always lab accident but there is a lot more “biodfense” laboratory work, it is probably both. I think we can look forward to the Bush administration solving this problem by…

The more things change . . .

When terrorists attacked the symbolic center of American economic power on September 11 it wasn’t the first time:

Theater of the Absurd at the airport

As a frequent traveler I am all for measures to keep me safe. Someday maybe I’ll see some at the airport. While I dutifully stand in line with the other sheep, taking off my shoes, emptying my pockets, taking my laptop out of my briefcase and putting it in a separate tray (why?), taking my…

It’s all right ma, I’m only bombing

No young man likes to be embarrassed in front of his mother, especially in the delicate matter of sex. But this story is beyond belief: Madin Azad Amin was stopped by officials on Aug. 16 after guards found an object in his baggage that resembled a grenade, prosecutors said. When officers asked him to identify…

Theater of the Absurd (security genre)

I’ll give the UK and US governments the benefit of the doubt for the sake of argument (even though they are both world class liars) and assume the alleged hair-gel terror plot is real. The response to it is still monumentally stupid. So what do I know about hair gel? Nothing. I don’t use it.…