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Sunday, November 26, 2021

In order to boost its ranks of analysts, operatives, and researchers by 50% over the next five years, the Central Intelligence Agency is projecting a looser image to attract potential recruits. Chief tool: A lighthearted personality quiz to see if you’re CIA material.

The quiz also seeks to dispel common myths about what to expect as a government spook. My favorite:

Because of our national security role, CIA applicants must meet specific qualifications — but, don’t worry. Getting caught smoking in high school isn’t enough to disqualify you.

Note the clever wordplay there — it doesn’t specify what you’re caught smoking in high school. I’m thinking they’d let Marlboros slide; other substances, maybe not.

On top of that, the Agency seems to be targeting a curious demographic and personality type:

[Chief of hiring and employee development Tom McCluskey] said the CIA is after the generation that has grown up on the Web. “They were born with ear buds in their ears. They are ADD and it is contagious,” he said, referring to attention deficit disorder. “We need that kind of talent here.”

A premium on spazzoids running our sensitive security operations? I’m not sure, but I have a feeling that the terrorists have won…

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 11/26/2006 08:01 PM
Category: Political
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special sauce
Power play percentage + penalty kill percentage = the NHL Special Teams Index. Rankings through yesterday, below. Last week’s leaderboard here.

Couldn’t dodge the STI Number ties this week; there are three instances. As before, higher-ranked power play is the tiebreaker, because I say so. Enjoy!

STI Rank Team PP % (Rank) PK % (Rank) STI Number
1 Minnesota Wild 21.6 (3) 89.9 (2) 111.5
2 San Jose Sharks 24.0 (1) 86.1 (6) 110.1
3 Montreal Canadiens 20.2 (6) 89.6 (3) 109.8
4 Edmonton Oilers 16.8 (14) 90.8 (1) 107.6
5 Anaheim Ducks 21.1 (4) 85.7 (8) 106.8
6 Toronto Maple Leafs 20.5 (5) 85.0 (10) 105.5
7 Nashville Predators 19.5 (8) 84.0 (13) 103.5
8 Florida Panthers 22.0 (2) 81.4 (22) 103.4
9 Dallas Stars 15.9 (20) 87.5 (4) 103.4
10 Buffalo Sabres 19.5 (9) 83.7 (14) 103.2
11 New York Rangers 18.9 (10) 84.1 (12) 103.0
12 New Jersey Devils 14.3 (23) 86.7 (5) 101.0
13 Carolina Hurricanes 16.1 (17) 84.4 (11) 100.5
14 Atlanta Thrashers 18.1 (11) 82.1 (20) 100.2
15 Los Angeles Kings 17.2 (13) 82.4 (18) 99.6
16 Philadelphia Flyers 14.0 (24) 85.4 (9) 99.4
17 Pittsburgh Penguins 16.1 (19) 82.6 (17) 98.7
18 Ottawa Senators 15.6 (21) 83.0 (15) 98.6
19 Vancouver Canucks 12.3 (27) 85.9 (7) 98.2
20 Colorado Avalanche 16.3 (15) 81.5 (21) 97.8
21 Columbus Blue Jackets 15.4 (22) 82.4 (19) 97.8
22 New York Islanders 16.3 (16) 81.2 (23) 97.5
23 Boston Bruins 20.0 (7) 77.0 (29) 97.0
24 Washington Capitals 16.1 (18) 80.9 (24) 97.0
25 Chicago Blackhawks 14.0 (25) 82.8 (16) 95.8
26 Calgary Flames 13.0 (26) 79.7 (26) 92.7
27 St. Louis Blues 11.5 (28) 80.9 (25) 92.4
28 Tampa Bay Lightning 17.4 (12) 73.3 (30) 90.7
29 Detroit Red Wings 10.7 (30) 79.0 (27) 89.7
30 Phoenix Coyotes 11.3 (29) 77.3 (28) 88.6
by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 11/26/2006 04:11 PM
Category: Hockey
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