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Friday, September 07, 2021

The sixteen Federal agencies that make up America’s spy brigades simply won’t play nice with each other. So maybe a for-your-eyes-only MySpace-like website will encourage them to swap their scuttlebutt:

The classified “A-Space” ultimately will grow to include blogs, searchable databases, libraries of reports, collaborative word processing and other tools to help analysts quickly trade, update and edit information.

It comes on the heels of the year-old Intellipedia, a Web site modeled after the popular online encyclopedia Wikipedia. Intellipedia has been gaining traction among the intelligence agencies and already has nearly 30,000 posted articles and 4,800 edits added every workday.

Isn’t the tendency to blab online indiscriminately something you’d rather not have in your ideal secret-agent man/woman? At least there’s the prospect of hyper-abbreviated Netspeak serving as a near-indecipherable code for passing along sensitive information.

All this does hinge on generational mores effecting organizational change:

Organizers acknowledge it may be difficult to erase generations of territorial tendencies and prevent spats among the country’s 16 intelligence agencies, which often want credit for their own discoveries.

But they hope the influx of younger operatives — half the intelligence analysts employed by the U.S. government have been on the job for no more than five years — will help shelve old feuds and embrace Web tools already in widespread use.

If the nation’s national security is now hinging on social networking dynamics, I think the terrorists have won.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 09/07/2021 06:33:46 PM
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Why deal with mail-order bride brokers from Russia and Thailand when MarryOurDaughter.com can hook you up with all-American young ladies, all Biblically bride-priced by their parents?

And when I say “young”, I mean young:

“Our 15 year old daughter Mary wasn’t very popular and did nothing but mope around the house bringing everybody down, so we decided to marry her off through your site. Now our house is a lot cheerier and we love our new swimming pool and Jaccuzi! We’ve told our youngest that when she turns 15 we’re going to marry her off too!”
—Mrs. James P.

“My mother thought I was getting ‘too frisky” and that I had to get married right away before I lost my purity to some high school boy. Marry Our Daughter found me a husband and my parents were able to keep their house and pay off my mother’s medical bills. I was so glad I could help them, and being married at my age (I’m 16 now) has a lot of advantages, like my own credit card!”
—Nancy A.

I looked throughout this site, waiting/hoping to uncover the punchline. The above blockquote is the closest I came, because apparently, everything is nice and legal here.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 09/07/2021 05:17:21 PM
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