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Wednesday, August 13, 2021

Everyone knows that Twitter is the very latest of the greatest in Web 2.0.

But does anyone know if the site’s user-generated and now-famous Fail Whale mascot is at all related to one of the quirkier outputs hosted on Twitter: A tweet-by-tweet republishing — which, by the nature of the service, is restricted in frequency — of Herman Melville’s “Moby-Dick”?

Something about microblogging is conducive to whale-wondering, apparently. Who knew?

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 08/13/2008 03:23:55 PM
Category: Creative, Internet
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When the Department of Homeland Security was created in the wake of 9/11, its purpose was to be an umbrella organization that would streamline the efforts of national security entities like the CIA, FBI and others.

Six years into the job, that mission’s pretty much out the window: Far from consolidating and coordinating existing Federal resources, the DHS, ironically, is further muddying the waters by setting up its own, separate counterintelligence unit.

Homeland Security is creating a counterintelligence system now, because there is currently no place for such a function in the department — which was formed by 22 disparate agencies — said a senior U.S. government official who requested anonymity because he is not authorized to publicly discuss intelligence.

“We are still a relatively young department,” Homeland Security spokesman Russ Knocke said, adding that the memo reflects the department’s maturity over the past five years.

Twenty-two agencies, and no counterintelligence efforts among any of them? Nonsense. It means the DHS has been wholly unsuccessful in eliminating the clout/turf battles that prevented a united front versus al-Quaeda in 2001. Basically, the CIA and FBI are back to their fief-like SOPs, so the DHS has to duplicate espionage efforts that it can’t extract from the other agencies.

As for this being a “reflection of the department’s maturity”: It certainly is. It reflects how much the DHS has matured into a standard Federal bureaucracy. Back to business as usual, until the next security breach.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 08/13/2008 02:46:52 PM
Category: Politics
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Birth-control pills may give a woman peace of mind, but apparently it screws up her pheromone-olfactory detection to the point where she winds up sleeping with incompatible men.

On the plus side, of course: At least she won’t compound the error by getting pregnant. It’s contraception on a biological and relationship level.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 08/13/2008 02:15:30 PM
Category: Science, Society, Women
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