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March 12, 2009

The Untold Story of the World's Biggest Diamond Heist

The Untold Story of the World's Biggest Diamond Heist

This is truly awesome. Please read the whole thing. This makes heist movies look commonplace in comparison.

A security camera recorded his movements—police would later watch the footage—but the guard had gotten used to the Italian's frequent visits and wasn't paying attention. Notarbartolo stepped away from the safe-deposit boxes and pulled out the aerosol can. With a quick, practiced circular movement, he covered the combined heat/motion sensor with a thin coat of transparent, oily mist.

The vault was momentarily filled with the smell of a woman's hair.

It was a simple but effective hack: The oily film would temporarily insulate the sensor from fluctuations in the room's temperature, and the alarm went off only if it sensed both heat and motion.

Still, it was hard to guess how long the trick would work. Once the Monster was in the vault, he had to install the sensor bypass before his body heat penetrated the film. He might have five minutes—he might have less. Nobody knew for sure.

March 11, 2009

These are the good old days: Hersh alleges Cheney's "enemies list," CIA assasination squad

The Raw Story | Hersh: 'Executive assassination ring' reported directly to Cheney
Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh dropped a bombshell on Tuesday when he told an audience at the University of Minnesota that the military was running an "executive assassination ring" throughout the Bush years which reported directly to former Vice President Dick Cheney. The remark came out seemingly inadvertently when Hersh was asked by the moderator of a public discussion of "America's Constitutional Crisis" whether abuses of executive power, like those which occurred under Richard Nixon, continue to this day. Hersh replied, "After 9/11, I haven’t written about this yet, but the Central Intelligence Agency was very deeply involved in domestic activities against people they thought to be enemies of the state. Without any legal authority for it. They haven’t been called on it yet." Hersh then went on to describe a second area of extra-legal operations: the Joint Special Operations Command. "It is a special wing of our special operations community that is set up independently," he explained. "They do not report to anybody, except in the Bush-Cheney days, they reported directly to the Cheney office. ... Congress has no oversight of it." "It’s an executive assassination ring essentially, and it’s been going on and on and on," Hersh stated. "Under President Bush’s authority, they’ve been going into countries, not talking to the ambassador or the CIA station chief, and finding people on a list and executing them and leaving. That’s been going on, in the name of all of us."

February 27, 2009

Franken/Coleman courtroom shocker -- Norm is allegedly hiding evidence

TPMDC | Talking Points Memo | Secret Coleman-Lawyer E-Mails Reveal Intentional Hiding Of Witness -- Franken Camp Wants Double-Count Claim Thrown Out Completely
All hell just broke loose in the Minnesota courtroom, with Al Franken's lawyers catching Team Coleman in the act of yet more concealing of evidence -- and they've now made a motion to totally strike the Coleman camp's claims about double-counting of ballots, which the Coleman camp has hoped to use to subtract over 100 votes from Franken's lead.

"It's just possible that T. Casey Brennan is the last great American visionary of the 20th Century, hallucinating a hundred years of blood, horror, saints and madness in an attempt to cauterise the end of the century." -- Warren Ellis

surrealist.org | T. Casey Brennan
T. Casey Brennan is most widely known for his Warren publications Creepy, Eerie, and the legendary Vampirella. He also the one who started the campaign to get cigarettes and smoking out of comic books (see Clinton Proclamation). He is also known as the most vocal victim of MK-ULTRA, the covert CIA operation to experiment with drugs and brainwashing on innocent citizens. He says that while kidnapped and under the influence of CIA mind control, he pulled the trigger to assassinate JFK. T. Casey Brennan got involved with the Krishnas and became a guru in the Krishna religion through a post-mortem initiation by the late former ISKCON guru, Jaya Tirtha. As Srila Kasipada, a guru, his mission is to expose the truth about the JFK assassination, as well as other CIA and government secrets.
Homeless Dave's Teeter Talk interview with T. Casey Brennan T. Casey Brennan and Conjurella

February 20, 2009

OMG! There are hidden cameras in digital converter boxes!!

Cameras in Digital Convert Boxes! BEWARE!!!!

Well, no. That's a capacitor. Jackass.

February 19, 2009

Have the 81st Annual Academy Awards results been leaked?

SPOILER 81st Annual Academy Award Winners Leaked Online! Click the link below to peek at what is either a huge shitstorm or a very entertaining forgery. (Go look this up on the main blog to avoid spoilerage.)

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February 10, 2009

Income shares of the top 1 percent, 1913-2005

income shares of the top 1 percent.jpg AFL-CIO: Wealthiest families prosper as never before