I just got a phone call from a staffer in the House Judiciary Committee. The committee has been using the statistic that the 9/11 terrorists had 63 validly-issued drivers licenses from various states. Apparently, someone that works my building is the person that came up with that number and gave it at some sort of presentation. I didn't want to ask too many questions (have the friggin Fibbies at my door tommorow morning), but it was a very strange phone call.

I gave them his cell number.

Do-Some-Damn-Research UPDATE: Okay, I figure if I can find it on the web, it can't be too classified. The guy's name is Robert Thibadeau, he's a Prof at CMU (there's alot of crossover between where I work and there) I'm not sure exactly when he first gave that figure, but it's quoted here in an article by FAIR...I still can't get the actual PG article from it though. Also came across this entertaining chat thread in the process, and a very interesting pdf by Dr. Thibadeau on the subject of security and privacy.

Try-The-PG's-Webpage-Stoopid UPDATE: Here's the original news article that actually quotes him. He's an interesting guy, there's alot of stuff with his name on it in vastly different fields. Check out this article on maintaining dead-tree books. Neat stuff.


howdy, thanks for stopping by. what you're looking at is the intermittent ramblings of an iraqi vet, college student, goth-poseur, comic book reading, cheesy horror loving, punk listening, right-leaning, tech-obsessed, poorly typing, proudly self-proclaimed geek. occasionally, probably due to these odd combinations, i like to think i have some interesting things to say; this is where they wind up.

"I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us...We need the books that affect us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside of us.

ace o spades hq
bargain-basement allahpundit
a small victory
army of mom
babalu blog
beautiful atrocities
being american in t o
belmont club
blame bush!
castle argghhh!
citizen smash
the command post
common sense runs wild
curmudgeonly & skeptical, r
curmudgeonly & skeptical, pg-13
dean's world
drill sergeant rob
exit zero
enjoy every sandwich
feisty repartee
fistful of fortnights
free will
four right wing wacos
ghost of a flea
half the sins of mankind
the hatemonger's quarterly
hog on ice
house of plum
id's cage
ilyka damen
incoherant ramblings
in dc journal
the jawa report
knowledge is power
lileks bleat
the llama butchers
memento moron
the mudville gazette
naked villainy
nerf-coated world
those damned pajama people
professor chaos
professor shade
the protocols of the yuppies of zion
protein wisdom
the queen of all evil
seven inches of sense
shinobi, who is a f'n numbers ninja, yo
tall dark and mathteriouth
the nose on your face
the thearapist
this is class warfare
texas best grok
tim worstall
way off bass

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