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MiG-21 with spares, gently used

19 October, 2013 | The Red Team Red Queen

Remember a few weeks ago the Panamanians stopped that DPRK/Cuban ship for inspection? Apparently two fully-functional MiG-21s with plentiful spares are just the start of what they found — Very brief prelim story here.

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“Probably underestimated”? Really!?

19 October, 2013 | The Red Team Red Queen

Spokesman admits his security service “probably underestimated” this threat. Is that really the best phrasing you can come up with!? Somali-Norwegian Westgate perpetrator self-identified as a terrorist since high school.

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Bad Guy 101: How not to keep a hostage

17 October, 2013 | The Red Team Red Queen

There’s a show here called World’s Dumbest Criminals and I think these twits would make a fine addition. Kidnapped this UN aid type person and — wait for it — forgot to lock the door.

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The “internal citizenship” test

16 October, 2013 | The Red Team Red Queen

So lately an “internal citizenship” quiz is going around Facebook. The group running this quiz is called Sreda which is, according to its English-language website, an “edutainment foundation” focused on “Russian Orthodox Christianity”. They report over two million people have taken the test so far (here) which is an amazing jump from the two-*hundred*-odd participants […]

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Know Your Client rule strikes again!

14 October, 2013 | The Red Team Red Queen

In a nifty little twist, this article relates how the Belgian authorities “hired” a Somali pirate as a consultant – he actually turned up, so they arrested him. In banking, it’s called the Know Your Client rule — know your people before you invest with them. Nice application here. Classic!

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Everything old is new again!

14 October, 2013 | The Red Team Red Queen

Everything old is new again! Linked above is a nifty little abstract about military contractor shennanigans in Imperial Austria at the turn of the 17th century.  (I wasn’t able to reach the author to inquire if the entire lecture is translated now, but I do look forward to it.)

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Codebreaking: Baby steps, the Mesopotamian way.

14 October, 2013 | The Red Team Red Queen

A fascinating article about the Royal Ontario Museum’s efforts to crack code – the why and how of Mesopotamian market “balls”, a preliterate system for accounting and exchange.

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Ensuring calls get through in a crisis

13 October, 2013 | The Red Team Red Queen

An interesting idea that may actually work with existing equipment. The inventor envisions a happy situation (big sports matches) but this would be an essential workaround in a civilian crisis situation too. Have a look at this!. Interesting implications for sigint too.

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How to Opt Out of Google Plus ads

12 October, 2013 | The Red Team Red Queen

Looks like Google has decided to annoy and upset everyone who tried Google Plus and ever mentioned a band, product, show, etc. They have to get their investment back somehow, I suppose, since it was a flop as a Facebook alternative. Anyway, for those of you who had tried it out all those moons ago, […]

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Failure to communicate: Leaks

11 October, 2013 | The Red Team Red Queen

This NYT story, if accurate, is truly disheartening for American intelligence professionals in two ways: 1) The supervisor felt it necessary to skyline an issue to the point of sending someone home like a naughty schoolboy as well as documenting that, and it did not cause a review. 2) This facepalm of a finding. A […]

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