The spooky world of the ‘numbers stations’

Short form for you young ‘uns out there: during the Cold War, there were these shortwave radio stations around the globe that featured people rattling off long strings of numbers. Anyone with a proper radio could pick up these broadcasts and jot down the numbers, but the codes that the numbers were apparently “written” in were unbreakable. They were probably “book codes,” where the numbers refer to, say, the page of a book and the number of a word on that page… for instance “fourteen seven” might mean page fourteen, seventh word on the page. Without knowing the book, you’ll almost certainly never crack the code. It’s a good way to transmit information to agents in the field… slow compared to email and the like. but more than adequate for messages like “Kill target XYZ tomorrow afternoon” or “drink more Ovaltine.”

It seems that these sort of stations are still running. Woo. The Cold War continues…

If you want to hear some good ol’ numbers stations, this site will set you up:

The Conet Project – Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations

Damned if they ain’t creepy.

When the Recent Unpleasantness began in Crimea, many people tried to justify Russias actions by claiming that there was an active neo-Nazi presence in Ukraine that was threatening “ethnic Russians.” Behold:

Leaflet tells Jews to register in East Ukraine

In eastern Ukrainian, Jews leaving a synagogue were told to “register” with pro-Russian militants. They were supposed to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee “or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated.”

The “logic” that supported a Russian annexation of Crimea to “save” the “ethnic Russians” would now support the annexation of eastern Ukraine and likely the surrounding bits of Russia by Israel. I wonder if Putin would agree.

Nevada Cattle Rancher Wins ‘Range War’ With Feds

The Feds seem to be backing off, without actually killing anybody. Of course, they may be backing off just long enough for the militia-types to disperse., then they’l go back in and whack this fellers cows.

It seems the FAA has set up a no-fly zone over the “Bundy Ranch:”

http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_4_1687.html

From what I can tell, both sides here are asshats. But just like Waco, the FedGuv seems to be intentionally trying to turn a simply-resolved issue into an Example.

This election year, it’s Iowa that’s turning out the interesting candidates:

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WOW. So… Bob Quast supports:

1) Term Limits

2) The Second Amendment

3) Using a Glock to blow the balls off the guy who murdered his sister (she was murdered by her husband in Ohio in 1999, chopped up and then the bits were hidden. The guy got a whopping 11 years for that.)

Compare with the campaign ad produced by Joni Ernst.

Interestingness afoot:

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Nevada officials blast feds over treatment of cattle rancher Cliven Bundy

Looking at the wackyside of the internet, there are a lot of people claiming that they are getting armed and heading out to Nevada to stand against the Feds. I’d bet that most of ‘em are just blowing smoke… but if even a few follow through, the next few days might prove interesting.

In the video, BLM rangers tase a guy *three* *times*… to no apparent effect. Options:

1) The tasers aren’t really up to scratch

2) The guy is some kind of badass

3) The guy is wearing a metal mesh or metal foil undershirt

Beyond simply shrugging off taser shots, what kinda got me was that after tasering the feller, the rangers didn’t follow through. If you go to the bother of pulling a trigger on someone, whether that trigger is attached to a firearm, a taser or pepper spray, shouldn’t you then actually arrest them? Otherwise… why are you pulling a trigger on someone who isn’t doing something worthy of arrest?

Iraq ready to legalise childhood marriage

Children under nine years old could be legally married and wives forced to comply with sexual demands under newly tabled legislation described by critics as a setback for women’s rights

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I propose a new rule: whenever the US goes into a nation and takes over, they are given ten years. If at the end of that time they are found to be a reasonable, rational land… they are welcomed back into the world. If they are found to still be backwards jacktarded aholes… they lose such things as international trade, the internal combustion engine, an electrical power grid and modern medicine.

Granted, the stories idea of a “small” county has a population of 22,000, but the point remains… what do they need an MRAP for?

Munson: Heavy-duty military equipment given to police

The town of Washington, Iowa, has been given a 49,000 pound, $733,000 MRAP (a giant Mine Resistant truck from Iraq/Afghanistan). While it’s good that they aren’t all being simply thrown away, I have difficulty imagining that the Washington, Iowa, police are going to have a lot of need to withstand RPG strikes.

 

Seems to me a better option would have been to put things like surplus MRAPs and M-16′s up for sale to the general public. If a police department wants an armored vehicle of a fully automatic rifle, they should have the same opportunity to buy  them that any private citizen should have.

It’s April 1st. AKA “April Fools Day,” a day notable for bad jokes and hoaxes (such as “A Necro-Biological Explanation for the Fermi Paradox,” a reasonable facsimile of a dry scientific paper, posted on Arxiv.org, which attributes the silence of the universe to a near universal zombie epidemic). The problem is, “real news” happens on April 1s, just like any other day. and while most news stories are clearly not April 1st gags, some are real hard to tell if they are hoaxes… or signs that some people are really, really messed up. Like this one:

What Can Educators do to End White Supremacy in the Classroom?

This, sadly, appears to be entirely on the up-and-up, just bad timing. It describes the 15th annual “National White Privilege Conference” held in Madison, Wisconsin. What was discussed there is *entirely* insane. Just utter racist rubbish, of the worst self-hating variety.

One of the “educators” featured in the story is gettign her PhD in “Critical whiteness studies,” something I’ve never heard of before. So, I looked it up on wikipedia. And what I learned is this:

“Black studies” are taught by black folk to explain how great black folk are.

“Chicano/hispanic studies” are taught by chicano/hispanic folk to explain how great chicano/hispanic folk are.

“Womens studies” are taught by women to explain how great women are.

“White studies” are taught by black folk to explain how terrible white folk are.

Buh?

Throw in a lot of gibberish about “privilege,” a whole lot of anti-white race-baiting, a heaping helping of psychobabble and a dumptruck full of socialist/Marxist bullcrap, and you have “critical whiteness studies.”

Gah.

I’m starting to come around to the thinking of many of those on the far left, that views that they don’t agree with should be banned or made illegal. In my case, I’m about to call for a petition to the White House demanding a moratorium on “liberal arts” being taught in universities for a generation or two. Higher ed should be restricted to the likes of physics, chemistry, engineering, computer science, medicine, that sort of thing: STEM. And lay off the BS curricula long enough for the current practitioners to just simply *die.*

Ukraine’s Darth Vader bids to lead nation to the dark side

The Ukraine Internet Party has nominated Darth Vader to run for President of Ukraine. Sure, why not.

A Google translation of the UIP’s page about this says:

“I am ready to take responsibility for the fate of the state if countrymen will have me such a high honor. Only I can make out of the republic – the empire to return to its former power, lost territory and pride in the country “- said the Lord of the Sith Darth Vader .

Sure, why not.

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