American Elephants


A Happy Little Terrorism Story: by The Elephant's Child
June 4, 2011, 5:27 pm
Filed under: Islam, Middle East, Terrorism | Tags: , ,

At National Review Online, Daniel Foster notes that British Intelligence still has a sense of humor:

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s spy agencies have a new message for terrorists: make cupcakes, not war.

Intelligence agents managed to hack into the extremist Inspire magazine, replacing its bombmaking instructions with a recipe for cupcakes.

It’s the first time the agents sabotaged the English-language magazine linked to U.S.-born Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, an extremist accused in several recent terror plots.

The quarterly online magazine, which is sent to websites and email addresses as a pdf file, had offered an original page titled “Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom” in one of its editions last year. The magazine’s pages were corrupted, however, and the instructions replaced with the cupcake recipe.

“We’re increasingly using cybertools as part of our work,” a British government official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters said Friday, confirming that the Inspire magazine had been successfully attacked.

The hackers were reportedly working for Britain’s eavesdropping agency, GCHQ, which has boosted its resources in the past several years.



Rancor and Harsh Words Among the Elephants!! by The Elephant's Child

I found the following video at Maggie’s Farm, and found it interesting and rather beautiful.  I’m always interested in new sports, and people keep inventing them and then having contests of skill.  So I sent the video to the Elephant.

He wrote back, in ALL CAPS, that it was the DUMBEST VIDEO HE HAD EVER SEEN, AND THE MERE ACT OF WATCHING IT MADE HIM DUMBER! He included exclamation marks, lots of them, and spelled out D-U-M-B,  D–U–M–B!!, D—U—M—B—ER!!!

So there you have it.  What do you think?

American Freestyle canoeing is the art of paddling a canoe on flat water with perfect control of its movements. The canoe is usually leaned over to the side to help the boat turn sharply and efficiently and paddle strokes are taken on either side of the canoe depending on the individual move. Balance, paddle placement and turn initiation are a few keys to this control. Since the movements seem dance-like, some practice this art timed to music, which is the ultimate in control.

ADDENDUM: The Elephant said: “I can’t believe you posted that! It’s NOT a sport!”  I’ll have to admit that the audience was a little on the small side.




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