Beware of Mojo and those Pesky Engineers

Mojo WBC


Look out, Dyson! “Whiling away his days in a CIA prison in Romania, 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed had a simple request for his captors: Would they allow the mechanical engineer to design a vacuum cleaner? According to a fascinating Associated Press account of Mohammed’s detainment published on Thursday, the CIA allowed him to do just that, granting the terrorist access to vacuum schematics available online, which he used to re-engineer the appliance.” (Schematics? For a vacuum cleaner? Clearly “journalist” <> “engineer”).


There’s may be a very good reason so many terrorists are engineers:  Engineers are entrained to seek simple solutions to complex problems. In countries like Egypt, the period after the 1970s was one of massively thwarted expectations, with engineers emerging on the job market only to struggle to find employment. Per the classic explanation of the onset of rebellion — thwarted expectations coupled with relative deprivation — a generation of highly trained students had been made promises (and made subsequent investments in their education) that their societies could not deliver on. Angry, they turned to violence to restore order in society.

For first time ever, feds asked to sit out DefCon hacker conference. Call for a “time out” underscores tensions over breadth of NSA spy program. Dang, “Spot the Fed” was the best part!

Samisdat, comrades! Kremlin turns back to typewriters to avoid security leaks.

Good news, everyone! Physical and sexual abuse of children is now expressly forbidden within the Vatican! And they said progress couldn’t happen!

Leah Remini, the star of “King of Queens,” has reportedly quit Scientology. There were hard feelings after she threatened to call police, sources said, after “her many unanswered questions” about the whereabouts of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige’s wife, Shelly, which led to the actress being interrogated for years.

Kushari, also kosharykosheri or koshari (Egyptian Arabic: كشرى, [ˈkoʃæɾi]), is anEgyptian dish of rice and lentils cooked together, topped with pasta—some add spaghetti—a garlic tomato sauce, and garnished with chickpeas and crispy fried onions, with a sprinkling of garlic juice. Here’s a recipe:

“I like to think of this vegetarian dish as Egyptian-style chilli. I was first introduced to it during a trip to Egypt four years ago, where it was nearly all we ate for a week! It’s served in “fast food” type restaurants, sold from carts by street vendors and made in the home. There can be many variations, but this is close to the one I grew to love. By the way, this is a great recipe when you need to feed a crowd on the cheap”.

Nobody narrates a Swedish hooligan brawl like David Attenborough!


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