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Monday, February 28, 2005

Numa Numa / Project Achilles

Do NOT be the last person to see this. I felt like I was, considering that I didn't hear about it before the nytimes. Seriously however, I wasn't going to include it since I am truly sympathetic to this kid, but the song is just so dang catchy that I've still got it stuck in my head.

Project Achilles
Now I'm a good law-abding (generally) citizen and not one particularly prone to conspiracy theories, but this Achilles Project is compelling. Is there a refutation to this? Either way I don't think I'd bring this up at dinner unless you're prepared to be called a commie pinko.

  • As was shown above, the chance of a typical cellphone call from cruising altitude making it to ground and engaging a cellsite there is less than one in a hundred. To calculate the probability that two such calls will succeed involves elementary probability theory. The resultant probability is the product of the two probabilities, taken separately. In other words, the probability that two callers will succeed is less than one in ten thousand. In the case of a hundred such calls, even if a large majority fail, the chance of, say 13 calls getting through can only be described as infinitesimal. In operational terms, this means "impossible."

Now this just seems beyond the pale..

  • It is possible to create an incident which will demonstrate convincingly that a Cuban aircraft has attacked and shot down a chartered civil airliner enroute from the United States to Jamaica, Guatemala, Panama or Venezuela. The destination would be chosen only to cause the flight plan route to cross Cuba. The passengers could be a group of college students off on a holiday or any grouping of persons with a common interest to support chartering a non-scheduled flight. - US Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1962

Review of Richard Parker's JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH His Life, His Politics, His Economics.

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