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Posted by Gramp on Saturday, August 12, 2017 2:06 PM

I'm passing this article on so we continue to be aware.

NEW AMERICAN TARGET IN THE CROSS HAIRS
August 11, 2017 By Calvin Freiburger
While the madman dictator of North Korea dominates the headlines, another enemy who’s sworn death to America is back in the news with a new threat.
The Washington Times reports that the Al Qaeda propaganda magazine Inspire is slated to identify America’s rail system as a target for jihad.
This how-to guide for evil will apparently come complete with instructions on how to use trains to cause mass deaths, fear, and economic chaos. Trains are reportedly an appealing target because they lack the security scrutiny airlines have been under since the September 11 attacks.
Adding trains to the terrorist’s priority list would put at risk virtually every mode of transportation and place added pressure on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) put out a report on Friday saying al Qaeda has teased the Inspire articles with a trailer appearing on Telegram app channels operated by its fans.
“The trailer highlights that derailments are simple to design using easily available materials, that such a planned attack can be hard to detect, and that the outcome can substantially damage a country’s transportation sector and the Western economy in general,” MEMRI said.
The U.S. maintains over 100,000 miles of rail. But the trailer features scenes of just one system, the subway. Its shows cars flashing through urban tunnels. It quotes from U.S. Government Accountability Office reports on the vulnerability of rail lines to sabotage. It then shows what appear to be rudimentary devices that can be clamped onto a line to cause a derailment.
Despite a certain former president’s nasty habit of declaring Al Qaeda to be on its last legs, the threat never went away, and has lost none of its resolve or its viciousness. 
Thankfully now our national security is being run by more serious, less politically-correct people, but as the old cliche goes, terrorists only need to succeed once. They are constantly examining every aspect of our country for any perceived weakness, so we all need to be alert for signs of danger.
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Posted by BaltACD on Saturday, August 12, 2017 9:53 PM

Gramp
I'm passing this article on so we continue to be aware.
NEW AMERICAN TARGET IN THE CROSS HAIRS
August 11, 2017 By Calvin Freiburger
While the madman dictator of North Korea dominates the headlines, another enemy who’s sworn death to America is back in the news with a new threat.
The Washington Times reports that the Al Qaeda propaganda magazine Inspire is slated to identify America’s rail system as a target for jihad.
This how-to guide for evil will apparently come complete with instructions on how to use trains to cause mass deaths, fear, and economic chaos. Trains are reportedly an appealing target because they lack the security scrutiny airlines have been under since the September 11 attacks.
Adding trains to the terrorist’s priority list would put at risk virtually every mode of transportation and place added pressure on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) put out a report on Friday saying al Qaeda has teased the Inspire articles with a trailer appearing on Telegram app channels operated by its fans.
“The trailer highlights that derailments are simple to design using easily available materials, that such a planned attack can be hard to detect, and that the outcome can substantially damage a country’s transportation sector and the Western economy in general,” MEMRI said.
The U.S. maintains over 100,000 miles of rail. But the trailer features scenes of just one system, the subway. Its shows cars flashing through urban tunnels. It quotes from U.S. Government Accountability Office reports on the vulnerability of rail lines to sabotage. It then shows what appear to be rudimentary devices that can be clamped onto a line to cause a derailment.
Despite a certain former president’s nasty habit of declaring Al Qaeda to be on its last legs, the threat never went away, and has lost none of its resolve or its viciousness. 
Thankfully now our national security is being run by more serious, less politically-correct people, but as the old cliche goes, terrorists only need to succeed once. They are constantly examining every aspect of our country for any perceived weakness, so we all need to be alert for signs of danger.

There is a lot of security in place that does not call attention to itself by being uniformed.

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Posted by CMStPnP on Saturday, August 12, 2017 9:55 PM

Well they know next to nobody rides Amtrak, subway is enclosed which will increase the killing power of any explosive.    So they would probably focus on underground subways, in my opinion.     I think I said in the past though but in case I didn't.  Transatlantic Airfares is what is keeping them in Europe more than anything else.    It's just very expensive to fly a team across the Atlantic, establish them in a major city to put a plan together and execute on it..............has almost nothing to do with our security measures, in my opnion.    

If it was our security measures they would have hit Canada or Mexico by now.   I mean C'mon we have all experienced Canadian security at one point in our lives......

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3f5WtJt2d-0

 

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Posted by switch7frg on Sunday, August 13, 2017 10:03 AM

Huh? We sure need more "lerts" tosee whats going on.

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Posted by Miningman on Sunday, August 13, 2017 11:17 AM

Well now in reality if Canadian Border Security sends you to secondary then you will be a very nervous chap and it's almost for certain you will be facing a fine more than $500 plus a likely seizure. 

If secondary calls in the RCMP then you are in trouble.

If they arrive in dress scarlet then you need a miracle from the Almighty. 

 Above- Your Department of D-Fence along the Mexico border made with Canadian Rail ( Algoma Steel) from an abandoned prairie branch In Alberta/Saskatchewan. 

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Posted by RME on Sunday, August 13, 2017 11:39 AM

Miningman
If they arrive in dress scarlet then you need a miracle from the Almighty.

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Posted by schlimm on Sunday, August 13, 2017 1:14 PM

RME

 

 
Miningman
If they arrive in dress scarlet then you need a miracle from the Almighty.

 

"We're the Mounties; we answer to NO ONE!"

 

Image result for dudley do right

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Posted by Norm48327 on Sunday, August 13, 2017 2:05 PM

[quote user="Miningman"]

Well now in reality if Canadian Border Security sends you to secondary then you will be a very nervous chap and it's almost for certain you will be facing a fine more than $500 plus a likely seizure. 

If secondary calls in the RCMP then you are in trouble.

If they arrive in dress scarlet then you need a miracle from the Almighty. 

 Above- Your Department of D-Fence along the Mexico border made with Canadian Rail ( Algoma Steel) from an abandoned prairie branch In Alberta/Saskatchewan. /quote]

Miningman,

That photo reminds me of something once told to me by a signal maintiner friend. He watched two guys trying to steal a 39 ft section of 136 lb rail. He thought if they could carry it and get it in their pickup they could have it. Needless to say they failed.

Fact or fiction I don't know but it was interesting.

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Posted by Norm48327 on Sunday, August 13, 2017 2:08 PM

schlimm

 

 
RME

 

 
Miningman
If they arrive in dress scarlet then you need a miracle from the Almighty.

 

"We're the Mounties; we answer to NO ONE!"

Image result for dudley do right

 

"Giddyup Horse".

 

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Posted by Firelock76 on Sunday, August 13, 2017 2:16 PM

RME
 
Miningman
If they arrive in dress scarlet then you need a miracle from the Almighty.

 

"We're the Mounties; we answer to NO ONE!"

 

Well, I'm sure if Her Majesty had something to say they'd listen. 

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Posted by Norm48327 on Sunday, August 13, 2017 2:20 PM

Did Dudley do right? Only the history of cartoons will show the results. Wink

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Posted by wanswheel on Sunday, August 13, 2017 4:39 PM

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Posted by Miningman on Sunday, August 13, 2017 6:38 PM

What a great film. Wow. The Queen sure looked cold in that snow scene. Nice Dalmatian!

Lots of Mounties...at least some things have not changed, except for the odd one in a Turban. 

Good ole Louis St. Laurent, "Uncle Louis", our version of "Ike", about the same corresponding time and limits too. Funny how that is.

Nice shot of the streamlined CNR Northern near the start. 

The RCAF flag and band...they are bringing all that back. 

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Posted by tree68 on Sunday, August 13, 2017 6:55 PM

CMStPnP
Well they know next to nobody rides Amtrak, subway is enclosed which will increase the killing power of any explosive.    So they would probably focus on underground subways, in my opinion

I suspect that most of them don't understand the sheer size of the US - most of the states are bigger than their countries.

If they do realize that, they likely know that blowing up the local convenience store in Podunk, Anywhere, isn't going to garner the same media coverage (which is what they want/need) as pulling something off in a major population/media center.

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Posted by Gramp on Sunday, August 13, 2017 9:59 PM

Just hoping we remain vigilant.  I think we took our intelligence eyes off of the Middle East in the late 90's because our attention was drawn to all that was going on in the Balkans (Kosovo, etc.).  It's as if we didn't learn from the 1993 WTC bombing.

 http://www.history.com/news/remembering-the-1993-world-trade-center-bombing

 Eight years later, 9/11.

And let's not make light of Canada, and what can happen.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lac-Mégantic_rail_disaster

(I did love the Dudley Doolittle cartoons when I was a kid.  Cartoons today are garbage.  Feel sad for the kids).

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Posted by DSchmitt on Sunday, August 13, 2017 10:21 PM

Gramp
(I did love the Dudley Doolittle cartoons when I was a kid.  Cartoons today are garbage.  Feel sad for the kids).

 

 You mean Dudley Do-Right .  Dudley Dolittle is an actor/comedian

 

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Posted by Gramp on Sunday, August 13, 2017 10:26 PM

Oops, my error.  Thanks for correction.  Time for bed.

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Posted by zugmann on Monday, August 14, 2017 9:49 PM

Gramp
(I did love the Dudley Doolittle cartoons when I was a kid. Cartoons today are garbage. Feel sad for the kids).

Plenty of good cartoons still around. 

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And why does the truth seem too hard to be true?

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Posted by BaltACD on Monday, August 14, 2017 10:04 PM

zugmann
 
Gramp
(I did love the Dudley Doolittle cartoons when I was a kid. Cartoons today are garbage. Feel sad for the kids). 

Plenty of good cartoons still around. 


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Posted by Murphy Siding on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 11:34 AM

zugmann
 
Gramp
(I did love the Dudley Doolittle cartoons when I was a kid. Cartoons today are garbage. Feel sad for the kids).

 

Plenty of good cartoons still around. 

 

Most of them don't seem to be aimed at kids though.

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 12:09 PM

You just figured that out??  Moose and Squirrel were really cartoons for adults, and that was fifty years ago.

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Posted by zardoz on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 3:11 PM

Gramp

Thankfully now our national security is being run by more serious, less politically-correct people

 

That was funny; now I got one for you:

A guy walks into a bar and says, "Ouch!".

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Posted by SD70M-2Dude on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 3:57 PM

Murphy Siding
zugmann
Gramp
(I did love the Dudley Doolittle cartoons when I was a kid. Cartoons today are garbage. Feel sad for the kids).

Plenty of good cartoons still around. 

Most of them don't seem to be aimed at kids though.

Rick and Morty is my favourite modern cartoon (currently in its third season), and it is definately not aimed at children. 

But my second pick for a day of binge-watching would be some old Warner Bros cartoons, which were intended for children (and their parents) at the time but still contain a surprising amount of violence, racism and sexuality (look up what Pepe-le-Pew likes).  The latter two points were either considered normal back then or would have flown over the heads of most viewers.

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Posted by BaltACD on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 4:08 PM

SD70M-2Dude
But my second pick for a day of binge-watching would be some old Warner Bros cartoons, which were intended for children (and their parents) at the time but still contain a surprising amount of violence, racism and sexuality (look up what Pepe-le-Pew likes).  The latter two points were either considered normal back then or would have flown over the heads of most viewers.

Virtually everything we laughed at as kids of the 40's-50's & early 60's is so non-PC as to no be able to shown on broadcast TV these day's.  That being said I am amazed how much 'social commentary' gets through on 'The Simpsons', 'Family Guy', 'South Park' and others.

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Posted by SD70M-2Dude on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 4:22 PM

South Park would be my third choice, they provide probably the best satire & parody on the air today. 

But the have been censored (by their own network) a few times, notably the episodes "200" and "201", which mock the Islamic prophet cartoon craziness from a few years ago.  Interestingly the show had previously depicted the prophet Muhammad in the episode "Super Best Friends" (featuring a superhero team composed of religious figures like Jesus and Buddha) with aired without controversy.

Unfortunately "Super Best Friends" is no longer aired as a rerun, and is not officially available online either.

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Posted by zugmann on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 6:02 PM

Current cartoons?

American side, I'm watiing for the next season of Rooster Teeth's RWBY.  Across the pacific, last newer series I watched was Yōjo Senki (Saga of Tanya the Evil).  I'm also watching some of the older anime Fairy Tail.  I liked the first season of Rick and Morty, but lost interest in the second, and haven't bothered with the third.

 

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Posted by Miningman on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 7:01 PM

Zugmann- OK, good good. Will do some searching and check these shows out. At least I know what to look for now. 

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Posted by tree68 on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 8:58 PM

Anyone remember "Clutch Cargo?"  As I recall, he was an adventurer.  The animation was pretty bad, but the show was entertaining.

Heck, cartoons were pretty much what you did on Saturday morning.  The last show we usually watched on those Saturdays was "Sky King," the roar of his airplane during the intro combining with the noon fire siren in the village where we lived.

Any question about who cartoons are usually for can be answered with Betty Boop...

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Posted by BaltACD on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 9:29 PM

tree68
Anyone remember "Clutch Cargo?"  As I recall, he was an adventurer.  The animation was pretty bad, but the show was entertaining.

Heck, cartoons were pretty much what you did on Saturday morning.  The last show we usually watched on those Saturdays was "Sky King," the roar of his airplane during the intro combining with the noon fire siren in the village where we lived.

Any question about who cartoons are usually for can be answered with Betty Boop...


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Posted by Murphy Siding on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 9:47 PM

tree68

Anyone remember "Clutch Cargo?"  As I recall, he was an adventurer.  The animation was pretty bad, but the show was entertaining.

Heck, cartoons were pretty much what you did on Saturday morning.  The last show we usually watched on those Saturdays was "Sky King," the roar of his airplane during the intro combining with the noon fire siren in the village where we lived.

Any question about who cartoons are usually for can be answered with Betty Boop...

 

Apparently I miss alot by not watching television.

My mother in law was a big fan of Betty Boop. Boop-boop-be-doop.

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