Adonis Diaries

Posts Tagged ‘World Trade Center

Is Afghanistan Strategic? Ever more so, though too late for the USA… 

Did you hear of Carlos Bulgeroni?

There is great avidity for the oil and gas originating from Central Asia (Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kirghistan, and particularly Kazakhstan)

He is an Argentine entrepreneur, founder of Bridas, the 4th largest oil company in Latin America.

In 1992, Carlos snatched a couple of pipeline oil and gas concessions from Turkmenistan. One of the pipeline was to end in Multan (Pakistan port) and must cross Afghanistan from north to south and passing in the valleys of Afghanistan close to Kandahar. This was the $3 bn Daulatabad project.

Unocal (12th largest US oil company) and founded by Roger Beach join in the project. Unocal brought in the Saudi oil company Delta Oil in order to bypass the signed deal with Bridas.

Another planned pipeline was the Chardzhou pipeline joining Turkmenistan to Gwadar (Pakistan port on the Gulf) and crossing Afghanistan and passing close to Herat.

Otherwise, the pipelines had to cross Russia, Iran, and pass by Azerbaijan and eventually end on the Mediterranean Sea (Turkey and Syria)

In 1994, the US, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan fully supported the new militia forces of Taliban (Students in religion) in Kandahar on the premise that this force is not tribal and can bring security and stability to Afghanistan.

These students attended religious madrassa tightly linked to the Indian Koranic school of Deobandi, a sect that prohibits the cult of saints. This sect is mainly a Wahhabi brand of Sunni sect as predominant in Saudi Arabia.

Taliban did bring security and stability at the expense of everything else: freedom of opinion, of expression, of education, and denial of women’s basic rights… and demolishing all the monuments that are not related to their Wahhabi brand of Islam.

The only lukewarm condition of the US was to kick out Ussama bin Ladden and his Qaeda from Afghanistan.

The Taliban were happy to oblige, but they failed to reckon with the large web of Ussama in the Afghan’s fabrics.

Ussama decided to punish the US and started to plan the blasting of the World Trade Center (1996) and partially succeeded.

In September 11, 2001, the Twin Towers fell. Most of the kamikaze were Saudi Wahhabi.

Mind you that Ussama made sure that the strong leader Massoud of the Tajik forces in North-East Afghanistan is assassinated: He was trying to prevent the US from finding a unified front to launch its ground invasion.

Too late. Russia got hold of 90% of the oil and gas concessions in central Asia and signed deals with China to buy of the oil and gas for the next decade.

The central Asia pipelines are crossing Russia toward china and many of them are done and functional.

Note: The late Saudi Turki Al Faisal was the chief of Saudi secret services GID at the period and this monarchy has been supporting the terrorist Islamic factions for over 3 decades.

Currently, these factions are pissed off with their “monarchy and the 5,000 princes” who used and abused of them for so long and refuse to admit them back home after serving in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and Syria… Saudi Arabia is about to brace for a civil war, with trained and extremists “revolutionaries”, more obscurantist than their monarchy.

Yesterday, the monarch Abdullah announced that the former minister of the interior and GID chief Mokri, the youngest son (35 of them) of the founder Saud bi Abdul Aziz, to become the third in line for the monarchy.

 

 

 

Hacking OkCupid: And Chris McKinlay finding “True Love” 

What large-scale data processing and parallel numerical methods have to do with falling in love?

OkCupid was founded by Harvard math majors in 2004, and it first caught daters’ attention because of its computational approach to matchmaking.

Members answer droves of multiple-choice survey questions on everything from politics, religion, and family to love, sex, and smartphones.

OkCupid lets users see the responses of others, but only to questions they’ve answered themselves.

KEVIN POULSEN posted this Jan. 21, 2014

How a Math Genius Hacked OkCupid to Find True Love

Chris McKinlay was folded into a cramped fifth-floor cubicle in UCLA’s math sciences building, lit by a single bulb and the glow from his monitor.

It was 3 am, the optimal time to squeeze cycles out of the supercomputer in Colorado that he was using for his PhD dissertation.

(The subject: large-scale data processing and parallel numerical methods.)

While the computer chugged, he clicked open a second window to check his OkCupid inbox.

Mathematician Chris McKinlay hacked OKCupid to find the girl of his dreams

McKinlay, a lanky 35-year-old with tousled hair, was one of about 40 million Americans looking for romance through websites like Match.com, J-Date, and e-Harmony, and he’d been searching in vain since his last breakup 9 months earlier.

He’d sent dozens of cutesy introductory messages to women touted as potential matches by OkCupid’s algorithms. Most were ignored; he’d gone on a total of 6 first dates.

On that early morning in June 2012, his compiler crunching out machine code in one window, his forlorn dating profile sitting idle in the other, it dawned on him that he was doing it wrong.

He’d been approaching online matchmaking like any other user. Instead, he realized, he should be dating like a mathematician.

On average, respondents select 350 questions from a pool of thousands—“Which of the following is most likely to draw you to a movie?” or “How important is religion/God in your life?”

For each, the user records an answer, specifies which responses they’d find acceptable in a mate, and rates how important the question is to them on a 5-point scale from “irrelevant” to “mandatory.” OkCupid’s matching engine uses that data to calculate a couple’s compatibility. The closer to 100 percent—mathematical soul mate—the better.

But mathematically, McKinlay’s compatibility with women in Los Angeles was abysmal.

OkCupid’s algorithms use only the questions that both potential matches decide to answer, and the match questions McKinlay had chosen—more or less at random—had proven unpopular.

When he scrolled through his matches, fewer than 100 women would appear above the 90 percent compatibility mark. And that was in a city containing some 2 million women (approximately 80,000 of them on OkCupid).

On a site where compatibility equals visibility, he was practically a ghost.

He realized he’d have to boost that number. If, through statistical sampling, McKinlay could ascertain which questions mattered to the kind of women he liked, he could construct a new profile that honestly answered those questions and ignored the rest.

He could match every woman in LA who might be right for him, and none that weren’t.

Chris McKinlay used Python scripts to riffle through hundreds of OkCupid survey questions. He then sorted female daters into 7 clusters, like “Diverse” and “Mindful,” each with distinct characteristics.  Maurico Alejo

Even for a mathematician, McKinlay is unusual.

Raised in a Boston suburb, he graduated from Middlebury College in 2001 with a degree in Chinese. In August of that year he took a part-time job in New York translating Chinese into English for a company on the 91st floor of the north tower of the World Trade Center.

The towers fell 5 weeks later. (McKinlay wasn’t due at the office until 2 o’clock that day. He was asleep when the first plane hit the north tower at 8:46 am.) “After that I asked myself what I really wanted to be doing,” he says.

A friend at Columbia recruited him into an offshoot of MIT’s famed professional blackjack team, and he spent the next few years bouncing between New York and Las Vegas, counting cards and earning up to $60,000 a year.

The experience kindled his interest in applied math, ultimately inspiring him to earn a master’s and then a PhD in the field. “They were capable of using mathema­tics in lots of different situations,” he says. “They could see some new game—like Three Card Pai Gow Poker—then go home, write some code, and come up with a strategy to beat it.

Now he’d do the same for love. First he’d need data.

While his dissertation work continued to run on the side, he set up 12 fake OkCupid accounts and wrote a Python script to manage them. The script would search his target demographic (heterosexual and bisexual women between the ages of 25 and 45), visit their pages, and scrape their profiles for every scrap of available information: ethnicity, height, smoker or nonsmoker, astrological sign—“all that crap,” he says.

To find the survey answers, he had to do a bit of extra sleuthing.

OkCupid lets users see the responses of others, but only to questions they’ve answered themselves.

McKinlay set up his bots to simply answer each question randomly—he wasn’t using the dummy profiles to attract any of the women, so the answers didn’t mat­ter—then scooped the women’s answers into a database.

McKinlay watched with satisfaction as his bots purred along. Then, after about a thousand profiles were collected, he hit his first roadblock.

OkCupid has a system in place to prevent exactly this kind of data harvesting: It can spot rapid-fire use easily. One by one, his bots started getting banned.

He would have to train them to act human.

He turned to his friend Sam Torrisi, a neuroscientist who’d recently taught McKinlay music theory in exchange for advanced math lessons.

Torrisi was also on OkCupid, and he agreed to install spyware on his computer to monitor his use of the site. With the data in hand, McKinlay programmed his bots to simulate Torrisi’s click-rates and typing speed.

He brought in a second computer from home and plugged it into the math department’s broadband line so it could run uninterrupted 24 hours a day.

After 3 weeks he’d harvested 6 million questions and answers from 20,000 women all over the country.

McKinlay’s dissertation was relegated to a side project as he dove into the data. He was already sleeping in his cubicle most nights. Now he gave up his apartment entirely and moved into the dingy beige cell, laying a thin mattress across his desk when it was time to sleep.

For McKinlay’s plan to work, he’d have to find a pattern in the survey data—a way to roughly group the women according to their similarities.

The breakthrough came when he coded up a modified Bell Labs algorithm called K-Modes.

First used in 1998 to analyze diseased soybean crops, K-Modes takes categorical data and clumps it like the colored wax swimming in a Lava Lamp. With some fine-tuning he could adjust the viscosity of the results, thinning it into a slick or coagulating it into a single, solid glob.

He played with the dial and found a natural resting point where the 20,000 women clumped into 7 statistically distinct clusters based on their questions and answers. “I was ecstatic,” he says. “That was the high point of June.”

He retasked his bots to gather another sample: 5,000 women in Los Angeles and San Francisco who’d logged on to OkCupid in the past month.

Another pass through K-Modes confirmed that they clustered in a similar way. His statistical sampling had worked.

Now he just had to decide which cluster best suited him. He checked out some profiles from each. One cluster was too young, two were too old, another was too Christian.

But he lingered over a cluster dominated by women in their mid-twenties who looked like indie types, musicians and artists. This was the golden cluster. The haystack in which he’d find his needle. Somewhere within, he’d find true love.

Actually, a neighboring cluster looked pretty cool too—slightly older women who held professional creative jobs, like editors and designers. He decided to go for both.

He’d set up two profiles and optimize one for the A group and one for the B group.

He text-mined the two clusters to learn what interested them; teaching turned out to be a popular topic, so he wrote a bio that emphasized his work as a math professor.

The important part, though, would be the survey.

He picked out the 500 questions that were most popular with both clusters. He’d already decided he would fill out his answers honestly—he didn’t want to build his future relationship on a foundation of computer-generated lies.

But he’d let his computer figure out how much importance to assign each question, using a machine-learning algorithm called adaptive boosting to derive the best weightings.

Pages: 1 2 View All

Genesis of Al Qaeda and follow-up on Sept.11/2001

I watched a documentary on the genesis of Al Qaeda and the reluctance and refusal of the CIA to share its pieces of intelligence to the FBI…on the “anniversary documentary” of Sept.11 on the channel ARTE:

Let me start from the end:

Richard Clark, chief of counter-terrorism, during Clinton and Bush Jr., declared:

“More than 50 people in the CIA were accumulating pieces of intelligence on Al Qaeda since Ussama Bin Laden declared war on the USA in 1997 from Peshawar (Pakistan). The CIA was receiving intelligence from the European States and following closely the activities of Al Qaeda in the bombing of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania (1998) and the attack on the war ship Cole in Aden and the attacks in the Philippines where the Qaeda was testing sophisticated non-detectable liquid bombs that were introduced in commercial airplanes…

The CIA claimed that it was working for the long-term and refused to share its information with the FBI on Al Qaeda elements who entered the USA “legally”, 13 months before Sept.11. The CIA didn’t want that the FBI to crack down on the Al Qaeda elements on the US soil in order not to disturb its “intelligent work” and procedures…

The US army had its special intelligence center and managed to connect all the links among the Qaeda members and leaders and tried to warn the CIA of the urgency to share these information with the FBI, but the CIA made all kinds of excuses and went on tangent problems that were of no consequence in the short-term. Like the ballistic missile reduction…

The CIA had all the pieces of intelligence it  needed, and most agencies knew that something big is being planned and prepared on the US soil…”

The CIA was simply waiting for the disaster to happen…Why?

Let’s start from the beginning:

When the Soviet Unions invaded Afghanistan in 1980, the US decided to transform Afghanistan into a “Soviet Vietnam“.  The US facilitated the task of Saudi Arabia in dispatching Islamic Arabs to bordering city of Peshawar in Pakistan to get military training.

Sheikh Azzam (Syrian/Palestinian) was the main leader and organizer of the “Service Center” (markaz al khadamat) for the Arab moujahidines flocking into Pakistan and in Peshawar, aided by a young Algerian Jihadist.

In 1981, Al Zawahiri (an Egyptian surgeon) landed in Peshawar with a different objective of “after Afghanistan war“.

Al Zawahiri was released from three years of prison in Egypt in connection with the assassination of Sadat, and was badly tortured, and was vehemently angry with Egypt’s Moslem Brotherhood whom he considered in close relationship with the government.

It happened that Osama bin Laden was also dispatched by Saudi Arabia to Peshawar with plenty of money to finance the operations and became a co-founder with Azzam of the future Al Qaeda organization.

Al Zawahiri linked with bin Laden against Azzam whom he viewed as the leader of the Moslem Brotherhood outside Egypt and heavily recruiting the converging Arabs in Afghanistan to the Brotherhood religious ideology…

An Egyptian officer Ali Muhammad relocated to the US and became an US Sergent in Fort Bragg. Ali Muhammad was the main agent of Al Zawahiri in the US who translated all the engagement and training manuals into Arabic and sent them to the insurgents in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The CIA relied heavily on Ali inside information and the location of all the training camps of Al Qaeda…

The Soviet Union withdrew from Afghanistan in 1989, in an orderly manner and in a one long trail of military hardware and troops. What happened later?

Sheikh Azaam considered the task was over and ordered the jihadists to return home.

However, not a single Arabic State wanted to receive these fighting jihadists, and these professional “fighters” had to be dispatched to any hot spot around the world, like Chechnya, Kosovo, Bosnia, Algeria,Yemen, Sudan, and later Iraq, and now emerging into Syria…(where the CIA likes to destabilize the society)…

The dictators like Saddam Hussein and Libya Qadhafi and Zein bin Al Abidine in Tunisia were staunch opponents to these radical Islamic jihadists and denied entry of Al Qaeda in their countries.

And the US totally forgot Afghanistan: The Soviets were out and that was the main purpose for recruiting insurgents in Afghanistan.

And for an entire decade, the US didn’t extend any financial aid to the Afghanistan people and let this country be ruled by Taliban and Pakistan security services

And Bin Laden was free to organize and train his Al Qaeda (The Base) movement into destabilizing the Arabic countries that were considered totally allied to the US, particularly after the landing of the US troops in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to “kick out” Saddam Hussein from Kuwait…

Al Zawahiri and the CIA assassinated Sheihk Azzam. Around 1993, the imam of the mosque in the Bronx was assassinated: He was allied to Sheihk Azzam. Al Zawahiri dispatched sheikh Abdul Rahman , the blind, the companion of Al Zawahiri in Egypt prison, to inherit the imamship of the Bronx Mosque.

sheikh Abdul Rahman entered the USA legally: The CIA forms an integral institution within the State Department and many of the CIA members are employed at the State Department, and the CIA is permitted to issue entry visa to who can serve its interests (agents…)

The FBI had infiltrated the close circle of Abdul Rahman and knew all the plans, including the decisions to bomb certain institutions. The infiltrated agent warned the FBI that he was ordered to put together a large bomb…The agent got in a row with the FBI and disappeared.

Al Zawahiri dispatched to Abdul Rahman a Palestinian/Kuwaiti engineer, a professional in making powerful bombs, and blew the World Trade Center. A few more kilo of explosives would have completely demolished the center and lean over and destroy the next tower…Al Qaeda was intent on destroying the Twin Towers, symbol of US imperialist power…

This 35-year old engineer is the one who was sent to the Philippines…

In 1997, Al Zawahiri convinced Bin Laden that the best way to getting out of the anonym state was to directly upset the USA and receive free coverage. And Bin Laden declared war on the USA in 1997…and a few bomb attacks on US institutions outside the USA got bin Laden out of obscurity.

The Cow-Boy reactions of the US, in launching missiles on a few tents and destroying pharmaceutical factories in Sudan and elsewhere, elevated Bin Laden into the unique Arabic Moslem leader, and displaced the center of gravity of popular alignment to Al Qaeda, instead of the current dictators…

Richard Clark said that since 2000 he readied drones with missile launching capability in order to annihilate the Al Qaeda main training camps and headquarters in Peshawar.

The successive US governments refused any further bombing on account that the US was already involved in the bombing of Yugoslavia and keeping the “no-fly zone” over Iraq and didn’t want to project the image that the US is on the “go-ho” of destroying everything and everywhere around the world…

Why the CIA refrained from sharing information with the FBI and other intelligence gathering agencies? Most probably to execute a ready-planned preemptive war (on Iraq), initiated in 1998, and betting on the “Cow Boy” reaction of the US government to immediately go into action, in retaliation for the suffered indignity…

The CIA was in close contacts with Israel strategic military ready-made plans, and Israel agents were the ones behind the facilitation and acquisition of the means for the Qaeda to put into execution the project of annihilating the Twin Towers…

Note 1: On the Sept 11 anniversary of 2012, Al Qaeda assassinated the US ambassador in Benghazi (Libya). Why? The ambassador was on location, a few years ago, when US drones killed the Al Qaeda leader Al Libi. Al Libi objective was to do away with Qadhafi! And Obama still insists on drone-killing Al Qaeada leaders and the collateral civilians, and increasing Al Qaeda popularity in the Arabic/Islamic world…

Note 2: Do you know the town of Venice in Florida? It is located by the Atlantic shores, and the ideal place to fly small planes to Mexico and bring in all the drugs you want: Radar coverage are minimal. The CIA bought one of the private companies for flying small airplanes, twice its worth in 2000. This is where Muhammad Al Atta (the leader of the Twin Towers attackers) and a couple more “terrorist” pilots resumed and perfected their skills during the entire year up to Sept 11/ 2001…

Note 3: Read my post on the war game against Iraq

Note 4https://adonis49.wordpress.com/2010/05/13/who-are-the-planners-of-9112001-attack/


adonis49

adonis49

adonis49

November 2020
M T W T F S S
 1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
30  

Blog Stats

  • 1,439,759 hits

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.adonisbouh@gmail.com

Join 782 other followers

%d bloggers like this: