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Sunday, June 04, 2006

Toronto Terrorist Plot: The Google Twist

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Google Trends shows that Toronto is the city with the second-most searches for 'how to build a bomb'. There's more interesting news to be found there, things that should help convince some of my naive fellow Canadians that the War on Terror is indeed a global fight that Canadians must participate in too.

Know which country has the most people looking to learn how to build a bomb? Afghanistan? Pakistan? Try Canuckistan.

Now, I hear the rebukes already: everyone who looks up how to build a bomb isn't necessarily a terrorist. That's true: I've looked it up myself to see if it was as readily available as the mainstream media say. It's important information though, to say the least.

Oh, and how about this: Google Trends' Qassam info. For Kassam, we're second only to the UK, which apparently has some famous person of that name who bought a soccer team in Oxford.

On a related worrying note, Australia also has lots of people searching for things like ammonium nitrate. For those who don't know, ammonium nitrate is a chemical that can be used to make high-powered explosives. The suspects arrested in connection with the Toronto terrorist plot had 3 tons of the substance.

I think it's about time CSIS (Canadian Security and Intelligence Services) gets the funding it deserves.

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2 Comments:

At 3:51 PM, Canadian Politico Blogger wonderdog said:

You might want to read this before drawing conclusions ... oops ... too late.

 
At 10:55 PM, Canadian Politico Blogger lecentre said:

Hmm, well, you might want to read the full post before posting links whose significance isn't obvious.

Perhaps you missed this:
"Now, I hear the rebukes already: everyone who looks up how to build a bomb isn't necessarily a terrorist. That's true: I've looked it up myself to see if it was as readily available as the mainstream media say. It's important information though, to say the least."

Or, from your own link, perhaps you missed this: "When the Cities tab is selected, Google Trends first looks at a sample of all Google searches to determine the cities from which we received the most searches for your first term."

Oh my! You mean what I said Google Trends showed... is actually what Google Trends shows? You mean perhaps you're a snarky, unhelpful member of the blogosphere? Yeah, guess so.

 

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