5 n Dime

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Orlando, Hope, and My Calloused Soul

Buckle Up. This is the new normal. Death, destruction, hate. It’s all around us. Sure, it isn’t new. But it seems like it’s never been this …

Bullet Points: Five Observations about Firearm Deaths in America

Now that we have debated the pros and cons of gun control, let us throw out a few relevant public health statistics from the Center for Disease …

If You Don’t Support Gun Control, Blood is on Your Hands

Part one of a series exploring gun control<p><i>The gun control debate is back in the headlines with the mass shooting in Orlando. The stakes are high, and</i> …

Denying Your Gun Rights with Fake Solutions to Fake Problems

Part two of a series exploring gun control<p><i>The gun control debate is back in the headlines with the mass shooting in Orlando. The stakes are high, and</i> …

Privacy Act Exemptions (You Really Need to Know This)

[REDACTED]<p>So here’s the deal — we know the government collects information about us, and we know they keep that information in many different …

Ten Properties of Wicked Problems

<i>A special guest submission by Ms.</i> <i>Angi English</i><p>In 1973, Horst W.J. Rittel and Melvin M. Webber, two Berkeley professors, published an article in <i>Policy</i> …

Born To Be Wild: Ways to Avoid a Survival Situation at the Zoo or National Park

Aka — Don’t be Stupid<p>On June 1st, Harumbe, an endangered Silverback Gorilla, was shot and killed after a three year old child climbed over a fence …

The IG Report: Clinton is a Symptom, Not the Disease

Proof that the government basically sucks at technology<p>The Department of State’s Office of Inspector General (IG, herein) recently released its …

Five Times the Olympics Made the World a Better Place

For the past 120 years the Olympics have endured despite war, hostage taking, economic depressions, the death and birth of countries, and the …

Racist Hate Crimes, and How You Encourage Them

According to the FBI’s 2010 Hate Crime Statistic Report, there were 3,949 victims of racially motivated hate crimes in which 70% of offenders had an …

Should marijuana be legalized in the United States?

Take the poll.<p>Follow the story links and read the positions — then make <i>your</i> <i>voice</i> heard in the comments and included polls.<p><b>Stirring the Pot: What Will</b> …

Stirring the Pot: What the Pro-Marijuana Lobby Doesn’t Want You to Know

<b>Part one of a series exploring cannabis legalization</b><p><i>Cannabis remains a Schedule I Controlled Substance under federal law, yet more states are taking</i> …

Stirring the Pot: What Will Really Happen When Marijuana is Legalized

Part two of a series exploring cannabis legalization<p><i>Cannabis remains a Schedule I Controlled Substance under federal law, yet more states are taking</i> …

Stirring the Pot: What Will Really Happen When Marijuana is Legalized

Part two of a series exploring cannabis legalization<p><i>Cannabis remains a Schedule I Controlled Substance under federal law, yet more states are taking</i> …

Top Ten Homeland Security Related Gifts for Dad

Dads.<p>Full of advice and sage counsel. Purveyors of jokes so awful they’re actually called Dad jokes. Makers of strange choices in attire. We love ’em.<p>…

Your Phone’s Been Pwned: Ten Ways You Could’ve Avoided It

Which of the following best describes you?<p>High flying international mogul, brokering a <b>huge</b> deal in a totalitarian nation with a highly effective …

Top Ten Homeland Security Related Gifts for Mother’s Day

Mom is often the one person we can count on in times of emergency. Whether it was our first skinned knee, first broken heart, or first natural …

Top Five Times You Should Choose Urgent Care Over the ER

While we all may not be professional basketball fans, many caught sight of Austin Rivers of the Los Angeles Clippers looking like Rocky Balboa after …

The Airport for Dummies: Ten Tips (for the idiot in front of you)

Hacking airport security. No coding required.<p><b>You totally know this. But that guy up there, holding up the line at airport security? He apparently</b> …

Top Five Functional Fashion Items for a City Girl

As a busy Homeland Security professional my clothes need to be comfortable, practical and keep me warm and dry. I also want to look good and have my …

Top Five Real-Life Rin Tin Tins

In 1918, a Corporal in the Army Air Service named Lee Duncan came upon a damaged kennel in France that had been used to supply German Shepherds. …

Securing the LGBT Community: Top Five States That Need to Catch Up

Homeland Insecurities<p>Here we go again, the nation is under an intense debate about ISIS…<p>…wait, the economy…<p>…wait, electoral politics…<p>…wait, no, I’m …

Snakes on a Plane: Ten TSA Photos You Have to See to Believe

Who the hell are these people? What were they thinking?<p>Okay. I’ll admit it. I <i>love</i> lurking on TSA’s Instagram account. There’s this wicked joy I get …

Five Ways We Kill Our First Responders

Forgetting those who remember us<p>Our first responders, which includes EMTs and firefighters as well as law enforcement, are our heroes. They are …

Top Ten Alternative New Mission Statements for DHS

We’ve got some ideas.<p>DHS has a lot of problems with morale. Secretary Jeh Johnson has done some great outreach to try to lift the embattered agency’s …

The Ten Deadliest Natural Disasters in US History

The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on June 1st, and runs through the end of November. National Hurricane Preparedness Week just ended, …

Five Things That Managed to Surprise Me in al-Qaida’s Latest Issue of Inspire Magazine

If you have been living under a rock and didn’t know, <i>jihad</i> has moved into the modern age. Terrorist groups push out propaganda using the same mediums …

Ten Ways to Save Your Children from Drowning this Summer

Simple tips to save a life<p>Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death in children ages 1–4, and the second cause of accidental death in …

It’s Okay to Beat Women, and Other Perks of ISIL Membership

Why Daesh is a Dame Downer<p><i>The sarcastic opinions expressed in this piece are in no way to be implied as criticism of the beautiful religion of Islam.</i> …

Five Government Databases You Probably Don’t Know About, but Should

You’ve probably heard about the No Fly List and the Terrorist Screening Database. With all of the hullabaloo about the NSA eavesdropping on this or …