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Internet Talk: Oregon Domest Terrorist Leaders Captured

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[Terroir-ism]
As the "Oregon Militia" leaders became more relaxed and emboldened to wander freely in the area near the wildlife refuse in Oregon they "occupied", the Feds swept in and arrested most of the leaders.

In response the Internet comments have been pretty funny, here is a collection of some of the best...

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Russell Brand Dissects Fox News "Debate" On Israel-Palestine

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[Terroir-ism]
[News Media]
Russell Brand takes a look at a typical Fox News report, or "debate" with pundits over the day's issues. In this case, guests talking about Israel's invasion of Palestine. He asks, "Who is really acting like a terrorist?

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Latest Windows Update Adds Vulnerability To Firefox

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In an incredible act of hubris, the latest Windows Update patch secretly installs a plug in to Firefox what implements the exact kinds of vulnerabilities that prompted users to abandon Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser!

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The Matrix Runs On Windows XP?

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[Humor]
Who knew? The Matrix runs on Windows...

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Dell Bundles Windows XP as "Windows Vista Bonus"

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[Faulty Products]
In an amusing attempt to get around Microsoft's attempt to force dealers to stop selling XP and force users to adopt their profoundly crappy new operating system, Windows Vista, Dell has managed to continue bundling Windows XP with certain systems under the name "Windows Vista Bonus."

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Donald Rumsfeld's "Snowflakes"

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[Terroir-ism]
In a series of internal musings and memos to his staff, then-Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld argued that Muslims avoid "physical labor" and wrote of the need to "keep elevating the threat," "link Iraq to Iran" and develop "bumper sticker statements" to rally public support for an increasingly unpopular war.

The memos, often referred to as "snowflakes," shed light on Rumsfeld's brusque management style and on his efforts to address key challenges during his tenure as Pentagon chief. Spanning from 2002 to shortly after his resignation following the 2006 congressional elections, a sampling of his trademark missives obtained yesterday reveals a defense secretary disdainful of media criticism and driven to reshape public opinion of the Iraq war.

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Anatomy Of United States Foiled Terrorist Plots

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[Terroir-ism]
Keith Olbermann of MSNBC takes a detailed look at the curious nature and timeline of the Bush administration's so-called "foiled terrorist plots". How credible are these stories? And is there any relevance to the fact that the terror level always seems to go up when there's bad news for the administration in the media?

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Windows Vista Protection System Doesn't Offer Much Protection

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Microsoft Windows latest version, Vista, supposedly provides a "much more secure" environment to make using your computer safer. In Vista, MS has created a new scheme where Microsoft-approved applications are "protected" and cannot be altered or tampered with by other applications. You might think this is a nice security feature, but many feel this was done mainly as a way to integrate DRM (digital rights management) to keep people from playing songs and movies without proper rights.

In any case, Microsoft is playing Vista up as a big, more secure version of Windows.

There's only one problem... Hackers have already figured out how to circumvent Microsoft's security, and they can make their own malware run in protected mode so software like Antivirus programs can't remove it. Oh Goody! Microsoft's new feature can actually make it even harder to remove bad software from your system.

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Unpatched Microsoft Security Hole Being Exploited Online

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Reason # 45,234,101 to switch to Firefox: Yet another major vulnerability in Windows which affects Internet Explorer and Outlook. Users can become infected by merely visiting the wrong web site -- no interaction necessary, or under Outlook, viewing a message. Beware!

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Microsoft Windows Vista May Destroy iPods

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If you have an iPod, Apple is now recommending that upgrading to Microsoft's new Windows Vista may be a big mistake -- aside from the previous rants about the software nerfing your XP license, not allowing downgrades and other issues, the latest is, according to Apple, Vista could destroy your iPod!

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Aqua Teen Hunger Force Creates Terrorism Scare In Boston

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[Viral Marketing]
[Terroir-ism]
A television network's marketing campaign went badly awry on Wednesday, causing a day-long security scare in Boston that closed bridges, shut major roads and put hundreds of police on alert.

UPDATE: The two ad people responsible for planting the displays have been arrested and plead not guilty, and agreed to only answer reporters' questions regarding hair styles of the 1970s. Check out the video of the press conference and learn (about 70s hair styles, and how little a sense of humor mainstream media has).

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Bill Gates Touts "Microsoft Innovations" Apple Had Years Ago

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[Liars]
Here's a hilarious video on CNN where Bill Gates promotes Microsoft's new operating system, "Vista," as having a number of innovations that distinguish it from the Macintosh. Virtually everything he lists are "innovations" Apple has had available for two to six years!

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U.S. Army Now Recruiting Dead Soldiers

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[Terroir-ism]
In a recent desperate attempt to gain more troops, the Army sent out a form letter to soldiers and their families urging them to "re-enlist".

This also apparently included letters to the families of 75 soldiers who died in Iraq already, as well as hundreds more who were maimed.

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If We Allow You Better Phone Service...The Terrorists Win!

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[Terroir-ism]
Consumers have no idea how reliable their cell phone service will be when they buy a phone and sign a long-term contract. The Federal Communications Commission could offer some guidance, but it won't. The agency refuses to make public a detailed database of cell phone provider outages that it has maintained since 2004.

The reason? Why of course, this would help terrorists. If for example, they wanted to blow the crap out of several hundred thousand cell towers across the country, this would help them do it. I feel safer all ready. "Can you hear me now?"

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David Duke vs. Wolf Blitzer

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[Terroir-ism]
[Pundits]
The sparks flew the other day as CNN trotted out David Duke as an Iranian ally. You know the media is getting desperate when they're trying to associate the KKK with Iran. Congrats to CNN for being even more tasteless than Fox in this department. However Wolf Blitzer got more than he bargained for when Duke came out with both guns blazing. Watch the sparks fly.

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Noam Chomsky on the Iraq War

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[Terroir-ism]
Here's a good video of a Noam Chomsky lecture in Colorado in 2003 which outlines a lot of insightful information regarding the United States and the invasion of Iraq

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Torture Victim Wrongly on No-Fly List Gets Humanitarian Award

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[Terroir-ism]
In 2002, Canadian citizen Maher Arar was returning to Canada from vacation. What he didn't know was the the Canadian Mounties had given his name to the U.S. as an Islamic extremist with connections to Al Qaeda, even though there was no evidence of this and he was no such thing.

So when he made a connection at New York's JFK airport, he was taken into custody. He was held in the U.S. for two weeks, put on a private plane and taken to Jordon, placed in a car and driven to Syria, where he was imprisoned in this country known for its use of torture. He spent 10 months in a small, dark cell, being tortured by the Syrians on behalf of the U.S. government before they decided that he really wasn't a terrorist and let him go.

To make things worse, even though he had been released and exonerated in a Canadian judicial inquiry, he was placed on the no-fly list and remains there. So when an international human rights group honored him with an award for his work to prevent the use of torture, he was unable to fly to New York to accept the award in person--despite efforts by both the Canadian government and the human rights group to allow him to travel to the U.S. to attend the ceremony.

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60 Minutes Gets No-Fly List

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CBS News Magazine 60 Minutes recently obtained a copy of the nation's No Fly List, a list of names of suspected terrorists given to airlines so that these people can be kept off your airplane. To protect national security, 60 Minutes will not be releasing the list itself, but it is releasing a few details. They found that the list is "incomplete, inaccurate, outdated, and a source of aggravation for thousand of innocent Americans."

For openers, the list is enormous. It's more than 540 pages long. Although before 9/11, the list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel was just 16 names, today's list has 44,000. Another 75,000 people are on an additional list of people the government thinks should be pulled aside for additional security screening.

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The Secret Letter From Iraq

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[Terroir-ism]
A Marine's letter home, with its frank description of life in "Dante's inferno," has been circulating through generals' in-boxes.

Written last month, this straightforward account of life in Iraq by a Marine officer was initially sent just to a small group of family and friends. His honest but wry narration and unusually frank dissection of the mission contrasts sharply with the story presented by both sides of the Iraq war debate, the Pentagon spin masters and fierce critics. Perhaps inevitably, the 'Letter from Iraq' moved quickly beyond the small group of acquantainaces and hit the inboxes of retired generals, officers in the Pentagon, and staffers on Capitol Hill.

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Iraq Is Safe (As Long As You're Wearing Kevlar)

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[Terroir-ism]
The White House reports, "Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice traveled to Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel, the Palestinian Territories, and Iraq, October 1-6, 2006. At the President’s request, Secretary Rice is leading a diplomatic effort to engage moderate leaders across the region."

As you can see, we won the war in Iraq and everything's going great. This obviously explains why, from the moment she steps foot off the airplane in Iraq in a US-controlled air base, she has to wear a bullet-proof vest.

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