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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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[Terroir-ism]
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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Invasion of Iraq Has Now Claimed More Lives Than 9/11

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[Terroir-ism]
While President Bush can't seem to make up his mind how to spin the Iraq invasion in the face of the 9/11 attacks, one thing seems ominously poignant: More Americans have now died in Iraq than died on 9/11. R.J. Eskow writes, "Iraq didn't attack us on that day, and our misguided policy there has now taken more American lives than Al Qaeda.

Here are the numbers: 3,015 Americans have died in Iraq as of September 9. 2,666 of these were military deaths and 349 were civilians. Who knows how many innocent Iraqis have been killed. The government doesn't seem to care enough to keep accurate numbers."

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Reports of Administration Negotiation With Terrorists

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[Terroir-ism]
[Liars]
The U.S. secretly agreed to the "real demands" set by the group behind the August 14 kidnapping of two Fox News journalists in Gaza, according to a report in the pan-Arab newspaper al Hayat.

The paper quotes "informed sources close to the mediations" as saying that the U.S. secretly negotiated with the group through leaders of "the Palestinian popular resistance committees."

Last week, the previously unknown group calling itself "The Holy Jihad Brigades" issued a statement demanding the release of all Muslims held in U.S. prisons in return for the release of the two journalists. In fact, the paper reports that the public demand was not serious and that the group's "real demands" were that the U.S. press Israel to reopen the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Palestine and cease the shelling of "Palestinian activists'" residences.

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Israeli Bombing Creates Mediterranean Environmental Disaster

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[Terroir-ism]
Israeli bombings in Lebanon have created a huge oil slick that may become the worse environmental disaster in the country's history, it was reported Saturday.

The slick, moving up the Mediterranean coast of Lebanon toward Syria, involves at least 25,000 tons of thick fuel oil, The New York Times reported.

Its environmental damage is being compared to that of the Exxon Valdez spill, when a tanker ran aground and spilled about 40,000 tons of oil into Prince William Sound in Alaska in 1989.

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Evacuees Banned From Talking To Media Without Chaperone

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[Terroir-ism]
Residents of trailer parks set up by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to house hurricane victims in Louisiana aren't allowed to talk to the press without an official escort, The Baton Rouge Advocate reported.

In one instance, a security guard ordered an Advocate reporter out of a trailer during an interview in Morgan City. Similar FEMA rules were enforced in Davant, in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana.

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Mohammed Can't Get Paid Via Western Union

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[Terroir-ism]
Money transfer agencies have delayed or blocked thousands of cash deliveries on suspicion of terrorist connections simply because senders or recipients have names like Mohammed or Ahmed, company officials said.

In one example, an Indian driver said Western Union prevented him from sending $120 to a friend at home last month because the recipient's name was Mohammed.

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New Orleans Barbie

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[Retail]
[Terroir-ism]
Mattel recently announced the release of 11 limited-edition Barbie Dolls for the New Orleans market:

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Bush Planned Using United Nations To Provoke Iraq War

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[Terroir-ism]
[Military]
New evidence has emerged that President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair agreed in January 2003 to attack Iraq regardless of whether diplomatic efforts succeeded.

Bush told Blair that the United Stated was considering flying U2 spy planes disguised as United Nations planes over Iraq in an attempt to provoke Saddam Hussein. If Iraq fired on the planes, it would help justify a U.S.-led invasion.

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Cheney Shoots Trial Lawyer

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[Terroir-ism]
Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot and wounded a companion during a weekend quail hunting trip in Texas, spraying the fellow hunter in the face and chest with shotgun pellets.

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Swiss Intelligence Reveals Location of CIA Torture Camps

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[Terroir-ism]
The head of a European investigation into alleged CIA prisons in Europe said Tuesday the purported Egyptian government document naming countries where such prisons existed is a new lead which must be followed up.

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Report Card: 1000 Days of the Iraq War

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[Terroir-ism]
To mark what it called the "1000 Days" of the Iraq war, the London daily The Independent offered extensive coverage today, featuring a by-the-numbers approach.

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US Soldiers Accused of Desecrating Afghans

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[Terroir-ism]
While embedded with a U.S. Army unit in Afghanistan, Australian journalist Stephen Dupont filmed "U.S. soldiers burning the bodies of the suspected Taliban fighters" near Kandahar.

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Diary of a Detained Iraqi Student

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[Terroir-ism]
I found myself...Sleeping in a grave-size space, defined by two walls touching both my head my and feet, and surrounded with human bodies touching me from both sides, in a way that hardly leaves any chance to move at all during the long… long night, in a 12 square meters room stuffed with 35 people trying to sleep, and to hold themselves together in order not to fight…..The whole thing started when I went to the university to pay my tuition fees.."

Iraqi student khalid jarrar writes a detailed and poignant diatribe on his confrontation with the new Iraqi police, the trials of fellow prisoners he met along the way, and the horrible crime he was accused of: looking at the wrong blog on the Internet. One condition of his freedom was to not reveal what happened "inside" but he chose to publish his intense story.

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Venezuela Kicks DEA Out Of Country

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[Terroir-ism]
The president of Venezuela has apparently suspended the DEA from operating in his country, claiming they were spying on the government in addition to their role of trying to stop drug trafficking and trying to grab oil. He wasn't too keen on working with an administration whom he claims, wants to kill him. Go figure? The leader isn't happy about U.S. agents stirring up dissent against him so now he's a "threat to the region." Are there any more countries left that the U.S. can piss off?

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Reagan's Dirty Legacy: Al Qaeda, Bin Laden, Hussein and More

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[Terroir-ism]
Juan Cole, Professor of History at the University of Michigan, has a very insightful photo essay about the history of the creation of Al Qaeda, the Taliban, America's training of Bin Laden, support for Saddam Hussein's gas attacks on Iranians, Saudi involvement and much more. It's a concise time-line of how the United States created the very enemies that are attacking us. One year these people are "Freedom fighters", the next they're "terrorists." One minute the U.S. is funding them; the next they're making back-room deals with their former allies' enemies and leaving them to die. Very interesting stuff. This isn't editorial -- these are the details that are regarded as factual issues leading up to the current situation.

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Military Had Liberal Definition of "Natural Causes"

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[Military]
[Terroir-ism]
Hours after Iraqi Maj. Gen. Abed Hamed Mowhoush's death in U.S. custody on Nov. 26, 2003, military officials issued a news release stating that the prisoner had died of natural causes after complaining of feeling sick.

Apparently, beating someone senseless, then sealing him inside a sleeping bag, wrapping the bag up in electrical cord and continuing to beat a person, according to the Army, can cause death by "Natural Causes."

Maybe they should have listed as the cause of the general's demise: "Death by drowning in Freedom(tm)" ?

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Ireland Gives Up Sovereignty To United States

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[Terroir-ism]
US Investigators, including CIA agents, will be allowed to interrogate Irish citizens on Irish soil in total secrecy, under an agreement signed between Ireland and the US last week.

Suspects will also have to give testimony and allow property to be searched and seized even if what the suspect is accused of is not a crime in Ireland.

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New Microsoft Anti-Spyware Tool Ignores Spyware

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[Spam]
In the wake of the availability of Microsoft's anticipated anti-spyware tool, closer examination indicates that Microsoft is ignoring their own rules for what classifies as spyware and what should be removed from a person's PC if found. Apparently major spyware purveyors have talked Microsoft into letting them off the hook, and there are rumors that Microsoft is in the process of acquiring a major spyware vendor itself.

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Why Your Family May Get Blown Up

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[Terroir-ism]
Professor of History at the University of Michigan, Juan Cole has a provacative diatribe on the dynamics of terrorism and why it's likely that issues happening today that the media is ignoring, are likely to get us all "blowed up."

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Boy Lost in Woods Hid from Rescuing "Strangers"

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[Terroir-ism]
The ordeal of Brennan Hawkins, the 11-year-old boy lost in the woods for four days in Utah last week, provides an insight into some potential disadvantages of having one's behavior controlled by one's worst fear. Amid the general celebration at his homecoming, the Salt Lake Tribune reported: "His parents said he followed two family rules by staying on the trail and not talking to strangers. Brennan said he heard rescuers before he was discovered Tuesday, but hid, going into what his family calls "midget mode" by pulling his shirt over his knees. He told his family he had feared being abducted.

In other words, a primary reason that Brennan wasn't found earlier is that he was hiding from searchers.

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Cheney Pimps Out To The Tune of $5B More

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[Terroir-ism]
The U.S. military has signed on Halliburton to do nearly $5 billion in new work in Iraq under a giant logistics contract that has so far earned the Texas-based firm $9.1 billion, the Army said on Wednesday.

No conflict of interests here obviously. Better to give Halliburton $5 Billion than treat the veterans with better healthcare or give the soldiers armor and stuff they need. No word if any of that money will go to China for more "Support Our Troops" bumper stickers.

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US Bombs Area Where Special Ops Team Disappeared

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[Terroir-ism]
American warplanes bombed a suspected Taliban compound in an area where an elite U.S. military team has been missing for five days in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan, a U.S. military spokesman said Saturday.

Francis Ford Coppola unavailable for comment.

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Supreme Court: You Don't Own Your Own Land Anymore

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[Terroir-ism]
The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that local governments may seize people's homes and businesses — even against their will — for private economic development.

It was a decision fraught with huge implications for a country with many areas, particularly the rapidly growing urban and suburban areas, facing countervailing pressures of development and property ownership rights.

The judges that voted that if some developer can claim taking your property will "create jobs" or help the community, they can: John Paul Stevens, Justice Anthony Kennedy, David H. Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer. Your supreme court at work, protecting your rights.

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US Used "Napalm" in Iraq; Lied To UK

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[Military]
[Terroir-ism]
American officials lied to British ministers over the use of "internationally reviled" napalm-type firebombs in Iraq.

Yesterday's disclosure led to calls by MPs for a full statement to the Commons and opened ministers to allegations that they held back the facts until after the general election.

Despite persistent rumours of injuries among Iraqis consistent with the use of incendiary weapons such as napalm, Adam Ingram, the Defence minister, assured Labour MPs in January that US forces had not used a new generation of incendiary weapons, codenamed MK77, in Iraq. Unfortunately, the English weren't told the truth and unknowingly violated several international weapons treaties.

The MK77 bombs, an evolution of the napalm used in Vietnam and Korea, carry kerosene-based jet fuel and polystyrene so that, like napalm, the gel sticks to structures and to its victims. The bombs lack stabilising fins, making them far from precise.

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UK Government Told To "Make Iraq Invasion Legal" Somehow

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[Terroir-ism]
UK Ministers were warned in July 2002 that Britain was committed to taking part in an American-led invasion of Iraq and they had no choice but to find a way of making it legal.

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Hotmail Users' Security/Privacy at Risk

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Microsoft took part of its MSN Web site offline over the weekend, after it learned of a flaw that could let an attacker gain access to Hotmail accounts, the company said.

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British: Let's Get This Straight On Terrorism and Lies

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[Terroir-ism]
George Galloway is a member of Parliament for Bethnal Green and Bow and stands (falsely) accused by conservative US senators of taking bribes from Iraq in an oil-for-food scandal. His statement before the US Senate is a truly righteous, withering, and devastating critique of the US position in Iraq:

I told the world that Iraq, contrary to your claims did not have weapons of mass destruction.

I told the world, contrary to your claims, that Iraq had no connection to al-Qaeda.

I told the world, contrary to your claims, that Iraq had no connection to the atrocity on 9/11 2001.

I told the world, contrary to your claims, that the Iraqi people would resist a British and American invasion of their country and that the fall of Baghdad would not be the beginning of the end, but merely the end of the beginning.

Senator, in everything I said about Iraq, I turned out to be right and you turned out to be wrong and 100,000 people paid with their lives; 1600 of them American soldiers sent to their deaths on a pack of lies; 15,000 of them wounded, many of them disabled forever on a pack of lies.

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US Administration Funding Brutal Uzbekistan Regime

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Human rights groups are outraged at the recent whitewashing of the murder of hundreds of protesters by the regime in Uzbekistan. There's clearly an array of double standards among the US and Uzbekistan over their alignment with the US in the "war on terror" while at the same time terrorizing their own people and obtaining more than $79 Million in funding from the US. This is also the country that boils people alive, and is a suspected source where US deports prisoners for torture that they cannot legally perform themselves.

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Army Reservist Reports On Iraq

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He was a family man, a really courteous guy, a devout Christian. I was stunned and said to him: "You shot an unarmed man behind barbed wire for throwing a stone." He said, "Well, I knelt down. I said a prayer, stood up and gunned them all down."

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Microsoft Funds Research Claiming It's More Secure Than Linux

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Two researchers surprised the audience at a computer-security convention last month with their finding that a version of Microsoft Windows was more secure than a competing Linux operating system. This week, the researchers released their finished report, and it included another surprise: Microsoft was funding the project all along.

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Marine Says Saddam Capture Was Staged

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A former U.S. Marine who participated in capturing ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein said the public version of his capture was completely fabricated, and that Saddam was captured the day before, after which an army production team dropped him inside an abandoned well and staged the public version of his humiliating capture.

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