Weekend Open Thread: The Orange Juice Blog Will No Longer Be Using the Following Words

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… due to fear of untoward consequences from the government.  Click the link for the list: as indicated in the article, it includes the words “pork,” “taco,” and “cloud.”

The Department of Homeland Security has been forced to release a list of keywords and phrases it uses to monitor social networking sites and online media for signs of terrorist or other threats against the U.S.

The intriguing the list includes obvious choices such as ‘attack’, ‘Al Qaeda’, ‘terrorism’ and ‘dirty bomb’ alongside dozens of seemingly innocent words like ‘pork’, ‘cloud’, ‘team’ and ‘Mexico’.

Released under a freedom of information request, the information sheds new light on how government analysts are instructed to patrol the internet searching for domestic and external threats.

The words are included in the department’s 2011 Analyst’s Desktop Binder‘ used by workers at their National Operations Center which instructs workers to identify ‘media reports that reflect adversely on DHS and response activities’.

Really, folks, I promise you — Janet Napolitano did not come up with this sort of list — or even the impetus for it, by herself.  She’ll be a fine President of the UC system, I’m sure.  Just, uh, watch your language around her.  (This article came out on May 26, of this year, by the way.  Seems like years ago by now, doesn’t it?)

Meanwhile, just to go out with our head held high (and since we’ve already used the words), here’s a picture of a pork taco cloud.

pork taco cloud

I know that each of us sees cloud in a different way, as out brains impose meaning on ambiguous stimuli, but I’m telling you: to me, that cloud REALLY looks like a couple of pork tacos! 

This is your Weekend Open Thread — and it’s also what happens when I didn’t get around to writing a Weekend Open Thread and have to pull something quickly from the (virtual) file drawer.  Talk about this — ideally the original article at the link — or anything else you’d like, within broad bounds of decorum and discretion.  The weekly OC Register Dearthwatch will be pasted just below this as soon as its completed.




About Greg Diamond

Worker's rights attorney now moving into "good governance" litigation. North Vice Chair of Democratic Party of Orange County and occasional candidate. Proud to be prolix. Unless otherwise specifically stated, his writings never speak for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level. He tries to either suppress or openly acknowledge his partisan, issue, ideological, and "good government" biases in most of his writing here. If you have a question about any particular writing, just ask him about it and (unless you are an pseudonymous troll) he will probably answer you at painful length. He lives in Brea but generally doesn't blog about it. A family member works as a campaign treasurer for Wendy Gabriella in AD-73; he doesn't directly profit from that relatively small compensation and it doesn't affect his coverage. He does advise some campaigns informally and without compensation, although in 2014 he may receive some compensation for campaign consulting and fundraising for the campaign of Jorge Lopez for Orange County Assessor.