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

Prolix worker's rights and government accountability attorney and General Counsel of CATER. His anti-corruption work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, leading them to work with the Democratic Party of Orange County Chair and other co-conspirators (who had long detested the internal oversight his presence provided) to remove him from the position of DPOC North Vice Chair of in violation of party rules and any semblance of due process. He also runs for office sometimes. Unless otherwise specifically stated, none of his writings prior to that lawless putsch ever spoke 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 Beautiful Bountiful Brea, but while he may brag about it he generally doesn't blog about it. A family member works as a campaign treasurer for candidates including 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 (except where noted) without compensation.