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. General Counsel of CATER, the Coalition of Anaheim Taxpayers for Economic Responsibility, a non-partisan group of people sick of local corruption. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Runs for office sometimes, so far to offer a challenge to someone nasty who would otherwise have run unopposed. Someday he might pick a fight intending to win it rather than just to dent someone. You'll know it when you see it. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level. A family member works part-time as a campaign treasurer. He doesn't directly profit from that relatively small compensation and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he hated. He does advise some local campaigns informally and generally without compensation. If that changes, he will declare the interest. He also runs a less frequently published blog called "The Brean," for his chosen hometown, where he is now fighting with its wealthiest and most avaricious citizen-donors. This just seems to be his way.