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Monster.com Site Hacked; 1.6 Million Users Compromised

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Web site Monster.com has suffered an online attack with the personal data of hundreds of thousands of users stolen, says a security firm.

A computer program was used to access the employers' section of the website using stolen log-in credentials.

The most amusing part of this is that Monster.com didn't even know about this until a security company noticed phishing spam with stolen customer information within and contacted Monster.com.

As usual, it's the European press which break stories like this. Why do I have to read in English papers what happens to U.S. companies? Never mind, don't answer that. We all know why.

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AT&T Censors Anti-Bush Comments From Pearl Jam Concert Broadcast

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According to Pearl Jam's website, portions of the band's Sunday night set at Lollapalooza were missing from the AT&T Blue Room live webcast. Fans alerted the band to the missing material after the show. Reportedly absent from the webcast were segments of the band's performance of "Daughter," including the sung lines "George Bush, leave this world alone" and "George Bush find yourself another home."

Update: While AT&T claims the censorship was a "mistake", according to Wired's Listening Post, concerts streamed on the Blue Room by The Flaming Lips and the John Butler Trio have also been censored for political reasons. If true, this action coupled with past allegations aimed at AT&T suggests an unnerving pro-Bush political agenda from one of America's biggest telecoms.

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Keynote Address From DailyKOS Annual Convention

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[Activists]
If you think the blogger community has no power, think again. There's a new movement rising from the Internet that is making mainstream media, to quote the Bush administration, "no longer relevant."

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How To Get Free Prescription Drugs And Health Care

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Want to know how you can get free prescription drugs? The answer is simple....

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Cheap Cancer Cure/Treatment Found, Ignored By Press

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[Eureka!]
Researchers working at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, have discovered that an existing drug called dichloroacetate (DCA) is effective in killing cancer cells, while leaving the host's healthy cells unharmed. DCA has already been used for years to treat metabolic disorders, and is known to be fairly safe. Sounds like great news; is it too good to be true? Why is the mainstream news media failing to report on this potential breakthrough? Perhaps because the drug companies cannot get a patent on the substance and milk consumers' every last drop of savings?

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What is Tarot?

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[Entertainment]
Tarot (also known as Tarock, Tarokk, Taroky, Taroc, Tarok, Tarocchi and similar names) is a family of trick taking card games played with an enlarged deck of 78 cards which include an extra court card for each of the four regular suits, a permanent trump suit of 21 cards, and a kind of "wild card" called "the Fool" or "Excuse." Although seen primarily by many as a means of fortune telling or divination, the Tarot deck was created in northern Italy during the 15th century for playing card games. The notion of a trump suit which survives in such popular card games as Spades and Hearts originated with the game of Tarot.

The myth of Egyptian origins of Tarot, while once common, has long been debunked by later scholars. There is also no record of Tarot cards being used for the occult or divination prior to the 18th century. The Tarot card readings popular at Renaissance Fairs are a creative license taken with historical fact and should not be viewed as authentic. Contrary to popular belief, conventional playing cards were not derived from Tarot decks and the Fool is unrelated to the Joker of conventional playing cards. The Joker was created in the USA during the 19th century originally for the card game Euchre.

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Anthrax Hoax Mailer Caught: Suprise, He's a Freeper

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FBI agents have arrested a man accused of sending over a dozen envelopes filled with white powder and threatening letters to public figures including MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann, David Letterman, Jon Stewart, Speaker-in-Waiting Nancy Pelosi, and Democratic Senator Charles Schumer.

Shockingly, the suspect is a 39-year-old white man who lives with his parents, spends a lot of time on the right-wing site Free Republic, and thinks Ann Coulter is a "goddess." FBI agents trailed him to a mailbox and watched him post a powder-filled envelope, catching him in the act and charging him with the felony of sending threats by U.S. Mail.

Olbermann commented on the arrest, of course, and we have the video....

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CIA, DoD, FBI: Torture Doesn't Work

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In the wake of Congress giving the administration a free pass to torture, major players in the CIA, FBI and other areas of government drafted a letter explaining their expert opinions on the use of torture. Do you think our president cares? Maybe not, but you should, read the letter...

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Congress Raises Minimum Age of Soldiers to 42

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How to address the growing problem: not enough people are signing up for the armed forces to keep waging this war in Iraq. Bonuses don't seem to be helping, and they've turned to keeping soldiers for extra tours of duty because they can't replace them. (Be All that You Can Be...for two or three times as long as you signed up for.)

But now Congress has solved the problem! Yes, it's raised the maximum age to serve in the U.S. Army yet again, this time to 42. For the first time, we can actually have a multi-generational army! Think of the morale boost of fathers and sons serving side-by-side on the battlefield! (And let's not forget those moms...the age raise applies to women soldiers, too! That's one way to avoid future Cindy Sheehans.)

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CIA Chief Resigns; Will The Press Find Out Why?

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DailyKOS has a good intro to the issue. CIA head Porter Goss has resigned. The administration is surrounded by investigations into criminal activity. Anyone with half a brain realizes that there must be some serious reason why Goss is stepping down. The big question is, are there any real journalists left that can figure out what's going on and why major people in the administration are trying to disappear into the woodwork?

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Upcoming New Orleans Election Already Causing Problems

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"I just read in this morning newspaper that the NAACP will challenge the election if they are not satisfied with the results.

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European Journalists Reserve "Right of Blasphemy"

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Ok, this is a great story, and it shows how much balls the Europeans have when it comes to freedom of speech and journalism. What's happened is that a Danish newspaper published a characature of Mohammed, the Muslim prophet. Well, Muslims all over the world were outraged and Danish reporters have had to go into hiding over death threats; countries like Saudi Arabia and others are initiating elaborate boycotts of anything and everything Danish as a result of the newspaper's action. Apparently, reproducing any imagine of Mohammed is some sort of grave sin.

However in protest of the Muslim upheval against Denmark, newspapers across Europe have shown the balls that are now non-existent in Western journalism to publish charactures of a variety of religious figures including Mohammed. Where's the American media in all of this? Probably checking with Federal Express, the CATO institute, and Chase Bank to find out what they should print.

Germany's Die Welt daily printed one of the drawings on its front page, arguing that a "right to blasphemy" was anchored in democratic freedoms.

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Top 25 Censored News Stories of 2005

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[Society]
Project Censored specializes in covering the top news stories which were either ignored or downplayed by the mainstream media each year. Project Censored is a research team composed of nearly 200 university faculty, students, and community experts who review about 1,000 news story submissions for coverage, content, reliability of sources, and national significance. The top 25 stories selected are submitted to a panel of judges who then rank them in order of importance.

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New Orleans Schoolgirls Demand Levees

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[Activists]
When President Bush visited New Orleans for the first time in 3 months, he was greeted by a group of Catholic schoolgirls demanding Category 5 levee protection and coastal restoration. The girls wore life jackets and swim masks over their school uniforms, and carried signs that demanded the right to feel safe in their homes.

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I Can Ignore Torture Law, says Bush

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When President Bush last week signed the bill outlawing the torture of detainees, he quietly reserved the right to bypass the law under his powers as commander in chief.

After approving the bill last Friday, Bush issued a "signing statement"--an official document in which a president lays out his interpretation of a new law--declaring that he will view the interrogation limits in the context of his broader powers to protect national security. This means Bush believes he can waive the restrictions, the White House and legal specialists said.

Oh, sure, pass your little anti-torture bill. I'm president[king/emperor for life/supreme leader], so it doesn't apply to me. Yes, I'm sure that's what the system of checks and balances written into the Constitution meant.

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Evidence Surfaces That U.S. Used Chemical Weapons In Iraq

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While American media railed against the horrors of Saddam Hussein using chemical weapons against Iran as justification for Iraq's invasion, the little known fact that the Unites States executed similarly henious acts is now starting to surface.

Powerful new evidence emerged yesterday that the United States dropped massive quantities of white phosphorus on the Iraqi city of Fallujah during the attack on the city in November 2004, killing insurgents and civilians with the appalling burns that are the signature of this weapon.

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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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Media Ignores More Black Friday Revelations

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Like much news that's damaging to the Bush administration, the report came out on a Friday.

Since then, it's gotten little media attention -- just 41 mentions in U.S. newspapers and wire stories, according to a news database search on October 11. That's remarkably sparse coverage for a story showing that the U.S. government has been engaged in illegal propaganda aimed at its own citizens.

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CBS Decides Its Viewers "Can't Handle The [PHONY] Truth."

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CBS/Infinity Radio has refused to air paid commercial announcements for an upcoming non-partisan symposium on terrorism, claiming "people might be too emotionally affected" by it.

"CBS/Infinity Radio joins Sinclair Broadcasting in refusing to air fact-based content about issues important to the country," said David Masak, the media production director for Peoples Truth Forum's symposium. "The facts of the threat we face might be disturbing, but that's the truth of the matter. Why CBS/Infinity wouldn't want to take this opportunity to share the facts with the American people, especially in light of the recent bombings in London, says a lot about CBS."


Or maybe is says more about the People's Truth Forum?

I don't know about you, but this set my BS Detector off, and I suspect CBS told the group to shove it when they found out the president of the People's Truth Forum was also the guy behind the bogus, muck-raking media bile, "Vietnam Vets For Truth" which was a wannabe "Swift Boat Veterans For Truth" PAC which manufactured a plethora of lies during the last presidential campaign, including allegations comparing Kerry to Nazi collaborators and the erroneous claim Kerry is considered a Communist hero to the North Vietnamese and helped them achieve victory.

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The Laurie Garrett Memo: Up Yours MSM

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What happens when an old-school journalist, recognized with awards like the Pulitzer, Peabody and Polk, gets fed up with the state of media and journalism where she works? She writes a very cool exit memo that everyone should read.

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