November 14th, 2005

Chris Keeley

switch from Internet Explorer to the free and open alternative, Firefox.

Inducing people to give up Explorer: Kill Bill's Browser

The Kill Bill's Browser site campaigns to get people to switch from Internet Explorer to the free and open alternative, Firefox. In addition to an hilarious, racy list of thirteen reasons to do this, the site comes with the news that Google will pay you a dollar for every person you induce to switch to Firefox, and has a script for alerting Explorer-using visitors to your site of the benefits of switching.
1. You'll only see porn when you want to.
Sick of seeing pornographic pop-ups all over your computer while you're helping your daughter with a research project? Since Firefox blocks pop-ups, you won't get tons of porn in your face when you're least expecting it. On the flip side, since Firefox stops spyware from taking over your computer, there will be nothing to slow you down when you go and look for porn.

2. Your kids will only see porn when they want to.
Sorry, buddy... the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

3. Your computer won't spend its free time telling the world about Viagra soft tabs.
Experts say 80% of spam comes from hacked PCs. Firefox has much better security, so your computer will get hacked less. Do it for the children, the children! (caveat: reducing Viagra spam may also reduce total number of children.)

4. Mozilla doesn't inflate prices and use the money to vaccinate children in Africa.
Uhh... wait a second. Maybe Microsoft's monopoly hasn't been all bad. Better donate to Oxfam. Seriously, you should.

Link (via EFF Minilinks)

Chris Keeley

Respectable Reefer

Respectable Reefer
By Gary Greenberg,
Posted on November 14, 2005, Printed on November 14, 2005
If it weren't for the little photo gallery on the wall, the office where Dr.
William Notcutt's research assistants keep track of their patients would be
just like any other cubicle at the James Paget Medical Center in England. As
phones ring and stretchers wheel by and these three women go about their
business, the snapshots -- Cheryl Phillips, one of Notcutt's staffers,
gently holding an emerald green bud of marijuana; a group of people in lab
coats smiling for the camera, sinsemilla towering over their heads; a
hangar-sized greenhouse stuffed to the gills with lush pot plants -- are
about the only evidence that this hospital in East Anglia is at the
epicenter of one of the most extensive medical marijuana research projects
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This hard work has no doubt paid off in Canada and England, reassuring
regulators that, as Notcutt put it, "we're talking about a serious medical
subject here." The real audience for all this mythmaking, however, isn't
Britain or Canada, which will ultimately account for only a small percentage
of the cannabinoid drug market, estimated to be almost $1 billion a year.
It's the United States, where, Notcutt says, things are different.
"Marijuanaphobia is much greater on your side of the pond," he told me.
"We've never had the reefer madness."

Gary Greenberg is a contributing writer for Mother Jones. His writing on
science and public policy has also appeared in The New Yorker, Rolling Stone
and Harper's Magazine. For information on reprinting this article, contact
Chris Keeley

The Five Biggest Lies Bush Told Us About Iraq

LA Times Fires Longtime Progressive Columnist Robert Scheer
Monday, November 14th, 2005
The Los Angeles Times newspaper last week announced that it was firing longtime columnist Robert Scheer. Scheer has been at the Times for 30 years and was one of the most progressive voices at the paper. In recent years, his columns took on the Bush Administration and its justifications for the invasion of Iraq.

Last week, the Los Angeles Times Newspaper announced that it was firing longtime columnist Robert Scheer. Scheer has been at the Times for 30 years and was one of the most progressive voices at the paper. In recent years, his columns took on the Bush Administration and its justifications for the invasion of Iraq. Scheer believes that his firing was because of ideological reasons.
In a posting at the Huffington Post blog, he wrote "The publisher Jeff Johnson, who has offered not a word of explanation to me, has privately told people that he hated every word that I wrote. I assume that mostly refers to my exposing the lies used by President Bush to justify the invasion of Iraq. Fortunately sixty percent of Americans now get the point but only after tens of thousand of Americans and Iraqis have been killed and maimed as the carnage spirals out of control. My only regret is that my pen was not sharper and my words tougher."

The Times also fired Michael Ramirez, a Pulitzer-Prize winning conservative staff cartoonist.

Robert Scheer, former columnist with the Los Angeles Times. He is author of "The Five Biggest Lies Bush Told Us About Iraq" and he is co-host of a weekly syndicated radio show along with with Arianna Huffington, Matt Miller and Tony Blankley.
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ROBERT SCHEER: And here he picks Jonah Goldberg, one of the most conservative columnists, to do his bidding for him.

AMY GOODMAN: I want to thank you very much for being with us. I know there will be a protest tomorrow outside the Los Angeles Times at noon. We will continue to cover the story and hope we can get the Los Angeles Times management on, as well. Thanks for joining us, Robert Scheer, former columnist at the Los Angeles Times for some 30 years.
Chris Keeley

The White House has been accused of trying to rewrite history after requesting Congressional Quarter

I send these daily news headlines because SADLY we don't get the correct picture in the regular news outlets.
Headlines for November 14, 2005
Monday, November 14th, 2005
- Democrats Move to Restore Habeas Corpus To Detainees
- Iraqi Woman Confesses on Jordanian TV to Bombing
- Bush: "Irresponsible" to Rewrite History About Iraq War
- Bush's Approval Rating Sinks to 36 Percent
- White House Tries To Alter Transcript of Press Briefings
- Report: CIA Interrogators Covered Up Death of Detainee
- Italy Seeks Extradition of 22 CIA Operatives
- Middle East Envoy Warns Gaza Turning Into "Giant Prison"
- Thousands of Students Say No To Recruiters in Boston

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Thousands of Students Say No To Recruiters in Boston
The Boston Globe is reporting that more than 5,000 high school students in five of Massachusetts' largest school districts have removed their names from military recruitment lists. In Boston, about 3,700 students, or 19 percent of those enrolled in the city's high schools, have removed their names from recruiting lists. At Cambridge Rindge and Latin School more than half the student body, ordered the school system not to give their names to the military this year.
Chris Keeley

More on habeas corpus--Willett oped in WashPost 11-14-05

Deserve Court Trials*

By P. Sabin Willett
Monday, November 14, 2005; A21

As the Senate prepared to vote Thursday to abolish the writ of habeas
corpus, Sens. Lindsey Graham and Jon Kyl were railing about lawyers like
me. Filing lawsuits on behalf of the terrorists at Guantanamo Bay.
Terrorists! Kyl must have said the word 30 times.

As I listened, I wished the senators could meet my client Adel.

Adel is innocent. I don't mean he claims to be. I mean the military says
so. It held a secret tribunal and ruled that he is not al Qaeda, not
Taliban, not a terrorist. The whole thing was a mistake: The Pentagon
paid $5,000 to a bounty hunter, and it got taken.
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I'm back in Cuba today, maybe for the last time. Come down and join me.
Sen. Graham, Sen. Kyl -- come meet the sleepy-eyed young man with the
shy smile and the gentle manner. Afterward, as you look up at the bright
stars over Cuba, remembering what you've seen in Camp Echo, see whether
the word "terrorist" comes quite so readily to your lips. See whether
the urge to abolish judicial review rests easy on your mind, or whether
your heart begins to ache, as mine does, for the country I thought I knew.

/The writer is one of a number of lawyers representing Guantanamo Bay
prisoners on a pro bono basis./

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