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Comment by sk8eycat on January 8, 2014 at 1:08pm

I was reading the comments to a news story that popped up when I went to my Yahoo login site, and really looked at the words they seem to be robo-censoring. (BTW the news story was about a book that will be published this week....about the activists who broke into an FBI office during the Vietnam War, and got proof of the FBI's unconstitutional spying on US citizens.  Blew t he whistle on J. Edgar loud and clear!)

Anyway, the following is my reply to a long comment by another former activist

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My NERVES! Yahoo is censoring a three-letter word that means donkey, mule, or a body part that one sits on, even when it's in the middle of an entirely different word...like a group of students!

I don't happen to believe in gods or the efficacy of prayer, but I DO thank all the people who put their lives, reputations, and careers in jeopardy to expose the rot in our own government. It makes me sick that it's still going on...

We don't need NSA, TSA, and a giant Pentagon anymore. The FBI may have cleaned up its own house (perhaps), but the Patriot Act (WHAT an oxymoron!) made it possible for bigger and dirtier houses to be built. I don't think we will go back to our real ideals in my lifetime; we have become more paranoid than the USSR ever was.

I think Yahoo's need for robo-censoring of an innocent group of letters proves my point.

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The word was "ass"  ...  As in "class," or "pass."  They substituted keyboard symbols for just the three "bad" letters, so that it reads "cl#%&#mates" or something.

Am I crazy to be offended and frightened by this kind of thing?  I've felt as if the Cold War has returned for the last 20+ years... and I want to cry.  Citizens don't seem to care anymore...or we've become so accustomed to things like scanners and body searches in airports and government buildings that we just don't notice it.

Well, the ramped-up "security" stuff in airports made me swear never to fly again until they stop it. (Sorry, Carl!)  But I have always loved trains, "the onnnnnly way to fly!"...Heh!

Comment by sk8eycat on January 7, 2014 at 11:55am

Carl!  That IS cold!

PS: Pumpkin is doing his morning exercises.  ie: Lying in a patch of sunlight on the floor, and scooting over when the patch moves and he's halfway into shade. 

Fred just got back in bed with my sister...we are ALL night owls.

Hmmmm.  Good idea. I think I'll go back to my own bed.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 7, 2014 at 11:39am

Nice one, Mindy. Sorry to hear about the dog though.

Happy birthday Pumkin. Take good care of your human for us.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 7, 2014 at 1:42am

sk8eycat, such a lovely face! Easy to fall in love with this handsome fellow. Pumpkin, Happy birthday month! 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 7, 2014 at 12:59am

Il fait plus froid que sorcières tit dans un soutien-gorge en laiton.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 7, 2014 at 12:58am

O, fangkew!  Felaine put sum speshul gushee fud (Sheba) owt 4 me, an' Fred 8 it awl up.  Teh fat blak hawg!

Comment by sk8eycat on January 7, 2014 at 12:28am

Oh, je vous remercie! Je vais devoir marquer cette site.

I avoir un ami qui sait russe, il était un "espion" armée qui écoutait sur ​​leurs émissions de radio pendant la Guerre Froide.

J'aime jouer avec les langues, mais je ne suis couramment l'anglais. Honteux, n'est-ce pas?

Whoopie!  This is so much FUN!  Now, if there was only some way to translate Feline...they do have a large vocabulary of vocalizations...and body language, too.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 7, 2014 at 12:14am

Announcement!  My Little Baby Boy...aka Pumpkin...just turned 15 years old some time this week.  I don't know the exact date, but when I was working part time at the Cat Hotel, one of our regular clients brought in two feral female cats in January 1999. Each had a litter of kittens whose eyes were just starting to open; Pumpkin was the only orange one,and I wanted him.  BUT at that time I had 3 cats and two of them hated the third one.  But for the past 2 1/2 years (and for the rest of his lively life) he's mine!  All mine!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABY BOY!

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Comment by Ian Mason on January 6, 2014 at 11:35pm

Thanks for the link, Napoleon. I can still be amazed at the positions cats can get into.

Good one, Ruth. That put a smile on my face too.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 6, 2014 at 8:25pm

The sleep-fu cats are great, Napoleon. Thanks.

This gave me chuckle. Hope you like it too.

 

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