U.S. Obtains Internet Users' Search Records
Yahoo and others reveal queries from millions of people; Google refuses. Identities aren't included, but the data trove stirs privacy fears.
By Joseph Menn and Chris Gaither, Times Staff Writers
SAN FRANCISCO — Federal investigators have obtained potentially billions of Internet search requests made by users of major websites run by Yahoo Inc., Microsoft Corp. and America Online Inc., raising concerns about how the massive data trove will be used.
The information turned over to Justice Department lawyers reveals a week's worth of online queries from millions of Americans — the Internet Age equivalent of eavesdropping on their inner monologues. The subpoenaed data could, for example, include how many times people searched online for "apple pie recipes," "movie tickets 90012" or even "bomb instructions."
Thus, my parents and grandparents were right. Never write what you wouldn't want printed on the front page of a newspaper.
Also, while I know Bin Lauden isn't THE most trustworthy man in the world, for some reason, this bothers me.
U.S. Verifies Bin Laden Tape, Calls His Offer of a Truce a Ploy
WASHINGTON-A new audiotape believed to be from Osama bin Laden warns that Al Qaeda is preparing terrorist attacks on the United States but says they can be avoided if U.S. officials agree to a truce that would allow Muslims to rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan.
Why is it so bad to let Muslims rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan? To put it simply, those countries, like my kid's room, are theirs. If they want to clean it up, we'll help. If they're happy with the way it is, great. Do I want to paint over the pink and blue splotches in Fry's room, making the walls an African Savanna to match her lion collection? Sure I do and could when she's off at Gran's. Do I barge in and paint, even though she's violently opposed to any sort of painting her room ideas? No. I can demand that it not be a health or fire hazard, but that's her room. I respect her space.
As soon as she's moved out, though... That bad boy is being redone into a cozy guest room.
The red scarf is longer, didn't knit on anything else in an effort to meet the Jan 30th deadline. Today's goals are: Pay bills, get the house company clean for the weekend, put away all the laundry (seventy billion loads), inventory class supplies and maybe shop, and grocery shop (yay!). By then, next month sometime, I'll start supper and be ready to knit all evening. Maybe not that long, probably by 4:00pm. :) Hug and kiss on Fry at 4:30, putter around the kitchen, then eat at 6:00. I know, I know. Beyond thrilling.
Now for some Friday fun...
Stare at the black dot in the center and watch the colored spots disappear!