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Drudge blocked on congressional computers

highland145

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Wife works as a field rep for the house of representatives. Called me this a.m. and access to Drudge has been blocked on their computers "for their own protection." March, Drudge was falsely accused of infecting machines and employees were asked to not visit it. IMO, that's scary, no matter which party is in charge.

With influential proponents recently calling for a newly regulated world wide web, we got a preview of how that might look last month after both Infowars.com and Prison Planet.com were completely blocked to many Internet users in New Zealand.
http://www.prisonplanet.com/drudge-report-malware-accusation-coincides-with-cybersecurity-agenda.html

One could say that she should be working instead of looking at Drudge but being in tune with the news is part of her job. She gets a 6 or 8 news papers a day.
 

Moonbeam

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Mother keeps child at home after neighbor was accused of being a rapist. The accusation turned out to be false.
 

woolfe9999

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I work in the private sector, and we're blocked from any and every website that even *might* have a virus.

- wolf
 

brencat

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Of course it's blocked. We can't have reality getting in the way of the Obama leftist propaganda now can we?

All kidding aside, I will only view Drudge at work and have the site blocked on all my home PCs. That site is a spam magnet with popups and all kinds of crap. Only my employer's multiple firewalls are solid enough to keep my PC from being infected.
 

woolfe9999

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So you have no web access at all then?
We use filtering software which is overbroad. If a website had malware in the past, or in some cases was rumored to have it, we're blocked. My employer takes zero chances of getting an infection on our network.

The subtext of all this, btw, is that the employer also doesn't want us doing a lot of web surfing during work hours.

- wolf
 

Craig234

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We use filtering software which is overbroad. If a website had malware in the past, or in some cases was rumored to have it, we're blocked. My employer takes zero chances of getting an infection on our network.

The subtext of all this, btw, is that the employer also doesn't want us doing a lot of web surfing during work hours.

- wolf
I think his point was with your language, if it were really 'any risk', you couldn't go to any web site. What you meant is, even relatively low risk, but not zero risk as the standard.
 

highland145

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I work in the private sector, and we're blocked from any and every website that even *might* have a virus.

- wolf
Understandable. I do the same at my office. She's in a meeting but I'll get her to see if she can pull up some more left news sites which would show bias. My point still being that if the peeps in charge(left or right) block access to what they don't want you to see, that's scary.
 

Craig234

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Understandable. I do the same at my office. She's in a meeting but I'll get her to see if she can pull up some more left news sites which would show bias. My point still being that if the peeps in charge(left or right) block access to what they don't want you to see, that's scary.
Depends on the reason and selectivity in the blocking.

In a private workplace, they generally have every right to block based on partisan views, but this is public.

If you want a real scandal on this topic, look at the Armed Forces radio being much friendlier to the right-wing propaganda like Rush Limbaugh than the other views getting 'equal time'.
 

woolfe9999

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I think his point was with your language, if it were really 'any risk', you couldn't go to any web site. What you meant is, even relatively low risk, but not zero risk as the standard.
Technically correct, but basically a nitpick. The software we use is so overbroad that the risk is *near* zero. We're a business with 25 employees, each of whom has web access, and we've never had an infection. And since the boss doesn't want us doing frivolous web surfing, so much the better that the software is overbroad. That point is, I think, relevant to the OP's concerns. Many employers block all kinds of websites on the pre-text that it is for security reasons when in fact they just don't want their employees surfing the web.

- wolf
 

her209

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Now lets see a list of other sites that were blocked for the same reasons.
 

highland145

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Depends on the reason and selectivity in the blocking.

In a private workplace, they generally have every right to block based on partisan views, but this is public.

If you want a real scandal on this topic, look at the Armed Forces radio being much friendlier to the right-wing propaganda like Rush Limbaugh than the other views getting 'equal time'.
Agree.

Don't see the Armed Forces Radio issue being any more of a scandal. The issue is if one party uses undue influence to push it's agenda/ideals/politics. Government controlled media doesn't appeal to me and wouldn't to anyone at odds with the government.
 

highland145

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Technically correct, but basically a nitpick. The software we use is so overbroad that the risk is *near* zero. We're a business with 25 employees, each of whom has web access, and we've never had an infection. And since the boss doesn't want us doing frivolous web surfing, so much the better that the software is overbroad. That point is, I think, relevant to the OP's concerns. Many employers block all kinds of websites on the pre-text that it is for security reasons when in fact they just don't want their employees surfing the web.

- wolf
Told my last employee that if she surfed facebook/myspace/etc I'd fire her a** specifically because she did get a virus and put my livelihood was at risk.
 

Craig234

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Agree.

Don't see the Armed Forces Radio issue being any more of a scandal. The issue is if one party uses undue influence to push it's agenda/ideals/politics. Government controlled media doesn't appeal to me and wouldn't to anyone at odds with the government.
The reason I say more of a scandal is for a number of reasons:

- A larger number of people affected
- The type of people affected a captive audience who lack access to other media
- The type of people affected a non-political group rather than political appointees
- IMO stronger evidence of bias so far in the selection of content.

Not to mention also IMO that Rush Limbaugh and Matt Drudge are crap content.

Do we also give Scientologists equal footing to provide content as an 'equal side' without any regard for the quality of content?

But I'd still air the Rush Limbaugh show to the troops for 'freedom of speech' - I just find it a worse wrong to censor better content than to censor him, but I wouldn't censor either.
 

highland145

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The reason I say more of a scandal is for a number of reasons:

- A larger number of people affected
- The type of people affected a captive audience who lack access to other media
- The type of people affected a non-political group rather than political appointees
- IMO stronger evidence of bias so far in the selection of content.

Not to mention also IMO that Rush Limbaugh and Matt Drudge are crap content.

Do we also give Scientologists equal footing to provide content as an 'equal side' without any regard for the quality of content?

But I'd still air the Rush Limbaugh show to the troops for 'freedom of speech' - I just find it a worse wrong to censor better content than to censor him, but I wouldn't censor either.
Looking at the AFNRadio programming, I'm seeing plenty of CNN, NPR, Alan Colms, Katie Couric, etc. There may have been an issue during Bush but doesn't appear to be now.
http://myafn.dodmedia.osd.mil/AFNRadio.aspx

As far as the content being crap, it depends on your point of view. The 50 left sites I listed would, imo, have crap content. I don't listen to Rush at all. Talks way too much.
 

Craig234

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Looking at the AFNRadio programming, I'm seeing plenty of CNN, NPR, Alan Colms, Katie Couric, etc. There may have been an issue during Bush but doesn't appear to be now.
http://myafn.dodmedia.osd.mil/AFNRadio.aspx

As far as the content being crap, it depends on your point of view. The 50 left sites I listed would, imo, have crap content. I don't listen to Rush at all. Talks way too much.
FWIW, the issue I'm describing does go back to Bush, but not one of those sources is 'liberal' or a counterpart to Rush Limbaugh, with the arguable exception of Colmes, bleh.

Thom Hartmann, Randi Rhodes, Mike Malloy (!), are examples who would be such content.

(Ed Schulz would put himself on the list, eh.)

I'm not sure what all is offered now though; I wouldn't be surprised if the list has improved.
 

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