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Religion, porn, and viruses, oh my!


Steve Benen at The Maddow Blog posted news items from the "God Machine," informing us about all kinds of religiony stuff, so please go over and read all about it. Two fascinating little tidbits in particular caught my eye:

1- The Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life found the most knowledgeable Americans about religion are atheists and agnostics.

2- Symantec's Internet Security Threat Report found more viruses attached to religious websites than porn websites.

So remember, boys and girls, stay away from them religious sites! They're dangerous and can infect you with icky, Satany germs!

And then I followed the link in #1, and found this:

Overall, people who score well on the general knowledge questions also tend to do well on the religion questions. Atheists/agnostics and Jews correctly answer an average of roughly seven of the nine general knowledge questions. Among the public overall, the average respondent correctly answers 5.2 of these general knowledge questions.

Since I fall under both the "atheist/agnostic" and "Jew" categories, I really should be a lot more knowledgeable than I am. I chalk that up to exposing myself to too many Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin speeches.


Former Bush Official Charged For Erasing Computer Files


By GottaLaff

I have a feeling that, little by little, more and more members of the Bush crime family will be finding themselves in this awkward little stress position:

Former U.S. Special Counsel Scott Bloch was charged today with criminal contempt of Congress in connection with his notorious use of Geeks On Call to scrub his computer while under investigation for misusing his office, according to a court filing in federal court in Washington. [...]

That was in late 2006.

I just adore skipping down Memory Lane, especially when it leads me to a happy ending.


Malware delivered by Yahoo, Fox, Drudge, Google ads


By GottaLaff

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These charts show incidences of malware distributed by a number of ad delivery platforms over a six-day period last month that were detected by Avast. Yahoo and Fox have the highest counts. (Credit: Avast)

Drudge and ClusterFox make us sick enough already. Now we have their computer viruses to contend with:

Malware that exploits holes in popular applications is being delivered by big ad delivery platforms including those run by Yahoo, Fox, and Google, according to Prague-based antivirus firm Avast.

Viruses and other malware were found to be lurking in ads last year on high-profile sites like The New York Times and conservative news aggregator Drudge, and this year on Drudge, TechCrunch and The practice has been dubbed "malvertising." [...]

Users don't need to click on anything to get infected; a computer becomes infected after the ad is loaded by the browser, Avast said.

More here.

Mid Day Distraction


Insidious Worm Makes Unauthorized Purchases When Computer User Is Drunk

I've heard of this worm...