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Posted on 12/25/2002 9:37:44 AM PST by Sabertooth

More and more websites now require subscriptions and passwords before viewing their material. As they do, I've found that I don't want dozens of subscriptions and passwords. They're a nuisance and an invitation for spam. No thanks.

This has become especially true of excerpted news stories from certain websites. Because of a legal settlement, some stories may no longer be posted in full at Free Republic. Yet clicking on the link only brings up a subscription window where some of these sites are concerned. Again, no thanks.

Fortunately, I've discovered a work-around, a completely legal and honest way to view these stories at their websites without subscribing. I'm not sure how long this loophole will last, but I thought I'd pass it along. I'll also include a way of setting up a two-step link on excerpted threads at Free Republic.

Let's start with the problem. Take this excerpted thread on Free Republic as an example:


FreeRepublic.com "A Conservative News Forum"
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Intelligence Official Will Lead TSA Profiling Effort
Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, December 24, 2002 | By Robert O'Harrow Jr.

Posted on 12/24/2002 11:31 AM PST by MineralMan

The federal Transportation Security Administration has hired an intelligence official with database expertise to oversee development of the agency's computer profiling system, a proposed network of supercomputers intended to instantly assess every passenger's background for potential ties to terrorism, officials close to the project said yesterday.

Ben H. Bell III, who recently served as deputy director of a technology-oriented terrorism task force at the Justice Department, is expected to work out technical and policy kinks that have delayed what some officials regard as the most ambitious domestic data-surveillance system ever begun by the federal government.

Excerpted - Full Article ^



If you click on either the source link, or "Excerpted - Full Article," you get that lousy subscription page. Here's how you get around it:

Open up another window in your web browser, and go to Google News Search (http://news.google.com/). Copy the headline, "Intelligence Official Will Lead TSA Profiling Effort" into the search field, and click the "Search News" button. You'll find yourself at this page, with the link to the original article in the search results. Click on the headline, and you'll be reading the article without subscribing. Nice, huh?

For posters of articles from subscription sites, you can follow the instructions above before posting, and then provide links through Google News to the article so that Freepers won't have to mess with subscriptions or passwords.

Please note that the only purpose of the above information is to avoid the subscriptions, not to in any way encourage violations of various legal agreements which prohibit posting anything more than excerpts from certain websites.



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Merry Christmas!




1 posted on 12/25/2002 9:37:44 AM PST by Sabertooth
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To: JohnHuang2; kattracks; Pokey78
FYI



2 posted on 12/25/2002 9:38:43 AM PST by Sabertooth
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To: CheneyChick; vikingchick; Victoria Delsoul; WIMom; one_particular_harbour; kmiller1k; GOPJ; ...
((((((growl)))))



3 posted on 12/25/2002 9:39:17 AM PST by Sabertooth
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To: Sabertooth
Doesn't it take a few days for the article to show up on Google?
4 posted on 12/25/2002 9:40:32 AM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: Sabertooth
Thanks
&
Merry Christmas
5 posted on 12/25/2002 9:41:30 AM PST by Fiddlstix
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To: Sabertooth
I hear you, whenever I come across a subscription site, I use 'annoying' as the username and password. It usually works.
6 posted on 12/25/2002 9:42:00 AM PST by Pern
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To: PJ-Comix
I've seen them show up in minutes. I've never been unable to find an excerpted article in this way.



7 posted on 12/25/2002 9:42:03 AM PST by Sabertooth
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To: Sabertooth
Thank you!!!
8 posted on 12/25/2002 9:42:28 AM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Sabertooth
Simply brilliant. Thanks for the tip, friend, and Merry Christmas to you and yours.
9 posted on 12/25/2002 9:43:34 AM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: Sabertooth
Or, you can register using a hotmail or yahoo account created specifically for that purpose. I check my Yahoo mail every couple of months or so, and if it gets spam, I don't care.
10 posted on 12/25/2002 9:44:00 AM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Sabertooth; xm177e2; mercy; Wait4Truth; hole_n_one; GretchenEE; Clinton's a rapist; buffyt; ...

11 posted on 12/25/2002 9:44:03 AM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
BUMP
12 posted on 12/25/2002 9:48:49 AM PST by TLBSHOW
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To: Pern
I hear you, whenever I come across a subscription site, I use 'annoying' as the username and password. It usually works.

And I can't deny the satisfaction in that. I've got a friend who drops those "no postage necessary" magazine suubscription postcards into mailboxes with no info on them.




13 posted on 12/25/2002 9:53:51 AM PST by Sabertooth
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To: Sabertooth
That's correct. Tis all one has to do.

Merry Christmas!

Birth of Tha SYNDICATE, the philosophical heir to William Lloyd Garrison.
101 things that the Mozilla browser can do that Internet Explorer cannot.

14 posted on 12/25/2002 9:55:14 AM PST by rdb3
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To: Dog Gone
Or, you can register using a hotmail or yahoo account created specifically for that purpose. I check my Yahoo mail every couple of months or so, and if it gets spam, I don't care.

True, but there are certain sites whose subscriber numbers I don't want to pad.




15 posted on 12/25/2002 9:55:48 AM PST by Sabertooth
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To: Sabertooth
Diabolical.
16 posted on 12/25/2002 9:56:08 AM PST by okie01
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To: Sabertooth; Mr. Mulliner; Dog; rintense
Thanks! That very thing has kept me from reading many an article. Some of these sites claim that it's FR that hurts their readership. HA! It's their own policies that keep people away.
17 posted on 12/25/2002 10:01:02 AM PST by kayak
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To: Sabertooth
bttt

Thanks for the heads up.

Merry Christmas

18 posted on 12/25/2002 10:01:56 AM PST by jdontom
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To: Sabertooth
Merry Christmas to all...and bump to save for later!
19 posted on 12/25/2002 10:03:46 AM PST by JimRed
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To: Sabertooth
Aww man, and I didn't get you anything! ;-)
20 posted on 12/25/2002 10:07:23 AM PST by stands2reason
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To: Sabertooth
Ha!
BUMP
21 posted on 12/25/2002 10:11:29 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Sabertooth
Thanks!
22 posted on 12/25/2002 10:16:40 AM PST by muggs
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To: Sabertooth
And I can't deny the satisfaction in that. I've got a friend who drops those "no postage necessary" magazine suubscription postcards into mailboxes with no info on them.

Which get immediately tossed into the trash at the very same post office where your friend mails them. And if they're not caught then, they'll be thrown out at the destination, and the magazine will not have to pay one cent for them. The only people that get screwed are the taxpayers, who end up paying increased rates from all the gas and manpower used to transport X tons of useless paper every year.

Postal regulations are very clear on this: Obvious use of business reply mail for harassment of the business is thrown out the moment it's caught by any postal employee. Tell your friend to stop wasting his time.

23 posted on 12/25/2002 10:22:59 AM PST by Timesink
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To: Sabertooth
LOL. You put 'teeth' into Conservative ingenuity.

Thanks and Merry Christmas.

24 posted on 12/25/2002 10:24:59 AM PST by Fracas
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To: Timesink
Postal regulations are very clear on this: Obvious use of business reply mail for harassment of the business is thrown out the moment it's caught by any postal employee. Tell your friend to stop wasting his time.

Will do. Too bad, though, since empty subscription cards would make great stocking stuffers for AOL-Time-Warner-Turner.




25 posted on 12/25/2002 10:26:07 AM PST by Sabertooth
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To: Sabertooth
That was indeed a nice Christmas present. Thanks and Merry Christmas to you! BJN
26 posted on 12/25/2002 10:32:24 AM PST by BJungNan
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To: Sabertooth
Thanks for this great suggestion. There is no way that I will be on an email spam list with the likes of the Washington Post, NY Slimes, LA Slimes or other lefty mediot organizations.

Merry Christmas!
27 posted on 12/25/2002 10:33:57 AM PST by Grampa Dave
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To: Sabertooth
This is interesting. I can't figure out why this works. Perhaps they made a deal with Google to accept all direct referrals?
28 posted on 12/25/2002 10:36:29 AM PST by Timesink
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To: Sabertooth
Thanks! Good find. And along those lines, I'm not interested in any of the left wing publication's viewpoint anyway so no need to subscribe. I would rather have it dissected by a loyal Freeper anyway and save me the time of picking it apart. In case anyone doesn't know the publications to be leery of, here is a partial list:

Washington Post
New York Times
L.A. Times
Gannett Newspapers
Reuters
AP

Just to name a few big ones. You can count on them mostly slanting or reporting stories that put conservatives/Republicans in a bad light. So beware.

BTW, the other day a friend of mine who is aware of the left wing slant of most big publications actually referred to and took as valid an L.A. Times article that was written by some nutcase out of Berkeley. It was all about Bush planning on taking over Iraq and annexing it to the U.S. Stuff of left wing fairy tales. I had to bring her back to reality and point out that 1) It was written by a Berkeley wacko, 2) it was published in the L.A. times, 3) it wasn't sourced and 4) it was guilt by association. Just goes to show even the most savvy of us are still susceptible to the elitist left wing propaganda.

29 posted on 12/25/2002 10:38:39 AM PST by Samizdat
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To: Sabertooth
What great news! Thanks for the tip. There have been many articles I've been unable to read for this very reason.

A Very Merry Christmas to you!!!
30 posted on 12/25/2002 10:41:34 AM PST by ShuShu
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oooh. Thanks for the ping. I had signed up at the LA times using phony information and a throw-away email address because there was an article I wanted to post. Never again!
31 posted on 12/25/2002 10:42:33 AM PST by .38sw
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To: Timesink
This is interesting. I can't figure out why this works. Perhaps they made a deal with Google to accept all direct referrals?

I haven't a clue. Not sure if it's an oversight of some sort.

If Google has a subscription through their servers, would that do it?




32 posted on 12/25/2002 10:46:25 AM PST by Sabertooth
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To: Sabertooth
You can also give userid: cypherpunk and password: cypherpunk . It works many places, brought to you courtesy of the cypherpunks.
33 posted on 12/25/2002 10:49:30 AM PST by RippleFire
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To: Timesink
If postal employees can toss mail in the trash, what stops them from throwing any mail in the trash?
34 posted on 12/25/2002 10:49:34 AM PST by ALS
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To: RippleFire
You can also give userid: cypherpunk and password: cypherpunk . It works many places, brought to you courtesy of the cypherpunks.

Thanks, good info.

How does that work on the WP survey page that comes up when you click on their excerpt links?




35 posted on 12/25/2002 10:53:32 AM PST by Sabertooth
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To: Sabertooth
bump
36 posted on 12/25/2002 10:58:28 AM PST by LiteKeeper
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To: PJ-Comix
Doesn't it take a few days for the article to show up on Google?

No..........thankfully Google and the internet is not like our banks where our deposited checks take a few days to process!

37 posted on 12/25/2002 10:58:54 AM PST by MadelineZapeezda
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To: ALS
If postal employees can toss mail in the trash, what stops them from throwing any mail in the trash?

The law says that business reply mail labels that are plainly being used to harass the business in question (the old "tape it to a brick" urban legend, for example) DO NOT QUALIFY AS MAIL and can be dumped. Don't believe me, go to usps.com and dig through the Domestic Mail Manual.

I can drop a live chicken into a mailbox with an address written in Magic Marker on its feathers; that doesn't make it a legitimate piece of mail.

38 posted on 12/25/2002 10:59:55 AM PST by Timesink
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" Obvious use of business reply mail for harassment of the business is thrown out the moment it's caught by any postal employee."

Thanks for the laugh!

Who's the "harassed"?

And if you think a "postal employee" is going to read anything more than he/she/it has to, your sadly mistaken.

Been doing it for years....scribble a ficticious name /address and whala......off it goes, back to give the "spammers" a dose of their own medicine.

Tell your friend to keep up the good work.

Postal regulations my behind!

39 posted on 12/25/2002 11:00:11 AM PST by G.Mason
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To: Timesink
There was a time I used to fill out the blown-in cards of all my magazines and send them in, too. The addresses I used were from the Usenet posts of people posting chain letters where you were supposed to send money to the address at the top of the list, add your name at the bottom, etc. The creeps who posted addresses got lots magazines.
40 posted on 12/25/2002 11:09:27 AM PST by gcruse
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To: Sabertooth
I just tried your suggestion. I came directly to the subscriber page (Rrrrrrrr!). They must've gotten wise already. Thanks anyway.

41 posted on 12/25/2002 11:10:02 AM PST by Ex-Wretch
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To: Sabertooth
Templates for GoogleNews Search. Replace the ***** with your search word or phrase:

SingleWord

http://www.news.google.com/news?hl=en&q=*****&btnG=Search+News

Multiple Words

http://www.news.google.com/news?hl=en&q=%22*****%22&btnG=Search+News

42 posted on 12/25/2002 11:10:40 AM PST by Stultis
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To: Sabertooth
Thankyou! and Merry Christmas
43 posted on 12/25/2002 11:12:43 AM PST by The Mayor
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To: Sabertooth
Thank you, my friend.

I am a firm believer in GoogleNews. It came on line just before I began writing my weekly columns for UPI. It has been an invaluable resource in seeing what else is in the lamestream media, and including in every column facts and points of view that have NOT appeared previously in the lamestream media.

I promised not to post on Christmas Day. But your excellent suggestion required a bump.

Congressman Billybob

Click for latest column on UPI, "Ignorance in America" (Not yet on UPI wire, nor FR.)

Click for latest book, "to Restore Trust in America"

44 posted on 12/25/2002 11:13:59 AM PST by Congressman Billybob
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To: Ex-Wretch
I just tried your suggestion. I came directly to the subscriber page (Rrrrrrrr!). They must've gotten wise already. Thanks anyway.

It's still working for me.

Click here, and then on the headline. What do you get?




45 posted on 12/25/2002 11:14:13 AM PST by Sabertooth
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To: Timesink; Sabertooth
" Obvious use of business reply mail for harassment of the business is thrown out the moment it's caught by any postal employee."

Thanks for the laugh!

Who's the "harassed"?

And if you think a "postal employee" is going to read anything more than he/she/it has to, your sadly mistaken.

Been doing it for years....scribble a ficticious name /address and whala......off it goes, back to give the "spammers" a dose of their own medicine.

Tell your friend to keep up the good work.

Postal regulations my behind!

46 posted on 12/25/2002 11:24:33 AM PST by G.Mason
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To: Sabertooth
"This will only take a few minutes" subscriber page
47 posted on 12/25/2002 11:30:10 AM PST by Ex-Wretch
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To: Sabertooth
I hear you, whenever I come across a subscription site, I use 'annoying' as the username and password. It usually works.

And I can't deny the satisfaction in that. I've got a friend who drops those "no postage necessary" magazine suubscription postcards into mailboxes with no info on them.

I return all these "You are approved for this credit card" envelopes, but put inside the papers with no personal information (actual application goes to garbage), and first rip them aroung the margins.

48 posted on 12/25/2002 11:31:40 AM PST by ConvictHitlery
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To: Sabertooth
Gracias!

Merry Christ-mas!
49 posted on 12/25/2002 11:31:41 AM PST by Kay Soze
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To: Ex-Wretch
"This will only take a few minutes" subscriber page

minutes = seconds

50 posted on 12/25/2002 11:33:43 AM PST by Ex-Wretch
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