Sunday, August 19, 2007

The Other Fun Site of the Day

If you've missed the fun of the Wikipedia editing story, sit back and enjoy. There's a new site that "lists anonymous wikipedia edits from interesting organizations" In other words, wonder why when you look up the "right to bear arms" on Wikipedia you see that the site boasts that the 2nd amendment defends both the collective AND individual right to bear arms, noting that "The Supreme Court has heard only a small number of Second Amendment cases, and in each has recognized the right to arms as an individual right. In U.S. v. Cruikshank (1876) the Court recognized that the right to arms pre-existed the Constitution." -- Interesting you say, perhaps not the general non biased definition you were expecting.

Thanks to this fun site, it all begins to make sense because you can see that the computer ip address of the person making that statement belongs to ... yup, the National Rifle Association. The site is just full of fun things you can learn that "L. Ron Hubbard is also a total nut case with no proof that his beliefs are true." - oops, wait, that didn't appear on the site when it was edited by a computer with a Scientology ip address.

It's set up so you can wonder through some of the ip addresses that have been pulled out to browse through, or you can add your own ip address or organization/company name and see what someone's been up to in the name of public relations. One of my favorites is the edit in 2005 by an anonymous user - dumping sections critical of the Diebold company or their crappy (edit THAT Diebold Co.) e-voting machines. You guessed it, the ip address traces back to the Diebold company.

And what did someone from Exxon Mobile's computer ip address have to say about that company's infamous Exxon Valdez, Alaska oil spill? "Peer-reveiwed [sic] studies conducted by hundreds of scientists have confirmed that there has been no long-term severe impact to the [[Prince William Sound]] ecosystem."

In a Rove/Cheney/Rumsfeld/Bush world - is there even any surprise out there at any of this? Have some fun - check out how the administration has tried to change several unpleasant realities. It's almost as easy for them as manipulating FOX newsless.


Blogger buckarooskidoo said...

Uh, count me in as not surprised. I was looking for this quote to respond, and I managed to find it. I think it was from Ron Suskind's portrait of the Bush administration back in the day, when all was going swimmingly: "“We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality - judiciously, as you will - we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors … and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”

'nuff said...they STILL have their own facts, their own reality. I don't know how or if we will get these people who support them out of the looking glass.

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