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    Re: What Congress Edited on Wikipedia Today: Snowden, Manning, Cato, More

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob0627 View Post
    Members of Congress may want to check if their staffers are actually hard at work on their computers, because a few people (but mostly one prolific individual) seem to spend their days trolling Wikipedia. Today, the site has been edited at about 20 times by people with congressional IP addresses.

    And one person, who has made about 30 edits in the last 48 hours, has been focusing on some politicized topics, like Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, the Cato Institute, and many others.

    Under the IP address 143.231.249.138 (which has apparently been blocked in the past for "disruptive edits"), he (or she) today changed an entry about Snowden, calling him an "American traitor who defected to Russia." Regarding Manning, the user took to the talk page, asking, "Why is this man referred to throughout the article by his alias? He is much more well-known under his real name." As far the Cato Institute goes, the individual added the fact that the policy institute is hosting a talk about congressional staff editing Wikipedia.

    What Congress Edited on Wikipedia Today: Snowden, Manning, Cato, More - Hit & Run : Reason.com

    What source of information is trustworthy these days?
    No surprise to me. It shows how "the government", in this case by way of congressional assistants, makes such an effort to write history the way it wants it to be written. The Official Story, on virtually any topic.

    I think Wikipedia is a great idea, but it is so easily abused. I don't use it that much, and don't really trust it, though it can be useful for certain subjects.

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    Re: What Congress Edited on Wikipedia Today: Snowden, Manning, Cato, More

    Quote Originally Posted by joG View Post
    (1) It was naiv to vote Obama into office on the promises he was making. They looked suspiciously uninformed at the time, which only seemed to underline his lack of experience.
    (2) Just because you do not know how foreign policy on the ground works, what it means, when popuplations of allies are riled, because their politicians had not informed them of what they were doing and had allowed the US to do and how the revelations have changed power balances does not mean that it does not affect you. But that is a rather large debate and I do not think this is the thread for it.
    Then why'd you put this drivel into this thread?
    Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy

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    Re: What Congress Edited on Wikipedia Today: Snowden, Manning, Cato, More

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    Then why'd you put this drivel into this thread?
    So that you would have a chance to be impolite.

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    Re: What Congress Edited on Wikipedia Today: Snowden, Manning, Cato, More

    Quote Originally Posted by joG View Post
    So that you would have a chance to be impolite.
    Waite a minute joG, you were impolite in that very thread to me, so, why'd you really post it?
    Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy

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    Re: What Congress Edited on Wikipedia Today: Snowden, Manning, Cato, More

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob0627 View Post
    Members of Congress may want to check if their staffers are actually hard at work on their computers, because a few people (but mostly one prolific individual) seem to spend their days trolling Wikipedia. Today, the site has been edited at about 20 times by people with congressional IP addresses.

    And one person, who has made about 30 edits in the last 48 hours, has been focusing on some politicized topics, like Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, the Cato Institute, and many others.

    Under the IP address 143.231.249.138 (which has apparently been blocked in the past for "disruptive edits"), he (or she) today changed an entry about Snowden, calling him an "American traitor who defected to Russia." Regarding Manning, the user took to the talk page, asking, "Why is this man referred to throughout the article by his alias? He is much more well-known under his real name." As far the Cato Institute goes, the individual added the fact that the policy institute is hosting a talk about congressional staff editing Wikipedia.

    What Congress Edited on Wikipedia Today: Snowden, Manning, Cato, More - Hit & Run : Reason.com

    What source of information is trustworthy these days?
    On wikipedia: it might interest folks to know that any reference to any wiki source in a college paper nets an instant "F". I won't use wiki for any source in these kinds of forums because you never know what you're reading. I know that there have been studies that show wiki to be supprisingly accurate; supprisingly... but that 'edit' button is what hrows their credibility out the window. Now we also know that the federalies are using it for both propoganda and to snuff truth.
    “The people do no want virtue; but they are the dupes of pretended patriots” : Elbridge Gerry of Mass; Constitutional Convention 1787

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