Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Congress and Wikipedia

The 1st paragraph of the article on CNET is a beautiful sentence:
We already know, of course, that politicians live primarily for re-election and typically view the truth as an impediment to the higher purpose of unfettered self-aggrandizement.
As if Congress and they're staffs have nothing else to do, they've been caught editing entries in Wikipedia. As a result, Wikipedia has banned all Congress IP addresses from their website for one week - and they may extend it. From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Because computers have unique Internet addresses, it was easy for Wikipedia to trace most of the changes in congressional entries to House and Senate offices, although it's not known exactly who made the changes.
Well, I think these guys and gals need more work to do. Obviously, if they have time to sit around and find sentences that they don't like on Wikipedia, then they need a few more worthwhile tasks to fill their days. So does the person from the following example in the SLPD: "In one instance, someone from the House wrote that Republican Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia 'smells like cow dung.'" I would expect more maturity from george's twin daughters (Probably not george himself, though). For a list of the edits, look here. They even included IP addresses. Go see if your Representative/Senator has anything on the list.

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