The Usual Suspects

I think the Democratic Party now has more credibility than Wikipedia. The latest scandle was revealed by a program that exposes who is changing entries on Wikipedia. It is The Usual Suspects, which was a great movie BTW.

Michelle Maklin reports that everyone from the Mass Media Outlets around the world, to Government Agencies has been implicated in An Army of Wiki Watchers.

The Wikiscanner created by Virgil Griffith, a grad student of CalTech has created a new group of Army of Davids.

The hot new site of the week is this Wikipedia edit scanner, invented by Caltech graduate student Virgil Griffith, which searches the list of edits at Wikipedia and ties them to known IP addresses of groups and organizations.

Yes, you can now identify and track Wiki vandals at, say, the NYTimes or Al Jazeera. Very useful tool.

An Army of Wiki Watchers has now been unleashed. LGF and Hot Air (flagging Wiki vandals at the DNC) have more.

WebProNews:

No one can claim innocence on either side of the political spectrum when it comes to playing with Wikipedia entries. The online encyclopedia that anyone can edit sometimes suffers from that openness.

The debut of an automated Wikipedia edit tracker – Wikipedia Scanner – from CalTech grad student Virgil Griffith made it easier for people to see the connections between anonymous edits and the netblocks of IP addresses from which they originate.

Big organizations tend to own blocks of IP addresses to suit their Internet communication needs. It’s unlikely a random person would be using an address that is part of a netblock. That makes it easier to find out who has been playing fast and loose with Wikipedia entries.

Both Fox News and the New York Times have been caught being naughty with certain entries.

Reader W.R. writes:

I saw the story on LGF about the new app/database that allows the public to track back anonymous users of Wikipedia to their originating IP Address and then pair those to companies. I was curious if any ACLU employees were editing Wikipedia and found this little tid-bit:

ACLU Wikipedia Edits

Originating IP: 12.42.243.10

Date: 19 APR 2005 (19:29)

Article: Pope Benedict XVI

Added the words, “…such as molesting young boys and degrading women.”

Total Sentence: “Benedict was considered to be Pope John Paul II’s “right hand man” and also one of his closest friends, and during the Pope’s final illness, he carried out many of the Pope’s functions as leader of the Catholic Church, such as molesting young boys and degrading women.”

Thanks ACLU for this!

As for the NYTimes’ employees vandalizing the Wiki pages of George Bush and Tom DeLay, perhaps the Old Gray Lady’s staffers should spend less time slumming around Wikipedia and more time spell-checking their own paper.

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More from the Guardian:

Workers operating on CIA computers have been spotted editing entries including the biography of former presidents Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon, while unnamed individuals inside the Vatican have worked on entries about Catholic saints – and Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams.

Meanwhile, an anonymous surfer from Labour’s Millbank headquarters excised a section about Labour Students which referred to “careerist MPs” and criticisms that the party’s student movement was no longer seen as radical.

And somebody from a computer traced to Democrat HQ edited a page on conservative American radio host Rush Limbaugh, calling him “idiotic”, “ridiculous” and labelling his 20 million listeners as “legally retarded”.

But the biggest culprit that the Scanner claims to have discovered is Diebold, a supplier of voting machines, which it says has made huge alterations to entries about its involvement in the controversial “hanging chad” election in the US in 2000. The company was criticised in the wake of the disputed results, but edits made by its employees on Wikipedia have included the removal of 15 paragraphs detailing the allegations.

Little Green Footballs has a running of the bulls exposing the so called anonymous Wiki Editors, and displaying their childish and sometimes harmful creations.

Here is a list of some of the one’s LGF has blogged out…

Wired Magazine’s Wikidgame is running a tab on Wikipedia…

Bishop Bows Down to Allah – Updated

I was blogging out Little Green Football’s new post that Iranian President Ahmadinejad says that the only salvation for Mankind is to have Islam rule Mankind (Another words for the liberals, convert or die). When I saw an intersting article on Bishop Tiny Muskens, who feels that it might help resolve the indifferences between faiths if all religions called G”d Allah. Oh my F’in Allah. Can you believe this? This is the final step to Islamification.

A proposal by a Roman Catholic bishop in the Netherlands that people of all faiths refer to God as “Allah” is not sitting well with the Catholic community.

Tiny Muskens, an outgoing bishop who is retiring in a few weeks from the southern diocese of Breda, said God doesn’t care what he is called.

“Allah is a very beautiful word for God. Shouldn’t we all say that from now on we will name God Allah? … What does God care what we call him? It is our problem,” Muskens told Dutch television.

“I’m sure his intentions are good but his theology needs a little fine-tuning,” said Father Jonathan Morris, a Roman Catholic priest based in Rome. Morris, a news analyst for FOX News Channel, also called the idea impractical.

“Words and names mean things,” Morris said. “Referring to God as Allah means something.”

Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington, D.C.-based Islamic civil liberties and advocacy group, backs the idea as a way to help interfaith understanding.

“It reinforces the fact that Muslims, Christians and Jews all worship the same God,” Hooper told FOXNews.com. “I don’t think the name is as important as the belief in God and following God’s moral principles. I think that’s true for all faiths.”

Christians who are Arabic speakers speak of Allah when they speak of God, Hooper added.

“There’s not a theological leap to make on the part of Christians,” Hooper said.

The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago supports the idea.

“I think it will open up doors,” said Janaan Hashim, a spokeswoman for the group representing more than 400,000 Muslim Americans in the Chicago area. “Language is a man-made limitation. I think what God cares about is how we fulfill our purpose in life.”

The nation’s largest Catholic civil rights group says Catholics won’t get behind the proposal.

“Bishop Martinus “Tiny” Muskens can pray to “Allah” all he wants, but only addlepated Catholics will follow his lead,” Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, said in a statement. “It is not a good sign when members of the Catholic hierarchy indulge in a fawning exchange with Muslims, or those of any other religion.”

Muskens spent eight years in Indonesia, where he said priests used the word “Allah” during Mass.

Muskens also has drawn attention for other ideas such as encouraging the hungry to steal bread and offering condoms to combat HIV and AIDS.

It does not reinforce the fact that Muslims, Christians and Jews have the same roots, it reinforced that Muslim Extremists can rule the world. 

Well, I really can say much more about this, other than maybe we should listen to Ahmajinejad and covert now before it is to late.

Iran’s designated madman president said today that the only salvation for mankind is the rule of Islam.

 President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here Tuesday that rule of Islam on mankind is the only way for salvation of human beings.

“There is no truth on earth but monotheism and following tenets of Islam and there is no way for salvation of mankind but rule of Islam over mankind,” said Ahmadinejad in a meeting with Afghan Sunni and Shiite ulama at Iranian Embassy in Kabul.

President Ahmadinejad said nations are today distancing themselves from culture of materialism and selfishness and look for a new way for their prosperity, that is the path of Islam. He said that the world is on verge of a great upheaval and ulama at this juncture shoulder a heavy responsibility that is introducing genuine Islam as it is.

“Nations today have no haven but religion,” the Iranian president announced, cautioning Muslim nations against enemies’ divisive plots. He said, “All of us have the duty to resist the enemy by closing our ranks.”

In the words of Borat … NOT!

Minor Update, just scrolled further down on LGF’s page and found the blog on this

The Roman Catholic bishop of Breda in the Netherlands wants Christians to start praying to Allah.

To promote healing and tolerance.

The Bishop of Breda, Tiny Muskens, wants people to start calling God Allah. He says the Netherlands should look to Indonesia, where the Christian churches already pray to Allah. It is also common in the Arab world: Christian and Muslim Arabs use the words God and Allah interchangeably.

Speaking on the Dutch TV programme Network on Monday evening, Bishop Muskens says it could take another 100 years but eventually the name Allah will be used by Dutch churches. And that will promote rapprochement between the two religions. …

More than 30 years ago Bishop Muskens worked in Indonesia and, there, God was called Allah, even in Catholic churches. The Dutch should learn to get on spontaneously with different cultures, religions and behaviour patterns:

“Someone like me has prayed to Allah yang maha kuasa (Almighty God) for eight years in Indonesia and other priests for 20 or 30 years. In the heart of the Eucharist, God is called Allah over there, so why can’t we start doing that together?” …

Bishop Muskens proposal will undoubtedly receive a warm welcome from the Islamic community in the Netherlands.

Undoubtedly.

Update:

To clarify two points. There is a distinction bewteen the meaning/translation of a word verses a proper name. The arabic word Allah does mean god and yes christians that speak arabic use the word Allah, because that is the word in the arabic language. That differs from how Muslims use the proper name Allah, to mean G”d. In English god means Allah, however when used in Christian or Jews circles when referenece G”d”, it is being used as a proper name.

Second why not have the Muslims call Allah G”d? What do you think would happen? I will tell you, they will be offended, issue Fatwahs, begin Jihad and kill people. I am of course referring to the extremists.

Additionally even if everyone referred to G”d as Allah it will not make a difference to those same extremists because we have not coverted. It is not about what we call our G”d by name, but rather the religion we follow.

Now the second point I need to clarify is that I am Agnostic. I was raised Roman Catholic however I gave up my faith many years ago, so why the passion in this topic, because it is another step our society is taking in the name of “tolerance” and giving up our identity and bending our values/beliefs/ways of life for others. If they want to come to our countries, they need to be tolerant, integrate and be respectful of why we believe in.

BBC Radio contacted me to be part of this World Have Your Say broadcast, however I was unable to participate. Here is the podcast on it. You need RealPlayer to access.

Nahoul the Killer Bee

The real star of Hamas TV is not Nahoul the “Killer” Bee or Farfour the “Suicide Bombing” Mouse but rather an 11 year old girl, Saraa Barhoum, the brainwashed host of this sick propoganda anti-semetic children show. She is also the victim of Hamas, as are all children in and out of Palestine that have to watch this to become indoctrinated.

A profile of the creepy 11-year old zombie girl who hosts the Hamas TV show Tomorrow’s Pioneers, one of the most depraved Islamist propaganda efforts in the world today: Hamas TV’s child star says she’s ready for martyrdom.

The sad fact is this is not entertainment, it is education to breed a new generation of hate to carry on a war where the people that started it are about to die of natural causes. The last of those that were born in the Palestinian Territory before fleeing or selling there homes are old. The generation is dying and they must be reborn to carry on the terror for another 60 years.

This poor girl has been so screwed up by Hamas that she either wants to become a doctor or a Martyr. Well if the scumbag terrorists in the UK are any example she can become both….

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Saraa Barhoum picked at the buttons on her pink bellbottom jeans as she twisted on a chair inside the bustling new Hamas television headquarters. The afternoon light bounced off the sparkly outlines of butterflies on her frilly top, and a colorful hijab framed her 11-year-old face.

Saraa wants to be a doctor. If she can’t, the young star of Hamas television’s best-known children’s show said, she’d be proud to become a martyr. Saraa says little Jewish girls should be forced from their homes in Israel so that Palestinians can return to their land.

With the show’s producer helpfully offering written tips during an interview, Saraa didn’t get into how she hopes to die for her cause, be it suicide bombing, fighting the Israeli military or some other way. She carefully sidestepped any suggestion that she’s subtly calling for the destruction of Israel .

“Israel says that we are terrorists,” Saraa said minutes before an interview with her was interrupted by an errant Israeli airstrike that slammed into an apartment building on the adjacent block. “But they are the ones that must stop their attacks against us and our kids.”

Saraa is the sweet face of “Tomorrow’s Pioneers,” a weekly, hour-long Hamas television children’s show best known for bringing the world a militant Mickey Mouse look-alike and then having him killed off by an Israeli interrogator. …

“A lot of people in Palestine have died as martyrs, and lots of Palestinians hope to be martyrs,” Saraa said of Farfour’s demise. “This is one of the ends.”

Asked if she hoped one day to be a martyr, Saraa instinctively nodded her head. “Of course,” Saraa said. “It’s something to be proud of. Every Palestinian citizen hopes to be a martyr.”

Saraa helps deliver similar messages to Palestinian children from a Hamas TV set filled with colorful numbers and pictures of kittens. During the show, Saraa fields calls from Palestinian children who warble songs about Islam, liberating Jerusalem and finding answers in the barrel of a machine gun.

Cell Phone Directory a Reality

Remember not long ago when there was rumor of a cell phone directory that was going to be made public? You probably received one of the chainmails about it. It proved to be false at the time. However Intellus, the company that does background checks for a fee, now has a list of over 90 million cell phone numbers linked to names and addresses in there system and plan on adding another 70 million in the up and coming days. They are accessing/buying information from companies, so if you have used your cell phone as a contact number, which is not only common for people to offer up, but companies even ask for it sometimes, then your cell phone could be on the list. It is only a matter of time before these lists fall into telemarketers hands.

What is worse, is they are making all available with no limits. One person found that his 14 year old son was on the list of available numbers.

Intellus claims to be doing this so people can check out the history of say a nanny you want to hire. Well how about the pediaphile that wants to know more about your child. Or the kidnapper etc…

It appears there are no laws against this from happening at this time.

Everyone needs to contact there Senators, Representatives, state officials, local officials and start pushing for legislation that will limit at least the listing of children if not other listings.

Home phone numbers have been available to the public for a long time, so many Americans treasure the fact that their cell numbers can be kept private — or so they think. Now, all it takes is a few bucks and Internet access to find tens of millions of personal cell phone numbers.

A Web site named Intelius has created a clearinghouse of cell phone numbers that can be purchased online for $15 each. Its source — every business and company you’ve ever provided with your personal information.

“We do pay for the data, everything from government agencies to third party companies, where we compile a lot of this information together,” said Ed Peterson, vice president of sales and marketing at Intelius.

Intelius already has 90 million cell phone numbers, and it’s adding 70 million more in the coming days, along with the addresses that go with them.

“Frankly, it’s the Wild West when it comes to our personal information,” said Avivah Litan, director of research at Gartner Inc.

Intelius claims it is providing a public service that will help parents track down who is calling their children, or families checking on a nanny, but many individuals are upset that their information can be bought online.

ABC’s David Muir attempted to buy the records of three people he approached today in New York City, and they were shocked to learn he’d purchased every cell phone number and address they ever had.

Intelius even had the number of a minor.

“That’s my son … he’s 14,” said Winsome Jones.

“You can’t even assume that minors have privacy rights. Maybe this is a wake-up call once we see congressmen’s cell phone numbers on the Internet. Maybe they’ll finally start acting, but the data brokers are not regulated,” Lihtan said. “No one’s looking over their shoulder and saying you can or cannot do this.”

And until Congress takes action, Intelius’ business of selling personal information is perfectly legal.

Follow these links to access your Federal Representation:

I also recommend contacting the FCC, your state goverment, most can be reached at http://www.state.INITIALS.us. (Replace initials with your states two letter abbreviation and local officials.

This is a matter that does affect all of us and our children’s protection.

Gore Invented Global Warming in 1922

As a follow up to the Michelle Maklin’s  Hot News and my own Al Gore Sequel: A Convenient Lie …

Another nail in the Al Gore Global Warming Coffin. The Washington Post reports that a John Lockwood, a Washington DC resident has discovered an article in the Library of Congress that shows that in 1922 Global Warming and the Melting of the Ice Caps was already happening.

This comes back to back with the NASAY2K glitch in the programing and the recent addition of natural weather patterns to the model.

This is starting to look like natural phenomenon is the cause, not humans. But wait I will bet that the Liberals and Gore will spin it that we have increased the speed or made it worse, or that because of humans, the Earth cannot correct itself…

 D.C. resident John Lockwood was conducting research at the Library of Congress and came across an intriguing Page 2 headline in the Nov. 2, 1922 edition of The Washington Post: “Arctic Ocean Getting Warm; Seals Vanish and Icebergs Melt.”

The 1922 article, obtained by Inside the Beltway, goes on to mention “great masses of ice have now been replaced by moraines of earth and stones,” and “at many points well-known glaciers have entirely disappeared.”

“This was one of several such articles I have found at the Library of Congress for the 1920s and 1930s,” says Mr. Lockwood. “I had read of the just-released NASA estimates, that four of the 10 hottest years in the U.S. were actually in the 1930s, with 1934 the hottest of all.”

Europe has been struggling with the effectiveness of becoming green. The cost of alone is hurting the EU and then there are the situations where power plants have to go off line to meet green requirements. Now they are reconsidering the value of following this dangerous path.

Reacting yesterday to word that certain European governments and officials are suddenly trying to abandon their costly “global warming” policies, Royal Astronomical Society fellow Benny Peiser, of the science faculty at Liverpool John Moores University in Great Britain, recalls the teachings of Marcus Aurelius: “The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.”

And now the spin

The Architect of the Capitol estimates that by having installed energy-efficient comfort-control systems and lighting, including occupancy sensors that automatically turn off lights when they are not needed, they are saving American taxpayers more than $2.2 million per year.

And how much was invested to go green? How long will it take to make it a true savings for each family? How many are getting rich of off this scheme? I installed energy efficient light bulbs in my house 2.5 years ago and the cost versus how much I have saved is still in favor of cost. I think maybe in another 3-4 years I will break even, which will be about the time I have to replace my long life energy efficient bulbs. As for my central AC, if I replaced it now, for an average cost of $10,000, how long will it take until I save that much in my electric bill. I pay about $200-250 /month during the summer, that includes my lights, TV, home entertainment devices, electric stove, water heater, refrigerator two computers running 24/7, 3 clocks, washer/dryer and Central AC. During the winter I pay 250-350 with the same. During the fal and spring it drops to about $100. So if I save 50-100 per year by upgrading my Central AC, it should only take me 10-20 years to break even. Hey time to buy a new AC unit. I think I will stick with my non-energy efficient system until it breaks down.