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Things Are Good: James Burke Connections App for Your Thinking Needs

James Burke is known for his series on BBC called Connections, which was all about how seemingly random inventions (or concepts) are actually connected in interesting ways. He has spent his life advocating for people to look at the in-between of industries and fields of research because it is there that we find . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: James Burke Connections App for Your Thinking Needs

Politics and its Discontents: Media Manipulation: Astroturfers And Propagandists

I have frequently written on this blog about the importance of critical thinking; it is truly the only way that we can navigate through the thickets of information with which we are constantly bombarded today. I have also admitted that it is an ideal t… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Media Manipulation: Astroturfers And Propagandists

Dead Wild Roses: Jonathan Zittrain – Wikipedia Works Well in Practice, Just Not In Theory

It is kind of amazing how Wikipedia manages to survive given all the anti-reality tendencies of the human race. Religion, extreme right and left politics – wikipedia manages to muddle through most of the time and present a version of truth that is mostly acceptable. More amazing is that the editors are more or less, . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Jonathan Zittrain – Wikipedia Works Well in Practice, Just Not In Theory

The Canadian Progressive: Bizarre Conservative MP Paul Calandra’s Wikipedia Page Vandalized

Someone really pissed off has edited Paul Calandra’s Wikipedia page to reflect the Conservative MP’s bizarre obsession with Israel.

The post Bizarre Conservative MP Paul Calandra’s Wikipedia Page Vandalized appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Art Threat: Feminist Art editing marathon creates 100 new Wikipedia entries

Less than 13 percent of Wikipedia contributors are female, an uncomfortable imbalance that skews the content that is found on the tremendously popular resource.

Last week nearly 600 volunteers around the planet stormed Wikipedia in a marathon effort to put a dent in this disparity by adding 100 new pages about women artists, and . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Feminist Art editing marathon creates 100 new Wikipedia entries

Eclectic Lip: Wiki-immortality!

My August Canadian EV car sales stats update went up recently. Which was cool.

Cooler still, I had a chance to wax poetic about sustainability, and my new-found optimism that we’ll avoid the worst of our dystopian horrors. I was invited to be a guest lecturer for an engineering course at UBC (APSC 150) . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Wiki-immortality!

calgaryliberal.com: Liberal Leadership 2013: Deborah Coyne Interview (44:29)

Vincent sat down with federal Liberal leadership candidate Deborah Coyne (website, wikipedia) on Wednesday to get a better feel about her ideas, her policies, and her vision for Canada. In this interview she touches on important issues like what it tak… . . . → Read More: calgaryliberal.com: Liberal Leadership 2013: Deborah Coyne Interview (44:29)

DeSmogBlog: Kochtopus Cato Institute Power Grab: A Historical Perspective

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A new chapter is being added to the ongoing Kochtopus saga. On March 1 the Washington Post, in a story sure to fill the airwaves for the weeks and months to come, revealed the Kochtopus is suing the Cato Institute for control of the recently deceased and former Cato Chairman William Niskanen's ownership share in the think-tank.

The Koch . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Kochtopus Cato Institute Power Grab: A Historical Perspective

Montreal Simon: Vic Toews and the Wikipedia Mystery

About a week ago I wrote a post in which I casually mentioned that Vic Toews was born in Filadelfia, a Mennonite colony in the Paraguayan jungle.

I got the information from Wikipedia. So imagine my surprise when I went back today and found that the information had vanished.

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Or . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Vic Toews and the Wikipedia Mystery

Regan Wolfrom: Fine… I’ll Delete My Dog From Wikipedia

The deletionists over at Wikipedia apparently don’t feel that people’s pets are “notable“, even when the owners of said pets are famous enough to merit a redirect to a list of people who did something once in an election somewhere. I cannot believe that they would dare tell me that my dog is not worth . . . → Read More: Regan Wolfrom: Fine… I’ll Delete My Dog From Wikipedia