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eDJ
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Icon 3 posted July 06, 2003 12:39      Profile for eDJ     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Justin Pope is quite a writer and he tends to capture my imagination regurlarly. His recenty article mentions an MIT media lab project which is to debut a website like the Google search engine with the special purpose of helping citizens track their government leaders. It's mission is to arm citizens with information about government and its agencies that collect info about citizens. Now citizens can get help to understand the Govt's links, network, and influances on them and pull together info from govt watchdogs, whistle blowers, data bases, and others who contribute.

As an example the Sierra Club can enter info on say a Senator or Congressman's voting record on a specific topic. Users will rank the postings for credibility and see that balanced postings prevail. Someone looking for reliable numbers could limit a search to official government documents.

MIT to provide Google-type gov't site

This may be handy information to have later [Wink]
If we don't watch over our elected officials, it's hard to tell what they will evolve into.

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Icon 1 posted July 06, 2003 18:45      Profile for Punk Rawk Poet     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
it's a splendid idea. But will the people of Amerika care? prolly not. Democracy's a shitter like that, it only werks when people care.

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Icon 1 posted July 06, 2003 21:38      Profile for quantumfluff     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Some of us actually do care. I like to know the background of everyone I might vote for. I've even been known to write my elected representatives a letter or two telling them what I think. The real problem with democracy is that the people who don't care about the system itself get ruled by the people who do. IMO, those who don't vote, or understand who they are voting for deserve what they get.
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eDJ
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Icon 1 posted July 07, 2003 04:49      Profile for eDJ     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
There is a book titled "Pigs at the Trough" which is about CEO's, Accounting Firms, the Media, and most especially the Politicians. Anyone who reads it will begin to understand the economy of the past few years a lot more clearly and begin to understand why the bunch at MIT are putting this search engine together. It's ashamed it wasn't one of the original missions of the internet.

Yes some people actually care. I recall a Zoology
prof once making the remark that, "A good paracite does not destroy it's host." It seems that even if the parasites are "good" to that end.....if you get too many of them....the host will be brought down just by their ignorance of each other. I think so many say that they don't care as they truly don't know how to grapple with the system and have fallen into complacency. You know how easy it is to use Google....so it will be easier to grapple.

Smart as these "leaders"/parasites are......they still have to figure out how to get our vote with each new election term. [Wink]

Do get a look at "Pigs at the Trough".(photo in first post is from it's cover)

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