25 April 2011

Q. How Many Tentacles Does a Poison Soros Have?
A. You Can't Count Them.

Knowing where information comes from is more important today than perhaps it ever was.  Having two sons in high school, I monitor all of their homework.  As a parent, I'm fortunate: I don't have to monitor THAT they do their homework, because they are super students.  But I have have to monitor the CONTENT of their homework, including the recommended and provided areas on the internet where they are allowed to pull from.  They are, for obvious reasons, not allowed to use Wikipedia.  I'm ok with that, and my sons know that even though Wikipedia is a plethora of information, it is, nonetheless, not objective because it is a "user-contributed" source . What my sons don't know (or frankly, have time to care about), and this is the important part for me, is how Wikipedia is funded.  It is funded by the "WikiMedia Foundation," one of the many George Soros/Open Society  funded groups. There are hundreds of thousands of OSI's tentacles the internet.

Here is WikiMedia's goal statement on their website:
The Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free, multilingual content, and to providing the full content of these wiki-based projects to the public free of charge. The Wikimedia Foundation operates some of the largest collaboratively edited reference projects in the world, including Wikipedia top-ten internet property.
Sounds ok, right? But look at this screen shot  from the Participatory Politics Foundation that includes other Soros-Funded groups. These groups are benevolently called by PPF  "allies," "siblings," and "Data Partners:" GovTrack, Sunlight Foundation, Change Congress, Participatory Culture Foundation, Center for Responsive Politics, National Institute on Money in State Politics (WTF?) and my favorite: Code for America (more on that in a bit).

What's with the logo that's just an "O" ?

How did I find this out? It's easy - just look at the bottom of most webpages, especially any with the word "Open" in it.  I found the above on OpenCongress.org:
"We're Going Local" - Hmmmm.

Which led me to The PPF:
501(c)3 - Your Tax Dollars at work!
And so I had to look up both "National Institute on Money in State Politics" and  "Code for America" because I've been at this stuff long enough that I'm just downright cynical.

The National Institute on Money in State Politics is the great-sounding "Follow the Money" (http://www.followthemoney.org/), which proudly states on their website (remember to scroll down!): 
We’re thankful for new support from Public Welfare Foundation, Open Society Institute, and Rockefeller Family Fund for a project to document and report onindependent expenditures in state elections before and after the groundbreaking US Supreme Court decision: Citizens United v. FEC.
And Code for America?

ADD Moment! "Code" makes me think of the scene in "Idiocracy" when poor Joe has to put his arm in an auto-tattoo machine and get his wrist bar-coded, bearing the fabulous code for "Not Sure."
Code for America Labs, Inc is a non-partisan, non-political 501(c)(3) organization. Content is licensed through Creative CommonsSite designed by Joint Concepts.

Anyway, here's who's got "America's Back," and American tax dollars are paying for it.
the next arrow just says "more"...but it doesn't link to anything.
Finally, here is a screen shot of what I found at WikiMedia. You can access that yellow document in the right hand corner HERE.

That's enough tentacle tracking for now. Know your sources; in the information age, it matters big time.

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