Sunday, October 25, 2009

Conservapedia

So I heard about this website on the Colbert Report a few weeks ago and went to check it out. According to the website, Conservapedia is "The Trustworthy Encyclopedia", free from all the "liberal untruths" that beset Wikipedia and apparently every other medium other than Fox News.

It's funny. The first article I read was about Barack Hussein Obama, and the very first reference was to--- Pravda. That's right, the old Communist Party propaganda machine itself! Another article is all about the "Obama administration corporate bailouts". The site claims these bailouts are socialism in action and that they are proof that Obama wants to turn our country into a socialist one! Only they forget, of course, to mention that it was George W. Bush that was responsible for the corporate bailouts of 2008.

Of course, since they are such an honest, conservative group, I decided to contact them and correct them on a few things. Surprise, surprise, all the honest people at Conservapedia are too frightened to put any kind of contact address on the site. So I signed up as a user, and tried to edit the page for accuracy. No such luck. The honest conservatives at Conservapedia do not really allow their users to edit pages- the site owners and admin are the only ones qualified to post the "truth", apparently.

So what we have is yet another right-wing propaganda machine that uses blatant lies and distortion to advance their agenda while claiming to be the ultimate Truth. Yep, sounds a lot like Pravda (the word means 'truth' in Russian). I honestly cannot believe that there are still so many stupid Americans who believe a word any corporate, fascist Republican says.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Upgrading

I've found that any issues that arise when upgrading to the latest Linux distro are pretty quickly resolved- yet another advantage of open source software. I upgraded to the Karmic Koala beta release soon after it came out, and had a few issues with some applications, but everything is running smoothly now. The only problem I have is with non-free software, of course. Adobe already provides sheisty support for its Linux drivers, and now my flash-based apps are acting weird, namely loseing sound and menu functionality at random times. Meh. But, as I said, Karmic is working out just fine, though it's not an LTR. Oh and the pic is rule 5 or whatever, more hitz, y'all.