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Wikipedia is growing and has a new CEO…..

The organization has grown from a $57,000 one to a $42.2 Million one and I’m one of its every days users…..The site is ranked as the 6th busiest…..

Thank You Wikipedia!

The Wikimedia Foundation, the organization that operates the widely used collaborative online encyclopedia Wikipedia, Thursday named software executive Lila Tretikov as its new executive director.

Tretikov, who grew up in the Soviet Union, was formerly chief product officer of SugarCRM, a Silicon Valley firm that makes customer relationship management software.

She will succeed Sue Gardner, a former Canadian journalist, on June 1. Gardner will become a special adviser to the foundation, it said in a news release.

Tretikov will lead the nonprofit foundation, set strategy and manage operations for the global, volunteer-driven site, used by more than a half-billion people. In a statement, she described Wikimedia’s mission as “nothing less than making the sum of all human knowledge freely available to all.”

Website-ranking service Alexa ranks Wikipedia sixth in the world in traffic behind Google.com, Facebook.com, YouTube.com, Yahoo.com, and Baidu.comBIDU +3.15%, the Chinese search engine…..


Yes …There IS a Wiki page for Bridge-Gate…..

The information site gives a encyclopedic review of the New Jersey Bridge Scandal…..

And it’s long and very detailed…..

Gotta to love ya Wikipedia…….

Fort Lee (highlighted in yellow) with George Washington Bridge marked as I-95 over the Hudson River to Manhattan, New York City

Image from Wikipedia

The Fort Lee lane closure scandal, also known as the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal or Bridgegate, is a U.S. political scandal in which a staff member and certain political appointees of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie have been shown to have conspired to create traffic jams in Fort Lee, New Jersey, starting at a New York-bound, upper-level, toll plazaentrance to the George Washington Bridge. The problems began on Monday, September 9, 2013, after two of three toll lanes for this entryway were closed to traffic from Fort Lee and surrounding communities prior to the morning rush hour and reallocated to the main traffic from state and interstate expressways, resulting in massive back-ups on local streets over the course of five days. The disruption was apparently created for political retribution, but the precise target or motivation remains unclear.

A senior Christie adviser, as well as his two senior appointees to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (which manages the bridge traffic), were alleged to have covered up these actions before, during, and after initiating the toll lane closures. Other senior staff/advisers in his governor’s office and at the Port Authority were alleged to have been involved in condoning or making efforts to minimize or obfuscate public disclosures as the scandal developed.

Local area officials and emergency services officers, as well as the general public, were not notified of the lane closures. Fort Lee officials declared the unannounced closures a threat to public safety, noting multiple cases in which emergency services responses had been delayed, and said that schools had been disrupted by the delayed arrivals of students and teachers who had been caught in the traffic jams…..


Rand Paul runs into rough political weather….

Christie Up…..

Paul Down?

Sen. Rand Paul’s handling of recent plagiarism charges adds doubts about his readiness for a presidential campaign, some observers said Wednesday.

Stuart Rothenberg, editor and publisher of the nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report, called Paul’s response to the controversy a warning sign if the Kentucky Republican and tea party favorite were to decide on a White House bid.

“It raises questions about how he will handle being under the microscope,” Rothenberg said.

Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, said the allegations are serious.

“If (Paul) were at my school, he would have been expelled because of the honor code. It’s a lot more serious than the ‘Aqua Buddha,'” Sabato said, referring to a hazing incident during the senator’s college days.

Paul, who has said he is considering a run for president in 2016, accepted responsibility for the controversy Tuesday on CNN, just two days after saying on ABC’sThis Week that “hacks and haters” were targeting him.

“Ultimately, I’m the boss, and things go out under my name, so it is my fault,” he said on CNN. “I never had intentionally presented anyone’s ideas as my own.”

The controversy began last week when MSNBC TV host Rachel Maddow accused Paul of stealing several lines from Wikipedia in a speech he delivered at Virginia’s conservative Liberty University…..



Labor Day…..

From Wiki…..

Labor Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September

The first Labor Day in the United States was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City.

It became a federal holiday in 1894, when, following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland put reconciliation with the labor movement as a top political priority. Fearing further conflict, legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through Congress unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike.

The September date was chosen as Cleveland was concerned that aligning an American labor holiday with existing international May Day celebrations would stir up negative emotions linked to the Haymarket Affair.

All 50 U.S. states have made Labor Day a state holiday………



originally posted 2010…updated

The Wikipedia blackout is over — and you have spoken….

A DSD Highlight……

On Wikipedia today:

Thank you……

More than 162 million people saw our message asking if you could imagine a world without free knowledge. You said no. You shut down Congress’s switchboards. You melted their servers. Your voice was loud and strong. Millions of people have spoken in defense of a free and open Internet.

For us, this is not about money. It’s about knowledge. As a community of authors, editors, photographers, and programmers, we invite everyone to share and build upon our work.

Our mission is to empower and engage people to document the sum of all human knowledge, and to make it available to all humanity, in perpetuity. We care passionately about the rights of authors, because we are authors.

SOPA and PIPA are not dead: they are waiting in the shadows. What’s happened in the last 24 hours, though, is extraordinary. The Internet has enabled creativity, knowledge, and innovation to shine, and as Wikipedia went dark, you’ve directed your energy to protecting it.

We’re turning the lights back on. Help us keep them shining brightly.

Read more


Senators drop support of piracy bill after protests…….The current Bills are dead….

A number of major English-language websites around the world, including Wikipedia, have blacked out their pages Wednesday, to protest anti-piracy legislation under consideration by the U.S. Congress. (Jan. 18)

From The Washington Post…..

More than 4.5 million people signed their names to the Google petition and 300,000 people emailed or called their lawmakers, according to the protest organizers. In New York, San Francisco and Las Vegas, protesters held rallies to draw attention to the bills. The Library of Congress said late Wednesday that it had been hit with a denial of service attack by “a group opposed to the online piracy legislation.”

By the evening, a number of lawmakers had done an about-face on the legislation.

The Senate version of the bill lost four of its co-sponsors, including Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).

“It is simply not ready for prime time and both sides must continue working together to find a better path forward,” Hatch said in a statement about the Protect Intellectual Property Act.

Sens. John Boozman (R-Ark.), Mark Rubio (R-Fla.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) also released statements Wednesday saying that they had reservations and would not vote for the bill if it came up for a floor vote.

In the House, where lawmakers are considering a similar bill called the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told reporters that “it’s pretty clear to many of us that there’s a lack of consensus at this point” on how to proceed with the bill.

The online piracy bills had been aimed at protecting U.S. companies against foreign Web sites that illegally post copyrighted material. Companies opposing the legislation had argued that the bills would impose heavy regulatory costs, harm innovation and give the government too much power to shut down Web sites accused of copyright violations even if they are later found to be innocent of the charges.

“The entire approach is philosophically wrongheaded,” Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales said Tuesday evening in an interview with The Washington Post before the protest began.

In a statement posted to his public Facebook profile, co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said the bills “get in the way of the internet’s development.” Google’s chief executive, Eric Schmidt encouraged his followers on Twitter to sign Google’s petition against the bills, calling on them to “Defend the web!”


Highlight by the Dog….

Arab Spring…..

The Arab Spring (Arabic: الثورات العربية‎; literally the Arabic Rebellions or the Arab Revolutions) is a revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests that has been taking place in the Arab world since 18 December 2010. Prior to this period, Sudan was the only Arab country to have successfully overthrown dictatorial regimes, in 1964 and again in 1985. To date, there have been revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt; a civil war in Libya; civil uprisings in BahrainSyria, and Yemen; major protests in Algeria,Iraq,Jordan,Morocco, and Oman, as well as on the borders of Israel; and minor protests in KuwaitLebanon,MauritaniaSaudi Arabia,Sudan, andWestern Sahara. The protests have shared techniques of civil resistance in sustained campaigns involving strikes, demonstrations, marches and rallies, as well as the use ofsocial media, such as FacebookTwitter, and YouTube, to organize, communicate, and raise awareness in the face of state attempts at repression and internet censorship.Many demonstrations have also met violent responses from authorities, as well as from pro-government militias and counter-demonstrators. The slogan of the demonstrators in the Arab world has been Ash-sha`b yurid isqat an-nizam (“The people want to bring down the regime”).…..

From Wiki……

Photo Source….finchannel.com

Wiki comes out of the closet in colleges…..

While some High School and College teachers frown on the use of the internet encyclopedia…

The Dog in addition to others ……

Us it extensively….

It’s content may be suspect from time to time…

But it IS general the most informative quick reference available….

And isn’t the thing about finding out an answer or information?

Wherever you can?

Although wikis, with their collaborative approach and vast reach online, have been around for at least 15 years, their use as a general teaching tool in higher education is still relatively recent. But an increasing number of universities are now adopting them as a teaching tool.

As part of that trend, a handful of Singapore universities are using the wiki platform as a way to engage students.

Michael Netzley, assistant professor of corporate communication in the business school at the Singapore Management University, said students’ learning improved when they embarked on wiki projects.

“Rather than trying to read a textbook and regurgitate it for an exam, in order to write coherent segments, you have to actually intellectually understand it and be able to craft your own words, and that is a higher level of learning challenge,” he said. “All the research on learning theory suggests this is in fact a better way to learn.”

Mr. Netzley, whose students include Mr. Desai, started using wikis as a teaching tool in 2007. This semester, he asked the students in his Digital Media in Asia class to document the digital communication landscape of a given country, build a wiki page, and then conduct a one-week public relations campaign to promote it…..


At 10, Wikipedia hits political groove…..

Ok…From the jump….

I LOVE Wikipedia…..

While some might shun it….

I don’t…..

The information collective is a god-sent…..

From what I understand it is one of the top five internet sites…

It deserves it…..

Thank You….

Wikipedia is shown. | AP screenshot

Despite the perils that come along with letting anyone edit or add information, Wikipedia has become a go-to reference guide for political insiders and mainstream Americans alike.

“It’s the 800-pound gorilla that flies,” said Micah Sifry, editor of the PersonalDemocracy Forum, an organization that studies technology’s impact on politics. “That you can build a world-scale volunteer written and edited encyclopedia that gets into the top 10 Web traffic is itself a political achievement.”

Not only is the citizen-run site a place people go to for information — take Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’s page, which only had 4,365 views in December but is now approaching 1.5 million so far in January — it’s also a forum for political discourse.

In the wake of Sarah Palin’s now-infamous “blood libel” comment, a fierce editing debate ensued on the “blood libel” Wikipedia entry over whether a reference to Palin should be included. Editors — who are all volunteers — put up and took down mentions of Palin, arguing the merits of their inclusion or exclusion.

“Palin’s use of the term seemed notable and therefore fit alongside the other uses,” one editor wrote on the discussion page.

Another editor disagreed: “I’ve removed the entry. Palin’s confusing statement is a matter for the article about her, if at all.”

As of today, there is no mention of Palin on the “blood libel” entry.

Since Wikipedia’s inception, and throughout much of its existence, observers have been skeptical about the accuracy of its information and its potential for misuse. People who want to contribute to Wikipedia don’t have to register or meet any particular criteria. The “facts” can also be subject to change over time.

However, upon its 10th birthday, Wikipedia has matured into a place for information that is often trusted for its accuracy….

Nelson Mandela 92 yrs……Talkandpolitcs…..

From Talkandpolitcs…..

Nobel Peace Prize Leureate and former South Africa President turns 92 today.

Mandela spent 27 yrs in prison – for fighting Apartheid.

Short bio from Wikipedia

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (Xhosa pronunciation: [xoˈliɬaɬa manˈdeːla]), born 18 July 1918,[1]served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, and was the first South African president to be elected in a fully representative democratic election. Before his presidency, Mandela was an anti-apartheid activist, and the leader of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC). In 1962 he was arrested and convicted of sabotage and other charges, and sentenced to life in prison. Mandela served 27 years in prison, spending many of these years on Robben Island. Following his release from prison on 11 February 1990, Mandela led his party in the negotiations that led to multi-racial democracy in 1994. As president from 1994 to 1999, he frequently gave priority to reconciliation.

In South Africa, Mandela is often known as Madiba, an honorary title adopted by elders of Mandela’s clan.

Mandela has received more than 250 awards over four decades, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize.