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Fact-checking a fact-checker

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

(I've got to blog about this before my distinguished homonym does...)

The letters section of the latest New Yorker includes the following “Editors’ Note” (the hyperlinks are my own):

The July 31, 2006, piece on Wikipedia, “Know It All,” by Stacy Schiff, contained an interview with a Wikipedia site administrator and contributor called Essjay, whose responsibilities included handling disagreements about the accuracy of the site’s articles and taking action against users who violate site policy. He was described in the piece as “a tenured professor of religion at a private university” with “a Ph.D. in theology and a degree in canon law.”

Essjay was recommended to Ms. Schiff as a source by a member of Wikipedia’s management team because of his respected position within the Wikipedia community. He was willing to describe his work as a Wikipedia administrator but would not identify himself other than by confirming the biographical details that appeared on his user page. At the time of publication, neither we nor Wikipedia knew Essjay’s real name. Essjay’s entire Wikipedia life ...

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The jig is up

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Now that members of the Texas and Georgia state legislatures [PDF] have caught on, I suppose there’s no point in denying it any more. Yes, indeed, modern cosmologists and evolutionary scientists are blindly and unscientifically following kabbalistic teachings that the world is billions of years old. Likewise, we crafty Pharisees are responsible for hiding anti-Biblical ...

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The people have spoken, damn them

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

John McCain:

I don’t know what the other options are, because if we fail here [with the President’s “surge” of additional troops in Iraq], I think it’s going to be very difficult to maintain the support of the American people.

Bertolt Brecht:

Would it not be easier
In that case for the government
To dissolve ...

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