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Congresspedia, et al.

By June 17, 2006web-tech

First there was Wikipedia, the collaborative online encyclopedia created by Jimmy Wales but now administered primarily by Wikimedia Foundation.  Since then other wiki-information sources have started to crop up.  Among them, is Congresspedia, which "is designed to shine more light on the workings of the U.S. Congress."  If you illuminating Congress is a good idea then check out the Center for Responsive Politic’s site, Opensecrets.org.

If you prefer a different kind of illumination then check out Wikiquote, another project of the Wikimedia Foundation. While meandering that site I found a page of quotes by Pablo Picasso that included these gems:

  • "The art is a lie that leads us to the truth."
  • "Good artists copy. Great artists steal."
  • "Every child is an artist. It’s a challenge to remain an artist when you grow up."
  • "Computers are useless. They can only give you answers."

Indeed.  So, when is someone going to start Questionpedia?


P.S. If you appreciate these kinds of observations, you might want to read this as well.

3 Comments

  • Ken Silverman says:

    I think you have a great idea with this site. I’d love to become involved in skinning some of these fat cats that are ripping us off with their midnight bills and their nice raises for themselves. What a sweet deal. Living off all of us for the rest of their lives while ripping us off with the pork they slip into meaningful legislation in order to let the legitimate parts of the bill through. Thank you for your efforts.

  • DD says:

    Whenever Picasso visited another artists studio the artist would turn his paintings toward the wall because he knew that Picasso would not only steal his best ideas… he paint them better.

    Thanks for the links.

  • Shawn Lea says:

    I use GovTrack.us often for looking up current legislation. It draws a lot from Thomas, but also adds other sources too. (And it’s easy to use even if you don’t know a bill number.)

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