G.I.S. for everyone

Geographic Information Systems for the Masses: http://www.patchworknation.org/ Interesting site, with many usability features that will enhance it’s utility. Does not seem to be very web 2.0, but that could change, with user-generated searches and maps becoming more and more the center-piece of the site.

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G.I.S. for everyone

Googlonymous **UPDATED July 5, 2008**

Want to search Google without leaving any traces?

http://googlonymous.com/

OK Googlonymous is closed, fermi, kaput!

But there’s always Naviguer: http://www.naviguer.ca

Or set up with a link to English language Google:

http://www.naviguer.ca/naviguer/nph-naviguer.pl/000010A/http/www.google.ca/

Or if you want to do it in Polish (And yes this is for you):

http://www.google.pl.nyud.net/

Googlonymous **UPDATED July 5, 2008**

Dennis Kucinich: 3, Bill Richardson: 1, All the rest: 0

Hat Tip: TLF

An interesting web application that the New York Times put on their website allowing you to search the transcript of the Presidential debates for any particular word. You can roll your cursor over the highlighted portions of the text, and you will see that snippet of text, which you can click on to go to that section, and see that portion of the debate.

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Dennis Kucinich: 3, Bill Richardson: 1, All the rest: 0

46 Free Music Links

From the Blog: Recording Industry vs The People.

Liberated Music
(Links to non-RIAA legal music download information)

46 Free Music Links

Sourcewatch

From Sourcewatch, a very timely article on an astroturf organization. But that’s what Sourcewatch is for: keeping tabs on groups like this.  And there are a lot of them…

Freedom Watch

Freedom’s Watch is a new White House front group[1] of prominent conservatives which supports the policies of the expansionist Israeli right wing.[2] masquerading as a grassroots movement (i.e. astroturf). Formed only two weeks prior,[3] it began a multimillion-dollar advertising campaign on August 22, 2007 “to urge members of Congress who may be wavering in their support for the war in Iraq not to ‘cut and run’.”[4]

It has been described as “a covert ‘cut-out’[5] organization”[6] and an “outfit dedicated to keeping the war industry thriving.”[7] “A sort of shadow White House communications shop has emerged to help the beleaguered president sell his unpopular war to the American people,” Jake Tapper and Avery Miller wrote August 22, 2007, at ABC News.[8]

“The group is organized under section 501(c)4 of the tax code,[9] meaning that it can lobby on issues but cannot expressly advocate for specific candidates. Its stated mission is ‘to ensure a strong national defense and a powerful effort to confront and defeat global terrorism’,” Mike Allen wrote August 22, 2007, in The Politico.[10]

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