Conservapedia to liberal bias to why the USA will get national health care soon
Today I am going to comment on Conservapedia. Fair warning, this is going to be like shooting fish in a barrel with a grenade launcher. What can I say, I’m feeling lazy this morning and tired of trying to explain the complicated nuances of history, war, and foreign policy. Hell, I’m still trying to understand the complicated nuances of history, war, and foreign policy; there’s times when not being a biblical literalist is a real drag. History, war and foreign policy is easy for them apparently, certainly nothing complicated or nuanced. And fortunately, now biblical literalists can avoid all of the complicated nuances inherent in reality. Conservapedia has arrived, the “Christian” answer to Wikipedia. Yes, Wikipedia apparently is a godless liberal bastion, filled with the sort of dangerous misinformation that many conservatives home school their children to avoid exposing them too.
Now as a codicil, when talking about conservatives and Conservapedia, I am talking about a very small group of people (Dear God, I hope it’s a small group of people) who take the Bible literally and pretty much reject everything that came after Newton. In fact I’m still not entirely convinced that Conservapedia isn’t some sort of elaborate hoax or satire. Like the frequently tasteless Landover Baptist Church for example. Also note that Conservapedia apparently has bandwidth problems, often their site can’t be accessed. If one can get onto it, it’s curious. Their entries are nothing if not concise, this is not Wikipedia yet. For example, the entire entry on feminism reads “Feminism is the philosophy that women deserve to have the same rights as men.”
Their page on “Examples of Bias in Wikipedia” pretty much covers it. They object to the occasional use of B.C.E. and C.E. instead of B.C. and A.D., easily the most pointless controversy in history. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Good, there’s times where ignorance is the better strategy. They claim that Wikipedia doesn’t give enough credit to Christianity. Credit for what isn’t specified, so, um, maybe. Their third objection is about a purported liberal attack against some conservative group I have never heard of. So I stand corrected, there is a controversy more meaningless than the B.C. thing. They then claim there is a strong anti-American and Anti-capitalism bias in Wikipedia. Heck if I know, most Wikipedia entries look somewhat neutral to me, which is why I link to it frequently.
Then, we get to objection number five. Wikipedia, get this, Wikipedia sometimes uses foreign spelling. And by this I mean, they use English spelling in some places. And even more shocking, Wikipedia frequently uses the foreign spelling of foreign words! This is of course a sign of anti-American bias, and fear not, Conservapedia uses American spelling throughout! I mean, give me an effing break, because I use Canadian spelling on my blog, now I’m anti-American? In any event, check them out if interested, I’m not going any further.
For those who do want a more nuanced view of war, history, and foreign affairs, there’s a great interview in Alternet today that I highly recommend: Chomsky on Why Bush Does Diplomacy Mafia Style. The title of course is annoying, and highlights something that always bugs me, people often phrase things in such a way that is discourages the readers who most need to read it. And by most need to read it, I mean people with diametrically opposing views. Because if we can’t dialogue with the people on the other side of the fence, everyone loses in the long run. I know I’m guilty of it too sometimes, but at least I’m trying to write in such a way that anyone of any political/religious stripe can read my work and not be offended. Or not so offended that they can’t grit their teeth and carry on. I read the Drudge Report, so dammit, Drudge Report readers should be able to read Doug’s Darkworld.
Moving right along, the article covers in detail numerous subjects and lines of thought that I have either blogged about, or will blog about. Korea, Iran, the purpose of American foreign policy, why our leaders aren’t actually interested in democracy either in America or foreign lands. When reading it, keep in mind they are talking primarily about every American administration since WW2, if not the entire 20th century. This is not an attack on Republicans in general, snarky remarks about Bush aside.
It’s especially curious near the end when it makes the case that we will get universal health care in the USA soon. Why? Because the American health care system has grown so costly and inefficient that it is now acting as a serious drag on other industries. Because health care costs are ultimately paid by employers whether directly or not, that’s where people get their money to buy health insurance from. The cost to build a car is about $1000 less in Canada because of this difference. It’s an interesting take on the problem, one I definitely plan to blog about. Again though, read the whole article, if you dare.
(The above is an image of the author’s cat SnowBee: the world’s fastest orange cat. It was taken by an amateur photographer with the world’s cheapest digital camera, it is public domain and may be freely copied and distributed. Please note his fine stripes, he is particularly proud of them. In fact, SnowBee is eagerly awaiting some mail order stripe enhancer, this will make him run even faster.)