Congress Gets Banned from Editing Wikipedia

Elijah:

So awesome.

Originally posted on TIME:

If you—like me—use Twitter religiously, you’ve probably noticed a new account popping up in and around your mentions: Congress Edits, a recently-created bot that tweets anonymous edits made from Congressional IP addresses. It’s a significant service, one that’s managed to throw a little more light onto the murky workings of government.

The folks at Wikipedia have noticed the editing and decided to put a 10-day ban on edits coming from offices within the U.S. House of Representatives, the BBC reports.

Among the edits that have originated from Congressional IP addresses in recent days are changes to everything from the Choco Taco Wikipedia page to a page on conspiracy theories about the original moon landing.

According to its own Wikipedia page, the bot, created by software developer Ed Summers, has been called a “watchdog” by NBC News. Hard to disagree.

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Passport

“To become a citizen of the
world,” she said.

Ahh, for that’s a pride
Of human spirit
That no woven tapestry
Of flag or political fodder
Can truly father

Be your own man
Some day

And travel the globe
Far and away

Be here now
Not forever and a day

Set sail on the ivy shore
Of tomorrow’s door

Climb the towers
Of Babylon
And Peter’s gate

Make your peace
With all of man today

Know your world
Round and blue

And always come back home
Where your heart be
Through and through
Forever true

An Intimate Lecture w/ ?uestlove

Question:

You mention the term, self-saboteur. Do you feel that it applies to you in any way?

Answer:

Yea, especially in that time period. I think that when people don’t know how to deal with relative success, or how to handle it … a great example of it is probably our sixth album, “Phrenology”.

There’s a term called the departure album. And usually any artist that has some sort of artistic peak … there’s only one artist that I know that even dared to attempt to capitalize on the lightning in the bottle moment for their career – and that was Michael Jackson. He acknowledged that “Thriller” sold 40 million units and he wanted “Bad” to sell 100 million units. And he went in every day with the intent on, “I absolutely must sell this many units!”

?uestlove of the Roots interview with Red Bull Academy

The average artist does the opposite – they do the departure record. The first departure record was “Sgt. Pepper’s”. The Beatles were tired of being The Beatles. They said, “Let’s make a disguise record. Let’s do the opposite of what we should be doing.” And it backfired and actually became a standard. Marvin Gaye was tired of being Marvin Gaye. He wanted to get fat and grow a beard. He was tired of being the Prince of Motown. It backfired and “What’s Going On” winds up being a standard. Prince makes “Around The World In A Day” after “Purple Rain”, because the pressure of following up this massive album. It’s too much for him, so he makes the complete opposite record.

There’s a gazillion … Stevie Wonder – “Songs In The Key Of Life”. He can’t follow it, so he makes “Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants” – the closest to kind of a Pink Floyd experimental record. You can say the same thing for “Kid A” by Radiohead – coming on the heels of “OK Computer”, which was like one of the most critically acclaimed albums of 1998.

So in our case, at the time, I just felt like let’s just do the record … I don’t know what makes you … I don’t know the psychological thought process that leads one to say, “Okay, let’s take everything that we worked for and just throw it out the window. Let’s make the complete opposite album.”

To some critics of the post Village Voice cloth it’s like, “Oh, it’s an artistic statement!” It was seen as a bold move, but if I’m probably honest about it – it was like, “I don’t know what to do and we’re scared that we can’t follow up this record, because we didn’t plan this success. So let’s mess it up before they mess it up for us.”

Excerpt From Phlebotomy Handbook 8th Edition

Phlebotomy Handbook 8th Edition
Chapter 6
Pages 165-167

Anatomy and Physiology Overview

The design of the human body is elaborate and sophisticated. Anatomy is the study of its physical structure and physiology is the study of its functional processes. A human body can be divided into eight structural levels: atoms (carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, iron, etc.), molecules (chemical constituents), organelles or small structures within cells, cells (the basic living units of all plants and animals), tissues (groups of similar cells), organs (two or more tissues), organ systems (groups of organs), and the organism (the human body) itself. Trillions of cells make up each individual. Similar groups of cells are combined into tissues, such as muscles or nerves, and tissues are combined into systems, such as the circulatory or reproductive system. These organ systems work simultaneously to serve the needs of the body. No one system works independently of the others (Figures 6-2 and 6-3).
Phlebotomy Handbook 8th Edition - Chapter 6 - Figure 6-2
The size and shape of a cell depend on its function. Some cells fight disease causing viruses and bacteria; some transport gases, such as oxygen (O2) and carbon dioxide (CO2); some produce movement, store nutrients, or manufacture proteins, chemicals, or liquids; and others, such as the egg and the sperm, can create a new life. Despite such diverse functions, most cells have basic structural elements in common.

Survival is the primary function of the human body, and many complex processes work independently and together to achieve this function. In human physiology, the body strives for a steady state, or homeostasis. Literally, homeostasis means “remaining the same.” It is a condition in which a healthy body, although constantly changing and functioning, remains in a normal, healthy state of equilibrium. Homeostasis, or a steady state condition, allows the normal body to stay in balance by compensating for changes. For example, if the body is taking in too much water, it responds to this imbalance by excreting water from the kidneys (urine), skin (perspiration), intestines (feces), and lungs (water in expiration). Another important concept of homeostasis is metabolism, which includes both the process of making necessary substances (anabolism—cells use energy to make complex compounds from simpler ones) or breaking down chemical substances in order to use energy (catabolism—chemical reactions to change complex substances into simpler ones while simultaneously releasing energy for the body to use). Both Phlebotomy Handbook 8th Edition - Chapter 6 - Figure 6-3phases are required to maintain metabolic functions in a healthy individual. Body energy is always needed, whether for moving a chair, for allowing the heart to beat, for making tears, or for producing perspiration. A healthy body maintains constancy of its chemical components and processes in order to survive when environmental conditions are changing. Each organ system and body structure plays a part in maintaining homeostasis.

Health care workers can help assess homeostasis, or normal functioning, by taking “vital signs,” for example, temperature, pulse rate, and respiration rate (together known as TPR), and blood pressure. [...] In addition, clinical laboratory testing can provide a wealth of information about the individual organ systems and the integrated processes. Specimens, such as blood, bone marrow, urine, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), synovial (joint), fluid, pleural fluid (from around the lungs), ascites or peritoneal fluid (from the abdominal cavity), pericardial fluid (from around the heart), biopsy tissue, semen, and others, can be microscopically analyzed, assayed, and cultured to determine pathogenesis (the origin of the disease). Health care workers may have a part in the collection, processing, or testing of these specimens.