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Just Where Is The Lincoln Memorial, Anyhow?

timothy posted more than 4 years ago | from the those-naughty-republicans dept.

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John3 writes "Searching Google Maps for the Lincoln Memorial is returning the location of the FDR Memorial instead. Conservative bloggers smell a conspiracy since Glenn Beck is holding his 'Restoring Honor' gathering at the Lincoln Memorial tomorrow (August 28). Notes for the map listing on Google state 'This place has unverified edits'; so, did someone claim the listing and edit the location?"

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Re:Ed hardy handbags (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33400552)

Holy fucking hell is that irritating.

True patriots (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33400556)

REAL AMERICANS don't need a map to tell them where their landmarks are located. Anyone that needs to use google maps to locate this rally is a communist or socialist anyways.

Re:True patriots (4, Funny)

ezbo (1596471) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400570)

Or a visitor?

Re:True patriots (1)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400770)

I've not been there since 1990, but I know where the Lincoln Memorial is. End of the National Mall, west of the Washington Monument.

However I don't know where to park.

And Google Maps is giving me FDR's memorial for a lincoln memorial search.

Re:True patriots (5, Funny)

PackRat Q. Winnebago (1116945) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400886)

End of the National Mall, west of the Washington Monument.

As soon as a read this I realised I already knew it from somewhere, despite being having never set foot in the US.

Turns out Fallout 3 is a more reliable source than Google Maps.

Re:True patriots (2, Funny)

bky1701 (979071) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400798)

Everybody knows you Europeans and Asians are communist spies. "Visitors" - ha! You want to steal our freedoms!!!!!!

/s

Re:True patriots (4, Insightful)

Abreu (173023) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400874)

...and pollute our precious bodily fluids

Re:True patriots (5, Insightful)

severoon (536737) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400812)

REAL AMERICANS unfortunately have trouble finding the United States on a map, much less a famous landmark. Remember that famous botch job by the Miss America contestant? Because her answer was so stupid most people didn't notice that the question was: why can't 1 in 5 Americans find the US on the map? Yes, I'm an American. Yes, I'm embarrassed by that.

Re:True patriots (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33400880)

It used to be right in the middle, where it belongs! Now I don't know where it is since they moved it.

Re:True patriots (4, Insightful)

Loadmaster (720754) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400922)

That's nothing, 20% still believe the sun revolves around the earth and 25% believe we got our independence from a country other than Britain.

Re:True patriots (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33400832)

Its ok, directions are available on the chalkboard, don't miss the rally!

Re:True patriots (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33400604)

Socialists and communists are more likely to know where the Lincoln Memorial is anyway. Lincoln is pretty much [lewrockwell.com] their hero.

Re:True patriots (4, Funny)

Kenja (541830) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400734)

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Re:True patriots (4, Insightful)

Golddess (1361003) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400772)

Exchanging one Lincoln for another, I love it.

Re:True patriots (1, Informative)

squirrl (1544899) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400822)

It's out by the UFO. You get the lincon repeater there too.

Really True patriots (1)

RingDev (879105) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400846)

Know that it is the Washington MONUMENT. And that if you search google maps for the Washington Monument, it points right at it.

The Washington Monument was started while Washington was still alive, thus, it is a monument, NOT a memorial.

-Rick

Doh, I read gud (1)

RingDev (879105) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400858)

Heh, late night posting. I totally missread that as the Washington, not Lincoln. Oddly enough though, searching for the Lincoln Monument points to the correct place, even though it is a memorial.

Weird. And Sorry for my missreading ;)

-Rick

Glen Beck is a lost loser, anyway. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33400558)

Glen Beck and hos crowd are lost, anyway - right? And they're a cancer on our society, right. So let them play patty cakes on the grounds of the Washington monument. Maybe Beck can find a few more converts there; I hear the pigeons are looking for a leader.

Really? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33400564)

Conservative bloggers smell a conspiracy

This isn't really surprising. Proof of narcissistic and paranoid personality disorders are required prior to becoming a conservative blogger.

Re:Really? (5, Insightful)

jaymzter (452402) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400596)

Don't be a toolbox. Red State makes no mention of a conspiracy, and WTH is "Moonbats" anyway? A real leading conservative blog there. Beck is an entertainer, not a serious voice, yet so many on the left and right moon over him. The summary is just a another smear of conservatives, and since that fits your world view filled with hatred you consider it valid.

Re:Really? (1)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400774)

Moonbat is a far left crazy, they've been using the term for about 10-12 years.

Re:Really? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33400708)

Oh shit they're on to us. Come on guys, like we said at the last meeting of the Evil Liberals Who Hate Freedom League, you got to be more careful. Today it's the bloggers, tomorrow it'll appear in forwarded e-mails in 80 point comic sans font, then we're really screwed. Before you know it, they'll break out the ALL CAPS, which as we all know everything is absolutely and unquestionably true if it appears in ALL CAPS.

Also remember: we're forcing people to get gay married and buy health insurance, not hide the Lincoln Memorial. Stay on message guys.

Re:Really? (-1, Flamebait)

RobinEggs (1453925) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400722)

Whoever moderated such a statement "Informative" should be shot. It's nothing but a self-righteous, stereotyping flame, and everyone here knows it, but some genius feels the need to mod it "Informative" solely because it fits the typical vapid mockery of conservatives, creationists, and everyone else slashdotters feel empowered to judge.

Re:Really? (3, Insightful)

Beelzebud (1361137) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400748)

Good thing we have the voice of reason here! I mean you only suggested the OP should be shot for a comment! That's very reasonable. Why would anyone want to stereotype conservatives?

You bring up another great point too. Why on a site that is "News for Nerds" would people mock creationists? It's just not fair! Teach the controversy!

Re:Really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33400910)

You'd think the nerds in question could stop confusing conservatives with creationists, for starters. One is a political bent, the other is a sub-category of the overly-religious. Creationists are not strictly conservatives, either.

Re:Really? (1)

Beelzebud (1361137) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400928)

Tell it to the parent! I'm not the one that lumped the two together as I whined about being treated unfairly.

You need directions? (-1, Troll)

atari2600 (545988) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400574)

So people who want to goto the Lincoln memorial cannot do so without Google maps? That's like saying

1. I live in Seattle and I need directions to the Pike Place market
2. I live in Orlando and I need directions to the Disney World Resort
3. I live in Arizona and I need directions to the Grand Canyon

now the best part
4. I live in Vegas and I need directions to the strip.

Follow the bloody directions on the road or...bear with me here....use a fucking GPS. Granted, what Google did here is silly and appears juvenile (if they did anything that is), but Glenn Beck and his fans can go fuck themselves.

Re:You need directions? (1)

Serenissima (1210562) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400586)

Maybe this'll teach Glenn Beck to not piss off Google? :D

Re:You need directions? (3, Insightful)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400878)

Google tries to stay out of politics. Glenn Beck is getting the message not to piss off those who contribute to Wikis.

Re:You need directions? (4, Insightful)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400594)

I have a relative that lives several miles from the Grand Canyon, and told me the story of a local who one day ran into a lost tourist, looking for that gorge. He gave the tourist directions, and the tourist asked, "how is it?" The local had to reply, "I don't know I've never been there. I've been planning to go one of these days....."

They talked for a bit and soon found out the tourist was from New York. The local said, "Oh, I've been there. I visited the statue of liberty." The New Yorker said, "Oh, yeah. I've been planning to go there one of these days....."

Re:You need directions? (1)

TheKidWho (705796) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400902)

It took me 18 years of living in NYC before I finally went to visit the Statue of Liberty.

Re:You need directions? (0, Troll)

Aardpig (622459) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400610)

And for the Glenn Beck followers: 5. I have two hands and I need directions to my ass.

Re:You need directions? (1)

ArsonSmith (13997) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400618)

1. I don't live in Seattle and I need directions to the Pike Place market
2. I don't live in Orlando and I need directions to the Disney World Resort
3. I don't live in Arizona and I need directions to the Grand Canyon

FTFY

Re:You need directions? (2, Informative)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400786)

If you live in the US and/or have ever seen a picture of the National Mall, reflecting pool, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument or a map of DC, you'd know where the hell the Lincoln Memorial is.

Re:You need directions? (2, Informative)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400836)

Glenn Beck is a national talk show host, trying to encourage out-of-towners to go to his rally this weekend. That's why this Google flaw is relevant to geeks nationally... it's showing how a political event can be disrupted by those who disagree with the event's sponsor with a simple misinformation attack on Google Maps.

Politics aside, wtf is wrong with Google? (4, Interesting)

mykos (1627575) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400576)

Why the hell DOES it redirect to FDR memorial? http://www.google.com/search?q=lincoln+memorial [google.com]

Re:Politics aside, wtf is wrong with Google? (1)

rfuilrez (1213562) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400616)

And on top of that, if you click on the actual Lincoln Memorial, it shows a picture of the Washington Monument. Maybe its a view FROM the Lincoln Memorial, but I think it should be a picture of the LM itself.

Re:Politics aside, wtf is wrong with Google? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33400626)

It doesn't.

The green arrow dead center points to "National Captial Parks Central."

The "A" pointer is a customer review. Added by a customer. To review it.

INTARWEB BATTEL! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33400704)

Edit history:

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Changed 3 hours 46 mins agoGeometry: Location moved Address: Independence Ave SW, Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States 1850, West Basin Dr SW, Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States, 20242

Changed 3 hours 48 mins agoName: Lincoln Memorial (English, type: Preferred) Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial (English, type: Preferred) Geometry: Location moved Address: Independence Ave SW, Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States 1850, West Basin Dr SW, Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States, 20242

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Re:Politics aside, wtf is wrong with Google? (2, Insightful)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400684)

Google doesn't have that accurate a source of landmarks, so they've left them as Wiki-style editable. With such a politically charged event scheduled for tomorrow, it doesn't take that many Beck-dislikers to toy with navigation... anybody trying to find the rally with an iPhone will get the wrong directions if this is allowed to stand.

Re:Politics aside, wtf is wrong with Google? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33400888)

Half of the vandals are probably Beck's own fans that don't want to be associated with that terrible president Lincoln and are hoping to get everyone to meet somewhere else.

Re:Politics aside, wtf is wrong with Google? (1)

jaygridley (1016588) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400892)

Google doesn't have that accurate a source of landmarks, so they've left them as Wiki-style editable. With such a politically charged event scheduled for tomorrow, it doesn't take that many Beck-dislikers to toy with navigation... anybody trying to find the rally with an iPhone will get the wrong directions if this is allowed to stand.

Really? Then why does the map have a little box on it with the words "Lincoln Memorial" that is not what the search returns? (Not to mention all the other various landmarks marked on the map..

Re:Politics aside, wtf is wrong with Google? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33400738)

You can still get there (google still knows where it is, and that it's still the Lincoln Memorial):
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Abraham+Lincoln+Statue,+Washington,+DC [google.com]

Hypothesis: an SEO-related bug (4, Interesting)

InMSWeAntitrust (994158) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400578)

Looking at specific searches, searching for the Lincoln Memorial gets you the FDR Memorial, but searching for the Lincoln Monument gets you the Lincoln Memorial.
I would imagine that it's simply a matter of the word memorial being attributed to FDR more than Lincoln, for some reason.

Re:Hypothesis: an SEO-related bug (4, Informative)

mykos (1627575) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400602)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_monument [wikipedia.org] It redirects to Lincoln Memorial. While wikipedia is not the arbiter of all proper names, Lincoln Memorial is the preferred term there too.

Coincidences (0, Redundant)

causality (777677) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400588)

Conservative bloggers smell a conspiracy since Glen Beck is holding his 'Restoring Honor' gathering at the Lincoln Memorial tomorrow (August 28). Notes for the map listing on Google state 'This place has unverified edits'; so, did someone claim the listing and edit the location?

Conspiracy or no, it sure is funny the way some things in politics tend to work out. Oddly these sorts of mishaps don't seem to happen when media figures who are more embraced by the mainstream want to hold an event.

Re:Coincidences (-1, Troll)

FrameRotBlues (1082971) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400692)

I had to re-read your last sentence to make sure you weren't saying that Glenn Beck is embraced by the mainstream. Because if you were (and if, somehow, that were true) I would weep for my countrymen.

And then I'd slap the shit outta 'em.

Re:Coincidences (0, Troll)

clarkkent09 (1104833) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400768)

Would you consider Wolf Blitzer or Chris Matthews to be mainstream? Well this is how they compare: http://tvbythenumbers.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/2010.01.31-5pm-P2+-590x455.png [tvbythenumbers.com] For the record Beck is a clown and even I as a libertarian find his antics painful to watch but you can't dispute his numbers. So you might as well start weeping for your countrymen.

Re:Coincidences (1)

Beelzebud (1361137) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400828)

Entertainers worry themselves with ratings. The fact that Fox News spends a chunk of their time bragging about their own ratings, says everything.

GASP! Google maps is wrong! (2, Insightful)

thefear (1011449) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400590)

The memorial is about half a km north west of what google maps highlights. Google maps has been far more wrong before...

Beck's Sheep Can't Find the Lincoln Memorial? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33400598)

Really, if a self-proclaimed conservative—a jingoistic, flag-lapel-pin-wearing, Go-America!-shouting patriot—a dyed-in-the-wool, red-blooded American doesn't know where the Lincoln Memorial is and can't remember a penny long enough to figure out what it looks like while in Washington, DC, he or she might as well give up right there and then, thrown down his or her misspelled, Obama-Iz-An-Atheest-Moslim-Commie-Crony-Of-Wall-Street-Not-Main-Street signs, exchange his or her copy of Going Rogue for a Socialist party membership card, and get in line to be shipped off to the FEMA internment camps, because some re-education is patently and sorely needed.

Re:Beck's Sheep Can't Find the Lincoln Memorial? (2, Funny)

RobinEggs (1453925) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400700)

Oh my god...you've done it...you've set the all time slashdot record for trolls/character used in a single posting.

I bow humbly before your prowess, oh mighty one.

Also, you tied for Most Unnecessarily Hyphenated Words Intended Solely to Make You Look Smart.

Re:Beck's Sheep Can't Find the Lincoln Memorial? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33400792)

Yes, but is it the fault of the sheep or the shepherd that leads them?

If you cant tell the difference.... (1)

voss (52565) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400612)

between the Lincoln memorial and the FDR memorial you have no business going to Washington DC.

However if you decide to go anyway, they do have still pre-printed maps checked for accuracy
that sell at any gas station or book store.

Re:If you cant tell the difference.... (4, Funny)

zippthorne (748122) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400728)

And if those maps come out to 99c, you'll get a free picture of it with your change!

A recent thing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33400640)

Ironically I did a search a few months ago after I read an article about the crumbling retaining wall. The old pilings didn't go deep enough so there's a retrofit going on to keep it from sinking into the bay. Sounds like recent tampering since my search went straight to it.

The answer? Simple (3, Informative)

bsDaemon (87307) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400646)

Get off the Metro at Smithsonian. You're probably facing the Capital. Turn the fuck around and go straight.

Re:The answer? Simple (4, Funny)

mlc (16290) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400674)

The Metro is a communist conspiracy. Real Americans drive everywhere and don't notice that the road are government-funded as well.

Re:The answer? Simple (2, Interesting)

bsDaemon (87307) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400714)

Real Americans know the public parking garage under the city buildings on North Highland Street, about 2 blocks from the Clarendon metro stop are free on on weekends, and then its only like 4 or 5 stops on the orange line till you're at Smithsonian. Parking in D.C. is impossible, you're likely to get a ticket for being 30 seconds past a meter, and they have a tendency to tow you onto the side walk. People who don't know that they do that then think you're a dick and got the ticket for parking on the sidewalk and then you get stared down while trying to get back onto the road.

Re:The answer? Simple (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33400724)

And the cars they drive build a government owned company.

Re:The answer? Simple (2, Insightful)

TheTyrannyOfForcedRe (1186313) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400850)

The Metro is a communist conspiracy. Real Americans drive everywhere and don't notice that the road are government-funded as well.

Government funded roads are a communist conspiracy.

Re:The answer? Simple (1)

langelgjm (860756) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400730)

Facing the Capital? No, you're in the capital. You're facing the Capitol, aka, the giant boob. In any case, 300,000 conservatives standing on the left of the escalator will ensure I'm staying out of the District tomorrow.

Re:The answer? Simple (1)

bsDaemon (87307) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400752)

Yeah, I caught the typo too late. I moved far and away, back to Real Virginia from Alexandria about the time I quit giving a shit about politics and got back into IT. No plans to go, but by dad is going. Apparently so is my uncle, who is coming out from Chicago... even though I was pretty sure he's a Dem. I dunno. Fuck it.

Re:The answer? Simple (1, Troll)

langelgjm (860756) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400776)

NOVA vs. ROVA, right? I had a perverse thought about going down to the mall wearing my fake keffiyeh and reading a copy of the Qur'an, but I figured the $4 metro fare and the possibility of being assaulted make it not worthwhile.

Re:The answer? Simple (1)

bsDaemon (87307) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400794)

Basically... Real Virginia stops at Fredericksburg and Occupied Territory begins in Manassas, with Spotsylvania County serving as a DMZ. Of course, Hampton Roads isn't that much more pleasant, but I couldn't find work in Richmond that would pay enough.

Not a problem (0, Troll)

istartedi (132515) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400648)

If you can't find the Lincoln Memorial without a map, you are too stupid to remember to breathe. Therefore, anybody for whom this would be a problem will pass out before they get there. Hopefully they won't be behind the wheel when it happens.

I'm not just saying this because I'm from that area. It's big. The land around it is flat. There are nice views of it from everywhere.

Re:Not a problem (1)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400750)

If you can't find the Lincoln Memorial without a map,
you are too stupid to remember to breathe. Therefore, anybody
for whom this would be a problem will pass out before they
get there. Hopefully they won't be behind the wheel when it happens.

I'm not just saying this because I'm from that area. It's big.
The land around it is flat. There are nice views of it from everywhere.

Give me a break. Let's say a person is coming from San Francisco, and they've never been in DC before - are you seriously suggesting the intelligent thing for them to do is drive randomly around DC and hope to catch a glimpse of the Lincoln Memorial?

Have you ever heard the phrase that begins with "people who live in glass houses..."?

Re:Not a problem (1)

blueg3 (192743) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400806)

With the way DC is designed, if you drive around randomly, you'll probably run right in to the National Mall. The Lincoln Memorial is that big building pictured on the penny. It's across a reflecting pond from the building that looks like the Washington Monument. Sort of in the vicinity of the capitol building, the White House, all of the tourists, and a bunch of Glenn Beck fans.

I might add that on the Google map that comes up when you search for "Lincoln Memorial" and get the wrong answer, there's a dot a short distance away labeled "Lincoln Memorial". It's that one.

Re:Not a problem (3, Funny)

Jeremy Erwin (2054) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400924)

If you drive around randomly, you'll probably end up in a random traffic jam.

Re:Not a problem (1)

istartedi (132515) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400918)

I was going for Funny there.

Glenn Beck's Idiots are a Problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33400782)

If you can't find the Lincoln Memorial without a map, you are too stupid to remember to breathe.

... which explains why you are listening to Glenn Beck in the first place.

Glenn Beck is the retarded hitler to his retarded racist brown shirts.

You know the saying - "In the land of total retardation, the half retarded man is king."

This is bad (1, Insightful)

onyxruby (118189) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400652)

Politics aside (Glen Beck is an idiot), this reeks of a dirty political trick. Without doubt many people here would be screaming bloody murder if the situation was reversed and it was a democratic party rally.

Re:This is bad (2, Interesting)

bsDaemon (87307) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400686)

I'd suspect that this sort of thing would work /better/ on Democrats than Republicans, being how Democrats are younger, hipper, and more apt to use Google where as most Republicans probably have a paper map of DC around somewhere. It's a capstone monument on the national mall. All roads lead to Independence and Constitution. It's only a few blocks from the friggin' FDR memorial anyway -- and its not even real blocks. You can see one from the other.

This is just incompetence magnified by douche-baggery and wordpress.

Re:This is bad (2, Funny)

Jeremy Erwin (2054) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400890)

It's only a few blocks from the friggin' FDR memorial anyway -- and its not even real blocks.

A real block? You mean a New York city block? That's about 80 meters by 270 meters-- it varies.

It's about 770 meters from the FDR memorial to the Lincoln memorial.

Re:This is bad (4, Insightful)

Beelzebud (1361137) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400838)

A dirty trick would be putting billboards up giving the wrong date for an election, or bugging your own office and blaming it on a competitor. Someone editing a google map entry, is pretty weak on the 'dirty trick' scale.

Maybe Google is just honoring Beck (0, Flamebait)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400664)

Google is just honoring him by being as disconnected from reality as Glenn Beck is!

Typo (3, Informative)

adamdoyle (1665063) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400676)

It's actually "Glenn"... not "Glen."

What's the benefit to vandalizing the map? (2, Interesting)

RobinEggs (1453925) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400678)

To the few people here who apparently believe paranoid conservative conspiracy theorists vandalized Google to obscure the location of this rally: are you completely insane?

I mean, follow the bouncing ball: you're so paranoid that you'd like to hide the location of a giant rally by desecrating Google maps, but you've scheduled said rally at a landmark so famous tens of millions could find it with no maps at all? And how are fellow paranoid conservatives supposed to find said rally? Does Glenn Beck's web page include coded directions, decipherable only by clues so small you'd never notice them if you hadn't read Ronald Reagan's autobiography twelve times?

You may think Glenn Beck listeners somewhat clinically paranoid and/or politically foolish, but you don't look any smarter, more rational, or less paranoid in believing them both smart enough and rationally motivated to vandalize the map but otherwise too stupid to tie their own shoes.

Re:What's the benefit to vandalizing the map? (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400756)

It's definitely a conspiracy. Not to keep people away, but rather a conspiracy by employees of the Smithsonian to figure out if Glenn Beck's followers are capable of reading a book long enough to find the information they need. But then again, these are the same people that go to a person with no education and no knowledge of investing for investment advice. So I'm not sure that they could be described as particularly astute individuals.

Re:What's the benefit to vandalizing the map? (1)

Pichu0102 (916292) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400766)

I think the implication is that anti-conservatives are vandalizing Google maps in an attempt to cause people wishing to attend the rally to instead become lost, should they rely on Google maps.

You mean this? (1)

MrLint (519792) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400680)

http://goo.gl/maps/MpJ6 [goo.gl]

Right on gmaps?

Re:You mean this? (2, Informative)

themacks (1197889) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400826)

Yes, now click the button marked 'Search Maps' and see what all of the fuss is about.


Hint: You will now be looking at 'Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial'

I smell a slashdot conspiracy (2, Funny)

Fractal Dice (696349) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400688)

I smell a conspiracy to attempt to bring the US media's favorite vacuous ratings-boosting political flamewar to slashdot by dressing it up in a thin veil of tech.

They must have it in for Jefferson too (4, Informative)

istartedi (132515) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400706)

If you look for the Jefferson Memorial [google.com] , the same thing happens. The Washington Monument and the White House work fine though.

Re:They must have it in for Jefferson too (2, Funny)

Beelzebud (1361137) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400718)

It's a nefarious conspiracy, I tell you!

Re:They must have it in for Jefferson too (1)

spitzak (4019) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400882)

It also goes there for "any memorial, washington".

Obviously those evil liberals realized that Glen Beck said "I'm going to rally at any memorial in Washington!" and Google made sure they were sent to the wrong one!

It's a plot to silence Glenn Beck (0, Troll)

Beelzebud (1361137) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400712)

I mean, if google has scrubbed the Lincoln memorial from their maps, how else will Beck faithful be able to find it? If only there was a media outlet that hyped this event for the entire summer. Oh wait...

Let me get this straight... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33400726)

So, if a business does something they don't like, it's a conspiracy. When a business does something they agree with (and others do not), it's the owners of the company enjoying the fruits of "their" labor.

People playing pranks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33400758)

click on the edits and you'll see some one is playing a joke.

Google maps (1)

jav1231 (539129) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400790)

It's not surprising. Google Louisville, KY and you'll find the city but you won't see it labeled.

Try holding it somewhere easier to find. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33400802)

Like Nascar. Then people got two things to go to.

There's an FDR memorial? / mind=blown (1)

SheeEttin (899897) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400818)

I went to DC on a school trip in 8th grade, and I didn't even know there was an FDR memorial. (Of course, this was a tightly structured and scheduled trip, so that'd probably be why.)

That aside, there's one little feature of Street View that blew my mind just now.
While you're around the Tidal Basin, drag the little Street View man out of his home on the little toolbar. You'll notice that there are a lot of single spots around the area. These are user-contributed images--and, since several are in the Tidal Basin itself, probably user-positioned as well.
Anyway, drag the little man to the southernmost spot wholly in the Tidal Basin. You'll see it's not actually a picture from the Tidal Basin, it's a picture of the Jefferson Memorial from the west side, across the water. Now, here's the cool part.
See that dot on the Memorial you get when you mouse over? Click it.
It warps you to another image of the Memorial from a similar angle. From this point, you can warp to four images.
It might just be because it's late, but it sure blew my mind. (Especially if it's computer-generated linking.)

Same location as in Fallout 3 (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33400844)

There might be more or fewer Super Mutants there in the real world, depending on your political views.

Really, a tech site like this and nobody has pointed that out yet?

DC Traffic (2, Funny)

Sean_Inconsequential (1883900) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400848)

Even If they have the best directions in the world they still wouldn't make it to the rally in time. That Beltway traffic is ridiculous. It is a conspiracy perpetrated by the road workers.

Where is it? Ask Glenn Beck! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33400870)

The Lincoln Memorial is where the blowhard will be shooting his mouth off this weekend.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/28/us/politics/28beck.html

Directions for Beck fans (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33400876)

It's a short walk from the Washington monument. It's best to walk it, just head east for about a mile or two. The ground gets damp but keep walking and you'll get there eventually. If you make it to Europe you've gone too far.

You can see the Linconln Memorial on the same map! (1)

spitzak (4019) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400896)

If you go to the map, at least for me, the marker seems to point at nothing, but right above it is the lincoln memorial, clearly marked! So is the Jefferson Memorial.

I think it is a conservative conspiracy, they wanted people to walk past the Korean War monument (which is also clearly on the map). We kicked those commie's asses in that one! Hell Yeah!

There are old fashioned ways to find it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33400898)

There is this old fashioned thing called a paper map that is generally available for example on the National Park service web site:
http://www.nps.gov/mall/planyourvisit/maps.htm
Its a pdf and not subject to random edits. There are many places around Washington that sell both guidebooks and maps.
Trusting google is not needed, there are other ways to find out. I suspect that few who attend the rally would use google, preferring
the tried and true method. Of course once you find the mall. (Look for the Capitol, and go there, then walk west)

Restoring Horror (-1, Troll)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 4 years ago | (#33400930)

Does anyone actually think that Beck is not either 1: totally insane or 2: ripping off MLK's legacy with exactly the kind of people who would have beaten MLK to a pulp in 1963 for trying this the first time, or 3: 1+2?

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