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Cablegate, the Game

timothy posted more than 3 years ago | from the just-a-hopeless-semantic dept.

Government 90

An anonymous reader writes "Cablegate: The Game is a game where players can read, tag and summarize the recently released US Embassy Cables. Points are awarded for finding the most tags in a cable." I wish this game were extended to more news sources generally — automated scans are nice, but can't (yet) make all the connections humans can.

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I hate you. (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34609314)

I just lost it again.

Re:I hate you. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34609468)

damnit!

Re:I hate you. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34609632)

aw fuck

Re:I hate you. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34609796)

Merry Christmas

The Game [deviantart.net]

Re:I hate you. (1)

Javajunk (1957446) | more than 3 years ago | (#34610788)

Xkcd ripoff. http://xkcd.com/391/ [xkcd.com]

Re:I hate you. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34613508)

No one cares about that creep who "draws" xkcd

Re:I hate you. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34611272)

Yeah, I almost had it.

In other news the posted game is actually fun.

What about tags in Assange's arrest records? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34609326)

Lawyers cry foul over leak of Julian Assange sex-case papers [theaustralian.com.au]

Incriminating police files were published in the British newspaper that has used him as its source for hundreds of leaked US embassy cables.

In a move that surprised many of Mr Assange's closest supporters on Saturday, The Guardian newspaper published previously unseen police documents that accused Mr Assange in graphic detail of sexually assaulting two Swedish women. One witness is said to have stated: "Not only had it been the world's worst screw, it had also been violent."

Oh, the irony.

Re:What about tags in Assange's arrest records? (5, Insightful)

ObsessiveMathsFreak (773371) | more than 3 years ago | (#34609956)

One witness is said to have stated: "Not only had it been the world's worst screw, it had also been violent."

It's clear to me that this statement and others like it made by the alleged victim are an insult to actual rape victims everywhere. It gets worse [guardian.co.uk] :

According to her statement she "tried to put on some articles of clothing as it was going too quickly and uncomfortably but Assange ripped them off again". Miss A told police that she didn't want to go any further "but that it was too late to stop Assange as she had gone along with it so far", and so she allowed him to undress her.

Too late to stop because she had gone along with it so far? And later she goes to lunch with him, and afterwards complains only that he was "the world's worst screw". Unbelievable.

Without exaggeration: this statement reads like a stereotypical straw man argument trotted out by misogynists who deride and demean rape allegations. This woman did not even have the decency to simply add a line stating at the very least "I told him to stop and he didn't". Today alone, there are women who have arrived bruised and bloody into rape crisis centres, who have had their integrity questioned in court, who have to live with their attackers not only going free, but re-offending; I can't imagine how those women must feel about these patently ridiculous allegations being taken seriously.

The impact of these farcical complaints in such a high profile sex-offence case is going to set back rape victims' rights by a decade or more. Expect to see the Sweedish Assange case trotted out in every sexual assault legislation debate for twenty years, as the foremost example of how rape allegations can be trivial and how rape victims' testimony is unreliable. I suspect quite a few "mens' rights" groups have made a song and dance over this already.

Unfortunately, the biggest fallout from the entire Cablegate scandal is going to be in justice for rape victims the world over. So congratulations Miss A.; your actions have changed the world. I hope you're proud of yourself.

Re:What about tags in Assange's arrest records? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34610200)

I actually kinda doubt she's a slashdotter.

Re:What about tags in Assange's arrest records? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34610524)

What's with the implication that "men's rights" groups (scare quotes and all) are delighted about "injustice for rape victims"? Is your worldview so polarised?

Re:What about tags in Assange's arrest records? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34611084)

In the UK, the governments own statistics,only 6% of rape cases end in a conviction. The fervor with which Assange was perused and then denied bail despite handing over his passport and having no prior convictions, until a massive media outcry forced them to reconsider, seems rather strange to me.

Re:What about tags in Assange's arrest records? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34611814)

I suspect quite a few "mens' rights" groups have made a song and dance over this already.

But have they?

I find it ironic that our friends on the right, who have been warning for years of the dangers of allowing feminists near our rape laws (and I don't necessarily disagree), now have a concrete example of one of their predicted worst-case scenarios, --the (ab)use of the criminal law by women dealing with emotional disappointment --and all they are asking is that the man in question be executed.

Just one of the many ways Assange seems to be separating the libertarians from the patriots.

Re:What about tags in Assange's arrest records? (5, Insightful)

Shauni (1164077) | more than 3 years ago | (#34611946)

There is no "victim script" someone follows after a rape. Never. You watch too many Lifetime movies if you think that is so.

They may turn up at a crisis center bloody. They may throw a party for their attacker. They may just cover their bruises and pretend it never happened. They may make a joke about it later. They may call it "bad sex" afterward. They may participate during the event, or stop resisting. They may have even agreed until a point, before withdrawing consent. They may do everything "right," and find out that it doesn't even matter.

That is the nature of sexual abuse of all forms. Often there is an attempt to deny the assault after it happened, because admitting it happened would compel them to act on it. To go to a complete stranger, and relive the event, who more often than not will deride them, blame them, or mishandle their case.

Then the second they stray from the Lifetime account, it provides a reason to take the man's side.

The only way to escape the circle of injustice, just understand: no means no.

Today alone, there are women who have arrived bruised and bloody into rape crisis centres, who have had their integrity questioned in court, who have to live with their attackers not only going free, but re-offending; I can't imagine how those women must feel about these patently ridiculous allegations being taken seriously.

I would imagine what they feel is something like, "Hey, Glenn Beck sounds just like that asshole defense attorney, or my 'friend' who told me it wasn't a big deal." Alternatively, if they know a little more about the situation, "As usual, the only time a complaint gets taken seriously is when there's a bigger political motive."

In fact, I don't have to imagine, as I have talked to several, including one about this very event.

Re:What about tags in Assange's arrest records? (5, Insightful)

JumperCable (673155) | more than 3 years ago | (#34614032)

The only way to escape the circle of injustice, just understand: no means no.

It usually helps if the woman actually says no instead of bitching about it later after she discovers he has slept with another woman.

Rodney king said no (1)

cheekyboy (598084) | more than 3 years ago | (#34614568)

whats worse, none violent violations.

Or being beatem up like the nazis on a jewish piniata party?

Being heavily beaten by cops is worse, as many many people and the law will never prosecute their own 'brothers'.

Saying no to a cop beating is the same as being raped.

Now if a cop tazers are pregnant lady (it has happened) thats worse than raping a baby.

Re:What about tags in Assange's arrest records? (3, Interesting)

definate (876684) | more than 3 years ago | (#34614082)

You are correct, there is no script or formula which a victim follows. However, given there is no significant evidence to the contrary, we can not be expected to take someones word for it, given they essentially looked like anyone else would.

If you do not agree with this, then you're essentially opening up anyone to put anyone else in jail for rape, as you're saying we require no substantiative proof, other than 'a participant said so a week later'.

"no means no" is totally irrelevant here, and is just a strawman argument. The question is whether its reasonable to take only one persons word, later on, in the face of other evidence, as evidence with which to convict a man, and destroy his life.

I don't think it is.

I've been following this reasonably closely, and I don't believe there has been ANY other substantiative evidence, has there?

Re:What about tags in Assange's arrest records? (1)

Shauni (1164077) | more than 3 years ago | (#34619978)

Given that there hasn't been so much as a police interview yet, let alone a trial, I don't see how there could be.

Whether there is or not though (or even whether the person is guilty or not), it's ridiculous to cross-examine a victim's behavior to determine guilt or innocence.

Re:What about tags in Assange's arrest records? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34612664)

So you say this may help men that are falsely accused of rape? That's great! Rape vs getting accused of rape is pretty much a matter of (usually) non-permanent non-lethal bodily injury vs. a rather permanently ruined reputation and career. Either also has a psychological side to it, but the latter has far more effects overall.
 
Rape is one of these "guilty unless proven innocent" accusations for males in most of society (even though not in court), as long as people think you may look the part, witch hunt style.

Re:What about tags in Assange's arrest records? (1)

nyri (132206) | more than 3 years ago | (#34613412)

The impact of these farcical complaints in such a high profile sex-offence case is going to set back rape victims' rights by a decade or more. Expect to see the Sweedish Assange case trotted out in every sexual assault legislation debate for twenty years, as the foremost example of how rape allegations can be trivial and how rape victims' testimony is unreliable. I suspect quite a few "mens' rights" groups have made a song and dance over this already.

You make this sound this as if these "mens' right" groups do not have a case. I think this sad saga proves that rape allegations could be and are used as a tool of revenge by scorned women. The set back you are speaking of is basically the reintroduction presumption of innocence to rape cases. A set back, indeed.

By the way, why the quotes around "mens' right"?

Re:What about tags in Assange's arrest records? (1)

Nyder (754090) | more than 3 years ago | (#34613580)

...And later she goes to lunch with him, and afterwards complains only that he was "the world's worst screw". Unbelievable.

...

wow, to think about all the times I really sucked in bed yet didn't get rape charges for it.

I must be the luckiest man alive.

Re:What about tags in Assange's arrest records? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34615860)

You forgot to mention that Mr Assange continued to not only stay in her house but also in her very bed wih her for quite a while after this "rape" occured.

Just how many women are "raped" but then invite their attacker back to the bed over and over and over again?

This is a HUGE disservice to those people who really are Raped.

Sorry, we see through this scam.

Re:What about tags in Assange's arrest records? (1)

BJ_Covert_Action (1499847) | more than 3 years ago | (#34617400)

I suspect quite a few "mens' rights" groups have made a song and dance over this already.

You know, men can get raped too. Asshole.

Re:What about tags in Assange's arrest records? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34610422)

Why is it so hard to understand the difference between individual privacy and government secrecy, and that what applies to one doesn't necessarily apply to the other?

Re:What about tags in Assange's arrest records? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34611562)

Indeed. Remember kids privacy is dead and only bad people want it back while secrecy is necessary for the government to do good(tm) and if this secrecy isn't maintained the terrorists win. You don't want rapists having privacy and terrorists winning, now do you?

Re:What about tags in Assange's arrest records? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34613552)

Cablegate: The Game: the thread is a post where users can read, moderate, and reply to the recently posted topic. Points are awarded for going further and further off-topic.

HONEY TRAP!!! (5, Funny)

arcite (661011) | more than 3 years ago | (#34609354)

IF you play this game the CIA will record your IP and sexy left leaning Swedish intellectual feminists will pick you up in the bar for drinks then invite you to their house, let you have sex with them, cook you breakfast, and then accuse you rape a month later.

They'll put out international 'red notices' for your arrest; Pursue you across international boundaries, and spread insidious false rumours of your poor performance in bed.

Re:HONEY TRAP!!! (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34609374)

You will also be guilty of some of those things.

Re:HONEY TRAP!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34609546)

or not

Re:HONEY TRAP!!! (0)

martin-boundary (547041) | more than 3 years ago | (#34609588)

You will also be ecstatic from some of those things.

This is slashdot. FTFY.(*)

(*) except for gay slashdotters, who would feel instead absolute horror at being invited for bed and breakfast by two ladies. (**)

(**) unless the ladies turned out to be men in disguise. (***)

(***) in that case, the non-gay slashdotters will no longer feel ecstatic, and may lock themselves into the shower to moisturize their clothes while wearing them. (****)

(****) Curse you, evil, evil CIA!

Re:HONEY TRAP!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34612792)

Aspergers, motherfucker. Do you have it?

Re:HONEY TRAP!!! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34609502)

IF you play this game the CIA will record your IP and sexy left leaning Swedish intellectual feminists will pick you up

Count me in.

Re:HONEY TRAP!!! (2)

Chucky_M (1708842) | more than 3 years ago | (#34609526)

IF you play this game the CIA will record your IP and sexy left leaning Swedish intellectual feminists will pick you up in the bar for drinks then invite you to their house, let you have sex with them, cook you breakfast, and then accuse you rape a month later.

They'll put out international 'red notices' for your arrest; Pursue you across international boundaries, and spread insidious false rumours of your poor performance in bed.

Instead of waiting a month walk into the police station yourself the following morning and "ask for advice" while explaining that you wanted to keep the condom on but she intentionally ripped it by deviously moving during intercourse, it would be interesting watching Sweden attempt to extradite her from her new home near Langley, I wonder if it would be pursued just as vigorously after all there is this nasty setting a precedent thing.

So what you're really saying is.... (1)

c1ay (703047) | more than 3 years ago | (#34609616)

...this game should only be played on public terminals in internet cafes without security cameras.

BTW, is spoofing your identity fair game play at the feminists house?

Re:HONEY TRAP!!! (1)

mrmeval (662166) | more than 3 years ago | (#34609618)

It might be or you are but I know I am cause I'm hot and sticky sweet from my head down to my feet.

I want a way to be able to kill the karma of a tagger for bad tags. I suppose a slashdot style system could be set up. The firehose can weed out the obvious crap and then come the taggers spraying graphiti on the cables, then come the karma killers....

Re:HONEY TRAP!!! (1)

migla (1099771) | more than 3 years ago | (#34609728)

>I suppose a slashdot style system could be set up.

How about Slashdot adds a section for this purpose? You know you want to! You're not chicken, are you, Taco?

(j/k. Slashdot is hosted in the US, right? That would not be a pragmatic place to host wikileaks.)

Someone should definitely put up a server with slashcode (or similar) somewhere else, though,

Re:HONEY TRAP!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34609746)

I'd just dodge the whole thing by killing and eating the feminists in the morning.

Re:HONEY TRAP!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34610142)

That old game kinda lost the cool factor when Herr Meiwes hit it so hard it broke. [google.com]

Re:HONEY TRAP!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34610068)

It's worth the effort. The honey was sweet and pancakes great. The sauerkraut was also delicious.. Ops, wrong girl, wrong country. I meant surströmming, of course.

Re:HONEY TRAP!!! (1)

Darkfire79 (1094983) | more than 3 years ago | (#34610408)

As long as the Swedish intellectual feminists are hot gay (meh, or straight) men.. I'm cool with it, otherwise they hold no power over me. *black vans pull up*

Re:HONEY TRAP!!! (1)

Baron_Yam (643147) | more than 3 years ago | (#34610452)

This is a problem how?

Personally, I think I could manage more than two sexy left-leaning Swedish intellectual feminists before the end of a month. Perhaps as high as 31 if I didn't try for twice a night.

At the end, I'd be so blissfully exhausted I probably wouldn't notice the rest.

Read, tag, summarize and go to jail! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34609370)

Read, tag, summarize and go to jail!

Oh great! (1)

countertrolling (1585477) | more than 3 years ago | (#34609418)

We're gonna get another one of these [melchersystem.com] !

I heard the FBI gives freebies... (5, Funny)

splerdu (187709) | more than 3 years ago | (#34609422)

...for every article you tag "nothing to see here, move along"

Re:I heard the FBI gives freebies... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34610326)

...for every article you tag "nothing to see here, move along"

That's what the LA Times already does.

If you do exceptionally well (5, Funny)

EnsilZah (575600) | more than 3 years ago | (#34609472)

You might win an all-expenses-payed trip to sunny Cuba.

The biggest tag (1)

countertrolling (1585477) | more than 3 years ago | (#34609510)

will be "ego". I kid! I kid! This is a good thing. Maybe now we'll find out how many Brits are descendants of Rebecca Rolfe, or was it Smith?

Don't Feel Comfortable Helping (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34609512)

First, if Assange is being considered the most vile and evil person in the world for facilitating the release of this information (and yet commercial news outlets who work with him to do it and then publish it to a huge audience are *not* treated as evil and horrible or culpable at all), then I can only imagine what they might do to the average john Doe. After all, they could construe this as aiding and abetting "the enemy" (ie, terr'ists).

More importantly, I work with the government through my company which fulfills certain technical contracts with them from a supporting end. I absolutely do not feel comfortable participating in this - as fun as it might be - for fear of it impacting my security clearance. Reading this slashdot article is about as far as I'm willing to push the limits.

Re:Don't Feel Comfortable Helping (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34609556)

Don't worry, there are another 5+ billion people out there who aren't US citizens and don't have to worry about intimidation by the feds. It may not be the best, and our government may be full of crazies too right now, but I'm proud to be Canadian anyway.

Re:Don't Feel Comfortable Helping (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34609590)

Actually, I'm getting rather tired of the bias slashdot editors have shown for wikileaks.

For those of us who do have to worry about clearances sticking a god damned link straight to the applet in the article is a bit too much. I'm fairly used to the lazy or awful links which are three sites away from the actual source. They finally get it right on the one material I don't to go anywhere near.

It's just too much for me and if the point was to alienate those on the other side then job well done. Too bad I was actually a slashdot supporter and funded this horseshit. Thankfully everyone has choices and can choose where to provide support. For instance, I no longer choose to support this website and consequently I will not be renewing my subscription.

Re:Don't Feel Comfortable Helping (4, Funny)

billsayswow (1681722) | more than 3 years ago | (#34609628)

We are saddened to hear about the loss of your support, Mr... Anonymous Coward.

Re:Don't Feel Comfortable Helping (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34609638)

Actually, I'm getting rather tired of the bias slashdot editors have shown for wikileaks.

What bias? Slasdhot editors support Wikileaks. Show me one good reason why they shouldn't? It's not Slashdot's fault all the arguments for NOT supporting Wikileaks are shitty arguments. Doing what's right is not the same as showing bias.

For those of us who do have to worry about clearances sticking a god damned link straight to the applet in the article is a bit too much...They finally get it right on the one material I don't to go anywhere near.

How the fuck did you get US security clearance if you can't even use basic English?

Too bad I was actually a slashdot supporter and funded this horseshit. Thankfully everyone has choices and can choose where to provide support. For instance, I no longer choose to support this website and consequently I will not be renewing my subscription.

Liar.

Re:Don't Feel Comfortable Helping (1)

clarkkent09 (1104833) | more than 3 years ago | (#34610198)

What bias? Slasdhot editors support Wikileaks. Show me one good reason why they shouldn't?
 
Joe Biden called Assange a terrorist! We all know that Joe Biden is a genius who knows everything and he wasn't picked as VP just to make Obama look good so that's good enough for me.

Re:Don't Feel Comfortable Helping (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34610516)

What bias? Slasdhot editors support Wikileaks. Show me one good reason why they shouldn't?

Joe Biden called Assange a terrorist! We all know that Joe Biden is a genius who knows everything and he wasn't picked as VP just to make Obama look good so that's good enough for me.

Well, then. Who called Assange a terrorist first? Because you KNOW "Slow" Joe Biden must have plagiarized that idea from somebody [wikipedia.org] :

...

He went on to receive his Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law in 1968, where by his own description he found it to be "the biggest bore in the world" and pulled many all-nighters to get by. During his first year there, he was accused of having plagiarized 5 of 15 pages of a law review article. Biden said it was inadvertent due to his not knowing the proper rules of citation, and he was permitted to retake the course after receiving a grade of F, which was subsequently dropped from his record.

...

In September 1987, the campaign ran into trouble when he was accused of plagiarizing a speech that had been made by Neil Kinnock, leader of the British Labour Party.

...

A few days later, Biden's plagiarism incident in law school came to public light. It was also revealed that when earlier questioned by a New Hampshire resident about his grades in law school, Biden had falsely stated that he had graduated in the "top half" of his class, that he had attended law school on a full scholarship, and that he had received three degrees in college. He had in fact earned a single B.A. with a double major in history and political science, had received a half scholarship to law school based on financial need with some additional assistance based in part upon academics, and had graduated 76th of 85 in his law school class.

Re:Don't Feel Comfortable Helping (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34610306)

Doing what is right is actually changing things the right way.

If transparency, supportive leadership or some other facet of the government needs changed then vote. If you don't like the way things are going please stand up and say something. It's possible to donate to organizations which are actually trying to change things that are in in line with your political views as well.

As far as the "liar" comment... really? Somehow I'm supposed to refute the comment that I couldn't afford a few dollars every several months? It actually takes more effort to purchase a subscription. In a sense it's altruism because I employ the noscript plugin. I've also donated to the FSF and youth charities that I'm involved in. Relatively speaking I don't actually give that much and nor is it my responsibility to do so. However, if you can and do believe in something it's not a bad idea to support it.

I usually try not to reply to assholes, but surprisingly the liar comment irked me. Seriously, how poor are you if you can't afford a slashdot subscription? (Not that I'm currently advising anyone to purchase them anymore)

Re:Don't Feel Comfortable Helping (1)

Changa_MC (827317) | more than 3 years ago | (#34705382)

We sympathize that the government is more afraid of you reading wikileaks than it is of terrorists reading the same material, and for obvious reasons. Unfortunate that for you access to the truth is less important than your job, but perfectly understandable.

But it's not whether you can afford a slashdot subscription that is suspect, it's whether or not anyone would decide to stop subscribing based on the recent increase in accuracy in slashdot articles.

Perhaps you should instead consider getting URL tooltip for firefox, so that you won't click links to facts that you are not allowed to know?

Re:Don't Feel Comfortable Helping (1)

God Of Atheism (1003892) | more than 3 years ago | (#34613322)

If a US president can get by with not being able to use English, why would it be surprising that other people with US security clearances are not familiar with the English language?

Re:Don't Feel Comfortable Helping (1)

Nyder (754090) | more than 3 years ago | (#34613584)

...

How the fuck did you get US security clearance if you can't even use basic English?

....

Probably had public school education.

Re:Don't Feel Comfortable Helping (1)

cheekyboy (598084) | more than 3 years ago | (#34614666)

God are you a moron, you know theres an iphone app that takes your perfect english comments, and makes em look like , joe bloggs after 6 beers.

This is fucking slashdot, no one cares for spelling, only geeks with ties and no friends.

This isnt a fucking .gov science nobel peace prize nominations board.

Now fuck off, and take some LSD and get to know the universe outside your govt approved scope. :)

The logo of LSD

Re:Don't Feel Comfortable Helping (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34609662)

At least now there is hope that, one day, you too can live in a free country where the government isn't able to decree what publicly available information you are allowed to read.

Re:Don't Feel Comfortable Helping (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34609680)

Bye! Don't let the door hit you in the arse on the way out.

Re:Don't Feel Comfortable Helping (2)

Serious Callers Only (1022605) | more than 3 years ago | (#34609864)

Actually, I'm getting rather tired of the bias slashdot editors have shown for wikileaks.

For those of us who do have to worry about clearances sticking a god damned link straight to...one material I don't to go anywhere near.

When your government dictates that you actively avoid learning the truth, perhaps it's time to re-evaluate the demands made on you, rather than rail against others for inadvertently exposing you to it. Your life must be made very difficult by the mental gymnastics required in avoiding what are now commonplace discussions, and telling yourself that others must be 'biased' for exposing you to them.

I hope you haven't been reading the New York Times either, or other international newspapers^^^^^^^^^^^^ terrorist journals, otherwise you might be guilty of learning the truth about your government and others around the world (many of which are far worse than the US government, if perhaps less hypocritical in their actions).

Here's an apposite quote for you about attempts at censorship which I picked up on the internet, but be careful, because you never know the source of words, so you must carefully screen them for seditious content before reading:

1. (C) CDA spoke by phone with XXXXXXXXXXXXX to discuss recent pressure by the Chinese government to censor the company’s Chinese website, accelerated perhaps by the approach of significant political anniversaries.XXXXXXXXXXXXX averred that the root of the problem was China’s Politburo Standing Committee member XXXXXXXXXXXXX who wants the company to remove a link to the uncensored google.com site from its sanitized Chinese version, google.cn. XXXXXXXXXXXXX said Google China has resisted that step as against company principles, though it has taken other smaller measures to try and placate the government. Thus far that tactic has been unsuccessful, and the government has already taken commercial steps against Google, including telling the three dominant SOE telecoms to stop doing business with the company. CDA and XXXXXXXXXXXXX discussed possible USG advocacy, including having imminent visiting Codels and possible Cabinet-level officials raise this directly. For the moment, Google does not wish to go public, preferring to see if current efforts produce results. End Summary.

2. (C) XXXXXXXXXXXXX, CDA Dan Piccuta and XXXXXXXXXXXX talked XXXXXXXXXX about the increasing censorship pressure Google is facing.XXXXXXXXXXXX said Politburo Standing Committee member XXXXXXXXXXXX recently discovered that Google’s worldwide site is uncensored, and is capable of Chinese language searches and search results. XXXXXXXXXXXX allegedly entered his own name and found results critical of him. He also noticed the link from google.cn’s homepage to google.com, whichXXXXXXXXXXXX reportedly believes is an “illegal site.” XXXXXXXXXXXX asked three ministries (note: most likely the Ministry of Industry and Information Industry, State Council Information Office, and Public Security Bureau.) to write a report about Google and demand that the company cease its “illegal activities,” which include linking to google.com.

Re:Don't Feel Comfortable Helping (2)

clarkkent09 (1104833) | more than 3 years ago | (#34610122)

I hope you haven't been reading the New York Times either, or other international newspapers^^^^^^^^^^^^ terrorist journals, otherwise you might be guilty of learning the truth about your government and others around the world (many of which are far worse than the US government, if perhaps less hypocritical in their actions).
 
So reading New York Times = learning the truth, right? Just like when NYT was the leading voice in support of the invasion of Iraq in 2003 based on its own fabricated stories about WMD?

Re:Don't Feel Comfortable Helping (4, Insightful)

Serious Callers Only (1022605) | more than 3 years ago | (#34610396)

So reading New York Times = learning the truth, right?

Wrong. Evidently, I'm not claiming the NYT has always and will forever print exclusively the truth, only that it did, along with wikileaks, and now Slashdot, reproduce the particular truths the grandparent is complaining about being exposed to (things that were said by American diplomats in cables). In those particular instances the NYT was reproducing the truth about the USG and its diplomats' views of the world - that was what I meant by 'learning the truth about your government'.

I hope that puts your mind at rest as to whether I believe the NYT is eternally and universally true!

Yea I'm a contractor too (4, Interesting)

arcite (661011) | more than 3 years ago | (#34609888)

Working for the US gov, only I'm not a chicken-shit, brainwashed, sorry excuse for a human being who feels that the truth should be covered up. If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem.

If you really are working for the US Gov (and you're not just a simpleton soldier following orders) you have a responsibility to make the world a better place. Now, please go back to the safety of silence and obedience with the knowledge that your next pay-check from the good American People is on its way.

Re:Yea I'm a contractor too (2, Insightful)

Duradin (1261418) | more than 3 years ago | (#34610166)

"If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem."

Actually, if you're not part of the solution you are part of the precipitate. Saying someone is either part of the solution (x)or part of the problem ignores people that are completely neutral to the situation. Of course narrow-mindedness and binary thinking is the new enlightened so maybe I should just get with the times.

Re:Yea I'm a contractor too (2, Interesting)

xavdeman (946931) | more than 3 years ago | (#34610992)

If enough people are neutral a solution would never come to fruition. The saying holds as long as the proposed solution and problem are correctly defined.

Re:Yea I'm a contractor too (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34620110)

His point is that the massive quantity of purportedly "neutral" people aren't. By the very nature of "ignoring" or "not caring" about the issue, they tacitly participate in making it worse. Now, you don't have to agree, but that doesn't make him short-sighted.

Re:Yea I'm a contractor too (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34624522)

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." (Edmund Burke)

Numerous searches by numerous people have failed to find this exact quotation in any of Burke's writings,and it is now thought to be a 20th Cen. paraphrase.

Here is an Edmund Burke quote that I believe fits nicely into the above 'paraphrase?':

"It is not enough in a situation of trust in the commonwealth, that a man means well to his country; it is not enough that in his single person he never did an evil act, but always voted according to his conscience, and even harangued against every design which he apprehended to be prejudicial to the interests of his country. This innoxious and ineffectual character, that seems formed upon a plan of apology and disculpation, falls miserably short of the mark of public duty. That duty demands and requires that what is right should not only be made known, but made prevalent; that what is evil should not only be detected, but defeated. When the public man omits to put himself in a situation of doing his duty with effect it is an omission that frustrates the purposes of his trust almost as much as if he had formally betrayed it. It is surely no very rational account of a man's life, that he has always acted right but has taken special care to act in such a manner that his endeavours could not possibly be productive of any consequence."

Re:Yea I'm a contractor too (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34613476)

If you really are working for the US Gov (and you're not just a simpleton soldier following orders) you have a responsibility to make the world a better place.

Why is being a US govt emplyee carry teh responsability of making the *world* a better place? Why do americans always feel entitled to "save the world"? of course that means saving it however they see fit...

Re:Yea I'm a contractor too (1)

BJ_Covert_Action (1499847) | more than 3 years ago | (#34617650)

What man is a man that does not try to improve the world of which he is a part?

Re:Yea I'm a contractor too (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34624540)

What is a man? A miserable little pile of secrets! But enough talk...have at you!

***Hugs and kisses from Transylvania***

Re:Yea I'm a contractor too (1)

Rayonic (462789) | more than 3 years ago | (#34615388)

If you really are working for the US Gov (and you're not just a simpleton soldier following orders) you have a responsibility to make the world a better place.

And here I thought it was your job to make the U.S. a better place. My bad! Does this apply to government workers in other nations too?

IMHO, there's all sorts of "the truth" that should be covered up. Like how negotiations with China about North Korea are going, or what the U.K. diplomat really thinks of the Prime Minister.

Re:Don't Feel Comfortable Helping (1)

cheekyboy (598084) | more than 3 years ago | (#34614640)

to all those millions of people who helped and worked for the nazis in the 40's , well no one cares for their asses now do they.

Govt workers can stay in the closet as the North Korean employees do all their lives.

But history exposes the traitors and evil.

The future of everything: (2)

Zeroblitzt (871307) | more than 3 years ago | (#34609620)

In general I feel like more things should be crowd-sourced. There is a lot of power in making things fun.

Old (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34609828)

Isn't doing something like this what made Wikileaks special before all this Assange drama crap, or am I just confused?

Carpet bombing (1)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 3 years ago | (#34609830)

Shooting the messenger will become too expensive and evident if the movement have too much messengers to shoot. Of course, they could start taking other ways of action.

Re:Carpet bombing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34614514)

Shooting the messenger will become too expensive and evident if the movement have too much messengers to shoot.

Well, they could charge the expenses of shooting to the messenger's family.

Wikileaks should host it! (1)

xavdeman (946931) | more than 3 years ago | (#34610764)

I think Wikileaks should host this game*. Would be really helpful to have a central place with summaries on the cables and ratings on the summaries/cables etc. Good example of crowd-sourcing, this is. Also: publicity, popularity, awareness, lead to a higher probability of change. *In before: "But who will host Wikileaks? xD"

Re:Wikileaks should host it! (1)

Ninja Programmer (145252) | more than 3 years ago | (#34613624)

I don't know if you've noticed or not, but ISPs, DNSs, and a number of governments have been banning and attacking wikileaks.* . Diversifying shows that wikileaks does not stand alone. They should definitely link to it (and there should be a reciprocal link), but hosting is not only unnecessary, but probably counter-productive. People should just help publicize it.

And first prize is... (1)

Chris Mattern (191822) | more than 3 years ago | (#34611034)

Winner gets a free trip to Gitmo!

Christmas gift!!! (0)

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Aw, shucks (1)

unitron (5733) | more than 3 years ago | (#34613264)

I saw the "word" cablegate and was hoping it was some big scandal that would make life very uncomfortable for the cable television industry.

Re:Aw, shucks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34614170)

I hope I speak for a number of people here, but for people behind this kind of journalism: STOP FUCKING ATTACHING "GATE" TO EVERY DAMN WORD ASSOCIATED WITH A "SCANDAL". Pretty please? Before I go and stab you in the eye?

Alternative one (1)

Yvanhoe (564877) | more than 3 years ago | (#34614044)

Apparently many people had the same idea. The tetalab (a French fablab) proposes a similar thing to tag all the subjects of the cables : http://leakspin.tetalab.org/ [tetalab.org]

get notified on new and updated wikileaks cables (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34615182)

Starting December 19, 2010, http://dazzlepod.com/cable/ [dazzlepod.com] has started to revision control all the released WikiLeaks cables and upcoming cables.

http://wikileaks.ch/ shows only the updated cables. With revision control, you can see the previous revisions of a cable to track its changes, e.g. names being censored?, potentially controversial section removed?, etc.

http://dazzlepod.com/cable/ is a simple and easy to use WikiLeaks cable browser.

Features:
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What is the point? (1)

nedwnelson (1960910) | more than 3 years ago | (#34620910)

Sorry to be the party poop, but what is the point of this? Not for political motivation or statement, certainly.

Let's see... (1)

datsa (1951424) | more than 3 years ago | (#34621116)

if Google takes down this "game" hosted on its servers.

Re:Let's see... (1)

webmistressrachel (903577) | more than 3 years ago | (#34647112)

Posting on the 22nd of Dec at 23:01 UTC...

Well, it appears someone, possibly Google, has taken down this game. It's the reason I read this far, and I'm quite surprised that nobody cared enough about this issue 3 days later that nobody checked and posted this fact before me. Therefore, I should get more Insightful mods than anybody else on this thread, but we'll see...

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