I cant believe that state money is funding this. Well, actually I can, the government loves to throw money down the hole.
And now on to the tale. This morning, I was browsing through ibiblio, the information depository hosted by UNC Chapel Hill. It has a plethora of Linux resources, including most major Linux distros, and it hosts Project Gutenberg, the depository of literary works that are not copyrighted. And this is all well and good, these materials should be archived for the masses, and a university seems to be the right place to do it. And for a while, the leftist hoards at UNC-CH managed to keep politics out of it, but today, I came upon a site hosted by ibiblio that I find an absolute waste of taxpayer money.
Yes, ibiblio is hosting the North Carolina indymedia site. A site of leftist propaganda that you have to see to believe. Now, I have heard tell of indymedia.org, and I even stopped by on occasion, finding it so horrifying that I didnt stick around too long, but now I know that there is a local version, and I get to see what all the nuts are up to on a local level.
But it gets even better. Heres the description from ibiblio: The North Carolina Independent Media Center (NC-IMC) is an non-corporate, anti-authoritarian network of activists that are committed to using media and journalism as a tool for promoting egalitarian change. Though based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in the United States, the NC-IMC covers all related issues within North Carolina that are not being given adequate coverage by any other media. The North Carolina Independent Media Center will also work to network with existing independent media and publications that are committed to social and economic change throughout North Carolina. The North Carolina Indymedia Center advocates and promotes media democracy through free skill-share workshops and teach-ins, which are to be open for the benefit of all. Along with web publishing, they also produce print resources and videos to spread the message among those who may not have access to on-line resources.
The part I bolded is something I find particularly interesting. Lets take a look at the definition of propaganda: the spreading of ideas, information, or rumor for the purpose of helping or injuring an institution, a cause, or a person.
The net result is that public money is being siphoned off to fund leftist propaganda. But then again, what would you expect from UNC-CH? I object to my tax dollars being used to support ideologies of which I am diametrically opposed. No matter how much private funding ibiblio may or may not have, the bottom line is that its still being run by UNC-CH and UNC-CH gets a pile of public money, and there is no way to separate out the origin of the money once it goes into the pile. If the public money was to be cut off, then it would all wither and die. If the private money was cut off, only parts would wither and die.