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Let’s face it, hard copy encyclopedias are out of date and a waste of space.
Wikipedia is a free web-based, collaborative, multilingual encyclopedia
project.  It was launched in 2001 by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger and is
currently the largest and most popular general reference work on the Internet.
Wikipedia has 14 million articles (3.1 million in English) that have all been
written collaboratively by volunteers around the world, and almost all of its
articles can be edited by anyone with access to the site.  Critics of Wikipedia
accuse it of systemic bias and inconsistencies, including undue weight given
to popular culture.

Many people have complained that the factual information they have posted to
the site has been deleted and that Wikipedia deletes interesting, viable, and
controversial articles.  Articles that make the world’s leading governments look
bad.  I have collected a list of some of the Wikipedia articles and topics that
have been deleted from the site.  The information was taken from
Deletionpedia.  The list will be focusing on the English version of Wikipedia.

15. Giuseppe Said - Deleted May 31, 2008

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Giuseppe Said is a hereditary knight of the Holy Roman Empire.  He became
the Count of the Byzantine Empire (Vassallo-Paleologo) upon his father's
death in 1973.  He is recognized as the Head of the House of Said and uses
the titles of Principe de Sayd and Bibino Magno.  Said is also a Noble and
Patrician of Ferrera.  In today's terms, these hereditary distinctions are merely
of historic significance, but they are still carried to the present ensuring history
will never be forgotten.  Said is of much importance to the history of Malta,
Sicily, Turkey and the Mediterranean.  In 1967, he went on vacation to
Sydney, Australia and met his wife (of the Barons of Bauvso).  Giuseppe Said
is involved in several businesses and is semi-retired.  He lives between
Australia and Malta.

14. Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Deleted Jun 26, 2008

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The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign is a pressure group based in
Ireland.  They lobby the Irish and British Governments on behalf of the
Palestinian cause.  The Campaign was established in late 2001 by a group of
Irish human rights and community activists, academics, and journalists, people
who were concerned with the current situation in the Occupied Territories.
The group was initially based in Dublin, but is currently expanding and is run
by volunteers. 

The committee has many goals, mainly to promote Palestinian culture, including
literature, music and arts in Ireland.
  They use the phrase “liberate Palestine”,
which implies the end of the current occupation of some territories by Israel.
They want to bring real Palestinian voices to the media, in order to contribute
to the biased reporting they claim is occurring regarding aspects of the current
Middle East conflict.

13. LamboNuni Bank - Deleted Aug 11, 2008

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Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts

LamboNuni Bank is an international investment firm that focuses primarily on
secured-asset buyouts.  LamboNuni is part of the General Mutual Group.  The
bank was founded by J.R. Nuni, George Lambo, and Gucia Franco-Rivera.
Revenues for 2004 hit a record-high $671 Million.  LamboNuni is a pretty large
organization and it is strange that they do not have a Wikipedia page.  The
bank does the same type of work as the corporate giant Kohlberg Kravis
Roberts & Co.

KKR is a New York City based private equity firm that sponsors and manages
investment funds, focusing primarily on leveraged buyouts of mature
businesses.  The list of companies KKR has bought and sold over the years
includes many of the great American brand names such as Texaco, Gillette,
Playtex, Beatrice, Safeway, Borden, Samsonite, and Toys "R" Us.  Recently,
KKR has been expanding into Europe with acquisitions such as MTU Aero
Engines.

12. List of Japanese supporters of the World War II
Period - Deleted July 9, 2008

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General MacArthur & Hirohito

This entry was a list of Japanese supporters of the World War II effort.  The
list included both military personnel and civilians who were foreign supporters
of the Empire of Japan in World War II.  It also included some members of
Japanese local establishments, certain native helpers, and some foreign
believers and defenders of the Japanese cause.  The page was published on
Wikipedia for over three years, but disappeared in 2008.  It is possible that
some entries were not supported with factual information, so the entire page
was deemed inaccurate.  It is a long article that lists Japanese supporters
from all areas of the world.   

View the Article on Deletionpedia

11. List of Vietnam War Veterans - Deleted Apr 2, 2008

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Director Oliver Stone's Platoon

Like many articles on Wikipedia, this list may have been deleted because it
contained contents that were “already served by a category”.  The article
contains a large collection of veterans of the Vietnam War.  It is organized by
country and focuses on the South Vietnam, Australian, and U.S. veterans.
Some 50,000 Australians, including some 18,000 national servicemen or
“nashos”, served in Vietnam, 520 died and almost 2,400 were wounded.  In
the United States all veterans are identified with their highest ranks.  It is also
noted if the individual volunteered for service or if they were drafted.  The
article is a bit controversial because a lot of Vietnam War veterans are still
alive today. 

View the Article on Deletionpedia

10. List of Bong Patents - Deleted July 28, 2008

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This article contained a list of bong patents.  A bong is a device used to smoke
cannabis and tobacco.  In total, the collection had around 20 separate
innovation and design patents.  Starting with the initial water pipes and bongs
patent, which uses water to filter and cool the smoke.  Some of the other
patents listed on this page are the automatic loading bong, a removable water
tight base for a bong, ornamental designs, and the hookah.
 

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9. Axis of Medieval - Deleted March 17, 2008

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The term “Axis of Medieval” was coined by world activists as a parody of the
phrase "Axis of Evil."  Axis of Evil is a term that was used by the former United
States President George W. Bush in his State of the Union Address on
January 29, 2002.  The phrase was often repeated by Bush throughout his
presidency.  It was used to describe the governments that Bush accused of
helping terrorism and seeking weapons of mass destruction.  He named Iran,
Iraq and North Korea as the axis of evil.  Bush’s presidency was marked by
this controversial notion.  Mainly felt it was an attempt to spark the War on
Terror.  Critics of the policies of the George W. Bush administration have
used the term, half jokingly, to describe efforts used by the United States to
insert a "conservative" political agenda into international treaties and to
support a war effort in the Middle East.

The phrase is implying that the U.S. political decisions were similar to those
made in the medieval days.  After the phrase was used by Bush it garnered a
lot of international attention.  It is a clear reference to World War II and the
axis powers.  The word “axis” gives people a strong emotional reaction.  It
seemed that he was comparing the War on Terrorism to World War II, which
made many people in the world angry.  I guess Wikipedia didn’t find the parody
relevant.      

8. George McLaughlin (mobster) - Deleted Aug 11, 2008

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George McLaughlin is an Irish-American mobster and a member of the "The
McLaughlin Brothers" gang of Charlestown, Massachusetts.  In the past,
George and his brothers worked as hitmen for gangster Buddy McLean.
According to local legend, George was responsible for the start of the Boston
Irish Mob Wars when he drunkenly tried to grope the girlfriend of a member of
Somerville's Winter Hill Gang.  George was given a savage beating for this
and his brothers were not happy.  Bernie McLaughlin went to Buddy McLean
and insisted revenge, but Buddy declined.

The next day, Buddy awoke to find a bomb planted under his family car, but
survived.  Later that week, Buddy shot Bernie dead in Charlestown's city
square in broad daylight.  After this, George and brother "Punchy" murdered
Russell Nicholson who was rumored to be McLean's driver in the shooting.
George was later arrested for killing a bank clerk and is still in prison.

7. Alfonso Caycedo - Deleted May 19, 2008

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The Alfonso Caycedo Wikipedia entry is back, but today’s version is much
shorter.  Alfonso Caycedo is a Colombian neuro-psychiatrist and the creator
of sophrology.  Sophrology is a personal development method that is designed
to reduce stress and promote mental and physical well-being.  It uses easy-to-
do mental and physical exercises.  Sophrology revolves around consciousness
and the values of existence.  It is a well-established process in France, Spain,
Germany, Switzerland and South America.  In 2005, a sophrology centre was
set up in Geneva and London to bring sophrology to the English-speaking
world.

The new Wikipedia entry on Alfonso Caycedo negates many of his life
accomplishments.  Most notably his work in Spain just after World War II,
Caycedo became frustrated with the way traumatized war victims were treated
with pills and chemicals.  He claims that many of these soldiers had horrible
side-effects to the medicine. 

6. Sovereignty of the United Nations
Deleted June 3, 2008

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The Sovereignty of the UN Organization is a highly contentious issue.
Proponents wish for the United Nations to claim and wield ever-increasing
power over nations, corporations, and individual people. Under this
hypothesis, the ultimate goal would be a world government under the UN
Organization.  Opponents want the UN to be subordinate to the sovereignty of
each nation. They want the UN to rule on a limited scope.  Much of the
controversy in the last two decades has been over such bodies as the
International Criminal Court (ICC) and the refusal of the United States of
America to endorse it.

The International Criminal Court is a permanent tribunal used to prosecute
individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.  The court
came to be on July 1, 2002.  As of October 2009, 110 states are members of
the Court and a further 38 countries have signed but not ratified the Rome
Statute.  A number of countries, including China, India, Russia and the United
States, are critical of the court and have not joined.  ICC proponents accuse
these countries of wanting to evade accountability under international law or
trying to be "above the law".

5. Aluminium Wedge of Aiud - Deleted July 6, 2008

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The Aluminium Wedge of Aiud is a wedge-shaped object found 2 kilometers
east of Aiud, Romania, on the banks of the Mures River in 1974.  Basically,
the artifact was a block of metal similar to the head of a hammer.  Boczor
Iosif, a contributor to Hungarian paranormal magazines, wrote an article on the
wedge.  The object was found 35 feet under sand and alongside 2 mastodon
bones.  A mastodon is an extinct large tusked mammal species.

The artifact was allegedly taken to the Archeological Institute of Cluj-Napoca to
be examined, where it was found to be made of an alloy of aluminium.  The
wedge was also encased in a layer of oxide no less than a millimeter thick.
The alloy of the object is composed of 12 different elements, aluminum (89%),
copper (6,2%), silicon (2,84%),zinc (1,81%), lead (0,41%), pond (0,33%),
zirconium(0,2%), cadmium (0,11%), nickel (0,0024%), cobalt (0,0023%),
bismuth (0,0003%), silver (0,0002%), and gallium (in trace amounts). 

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This artifact is considered strange because aluminium was not discovered until
1808 and not produced in quantity until 1885.  Aluminum requires 1,000
degrees of heat to be made.  Many people have claimed that the wedge is
proof that aliens visited Earth.  Engineers have reported that the object
resembled the foot of landing gear, not unlike the technology used on
spaceships.  The fact that the wedge was found in the same layer as
mastodon bones would make it at least 11,000 years old.  The artifact remains
a mystery and is not on display to the public. 

4. Iraqi Gold - Deleted April 25, 2008

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During the 2003 invasion of Iraq, several news stories surfaced indicating that
US troops had discovered large stashes of Iraqi gold and cash.  The final
resting spot of all the treasure was not always clear or recorded.  In one
report U.S. troops seized a truck laden with gold bars worth up to $100 million
(60.9 million pounds) at a checkpoint in northern Iraq.  It was the second such
find in four days.  Major Kevin Petit said that soldiers found 999 bars under a
tarpaulin in an old Mercedes during a search near the oil city of Kirkuk.  The
driver had said he had been paid $300 to carry what he said were copper bars
from Baghdad to north Iraq.

Earlier in that same week U.S. forces found some 2,000 bars of gold worth as
much as $500 million during a random search of a truck near the Syrian
border.  That driver also said he was being paid $300 for the work.  U.S.
troops found an estimated $600 million in U.S. notes stashed in boxes near
Baghdad palace complexes in 2003.  These are only a couple of the reported
cases.  The events seem to parallel the plotline from the 1999 Gulf War movie
Three Kings.

3. Mike Cabana - Deleted August 21, 2008

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Superintendent Mike Cabana is a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
officer who is most well-known for his role at the centre of the controversy
over the extraordinary rendition of Maher Arar by American security officials.
Maher Arar is a man that was detained during a layover at John F. Kennedy
International Airport in September 2002 on his way home to Canada from a
family vacation in Tunis.  He was held in solitary confinement in the United
States for nearly two weeks, questioned, and denied meaningful access to a
lawyer.  The US government suspected him of being a member of Al Qaeda
and deported him, not to Canada, his current home, but to his native Syria,
even though its government is known to use torture. 

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Maher Arar

Arar was detained in Syria for almost a year.  The government of Canada
ordered a commission of inquiry which concluded that he was tortured.  The
commission of inquiry publicly cleared Arar of any links to terrorism.  The
government of Canada later settled out of court with Arar and awarded him a
C$10.5 million settlement.  Despite the Canadian court ruling, the United
States government has not exonerated Arar and, on the contrary, has made
public statements to state their belief that he is affiliated with members of
organizations they describe as terrorist.

As of February 2009, Arar and his family remain on a watch list.  Mike Cabana
was called to testify before the inquiry several times. Cabana's account
differed from that of a more senior colleague, Deputy Commissioner Garry
Loeppky.  Cabana's version is that the RCMP had been directed to cooperate
more fully with American security officials, following the terrorist attacks of late
2001, going so far as to drop the assurances they would normally have
extracted from the Americans. 

2. Project OPUS - Deleted May 19, 2008

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Project OPUS is a joint program operated by the Central Intelligence Agency
and the Defense Intelligence Agency.  It began in the late 1990s or early
2000s, although its existence has not been officially confirmed.  The project
allegedly enlisted students, criminals, and other people who do not fit the
profile of standard CIA recruits.  The background of these recruits is said to
have resulted in the project's name, Operational Personnel of Unconventional
Status (OPUS).

The project began receiving widespread support from the upper echelons of the
Intelligence Community after September 11, 2001. Its funding was tripled, and
OPUS teams began operating across the United States.  The project is
rumored to have been the source of the arrest of USF Professor Sami Al-
Arian, who is accused of funding the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.  OPUS teams
were also said to have been in countries such as Ireland, Sudan, Colombia,
Iraq, Afghanistan, Spain and Chile. 

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Cast of TVs 21 Jump Street

In the winter of 2001, one interrogation in Arizona allegedly resulted in the
death of a detainee when he tried to escape from the fifth floor hotel room in
which he was being held.  He fell to his death.  A few months later, a team in
Florida was accused of the kidnapping and maiming of a Jordanian National.
The team allegedly kidnapped and tortured their victim with a power drill.  The
activities and existence of these teams is denied by the US government.
However, the rumors persist.  The CIA's shift back to unconventional
programs has worried observers, who are concerned by reports that the CIA
may once again be operating inside the borders of the United States, an
approach that was considered to be unused after the early 1980s. 

1. The Dropa Stones - Multiple Deletions

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Information on the Dropa Stones is consistently deleted from the Internet.  The
story of the Dropa begins in the year is 1938 when an archaeological
expedition led by Chi Pu Tei investigated a secluded area of the Baian-Kara-
Ula mountains on the border that divides China and Tibet.  The archaeologists
discovered some caves that had obviously been occupied by a primitive
people long ago.  The artifacts recovered from these caves are highly unusual
and controversial.  The caves contained a series of graves.  The walls were
decorated with drawings of people with elongated heads together with images
of the sun, moon, and stars.  The graves were found to contain the remains of
beings.  They were a little more than a meter (3.28 feet) tall, with abnormally
large skulls.

The archaeologists also found a stone disk which was a little over 300 mm
(11.8 inches) in diameter, with a hole in the centre.  The object had a groove
on the surface of the disk and spiraled outwards from the centre hole forming
a double spiral.  Closer inspection showed that the grooves were actually a
line of small carvings or signs.  It seemed that each disc was a book,
another
716 disks were found in the caves by subsequent investigations.  The disks
were sent to a variety of scholars for investigation.  One of them, Professor
Tsum Um Nui of the Beijing Academy for Ancient Studies, found that the spiral
grooves were actually a line of characters written in an unknown language.  In
1962, he announced that he had managed to translate the disks. 

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For a long time, the Peking Academy of Prehistory forbade the professor from
publishing anything about the Dropa Stones.  However, after many years he
succeeded.  According to his translation, an alien spacecraft crashed in the
Bayan Har Shan region 12,000 years ago. The occupants, aliens called Dropa
or Dzopa, could not repair their craft and tried to adapt to conditions on Earth.
Meanwhile, the local Ham tribesmen hunted down and killed most of the aliens.
Supposedly, the aliens had intermarried with the locals, making identification
of the origins of the skeletons more difficult.  Obviously, many people have
challenged these claims.

At the time of the discovery World War II was getting ready to begin and the
Western media treated the news with the usual attitude of “communist
propaganda.”  Chinese legends have spoke of short, skinny, yellow men that
“had come out of the clouds a very long time ago”.  These people had big,
knobby heads and small bodies.  They were a terrible sight to see.  After the
articles publication
Tsum Um Nui was forced to resign from Beijing Academy,
he emigrated to Japan, where he died shortly afterwards.  The Dropa Stones
have been disappearing all over the world and are not available for public
viewing.  It is an interesting story. 

One More


Republic of Chosŏn - Deleted July 21, 2008

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The Republic of Chosŏn is a proposed replacement to the current Democratic
People's Republic of Korea in eastern Asia.  The ROC would occupy the same
area as the DPRK, covering the northern half of the peninsula of Korea.  To
the south it would border South Korea with which it would conceivably begin
discussions of reunification.  Its northern border would be predominantly with
China, and a small section with Russia. 

In 2004, North Korean defector Kim Ho-Seung proposed the establishment of
the Republic of Choson as a possible successor to a deposed DPRK
government.  The purpose of this transitional republic is to slowly "normalize"
North Korea in preparation of unification with South Korea.  In the Korean
language, the two Koreas use different terms to refer to the nominally unified
nation, Chosŏn in North Korea and Hanguk in South Korea.

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