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Quick, someone make one for the Kochtopus
posted by T.D. Strange at 9:49 PM on August 1, 2014


My god, it's an entire website devoted to Walls of Crazy! ...except not. Not crazy that is.
posted by happyroach at 10:27 PM on August 1, 2014 [1 favorite]


I hope this thrives. It seems a bit limited at the moment, but the potential seems quite enormous.

It's the rich and obscure that is more interesting to me than the rich and famous (ie: celebrities). Famous people generally want to be famous. Rich people very often times want to stay out of the limelight. Tools like this that reveal relationships can be a pretty powerful tool for journalists (and activists).

Java doesn't enthuse me (as a way to display the data) and it seems a bit non-obvious how to build good visualizations at the moment - but it shows promise.
posted by el io at 10:35 PM on August 1, 2014 [3 favorites]


What a boon to prospect researchers!
posted by Jacqueline at 2:11 AM on August 2, 2014


G. William Domhoff (Wikipedia link) regarding class coherency.
The Social Register (Wikipedia link) on which Domhoff first based his analysis.
America by Design: Science, Technology, and the Rise of Corporate Capitalism by David K. Noble

The Russian term for "ruling class" is nomenklatura, or nomenclature. I always found that kind of neat. The common salutation in Russian is a cognate of "private"; Not directly related, just neat. I recall several popular paperbacks about the super-rich from the 1970s supplanted by "greed is good". Domhoff was an academic alternative to most of the "class" arguments I engaged in college a long time ago.
posted by lazycomputerkids at 5:08 AM on August 2, 2014


...reminds me of the much older They Rule.
posted by Stu-Pendous at 7:25 AM on August 2, 2014 [1 favorite]


> The common salutation in Russian is a cognate of "private";

Well, partly. Maybe. Private is from Latin prīvātus, past participle of prīvāre 'deprive, rob,' in post-classical Latin also 'take away, remove,' from prīvus 'separate, single, individual, private, peculiar,' which is probably derived from pri 'before.' Привет [privet] is one of the many prefixed forms of the root -вет/вѣт [-vet]. whose basic meaning is 'speak' (cf. обет [obet < ob- + -vet] 'vow,' ответ [otvet] 'answer,' совет [sovet] 'council; advice,' etc. (the root is related to various Baltic and Iranian words). The question is whether the Latin and Slavic pris are related; they probably are, but who knows for sure?

You may now resume tracing the spiderwebs in which we are all caught (Who Will Be Eaten First?).
posted by languagehat at 7:58 AM on August 2, 2014 [3 favorites]


Quick, someone make one for the Kochtopus

updated 9 december 2013

This site is rather weird. Happy birthday Nat Rothschild and Million pound bash. It's like National Enquirer for nerds. I don't believe I would ever have come across that Guardian story if this hadn't been posted on metafilter.
posted by bukvich at 10:04 AM on August 2, 2014


My god, it's an entire website devoted to Walls of Crazy! ...except not. Not crazy that is.

Heh -- if you want to see full-on Wall of Crazy, look at Angelia Jolie's page on Muckety.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 12:15 PM on August 2, 2014


> ...reminds me of the much older They Rule.

Also NNDB.
posted by contraption at 3:50 PM on August 2, 2014 [1 favorite]


Reminds me of this guy.
posted by Occam's Aftershave at 3:18 PM on August 3, 2014


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