International Journal of Inactivism (now supplanted by Decoding SwiftHack)

2008/10/31

You are in a little twisty maze of think-tanks, all different

Filed under: maze of twisty little think-tanks all alike,randomness — stepanovich @ 19:12

cite as: F. Bi. 2008. You are in a little twisty maze of think-tanks, all different. Intl. J. Inact., 1:165

It seems that my blog is now the Antichrist.

Ὧδε ἡ σοφία ἐστίν· ὁ ἔχων νοῦν ψηφισάτω τὸν ἀριθμὸν τοῦ θηρίου· ἀριθμὸς γὰρ ἀνθρώπου ἐστί· καὶ ὁ ἀριθμὸς αὐτοῦ χξϛʹ.

— Ἀποκάλυψις Ἰωάννου 13:18

Back to more worldly matters: as a follow-up to our exploration of the network of free-market think-tank web sites, I ran reverse domain name lookups on all the IPs in the range 198.161.90.0 to 198.161.91.255, to obtain their canonical domain names. I’ve uploaded the lookup results as a plain text file, though I’ve not yet figured out what they really mean.

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5 Comments »

  1. Holy shit, Frank. You found what I was missing earlier. I could still be wrong, but if these are the core domain names, we’ve got a shortlist of suspects.

    This list confirms that Lexicom isn’t to blame here (if anyone ever thought that). They’re simply doing business — look at the diverse nature of domains they host.

    We know the echochamber source is libertarian. Remove all the lines with “lexi.net” in them to see which external sites have licensed IPs from these guys. Look at the ones that are strictly libertarian. This list shows which libertarian groups have an existing relationship with Lexicom and are thus most likely to have created* the echo chamber.

    Surprise, surprise. We find precisely two: The Washington Policy Institute and the Fraser Institute.

    Don’t those names look familiar? Look back over the past couple of comment threads.

    My campus hosts a think tank founded expressly to oppose the Fraser Institute. I’ll bring this to their attention first chance I get (likely by Monday, as they keep odd hours).

    * (Aside: Some of the smaller groups that list their staff, such as the TCPR, are unlikely to have been created by these groups. What’s more likely is that these groups sponsored or currently sponsor them, and are donating web space on servers they’ve licensed. I’ll have to check with the tech guys to be sure about this, though.)
    **(Aside 2.0: My Cyrillic isn’t what it used to be: ever since I left physics I haven’t had much use for the alphabet. I can has translation plz?)

    Comment by Brian D — 2008/10/31 @ 21:02 | Reply

  2. Surprise, surprise. We find precisely two: The Washington Policy Institute and the Fraser Institute.

    Well, looking further down the list, there’s also the NCPA (6 of the IPs have canonical names associated with it — lolwut?), and the FCPP (which has 2 canonical names to it).

    My Cyrillic isn’t what it used to be: ever since I left physics I haven’t had much use for the alphabet. I can has translation plz?

    It’s the Greek text for Revelation 13:18. 🙂

    Comment by frankbi — 2008/11/01 @ 02:39 | Reply

  3. Also, your campus think-tank sounds intriguing… and thanks! 🙂

    Comment by frankbi — 2008/11/01 @ 04:03 | Reply

  4. Interesting. The tricky bit now is to get it more publicly known, but that is presumably what Brian D’s think tank is for.

    Comment by guthrie — 2008/11/01 @ 11:12 | Reply

  5. guthrie: Indeed.

    Also, the canonical name www.fraserinstitute.ca for 198.161.91.202 is probably bogus — the web site has moved to a different address (64.40.117.99), and the 198.161.91.202 machine doesn’t seem to have anything now, though it used to.

    Comment by frankbi — 2008/11/02 @ 04:34 | Reply


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