"As we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others, we should be glad of the opportunity provided to serve self-interest when Al Gore created the internet; and we should also thank Mark Zuckerburg and Jack Dorsey for creating Facebook and Twitter out of the kindness of their big hearts and not the thinness of their small wallets."
-Ben Franklin, Autobiography (1742)

Friday, February 25, 2011

'Constant Vigilance' : Mad Eye Moody on Historical Scrutiny

As serious critics of historical information we have to remind you to give all such discoveries appropriate levels of scrutiny. Like Mad-Eye Moody in Harry Potter we must act with 'constant vigilance.' Many people would utilize such opportunities to unjustly gain news coverage, financial support or other personal gain.

Here at 'Lost and Founders' we are above such personal gain. As we write all of our posts with complete anonymity we are clearly not affected by the possibility of recognition and other positive externalities.   

In addition to advocating on behalf of scrutiny in regards to historical information we were also deeply troubled by the quotes used in the article about Jefferson's books.

They used a classic Jefferson misquote, 'I cannot live without books', as stewards of accurate quotographical information we need to set the record straight. The real quote is, 'I cannot be a living without my bizzooks,'while seemingly controversial we know this to be the true as it was found in a letter from Thomas Jefferson to Snoop D.O. Double G, 1798.

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