There is information all over the Internet, just one click away. But sometimes interesting information is found two clicks away. Many pages we often look at have their own links that lead in unexpected directions. For example:
As you may know, Republic of China President Sun Yat-Sen has a Certificate of Hawaiian Birth. Given that Sun was born in China by all biographical accounts, this presents a bit of a problem for defenders of integrity of Hawaiian birth certificates (even though this was issued in 1904). I discuss that issue in my article Barack Obama’s Birth Certificate Doesn’t Really Say He Was Born in Hawaii.
There is a mention of the Certificate in the Wikipedia, a mention just added January 7, 2009. Is this coincidental to the Obama eligibility debate? Looking at the Wikipedia changes, we see that they were made by an unnamed individual from the IP address of 188.8.131.52. Now for some secondary clicking. First in the Wikipedia change page we can see other page changes made from the same IP address by clicking on it (here and in the Wikipedia). In some cases one might see a pattern from the page edits made. Here, we don’t see anything interesting (all the edits were made on the Sun Yat-Sen page).
But let’s dig some more. The reference inserted in the Wikipedia points to a familiar publishing page at Scribd. We see on the Scribd page that the image was added by a user with the name SunYatSenBiography. One might think that the uploader was a specialist on Sun Yat-Sen or something. But clicking on the SunYatSenBiography icon yields a list of other files that SunYatSenBiography uploaded, and they were not files about Sun Yat-Sen:
- JohnMcCain: Birth Certificate (long and short form), Colon, Panama, 1936,
- Barack Obama: Presidential Candidate Nomination Paper, State of Arizona, 2007,
- William Arthur, father of President Chester Arthur: Naturalization certificate (1843, Congress)
Nothing sinister exactly in what we found. I just wanted to show that there’s more information out there if you click twice.
[Update: In this case I clicked quite a few times, but ended up with a tasty tidbit about the real identity of Ron Polarik. This bit is being held close to the chest for now.]