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A Conspirator's Who's Who

Posted by Joshua Glenn  May 14, 2008 04:12 PM

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Here's a nifty new website for conspiracy buffs biographical researchers. The NNDB Mapper is an "intelligence aggregator" that tracks the activities of over 15,000 living noteworthies, and provides the curriculum vitae for nearly 10,000 dead ones. Sounds like "Who's Who," sure... but I haven't explained the nifty part yet.

The point of NNDB, one reads, is "to document the connections between people, many of which are not always obvious. A person's otherwise inexplicable behavior is often understood by examining the crowd that person has been associating with." Who attended WaPo honcho Katherine Graham's funeral party in 2001? Here's a chart. Who are the movers and shakers in San Francisco politics? Here's a chart. With what companies and organizations does Dick Cheney consort? Check it out.

You can also start your own map, which I haven't done yet.

Or you can also search the database using factoids that notables might have in common. Notables who've taken the Fifth, for example. Notables who died in 2008. Notables who were born in Boston; or in Newton, for that matter. Notables who received draft deferments during Vietnam. Even notables who have been hit with pies.

Like I said, nifty!

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