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Eightmaps.com: Hypocritical Privacy Violation, Or Reverse-Super Judo?

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For people concerned that the Obama era would be a time of reconciliation and national good feeling, during which old and painful divisions would be healed and the impetus for political-tourrette's outbursts would be gravely diminished, Proposition 8 has been the gift that keeps on giving. Since passing last November, the battle between the supporters of equal rights and the supporters of building a magic time machine back to the 19th century has been epic. First, opponents of the measure expressed their displeasure with a series of protests (with predictable and expected diminishing returns). Prop 8 supporters responded with a crybaby hissy fit. Boycotts of businesses connected to Prop 8's passage followed, along with even more crybaby hissy fits. The EW-Ghey faction even moved to displace the Grinch and Scrooge as December's worst people by filing a Christmas season motion to annul the Same Sex marriages made before Prop 8 passed.

As we said, it's been epic.

The latest round is the Tolkienian shitstorm that has kicked up over Eightmaps.com, an invasive little enterprise that reveals, city by city and neighborhood by neighborhood, just who put their money where their gay-rights-hating mouths were and gave said money to the yes on Prop 8 Campaign. What Eightmaps does is combine publicly available donor disclosure information (which you can find here), with the subtle brilliance of Google Maps, to create an easy to use map pinpointing the location of practically everyone who donated in support of Proposition 8. Thanks to the requirements of said Donor disclosure, a surprising amount of information is provided - Full name, job title, employer and the amount of donation are all displayed in glorious technicolor. While it paints an interesting portrait of conservative California (that, among other things, indicates large number of retirees among the Prop 8ers1), it also sparked considerable debate about civic responsibility and the right to privacy.