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Doublegovernment ungood

« Though it’s a bedrock American principle that citizens can steer their own government by electing new officials, Glennon suggests that in practice, much of our government no longer works that way. In a new book, “National Security and Double Government,” he catalogs the ways that the defense and national security apparatus is effectively self-governing, with virtually no accountability, transparency, or checks and balances of any kind. He uses the term “double government”: There’s the one we elect, and then there’s the one behind it, steering huge swaths of policy almost unchecked. Elected officials end up serving as mere cover for the real decisions made by the bureaucracy. »

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#GamerGate the video game?

Someone should make a GamerGate video game.

You start out standing at the bottom of a small pit you can’t quite jump out of. There’s a victory/exit gate to the right of the pit, and female developers stand to the left of the pit.

You are armed with a shovel. As you dig deeper and deeper, you find more and more turds, which you can fling up at the female developers.

…and that’s about it, but you could make it massively multiplayer with any number of people able to cooperate in digging and flinging.

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Big Sugar vs Berkeley

« In a couple of weeks, residents of Berkeley, California, will decide whether or not to place a penny-an-ounce tax on sugary beverages such as sweetened teas and sodas. [...]

The soda fight is, if nothing else, a case study in whether truckloads of cash can sway a politically engaged citizenry. Early polls show almost two-thirds of Berkeley residents favoring the tax proposal, known as Measure D. [...]

To date, beverage companies have poured an astounding $1.7 million into derailing this small-city measure, more than $21 per registered voter. »