Scamville: The Social Gaming Ecosystem Of Hell | TechCrunch

There’s an easy way to determine if something is a scam or not. For any particular offer, ask yourself if anyone would buy the product or service if the terms were clearly spelled out for them, and they weren’t being bribed with in-game currency. The answer for many of these is a resounding “no.”

Source: Scamville: The Social Gaming Ecosystem Of Hell | TechCrunch

Why bipartisanship can’t work: the expert view – The Atlantic

a discussion between two Congressmen over details of the stimulus bill:

“GOP member: ‘I’d like this in the bill.’
“Dem member response: ‘If we put it in, will you vote for the bill?’
“GOP member:  ‘You know I can’t vote for the bill.’
“Dem member:  ‘Then why should we put it in the bill?’

Source: Why bipartisanship can’t work: the expert view – The Atlantic

How America Can Rise Again – The Atlantic

We could start by being very clear about our strengths, as revealed not simply by comparison with others but also through the pattern of our own rise. The mutually supportive combination of public and private development; the excellence of the universities; the unmatched ability to attract and absorb the world’s talent—these are assets we can work to preserve. We could reflect on how much more attainable our goals are when the world works with us—economically, diplomatically—rather than against us. We could not compel international obedience even if we tried, but everything we care about becomes easier if the American model attracts rather than repels. And a longer-term perspective would mean doing all we can to address the “75-year threats”—the issues for which we’ll be thanked or blamed two or three generations from now. Rebuilding the infrastructure, so that it’s an asset rather than a drag. Reinvesting in research, for the industries our grandchildren will found. Dealing with environmental challenges that will make all the difference in whether the world looks like hell.

Source: How America Can Rise Again – The Atlantic