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NYT Now Boring You Interactively

foodfolly.jpgYou kids like video games, right? Then you oughtta love these radical new online games from the New York Times! In this one, "Food Import Folly," you get to play as the FDA! "Your charge: try to protect the country from contaminants in foreign food imports using extremely limited resources"! Tubular! Just like Burgertime!


Future Times video games are sure to provide plenty of thrills:

* HUD Hijinks Can you administer housing grants to indigenous Hawaiians? What about while you're fighting pirates?

* Wacky War Czar Reconcile infighting bureaucracies and win the war in Iraq! Bonus level: Re-win the war in Afghanistan!

* Resignation Rumpus Oh no! Boards of Directors, Congressional Committees, and Kos diarists want your head! How long can you retain the full confidence and support of the president?

* Sim Cheney This is basically just a cross between "Age of Empires" and "Duck Hunt."

Mind Games: Food Import Folly [NYT]

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A guest post by "Knitsy McPurlson," which we suspect is not a real name.

Yr Wonkette is not the only website run by brilliant peoples unafraid to poke people with sharp, pointy sticks. Ravelry.com – a website for knitters, crocheters, and other folks interested in textiles and fiber arts – is poking people with knitting needles, which are very sharp indeed.

This past weekend, Ravelry.com's founders showed the world how easy it is to de-platform white nationalists and racists when they banned all "support of Donald Trump and his administration" from their website, concluding they "cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy." Seems like people smart enough to decode a knitting pattern are also smart enough to decode Trump's not-so-hidden message of racism and white nationalism.

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One day, God willing, my grandchildren will click open their history textbooks and read about the Central American migrant internment camps. They'll learn about sick kids, locked in cages, kept hungry and dirty and cold for weeks on end, and they'll be horrified.

"Bubbie," they'll say, "how could this happen in America? How could there be toddlers sleeping on the ground without blankets, without soap or toothbrushes to clean themselves?"

"I don't know. I wish I had done more. I'm ashamed," I'll say. We will all have to answer for this atrocity. But some of us will have to answer more than others. Not just the archvillains like Stephen Miller and John Kelly, but the people who kept right on doing their jobs, even as those jobs morphed into defending concentration camps.

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