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The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

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The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Each week, Josh and Chuck read tons of great articles, some of them really good. Here are the best of the bunch for your enjoyment.

How the NSA Works

Chuck and Josh dive into the secret world of the National Security Agency, from the origins of the snooping outfit, to the recent revelations from whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Each week, Josh and Chuck read a ton of great articles. Here are the best of the bunch.

Don't Worry About the Government: NGOs Busting Out Tax Calculators All over the Place

Scott Brown and Bill Nelson, a bipartisan pair of Senators introduced a bill at the beginning of this month that would direct the IRS to issue itemized receipts to taxpayers showing them where their taxes are spent and in what amounts. The bill would also create a website where curious/enraged taxpayers could dig into even deeper detail about exactly where twenty-something percent of their money is going.

Google Maps Pops Up Again, This Time in Latin America!

Google Maps has popped up in my life once more, in the form of an odd little news story out of Central America. It's very fortunate that the U.S. and U.S.S.R. are no longer using Central American nations as proxy armies to duke out the Cold War any longer because a recent foray by the Nicaraguan military into Costa Rica may have led to a major skirmish. Instead, the president of Costa Rica urged that her countrypeople remain "calm and firm," reports CNN in the face of what amounts to an invasion.

Google Maps and Google Buzz: Using Google for Fun and Profit

Being a Gmail user, I got an alert from Google yesterday letting me know that if I wanted to start my own gravy train against the company for their ill-fated Buzz social media all-in-one platform, I better sever myself before December 6 or else, as a Gmail user, I'll be included in a class action settlement the company's reached.

Visa and Google's Unreasonable Power: Why 2012 is the new 1984

Even while Mayan protests that their calendar is cyclical, another signal that the world will sink into catastrophe in 2012 has emerged. As pointed out in a recent New York Times article about Visa's transaction fees, plastic payment for transactions is expected to overtake cash that year. That seems like enough evidence to imagine the earth splitting in two and swallowing us into its molten heart hippie and Republican alike. No one will be spared.