Legislative Transparency

The House of Representatives is doing something to increase transparency (for real):  they are publishing legislative documents in XML format and making them freely available.  There are some services, like Thomas, which do a great job of cataloging active legislation, but all of the pending stuff is difficult to find.  This move will help private…

Handicapping the elections in Russia

CSIS has a fantastic break down of the Presidential election in Russia coming up in 2012. The most serious challenger -- at least, with the most potential to be serious -- is Mikhail Prokhorov, whom some of you may know as the owner of the New Jersey Nets. Prokhorov tends to be a little on…

A Review You Can Use [tm]: Supreme Ruler: Cold War (PC)

Supreme Ruler: Cold War BattleGoat Studios/Paradox Interactive (PC) Strategy Pros -- Incredibly in-depth economic model -- One of the few strategy games (serious ones, that is) to cover the Cold War -- Absolutely incredible replay value Cons -- One of the steepest learning curves I've ever seen -- Game runs a bit slowly at times…