Silicon Valley wants to fix Democracy to be More Responsive to Silicon Valley

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With Silicon Valley having caught up to Wall Street for the top spot in financially influencing Washington D.C., they are developing technology to fix the American Democracy to be more responsive to Silicon Valley corporate needs. Chris Lehane, a Bay Area Democratic strategist for billionaire Tom Steyer, describes the politics of Silicon Valley, “We’re like an ATM, but for the ATM to work you have to answer some questions.” To get the right answers, lobbying expenditures by computer/Internet companies hit $139.5 million in 2014, up +2,000 percent in the last 25 years. Tech campaign donations for the 2016 political races are expected to more than double from the record $64.1 million in 2012 Presidential cycle, which was up +$17.8 million in 2008. OpenSecrets.org predicts that, “From Capitol Hill to the White House, tech money will be everywhere as 2016 looks like it will be Silicon Valley’s biggest year yet.” Led by Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman, OpenSecrets expects “Left Coast” superstars and worker bees to “fork over most of their contributions to help the Democratic nominee.” But Silicon Valley corporate players have also been quietly sponsoring a number of shadowy tech start-ups that could dramatically influence political
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School Bans Hispanic Student’s Hispanic Halloween Costume

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A high school in Brampton, Ontario banned a student of Colombian descent from dressing up as a mariachi for Halloween, claiming it was ‘cultural appropriation.’ Joshua Sewerynek, a ninth-grade student at the St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School, told MRCTV that he and his friends had planned to dress up as a mariachi band for Halloween. After submitting his costume to his school’s official Twitter account as per instructions, he informed that it was “too offensive.” When Sewerynek informed the school of his hispanic heritage, he was told that “while you may not find it offensive, others may” and that “culture is not a costume.” This echoed the slogan of a former ad campaign against allegedly insensitive costumes that went viral on the internet, mainly due to the large number of parody remixes that were created to poke fun at the concept of “cultural appropriation.” After informing Sewerynek that his costume was too offensive, the school’s Twitter account then retweeted images from the same campaign. Please keep this in mind while choosing your 2015 Halloween costumes! pic.twitter.com/dTku2yeuTz — Cardy (@STABrampton) October 24, 2015 Sewerynek said that “the social justice movement has gone too far when kids can’t even represent their own culture”, and has said that he and his friends still plan to attend school dressed up as
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