Captain's log, 2015: Drought relief through total insanity. / Gregory Engels
The Baffler,  April 24, 2015

Daily Bafflements

Captain's log, 2015: Drought relief through total insanity. / Gregory Engels
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• We’ve covered the problems with governor Jerry Brown’s measures for California drought relief. Luckily, William Shatner is here with a plan to save the day, and you’ll soon be able to back it on Kickstarter. The actor has started a website, Shatner’s Water, to crowdsource ideas, and has proposed a $30 billion pipeline to bring water in from Seattle.

• The Pentagon is planning to open a Silicon Valley office to provide venture capital to commercial tech firms developing weapons and intelligence tools. Just this once, we think you should stick with Kickstarter.

• MakerBot, a pioneer of the budding 3-D printing industry, has closed its three stores and laid off 20 percent of its staff after failing to meet its growth projections. Turns out there’s less of a market than previously thought for really cool geometric bracelets.

• Due to new regulations set to pass in Washington, Canary, a startup that bills itself as “Uber for pot” is being shuttered. The app will merge with Dave, a startup that enables in-store weed pickup. Canary’s founders were unfazed, and at press time were thinking about ordering some pizza.

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