2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
In a series of NSA classified slides leaked to Der Spiegel, the NSA shows some perturbing biopolitical understanding of how Apple technology can serve as a tool of control.
Referring to Apple’s 1984 Super Bowl ad, which suggested some cybernetic fantasies of freedom through new network technologies, one NSA slide reads, “Who knew in 1984 … that this would be big brother … and the zombies would be paying customers?” while another called Steve Jobs “Big Brother.”
Aside from the pot-calling-the-kettle black aspect of a spy agency that hoards data on almost every electronic communication within and going out of the U.S., the internal government admission that a tech company can play a major role in techniques of governmentality is perturbingly accurate. It is, after all, the content of millions of Apple product users that is swept into the NSA’s vast surveillance dragnets daily.
As Der Spiegel reported, the spy agency kept pace with the spread and patterns of smartphone usage to access user data:
The NSA tackled the issue at the same speed with which the devices changed user behavior. According to the documents, it set up task forces for the leading smartphone manufacturers and operating systems. Specialized teams began intensively studying Apple’s iPhone and its iOS operating system, as well as Google’s Android mobile operating system. Another team worked on ways to attack BlackBerry, which had been seen as an impregnable fortress until then.
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Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.
KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.
Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.
Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.