I heartily agree with resurrecting the CCC and/or WPA. Unfortunately I see two major political obstacles to their return. The first would come from the private construction sector who would argue the government would effectively underbid them on all public construction projects and thereby force them out of that market. The second would be the http://www.bls.gov/web/empsit/cpsee_e16.htm). I could easily see someone like Ta-Nehisi Coates claiming such programs were inherently racist, due to the kind of work being done.
It boggles my mind that deletionists exist. To what end? Just to piss everyone off? To make Wikipedia unreliable or not useful and thereby drive us all back to the days when only things printed on paper mattered? Or do some men just want to watch the world (not) learn?
Use vs Utilize does have an actual nuance in some circles. "Use": this device is doing it's intended purpose, ie a butterknife to cut butter. "Utilize": this device is replacing a widget we don't actually have but it's the closest thing at hand that gets the job done, ie a butterknife to turn a flat-head screw.
I think you're describing something akin to a steganographic partition. According to Wikipedia "FreeOTFE and TrueCrypt allow a second encrypted file system to be hidden within another encrypted file system. The goal of this filesystem-within-a-filesystem is to allow the users to have a “decoy” file system with data that is interesting but not overtly sensitive. A person who is arrested or captured with a laptop encrypted using this software could then give up the first file system’s password, with the hope that the decoy would be sufficient to satisfy the person’s interrogators." It's not precisely what you're describing, but close.
The Sad Puppies evolved. I've followed this whole shebang for the last few years, mostly out of curiosity. The most civil response I saw to Sad Puppies last year was "Recommendations are fine, but you didn't have a large enough list of recommendations, so you're really just slate voting." To counter that, this year the Sad Puppies basically ran a mini-nomination. They put up a website (http://sadpuppies4.org/) where anyone could post a nomination recommendation for whatever they believed was worthy of a Hugo nomination. Ancillary Mercy ended up on the list: http://sadpuppies4.org/the-lis....