The Anna’s Air Quotes Edition

Slate Money on Toys R Us filing for bankruptcy, the new startup Loftium, and sukuk bonds.

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Invisible effects, invisible causes

Invisible causes are always going to be underfunded, and/or funded overwhelmingly by governments and large institutions.

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The Delicious Mexican Dirt Edition

A Slate Money bonus episode on gaydar A.I., L’Oréal for men, Facebook advertising, and Ray Dalio.

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The Homicidal Sexbots Edition

Slate Money on Equifax, SoFi, and sex robots.

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Food waste: The world’s biggest market failure

You can make the world a better place by spending $1,500 less at the grocery store.

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The real reason to divest from sin stocks

Divestment is a political gesture. It’s idealistic, rather than technocratic. It’s the right thing to do even if it turns out to be utterly futile.

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The Peripatetic Headquarters Edition

Slate Money on concert ticket scams, the sale of legacy media brands, and Amazon’s new headquarters.

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How states could end the student-debt collections trap

By working together, state attorneys general could force changes.

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We need a Give Directly option in Houston

If you can’t do better than giving cash, you should just give cash. That makes perfect sense in theory – but in practice, what you need is an actual giving-away-cash option.

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The Rebuilding Edition

Slate Money on Hurricane Harvey, construction productivity, and tax reform.

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The Disney World Edition

Slate Money on pink slime, Disney’s Netflix deal, and open seating plans.

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Enough already with the charitable deduction

Charities have a very good public reputation, and it’s easy for lawmakers to want to support them. But this is not the way to do that.

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The Shared Values Edition

Slate Money on the stock market, index composition, and Etsy.

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Unsolicited advice for the Berkshire Museum

The tl;dr: try engaging your critics a little bit, and being much more honest about the realities you’re facing and the trade-offs you are making.

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Torte de Santiago

At heart, you combine the three ingredients, bung it in the oven for half an hour, and presto, you’re done.

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The Bad Eggs Edition

Slate Money on Anthony Scaramucci, productivity, and Hampton Creek’s eggless mayo.

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The Meaning of the Mooch

Anthony Scaramucci is a schmoozer, a chameleon, and quite possibly a man with no soul. He’s Trump’s most dangerous enabler yet.

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Pantries > libraries

It’s a bit facile to take the real problems with Little Free Libraries, and to assume that Little Free Pantries suffer from the same ailments. They don’t.

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Saving forests saves lives

Saving forests saves lives, both directly and indirectly. So let’s do it for that simple and near-term reason, and let’s pay for any necessary incentives through public-health resources rather than climate-related funding.

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The Fake Loans Edition

Slate Money on private student loan debt, Donald Trump’s ties to Deutsche Bank, and hedge funders evading taxes.

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The weird Scaramucci appointment

He might be able to win over the Davos crowd. But America as a whole has a much more finely-honed bullshit detector.

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The downside of giving money to public-health charities

When you add NGOs to the development mix, it’s important to remember what you’re subtracting at the same time.

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Betraying Norman Rockwell

The painting will now leave the world of museums, re-enter private hands, and be replaced with an “interpretive plan” of “thematic zones”. It’s not a good trade.

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The Cash Offer Edition

Slate Money on going cashless with Visa, coding boot camps, and Warren Buffett.

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People of color aren’t managing foundations’ money. They should be.

Never let it be said that nothing substantive ever comes out of expense-account boondoggles like the Black Corporate Directors Conference.

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