The Fertile Nigerian Blockchain Edition

Slate Money on cryptocurrencies, fertility in the U.S., and Nigerian corruption.

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Nota bene: Schwarzman’s strings

While it’s great that a public high school is getting a $25 million donation, I can’t get particularly excited about this one. Ultimately, like most of Schwarzman’s gifts, it smells mostly of vanity, rather than selflessness.

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Traffic Is a Disease. An Uber Tax Is the Cure

Why congestion charging won’t do much to fix gridlock in our cities—and how a traffic tax on Uber and Lyft could get cars moving again.

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Nota bene: Gun bust

Much as many of us would love to see Feinberg getting his gun-related comeuppance here, that really isn’t what’s happening.

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Nota bene: Wily Kehinde

What’s striking about both of these portraits is that faced with the classic trilemma – “personal, official, artistic, pick two at most” – both artists opted to drop the personal.

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Nota bene: Phone banking

We’re all going to continue to sit on hold on telephones for the foreseeable future, even those of us who hate to phone anybody.

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Nota bene: Rupert ❤️ Disney

Murdoch cares about two things: His status as a powerful media mogul, and seeing 21st Century Fox flourish in, well, the 21st Century.

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Nota bene: The racist-memorabilia tax dodge

How much is a collection of 135 “Blackface” polaroids really worth?

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The Return to Volatility Edition

Slate Money on volatility, Steve Cohen, and delivery apps.

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Nota bene: What a relief

If you want to make the world a significantly better place, you need to be able to scale your interventions somehow. That’s always been my problem with private disaster relief donations: They don’t really scale, and the only way to get anywhere near the amount of money needed is to go to Congress. It might not be efficient, but it’s vastly more effective.

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How Snapchat Is Sending #MeToo Down the Memory Hole

Disappearing-messaging apps may keep snoopers away—but they can also prevent us from preserving the past and finding justice in the future.

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The Generations Edition

Slate Money on Kids These Days, millennials, and unpaid internships.

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Bring on the bikopalypse

Chinese cities have been overtaken by the chaos and clutter of dockless bikes. American cities should follow their lead.

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The Trump in Davos Edition

Slate Money on Trump in Davos.

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“Regrettable”

If this particular dinner finally came to its long-overdue end, that wouldn’t be regrettable at all. It would be a triumph.

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Oxfam’s excellent inequality report

I’ve been rude about this report in the past. This year, however, Oxfam has switched tack.

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Wine is a terrible investment

Old wines have become a niche taste.

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The You Guys PIK Edition

Slate Money on BlackRock, super PIK bonds, and Nigerian debt.

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Fighting polio with financial engineering

Pakistan and Nigeria did what they promised to do in terms of fighting polio, and the Gates Foundation picked up their tab to the Japanese.

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BlackRock’s tiny nudge in the right direction

A firestorm this is not. It’s much smaller and subtler than that.

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The Down the IGWEL Edition

Slate Money on Trump going to Davos, Huawei, and iPhone addiction.

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Crunching the Metropolitan Museum’s numbers

If anybody can afford a pay-what-you-wish policy, the Met can.

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Mark Eisner’s posthumous self-sabotage

Every so often, a charitable donation comes along which is so atrocious, on so many levels, that it deserves to be aired out in public as a prime example of what not to do.

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Why Trump’s going to Davos

It was always naive to expect Davos to be the home of any kind of Resistance; instead, it’s going to ratify itself as part of the Capitulation.

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The Distinctly Nordic Edition

Slate Money on Iceland, Spotify, and Iran.

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