Monthly Archives: July 2017

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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Rich people giving to rich people: The good, the bad, and the very, very ugly

In a weird way, Eric Trump is a good charity fundraiser precisely because he so intuitively understands the venality of the rich.

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The Met museum and the curse of growth

Once a museum reaches a certain size (and the Met is already much bigger than that size), growth pays no dividends.

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The White-Collar Crime Edition

Slate Money on The Chickenshit Club, sexual harassment in Silicon Valley, and Hobby Lobby.

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Hello, Dollar

The Greatest American Object in Art History

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How art begets architecture, Leonard Lauder edition

For the time being, the Met is going keep on kicking the tires of various billionaires, in the hope that one of them, eventually, will pay for a shiny new modern-and-contemporary wing.

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The Methodologically Problematic Edition

Slate Money on Google’s antitrust violations, Italian banks, and Seattle’s minimum wage.

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