The arrogant, unaccountable, and dishonest Berkshire Museum

While it’s highly likely that the sale of the museum’s masterpieces is going to go ahead as planned, there’s still a small chance that it might not.

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The Lost Masterpieces of Norman Rockwell Country

The story of the Berkshire Museum is more than one about a second-tier local institution selling off some art. It’s a story about how fragile museum-industry norms are, how unaccountable a museum director can be, and how much destruction can be wrought during a single secret trustee meeting.

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The Krautrock Edition

Slate Money on music royalties, Puerto Rican bondholders, and Wolfgang Schäuble.

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How DNDI multiplies your donation

Let other medical charities strike their own course in a quixotic attempt to zag where governments zig. This is one area where it’s best to just trust the global experts in the field.

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Trump hasn’t hurt Puerto Rico. Yet.

If Congress manages to give Puerto Rico the resources it needs to rebuild after Maria, and if FEMA continues to do a creditable job in terms of disaster relief, then that will be a win for America’s robust government institutions even as the White House is being run by a chaos monkey.

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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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