Two by samzdat – The author talks about the blog’s namesake, the Biblical Samuel. The system of judges and prophets seems better than the rule of kings. But David’s reign is considered the golden age. The wants our present creates can only be fulfilled by it, there is no going back to judges. Samuel had phrophecy but David had poetry and psalms, we have the internet. The blog’s name is also a reference to samizdat, a name for clandestine literature in the soviet union. Samizdat were created hastily, they looked shitty but authentic; in many cases the official media had to respond to them. The internet age is an age of modern samizdat.
The Sheepskin Effect by Zvi Moshowitz – Zvi’s mom is the head of undergraduate biology education at Columbia. Many seniors are surpassingly far away from graduation. They may have put requirements that are difficult for them last. Or their transcript may have structural issues, for example their major GPA might be too low. These considerations weaken the sheepskin effect; the last year of college really is the most important.
New Research On Cash Transfers by The GiveWell Blog – “New research suggests that cash transfers may be less effective than we previously believed in two ways. First, cash transfers may have substantial negative effects on non-recipients who live near recipients (“negative spillovers”). Second, the benefits of cash transfers may fade quickly.”
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Sex Redistribution and Disability by Marginal Revolution – The disabled often are unable to find sex partners. This is an important angle with which to view ‘sex redistribution’. In fact some charities do match sex workers with disabled individuals.