These caught my eye

Dan Akst on how best to spend a dollar to help the world.  He suggests micro-finance as the most potent means of charity.

James Hamilton and Mark Thoma and Martin Feldstein on why higher oil prices have not created a recession.

Fatalities from sharks may be falling because people are fighting back and punching the sharks.

Here is a new book on how to fight back if the robots rebel.  Hint: go for its "eyes" (cameras), punching is not the key.  Don’t give them the security codes to your defense computers.

Why email communication is so problematic, and how we overrate how much others understand us in that medium.

Markets in everything, magazine edition, courtesy of Cynical-C blog.

Forbes magazine, short essays on money and happiness.


The article on email sounds very relevant to comments on blogs as well. Perhaps more so because people reading and writing comments are unlikely to know even less about each other than people exchanging emails.

Grameen Bank has been going for ages and has not exactly been short of high-profile donations and capital and I notice that Bangladesh is still horribly poor. Grameen Bank in particular is excellent at producing publicity material for Grameen Bank, but not so great at some of the other activities of a development bank. Microlending is not a new idea at all, and the fact that it hasn't really taken off ought to be seen as a sign that it is not a silver bullet and indeed that it is quite likely a solution to a market failure which does not exist.

In terms of expected utility per dollar of donation I don't think that any rational and reasonably informed person can argue against the assertion that the primary recipient organization is something transhumanist, probably the Singularity Institute

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