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Max Ghenis
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I wrote a bit on how the state part of my ballot will look. I won't be submitting for another couple days, so curious what y'all think. Happy to discuss my thoughts.

TL;DR: Yes on 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 61, 62, 63, 64, and 65; No on 51, 52, 53, 60, 66, and 67 (spreadsheet form at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1mUzf3ZiDNcEafK1tqowLExJKCGcvt6yMDvNFk4-7Aew). Also voting for Harris for Senate.

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Black taxi drivers are tipped 1/3 less than white taxi drivers, so Uber's permission to solicit tips will end up reducing total earnings for black drivers. This piece describes the mechanism by which this will occur.

I also created a petition for Uber to reverse this decision:
https://www.change.org/p/travis-kalanick-prevent-uber-drivers-from-soliciting-tips-to-ensure-fair-earnings-for-black-drivers
And for Lyft to remove their in-app tipping option:
https://www.change.org/p/lyft-remove-tipping-from-the-lyft-app

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GiveDirectly​ just made what I believe could well be a historic and revolutionary decision in the field of giving and ultimately government programs: they will be conducting a basic income experiment in Kenya. ~6,000 people across dozens of village will receive ~$1/day for the next ten years, unconditionally and universally by village. While studies from GiveDirectly and other organizations have shown the value of cash transfers, this would be the first true basic income experiment. They'll be working with respected development economists to assess the program, and results could provide evidence for reforming trillions of dollars of antipoverty programs by charities and governments.

They're hoping to launch sometime this year, and need to raise $20M (they're matching the first $10M) to get an adequate sample size. Please consider donating! To quote their announcement, "At a minimum our money will shift the life trajectories of thousands of low-income households. At best, it will change how the world thinks about ending poverty."

You can also read more from their Slate​ piece (http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2016/04/14/universal_basic_income_this_nonprofit_is_about_to_test_it_in_a_big_way.html) or Vox's article (http://www.vox.com/2016/4/14/11410904/givedirectly-basic-income).

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My first Medium post discusses the affordability of basic income, a topic I've become increasingly passionate about. Please give it a read and let me know what you think if you have a chance!

P.S. MLK was also an advocate: https://youtu.be/BY1OKSObkH0

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+Ben Ogorek revives the blog with a mixed model of movie directors, predicting the new Star Wars' Tomatometer rating! Written before the reviews started and predicting 82%, the current actual 95% is within the confidence interval ;)

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Had a great time recording this video on advanced Google Sheets features. Also check out the primary Apps Show episode on Sheets (featuring +Debbie Liu!) at http://youtu.be/Noue5sB69Uc

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#rstats  +   #C  +  #cplusplus  from the great +Ben Ogorek 
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