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Givewell.org apparently updated their top charities ranking. GiveDirectly is #2 now. GiveDirectly's strategy is to identify extremely poor families in Kenya* and give them cash. *Only Kenya so far because they have well developed infrastructure for mobile money.
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I was originally going to write a post entitled "why I should have voted for Obama in 2008, why I hope Romney wins in 2012, and why I will nevertheless vote for Johnson", but it was getting a bit leng...
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But for the grace of God, I might have been Christian. As a wee lad, I was raised in a non-denominational Christian household, but most forms of Christianity in Oklahoma are quite conservative by default. I was rarely made to go to church until I deconverted, after which I was forced to go every week to a conservative evangelical church, so perhaps the brainwashing wasn't thorough enough. But the following could easily have happened: My parents w...
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but it seems that way lately. It's just that I've concluded we all belong to our chosen groups for non-rational reasons. And we have strong cognitive biases that spur us to circle the wagons 'round our tribal fellows. Obvious right? More on all this later. But if it's next to impossible to change minds in the other camp through rational argument because of the tribal barrier, then the best way to improve public discourse is through cleaning up ou...
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BEFORE I dive into the subject of this post, let me warn you that it has absolutely nothing to do with John Roberts, the commerce clause, cultivated crops of the Brassica oleracea species or how Americans get their health care. In honour of independence day (which I'm spending indoors revelling in the one thing that truly makes life livable in modern America: powerful air-conditioning), let us instead celebrate something that the founding fathers...
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How is this not a textbook loophole? I would like to be against getting charged sales tax for amazon, as I order a lot of things from amazon. But there is no good rationale for being against this tax that doesn't also apply to sales taxes more generally. If that's your position, that's fine, but I can't see the justification for handing amazon a tax advantage.

This reminds me of the (in my view quirky) libertarian position of being against gay marriage because the state should be out of marriage entirely. Okay maybe so ... but in the meantime we should have equality before the law.
A question came to my mind as I was reading this Bloomberg story about the US Supreme Court's refusal to hear Amazon's case against the State of New York. At issue is whether New York State can compel Amazon.com and Overstock...
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So is your position that Amazon.com should be made to charge sales taxes? The reason I ask is because if there is any difference in sales tax levels from state to state (there is), then we're back to square one, only we'd be talking about lower tax rates instead of non-existent taxes.

The whole point of the Commerce Clause was to ensure that the Union was a free-trade zone. Anything other than 0% creates a trade war.
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Summarized: a Romney victory is the surest way for Democrats to reclaim their souls While candidate Obama sang a fine song, President Obama has danced to a very different tune on matters of unaccountable authority and gratuitous bloodshed. He has expanded rather than contracted the number of violent conflicts in which America is involved, even if the violence in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia are conducted via remote control and no American lives a...
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Conor Friedersdorf offers strategic advice to voters dissatisfied with the candidates the American political duopoly has thrown up for the presidency. But what if third-party-curious Americans who stop themselves because they're averse to "throwing away their vote" took a more strategic approach to their role as voters? If you aren't crazy about the Republican or Democrat, but think of your vote from a utilitarian perspective and are uninterested...
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Update: Blogger has been screwing up my formatting in random ways lately, so if you're reading this on Google Reader, click through to the actual post, where I think the post looks okay. I may have to go to a white background ... While I'm in the atheist-bashing mood, here's another area where I think we are often less than charitable toward our religious interlocutors. It's what I call the Argument of Atheist Atrocities (AAA), and I actually thi...
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After my long hiatus, I'm gonna try to start blogging again. Here's my first rusty attempt.
If you prick Greta Christina, she bleeds, and she asks you why you would do such a thing. This is true even though Christina is atheist. The proximate source of her frustration is this rumination on grief by Anglican minister Gavin Dunbar, who takes a swipe at atheists from out of left field. If you're a nonbeliever and you clicked on the second link, you'll find plenty to get you frothing at the mouth, including blatant misunderstanding (one hop...
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    Physical Chemistry, 2005 - 2010
  • University of Tulsa College of Law
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