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Felix Salmon
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Host and editor, Cause & Effect
Jan 10 2018
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No, these are nominal, but that shouldn’t make much of a difference over the 2012-17 timeframe.

Dec 4 2017
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Well, there’s this thing called “democracy”...

Nov 13 2017
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Oh this definitely lasts a few days.

Oct 30 2017
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Those are all just temporary exhibitions, which do nothing to enhance the museum’s permanent collection. My three examples are permanent. Or should be, anyway. Which, incidentally, does the Board have any intention of getting around to putting together a collections policy, since it’s evidently scrapped the old one? Read more

Oct 25 2017
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Let’s take a look at the track record the Berkshire Museum has of supporting local artists. There may be a couple of minor things I’ve missed, but there are basically three major cases where the museum has really supported a local artist. Read more

Sep 30 2017
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I think the conceptual problem is that while there is a lot of room for more funding, that room comes in, like, $15 million chunks. They can do spectacular things with an extra $15 million! But they can’t save marginal lives with an extra $1,500, in the way that a deworming charity or a bed-nets charity or even Give Read more

Sep 28 2017
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Neither do the overwhelming majority of citizens, who get their citizenship by birth and not by naturalization.

Aug 23 2017
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“Most of the assets you think the museum has are in the form of buildings”? That’s just not true. If you look at the most recent audited statement, less than half of the $19,730,208 in total assets are in the form of property and equipment. Read more

Aug 21 2017
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There is more than one community interested in this story, Mike. Yes, it affects Berkshire locals like yourself. But it also affects the entire museum community, and would set an enormous precedent for museums across the country.

Aug 21 2017
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Sell his shares on the public market. Yes, they would end up in the pockets of other rich people. But no, Bezos would not lose control of Amazon in the process, the people he sold his shares to would very much want him to remain in control, and there’s zero chance that he could or would get ousted by shareholders just Read more

Aug 1 2017
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Thanks, fixed! And yes, that’s my cake...

Jul 20 2017
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a naïve lottery winner? I don’t even get what that means

May 17 2017
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No, ex hypothesi they *do* care. Much more than the millions of American citizens who don’t bother to vote at all.

May 17 2017
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also, having an irrevocable right of re-entry into the USA. Which is a big deal.

May 17 2017
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How about everyone in the world votes in every election *where they live*?

May 17 2017
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legal immigrants didn’t arrive illegally, they arrived legally. Are you agreeing that legal noncitizen immigrants (green card holders, for instance) should be able to vote?

May 17 2017
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but the overwhelming majority of immigrants *do* take steps to follow the laws properly. Statistically, they’re more law-abiding than US citizens.

May 15 2017
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but you wouldn’t see the disparity in rejections *after controlling for tenure at FB*, which is what you do see.

May 11 2017
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The thing that worries me about this story is that the vast majority of those 1,378 people were US citizens. ICE seems to be doing its best to conflate “immigrants” and “gang members” in the public mind.

May 11 2017
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Your organization is called Define American, so I have a question about how you define American, specifically as it relates to the millions of immigrants who are here legally but who for whatever reason have not become naturalized. (That was my situation, for about 20 years.) They are a very important part of the Read more