Paul Niehaus is the cofounder and president of GiveDirectly, a direct cash transfer program rated as one of the most effective anti-poverty charities in the world. He is currently putting together the largest basic income experiment ever designed. We spoke to him about the politics and perils of changing how the world helps the poor. The idea behind GiveDirectly is simple: donor money is transferred directly to some of the world’s poorest people. Research has shown that such direct cash transfers are an extremely effective way to alleviate poverty. Now, GD is set to run a 12-year basic income experiment in Kenya that should provide the best long-term data yet on the effectiveness of what has become an increasingly popular—and controversial—policy idea on both the left and the right. Niehaus has a better perspective than almost anyone on what actually works when it comes to helping the poor. How did GiveDirectly come about? Paul Niehaus: It started when some of the … [Read more...] about How to Give Poor People Money In Order to Save the World
Got to give the people what they want
Taylor Swift looked down from her partially-elevated stage. Moments before, her planned stunt — to have a portion of the catwalk rise up into the air of Washington, D.C.'s Nationals Park in what she called her “helicopter thingy” — had fallen short. She was already shaken up. During a quick costume adjustment, the man who hopped up on the stage to hook her acoustic guitar had done something wrong, and she couldn’t hear the guitar in her earpieces. And now the “helicopter thingy” was broken. As her ascent into the sky began, the lift stalled. There was a kind of jerking motion, and then it stopped moving. She'd risen enough that the camera, which hung from the ceiling in the kind of suspension that’s often used to show quarterbacks lining up for the hike, lost her face in that moment, but then it caught her face. She was angry. “Is it broken? Is it broken?” she asked off to the side, her … [Read more...] about Taylor Swift’s stage malfunction last night exposed exactly what it means to be a pop star
Superman back in his classic “red underwear” outfit. Barbara Gordon back in her Oracle identity and in a romance with Nightwing. Both Stephanie Brown and Cassandra Cain back as Batgirl (sort of). Yep, DC Comics is using their latest crossover to give fans what they’ve been asking for. The most recent, “New 52” iteration of the DC Universe was started in 2011. It re-shaped DC’s super-hero universe, as DC tends to do every so often is only the latest to coalesce after a decades-old practice of periodically rebooting the publisher’s collective fictional construct. The New 52 has been a mixed bag and it left some readers nostalgic for what had gone before. For example, a contingent of fans grumbled about the decision to put Barbara Gordon back in her Batgirl suit. Doing away with her evolution into super-hacker/information broker Oracle took away one of cape comics’ few disabled heroes, they argued. But the change stuck around. Now, those … [Read more...] about DC Comics Is Giving Old Fans What They Want in the Weirdest Way
My name is Emily and earlier this year I went on a three week tour through the Midwestern and Southern United States with my band, Foxygen. More importantly, when I was not playing shows or looking for food, I scoured this great country of ours for hidden treasures of the thrift variety. I kept a diary of my expeditions to share with you, dear reader. Join me, won’t you? THRIFT DIARY DAY SEVEN: BLOOMINGTON I wake up as we pull into Bloomington on a beautiful spring day. We park our tour bus in the center of town as families and college students alike walk by and stare at our giant orange monstrosity, presumably trying to fathom what kind of people might dwell in such an ostentatious vehicle. This town happens to be home to Shaun, the drummer, so I ask him if he knows of a good thrift store. He tells me that Opportunity House is the best thrift in town but that it closes at 2 P.M.. I have one hour to walk a mile to this place and find the treasures that I’m sure are … [Read more...] about Thrift Diaries, Part Three: Return of the Thrifter
Alex is the long-suffering Executive Managing Editor of the whole Gizmodo Media Group, which means he endures Jalopnik’s constant emotional abuse. As the saying goes, shit flows upwards, and everyone knows we’re full of it. He who has come to the inevitable conclusion that New York is trash if you actually want to drive somewhere, and he is looking for something inexpensive to escape the madness. What car should he buy? (Welcome back to What Car Should You Buy? Where we give real people real advice about buying cars. Do you want us to help you find a car?Submit your story on our form.) Here is the scenario: It’s been six years since I moved to New York and basically stopped driving. I’m over it. This city is a bullshit steaming hotbox or a bullshit frozen tundra. Take me to the wide open plains, the forests, the beaches of this great land and let me do it every weekend and for months at a time. NYC might be ok again after that. Basically, I’m after a … [Read more...] about I Need A Cheap Ride To Escape The City! What Car Should I Buy?