link friday: giving to the poor with no strings attached, discrete logarithms probably OK

Is It Nuts to Give to the Poor Without Strings Attached? – maybe not! This reminds me of the idea of an unconditional basic income, which I think is an idea worth considering.

– Bruce Schneier says the “internet security crisis” I mentioned last week from advances made on the discrete logarithm problem is probably not such a big deal.

Orson Scott Card Worries About Obama Turning “Urban Gangs” Into His Personal Police Force – siiiiiigh. I realize the article in question is titled “Unlikely Events”, but there’s a lot of crazy packed in there.

What Snowden and Manning Don’t Understand About Secrecy – sure to be controversial, but I think I mostly agree. Leaking something because there’s a particular thing that the government is doing that is wrong/illegal is one thing, but leaking thousands of documents indiscriminately is quite another. (although Snowden’s leak seemed closer to the first kind than Manning’s)

– A good collection of findings that voter ID laws can be discriminatory. I’m not sure if they’re targeting minorities specifically, but they certainly affect low-income people much more than higher-income.

‘Dear Dylan’: The Wonkblog advice column for everything – this is so good! (thanks Gary!)

– A harrowing first-hand account of an EVA gone wrong.

– Bill Keller says the Republicans oppose the “Common Core” educational standards for no good reason.

Poll: Louisiana GOPers Unsure If Katrina Response Was Obama’s Fault – not from the Onion! But an excellent example of whatever the cognitive bias is where if someone is “bad” then everything they do is therefore bad, and vice versa.

The God of ‘SNL’ Will See You Now – fun anecdotes from people auditioning for Saturday Night Live.

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