wednesday linked list: Microsoft’s carbon tax, give poor people cash, the HP iPod

Microsoft Leads Movement to Offset Emissions With Internal Carbon Tax – cool, good for them! Apparently Disney and Shell(!) are doing this as well. On the other side: Exxon’s Climate Concealment

Why Are Republicans the Only Climate-Science-Denying Party in the World? – sigh

Give Poor People Cash – it’s generally better for people to just give cash instead of food stamps, subsidized housing, etc., etc. (see also: GiveDirectly)

The Anti-Governance Party – guess which one! See also: Archconservatives’ Real Enemy Is Democracy

How Steve Jobs Fleeced Carly Fiorina – I think it’s a little unfair to say if you were out-businessed by Steve Jobs you don’t deserve to be president (although there are other reasons she was a bad CEO), but I found this story about what the deal was with the HP iPod pretty interesting.

Do We Value Low-Skilled Work? – it’s easy to call something “low-skilled” when you’re not the one doing it. (thanks David!)

How to explain the KGB’s amazing success identifying CIA agents in the field? – clever stuff

Programming Sucks – a little ranty but funny!

Clinton Emails Became the New Focus of Benghazi Inquiry – I didn’t realize the Benghazi committee started all of this. This is starting to sound a bit like Whitewater

It’s sleazy, it’s totally illegal, and yet it could become the future of retirement – tontines – not just a sitcom plot anymore, I guess!

The Most Mysterious Star in Our Galaxy

Sitting for long periods doesn’t make death more imminent, study suggests – well, dang it, which is it?

Wondermark: A Truly Incredible Time – hah! (thanks Emily!)

Weird Simpsons VHS – pretty much what it says on the box. A little disturbing…

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