monday linked list: the x-plan, panhandling, american exceptionalism

X-Plan: Giving your kids a way out – this is a great idea, although I’d imagine the hard part is not asking questions afterwards. (thanks Leigh Ann!)

The Pope on Panhandling: Give Without Worry – this is inspiring, and I’m going to try to do this from now on. (one challenge: keeping enough cash on hand…)

It’s time for Democrats to become the party of American exceptionalism – I’m of two minds about American exceptionalism. On the one hand, saying “hey we’re the best and no other country is like us!” always seemed a little presumptuous. But I’m 100% behind “we should do good things because we’re a good country”! (sidenote: it is still so weird to see the Democrats have this opportunity, as the Republicans have had a stranglehold on this since the Reagan years)

Kansas Republicans Sour on Their Tax-Cut Experiment – it’s almost like supply-side/trickle-down economics don’t work!

Dismal Voucher Results Surprise Researchers as DeVos Era Begins – apparently the best charter schools are the most “public”. (and also nonprofits)

‘What Do You Think Is the Most Important Problem Facing This Country Today?’ – a neat look at the answers to this question over time. There doesn’t seem to be any one big thing now, but a lot of the answers are domestic in nature, which is new.

The Future of Not Working – a good piece on universal income and GiveDirectly.

Just How Abnormal Is the Trump Presidency? Rating 20 Events – in handy chart form!

Be More Careful on Facebook – this is, sadly, good advice, especially for immigrants and visitors. (thanks David!)

What One Photo Tells Us About North Korea’s Nuclear Program – a neat look at what you can learn from even a propaganda photo. (although this is, of course, terrifying…)

How Uber Deceives the Authorities Worldwide – wow, terrible few weeks for Uber! Couldn’t have happened to a nicer company.

Meet The Man Who Stopped Thousands Of People Becoming HIV-Positive – wow. PrEP works, and this guy is inspiring!

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