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Weekend link dump for May 15

“The 500-euro note, the bill of choice for many criminals looking to transfer large amounts of money without the authorities knowing, is being eliminated.”

“Among all these classes of professionals, all these institutions, that whole superstructure of US politics built around two balanced sides, there will be a tidal pull to normalize this election, to make it Coca-Cola versus Pepsi instead of Coca-Cola versus sewer water.”

“Right now, a small group of committed people are intent on changing the world. It’s going to take a large group of thoughtful, committed citizens to stop them.”

“Maybe the lesson here is to beware the TED-talk version of development economics. Shortening the time it takes to incorporate a small business is not a substitute for deeper institutional reforms, such as those that support investment in human and physical capital, remove economic barriers that hold back women and ethnic or religious minorities, or improve transportation, power, and sanitation infrastructure.”

What Norm Ornstein says.

Have a look at the Panama Papers for yourself.

“How could anyone ban such a neat book as The Six Bunny-Wunnies Freak Out?”

All hail the bison, America’s official mammal.

Clearly, Sen. Thune doesn’t get enough cat videos in his Facebook feed.

On doing sex work to finance law school.

No matter how bad things may get, you can always console yourself with the knowledge that you don’t have to live in a sea cucumber’s anus to survive.

A cool story about famous cat cartoonist B. Kliban.

Good for Google, dumping ads from payday lenders.

I’m not sure why I’m surprised to learn that Donald Trump’s butler is a lousy person, but I am.

“But when people are forced to stop taking the subway because our systems are literally on fire, they’re not going to use a hyperloop to get to work. They’re going to be getting in cars.”

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