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Lennon vs. Bono

I watched last night a remarkable documentary on the life of John Lennon called “Imagine.” For my generation, it’s pretty much automatic that Lennon is our hero, and I am no different. But then I thought, do I have a double standard? I criticize celebrity musicians today like Bono for taking on a role like[…..]

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The Coffee Party Manifesto

The Coffee Party is alarmed that our discourse has been hijacked by Partys named after other Beverages. The Coffee Party is for all the reasonable people, which happens to be correlated with drinking good coffee. Here is our manifesto: The Coffee Party has had the privilege to meet people from many different creeds and races,[…..]


Columbus Day: Christopher as a typical Entrepreneur case study

America was discovered accidentally by a great seaman who was looking for something else; when discovered it was not wanted; and most of the exploration for the next fifty years was done in the hope of getting through or around it. America was named after a man who discovered no part of the New World.[…..]


Speaking at 12:15pm today at Stand Up NYC for MDGs

at Lincoln Center outdoors. Please come and join the other 5 people listening.

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Search for bone marrow donor for Devan

UPDATE 5/18 the family has announced a potential donor has been found for Devan! Thanks to all of you who spread the word & we should all keep campaigning for donor registering, particularly for non-Europeans. This is a very different post. 4 year old Devan’s life is at stake. He needs to find a matching[…..]



I just saw Avatar. This movie is a metaphor for a lot of stuff we care about here at Aid Watch, such as… Sorry, not this time. It’s a fabulous movie. I loved it. There’s nothing more to say.

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    The Aid Watch blog is a project of New York University's Development Research Institute (DRI). This blog is principally written by William Easterly, author of "The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists' Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics" and "The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good," and Professor of Economics at NYU. It is co-written by Laura Freschi and by occasional guest bloggers. Our work is based on the idea that more aid will reach the poor the more people are watching aid.

    "Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking." - H.L. Mencken

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