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Are Poor Countries Doomed?

The Gates Foundation Letter: http://annualletter.gatesfoundation.org/

In which John discusses the three myths at the center of Bill and Melinda Gates’s 2013 annual letter: 1. Poor countries are NOT doomed to remain poor. 2. Foreign aid is NOT a waste of money. (In fact, health aid at least is an astonishingly good investment.) 3. Saving children’s lives does NOT lead to overpopulation. (In fact, decreasing infant mortality has consistently slowed population growth all over the world.)

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Applying for Health Insurance: Then and Now

In which John Green attempts to apply for new health insurance coverage using the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges and then through a private insurer that existed before the ACA (aka Obamacare) went into effect.

It’s of course too soon to tell which of these options will be cheaper, which will offer the best coverage, and so on, but I wanted to explore how the (still very glitchy) exchanges compare to the pre-ACA experience of trying to get approved for coverage.

Yes, I realize this video is over 4 minutes. I think it meets the definition of an educational video, but I’ll leave it up to y’all to discuss in Our Pants: http://nerdfighteria.vanillaforums.com/

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Why Are American Health Care Costs So High?

In which John discusses the complicated reasons why the United States spends so much more on health care than any other country in the world, and along the way reveals some surprising information, including that Americans spend more of their tax dollars on public health care than people in Canada, the UK, or Australia. Who’s at fault? Insurance companies? Drug companies? Malpractice lawyers? Hospitals? Or is it more complicated than a simple blame game? (Hint: It’s that one.)

For a much more thorough examination of health care expenses in America, I recommend this series at The Incidental Economist:http://theincidentaleconomist.com/wor…
The Commonwealth Fund’s Study of Health Care Prices in the US:http://www.commonwealthfund.org/~/med…
Some of the stats in this video also come from this New York Times story: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/02/hea…

This is the first part in what will be a periodic series on health care costs and reforms leading up to the introduction of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, in 2014.

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Why Does Congress Suck?

In which John Green seeks to explain why the United States congress has become so astonishingly inefficient that it can’t even reach a compromise to avert disaster, and why—thanks to clever redistricting—most congresspeople are now incentivized not to work seriously on policy. Along the way there’s a bit of historical context, a lot of frustration, some screaming, and a celebration of the beginning of the 7th year of the vlogbrothers channel.

Thanks for sticking with us, nerdfighters. (And thanks for reading the entire dooblydoo!)

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The 51st State

In which Hank discusses some of the many historic events of November 6th 2012.

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Policy and Politics: Brotherhood 2.0 Week Begins

In which John discusses the tax proposals of the two major candidates for President while arguing against the hysterical rhetoric that marks contemporary political discourse. This is the first of six consecutive daily videos Hank and I will be making to fulfill the first of our two outstanding punishments. Also discussed: the difference between ordinary income and capital gains, and the theory behind taxing capital gains at a lower rate than ordinary income (which both candidates favor, just to different degrees).

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Understanding the National Debt and Budget Deficit

In which John discusses the US national debt, the federal budget deficit, plans for shrinking or eliminating the deficit, and tries to provide some context to the political rhetoric and statistics that are constantly thrown around in an election season. Along the way, I hope you’ll understand why the United States’ sovereign debt hasn’t led us to an economic crisis, but also why budget deficits need to shrink in order to ensure that credit remains inexpensive and the US continues to enjoy the trust of the world economy. (Friendly reminder: Educational videos, by extensive precedent, are allowed to be longer than 4:00.)


Here’s why I think the gold standard is a bad idea: 1. By restricting money supply to the supply of gold, you risk shrinking the money supply just because of a shock leading to a disruption in supply from mining. This creates a lot of volatility in the money supply for no reason. 2. The gold standard limits a government’s ability to respond to changes in the market, which can (and has) led to unescapable deflationary spirals. 3. Far from inspiring investor confidence, its implementation would crush it:http://www.ocregister.com/opinion/gold-369936-standard-money.html

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I may have gotten bored and decided that the brothers should run in 2016. Thoughts?
[submitted by ruhkell]

I may have gotten bored and decided that the brothers should run in 2016. Thoughts?

[submitted by ruhkell]

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