Quotes & Links #49

1) vox.com Fruits and vegetables poisen more Americans than beef and chickens

This paper wasn’t the first to come to the conclusion that more people are now sickened by their salads than by their hamburgers, and researchers have pointed to a number of different drivers of this trend.


2) vimeo.com: …meanwhile…
Looks… so fake.

3) wsj.com: Greece vs. Germany: Two Competing National Narratives

The popular narratives on both sides are therefore at best only partly true or ignore countervailing factors. They may impede solutions because, when fervently believed, they absolve each side from taking responsibility.

4) medium.com: How is Polio Still a Thing?

Well, that is, most kids. In three countries — Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan — polio remains endemic. Why? Since the CIA used a vaccination campaign as cover for its attempts to locate Osama bin Laden by way of his children’s DNA, our triumphant march to the end of polio has been sidelined.

The CIA certainly doesn’t employ people who are capable of empathy. Then again, nobody is surprised.

5) bloomberg.com: Obesity Is Hurting the U.S. Economy in Surprising Ways

Moreover, the costs are usually paid by private and public health insurance, meaning that leaner people are subsidizing those with less healthy diets, he said. “All of us are paying these costs.”

I wonder if they only create costs or like smokers, also generate revenue because they eat more and therefore pay more VAT?

6) washingtonpost.com/wonkblog: What is ‘natural food?’ Even the people who make it aren’t sure.
Well, obviously you can kind of define it. I wonder how the American definition differs from the European/German one?

7) csen.tumblr.com: Full Unemployment, Understated Wage Growth, and the Pace of Normalization
Great overview of the current labour market condition in America. I always try to find the European/German equivalent of the measurements used, but never find any public data. It makes me sad.

8) econlog.econlib.org: Fellow Travelers Welcome

While reading this piece, I had an epiphany. There are three main kinds of social movements:
1. Those that don’t get angry.
2. Those that get angry at their enemies.
3. Those that even get angry at their friends.

Ho. This is interesting. I always have a feeling that I (albeit, on a personal level) criticise people/movements I generally sympathise with much harder than others. I wonder how this would be related?

9) faz.net: Schweden – im geldpolitischen Labor

Die schwedischen Erfahrungen der Jahre 2010 und 2011 zeigen, dass es übereilt sein kann, einen Leitzins mit Verweis auf die Finanzstabilität zu erhöhen, wenn die gesamtwirtschaftliche Entwicklung gegen höhere Zinsen spricht.

10) businessinsider.com: Here is the absolute minimum price for most of the world’s major oil projects

11) qz.com: America needs to have just two time zones and the world should follow suit

I found that in Austin, everyone did things at the same times they do them in New York, despite the difference in time zone. People got to work at 8 am instead of 9 am, restaurants were packed at 6 pm instead of 7 pm, and even the TV schedule was an hour earlier.

Some interesting points in the article. I’m not too sure that one can get enough support to switch from the status quo.

12) qz.com: Black Harvard graduates have the same shot at a job call-back as white state college grads
One should “Beware The Man Of One Study” and they do criticise the methodology, so I’m not so sure how reliable the results are BUT I wouldn’t be surprised

13) economist.com: The weaker sex – Boys are being outclassed by girls at both school and university, and the gap is widening

The feminisation of higher education was so gradual that for a long time it passed unremarked. According to Stephan Vincent-Lancrin of the OECD, when in 2008 it published a report pointing out just how far it had gone, people “couldn’t believe it”.

The difference between males being disadvantaged in school and females being disadvantaged later in life is interesting, too.


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