Category Archives: Media

American families are stuck in a lost quarter century


By Matt Phillips – Auto sales are booming—but that’s largely because it’s so easy for consumers to get loans.

In a consumption-dominated economy like the US, consumers need to spend.

And if consumers don’t have the wages to spend, the only way to keep the consumption engine going is by extending debt to people with extremely shaky finances.

That’s a recipe for a future full of financial crises. more> http://tinyurl.com/mf2obd3

The U.S. Tax Code Is Highly Uncompetitive


By Kyle Pomerleau & Andrew Lundeen – The recent string of corporate inversions—where U.S. companies move their headquarters to a new home—is a symptom of this problem.

The U.S.’s tax code, which is far out of line with other nations’, is driving investment overseas, reducing our economic potential.

Unfortunately, many politicians, instead of searching for solutions to improve the tax code, are looking for ways to make it worse. more> http://tinyurl.com/mf5nr3r

Take Away Harvard’s Nonprofit Status


By Annie Lowrey – There’s an old line about how the United States government is an insurance conglomerate protected by an army.

Harvard is a real-estate and hedge-fund concern that happens to have a college attached.

From a purely utilitarian perspective, there are causes that need that $350 million more. Groups like GiveWell are devoted to figuring out where a dollar does the most good. It recommends initiatives like deworming in very low-income countries.

Harvard, at the same time, is spending a billion dollars upgrading its coeds’ convenient, riverfront housing. If it wanted to maximize its $32 billion worth of utility, it could, say, admit more students, especially poor ones, reduce its focus on property development, and double down on its focus on research, which currently makes up $800 million of its $4.2 billion in annual operating expenses. more> http://tinyurl.com/lr6ldlt

The Global Problem With Overdiagnosis and Overtreatment


By Alexandra Sifferlin – Current screening guidelines lead to an overdiagnosis of diseases like cancer, which results in overtreatment for ailments that might never seriously impact a person’s health.

Instead of recommending lifestyle modifications proven to work, like cutting back on alcohol and exercising more, many doctors opt for drugs because they want to do something right away without having to rely on the often-unhealthy environment beyond their office walls. more> http://tinyurl.com/ptb85gs

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Views from the Solar System (226)


Florida to Louisiana Viewed From the International Space Station

NASA – NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman captured this image of Florida to Louisiana just before dawn, taken from the International Space Station, and posted it to social media on Friday, Sept. 12. Wiseman, Commander Max Suraev and Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst began their first full workweek Monday as a three-person crew aboard the space station, while the three additional flight engineers who will round out the Expedition 41 crew spent the day training for next week’s launch to the orbiting complex.

Financialization in telecom


By George Mattathil – With all these things going on, one would think that there would be an earnest effort to find out what is wrong.

Instead, the preoccupation in the media and industry is with “net neutrality” confusion, which the FCC Chairman summed up: “the idea of net neutrality has been discussed for a decade with no lasting results.” more> http://wp.me/p4erPG-5j

How We Think


BOOK REVIEW

How We Think, Author: John Dewey.

By Maria Popova – What separates thinking, a basic human faculty we take for granted, from thinking well?

What it takes to train ourselves into mastering the art of thinking, and how we can channel our natural curiosity in a productive way when confronted with an overflow of information.

A subject urgently relevant today, in our age of snap judgments and instant opinions. more> http://tinyurl.com/knfc3fz