Showing posts from January 29, 2014

The Social Disparity Behind America’s Growing Obesity Gap


by Kaisa Snellman | 9:00 AM January 29, 2014, Harvard Business Review

America is bursting at the seams. Two-thirds of adults and more than one third of kids and teenagers are overweight or obese. For children, obesity has more than doubled in the past thirty years, making it one of the biggest public health concerns in the United States.

Hedgies Versus Teachers

So one thing I learned last night is that the right has a new meme: inequality is the fault of the government — you see, it’s all those overpaid government workers.

I made the mistake of replying on the substance, which is that once you correct for education, government workers are paid about the same as their private-sector counterparts; basically, government workers are school teachers, which means that they need college degrees.

But there is a better answer, and a teachable moment here, which gets at the real nature of inequality in America. It’s not about overpaid teachers.

The world’s rich stay rich while the poor struggle to prosper

By John Kay

Thanks to globalisation the centres of major cities now appear similar

Dear Bill Gates,

We have never met, but your annual letter (coinciding with your Davos speech) seemed to be addressed directly to me. Your aim is to critique books with titles such as “how rich countries got rich and why poor countries stay poor”, and I did write a book with almost exactly that subtitle. You go on to say “thankfully these are not bestsellers because the basic premise is false”. I am afraid you are right to say my book is not a bestseller, but wrong to say its premise is false.