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Bloomberg (March 25)

2020/ 03/ 25 by jd in Global News

“It’s the worst epidemic of our times, a health emergency that has now left more than 420,000 infected, 18,800 dead and paralyzed the global economy. The scale has been clear for weeks.”Yet the same “baffling” decisions are “being repeated, over and over again. From Italy to the U.S. and Britain, each government first believes its country to be less exposed than it is, overestimates its ability to control the situation, ignores the real-time experience of others and ultimately scrambles to take measures.”


Washington Post (January 8)

2020/ 01/ 10 by jd in Global News

“Money for war, but not for the poor.” Arguments over Mideast intervention overshadow “our failure to invest in or prioritize the safety and health of 327 million people living in the United States.” This “is also a threat to our safety and well-being.” In the U.S., 15% of children live in poverty, an opioid epidemic rages, suicide presents a massive threat, and life spans are actually declining.


Fortune (February Issue)

2018/ 02/ 26 by jd in Global News

The cost of “suffocating air pollution” is higher than imagined. The World Bank had estimated in 2016 that air pollution resulted in health costs of $5 trillion a year, but other losses could especially hit developing countries. “High pollution levels are capable of causing net out-migration of 5%—a potentially devastating economic blow, especially because those most likely to leave are wealthy and educated.”


1843 (August Issue)

2017/ 08/ 27 by jd in Global News

“Doctors and parents both tell young people to eat healthily and drink in moderation, and the young finally seem to be listening. Recent shifts in spending” in both the U.S. and the UK “indicate that they are spending more on healthy food and less on boozing.” For example, in the U.S. “households headed by under-25s have increased their spending on fresh fruit by 77% and on fresh vegetables by 47% (in real terms)” while more than halving annual spending on alcohol “from about $560 in 2000 to roughly $270 in 2015.”


Chicago Tribune (December 23)

2016/ 12/ 24 by jd in Global News

“From the standpoint of personal health, getting at least seven hours is just common sense. But a case can be made that sleep equals productivity equals a robust economy. So, for yourself and for the sake of our country, do your part for the gross domestic product.” A recent Rand Corporation study found that lost sleep negatively impacts the U.S. economy by $411 billion each year.


Washington Post (November 4)

2016/ 11/ 06 by jd in Global News

In Nicaragua, there is “an even more depressing election than our own.” Daniel Ortega will on Sunday, “following gross manipulation of the constitution and electoral system… preside over his reelection as president, as well as the installation of his wife, Rosario Murillo, as vice president.” Struggling with failing health, his wife can serve as a placeholder to “ensure that the presidency remains in his family; his children are waiting in the wings.”


Bloomberg (November 11)

2014/ 11/ 13 by jd in Global News

“Oceanographers have detected isotopes linked to Japan’s wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant off California’s coast, though at levels far below those that could pose a measurable health risk.” While the origin of the isotopes is clear, it is equally clear that the minute levels are absolutely safe, registering about 1,000 times below the EPA’s limits for drinking water.


New York Times (February 5, 2014)

2014/ 02/ 06 by jd in Global News

Recent estimates credit the Affordable Care Act with unchaining 2.5 million people from their jobs over the ensuing decade. “The new law will free people, young and old, to pursue careers or retirement without having to worry about health coverage. Workers can seek positions they are most qualified for and will no longer need to feel locked into a job they don’t like because they need insurance for themselves or their families.”


USA Today (June 20)

2013/ 06/ 20 by jd in Global News

“Rather than blaming the Fed for this week’s market fall, people should thank it for nursing stocks back to health since the sickening market bottoms of March 2009. Dr. Bernanke’s challenge in his remaining months as Fed chairman will be to taper off the medication without harming the patient.”


Forbes (April 23, 2013)

2013/ 04/ 25 by jd in Global News

Is growth the root of problems like global warming? No, growth is a panacea that “must not be sold short. Growth is not just morally defensible; it is a moral imperative for achieving lasting human flourishing.” Of course, there have been cases of reckless growth. Overall, however, “hard data documents its positive impact on the things that ultimately matter: education, environmental care, physical health, political freedom, and healthy culture. Failure to realize the transformative power of growth would be a failure of our moral imaginations.”


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