Brett Stephens’ story in NYT (ht Rohit Rajendran) on anti-semitism and anti-zionism is well written and spirited. I am sympathetic. There is nothing liberal about inconsistent application of liberal principles. Then, it is only tribalism. Illiberal tendencies of the self-anointed liberals have been exposed on numerous occasions but what is ‘impressive’ is the resilience and their persistence.
Sun may be bad for the lighter skin but it is good for darker skin especially when it comes to avoiding hypertension. On this article about sunlight, vitamin D and hypertension, these lines caught my eye:
Salt was long considered the main high blood pressure culprit because it can raise blood pressure to dangerous levels in people who already have chronic hypertension. But it’s not clear salt causes the chronic problem in the first place. [Link]
Law of unintended consequences: one more example: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave one-year maternity leave. It did not quite work out the way it was intended. [Link]
Is UBI or Universal Basic Income delivering as promised – running results from Finland pilot. I consider the results not mixed but positive.
Manu Joseph makes a good point the deification and the demonisation of Aung San Suu Kyi tells us more about the western/global elites than about her. Article from September 2018 but well written.
Amy Chua’s piece in ‘Foreign Affairs’ (July/August 2018) that ‘Tribalism is all’ is a very good read. Tribalism is looked down upon by only those who benefit from not being identified with any particular tribe – in other words, they are part of a tribe! (ht: Sanjay Anandaram)
I don’t think either the writer of this article or that of the author of the book he cites gets what Amy Chua gets.
Matt Levine’s conclusion on this article about how ‘self-obsession’ in Bridge water is paying off is a brilliant summary:
You might naively think something like “if we get together a team of smart people who all have a single-minded focus on making good investment decisions, then the interpersonal dynamics and managerial techniques will take care of themselves.” Many hedge funds — and tech startups for that matter — more or less consciously take exactly that approach, with mixed results. But in fact, at Bridgewater, it is precisely the opposite: If you get together a team of smart people who are willing to spend 100 percent of their time doing weird interpersonal exercises and subjecting themselves to managerial experiments, somehow they will make good investment decisions as a byproduct. [Link]
In other words, we simply have no idea of what works nor, one should add, do we have any idea if this would work in another place.
Article on a generic drug manufacturer (an American company manufacturing generic drugs in India) comes across more as “agenda driven reporting” (as a friend put it) than as a reliable account of reality because, even within the company that the article focuses on, the incidences of suspect quality or fraudulent or deliberate deception have been declining and not getting worse. Nonetheless, this last time should make Indians think:
Rishikesha Krishnan, a professor at the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, related a story of one foreign regulator visiting a drug factory of a company he declined to name. The inspector’s first question when he arrived after negotiating India’s chaotic roads was, “Guys, how can you maintain quality in your plant if this is the way things are outside?’”