No Growth, Pakistan’s Women Tragedy, Cindy Blackstock's Courage, US Recession, Buy Now, The Death of Twitter


What I'm listening to.

Mozart -- Concerto for Flute and Harp K.299

The future may not be what it used to be.

New York Times -- Paul Krugman Reviews ‘The Rise and Fall of American Growth’ by Robert J. Gordon

Back in the 1960s there was a briefly popular wave of “futurism,” of books and articles attempting to predict the changes ahead.

Three hands.

New York Times -- ‘The Age of Stagnation’ and ‘The Only Game in Town’

Even more than income inequality, slow growth sits firmly atop the leader board of global economic worries.

Quote -- “We are destined, he believes, to turn sharply either toward a resumption of historical growth rates or to a slide into full stagnation, or worse.” (ed’s note -- well that’s certainly bold ...)

Honour killings: getting away with murder.

New York Times -- Her Father Shot Her in the Head, as an ‘Honor Killing’

WHETHER it wins or not, the Oscar nominee with the greatest impact — saving lives of perhaps thousands of girls — may be one you’ve never heard of.

Fighting the state.

Tyee -- Scared and Spied On Under Harper, Why Child Advocate Didn't Give Up

Fresh from victory at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, Cindy Blackstock said she persisted with her landmark child welfare case for nine years because, "It's our job as adults to stand up for kids."

Oh no. 

Financial Times -- Economists see 20% chance of US recession

Leading global economists now see a 20 per cent chance of the US falling into recession this year, and a diminishing likelihood of the Federal Reserve raising rates as previously thought. 

Biggest investing mistake: trying to time the market. Buy now.

Telegraph -- Buy when the market’s fallen 20pc? First do some checks

A 20pc slide in share prices could be a reliably good buy signal if valuations are reasonable

Tweeting into irrelevance.

The New Yorker -- The End of Twitter

It wasn’t that long ago that I—and many other people I know—would have argued that Twitter was more than just another social network.



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