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Friday 11 January 2019

Weekly Reading: Some Interesting Stuff

As I mentioned in my last article in Economic Times, parts of the world is increasingly turning ultra-right-wing politically. This long-read from New Yorker is about Viktor Orbán, the Prime Minister of Hungary, who has been building a wall around his country and increasing his domestic popularity.
Posters throughout Hungary read, “If you come to Hungary, you must respect Hungarian culture!” All the posters were in Hungarian. That summer, Orbán’s government began to construct a fence along Hungary’s borders with Serbia and Croatia, essentially halting immigration to the country. Der Spiegel declared him “the political victor” of the immigration crisis, and, since then, each new terrorist attack at a Christmas market in Berlin or Strasbourg seems to bolster his standing.

I have been flirting with this idea of going back to the "dumb phone", but am finding it incredibly difficult. Mobile phone has become addictive and habit-forming for me as I use it for many different purposes. Here is an interesting piece on why should be looking to get back to the dumb phone.

A superb article by James Grant of the famous Grant's Interest Rate Observer on how huge government debt is impacting the US. The lessons apply to India as well.
It took the United States 193 years to accumulate its first trillion dollars of federal debt. We will add that much in the current fiscal year alone.
All told, the government owes $21.5 trillion, give or take a few careless tens of billions—that works out to $65,885 for each American.

An interesting account of how Coca-Cola influnced scientific study and public policy making in China to the detriment of people and led to an major increase in obesity.

Today's cloud storages and cheap hard drives mean we keep collecting all sorts of things, from emails, to files, photos, videos and keep them mostly because we think we may need it at a future date. An interesting story on how we have become digital hoarders.

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