Our best reads of the week
Ah, make decisions. This week’s reading is all about choice, including the thorny question of whether to return to the office or continue working at home (or stop!). We look at why rich countries should vaccinate the poor and see how the theory of laboratory leaks shows the need for further examination of science. There is a review of the decision of let go of decades of economic orthodoxy and questions about where to put your money.
A single decision may have caused dozens of drownings in India and around the world the most successful rugby team fear they will be tarnished by an important bid as tennis star Naomi Osaka’s decision to leaving Roland Garros sparks a conversation about mental health in sport. There are reasons not to invest even allegedly old ivory.
And we’re making the junk food choice a little less guilty this week, with a doable but delicious cheeseburger recipe from an Australian chef in LA and a side dish menu of sodas that are actually meant to be. healthy (ish). Enjoy. —Adrian Kennedy
Many workers can’t wait to get back to the office and city life, but many also hate the idea of long journeys to dull offices. Some 39% of Americans would consider quitting if their employers weren’t flexible about remote working, and Stanford University economist Nicholas Bloom says hybrid work is here to stay. “They feel like we’re not working if they can’t see us,” said Portia Twidt, who resigned after going to a six-minute in-person meeting. “It’s a power game for baby boomers.”
The United States can only discuss returning to the office due to a massive vaccine rollout. But science and ethics argue that the pandemic will only be defeated if rich countries are more generous in sharing photos with poor people. “Every political leader tries to think about how he can handle his own problems,” says epidemiologist Seth Berkley, whose association delivers vaccines to low-income countries. “If we are to face a global pandemic, we need a global solution. “
Where did SARS-CoV-2 appear? The U.S. intelligence community is divided over whether the virus naturally passed from animals to humans, which scientists consider most likely, or originated from a Chinese lab. President Joe Biden ordered a further investigation, risk relations with Beijing, which angrily denounces the theories of laboratory leaks. Either way, whether we know it or not, “the public has a right to take a closer look at what is going on in virology labs, ”writes Faye Flam of Bloomberg Opinion.
The pandemic has supercharged a silent revolution: austerity, debt fears and low taxes are out; government spending and MMT type payments are in place. The changes helped the the global economy is avoiding the edge of the precipice, but is now the subject of bitter debate. Are policymakers taking long overdue steps that will reduce inequalities and support growth, or are they heading into an even worse crisis on their own?
Should you buy expensive stocks or expensive bonds? The wall of money created by central banks has propelled asset prices upwards, making investing a real puzzle, especially with rate hikes on the horizon. So it’s a relief to see data that shows The much-maligned 60-40 ratio of equity to debt in investment portfolios still lives up to the challenge.
When India sent out cyclone warnings on May 13, most ships moved to safety. But a barge in an oil field off the coast of Mumbai remained behind. Its collision with an offshore platform has left at least 70 dead and investigations are underway. “It was a 15 hour battle between life and death in the stormy sea, ”said Agnel V. Varkey, a 25-year-old survivor. “The waves swept over me whenever I tried to get close to the rescue ships.”
Naomi Osaka’s decision to leave Roland Garros this week exposed the problem of mental health in the sport. Studies estimate that a third of athletes suffer from a mental health crisis at some point, and the second-ranked tennis player explained how press conferences mandated by tournament officials exacerbated her depression and social anxiety. “What she realized was that her mind had become a dark place that she had to deal with.” Bloomberg columnist Andreas Kluth writes. “Many of us should be this honest – and follow his example.”
The New Zealand All Blacks have spent more than a century setting the most successful record in world rugby, opening the matches with a chilling Maori ceremony known as the haka. So the plan to sell a stake in Silver Lake shocked fans and players alike. who fear the marketing of the team. “It’s not for us to sell,” said former captain David Kirk. “New Zealanders have it, which is what makes it so precious. “
Humanity’s persistent thirst for ivory is decimating populations of wild elephants in a business worth $ 23 billion a year. Carved tusks of freshly killed animals are considered ancient, which can be legally traded (and bought with less guilt). Traders “are really good at making ivory look antique,” said Sam Wasser, a University of Washington environmentalist. “They know what they are selling – this is all a sham.”
Cut is important, at least when it comes to cheeseburgers. If the patty is too small, you end up with a bite of bread, says Curtis Stone, “Crime Scene Kitchen” co-star and founder of Los Angeles butcher restaurant Gwen. Discover the recipe for his burger and its sweet bourbon onions. Do you want soda with that? We list a few (seemingly) healthy offerings, variously infused with green tea, grapefruit and collagen. Hmmm …