Friday, 11 July 2014

Politicians the number one cause of stress in people’s lives and other news and views for Friday 11 July

11-07-2014 stress
  • Politicians are the No. 1 cause of daily stress in our lives - “Americans cited “hearing about what the government or politicians are doing” as the most frequent daily stressor on their lives, and at a substantially higher rate than the usual annoyances like commuting, chores and general schedule-juggling.”
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  • Singapore Anti-Gambling Council Loses Big On World Cup Ad – “The 30-second public service announcement features a group of boys talking about the World Cup. They each support a different team. Then the mood quickly turns as one boy says he hopes Germany wins because, ‘My dad bet all my savings on them.’As we know now, Germany trounced Brazil in an unprecedented 7-1 victory and is headed to the final against Argentina on Sunday. So the point of the public service announcement, as laudatory as it might be, doesn’t exactly come across.
  • Who Wants a Depression? – “It turns out …  that using monetary policy to fight depression, while in the interest of the vast majority of Americans, isn’t in the interest of a small, wealthy minority. And, as a result, monetary policy is as bound up in class and ideological conflict as tax policy.”
  • Mental illness is our most pressing health problem – “Given the considerable economic costs to society, treatment would pay for itself.”
  • A cheerful Pope Francis reveals readiness to reform Vatican – “… the Pope is putting his skullcapped prelates on alert that their encrusted habits fall short of modern requirements. Whether they like it or not, root-and-branch reforms are coming to the Vatican bureaucracy.
  • Top incomes and the glass ceiling – “The glass ceiling is typically examined in terms of the distribution of earnings. This column discusses the glass ceiling in the gender distribution of total incomes, including self-employment and capital income. Evidence from Canada and the UK shows we are still far from equality. Though the proportion of women in the top 1% has been rising, the progress is slower, almost non-existent, at the very top of the distribution.”
  • Gender diversity in management in Japan is finally emerging: Comparison with China and South Korea– “Japan has one of the highest labour market gender gaps among the advanced economies. This column examines the current status of gender diversity in management in Japan, China, and South Korea. Despite some pronounced differences, economic gender gaps are large in all of the three countries. But overall, gender diversity in management in Japan is slowly beginning to emerge.”
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