First things first: Read the books Sum and You Shall Know Our Velocity. They’re excellent.
- Just an absolutely wonderful piece of fiction from Simon Rich. It will take a while to read but is worth it
- Methods of understatement: “These findings suggest the emergence of totally drug-resistant TB.”
- The new new snake oil salesman, Dr. Oz: “But his spin on it—that one can simply choose those which make sense, rather than data that happen to be true—was chilling. “You find the arguments that support your data,” he said, “and it’s my fact versus your fact.”
- By Paul Farmer: a great read for global health wonks on Rwanda’s success in dramatically improving healthcare services. I think it’s less clear that the interventions are scalable to other countries (Rwanda is geographically tiny, and aid money poured in after the genocide in 1994) but at least is an example of a country that has significantly improved in a short amount of time (which isn’t to say that there aren’t serious issues with the government there)