Read — 2015/05/19

by shwolff

Today’s selection of articles includes:

  1. As Chinese stocks rise, Beijing wins“, by Shen Hong & Chao Deng (Wall Street Journal). The SHCOMP is up nearly 37% year-to-date, and over 125% year-to-year. This article claims that “the biggest winner has been the Chinese government”.
  2. Thai ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra’s negligence trial begins” (BBC). A rice-subsidy program during Ms. Shinawatra’s time in office paid rural farmers “twice the market rate”. Ms. Shinawatra argues the program was “an attempt to support the rural poor”.
  3. Rise in suicide by black children surprises researchers“, by Sabrina Tavernise (NY Times). And it should shock you, too. I hope “the government” figures out an effective counter, but in the meantime, let’s each of us make a conscious, sustained effort to meaningfully engage the people (especially the children) in our lives, and to respect those like grade-school teachers who make such interactions their vocation.