Health may explain poor job prospects for men
Alana Semuels, writing for The Atlantic
In the last 60 years, the percentage of men working or looking for work has plummeted, from 97 percent to 89 percent. The Obama administration “examined the declining labor-force participation rate and suggested that a drop-off in good jobs for low-skilled men was part of the explanation. Wages, the report theorized, are so low for many jobs that don’t require a college education that men don’t find it worth it to seek out bad jobs.” Conservative scholars have blamed individual sloth, abetted by the generous welfare state. But there may be a third explanation: that “men are dropping out of the workforce because they are suffering from serious health conditions that make it difficult for them to work”—obesity, diabetes, chronic pain, addiction. And “as their health deteriorates, they’re getting on pain medications, which then make it even more difficult to re-enter the workforce.” Research suggests that “investing in public-health programs that seek to encourage better eating, less smoking, and frequent exercise” could actually boost the job market.
A new solution for space junk
Melissa Davey, writing for The Guardian
In the early days of aviation, collisions were rare, and air-traffic control was unnecessary. Similarly, in the early days of space travel, space junk wasn’t a big problem. But now, “at least a couple of times every year, the International Space Station maneuvers to avoid a potentially catastrophic collision” with the estimated “half a million bits of floating space debris.” It’s only going to get worse. A former U.S. Army officer, now working in Sydney, may have a solution—a device that attaches to satellites and spools out a tiny filament, which causes Earth’s magnetic field to pull them down into the atmosphere to combust.
Trump didn't adhere to his own deal-making tenets
Philip Bump, writing for The Washington Post
Think big. Maximize your deal-making options. Know your market. Have fun. These are just some of the key principles of business success that Donald Trump articulated in The Art of the Deal—principles that he largely ignored in trying to win passage of the Obamacare-repeal bill. He offered little input on the bill, had no fallback position, and still hasn’t grasped how to move legislation in Washington. Even when he adhered to his own guidelines, like “fight back,” he “was fighting members of his own party,” and largely doing so from a position of weakness.
Boost in Marines reveals China's ambitions
Aaron MacLean, writing for The Washington Free Beacon
China is in the process of diverting much of its army troops to its marine corps, up to a total force of 100,000 amphibious forces. This should alarm the West. After all, “you only need a large marine corps if you intend to assert yourself overseas.” Take the United States’s example. Our Marines were a relatively modest force until about 1900, when our regional, and then international, ambitions widened. The most obvious reason for China’s buildup is likely to pressure Taiwan. “Even if a full scale, conventional assault” of the island “seems reckless and unnecessary … the mere credible threat of such an invasion is a powerful political tool in its own right.” It’s another sign that China desires “to call the shots globally.”