Bill Gates editorial in the Wall Street Journal discussing the byproduct of his health investments in his post-Microsoft career, which is that having more healthy people creates wealth since they are able to be up working or going to school. He shares this in the WSJ, to try and convince other rich people to follow in his and Melinda’s footsteps, as there can be less trust in the government to continue its foreign aid.
There are areas of global health where the data is spotty and we don’t know if an investment will pay off, or what would happen if we don’t invest at all. This isn’t one of them. Institutions such as Gavi, the Global Fund and GPEI are the closest things that we have to surefire bets to alleviate suffering and save lives. They are the best investments that Melinda and I have made in the past 20 years, and they are some of the best investments the world can make in the years ahead.
The Atlantic: The Benefits of Optimism Are Real by Emily Esfahani Smith.
This Reddit thread asks, “What do you think is the single greatest photograph in history?” has some of the most breathtaking, heart breaking, and inspiring photos ever. Be warned: Some are very hard to look at.
John Green is an author, but he’s also got a YouTube channel with his brother. He’s decided to take 2019 off of social media and this video discusses how it’s going. He says something I really like which is, “The Internet is not the problem. My Internet is the problem.”
Going meta. If you want Twitter notifications when I publish new things on my blog, you can follow @TrickWords.
1 Woman, 12 Months, 52 Places by Jada Yuan. She spent the entire year traveling to each of the NYT’s recommended destinations for the year. It is a dream idea but also a daunting one. It sounds exhausting.
Singularity by Marie Howe written in memory of Stephen Hawking after he passed this year, shared on brainpickings.org
Matt Pentz discusses the life and career of Sigi Schmid. (Subscription required, which I highly recommend if you’re a sports fan.)