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Michael W. Kruse
Kansas City, MO
Blogger and writer, currently working on a book tentatively titled "The Great Divergence and Christian Mission."
Interests: history, digital photography, writing, technology, soccer, jesus, emerging culture, road trips, practical theology, economic issues, urban hiking, presbyterian pcusa, annoying presbyterians
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Washington Post: The U.S. imprisonment rate has fallen for the fifth straight year. Here’s why. The U.S. imprisonment rate has fallen for a fifth straight year, a run not seen since Richard Nixon was in The White House. According to... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Kruse Kronicle
Hans Rosling, and his son Ola, nail it again. Excllent video. I have more to say about this in a coming post. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Kruse Kronicle
CityLab: Smartphones and the Uncertain Future of 'Spatial Thinking' ... Traditionally, people get around their houses, neighborhoods and cities with the help of an internal "cognitive map." But that system isn't much of a map at all. It's more like... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Kruse Kronicle
Business Insider: Dying Young Is Quickly Becoming A Thing Of The Past It shows the risk of dying at any given age, with the lighter-colored line representing the risk in 1970 and the darker line representing the risk in 2010.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Kruse Kronicle
Business Insider: Here's What The Global Economy Looked Like In Year 1 Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Order at Amazon: Nothing is Free: The Price Only Business can Pay to Protect Free Markets. What is the purpose of business, particularly as it relates to the welfare of employees? Economists, business leaders, and theologians engage in endless debate... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Critics of economics, particularly in the world of religion, frequently charge that the discipline is grounded in a mindset of scarcity and competition versus what they champion: abundance and cooperation. The critique is considerably overblown. First, economists recognize the world... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Christian Science Monitor: Since 1990, billions more have access to clean water Over the past couple of decades, easier access to clean water has become a reality for a huge portion of the world’s population. According to a publication released... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Christian Science Monitor: Deforestation: Brazil is a success story for conservation "In the 1990s, tropical deforestation claimed 40 million acres each year, according to a report released in June by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Today, about 32 million... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Matt Ridley: Reasons to Be Cheerful We a prone to fixate on problems and threats. The news concentrates on Ebola, violence in the Middle East and Ukraine, and the discord in Ferguson, Missouri. But it is important to keep present... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
The Atlantic: How to Talk About Climate Change So People Will Listen Environmentalists warn us that apocalypse awaits. Economists tell us that minimal fixes will get us through. Here's how we can move beyond the impasse. This is an exceptionally... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Learning to Fail Fast "... Petrie advocates what he calls “vertical development” or the advancement in a person’s capacity to think in “more complex, systemic, strategic, and interdependent ways (in contrast to horizontal development that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Pacific Standard: Why Are So Many Low-Income People So Overweight? ... More recently, in Slate, Heather Tirado Gilligan cites peer-reviewed research to conclude: “[M]ore fresh food closer to home likely does nothing for folks at the bottom of the socioeconomic... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Wired: Startup Offers Payday Advances Without the Pesky Loan-Sharking "... According to Palaniappan, the real culprit here is the very concept of the payday. The way he see is, there’s no reason people who already have done their work should... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Business Insider: 24 Books That Forecasted The Future Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Conversable Economist: Universal Basic Income: A Thought Experiment "... What about the politics of a universal basic income? It's no surprise that many who lean liberal like the idea of guaranteeing a basic income. However, the idea has a reasonable... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
New York Times: The New Instability by Stephanie Coontz ... Meanwhile, women’s expectation of fairness and reciprocity in marriage has been rising even as men’s ability to compensate for deficits in their behavior by being “good providers” has been falling.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Carpe Diem: US violent crime is lowest in 44 years and half the rate in 1991 Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Social Science Research Network: The (True) Legacy of Two Really Existing Economic Systems Abstract: By running an experiment among Germans collecting their passports or ID cards in the citizen centers of Berlin, we find that individuals with an East German... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
The Guardian - Poverty Matters Blog - GM scaremongering in Africa is disarming the fight against poverty Transforming agriculture is central to sub-Saharan Africa's development prospects. Three-quarters of people in extreme poverty – existing on less than $1.25 a day... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Business Insider: This Fake Meat Is So Good It Fooled Whole Foods Customers For 3 Days "... And the Missouri-based company Beyond Meat thinks it has the solution to satisfy our cravings: food that looks and tastes just like meat... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Forbes: A Supply Chain Overhaul To Boost Coffee Farmers' Income 400% This is about a social enterprise on a mission to reinvent the coffee supply chain, giving farmers a bigger and more equitable piece of the action. Aimed at growers... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Daily Mail: Now THAT'S a power plant! Indoor farm grows 10,000 heads of lettuce a DAY using lights that mimic day and night Humans have spent the last 10,000 years mastering agriculture, but it just takes a dry spell, or... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Alan Noble as a very good piece in the Atlantic: Is Evangelical Morality Still Acceptable in America? He doesn't define exactly what he means by "Evangelical Morality" but clearly he is talking about people who hold more traditionalist views on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Business Insider: Epic Demographic Chart Shows What's Happening To The Populations Of The US, China, And Japan Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle