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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
Recent Activity
New York Times: Global Warming Scare Tactics This article confirms what I've been arguing for some time now: ... evidence that a fear-based approach backfires has grown stronger. A frequently cited 2009 study in the journal Science Communication summed up... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Kruse Kronicle
Greg Mankiw is an economist at Harvard and the author of economics textbooks. He recently wrote and excellent piece in the New York TImes, When the Scientist Is Also a Philosopher. I really appreciated this excerpt. ...We economists often have... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Kruse Kronicle
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1. You Decide: Save the People or Save the Planet #StopTheMyth 2. New York Times: The End of the ‘Developing World’ BILL GATES, in his foundation’s annual letter, declared that “the terms ‘developing countries’ and ‘developed countries’ have outlived their... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
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Back in January, Oxfam published a statistic saying that 85 people have more wealth than the bottom half of the world population. It has become a widely circulated stat in the debate about inequality. (Forbes recently countered that the number... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
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1. Christian Science Monitor: In Kenya, selling human waste could revolutionize sanitation Dealing with human waste has become a health crisis in many poor communities, but residents of a Kenyan slum have found a solution that turns poop into profit.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Christian Century: Economic Boom in Africa - Philip Jenkins When I lecture on glo­bal Chris­tianity, I am sometimes asked whether, in retrospect, I would revise what I wrote many years ago in books like The Next Christendom. Us­u­ally my answer... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
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1. Washington Post: Robert Samuelson: America’s demographic denial ... For proof, see Paul Taylor’s new book, “The Next America.” Taylor oversees many of the Pew Research Center’s opinion surveys. His masterful synthesis of polls shows that three familiar mega-trends lie... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Robert Reich’s increasingly well-traveled observation is that “The 400 richest Americans now have more wealth than the bottom 150 million of us.” But think about what that means. What is “wealth?” I routinely sense that most people incorrectly think this... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
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1. Atlantic Cities: How Different Generations of Americans Budget Their Time Example 2. Business Insider: How Women Spend Their Time Vs. How Men Spend Their Time 3. USA Today: Millennial doesn't mean liberal: Column Bad news for Democrats: It seems... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Marginal Revolution University: Does Fair Trade Help? Economist Tyler Cowen gives his take on the impact of Fair Trade coffee. For a more detailed analysis I'd suggest Victor Claar's Fair Trade? Its Prospects as a Poverty Solution. I know many... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Forbes: Can This Man Feed the World? Billionaire Harry Stine's Quest to Reinvent Agriculture -- Again ... Stine Seed does business with all of the heavyweights and has for more than three decades, primarily because it has something everybody else... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
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Atlanic: How You, I, and Everyone Got the Top 1 Percent All Wrong In fact, the gain in wealth share is all about the top 0.1 percent of the country. While nine-tenths of the top percentile hasn't seen much change... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
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Forbes: Air Pollution Replaces Poor Diet As World's Largest Preventable Health Risk Dirty air killed an alarming 7 million people – or, one of every eight human lives lost – in 2012, according to new estimates released today by the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Nick Cohen has a piece in the Guardian The climate change deniers have won. He is mourning the fact the "climate deniers" seem to be winning the day and exlpores why that might be. He writes: ... Clive Hamilton, the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Huffington Post Business: Faith and Business - Michael Jinkins The church has a knack for depreciating the vocations of the laity. Well, perhaps not all vocations of the laity. The church routinely blesses vocations like the helping professions and education,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
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1. AEI - James Pethokoukis: What MinuteClinics and Google Fiber teach about crony capitalism ... Andy Kessler explains how established Internet service providers are trying to block Google from deploying Google Fiber, its superfast, gigabit broadband service. His solution: “The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
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2014 Gates Annual Letter: 3 Myths the Block Progress for the Poor "By almost any measure, the world is better than it has ever been. People are living longer, healthier lives. Many nations that were aid recipients are now self-sufficient.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
TED: Is China the new idol for emerging economies? - Dambisa Moyo "The developed world holds up the ideals of capitalism, democracy and political rights for all. Those in emerging markets often don't have that luxury. In this powerful talk,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
I preached at Pine Ridge Presbyterian Church, in Kansas City, MO, on March 16, 2014. The sermon begins by wondering if it is appropriate to ordain people to the hardware business. The sermon text is Genesis 12:1-4 and the real... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
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1. Huffington Post: The Unexpected Way Philosophy Majors Are Changing The World Of Business ... Despite a growing media interest in the study of philosophy and dramatically increasing enrollment in philosophy programs at some universities, the subject is still frequently... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
This is a from Bob Lupton, FCS Urban Ministries, in the Urban Perspectives newsletter. He is always thought provoking. This issue was especially good! (Note: Urban Perspectives allows copying these articles if attritbtion is given.) Revisiting Wealth Wealth. A sign... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
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1. PBS: Five Cook Stoves Used Around the World 2. Upworthy: It Used To Take Up 40% Of Their Daily Expenses. Then They Found A New Way To Cook. 3. Viral Forest: This is the Pallet Emergency Home. It Can... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
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1. Quartz: Globalization really means countries just trade with their neighbors 2. Business Insider: Europe's Share Of Global Profits Is At A 28-Year Low 3. USA Today: Europe widespread corruption 'breathtaking' ... Meanwhile, the report, which was the first published... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
A Facebook friend linked this article this week, The One Thing Christians Should Stop Saying. I get the gist of what he is saying but I also have reservations. He is a businessperson and tells of how a friend asked... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Almost five years ago I did a series of posts on Bill Bishop's book The Big Sort. (Series here) Bishop explains that for at least thirty years we have been sorting ourselves into enclaves of polarized groups, even physically locating... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle