MiddleAged

Mormons are reaching out to the Amerindian tribes, through gardening.

Hell on Earth! Or, well, Hell in America.

San Fransisco is overflowing. Given the geographic constraints, this may be the only way.

As bad as our housing issues are, at least we’re not Britain.

Go Central, young man! To Omaha! Okay, it’s not for everyone, but there are some serious opportunities in the middle even away from the oil fields and outside of Texas.

I can’t say that I draw much in the way of conclusions from it, but this look at slave management and modern management technique is quite interesting.

Alex Payne takes a tough look at operating systems and their makers, both of the computer and phone variety.

Charter schools not only show improvements in test scores, but have better outcomes that cannot so easily be gamed.

A cool look at Salt Lake City’s unconventionally force-avoidant police chief.

Adam Ozimek and Megan McArdle make some good points about those complaining about the “corporate welfare” of food-stamps to low-wage employees. These are benefits we want some folks to have, which doesn’t necessitate an obligation on their part (low-wage employers) to obviate their necessity.

Mr. Feeny!

Texas A&M and Baylor have found evidence suggesting that America was populated in a way differently than previously supposed. The article is more interesting than my description.


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5 Responses to Linkluster EU Voltage

  1. As bad as our housing issues are, at least we’re not Britain.

    As somebody who watches House Hunters International and has a friend in Germany, it’s rather interesting to note how real estate prices are downright high in say, France and the UK, while being moderately priced in a place like Germany. Germany has similar land use policies, but it seems that they’ve been able to moderate their housing prices or maximize what one gets for their high prices, especially when compared to the UK.

    These are benefits we want some folks to have, which doesn’t necessitate an obligation on their part (low-wage employers) to obviate their necessity.

    The argument is that these employers are only paying so little because they’re getting a subsidy from the government via EITC/SNAP/Section 8, and their profits are directly sourced from this so it’s unfair. OTOH, given the employment situation, it’s highly unlikely that these firms would pay more given the glut of labour at this end of the employment spectrum.

    Her last paragraph admittedly invokes a question that I’ve personally oscillated on for years, and I think we need to ask if it’s better for somebody to work and receive government subsidies to top off their income with what amounts to a subsidy for the employer, or is it better to just have these people sit at home on state support directly. In my drunker moments, the latter makes sense, while at other times, the former does because of the reported destructive nature of what lack of work does to people and eventually their children who become accustomed to it.

    • Peter says:

      According to a recent British newspaper report (Daily Mail?), housing prices in London are so high that it actually would be cheaper to rent an apartment in Barcelona and fly to work on Ryanair. If it sounds too good to be true it pretty much is. Several conditions would have to apply:

      (1) You’d have to be able to come into the office only four days a week.
      (2) Counting travel time your workdays would be extremely long, as in leaving home at 5:30 am and returning at 10 pm. Doable if you’re working only four days a week? Maybe.
      (3) Your apartment would have to be near the closest train stop to the Barcelona airport, though apparently there are many nice buildings that would fit the bill.
      (4) Your London office would have to be within a few minutes’ walk (no time for the Tube) of Liverpool Street Station, the terminal for the trains from Stanstead Airport.

      Another point is that you would have absolutely no margin for error. Even a very short delay getting to Stanstead or at the airport itself would strand you in London for the night.

  2. says:

    Yep, the article Peter mentioned was in the Daily Mail.

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