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Mapping redheads, across Europe and the United States.

One of my favorite games when I was younger was Bard’s Tale. So even though I’m not much into cyberpunk, this has my interest.

Trust is an issue.

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In emerging markets, finding and keeping top managers is tough.

Michael Totten laments the once great city of Havana.

Michael Strain has some ideas on how conservatives can attack the problem of long-term unemployment.

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6 Responses to Linkluster Ten Days

  1. Peter says:

    That patch of red hair in central Russia marks the territory of an ethnic group called the Udmurts, who have the world’s highest rate of red hair. No one knows why.

  2. Peter says:

    Relocation assistance for the long-term unemployed is a terrific idea IF the government administers in a structured manner. For one thing, the program would have to be set up so that recipients are distributed more or less evenly among the different full-employment cities. Otherwise there’d be imbalances, for example recipients may avoid Bismarck, North Dakota with its cold winters and cluster in the nicer climate of Columbia, Missouri. Bismarck would still have labor shortages while there’d now be unemployment in Columbia. It also would help if there could be some matching between recipients’ skillsets and local economies. A person who’d spent many years working in professional office jobs might find it tough to adapt to a new city whose economy is based on manufacturing and distribution, even if the city is at full employment.

    Relocation assistance won’t go over well in the full employment cities that will be taking in the recipients. Sure, the business owners will love the idea, but most working people won’t. It will make it harder for them if they or their family members have to look for work – remember, even during “full employment” there always are some people out of work and looking for jobs. Also, I would bet that many people in full employment cities are making good money from overtime, and that would dry up quickly following an influx of unemployed people.

    • trumwill says:

      I would actually try to work relocation assistance primarily by looking at the employers. Basically tell employers “What do you need that you cannot find?” and then eligibility for relocation assistance would be dependent on a host of factors. In return, employers would have to agree to give hiring preference to the long-term unemployed. So in essence, the question would be “What do you need desperately enough that you will hire someone that hasn’t had a job in two years?” And then try to find those employees.

  3. In short, if there’s relocation assistance, is the government going to pay off my underwater mortgage? For a lot of people, they’re sticking around because their spouse is paying the bills, but they can’t afford to leave because their spouse’s job is difficult to transfer over in another state, or they can’t sell their home without losing a considerable chunk of money.

    Plus, given how some of the demographics play out, I suspect that some people are leery of going to somewhere like North Dakota or even say, urban areas in Texas and other areas of the South due to varying stereotypes.

    • trumwill says:

      There are various people who, for whatever reason, wouldn’t be willing to relocate. Or for whom it wouldn’t make sense to. You wouldn’t force it on them. You could probably make headway just focusing on those who can be easily bribed.

  4. Kirk says:

    “That patch of red hair in central Russia marks the territory of an ethnic group called the Udmurts, who have the world’s highest rate of red hair. No one knows why.”

    Damn, Pete, you really are into hair.

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