Should we simply outlaw the scourge of sweatshops and walk away in prim satisfaction?

What is to happen to the erstwhile workers–commonly uneducated, poorly trained, illegally in a land foreign to them, with little experience and marketplace sophistication–who have had their livelihoods abolished? They had been surviving–even if meanly by civilized standards–in market competition by selling their limited services of low value at meager wages.

Taking away those miserable jobs, pricing them out of what had been their best option, does not magically provide them with better alternative employment. Reducing their already poor power to compete, leaving them more handicapped than before, is a strange way to help them.

Bill Allen

Economic progress versus environmental quality

When I was in Japan, I was told that in the 1960s, cities and prefectures welcomed polluting industries because of the better paid jobs they offered.

At that time, shipping companies used like to go to Tokyo because the pollution in Tokyo Bay was so bad that it would clean all the barnacles off their ships. That made them sail faster.

Japanese incomes and wages doubled over the course of the 1960s.

In the early 1970s, the LDP stole the environmental policies of their opponents in a really big crack down on pollution because the country could now afforded them. The Japanese voter was now prepared to support stricter pollution standards and environmental controls.

The unintended consequences of dogooder laws

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Via  http://jimunro.blogspot.com.au/2014/06/move-to-repeal-plain-packaging.html

The NSA has its uses

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The 1972 Limits To Growth book predicted that industrialization would increase air pollution until civilization collapsed and a few other things

HT: Bjørn Lomborg

Cancelling a digital subscription to The Australian is a complicated process

I had to call Sydney from New Zealand via telephone to cancel my online subscription.

Their online My Account has no cancel button nor any instructions on how to cancel the account.

When you try and send them a message through their online enquiry form, they tell you to phone number in Sydney.

Got that off my chest now.

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