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Archive for September, 2011

Posted by sprague on September 14, 2011

A job seeker is looking … for a well-defined job. But the trend seems to be that if a job can be defined, it can be automated or outsourced.
The marginal product of people who need well-defined jobs is declining. The marginal product of people who can thrive in less structured environments is increasing. That was what I was trying to say in my jobs speech.

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2011/09/the_job-seekers.html

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TED Talk: who’ll grow faster, China or India?

Posted by sprague on September 13, 2011

Really good new TED talk from MIT professor Yasheng Huang. He thinks it’s a mistake to credit China’s authoritarian political system for its high growth rates. Instead, thank education (especially among women) and other cultural factors.

Remember that for every authoritarian success story in Asia (South Korea, Singapore) there are many authoritarian disasters (North Korea, Burma).

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Paleontology in ancient China

Posted by sprague on September 11, 2011

Fossils were often ground up and used for medicine, to supplement their dairy-less low calcium diet. References to “stone swallows” and “dragon’s teeth” prove that paleontology was around at least since the sixth century AD, long before the rest of the world.

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Posted by sprague on September 6, 2011

Post does not feel at this time that MFA presented any compelling arguments to warrant drastic changes in or discontinuation of the Embassy’s PM 2.5 monitoring program.

Chinese Govt complaints about @beijingair pollution

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