21 Jun 2013

Anything but water

  1. A judge rules that interns should be paid. This -- like laws on minimum wages -- is relevant where market power leads to "self exploitation."

  2. Digital textbooks may be so good at promoting self-guided learning that they -- along with online courses -- may turn teachers into tutors. I think that's probably fine, as my most interesting experiences when teaching or giving public talks are in the Q&A

  3. Societies avoid collapse by building robust institutions that allow adaptation and diversification from risk, like markets

  4. Corruption in the energy sector hobbles (and enrages) Pakistanis

  5. Sheep subsidies are shagging sustainability

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