Friday, June 10, 2005

A word to the wise:

Never let a computer know you're in a hurry.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

I was reading in last week's Economist's Special Report on France and the EU and was intrigued by the following quote on French employment:

France's private sector boasts some of the world's leading companies, in industries such as cars, handbags, shampoo, yoghurt and insurance. Yet these firms tend to manage by employing relatively few people. Jobs are so thickly protected that employers hesitate to create them. Many resort to temporary or short-term contracts, or to interns. The upshot is a two-tier labor market: sheltered jobs for those who have them, and precariousness or joblessness for the rest.

I wonder if this might be true after a fashion in the United States, not because of oppressive employment regulation but due to the skyrocketing cost of health insurance and, according to employers, the crushing responsibility of actually paying a living wage.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Hi there-- my computer is being a bit problematic, so I might be offline for a little while. Don't really know what's going on but hopefully it'll just be a temporary glitch.

On a very different subject, this is a very interesting article:

Foreign Language Enrollments in United States Institutions of Higher Education, Fall 2002

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