Wednesday, September 8, 2010

From a Manufacturing to a Service Economy

While some jobs are lost with the "sad exit for a product and company that can trace their roots to Thomas Alva Edison's innovations in the 1870s" — Light bulb factory closes; End of era for U.S. means more jobs overseas — new ones are created with "[m]ore women — many brand-new to the sex trade and acting as the sole support for their families — hav[ing] chosen to work in brothels because of economic hardship brought on by the worst recession since the Great Depression" — The Family Prostitute.

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Anonymous Pints in NYC said...

Even stupider is that Congress, too chicken to eer declare war anymore, finds time and courage to ban the sale of incandescent light bulbs.

See this great piece from Slate, perhaps worth a feature post:

"In Defense of Incandescence"

10:34 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Will do. I may have posted about the issue before, because I love incandescence and despise fluorescence, which gives me a headache.

11:05 PM  
Blogger Enbrethiliel said...


The two posts you juxtapose remind me that in the Philippines, the wife/mother is sometimes referred to as ilaw ng tahanan or "light of the home."

And I apologise for the florescent bulb, which a Filipino invented. (Unless, of course, the government textbooks I used in Science class were mistaken!) I don't like it, either.

1:50 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

The phrase ilaw ng tahanan is a beautiful one. I accept your apology. The airconditioner was invented in my hometown, so if it has ever given you repiratory problems, please accept my apology.

6:49 AM  

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