Pacific Ocean To Close In 2018

The world’s largest ocean, after being open for almost 750 million years, will end its run in July of 2018. Pacific Spokesman Roland Haphausenhauer cited over-fishing, pollution, and the bad global economy as the reasons for the closure.

“This is the end of quite an era,” said the spokesman, “We tried to keep the Pacific going as long as we could but the fact is, it’s just not profitable and it’s just no longer rewarding work for those responsible.” The Pacific has seen several hundred lay-offs in recent years, with the ocean becoming less popular with tourists and new businesses. Now over 30 billion USD in debt, the ocean will file for bankruptcy and close its shores forever.

The effects will be long lasting as ships fall to the dry ocean floor, weather and water concerns go haywire, and many countries bordering the ocean dry up and their people flee in search of water. Said Japanese oceanographer Noriyuki Honjo, “Japan as we know it is essentially over with this news. Much of our economy is based on fishing, most of our contact with other countries happens by sea. With no Pacific Ocean, our land is doomed.” Most other island nations have expressed similar fears.

This is the largest geographical closure since the breakup of Pangea, a supercontinent that comprised most of the world’s landmass well into the Mesozoic, when it was hit with an antitrust lawsuit and was forced to break into smaller continents.
The Little Known Barrier To Getting A Job That Clinton Wants To Take On — ThinkProgress
Hillary Clinton’s small business proposals include ideas for reducing unnecessary occupational licensing barriers.
By Bryce Covert

If you want to be a hair stylist, first you have to get your license. In theory, that’s meant to ensure that you have the requisite skills to handle chemicals and scissors and not hurt anyone.

But the requirements for getting a stylist’s license vary significantly depending on what state you live in, from 1,000 hours of training in New York to more than double that — 2,300 hours — in Oregon. Yet it’s not doubly dangerous to be a hair stylist in one state or another.

To get the required training, most stylists have to shell out tuition at a beauty school, many of which are for-profit institutions that charge tuition rates in the tens of thousands of dollars.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is promising to try and change that.

In a slate of proposals released by the campaign on Tuesday aimed at small businesses, she vows to take on the growth of occupational licensing, which has ballooned such that more than a quarter of all workers need one to do their jobs.

Arguing that “unnecessary requirements also increase costs for everyone and stand in the way of those who are eager to start new careers or open a business,” Clinton promises to “launch a national initiative to break down unnecessary barriers to starting a company.”

That will include giving federal funding to states and localities that streamline and get rid of unnecessary licensing programs — funding meant to replace the forgone revenue governments get from licensing fees. Licenses cost workers more than $200 on average each to obtain.

Clinton would also offer technical assistance and resources to help states determine which licensing requirements are important to keep and which ones are simply unnecessary barriers. The proposal notes, however, that any state and local initiatives will only get money if they also ensure that “public health and safety” are still safeguarded.

Clinton also promises to work with states to standardize licensing requirements — so that hair stylists, for example, aren’t faced with an extra 1,300 hours of training if they live in or want to move to Massachusetts. Some jobs are licensed in some states but not others. Louisiana requires licenses for 71 out of 102 occupations, the most of any state, while Wyoming requires them for just 24.

That could make it easier for anyone who works in a licensed profession to move and continue working in their field. The proposal argues that this is particularly important for military families and spouses, who are often employed in these occupations and move frequently.

Certainly licensing in some fields makes a lot of sense for the public interest, such as for doctors, dentists, and lawyers. But other occupations’ needs are less clear, like the licensing requirements for interior designers or florists. About two-thirds of the increase in occupational licensing — up from just 5 percent in the 1950s — is due to more and more jobs adding the requirement.

Licensing requirements can serve to reduce employment in those professions, as they act as a barrier to people who can’t obtain them. But there is one clear way in which licensing can be beneficial for workers: a study found that it is associated with an 18 percent boost in wages for those in licensed professions.

The current president has already taken notice of these issues. In July of 2015 President Obama released a call to action and set of best practices for reforming occupational licensing in states, and a year later he followed that up with $7.5 million in grants.

H/T: Bryce Covert at Aviva Shen at Think Progress


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“It’s a battle of the soul of New York.” -  Bernie supporters tell us why he should win their state

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Cities with anti-LGBT laws can't host NCAA tournament events anymore
The NCAA Board of Governors voted Wednesday to require cities to prove they can provide an environment free of discrimination before they can host any event, including the men's and women's basketball Final Fours.
By Los Angeles Times

NCAA Board of Governors voted Wednesday to require cities to prove they can provide an environment free of discrimination before they can host any event, including the men’s and women’s basketball Final Fours. The move is a response to several states establishing laws that allow business owners to deny services to individuals based on sexual orientation and gender identity, the NCAA said in a statement.

“The higher education community is a diverse mix of people from different racial, ethnic, religious and sexual orientation backgrounds,” said Kirk Schulz, president of Kansas State University and chairman of the Board of Governors. “So it is important that we assure that community – including our student-athletes and fans – will always enjoy the experience of competing and watching at NCAA championships without concerns of discrimination.”


Climate change could cost the world $2 trillion over the next 14 years

Donald Trump is about to become the Republican nominee for president, a man who has described climate change as a concept “created by and for the Chinese” and “bullshit.” Meanwhile, the United Nations released research Tuesday which indicates said “bullshit” could interfere with productivity, costing the world $2 trillion over the next 14 years.

Ironically, this also coincides with the 10-year anniversary of then-senator Barack Obama‘s climate speech that changed the face of politics.

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