Switzerland has national referenda, in which the citizens vote their preferences about important issues facing the nation. The process has provided an interesting look at Swiss beliefs about immigration. In 2010 the Swiss voted for automatic deportation for foreign criminals. In 2009, voters approved a measure to ban minarets. In February of this year, the [...]
The Los Angeles Times had an interesting front page graphic on Wednesday, showing that Beijing’s air pollution is many times that of the famously smoggy City of the Angels.
The chart goes with a news article about the struggle of Chinese people to convince their government to tackle cleaning up their nation’s air, a hugely expensive [...]
Here in northern California, local TV news has a lot of coverage about the water shortage, which I don’t remember happening during previous droughts. So the situation is bad, with millions more people using water when there is less of it.
True, most of the water supply goes to agriculture, not home faucets, but the farms [...]
The failing economy of the once-Golden State has perked up enough to start drawing newbies once again, with more than 300,000 new residents in the last year. California had unemployment over 10 percent for four years, so October’s 8.7 percent joblessness indicates the uptick that is so attractive to outsiders.
In San Francisco, the tech industry [...]
Water supply in California is such a serious issue that even journalists report on it.
Of course, scribblers describe the problem in terms of supply only (rainfall, reservoir levels and snowpack), never the growing demand (immigration-fueled population growth).
In recent decades, following a bad state-wide drought in the mid 1970s, Los Angeles installed millions of water-conserving toilets [...]
West of the Mississippi, water supply is a problem. (Check out the Drought Monitor map, updated weekly, to see the current state of dryness which is concentrated in the west, not the east.)
California is overpopulated at 38 million residents, and several years of sub-average rainfall have added to the stress on water supply. The majority [...]
The Swiss have made good use of their national referendum process to fight against the unwanted diversity of unfriendly Muslim immigrants. Although Switzerland is required by the borderless EU superstate to accept any Europe resident who plops down in residence, the Swiss have cleverly worked the edges in earlier efforts.
In 2009, for example, the citizens [...]
Physicist and Professor Albert Bartlett was responsible for instructing many thousands of Americans about the indisputable connection between population growth and resource use. His true genius was the ability to take wonky math facts and make them clear and even interesting regarding explosive human growth on earth.
Prof Bartlett practiced his signature speech a lot, giving [...]
Here in northern California, every local TV newscast over the last couple weeks has been filled with depressing footage of the huge Rim Fire burning near Yosemite, and in recent days the park itself has been breached.
Now we are learning that the fire was likely started by marijuana growers and that means Mexican cartels may [...]
At 38 million residents, California is overpopulated from a water supply standpoint. Any normal reduction of rainfall for several years is now a source of concern that rationing is likely to follow. The state has had two years of sub-normal rain which puts a strain on water supply for drinkers, farmers and fishermen. Plus, long [...]
The big suits in Washington are currently licking their chops in anticipation of passing a monstrous immigration bill that would increase US population by tens of millions over the next decade. Jamming in a Canada-sized bunch of new shoppers should goose up the GDP pretty good, business types agree!
Meanwhile out in the country, the inconvenient [...]
Among elites in Washington, population growth of any kind, even of stubbornly retro third-worlders, is preferable to a sustainable society. The reason is simple: expanding population causes GNP to rise, which looks good, even as per capita income of the citizens decreases. The idea of the country being full never occurs.
Yet even without a strong [...]