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 [...]
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 [...]
It’s been two years of below-average rainfall in the Golden (Brown) State, so water supply is concerning. The snowpack is only about half of historic levels, but new water users keep coming from around the world. How will newbies wash their lowriders if water use is restricted?
Below, California Department of Water Resources hydrologists measure the [...]
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 [...]
The Lone Star state is suffering a terrible drought, and as often the case, the issue is portrayed as agriculture vs. people, which is true up to a point. But while droughts come and go (along with floods), immigration-fueled population growth is going only one way — up.
Texas has known terrible droughts, like the one [...]
Poaching by illegal aliens has been an interest of mine for years, mostly because of the ongoing damage to America’s wilderness and animals. In addition, poaching was the cause of the 2004 mass murder of six American hunters by a trespassing Hmong immigrant in Wisconsin, which showed how extreme the thieving urge can get. [...]