Category Archives: Civilization

Cities Are Getting Smarter

It seems to me…. “Smart cities are those who manage their resources efficiently. Traffic, public services, and disaster response should be operated intelligently in order to minimize costs, reduce carbon emissions, and increase performance.” ~ Eduardo Paes[1]. Challenges facing local … Continue reading

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Survival Limitations

It seems to me… “This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends Not with a bang but a whimper.” ~ T. S. Eliot (The Hollow Men). Everyone … Continue reading

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Crime And Punishment

It seems to me…. “Money will determine whether the accused goes to prison or walks out of the courtroom a free man.” ~ Johnnie Cochran[1]. Prison population reduction needs to become a major U.S. priority. The federal prison system, especially, … Continue reading

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Habitat III

It seems to me…. “A considerable share of the world’s population still cannot afford comfortable housing, education, and quality health care.” ~ Vladimir Putin[1]. Habitat III, formally known as the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, is … Continue reading

Posted in British Columbia, Cities, Climate, Conference, Economy, Ecuador, Education, Environment, Greenhouse, Habitat III, Health, Housing, Istanbul, Nation, Paris, Poverty, Quito, Vancouver | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

A Hungry World

It seems to me… “Yet food is something that is taken for granted by most world leaders despite the fact that more than half of the population of the world is hungry.” ~ Norman Borlaug. It has been quite a … Continue reading

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Resolving National Conflicts

It seems to me… “Geography is destiny.” ~ Abraham Verghese (Cutting for Stone). While the major world powers believe they have the prerogative to arbitrarily change national borders or create nations without objection from those living in the areas affected; … Continue reading

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Weapon Legislation Failure

It seems to me… “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”  ~ Wayne LaPierre, NRA Vice-President. Congress had an opportunity to act responsibly and pass limited gun-related legislation – … Continue reading

Posted in Assault, Civilization, Congress, Control, Crime, Firearm, Gun, Homicides, Homicides, Incidents, National Rifle Association, NRA, Rule of Law, Self-Defense, Violence, Violence, Wayne LaPierre, Weapon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments