Category Archives: Civilization

An Existential Risk

It seems to me…. “In the history of the world, all five mass extinctions have been accompanied by massive climate change, so we are facing an incredibly serious threat. In fact, we are technically in the sixth mass extinction right … Continue reading

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The Need To Increase Immigration

It seems to me…. “It would be unwise for the modern Republican Party to come across as hostile to immigration. That has been the losing position in American history for 200 years.” ~ Grover Norquist[1]. There frequently is a stronger … Continue reading

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National Extremism

It seems to me…. “A people inspired by democracy, human rights and economic opportunity will turn their back decisively against extremism.” ~ Benazir Bhutto[1]. The pendulum of extremism – economic, political, sensuality, artistic… – has always oscillated with metronomic regularity … Continue reading

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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

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