Refugee Crisis

Population Immigration and Refugees Walls block people, but the far more destructive edge of this sword is that walls separate people. To spend billions of dollars to try and keep out a few more people from our country, but at the cost of separating us from an entire country, is a terrible trade-off and a fool's calculus. sp Climate change is a driver of refugees and immigrants. Has America has reached a point where perpetual growth from immigration cannot realistically continue within the country’s limited space and resources?  in general: refugee boat: Law of the Journey Weiwei > Art | We will all be melting pots of each other sp | deferred action: DREAM Act | largest refugee camp: Dadaab | america: In Jackson Heights | lessons of history: Kindertransport | migration: International Organization for Migration | Rule of Law vs. Lawlessness sp | fences: Hungary | trains: The Beast |  deporting kids: East of Salinas | good samaritan: Buen Dia, Ramon | Borderland NPR | Of Mice and Men Steinbeck | Sin Nombre | The Arrival Tan | Welcome to Shelbyville Snyder |

“There’s no refugee crisis, but only human crisis… In dealing with refugees we’ve lost our very basic values.” ai weiwei



Global Trends 2030

Time Future  Has technology given us the opportunity to flourish, or to self-destruct? Why can’t we remember the future? What is emerging? What impact will it have?  in general: The best way to predict the future is to invent it. Kay | aircraft/car | digital archive of you: lifenaut | education: Houston Foresight, thefutureschannel | energy: The Future of Energy | food: The Future of Food NG | gamification: gaming the future | history: Italian Futurism Manifesto 1909 | paperless society portals: BBC Future, Matter longform journalism, paperless society, PBSK Labs editorial |  time capsules: one second per day think tanks: extremism: Challenging Extremism, quilliamfoundation |, bakas, fastfuture, Institute for Global Futures, iftf, thefuturelaboratory | atlantic council | big issues:,, | directory: | energy security: Institute for the Analysis of Global Security | European security: European Leadership Network ELN | international affairs: chathamhouse | long-term thinking: Club of Rome, futuristspeaker,, longbets, Long Now Foundation | survival of the species: Future of Humanity Institute, Future of Life Institute  books: forecasting: Global Trends 2030, Superforecasting Tetlock big ideas > Predictive | Future Science Brockman | Future Shock | Hybrid Reality Ayesha | The Competition of Ideas Weidenbaum | The Extreme Future Canton | The Revolution Will Be Digitised Brooke | The Tyranny of Dead Ideas Miller

SOURCE: International Futures Model


Rule of Law vs. Lawlessness

by scott pickard

Population Immigration Should we keep people out, or incentivize companies to invest in agricultural and manufacturing facilities that create good jobs in Mexico? sp in general: agricultural labor: Mexico | data: Migration Policy Institute | green card: roadmap | immigration reform: Obama’s 2014 Speech | management system: | trains: The Beast integration: community-building: shelbyvillemultimedia | education: Hmong Peace Academy > Education books, essays, films: Borderland NPR | Of Mice and Men Steinbeck | Sin Nombre | The Arrival Tan | The Real Story of the Superheroes Pinzón | Welcome | Welcome to Shelbyville Snyder

There are societal issues so complex and divisive among us that it is hard to know what is the right thing to do (immigration, abortion, for example). One way to approach these issues is to build our decisions upon principles that can be applied consistently:

  • If there is a law in place, then enforce the law.
  • Consistently follow through with accountability as defined by the law (this always seems to be the hardest part).
  • If it is a bad law or a law that does not match our current set of principles and what we want to do, then change the law accordingly.
  • In the meantime, don’t rationalize lawlessness as a solution because lawlessness breeds more lawlessness which undermines our framework for a safe and civil society.


Minimum Wage

While a federal bill to raise the minimum wage is stalled in congress, 29 states have a minimum wage greater than the federal rate – covering 60% of the working population. No less than 21 states raised minimum wages at the start of 2015, and more are likely to do so in the coming years.

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