Friday, 4 September 2015

The refugee crisis that isn't and other news and views

The Refugee Crisis That Isn't - This "wave of people" is more like a trickle when considered against the pool that must absorb it. The European Union's population is roughly 500 million. The latest estimate of the numbers of people using irregular means to enter Europe this year via the Mediterranean or the Balkans is approximately 340,000. In other words, the influx this year is only 0.068 percent of the EU's population. Considering the EU's wealth and advanced economy, it is hard to argue that Europe lacks the means to absorb these newcomers. To put this in perspective, the U.S., with a population of 320 million, has some 11 million undocumented immigrants. They make up about 3.5 percent of the U.S. population. The EU, by contrast, had between 1.9 and 3.8 million undocumented immigrants in 2008 (the latest available figures), or less than one percent of its population

Streetwise - Cities are starting to put pedestrians and cyclists before motorists. That makes them nicer—and healthier—to live in


President Obama Is the Anti-Lame Duck

TV News Coverage Of Economic Issues Rose In First Half Of 2015 - Broadcast and cable media discussion about the social consequences of economic inequality picked up noticably in April and May, as networks began doing in-depth reporting on the root causes of the civil unrest that occurred in Baltimore following the death of Freddy Gray, an unarmed man who died in police custody. ... Only 3% of guests invited to talk about economic news were economists, and less than a third were women.

Venice Film Review: ‘Spotlight’ - Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams play the Boston Globe journalists who shook the Catholic Church to its core in Tom McCarthy's measured and meticulous ensemble drama.


The Fox News Primary For August: Trump's Feud With Fox Only Widens His Airtime Lead

The Nation’s Most Populous State Just Voted To Divest From Coal - The California Assembly passed a bill Wednesday that prompts the state’s public employee pension funds to divest from coal. ... The bill now heads to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. The governor has been vocal about the need to act on climate change — he said in June that, when talking about climate action, “we are talking about extinction. We are talking about climate regimes that have not been seen for tens of millions of years. We’re not there yet, but we’re on our way.” The governor is expected to sign the divestment bill.
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