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Growth Bias in the Refugee Crisis Hundreds of thousands of refugees are making their way into and through Europe. Millions have fled Syria for nearby countries like Lebanon, which now reports one refugee for every four people. Many developed countries across the world are determining how many refugees they will accept over the coming years as the citizens of these countries demand action and care be taken for their fellow humans – far off neighbors that are carrying with them the burden of war and the tragedy of loss. In the comments from presidents and politicians, and the journalists covering the refugee crisis and forced diaspora out...
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One-sided Retail Progress In July, Forbes declared Denver, CO as one of the best places for businesses and careers (we covered their faulty rating system, here). One of the factors in this designation was the city’s growth. Well, today, the DenverPost gave a glimpse in to what some of that growth looks like with an article listing all of the ways one area of town is attracting people and revenue. In the article Cabela’s Continues to Spur Development on Thornton’s North Side, Megan Mitchell highlights the money, the revenues, the buildings and the people that make up the newest (and ever expanding) development in...
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Report Card for all of the Wrong Things I can’t remember a time where I read an article that had so many mentions of economic growth – and such blatant growth bias. The International Business Times covered the recent release of figures from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in their article by Lydia Tomkiw entitled Global Economic Growth 2015: US, UK, China Slowdown Expected, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Says. The source for this article, the OECD, crunches data to predict the future economic activity of developed and emerging countries and economies. The article quickly jumps from country to country letting us know where each...
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Obama: Curious Combination of Non-Denial & Denial During U.S. President Barack Obama’s recent visit to Alaska, he addressed the Glacier Conference. I’m putting the spotlight on that climate change address today, and doing so on the Wall of Shame because of the ironic juxtaposition of remarks. On the one hand, the President seems to understand the severity of the climate change problem: “…we’re here today to discuss a challenge that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other -- and that’s the urgent and growing threat of a changing climate…. Human activity is disrupting the climate, in many ways faster than we previously thought.” “…the...
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A Picture of the Battle Our planet’s population has grown dependent on a few things. Among them: Fossil fuels, unhampered growth in the economy, and the money that comes from mining and drilling. The three are intertwined like a braided rope. One strand unraveling can affect all other strands and a focus on one surely causes discussion in the others. With President Obama in Alaska right now, the news outlets are more full of climate change articles and coverage than usual. More of the scientific evidence of climate change is covering the pages and I would venture to say that more people are thinking about melting...
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