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Legal Immigration Explained

From reason.com’s October issue comes the graphic below depicting how one goes about becoming a U.S. citizen under the current immigration system.

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That lower left corner is kind of interesting in that, if you don’t have family in the U.S. and are neither rich nor skilled (education or sports, apparently), you’re basically out of luck since, for the garden variety green card, “the wait time approaches infinity”.

Landing on a Duck-Shaped Comet

Via this item at Vox comes the video below from the ESA (European Space Agency) that details what will be happening over the next few hours in a galaxy far, far away (no, not really on the Star Wars reference but, in human terms, it’s pretty far away).

This amazing feat can be followed at the ESA’s website and via the live stream available here.

Back in a Few…

We’re all done with travel for the year after trips to the West and to the South over the last month or so, but extending this break here at the blog seemed like a good thing to do amid all the market upheaval of late (I think crude oil will soon cost $8 a barrel again).

Renewed Interest in World Population

The story Climate change isn’t the problem. A population bomb is killing us at Marketwatch that was prompted by a new study in the journal Science that is currently making the rounds (also see The New Population Boom Could Easily Be a Dud at the WSJ) prompted a quick look at world population growth as shown below via this item at worldometers.

Recall that a few decades ago, this was the world’s number one problem, however, the recent flattening of the curve has eased those concerns substantially. The Science report argues that expectations of world population stabilizing during this century are likely wrong and that there could be more than 12 million people on the planet by 2100.

A couple of rather remarkable stats from worldometers:

  • During the 20th century, world population has grown from 1.65 billion to 6 billion.
  • In 1970, there were roughly half as many people in the world as there are now.
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