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September 25, 2016 Vol. 9 No. 3
AND ALL THEY WILL CALL YOU WILL BE “DEPORTEE”
This Week’s Theme Music: Plane Wreck At Los Gatos Canyon
Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, here is a headline which ~ like others I’ve read recently ~ reinforces what I’ve suspected all along. Immigrants Aren’t Taking Americans’ Jobs, New Study Finds
This belief that immigrants ~ legal or otherwise ~ are depriving American citizens of rightful and gainful employment has been a cornerstone of a persistent fear many seem to have of outsiders, regardless of where we live. So often, we just do not know how new people are going to impact our lives and we fill the information vacuum with an imagination flavored by fear.
I think this labor displacement myth is also rooted in something that may have once been true and perhaps still is to a certain extent. That comes, however, with a caveat. If there is some truth to the myth, it is not the fault of immigrants but of the local labor force for refusing to do certain kinds of work at certain rates of pay.
I’ve done a little of that, including two seasons in hops and one in grapes; dishwasher and bus boy at a pizza parlor; door to door flyer distributor; and green chair puller in a lumber mill. I worked with immigrants on all those jobs.
For me, it was filling in between preferred employment opportunities. For them, however, it was a place to start a new life in a new land. It was an opportunity not deliberately created for them and it was certainly not the result of any campaigns by an alien population to deprive anyone who wanted to work of the right or the opportunity to do so.
If we’re going to continue blame our nation’s problems on factors other than our own personal choices, it should come as some comfort to all concerned that we can at least take this one off the list.
Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.
This Week’s Theme Music: Plane Wreck At Los Gatos Canyon
This is good news. Wildlife Park Offers New Home To “World’s Saddest” Polar Bear Trapped In Chinese Mall
No one who ever watched HAL talk to Dave in Space Odyssey 2001 wants to see this happen. U.S. Signals Backing For Self-Driving Cars
If this is a normal American kid, we are a lot deeper in the Big Muddy than we thought. Friends Say Minnesota Attacker Was ‘Normal American Kid’
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FROM OUR EUROPEAN DESK
FARM FOLLOWS FICTION & FLAX HOUSES
Being on dacha the other day in the suburbs of Lviv inspired a few thoughts about architecture and contrasting the past with some of the modern monstrosities of today.
This trend towards monumentalism happened not only in the Soviet Union of my youth but in other countries with a trend to high rises of glass and metal, making people perceiving themselves small and irrelevant surrounded by grey gloomy walls.
I think these feelings of inhumanity were reflected in many Hollywood films. In my opinion, people like superheroes such as Spiderman or Batman because they get human power back among dark towers. That idea came to me watching, recently, “Ghostbusters,” with the huge figure of Marshmallow Man again trying to be the same size as the buildings of New York City. Surely, one day, someone will make a psychological study of this.
In this line, “Farm Follows Fiction” winner of Architecture 2030 Challenge was doing a very good job making a New York icon a nicer place to be
Today, urbanization and globalization are changing our cities and the people who live in them. There is a dramatic need to begin to recognize these changes. Definitely modern architects have to step back and really decide, first, how to best use the rich inheritance of previous eras; and second, what priorities are for future generations.
The photo I took for my column this week is a century old hut and despite the age, it feels good to look at it and it is so easy to reuse this material for new built. Wood is my favorites but it’s nice to find out what also can be used for eco building: The Unique Technology Of Eco Flax Houses Developed By Scientists From Brest (Belarus)
Looking through interior and design magazines, the most recognizable trend at the moment is “green pill,” which combines nature with urban life. Their design principles are oriented around basic human needs, including communal areas, humanistic scale of building, lots of greenery and good air.
Luckily you already live in a place like that, Mishka. Enjoy my cousin. That’s it for this week.
Where has one of North America’s foremost travel photojournalists and writers been lately and who or what has he been shooting? One Day In Newport, Rhode Island
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FROM RUSSIA, WITH LOVE
Until recently, we curated most of our hard news from the BBC, Canada.com, the New York Times, Sightline Daily and occasionally from the China Daily and the Moscow Times. We subsequently visited several Russian news sites tracking down stories on FaceBook and found them to be remarkably uncensored, extremely well executed and refreshingly free of bias. Our European editor, Olya Bereza, grew up in the former Soviet Union and now lives in Ukraine. So for awhile, we want to present news about Russia and the world from a “Russian perspective.” I firmly believe that while our governments may not get along, we ~ as Americans and Russians ~ could become quite good friends. RM/EIC
OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED
This, to me, is very creepy. In A Lab In Poland, Plastic That Can Crawl
This is fascinating. Modern Technology Unlocks Secrets of a Damaged Biblical Scroll
As anxious as this might make us, this is information we really need to know. Interactive Graphic: How Many Times Has Your Personal Information Been Exposed to Hackers?
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