Crowded Stopped traffic on I-35 in Austin, Texas. (Copyright © 2015 by Wil C. Fry.) I’ve tried — and ultimately failed — to avoid the conclusion that humanity’s greatest threat is the increasing numbers of humans. The latest UN report says that global population growth is slowing, but will still approach 10 billion by 2050[…]
Home Sweet Home A “house” on Oliver Street in Seminole, Oklahoma, that would more properly be called a “shack”. During my nine years in Seminole, I met multiple people who lived in homes just like this, because they couldn’t afford to fix them up and couldn’t afford to move elsewhere. They couldn’t even afford to[…]
Wealth inequality in Europe and the U.S., 1810-2010 (Source — .pdf, 1.2MB) The more I learn about wealth and income inequality, the more I realize I didn’t know — and still don’t know — and the more it’s obvious that many other people don’t know. Rampant confusion reigns. In my observation, most laypersons don’t understand[…]
While working on a much longer entry about wealth and income inequality, I came upon a question that I couldn’t answer: how did it begin?
A house in rural Oklahoma (Copyright © 2007 by Wil C. Fry.) Many people are uncomfortable with hypothetical ethical dilemmas (some examples). I’ve run into a few people who haven’t heard the term, and others who were first made aware of the idea in high school. I first heard of them in fifth grade, when[…]
Yesterday, I cited the World Values Survey, which included many questions other than the ones I mentioned. One of the others was “Which of the following problems you consider the most serious one for the world as a whole?” One of the nicer neighborhoods we saw in Belize (Copyright © 2006 by Wil C. Fry.)[…]
An empty house near Bowlegs, Oklahoma (Copyright © 2006 by Wil C. Fry.) Someone I know posted on Facebook recently a photo of a guy holding a sign that read: “In the U.S., vacant houses outnumber homeless people.” (Yes, the cardboard sign actually had correct punctuation and spelling.) The link under the image was to[…]
Maybe you’re aware that more cities in the U.S. are banning or restricting feeding the homeless. Certainly you heard about last week’s crackdown in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., in which police issued citations to at least three people (two priests and a 90-year-old man) for breaking their new law. I tweeted about the last one a[…]
Money (Copyright © 2006 by Wil C. Fry. Some rights reserved.) On Facebook, my sister linked to a cartoon series that insinuated we U.S.ians are the “top 1%”, after quoting Jesus from Matthew 19:23-24 (rich folks and a camel through the eye of a needle). So I looked it up (the cartoon didn’t list[…]
A 25-year study by Johns Hopkins researchers, which I found via NPR, tracked nearly 800 children from first grade into their late 20s, originally trying to “better understand how early home life helped some children successfully acclimate to first grade”, but eventually learning how it affected their entire lives. The results aren’t happy-making.