Why is This Population Pyramid So Weird?

Killing Women or Importing Men? | Musings from the Chiefio.

After seeing the really skewed population pyramids of a couple Gulf States in class presentations this morning, I was really curious about why they were so not-normal.   So I Googled it.  According to this blog, its “Guest Workers”, or temporary immigrants, that are causing the spike in working-age men.

Betting its not a very nice life, since its mostly men, with no family in the country.  And the family back home in India, or Pakistan, or the Philippines is probably not happy either, except that they’re getting a little money from the remittances sent home to them.

How to Get a Job at Google – NYTimes.com

How to Get a Job at Google – NYTimes.com.

For all my Pre-AP kids – go read it.

Wolves, Yellowstone, and the Geography of Rivers

How the reintroduction of wolves changed Yellowstone for the better.

BBC News – Chicago goes to war with Asian carp


BBC News – Chicago goes to war with Asian carp.

These fish were imported decades ago to control algae in sewage treatment ponds.  After escaping, they have spread up the Mississippi River, displacing native species.  Now they threaten the Great Lakes.

How?, you might ask, since there is no natural connection between the US’ largest river and the lakes which hold 20% of the world’s fresh water?  Why the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, of course!

Completed in 1900, the canal is the only link (via the Des Plaines River) between the lakes and the Mississippi.  It diverted Chicago’s sewage from the lakes (where they got their drinking water) to the river, which carried it away from the city.

The Canal is a vital link in the transportation system in the US, allowing goods from all over the world to move freely between the lakes and the river.  Proposals to close the canal to prevent the carp from invading the lakes are on the table, but

…from an economic standpoint it will affect shipping that folks in the UK and other parts of the world might rely on to get their goods and services here because they are going to cost more to transport.”

How to keep the lakes carp free?  There are no easy answers.  Closing the canal would result in higher transport costs for too many people, while another invasive species in the Great Lakes is seen as the cost of globalization.

BBC News – France’s unwanted Roma

Some think the prospects for France’s Roma immigrants could improve with the end of the “transition regime” that restricted access to jobs for Romanian and Bulgarian citizens.

As of 1 January, they have no longer needed a residency permit to work in France.

But the policies that give rise to the cycle of evictions and deportations remain in place

via BBC News – France’s unwanted Roma.

What the heck is lake-effect snow?


Scijinks :: What is lake-effect snow?.

Downwind of large lakes, cities can suffer from huge snowfall due to the “lake-effect snow.”

Will Googoosha Be Uzbekistan’s Next Dictator?

Will Googoosha Be Uzbekistan’s Next Dictator? – Bloomberg.

More here

and here

and Here

Most recent here and here is some scary stuff

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