Wednesday, March 22, 2017, the DC Environmental Film Festival held a program “Nuclear Power Play” at the Carnegie Science Center. There were two short films, “Nuclear Winter” and “Triad” and “City 40”. The panel included Kit Roane (Retro Report), Dan Sagayin, and Samira Goetsche.
Generally, there was concern expressed that the US and Russia, following the Soviet Union, tend to make it more plausible that they could use nuclear weapons if they maintain the hardware. There was concern over making rogue states and non-state actors believe “everybody wants some”.
4 Question from the audience about the character of scientists
The Cato Institute held a two-part panel today, “Populism and Nationalism in the Trump Era”, link heregives the names of the speakers.
There was a presentation of a report “Stranger in my own Country: Populism and Nativism in America”.The report had surveyed people near Pittsburgh and in Wilmington NC.There is a general impression that Trump voters did feel left out in today’s world, and were inhibited from speaking their minds about old-fashioned values, which they see as local and related to faith and not as intrinsically hateful or discriminatory.The subject of political correctness, identity politics, and campus speech codes came up.
There was criticism of the extreme vetting and immigration suspensions being discussed now, as not likely to improve real security.
Some survey respondents felt that Muslim immigrants did work hard but did not seem as interested in assimilating culturally as maybe was the case the past.
There was also mention of the danger of neglecting any working population too long;history has shown that this can invite fascism and dictatorship.
In the reception afterward, I heard an account that refugee assimilation in Germany had generally gone well with few problems for hosts or volunteers, which contradicts other reports I had heard in September.
(Posted: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 11:15 PM EST)
Today I attended a Cato book forum, about “Men Without Work: America’s Invisible Crisis”, by Nicholas Eberstadt, from Templeton Press, from the American Enterprise Institute.
Davd Bier also spoke, about how immigrant males compare in workforce participation compared to naturally-born Americans.
Men with less education, and especially black men, and especially also men with some law enforcement problems, have shown a steady decline in employment, up to about 25% non-participation. The decline has been consistent during economic recoveries as well as declines (2008).
These are men who do not even look for work, but “watch”, on electronic devices, as if doing so were a fake job. Some live at home with parents as adults. They tend not to participate in childcare or volunteer work or chores. They seem lazy.
Immigrant men do not show this problem as much. Immigrant men (despite the “Trojan horse” issue) have lower crime rates than native men. Men who are married with children are much less likely to remain idle. The lecture did not address same-sex marriage, but presumably a male couple with children to raise would perform similarly to traditional couples. Immigrant men are more likely to be married with kids and follow conventional gender roles more than native men.
Immigrant men are also more able to move around geographically, but this could mean lower home ownership rates. In higher paying tech jobs, I would think that single men would be more geographically mobile. When education level improves, the performance of single men starts to compare much better with married men.
(Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 12:30 AM EST)
The following is sample of the Q and A from a session Sunday, April 24, 2016 in the auditorium at Founder’s Hall at the Law School of George Mason University in Arlington VA, maybe 70 people in attendance.
The first film was a short “One Story of Basketball: War and Peace” about a Phoenix Suns player emigrated from Ukraine.
The second was about young classical pianists, “Pianino for Peace”, by Max Rydow, about to enter college, who did QA with other filmmakers.
The following is some excerpts from the QA of producer Mark Weber of the film “Poverty, Inc.” (2014), shown Monday, April 4, 2016 at the Cato Institute in Washington DC.
The film takes the position that conventional foreign aid programs typically destroy incentives of local businesses and farms overases to produce for themselves, and that what people in other countries need is stable government, “rule of law”, and infrastructure. A complete review is here.
Here are three excerpts
(Published: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 11:15 PM EDT)
Ellie Hassenfeld discusses “Give Well” for Harvard Effective Altruism
Here are some videos of the QA for the film “Containment” by Peter Galison and Robb Moss, shown as part of the DC Environmental Film Festival in the Communications school auditorium, 2nd floor, at American University in Washington DC, March 25, 2016.
The film deals with the storage of nuclear waster (main review).
On Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, a group called “Street Sense” held a second session of “Cinema of the Street”, produced by Bryan Bello, with two forty minute films made as video diaries by homeless women.
The first film was “Raise to Rise” by Sasha Williams, and the second was “Who Should I Be Grateful to” by Cynthia Mewborn.