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Over two dozen scientists have proposed a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border that we should start building right now.

Donald Trump’s promise to build a wall across the U.S.-Mexico border is one of the most grandiose and unnecessary policies ever pursued in U.S. history for seven simple reasons:

1. The population of undocumented people living in the U.S. is at its lowest point in a decade.

2. In 2017, the number of illegal border crossings is at a 46-year low.


3. Over 40% of people who come to the U.S. illegally do so via airplane.

4. Most unauthorized immigrants came here legally and overstay their visas.

5. Most drugs that enter the country don’t come across the southern border.

6. It’s a ridiculous waste of taxpayer dollars.

7. Undocumented immigrants actually cause less crime than native-born Americans.

Facts be damned, Trump’s supporters are in love with the idea of walling ourselves off from our neighbor to the south.

So a consortium of 28 engineers from a dozen universities have come up with a genius idea that satisfies their fiendish desire for a wall while making a huge commitment to alternative energy.

The engineers devised a plan to create a 2,000-mile long industrial park on the border that would include desalination facilities, solar energy panels, wind turbines, and natural gas pipelines.

The park would require heavy security that can do double duty making sure that nobody crosses the border with a pocket full of weed.

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According to a white paper released by the group, the border is an ideal location for generating alternative energy. “Given that most of the southern border lies in arid or semi-arid regions having high solar irradiation and wind, an energy park along the border is both feasible and desirable,” the paper reads.

The amount of solar energy production would be staggering.

The white paper estimates that a solar park along the entire border would produce the same amount of energy as the the hydropower production along the U.S.-Canada border and approximately the same amount that would be generated by a nuclear plant.

The eco-friendly wall would also create jobs and help foster cooperation between the two nations instead of division. It will also help bring together Americans of all political stripes for positive change.

“Democrats want a Green New Deal. Republicans want border security,” Luciano Castillo, a professor of energy and power at Purdue University who leads the group, told Scientific American. “Both parties could win. It could be a win–win for the U.S. and Mexico, too. This idea could spark a completely new conversation about the border. And we need that.”

The team has presented the plan to three U.S. representatives and one senator.

Photo: Jason DeCrow for United Nations Foundation

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The music video for "Runaway Train" was played all around the world and to the target audience that would most likely recognize the faces. It should come as no surprise, then, that the video helped to bring home 21 missing children. What is surprising, is that the band had to push to keep the pictures of the missing kids in the music video because people didn't think it was working.

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Hardy confronted Mayor Pam Triolo and City Manager Michael Bornstein, who he said refused to call an emergency meeting last week, per Hardy's repeated requests, to discuss issues coming about from the coronavirus crisis. And he let his frustrations show.

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'Take care of yourself first. When you take care of yourself, you can take care of your kid.'

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Becoming a single mom isn't easy, especially if it's unexpected and you feel wholly unprepared. Recently, a newly single mom posted a tearful plea on TikTok asking for advice on how to navigate her new life. But she wasn't without advice long, "TikTok Bubbie" stitched the video and responded explaining how she survived as an unexpectedly single mom in 1989.

The video was sweet and full of inspiration for single parents starting their journey. In the beginning of the video she explained that her ex-husband left her when her son was 4 years old and took all the money out of the bank account. Being suddenly single caused her to have to give up her acting career.

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