FROM Susan Kennedy
The Dismal State of the State Susan Kennedy is a long-time Democrat who worked for US Senator Dianne Feinstein and former Governor Gray Davis. She created a stir in Sacramento when she signed on as Chief of Staff to Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Her official biography says she "played a key role" in developing a "visionary bipartisan brand of politics." She updates us on efforts to balance the budget and solve California's growing financial crisis.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?