FROM I. Nelson Rose
Will Powerball 'Inspire' New Gamblers in California? Bluebird Liquors in Hawthorne sold 8000 tickets in its first five hours of business today, as California became the 43rd state in the Union to offer Powerball . The California Lottery invested big money to promote Powerball on radio and TV. "California Dreamin'" is the background music over pictures of people looking delighted as little white lottery balls drift from above, ending up with a red ball drifting into the hand of the winner of Powerball and the words "Believe in Something Bigger." Nobody asks "bigger than what…" but the California Lottery figures viewers will figure that out for themselves.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
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?