FROM Louis Alvarado
One Million Trees and the 54 Ficus More than a year ago, Mayor Villaraigosa announced his plan for a million new trees in Los Angeles. But nobody knows how many have been planted, where, or what kind they are. Meanwhile there’s a media circus over fifty-four ficus trees in downtown Santa Monica that the City Council has voted to cut down. Activists call it a “Chainsaw Massacre.” A court has issued a restraining order and tomorrow night, activists plan to show up the City Council’s regular meeting.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
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.