by Christina Boardman, Contributing Science Writer, IndivisibleSB
On Earth Day April 22, 2017, over one million people around the world – concerned about recent efforts to discredit science – took to the streets for the “March for Science.” Thousands marched here in Santa Barbara (see image of partial crowd). This support for science is heartening. The efforts to discredit science and scientists are not recent. Science education researchers have been concerned about growing “science denial” for many years now. Science denial is not just refusing to believe “science.” It includes a lack of trust in the process, itself. Continue reading “Science Denial Explained … using Science!”
This is an “Outside Explainer” about the 2010 uranium deal republicans are using to muddy the waters about Russian connections. It comes from the respected factchecking organization, FactCheck.org. Now that the republican-chaired House committees on Intelligence (Rep. Devin Nunes, CA-22) and Oversight (Rep. Trey Gowdy, SC-04) have opened investigations, we expect to see a lot of smoke(screen) created. The explainer outlines the history of the transaction, the regulatory hoops it went through, and some of the principals involved. Continue reading “The Truth About Uranium One”
This is an “Outside Explainer” about Money Laundering from the National Public Radio, a radio news outlet with an internet presence. The article discusses illegal money handling (it’s not as simple as you might think) and the interest the Special Counsel Robert Mueller might have in investigating it. Continue reading “Money Laundering & the Special Counsel”
This is an “Outside Explainer” on Climate Change from the New York Times, a news outlet covering events of the world. While we might wish a science topic like this to be above politics and beyond the destructive reach of the Trump administration, of course it is not. This explainer has short non-science answers to 17 good questions, including suggestions for what to do. Continue reading “Climate Change Explained”
This is an “Outside Explainer” on the U.S. Federal Debt Ceiling from NPR, a news outlet covering events of the world. There’s a 3+ minute video plus (sort of) simple answers to 9 questions at the link. For more depth plus links to other outside sources, read the text.
Continue reading “Federal Debt Ceiling Explained”
An “Outside Explainer” on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) from CNN, a news outlet covering events of the world. For the short version, watch the pesky 2 minute video at the link. For more depth plus links to other outside sources, read the text. Continue reading “DACA Explained”
An “Outside Explainer” from CNN, a cable news outlet covering events of the world. Click here for the discussion: Continue reading “Protest Group Glossary”
An “Outside Explainer” from The Guardian, a British news outlet covering events of the world. Click here for the discussion: Continue reading “Where is Guam and why is North Korea threatening it?”
By RT, IndivisibleSB Staff Writer
The term “laws” is commonly used to describe the overall system of rules enforced by society to govern behavior. When used in this sense, our laws include the rules made by Congress or other legislative bodies, e.g., state legislatures, by the executive branch through regulations, or by the courts through rulings that result in binding precedent. Continue reading “Laws vs. Regulations … and Why the Difference Matters”
by RC, IndivisibleSB Staff Writer
What exactly is an Attorney General?
The United States Attorney General (AG) is a member of the president’s Cabinet of close advisors, most of whom are termed “Secretaries” of departments. Continue reading “Who are the Attorneys General?”