CAPS Blog - Maria Fotopoulos

Give Pause to Consider All Wildlife on World Lion Day

Since the story broke of Walter Palmer, who lured Cecil the lion out of a protected park in Zimbabwe, shot him with an arrow and, after a grueling 40 hours for Cecil, finally killed this rare and magnificent animal, one wonders. As the Minnesota dentist hides out, has this so-called trophy hunter gained any insight into the state of the natural world and his contributions to its demise? And not...

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Is Disney the Evil Empire, or Just One of Many?

After negative media and public sentiment towards Disney following layoff announcements in May 2015 and October 2014 – wherein employees, to obtain their exit packages, had to train their foreign replacements – last month the company reversed its May announcement, and the foreign replacements brought in for training disappeared from the workplace. The change of decision no doubt was...

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California Coast Trip Shows Drought Impacts

Very little evidence of drought is visible in my five-mile radius on the West side of Los Angeles and Santa Monica. I see no purging of grass; lawns are green and flowers copious. There’s the occasional drought-tolerant front yard covered with native plants and wood chips, but that definitely is the exception for condo and apartment buildings and the neighborhoods of multi-million dollar...

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California Adds Nearly 360,000 People to the State

Numbers and math very much govern our daily lives. What’s the temperature outside today? That “number” determines our choice to wear a tank top, shorts and thongs, or a wool sweater. While EV drivers are notorious for how closely they monitor their onboard gauges (numbers) to maximize their battery power, most of the rest of us don’t get on the road without checking to see if our gasoline level...

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Birth Control Pill Founder Carl Djerassi Understood Politics Would Take Greater Role in Family Planning than Science

A CAPS Advisory Board member, chemist and professor widely credited as the father of the birth control pill, or “the Pill,” Carl Djerassi, died January 30 at age 91. Born in Vienna, Djerassi and his mother came to the United States in 1939, nearly destitute; Carl’s father emigrated 10 years later. After earning a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Djerassi was a professor of...

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State of the Union

“The state of the Union is strong,” President Obama told the nation last night. Depending on your personal situation, how extensively you follow what’s happening in the world and your level of respect for power and authority, you may believe that. Most certainly after six years in office, the President wants to have a good story to tell, so being able to cherry pick the data used to tell that...

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Global Instability Will Continue to Drive Immigration in 2015

As we celebrated the world over, welcoming in 2015, a cargo ship, apparently abandoned by crew, was on a crash course to the Italian coast with nearly 800 people, presumed to be illegal migrants. Early reports as to the actual situation were confusing, but it appears those being smuggled were Kurds and Syrians. After the smuggler crew fled, the Italian Navy – not without challenges – was able to...

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CAPS Crowdifornia Student Video Competition Has Top Prize of $5,000

Students across the country have the opportunity to use their video production, research, storytelling and other creative skills to win the top prize of $5,000 when they enter the CAPS Crowdifornia video competition, which is now underway. The second-place winner will receive $2,500, and three runner-ups will each receive an iPhone 6. Please share this with students in your family, students you...

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Latest Reality Check: Still Only One Habitable Planet – Better Caregiving Needed

Physicist Stephen Hawking recently said, “I think the human race has no future if it doesn’t go into space.” Moving off planet must to be part of the “long-term strategy,” Hawking believes, if Homo sapiens is to survive for another million years. Christopher Nolan’s year-end blockbuster, “Interstellar,” expands on this idea in 165 minutes of outstanding storytelling and filmmaking, as it moves...

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Celebrating Responsible Men and Giving Them their Voice in Family Planning

In Iran, men wanting vasectomies won’t have access, now that the government has banned surgical, permanent birth control methods, and any “violators” will be punished. Assaults such as this continue worldwide on basic rights surrounding reproductive health, so any activities that can act as a counterweight are needed, welcomed and should be supported. One welcome response is World Vasectomy Day...

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