CAPS Blog - Maria Fotopoulos

Imported High-Tech ‘Talent’ U.S. Could Live Without

There’s been a lot of blah, blah, blah about what a shame it is that America is turning away so much foreign talent. This then is “backed up” with the idea that native-born Americans just don’t seem smart enough or “innovative” enough to lead the businesses of tomorrow. This meme is often repeated in reference to the high-tech world and Silicon Valley. Well, there’s some high-tech foreign “...

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CAPS Says ‘Save Our States’

News in recent weeks has been dominated by the Ebola virus and fundamentalist terrorists claiming Islam and barbarism as their own (what a combination!), so our continuing immigration dysfunction in the U.S. and our unsecured borders haven’t been much in the news. But, Hello, the problem still is here. In fact, with Ebola and ISIS, one would think mainstream media would be a little more attuned...

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Ebola and Borders

In 1995, Richard Preston’s “The Hot Zone” was published. The New York Times No. 1 Bestseller chronicles some of the lethal “hot viruses” that have emerged out of Africa, including Ebola which was first identified in 1976. Preston’s writing on the viruses was vivid, compelling, riveting and horrifying – the story “stuck” with me since reading the book when it was first printed. In the opening...

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New Projections Blow Past Previous Estimates of World Population Stabilization in This Century

As a writer working to educate about human overpopulation, it’s easy to get discouraged. Why? While there are success stories, the bad news often seems overwhelming. Just this month, for instance, reliable new population projections indicate that – contrary to previous projections – world population likely will not stabilize this century. The new analysis, based on 2012 data, points to an 80...

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Today is World Elephant Day

Today is World Elephant Day. Sunday was World Lion Day. Frankly, every day could be given over to recognizing an animal, because we must do more to build awareness of what man is doing worldwide to destroy our rich biodiversity. Simultaneously, we must work to stop more losses and then reverse the trends. As Leon Kolankiewicz, wildlife biologist, and environmental scientist and planner, writes...

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Enough is Enough – More than 300 Protests Scheduled for Weekend

After years of failure to enforce U.S. immigration laws and, under President Obama, weakening of immigration laws through executive orders, the border surge of tens of thousands of children, teens and moms from Central America maybe shouldn’t be that much of a surprise. When you advertise you’re open for business – and incentivize your customers – they will come. What is surprising – and...

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Rhyming or Repeating, History Lessons May be Lost

Today is the 100th anniversary of what’s considered the start of WWI. On this date, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, was visiting Sarajevo, the Austro-Hungarian province of Bosnia-Herzegovina, with his wife, Duchess Sophie. As in future years, Sarajevo in 1914 was a trouble spot, and the cauldron was heating up against foreign...

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Tech Support

Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen may not have the name recognition that, say, a Mark Zuckerberg does, but she may wield even more power than he does. While dropping fashion names – Alexander McQueen, Fendi and Tiffany – for Laura’s attire, as would be expected in a fashion magazine, a recent Vogue feature by Jacob Weisberg took more notice of her role in Silicon Valley as the guru of giving, guiding...

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Another Major Company Leaves California

In what looks like a page out of Nissan’s playbook, another automaker, Toyota, is picking up stakes in the South Bay, part of the greater Los Angeles area, and taking its U.S. headquarters to Texas.  Toyota is the world’s largest automaker and the eighth largest company. This means the direct loss of a total of some 3,000 jobs in Torrance, California, by 2017 when the relocation is expected...

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CAPS Ad Running through Earth Day IDs Source of Calif. Population Growth

Almost all of California’s population growth in the last decade has been from mass immigration and births to immigrants. This statistic is being called out in a new ad from CAPS that’s running through Earth Day, April 22, in several California markets, and it’s one that’s likely to draw controversy. In a functioning Democracy, it’s essential that the citizens have the ability to determine the...

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