Civil Eats, Dec. 10, 2018
Already a Climate Change Leader, California Takes on Food Waste
One contributor to the food-to-energy project is the University of California campus in Irvine. Anne Krieghoff, who oversees a cafeteria sustainability program there, says participating in the anaerobic digester program has transformed the school’s approach to buying food and disposing of waste. U.C. Irvine sends some 900 tons of food scraps to the digester each year, and while Krieghoff is proud of that number, she’s also working to reduce the volume of scraps thrown away.
The New York Times, Dec. 8, 2018
What These Medical Journals Don’t Reveal: Top Doctors’ Ties to Industry
“The system is broken,” said Dr. Mehraneh Dorna Jafari, an assistant professor of surgery at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. She and her colleagues published a study in August that found that, of the 100 doctors who received the most compensation from device makers in 2015, conflicts were disclosed in only 37 percent of the articles published in the next year. “The journals aren’t checking and the rules are different for every single thing.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]
Associated Press, Dec. 8, 2018
Whether a president can be prosecuted remains in dispute
“There is a plausible case against the president,” said Rick Hasen, a professor who specializes in election and campaign finance law at the University of California at Irvine. … Hasen said Trump’s lawyers could argue Trump didn’t have willfulness to break the law if the payments were completely personal and not connected to the campaign, despite their timing. Some legal experts have also argued that hush-money payments to keep people silent about their affairs are inherently personal, though Hasen said he didn’t agree with that argument.
The Atlantic, Dec. 9, 2018
The Death of Democracy in Hong Kong
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor’s Professor of History writes, “I was lamenting the slow death of Hong Kong, or rather of a particular Hong Kong. A Hong Kong that was supposed to be able to enjoy a variety of distinctive freedoms relating to speech and assembly for 50 years after becoming integrated into the People’s Republic of China under the terms of a “one country, two systems” arrangement.
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