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Marketplace, Sept. 15, 2015
Political campaigns fav donations via Twitter
But will the people who pontificate online actually pay up, or will they stick to being so-called “slacktivists”? Mimi Ito, a cultural anthropologist at the University of California, Irvine, defines “slacktivism” as “the sense that if you just like something or share something [on social media] you’re contributing, but not really making a big difference.”

The Atlantic, Sept. 15, 2015
Breyer v. Colbert
U.S. Supreme Court justices don’t typically appear on late-night TV …. That could change, however. UC Irvine law professor Rick Hasen provided some interesting data about their public appearances in a recent study.

The Nation, Sept. 15, 2015
Shouting back at Donald Trump
It’s impossible to know whether Trump is bandying about birthright citizenship as a piece of policy or performance, but, Louis DeSipio, [professor of political science at University of California, Irvine] said, “Trump has found an issue that very much resonates with voters – at least those in Iowa and New Hampshire and South Carolina, and more importantly, with the people who are coming to rallies six months before the primaries.”

Vox, Sept. 16, 2015
Saudi Arabia squandered its groundwater and agriculture collapsed. California, take note.
Earlier this year, researchers from the University of California Irvine used data from NASA satellites to measure the rate of groundwater depletion around the world. They found that a number of key freshwater aquifers were drained between 2003 and 2013 much faster than they could be recharged.

The Nation, Sept. 16, 2015
Minimum wage dilemma
Studies done by David Neumark of the University of California, Irvine and William Wascher of the Federal Reserve … point out that poorly worked out raises in the minimum wage can result in significant job losses.