Category Archives: Current Events

Civics – 5 in a Series – Tracking Federal Legislation in Process with GovTrack.us

Tracking in-process legislation, especially at the Federal level, can be a bit difficult, but GovTrack.us has made it easier by listing bills in chronological order, Trending Bills in the news, and those bills of most interest to their users.  Too often we … Continue reading

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Civics – 4 in a Series – Important Civic Notification and Alerts Direct To You!

One of the best ways of staying informed of civic information is by letting that information come to you — instead of searching it out each time. This week, I focus on 3 services  that provide up-to-the moment info on … Continue reading

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Civics – 3 in a series – Keeping aware of neighborhood activities with SFV Scanner and others on Twitter

On Nextdoor I often see posts like “What is going on? Why are there helicopters overhead? Why am I hearing sirens?” and others. This is natural, as we all want to stay in touch with what is happening in our … Continue reading

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COVID19 Exposure Notifications Via iPhone Now Available! Set Up Yours Today!

I have been eagerly waiting for this since it was first announced and my good friend Daniel let me know this morning (via our family and friends Discord server) that it was finally available here in California. It is not … Continue reading

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Civics – 2 in a series – LA 311 Calls and Status from LACity.org

Looking toward the new year, I am making an effort to be more civic-minded and taking more interest in my city, country, state, and country. Today aI am highlighting the wealth of data available at data.LACity.org. This is public data … Continue reading

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More Civics in 2021

Looking toward the new year, I am making an effort to be more civic-minded and taking more interest in my city, country, state and country. Part of this involves being more aware of all the city meetings that take place … Continue reading

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Recently Purchased: Nutcracker and Hammond B3 Masks [For Sale]

Recently Purchased: Nutcracker and Hammond B3 Masks [For Sale] Available exclusively fromDouglasEWelch.com/shop/masks Also available on throw blankets, pillows, tops, tees, iPhone cases and much more! *Redbubble has discounts when purchasing multiple items and also gives 10%-20% discounts on a regular … Continue reading

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‎99% Invisible: 403- Return of the Yokai via Apple Podcasts

In the US, mascots are used to pump up crowds at sporting events, or for traumatizing generations of children at Chuck E. Cheese, but in Japan it’s different. There are mascots for towns, aquariums, dentists’ offices, even prisons. There are … Continue reading

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If you see the cops, start recording via The Verge

Police violence against people peacefully assembling in the United States is being documented across the country thanks to the combined efforts of professional journalists and anybody with a smartphone. As protests grow in all 50 states, more and more videos are … Continue reading

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‎99% Invisible: 401- The Natural Experiment via Apple Podcasts [Audio]

In general, the coronavirus shutdowns have been terrible for academic research. Trips have been canceled, labs have shut down, and long-running experiments have been interrupted. But there are some researchers for whom the shutdowns have provided a unique opportunity—a whole … Continue reading

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States Are Reopening: See How Coronavirus Cases Rise or Fall via Articles and Investigations – ProPublica

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they’re published. Many states are lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions on social and business activity that were put in place to … Continue reading

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To Be Read: Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe: From the Ancien Régime to the Present Day

At the end of the twentieth century, many believed the story of European political development had come to an end. Modern democracy began in Europe, but for hundreds of years it competed with various forms of dictatorship. Now, though, the … Continue reading

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