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CSUSB economics professor interviewed about controversial warehouse approval in Bloomington KVCRJan. 8, 2019 Eric Nilsson, professor of economics at Cal State San Bernardino, was interviewed for an article about plans for a warehouse recently approved by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on 17 acres in unincorporated Bloomington. Residents near the site have opposed the warehouse and say the supervisors ignored their concerns of health and safety. Nilsson examined the economic impact report that the developer presented to San Bernardino County as part of the approval process, and said it’s full of errors. “The report itself is greatly flawed, it doesn't explain how it does things, it doesn't say where the data came from sometimes, it presents numbers with no justification, and but however because it generates a large number for economic impact, it undoubtedly pleased the client which is the developer. The client is not the people of San Bernardino.  Read the complete article and listen to the online audio report at “San Bernardino county supervisors ignore residents, use 'flawed' report to approve giant warehouse.”

‘Catfishing’ discussed by CSUSB psychology professor after woman caught posing as singer Chris Brown Lansing (Mich.) State Journal Jan. 8, 2019 CSUSB professor of psychology Kelly Campbell is one of the few psychologists in the country who has conducted research on catfishing, and the newspaper interviewed her for an article about a Lansing, Mich., woman who posed as R & B artist Chris Brown for seven years, doing it to attract and pursue four women who were interested in Brown. Campbell recently surveyed 1,000 people online who said they had experience catfishing or had been catfished.  Campbell found that people caught up in a deception can behave in some ways like addicts. That includes people who know they've been deceived but purposely don't bother to investigate because they enjoy attention, Campbell said.  'Catfishing is very widespread, but we don't know what percent of the population has done it or has been targeted,' Campbell said.  In 2013, Campbell wrote a blog post for Psychology Today's website that said she loved MTV's 'Catfish' show and that 'everyone is a catfish to some extent.'  These days, Campbell said, she doesn't watch the show much. She believes the easiest way to help people caught up in catfishing, or for those unwilling to stop being catfished, is to create better environments for them to be themselves.  “Be more accepting of people,' Campbell said. 'If people feel more comfortable to be who they really are in their daily lives, within their own network, that will reduce the rates.” Read the complete article at “Exposed by MTV's 'Catfish,' Lansing woman who posed as Chris Brown online wants to move on.”

Writer turns to CSUSB hate crime expert to learn more about extremists targeting Jews Tablet Jan. 8, 2019 Carly Pildis wrote that her “fears as a parent, a wife, and as a Jew, have grown since the Tree of Life shooting. I decided to begin reaching out to experts who might help synagogues grapple with these two seemingly competing needs that both have white supremacy at the root. ”Among the experts she consulted was Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. “He stressed the importance of understanding and assessing white nationalist threats,” Pildis wrote. “‘Hate crimes are up in general, hate crimes against Jews are up,’ Levin said. ‘When you have multiple mass casualty events with neo-Nazis every Jewish institution and every house of worship should undertake a threat assessment.’ For example, ‘The police department should have a blueprint of your house of worship and every house of worship in town.’ But he added that a synagogue ‘can have a threat assessment without it being done by police.’ “Levin was concerned about the state of extremism. ‘We have seen the rise of white nationalism. We have seen the mainstreaming of white nationalism. We have a coalesced racial nationalism that is taking place in the United States amidst significant political polarization, dissemination of conspiracy theories and political instability. These are all historic markers of increased anti-Semitism.’ That said, he was quick to point out that most Americans have a favorable opinion of Jews, and a majority are concerned about rising anti-Semitism. ‘Let’s not scare people,’” he cautioned. Read the complete article at “Cops don’t make all Jews feel safer.”

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