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  • How to Eliminate Almost Every Federal Agency: Here's the List.

    08/15/2014 4:19:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    National Journal ^ | 08/14/2014 | JASON PLAUTZ
    This week, the Heartland Institute offered up a modest proposal: Eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency's 15,000-person staff, move the headquarters from Washington to Topeka, Kan., and reload it with 300 state delegates. The policy brief from the libertarian think tank that promotes climate skepticism—written by Heartland science director Jay Lehr—is something of a dream scenario for tea partiers and other conservatives, who would like a smaller government and a chance to wipe clean EPA's federal regulations. Lehr writes that "incremental reform of EPA is simply not an option," hence his proposal for a "Committee of the Whole" made up of...
  • The Government Agency that Supposedly Deports Illegal Aliens Is About to Run Out Of Money

    07/11/2014 6:53:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 7/11/14 | Bryan Preston
    Who even knows what’s true anymore? The same administration that is watching 57,000 kids just stroll across the border, while claiming that the same border is more secure than ever before, now says that funds to deport are getting low. Even though actual deportations — not the phony ones that the administration claimed for years — are down overall. The Homeland Security agency responsible for removing immigrants who are in the country illegally will run out of money by mid-August unless Congress approves President Barack Obama’s emergency request for $3.7 billion to help deal with a flood of child immigrants...
  • Spread of Polio is 'World health emergency' as disease spreads through Asia, Africa and Middle East

    05/05/2014 5:03:54 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 44 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 09:46 EST, 5 May 2014 | By Leon Watson
    "The spread of polio around the world has become so serious it is now an international public health emergency, the World Health Organization warned today. The agency said the problem could grow in the next few months and unravel the nearly three-decade effort to eradicate the crippling disease. It described current polio outbreaks in Asia, Africa and the Middle East as an 'extraordinary event' that required a coordinated international response. It was the first-ever international alert on polio. 'Until it is eradicated, polio will continue to spread internationally, find and paralyze susceptible kids,' Dr Bruce Aylward, who leads WHO's polio...
  • Head of Pentagon intelligence agency forced out, officials say

    04/30/2014 7:28:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/30/14 | Greg Miller and Adam Goldman,
    The top two officials at the Defense Intelligence Agency said Wednesday that they will retire from those positions in the coming months, part of a leadership shake-up at an agency that is under pressure to trim budgets and shift focus after more than a decade of war, current and former U.S. officials said. Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn is expected to end his tenure as DIA director this summer, about a year before he was scheduled to depart, according to officials who said Flynn faced pressure from Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. and others in recent months....
  • Club for Growth warns on Mel Watt nomination (Federal Housing Finance Agency)

    10/30/2013 3:48:20 PM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/29/13 | Emily Heil
    **SNIP** That could pose problems for Democrats, who we’re hearing are confident they can muster all 54 votes from their caucus, plus Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Watt’s home-state colleague. But that’s still short of the 60 they need to move Watt’s nomination to a final vote. The stern warning from the powerful conservative group could sap their prospects for finding a few more GOP votes. Meanwhile, the White House is calling for his swift approval. Senior White House officials met with the heads of housing organization Monday, and according to a White House spokeswoman, the message during the meeting was...
  • Venezuela government creates happiness agency

    10/26/2013 1:47:49 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | October 25, 2013 | JORGE RUEDA
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Americans may insist on the right to pursue happiness, but Venezuela now has a formal government agency in charge of enforcing it. President Nicolas Maduro says the new Vice Ministry of Supreme Social Happiness will coordinate all the "mission" programs created by the late President Hugo Chavez to alleviate poverty. Wags had a field day Friday, waxing sarcastic on Twitter about how happy they felt less than 24 hours after the announcement.
  • Holder pressed on U.S. drug agency use of hidden data evidence

    08/26/2013 9:23:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/26/13 | John Shiffman
    Washington - Eight Democratic senators and congressmen have asked Attorney General Eric Holder to answer questions about a Reuters report that the National Security Agency supplies the Drug Enforcement Administration with intelligence information used to make non-terrorism cases against American citizens. The August report revealed that a secretive DEA unit passes the NSA information to agents in the field, including those from the Internal Revenue Service, the FBI and Homeland Security, with instructions to never disclose the original source, even in court.
  • Under fire, U.S. spy agency defends surveillance programs as lawful

    08/18/2013 3:44:34 PM PDT · by Libloather · 27 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 8/16/13 | Tabassum Zakaria, Mark Hosenball
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Under increasing pressure to justify electronic surveillance programs that at times capture communications of American citizens, the U.S. National Security Agency went to unusual lengths on Friday to insist its activities are lawful and any mistakes largely unintentional. **SNIP** The NSA's presentation was an attempt to calm the latest firestorm over documents disclosed by Snowden. The Washington Post late Thursday reported that the NSA had broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since 2008, citing an internal agency audit and other top secret documents. "These are not willful violations, they are...
  • In sensitivity training, USDA employees recite 'If we work for a federal agency, we've

    02/21/2013 8:27:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/21/13 | Caroline May
    Additional clips of a United States Department of Agriculture sensitivity training class feature USDA employees being told to recite, “If we work for a federal agency, we’ve discriminated in the past.” The clips, released by the conservative government accountability group Judicial Watch Thursday evening, are the second installation of revealing footage obtained by a Freedom of Information Act (FIOA) request the organization made last May. According to Judicial Watch, the documents reveal the sensitivity training was delivered to USDA employees at least 16 times last year in an attempt to boost employees’ “emotional intelligence.”
  • Agency works to rid Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool of algae

    09/27/2012 2:05:03 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 25, 2012 | Stefanie Dazio
    Less than a month after reopening, the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool is full of algae, a sea of green overshadowing the nearly two-year, $34 million renovation of the famous site. [snip] “This is a direct consequence of the fact that this is a green project,” Johnson said. “The conditions are pretty good for algae, once it gets in there.”
  • NSA chief defends agency against domestic spying charges

    07/09/2012 9:47:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/10/12 | Shaun Waterman
    The head of the National Security Agency on Monday denied reports that NSA’s new data center in Utah would collect and store data about Americans, including their e-mails and web-browsing habits. The $2 billion data center in Bluffdale, Utah, will house massive supercomputers capable of storing and analyzing vast quantities of data when it comes online next year, but U.S. ArmyGen. Keith B. Alexander reiterated NSA’s insistence it does not unlawfully conduct surveillance of Americans. (Snip) However, “I’m not going to come out and say what we are doing” at NSA, he added. “That would be ludicrous, too.”
  • Body of Jew Murdered in Yemen brought to Israel

    06/20/2012 12:23:06 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/6/12 | Gil Ronen
    The body of Aharon Zindani, who was murdered three weeks ago in Yemen, was brought to Israel Wednesday and will be buried Thursday evening in the Rehovot Cemetery. In a protracted and complicated operation, carried out by Jewish Agency personnel with the assistance of the Foreign Ministry, Zindani's body was brought out of Yemen together with his widow, Afya al-Ashar, and their five children. Zindani, 46, was a leading member of the Jewish community in San'a. He made aliyah to Israel several years ago but then returned to Yemen. On Tuesday, May 22, when he was shopping in the market...
  • Issa: ‘NLRB is acting as a rogue agency’

    10/18/2011 12:30:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/18/11 | Matthew Boyle
    House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa snapped at National Labor Relations Board general counsel Lafe Solomon for openly defying his congressional subpoena. Not complying with congressional subpoena is technically an illegal act, and Solomon could be charged with contempt of Congress if Issa, a leading Republican, chooses to proceed down that path. “Your continued personal obstruction, lack of compliance with a validly issued congressional subpoena and false statements to the committee are unacceptable,” Issa said in a Monday letter to Solomon. “The NLRB is acting as a rogue agency that believes it does not have to fully answer to...
  • The Little-Known Agency That Helped Kill Bin Laden

    05/06/2011 10:55:42 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 6 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 5/5/11 | Marc Ambinder
    The National Geospatial Agency mapped bin Laden's compound, analyzed drone data, and helped the SEALs simulate their missionPresident Obama's first brush with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency was ignominious. Out for lunch in May 2009, at a Five Guys burger franchise in Washington, the new President started to shake the hands of other customers, TV cameras in tow. Then he turned to men with government ID badges. "So what do you?" the president asked. "I work for at NGA, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency," one said. "Outstanding. How long have you been doing that?" Obama wondered. "Six years." Obama then asked: "So, explain...
  • EPA's days as 'rogue agency' are numbered

    04/10/2011 8:56:13 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/10/11 | Editor
    Lost in the kabuki-dance drama of last week's budget showdown were immensely important votes in the Senate and House on the Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to govern through regulation. In the House, 19 Democrats joined the Republican majority in a decisive 255-172 vote to defund the EPA's attempt to circumvent Congress and begin its own cap-and-trade program. The measure was introduced by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton of Michigan. A companion measure introduced in the Senate by Sen. Jim Inhofe, the Oklahoma Republican who is the ranking minority member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee,
  • Public Housing Likely for Suburbs of Green Township Ohio

    04/02/2011 9:49:18 AM PDT · by Howard Morrison · 10 replies
    Cincinnati News | April 1, 2011 | Howard
    Green Township is being singled out because federal investigators believe the housing authority blocked new public housing there for at least the past two years. More public housing for the poor is likely headed to Green Township and some other communities as part of a deal to resolve a discrimination complaint against Cincinnati's housing authority.
  • FCC's Copps calls on agency to address decline of 'real journalism'

    02/15/2011 2:13:50 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/15/11 | Sara Jerome
    Federal Communications Commissioner Michael Copps made a case for a government hand in media policy in a speech to the FCBA on Tuesday. "The commission can act now. It should have acted on the media before now. I am disappointed that it has not," he said. The decline of "real journalism" justifies federal involvement, according to Copps. "The news is suffering from a bad case of substance abuse," he said. The Democratic commissioner pointed to Fox News' Bernie Goldberg and Bill O'Reilly as examples of the problem with today's media landscape,
  • Too Much Attention To Moody's Swing

    12/15/2010 5:41:50 PM PST · by Kaslin
    IBD Editorials ^ | December 15, 2010 | Staff
    Tax Deal: The media are touting a rating agency's schizophrenic claim that keeping the Bush tax rates helps the economy, but hurts the country's credit standing. Are ratings firms even relevant anymore? Manhattan Institute senior fellow Nicole Gelinas, in her richly detailed analysis of the roots of the financial crisis, "After the Fall: Saving Capitalism from Wall Street — and Washington," pulls back the curtain and exposes the ugly reality of the once all-powerful credit ratings agencies Moody's, Fitch and Standard & Poor's. "Reliance on ratings agencies contravenes market principles," Gelinas warns. "The ratings-agency world is small and homogeneous, populated...
  • CA: Agency decides it can't afford to stay in S.F. (too expensive, local workforce too dumb)

    12/13/2010 9:29:44 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 12/13/10 | Phillip Matier,Andrew Ross
    After almost 100 years, the State Compensation Insurance Fund is pulling 755 of its 830 jobs out of town, having determined that San Francisco is just too expensive - and its workforce too dumb - for the agency to continue doing most of its business here. Workers called to a recent meeting at the Herbst Theatre were told that 293 jobs will move to Pleasanton, 422 to Vacaville and 40 to Sacramento, with 75 employees remaining in the city. "It's part of a whole geographic strategy to reduce our footprint in high-cost areas like San Francisco," said agency spokeswoman Jennifer...
  • EPA at 40 -- An Agency Out of Control

    12/02/2010 11:45:19 AM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/2/10 | Phil Kerpen
    Today is the Environmental Protection Agency’s 40th birthday. Thank you Richard Nixon: you left us a heck of a legacy on this one. The media is sure to tout the remarkable environmental progress in the United States over the past 40 years, and indeed we have never had cleaner air, cleaner water, or more plentiful wildlife. By any objective measure, environmental progress has been remarkable over the past 40 years, but it was also remarkable for decades before the creation of the EPA, and indeed every advanced economy has seen dramatic environmental improvement, regardless of its regulatory model.
  • State's stem cell agency seeks more time, money

    11/25/2010 11:18:42 AM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies
    la times ^ | 11/25/10 | Jack Dolan,
    After six years, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine has faced questions about leaders' pay and the lack of medical breakthroughs. But its chairman plans to ask voters for another $3 billion in bonds. When millionaire Silicon Valley real estate developer Bob Klein launched his ballot drive to create a $3-billion state fund for stem-cell research in 2004, he pitched it as a way of taking politics out of science and focusing on cures. One particularly heartbreaking campaign ad showed former big screen Superman Christopher Reeve paralyzed in a wheelchair, struggling for breath and imploring California voters to "stand up...
  • Elizabeth Warren has office at an agency where she doesn’t work

    10/28/2010 9:53:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/28/10 | J.P. Friere
    Today Elizabeth Warren is in California talking about the special role technology will play in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, according to a blogpost on the White House website. Warren touts that she was asked by the president “to get to work starting the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He was clear about his goal: Level the playing field for American families and fix the broken consumer credit market—and do it as quickly and effectively as possible.” (Snip) The White House has refused to appoint Warren as interim director of the Bureau, even though the legislation creating the agency requires
  • Immigration Agency Ends Some Deportations

    08/26/2010 7:31:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    NYT ^ | 8/26/10 | Julia Preston
    Immigration enforcement officials have started to cancel the deportations of thousands of immigrants they have detained, a policy they said would pare huge case backlogs in the immigration courts. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said the new approach was part of a broad shift in priorities at the agency, to focus its efforts on catching and deporting immigrants who have been convicted of crimes or pose a national security threat. The policy — announced in an Aug. 20 memorandum from John Morton, the head of the agency — drew praise from immigrant advocates, who called it a common-sense strategy, and...
  • First woman to head major US intelligence agency

    08/09/2010 11:57:57 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 42 replies
    ap ^ | Aug 9 | KIMBERLY DOZIER
    FORT BELVOIR, Va. (AP) -- Letitia A. Long became the first woman director of a major U.S. intelligence agency Monday, taking her post as chief of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency at a ceremony at the agency's half-built, high-tech campus in Springfield, Va....
  • Report: Pakistani spy agency supports Taliban (ISI)

    06/13/2010 9:37:20 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 257+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/13/10
    ISLAMABAD – Pakistan's main spy agency continues to arm and train the Taliban and is even represented on the group's leadership council despite U.S. pressure to sever ties and billions in aid to combat the militants, said a research report released Sunday. The findings could heighten tension between the two countries and raise further questions about U.S. success in Afghanistan since Pakistani cooperation is seen as key to defeating the Taliban, which seized power in Kabul in the 1990s with Islamabad's support. U.S. officials have suggested in the past that current or former members of Pakistan's powerful Inter-Services Intelligence agency,...
  • The White House Employment Agency

    06/04/2010 11:25:15 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies · 319+ views
    ny times ^ | 6/4/10 | editor
    With one questionable phone call to a Colorado Senate candidate, the White House has again found itself on the defensive over its maladroit political operation. If it does not want a reputation as a full-employment clearinghouse for unapproved candidates, or further invite an investigation, the administration needs to impose some common sense on that operation — and soon. Last week, the White House was fumbling to explain why it dangled a presidential appointment in front of Joe Sestak to get him to drop out of the Pennsylvania Senate primary. This week, the controversy is over Andrew Romanoff, the former speaker...
  • Detroit-area bus agency sued by group for rejecting aids encouraging Muslim defectors

    05/28/2010 4:55:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies · 277+ views
    wash. examiner ^ | 5/28/10 | DAVID N. GOODMAN
    DETROIT — A group that says it helps Muslims quit their faith sued Detroit's regional transit system Friday for violating its First Amendment rights by rejecting bus ads that ask, "Fatwa on your head? ... Leaving Islam? Got questions? Get answers!" A self-described Christian rights legal center representing the group said the bus company showed its double standard by accepting earlier atheism advocacy ads.
  • Hudson hints at racism for blacks in free agency

    04/13/2010 8:16:33 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 31 replies · 802+ views
    Yahoo Sports ^ | Jeff Passan
    MINNEAPOLIS – As Major League Baseball prepares for its annual Jackie Robinson Day on Thursday, one prominent African-American player questioned teams’ commitment to employing black players past their prime years. “You see guys like Jermaine Dye(notes) without a job,” Minnesota Twins second baseman Orlando Hudson(notes) said Monday. “Guy with [27 home runs and 81 RBIs] and can’t get a job. Pretty much sums it up right there, no? You’ve got some guys who miss a year who can come back and get $5, $6 million, and a guy like Jermaine Dye can’t get a job. A guy like Gary Sheffield(notes),...
  • New federal climate change agency forming

    02/08/2010 8:39:38 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 67 replies · 1,613+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/8/10 | Randolph E. Schmid - ap
    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is forming a new agency to study and report on the changing climate. Also known as global warming, climate change has drawn widespread concern in recent years as temperatures around the world rise, threatening to harm crops, spread disease, increase sea levels, change storm and drought patterns and cause polar melting. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Jane Lubchenco, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, planned to announce Monday that NOAA will set up the new Climate Service to operate in tandem with NOAA's National Weather Service and National Ocean Service. NOAA recently reported...
  • Obama's Consumer Agency Bill May Be in Jeopardy (On the eve of the State of Obama Show - perdone?)

    01/27/2010 4:10:01 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies · 293+ views
    Ponte Al Dia ^ | 1/27/10 | Charlie Ericksen
    Obama's Consumer Agency Bill May Be in JeopardyPor Charlie Ericksen - Hispanic Link 16:57 | 01/27/10 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Multiple news reports indicated that Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) — in an effort to garner bipartisan support — is considering dropping the proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency from legislation to reform U.S. financial regulation. After securing numerous compromises with moderate Democrats, the consumer agency is a key component of President Obama’s vision for regulatory reform. The Administration has repeatedly fought back attempts to eliminate the agency as a standalone entity. Such an agency is seen by supporters...
  • U.S. counterterror agency lacks "Google-like" search

    01/20/2010 5:42:56 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 426+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 1/20/10 | Deborah Zabarenko
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A senior counterterrorism official said on Wednesday his agency lacks "Google-like" search capability that could have identified the suspect in the attempted Christmas Day airline bombing. The National Counterterrorism Center, the agency charged with reviewing disparate data to protect against attacks, does not have a computer search engine that could have checked for various spellings of the alleged bomber's name and his birthplace in Nigeria, the center's chief told a Senate hearing on security reform. "We do not have that exact capacity," said Michael Leiter, adding that the agency is working on solutions that could be in...
  • Temp agency got $2.5 million using illegals, courts say

    10/24/2009 10:51:23 PM PDT · by MamaDearest · 339+ views
    Pocono Report ^ | October 24, 2009 | Beth Brelje
    Federal authorities say the temp agency that supplied an East Stroudsburg factory with undocumented workers in 2007 is involved in an extensive and complicated web of fraud. They say, in court papers, that H&T Staffing Services, operating under that and other, similar names in Pennsylvania, fraudulently raked in nearly $2.5 million in one year. • Pocono Record: Coverage of the Iridium Illegal Immigrant Raid People involved in the staffing company have been brought through United States Middle District Court of Pennsylvania ever since the June 2007 raid of Iridium Industries in East Stroudsburg. During the raid at the plastic-container plant,...
  • EPA Says It Will Toss Artifacts from Historic 18th Century Fort into a Landfill

    08/18/2009 10:33:27 AM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies · 1,584+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | 8/18/09 | Adam Brickley
    (CNSNews.com) – Less than a week after the Environmental Protection Agency restarted a controversial dredging project on the Hudson River, dredgers operated by the General Electric Company dislodged wooden beams that are the last remnants of one of the largest British forts in the American colonies. The EPA now says that the beams are contaminated with potential carcinogens known as PCBs and therefore must be buried in a landfill
  • Obama to axe bank agency in financial overhaul

    06/16/2009 7:57:56 PM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies · 1,102+ views
    reuters ^ | 6/16/09 | Kevin Drawbaugh
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration plans to streamline U.S. bank oversight and put the Federal Reserve in charge of monitoring big-picture economic risks in a sweeping regulatory overhaul to be formally unveiled on Wednesday, a senior administration official said. The Office
  • Obama to Request Budget Cuts From Agency Heads [Weekly Radio And Internet Address]

    04/19/2009 12:04:08 PM PDT · by Son House · 23 replies · 699+ views
    FOXNEWS ^ | April 18, 2009 | FOXNEWS
    Obama announced the appointment of Jeffrey Zients, a founder and managing partner of the investment firm Portfolio Logic, as chief performance officer. Zients, who also will serve as deputy director for management of the Office of Management and Budget, will work to streamline processes and cut costs. "In the coming weeks, I will be announcing the elimination of dozens of government programs shown to be wasteful or ineffective," he said. "In this effort, there will be no sacred cows and no pet projects. All across America, families are making hard choices, and it's time their government did the same." Homeland...
  • FBI cuts off CAIR over its Hamas ties!

    01/29/2009 3:08:06 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 42 replies · 1,439+ views
    JihadWatch ^ | 1/29/09
    This is great news, but I still wonder what took the FBI so long. "FBI Cuts Off CAIR Over Hamas Questions," by Mary Jacoby for IPT News, January 29 (thanks to Jeffrey Imm): The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has cut off contacts with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) amid mounting concern about the Muslim advocacy group's roots in a Hamas-support network, the Investigative Project on Terrorism has learned. The decision to end contacts with CAIR was made quietly last summer as federal prosecutors prepared for a second trial of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF),...
  • The Amazing Story Behind Tho Global Warming Scam

    01/29/2009 7:43:40 AM PST · by rellimpank · 19 replies · 1,551+ views
    KUSI-San Diego ^ | John Coleman
    The key players are now all in place in Washington and in state governments across America to officially label carbon dioxide as a pollutant and enact laws that tax we citizens for our carbon footprints. Only two details stand in the way, the faltering economic times and a dramatic turn toward a colder climate. The last two bitter winters have lead to a rise in public awareness that CO2 is not a pollutant and is not a significant greenhouse gas that is triggering runaway global warming. How did we ever get to this point where bad science is driving big...
  • Senators Miss Crucial Confirmation Hearing

    01/18/2009 7:13:08 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 28 replies · 1,338+ views
    Corruption Chronicles Only half of the members in the U.S. Senate committee that screens among the most important presidential cabinet nominees—Secretary of Homeland Security—bothered to show up for confirmation hearings this week and only two Republicans participated. Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee senators evidently had more important things to do than assure the right candidate will head the crucial agency that keeps the nation safe from foreign threats. Only nine of the panel’s 17 members found the time to ask Barack Obama’s Homeland Security Secretary pick—Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano—questions, making the so-called confirmation hearing somewhat laughable. This is embarrassing...
  • Who Is Jesus Christ? (Ecumenic)

    05/15/2008 6:31:50 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 51 replies · 65+ views
    The Ensign & Liahona via lds.org ^ | March 2008 | Boyd K. Packer
    Meeting with the Twelve at Caesarea Philippi, Jesus asked, “Whom say ye that I am?” Simon Peter, the chief Apostle answered, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:15–16). Peter later testified that Jesus “was foreordained before the foundation of the world” (1 Peter 1:20). He was “in the beginning with the Father, and [is] the Firstborn” (D&C 93:21). When the Father’s plan—the plan of salvation and happiness (see Alma 34:9)—was presented (see Alma 42:5, 8), one was required to atone to provide redemption and mercy to all those who accepted the plan (see Alma 34:16;...
  • NSA's Domestic Spying Grows As Agency Sweeps Up Data

    03/11/2008 7:45:52 AM PDT · by BGHater · 4 replies · 492+ views
    WSJ ^ | 10 Mar 2008 | Siobhan Gorman
    <p>Five years ago, Congress killed an experimental Pentagon antiterrorism program meant to vacuum up electronic data about people in the U.S. to search for suspicious patterns. Opponents called it too broad an intrusion on Americans' privacy, even after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.</p>
  • Agency passes measure to require nonflammable home furniture

    02/04/2008 5:44:12 PM PST · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 27 replies · 63+ views
    AP, via Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | February 1, 2008 | Minneapolis Star Tribune
    WASHINGTON - A government safety agency is pushing to require all home furnishings sold in the U.S. to be nonflammable. The Consumer Product Safety Commission advanced a proposal Friday that would require consumer upholstered furniture to be smolder- and flame-resistant, which is not required now, said Julie Vallese, a spokeswoman for the agency. The agency has been trying to advance the measure for more than 10 years, she said.(snip) Russell Long, vice president of environmental group Friends of the Earth, called the proposal "a tremendous victory for both fire safety as well as the protection of public health."
  • U.N. chief urges single world agency for women

    03/08/2007 3:08:33 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 448+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 3/8/07 | Michelle Nichols
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the world body on Thursday to create a single agency to empower women and girls and fight for their rights. In an address to mark International Women's Day, Ban said the 192-member United Nations should take the lead in the global battle with a fully funded new agency that combines the work currently done by three different U.N. bodies. "Such a new body should be able to call on all of the U.N. system's resources in the work to empower women and realize gender equality worldwide," Ban said. "It should mobilize...
  • CA: Stem cell agency awards more than $45 million in grants (CIRM)

    02/16/2007 2:00:44 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 331+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/16/07 | Paul Elias - ap
    California's stem cell agency on Friday doled out nearly $45 million in research grants to about 20 state universities and nonprofit research laboratories, far exceeding the federal government's annual outlays for the controversial work. In issuing the first significant research grants in its two-year history, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine became the biggest financial backer of human embryonic stem cell research. Two lawsuits challenging the state agency's constitutionality have prevented it from borrowing $3 billion from Wall Street bond markets. The first research grants came from a $150 million loan from the state and another $31 million in loans...
  • CA: Agency explores quality-of-life tax (San Diego county regional planning agency)

    12/08/2006 10:36:04 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 772+ views
    North County Times ^ | 12/8/06 | Dave Downey
    SAN DIEGO ---- Regional planners are polling San Diego County residents to see if they would support a special "quality of life" tax to fund beach-sand replenishment, open-space purchases, habitat restoration and water-quality programs, an agency official said Thursday. The funding source could come in the form of a sales, property, hotel or rental-car tax, and could appear on the county ballot in 2008, said Rob Rundle, principal planner for the San Diego Association of Governments, the county's regional planning agency. Rundle said results of the telephone poll of 2,000 county registered voters will be reported to the association board...
  • Prominent Researchers Advocate Creation Of National Climate Service

    11/29/2006 10:59:18 AM PST · by cogitator · 13 replies · 316+ views
    Terra Daily ^ | 11/29/2006 | Staff Writers
    It's time for the United States to have a national climate service - an interagency partnership led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and charged with understanding climate dynamics, forecasts and impacts - say six members of the University of Washington's Climate Impacts Group. Their views appear online this week in the early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Unlike the National Weather Service, which forecasts weather up to a week in advance and sometimes two weeks in advance, a national climate service ideally would help with forecasts of climate fluctuations that might be expected...
  • Record ozone loss over Antarctic this year: agency (ESA)

    10/02/2006 2:19:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies · 640+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 10/2/06 | Reuters
    PARIS (Reuters) - A satellite has detected record losses of ozone over Antarctica this year, the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Monday, further damaging the shield that protects the Earth from cancer-causing ultraviolet rays. In the past decade, the level of ozone in the Earth's atmosphere has fallen by about 0.3 percent, increasing the risk of skin cancer, cataracts and harm to marine life, ESA added. The presence of a hole in the ozone layer over the Antarctic was first recognized in 1985. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said earlier this month that the hole was nearing its record...
  • Immigration agency perks putting security at risk?

    09/12/2006 3:20:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 583+ views
    Daily Bulletin ^ | 9/12/06 | Sara A. Carter
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service employees were offered financial incentives to push immigration applications through the system quickly and eliminate a backlog of nearly 4 million such applications in time to meet a presidential deadline, the Daily Bulletin has learned. Employees and internal documents also reveal that the backlog is not actually gone, but that millions of applications in process have been reclassified to fall outside the backlog definition and help the agency meet an October deadline set by President Bush in 2003. The pressure to reduce the backlog, combined with the promise of bonuses for faster work, led to...
  • CA: Schwarzenegger gives $150 million loan to stem cell agency (after Presidential veto)

    07/20/2006 11:56:46 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 581+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 7/20/06 | Laura Kurtzman - ap
    SACRAMENTO A day after President Bush vetoed a measure that would have expanded federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday authorized a $150 million loan to fund the state's moribund stem cell institute, which has been stalled by lawsuits. The move has distinct political benefits for the governor who is seeking to put as much distance as possible between himself and the deeply unpopular president as he seeks re-election this year. Schwarzenegger said the state cannot afford to wait to fund the critical science associated with stem cells. "I remain committed to advancing stem...
  • Agency studies higher fees for immigrants

    05/31/2006 6:20:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 427+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/31/06 | Suzanne Gamboa - ap
    WASHINGTON - The Homeland Security Department is studying whether legal immigrants seeking citizenship and other benefits should pay higher application fees. The fees now charged don't reflect the full cost of doing business, Emilio Gonzalez, director of the department's Citizenship and Immigration Services, said Wednesday. Applying for citizenship now costs $330. Applying for a green card conveying legal residency costs $325. Applicants also now pay a $70 fingerprinting fee in each case. "American citizenship is priceless," said Gonzalez, a naturalized citizen. "I think people will pay." The study will review costs of facility improvements, training, equipment and technology and determine...
  • CA: Governor names Democrat to head state environmental agency

    05/19/2006 2:42:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 365+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/19/06 | Samantha Young - ap
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday named a former aide to Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Steve Westly as head of the California Environmental Protection Agency. Linda Adams, 57, a Democrat from Sacramento with a long history in state government, will come out of retirement to lead the agency at a time when the Schwarzenegger administration is advancing its initiative to reduce greenhouse gases in the state. "This was an opportunity I could not pass up," Adams said in an interview with The Associated Press. "There is so much going on in the area of climate change and global warming." Adams worked in...