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  • Whistle-Blowing Russian 'Troll' Gets Her Day In Court

    02/19/2018 3:55:46 AM PST · by saywhatagain · 13 replies
    RadioFreeEurope ^ | June 01, 2015 | Viktor Rezunkov
    Exactly who is International Research Agency? A young woman who says she was hired by a Russian company to dissemble and to promote certain political views online has come out of the shadows to shine a light on her purported former employer and the practice, known as "trolling."
  • Australia To Create Its Own Space Agency

    09/25/2017 5:51:43 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 25 Sep , 2017 | Nancy Atkinson
    Australian’s acting Minister of Industry, Innovation and Science was quoted as saying that Australia will not have a NASA but an agency “right for our nation, right for our industry … that will provide the vehicle for Australia to have a long-term strategic plan for space – a plan that supports the innovative application of space technologies and grows our domestic space industry, including through defense space procurement.” ... Australia has been very active in space exploration, being part of every deep-space mission NASA has flown with tracking and communications as part the Deep Space Network and the precursor system...
  • Swedish Government to establish gender equality agency

    11/15/2016 10:47:20 PM PST · by aquila48 · 15 replies
    Swedish Government ^ | 16 September 2016
    In its Budget Bill, the Swedish Government states its intention to establish a gender equality agency. The agency will help ensure effective implementation of gender equality policy. Before the end of the year, the Government will also present a new national strategy, including an action plan for 2017–2020, to prevent and combat men’s violence against women. Some of the initiatives in the strategy are the result of negotiations with the Left Party. "The Government's feminist policy must have a clear impact and make a difference to people's lives. Several inquiries have concluded that the organisation of gender equality policy is...
  • We are always open to ideas:Astonishing statement of CDC chief in charge of bungled Ebola response

    10/16/2014 11:58:59 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 80 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 16 October 2014 | David Martosko
    "Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Thomas Frieden began his grilling Thursday on Capitol Hill with a stark admission that his agency is still searching for ways to combat the Ebola virus as it burrows into the United States. Two members of Congress are calling for his resignation, and the White House began the torturous process of throwing him under the disease-control bus on Thursday afternoon, saying that Frieden is 'taking responsibility' for his agency's screwups. 'We're always open to ideas for what we can do to keep Americans safe,' Frieden said in his opening statement, departing from...
  • 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.