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  • Senate passes energy measure by voice vote after budget marathon

    03/28/2015 3:43:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 27, 2015 | David Sherfinski
    After the Senate gave approval to its budget plan early Friday morning, Sens. Rob Portman, Ohio Republican, and Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire Democrat, got a version of their energy efficiency legislation passed by voice vote. The measure, passed when only Mr. Portman and Ms. Shaheen were on the floor, includes provisions exempting certain water heaters from pending Department of Energy regulations, and requires federal agencies to develop an implementation strategy for employing more energy-efficient technology, among other items. Mr. Portman said the bill has garnered widespread support and is part of an energy plan for the country “that can help...
  • World’s Most Powerful Camera Receives Funding Approval

    02/24/2015 6:17:46 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 51 replies
    SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory ^ | January 9, 2015 | No Attribution
    Menlo Park, Calif. — Plans for the construction of the world’s largest digital camera at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have reached a major milestone. The 3,200-megapixel centerpiece of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), which will provide unprecedented details of the universe and help address some of its biggest mysteries, has received key “Critical Decision 2” approval from the DOE.
  • Menaced by MidEast Studies Coalition

    02/24/2015 6:28:08 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 23, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    It’s not hard to find out who sets the terms of debate and parameters of discussion concerning the Middle East on American campuses today. As we have reported, our friend Tammi Rossman-Benjamin’s Amcha Initiative at UCLA did a report last year on the anti-Israel bias on that campus. In a letter to the U. S. Secretary of Education, a sextet of groups headed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) took issue with the Amha report. The other five groups which signed onto the letter were: • The Asian Law caucus of Asian-Americans Advancing Justice; • The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee;...
  • Feds To Regulate Fake Fireplaces To Stop Global Warming

    01/31/2015 11:14:52 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 88 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 30, 2015 | Michael Bastasch
    Better go out and buy a gas fireplace and stove soon before federal regulations make them more expensive. Federal officials are looking to regulate the energy usage of fake fireplaces as part of the Obama administration’s effort to fight global warming.The Energy Department has proposed new regulations that would mandate that “gas-fired hearth products” like decorative fireplaces and stoves be more energy efficient and produce fewer carbon dioxide emissions. DOE says its rule would save $165 over the lifespan of the average hearth and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 11.1 million metric tons through 2030.The major change DOE demands is...
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Yucca Mountain Safe to Store Nuclear Waste

    01/30/2015 1:37:41 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    CNSNews ^ | January 30, 2015 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Yucca Mountain, located about 90 miles north of Las Vegas, Nev. (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) (CNSNews.com) – The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has released the final two volumes of a five-volume safety report that concludes that Nevada’s Yucca Mountain meets all of its technical and safety requirements for the disposal of highly radioactive nuclear waste. “With reasonable assurance, subject to proposed conditions, DOE’s [Department of Energy] application meets the NRC’s regulatory requirements” for the disposal of “high-level nuclear waste,” the regulatory agency announced Thursday. However, “completion of the safety evaluation report does not represent an agency decision on whether to...
  • US: Vietnam’s weapons-grade uranium removed

    07/02/2013 6:09:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 2, 2013 6:00 AM EDT
    The United States says experts have removed the last batch of uranium from Vietnam that terrorists could have used in efforts to make a nuclear bomb. U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz says the highly enriched uranium, from the Dalat Nuclear Research Institute, has gone to Russia where it will be turned into low-enriched reactor fuel. …
  • Monroe deer hunter’s 8-point trophy wasn’t a buck

    01/05/2015 7:22:53 PM PST · by PROCON · 22 replies
    charoletteobserver ^ | Jan. 5, 2015 | Michael Pearce
    Hunters from all parts of the country go to Kansas hoping to shoot a buck with a trophy-class set of antlers. Well, for Chuck Rorie, half of the dream came true last month when he shot what he thought was a nice buck. Instead, the set of eight-point antlers were attached to a doe. “I didn’t think much about it; it just looked like a nice buck when I was watching it and shot it,” said Rorie, of Monroe. “But when I was skinning it I realized something didn’t look right. It didn’t have the right private parts.
  • Obama unveils plan to help young American Indians

    12/03/2014 3:14:57 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 3, 2014 6:11 AM EST | Blake Nicholson
    President Barack Obama announced an initiative Wednesday aimed at improving conditions and opportunities for American Indian youth, more than a third of whom live in poverty. Obama’s Generation Indigenous initiative calls for programs focused on better preparing young American Indians for college and careers, and developing leadership skills through the Department of Education and the Aspen Institute’s Center for Native American Youth. Members of the president’s staff also plan to visit reservations next year. …
  • Chinese-American Mom Says Common Core Is Just Like Education in Communist China

    12/01/2014 8:49:21 PM PST · by PROCON · 43 replies
    pjmedia ^ | Nov. 30, 2014 | Paula Bolyard
    "Do you just want your kids to be test machines and cheap workers for corporations?"Lily Tang Williams, a mother of three, testified before the Colorado State Board of Education that Common Core was similar to the education she received growing up in Mao’s Communist China. “Common Core, in my eyes, is the same as the Communist core I once saw in China,” Williams said. “I grew up under Mao’s regime and we had the Communist-dominated education — nationalized testing, nationalized curriculum, and nationalized indoctrination.” In a post at FreedomWorks, Williams wrote about her experience with the Chinese education system: Our...
  • Sowell: Racial Quota Punishment

    11/17/2014 1:02:31 PM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | November 18, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    If anyone still has any doubt about the utter cynicism of the Obama administration, a recent agreement between the federal government and the Minneapolis Public Schools should open their eyes. Under the Obama administration, both the Department of Education and the Department of Justice have been leaning on public schools around the country to reduce what they call the "disproportionate" numbers of black male students who are punished for various offenses in schools. Under an implicit threat of losing their federal subsidies, the Minneapolis Public Schools have agreed to reduce the disparity in punishment of black students by 25 percent...
  • DoE to Force NJ School District to Lower Standards of AP Classes Fearing High Standards are Racist

    11/17/2014 9:20:03 AM PST · by rightistight · 38 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 11/17/14 | Aurelius
    The South Orange-Maplewood School District in New Jersey will be likely lowering their standards for AP classes after a successful lawsuit brought by the Department of Education. The DoE brought the suit to weaken South Orange-Maplewood's practice of "tracking," or placing students in separate educational paths to suit their needs. Proponents of tracking believe that it helps all students; not only will educators teach students at their level, but it will prevent large classes in which students of different needs are taught all at once. The DoE and opponents of tracking believe it promotes "segregation," by favoring white students and...
  • Remember Solyndra? Those loans are making money (o rly?)

    11/13/2014 6:54:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Washington Post Wonkblog ^ | November 13, 2014 at 8:26 AM | Max Ehrenfreund
    Lost in the hubbub following President Obama’s climate agreement with China was a smaller bit of surprising environmental news Wednesday: the Department of Energy’s loan program is expected to make money for taxpayers. Most people are familiar with the program because of Solyndra, a solar-panel manufacturer that went bankrupt in 2011 after borrowing $528 million from the federal government. […] You can’t avoid defaults when you lend money, though, and on balance, the loans are being repaid. A report released in the next several days will give the department’s first estimates of how the program is performing financially: the loans...
  • Gov’t tells US drivers to get used to cheap gas

    11/12/2014 10:41:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 77 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 13, 2014 12:08 AM EST | Jonathan Fahey
    Those low gas prices on station signs aren’t going away soon, the government says. In a dramatic shift from previous forecasts, the Energy Department predicted Wednesday that the average price of gasoline in the U.S. will be below $2.94 a gallon in 2015. That a 44-cent drop from an outlook issued just a month ago. If the sharply lower estimate holds true, U.S. consumers will save $61 billion on gas compared with this year. Rising oil production, particularly in the U.S., and weak spots in the global economy have led to a sharp reduction in oil prices over the past...
  • U.S. to Focus on Equity in Assigning of Teachers

    11/11/2014 5:37:40 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 88 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 10, 2014 | MOTOKO RICH
    The Obama administration is directing states to show how they will ensure that all students have equal access to high-quality teachers, with a sharp focus on schools with a high proportion of the poor and racial minorities. In a letter to state superintendents released Monday, Deborah S. Delisle, an assistant secretary at the Department of Education, said states must develop plans by next June that make sure that public schools comply with existing federal law requiring that “poor and minority children are not taught at higher rates than other children by inexperienced, unqualified or out-of-field teachers.” States last submitted plans...
  • The Age of Spam

    10/23/2014 1:58:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 23 | Paul Greenberg
    Consider this an object lesson and fair warning for all those other states that are trying to what they can to improve education or even cut through the bureaucracy that seems to cover it everywhere -- like kudzu. Here in Arkansas, our never-give-up reformers came up with a simple way to let parents, teachers, schools boards, taxpayers and anybody else who's interested -- and we all should be -- know how good a job their neighborhood school is doing. That's right -- the school where little Johnny or Judy goes. Just give each school a grade, the kind you might...
  • U.S. report cites safety lapses at New Mexico nuclear lab

    10/01/2014 10:06:35 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 7 replies
    Chronic lapses in safety procedures at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico may have led to a radiation leak that has forced a prolonged shutdown across the state of the only permanent U.S. nuclear waste repository, federal inspectors said on Wednesday. The inspectors, in a sharply critical report, sought to explain how a barrel of plutonium-tainted debris from the nuclear weapons lab near Santa Fe ended up improperly packaged before it was shipped off for burial 300 miles away at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. The leak of radiation, a small amount of which escaped to the surface...
  • US to train veterans to install solar panels

    09/18/2014 7:50:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 18, 2014 9:59 AM EDT | Josh Lederman
    The U.S. is planning to train veterans to become solar panel installers in the next six years, the White House said Thursday. The jobs training program is among a host of initiatives the White House says will cut carbon dioxide emissions by more than 300 million tons through 2030, plus save billions of dollars on energy bills for homeowners and businesses. It will launch this fall at one or more military bases and train a total of at least 50,000, including veterans. …
  • Landmark fracking study finds no water pollution

    09/16/2014 1:43:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 16, 2014 3:05 PM EDT | Kevin Begos
    The final report from a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved upward to contaminate drinking water at a site in western Pennsylvania. The Department of Energy report, released Monday, was the first time an energy company allowed independent monitoring of a drilling site during the fracking process and for 18 months afterward. After those months of monitoring, researchers found that the chemical-laced fluids used to free gas stayed about 5,000 feet below drinking water supplies. Scientists used tracer fluids, seismic monitoring, and other tests...
  • Education Department tries to ease testing worries

    08/21/2014 12:21:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 21, 2014 2:51 PM EDT | Kimberly Hefling
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Thursday that states can apply for extra time before they use student test scores to judge teachers’ performance. Duncan’s decision is an acknowledgement of the concerns by teachers’ unions and others that it’s too early to make teacher personnel decisions based on how well students do on new assessments developed under the Common Core standards that will be used in much of the country this school year. …
  • Union leader derides Obama education chief

    07/11/2014 7:16:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 11, 2014 9:21 PM EDT | Michael R. Blood
    The president of the nation’s second-largest teachers union said Friday that President Barack Obama’s education chief has turned his back on the concerns of educators and parents, but she stopped short of calling for his ouster. Teachers unions have been clashing with the Obama administration over its support for charter schools and its push to use student test scores as part of teacher evaluations, a relationship that further frayed after Education Secretary Arne Duncan spoke in support of a California judge’s ruling last month that struck down tenure and other job protections for the state’s public school teachers. …
  • Survey: Rapes not investigated at 2 in 5 colleges

    07/09/2014 6:44:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 9, 2014 7:10 PM EDT | Kimberly Hefling
    A survey of colleges and universities finds a lack of coordination between many campuses and local law enforcement in handling sexual assaults, and that many schools have gone years without investigating such cases. About 40 percent of colleges and universities reported not having conducted a sexual assault investigation in the past five years, including 6 percent of the nation’s largest public institutions. More than 20 percent of large, private schools conducted fewer investigations than the number of incidents reported to the Education Department. …
  • Obama to promote math, tech aid at science fair

    05/27/2014 4:02:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 27, 2014 3:11 AM EDT
    Aiming to diversify and strengthen the nation’s technological workforce, President Barack Obama is hosting the White House’s annual science fair with an emphasis on the achievements of girls and women and with new initiatives to improve science, technology, engineering and math education. […] The White House says Obama will announce a new $35 million Education Department competition for teacher training programs as part of his goal to train 100,000 educators in science, technology, engineering and math, also known as STEM. …
  • Common Core: Federal Agents To Be Placed In Schools (?)

    05/14/2014 4:26:53 PM PDT · by taildragger · 41 replies
    TellMeNow ^ | 5/12/2014 | Unknown
    Under a new program implemented by education czar Arne Duncan, employees from the federal department of education will be placed in schools throughout the nation to oversee their operations and ensure they’re following federal guidelines and procedures. This doesn’t sound so horrible, until you remember that the federal government isn’t supposed to have any hand in education and they’re continually telling us that their role is ‘limited’.
  • Dept. of Education Erects Obstacles to Keep States in Common Core

    05/13/2014 1:09:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 13, 2014 | David Craig
    When someone hears bureaucratic terms like “compliance, mandates and penalties,” they might think of the EPA, the IRS, or these days, the Department of Health and Human Services. But another federal government department is fast adopting the language of strict and onerous regulation. Annoyed that Indiana wants to extricate themselves from the Common Core education standards, the U.S. Department of Education is erecting procedural obstacles to make this as difficult possible. At stake for Hoosiers is $200 million in federal education funds. The Obama Administration is using “No Child Left Behind” waivers to warn Indiana officials of the penalties they...
  • Feds give Chinese-backed firm $47 million to build wind farm N.J. doesn’t want

    05/08/2014 7:10:59 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 7, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    New Jersey regulators rejected a Chinese-backed windmill project twice, but that didn’t stop the Department of Energy. The federal government has awarded $47 million to sweeten the deal for a $188 million project the Garden State has deemed too risky for ratepayers. ... The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities concluded in April that the Chinese company did not demonstrate financial integrity.
  • Brand new set of baseball bleachers torn down after ruling…girls softball team’s seats must be equal

    04/01/2014 6:32:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    My Fox Detroit ^ | Mar 31, 2014 12:14 PM EDT
    A new set of seating is being torn down outside the Plymouth Wildcats varsity boys’ baseball field, not long before the season begins, because the fields for boys’ and girls’ athletics must be equal. […] (A)fter a complaint, the U.S Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights investigated the new addition and says it must be torn down. It says the facility was no longer equal to the girls’ softball field next door, which has old bleachers and an old scoreboard. …
  • Department of Education approves Common Core changes at Orlando meeting

    02/18/2014 10:55:31 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 10 replies
    WFTV ^ | 2/18/2014 | WFTV
    ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida education officials have officially adopted a handful of changes to school standards known as "Common Core State Standards." The changes were adopted Tuesday during a State Board of Education meeting in Orlando. The benchmarks for learning in language arts and math were adopted by Florida in 2010 and have been approved by more than 40 other states. The standards were developed by a coalition of state leaders and establish what a student should know to be prepared for college and the workforce. State Education Commissioner Pam Stewart also said she remains "on track" to make a...
  • The Levelized Cost of Electric Generation

    02/16/2014 8:41:34 AM PST · by rktman · 18 replies
    Wattsupwiththat.com ^ | 2/16/2014 | Willis Eschenbach
    In early 2013, the US Energy Information Agency (EIA) released their new figures for the “levelized cost” of new power plants. I just came across them, so I thought I’d pass them on. These are two years more recent than the same EIA cost estimates I discussed in 2011 here. Levelized cost is the average cost of power from a new generating plant over its entire lifetime of service. The use of levelized cost allows us to compare various energy sources on an even basis. Here are the levelized costs of power by fuel source, for plants with construction started...
  • Dept. of Ed: Catholic H.S. Students Twice as Likely to Graduate College

    02/11/2014 9:20:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 10, 2014 - 11:31 AM | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Students who attended Catholic high schools were approximately twice as likely as students who attended public high schools to go on and graduate from college, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics. According to the report, 61.9 percent of Catholic high school students went on to earn a bachelor’s degree or higher by the time they were 8 years out of high school. By contrast, only 31.1 percent of public school students had gone on to earn a bachelor’s degree or higher. …
  • Fighting Against the Fight against Rising Tuition Costs

    12/19/2013 9:08:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 19, 2013 | Derek Hunter
    Remember when the federal government took over student loans? That power grab was part of the Democrats’ push to make college ‘affordable.’ It didn’t work because it was never really designed to work, just to make people think they were ‘doing something’ to address the issue. But failure has never stopped our liberal/progressive friends from striving ‘forward.’ When it comes to soaring college costs, as President Reagan famously said, "Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem." Since the government isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, cost savings in higher education have to be found elsewhere....
  • Duke Energy Fine for Bird Kills is All Show, No Substance

    12/02/2013 12:32:10 PM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    NLPC ^ | December 2, 2013 | Paul Chesser
    Last week’s punishment/settlement between the Department of Justice andDuke Energy over bird deaths caused by itswindturbines gives evidence that the Obama administration needed a scapegoat, to defuse accusations that it applies a double-standard in enforcement of wildlife laws. The Friday before Thanksgiving both parties announced that Duke would pay $1 million for the deaths of more than 160 birds that are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The incidents occurred over the last four years at two Wyoming sites operated by the utility’s Duke Energy Renewables subsidiary. “This case represents the first criminal conviction under the Migratory Bird Treaty...
  • Taxpayers lose $139 million on Fisker Automotive loan

    11/25/2013 7:16:47 PM PST · by DBCJR · 3 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 3:59 PM 11/22/2013
    Happy Thanksgiving from the Obama administration. The Energy Department has sold off its $192 million loan guarantee to Fisker Automotive to Chinese billionaire Richard Li for $25 million — the biggest taxpayer loss on a green loan since the failure of Solyndra. The Energy Department will announce the “selling of the promissory note” to Hybrid Tech, which is owned by Chinese billionaire Richard Li, according to sources familiar with the sale. The DOE sold the loan to Li for $25 million after lending the financially troubled green automaker a total of $192 million since 2009. “Once again, American taxpayers are...
  • Feds' 3 Tentacles in the Common Core (Part 1)

    11/12/2013 3:04:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 12, 2013 | Chuck Norris
    In 2007, a group of governors and state education chiefs got together to try to remedy the declining and degraded U.S. public academic system. Their goal was to establish a new set of standards that better prepared kids for college, careers and their ever-changing, hyper-connected and globally competitive world. In short, as a result, the Common Core State Standards were born. In 2010, standards were published and made available for mathematics and English language arts. Though standards for science and social studies are still in development, the goal is for states to have 85 percent of their curricula based upon...
  • We’re In The Most Dangerous Moment Since the Cuban Missile Crisis

    11/08/2013 1:57:13 PM PST · by Errant · 60 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 8 Novemeber, 2013 | George Washington
    Scientists Warn of Extreme Risk We’ve long said that the greatest short-term threat to humanity is from the fuel pools at Fukushima. The Japanese nuclear agency recently green-lighted the removal of the spent fuel rods from Fukushima reactor 4′s spent fuel pool. The operation is scheduled to begin this month. The head of the U.S. Department of Energy correctly notes: "The success of the cleanup also has global significance. So we all have a direct interest in seeing that the next steps are taken well, efficiently and safely."
  • Report: DOE Withheld Data on Bankrupt Green Energy Company

    11/05/2013 4:42:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 11/5/13 | Lachlan Markay
    The Department of Energy withheld troubling cost and performance data on a major stimulus award from a federal watchdog before the company servicing the award went bankrupt, according to a report released on Tuesday. The report focuses on the department’s handling of a pair of federal awards worth about $126 million for ECOtality, a San Francisco-based green energy company that declared bankruptcy in September. DOE’s inspector general, which authored Tuesday’s report, released an audit in July that expressed concerns about the department’s management of ECOtality’s $100 million stimulus award for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations. The report revealed...
  • Even education experts oppose Common Core

    10/31/2013 9:01:41 AM PDT · by sdnet · 20 replies
    Small Government Times ^ | 2013-10-31 | Steve Adcock
    Just about anyone who opposes the Common Core national curriculum standards, currently under serious fire in New York, is either a kook or a self-interested schemer. That, at least, is the impression an impartial observer would get from listening to many Core supporters. But the reality is quite the opposite: Education thinkers from across the political spectrum are taking on — and apart — the Core. In the Empire State, education commissioner John King infamously declared parents and concerned citizens opposed to the Core “special interests.” He made the accusation as he cancelled a series of town hall-style meetings scheduled...
  • Angry mother files bill in Mass.Legislature after son was referred to outside "gay" club by school

    10/11/2013 7:45:56 PM PDT · by massmike · 20 replies
    massresistance.org ^ | 10/11/2013 | n/a
    The outrageous promotion of homosexuality to extremely vulnerable children in the public schools -- without concern about how it affects them -- has become legendary, particularly in Massachusetts. This is the story about how one angry mother, with support from MassResistance, is fighting back. She is confronting the Massachusetts Legislature, pushing a bill she had her State Representative file to protect other children and their families from going through what happened to her family. Certain traumas during the formative years are known to cause sexual identity issues during adolescence. Most children outgrow this confusion unless otherwise influenced, which is why...
  • Obama campaign manager Jim Messina joins company awarded millions in federal cash

    09/25/2013 11:00:49 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 25, 2013 | Lachlan Markay — Wash. Free Beacon
    A former top White House official and the head of President Obama’s personal advocacy group is joining the board of a green energy company backed by a major Democratic donor that recently received millions in federal contracts. LanzaTech announced Wednesday that Jim Messina, Obama’s former deputy chief of staff, reelection campaign manager, and the head of his retooled campaign apparatus Organizing for Action was appointed to the company’s board of directors. “Jim’s proven ability to merge technology, messaging, and communications in support of ideas that transcend ‘business as usual’ will help us continue our mission of reshaping how our world...
  • Education Dep’t Strategy Is to Educate Adult Non-Citizens

    09/24/2013 12:55:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 23, 2013 - 11:08 AM | Susan Jones
    The U.S. Education Department, anticipating an influx of foreigners in the years ahead under immigration reform, says it plans to create an “adult learning infrastructure” to meet demand for “high-quality English language” skills and other basics. On page 10 of its draft strategic plan for Fiscal Years 2014-2018, the Education Department says it will work to “transform” the adult education system—“and create an adult learning infrastructure that better meets the demand for high-quality English language, literacy, numeracy, and problem-solving skills. This infrastructure must accommodate the increased demand for skills from industry and business, as well as for services that may...
  • If Lies Don’t Work, Try Force to Shut Them Up: Our Duty to Civil Disobedience

    09/23/2013 4:44:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 23, 2013 | John Ransom
    For all those “conservatives” who support Common Core education reform, congratulations: Your side is acting like typical liberals. You’re lying about Common Core and when that doesn’t work, you and your liberal allies are willing to use naked force. Whatever else Common Core is about, it’s not an attempt to implement “standards.” At least in one case, it’s a wholesale rewriting American history, the constitution and common sense. And in another recent case, it’s about the ability to belittle, harass, and arrest the parents who just won’t shut the hell up. We told you so. “Greenville County Schools is...
  • Not Even Fisker's Fire Sale Can Dampen DOE Enthusiasm for 'Investments'

    09/19/2013 3:02:43 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    NLPC ^ | September 19, 2013 | Paul Chesser
    After the Department of Energy announced this week ithad given up on not-bankrupt-but-should-be Fisker Automotive, and will auction off its loan for a pittance, you’d think (and hope) Congress would have had enough of this kind of thing. Senator John Thune certainly has. “The Obama administration has gotten into the business of picking winners and losers at a significant cost to taxpayers,” said the South Dakota Republican yesterday. “I’m calling for the Senate to consider my amendment to eliminate the wasteful ATVM loan program and for my colleagues to join me in protecting taxpayer dollars from any future risky green...
  • More parents opting kids out of standardized tests

    09/08/2013 8:08:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 8, 2013 1:45 PM EDT | Katie Zezima
    While his eighth-grade classmates took state standardized tests this spring, Tucker Richardson woke up late and played basketball in his Delaware Township driveway. Tucker’s parents, Wendy and Will, are part of a small but growing number of parents nationwide who are ensuring their children do not participate in standardized testing. They are opposed to the practice for myriad reasons, including the stress they believe it brings on young students, discomfort with tests being used to gauge teacher performance, fear that corporate influence is overriding education and concern that test prep is narrowing curricula down to the minimum needed to pass...
  • Feds reject anti-Semitism claims at 3 UC campuses

    08/29/2013 8:45:53 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 19 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 28, 2013 | LISA LEFF
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The federal government has dismissed allegations that three University of California campuses failed to effectively respond to claims of anti-Semitism that arose out of pro-Palestinian events at the schools. The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights said in letters sent last week to leaders at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz and UC Irvine that the protests, teach-ins, lectures, graffiti and heated confrontations that gave rise to the claims didn't constitute harassment of Jewish students. In its Aug. 19 letters to the universities, the Education Department said in most cases the activities at issue were...
  • New Energy Secretary Wants to Waste More Money on EV Loans

    08/29/2013 1:21:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    NLPC ^ | August 29, 2013 | Paul Chesser
    Just when you thought the Loan Program Office in President Obama’s Department of Energy might put its unused electric auto loan money back in the Treasury coffers, the government investor-crats are going to try to find some takers for the dollars of disrepute that have been tainted by the likes of inoperative, nearly bankrupt Fisker Automotive and Vehicle Production Group. You might remember when we last heard about the condition of this program, it had trouble finding takers for the remaining $16.5 billion or so it had been allocated. According to a March report produced by the Government Accountability Office...
  • Doe Made Famous For Living In Cemetery Shot Dead

    08/14/2013 8:41:19 PM PDT · by Cold Case Posse Supporter · 30 replies
    CBS WAFB 9 ^ | 8-14-13
    KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) - A doe that got national attention after she made friends with a stray dog and the two hung out in a cemetery has been shot and killed.
  • Taxpayer Millions Squandered on EV Charging Study Project

    07/30/2013 10:13:10 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    NLPC ^ | July 30, 2013 | Paul Chesser
    An audit by theDepartment of Energy’s Inspector General found that the persistent weak demand for electric vehicles harmed the deployment and timeliness of a $135 million-plus taxpayer funded charging network, which spun a cycle of excessive grants and project expansion, that led to an enormous waste of public money. The investigators, led by IG Gregory Friedman, determined that conditions for reimbursement to Ecotality, Inc. (and its subsidiaries) for the EV charging demonstration project were “very generous,” although not explicitly prohibited under federal regulations. “While we acknowledge that the Department had maintained and archived award documentation, an independent reviewer cannot understand...
  • Bottomless Subsidies Needed to Keep DOE Electric Truck Project Alive

    07/08/2013 8:29:26 AM PDT · by jazusamo
    NLPC ^ | July 8, 2013 | Paul Chesser
    Despite little news over the past nine months since its last-minute abandonment of an initial public offering that was supposed to raise $76 million in cash, stimulus recipient Smith Electric Vehicles is showing little evidence it can inspire demand for its commercial trucks, like its plug-in car counterparts. Smith’s selling point for its step vans was that, unlike electric automobiles, delivery routes in urban areas did not require a long range between refueling (or, recharging). Frequent stops and short distances alleviated the “range anxiety” that accompanies cars like the Nissan Leaf. Frito-Lay, Coca-Cola and Staples were cited as early adopters...
  • Details Revealed of Fisker's Waste and Mismanagement

    06/21/2013 10:59:37 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    NLPC ^ | June 21, 2013 | Paul Chesser
    As NLPC has covered Fisker Automotive’s catastrophic flop over the last few years since it was granted a $529-million taxpayer-guaranteed loan from the Department of Energy, one big question that repeatedly came up was: How could a company that produced only one electric car model burn through $1.4 billion in investment so quickly? Reuters uncovered a number of reasons in a report published earlier this week. Citing documents and some sources, mostly anonymous, the news syndicate painted a disturbing picture of mismanagement, incompetence, disinformation, and squander. While businesses stumble and go out of business every day, Fisker’s case illustrates why...
  • Energy Dep’t Spending Millions So You Can Buy a $50K Hydrogen-Powered Car

    06/14/2013 4:04:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 12, 2013 - 10:17 AM | Susan Jones
    The Energy Department has $9 million more taxpayer dollars to spend on projects that may make a very expensive car less expensive and more acceptable to consumers. The latest round of funding is intended to accelerate the development of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, backup power systems, and hydrogen refueling stations. … Ironically, the Energy Department credits cheaper fossil fuel with reducing the cost of producing hydrogen fuel cells: “Recent development of the United States’ tremendous shale gas resources has not only helped directly cut electricity and transportation costs for consumers and businesses, but is also helping to reduce the costs...
  • Obama: ‘Gov’t Can Help by…Educating our Children From the Earliest Years’

    06/13/2013 3:32:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 13, 2013 - 5:52 AM | Susan Jones
    The private sector may drive the economy, but government also has a key role to play, President Obama told an enthusiastic crowd of Democrats in Boston on Wednesday. “When people say the whole problem is government, they don't understand,” Obama said at a fundraiser for U.S. Senate hopeful Ed Markey. “Government can help by establishing smart priorities, by making smart choices, by investing in American manufacturing so we’re bringing more of our jobs back from overseas—investing in our roads and our bridges and our ports to make sure that we are staying competitive all around the world, educating our children...