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  • 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...
  • Shades of Solyndra: Energy Dept. risks taxpayer cash in project tied to Obama donor

    06/13/2013 10:49:05 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 2 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 13, 2013 | Edward Felker - Washington Guardian
    The Energy Department helped a struggling government-backed clean coal power plant in California secure a new owner in a donor to President Barack Obama and agreed to revised terms that raised the risk of taxpayer losses, government investigators have found. The Department's Office of Inspector General said that officials helped keep Hydrogen Energy California afloat after its initial backers moved to terminate their DOE contract in the face of fading commercial prospects. The project was acquired by Massachusetts-based SCS Energy, headed by Democratic donor James Croyle, in 2011. He gave $2,300 to President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign and $31,400 to...
  • New DOE chief insists climate change 'not debatable'

    06/01/2013 3:54:59 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 54 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | May. 28, 2013 | RUSSELL MCLENDON
    Physicist Ernest Moniz was sworn in last week as U.S. Energy secretary, and wasted little time laying out his priorities. Along with a major speech on energy efficiency, as well as pronouncements about nuclear power and natural gas, he issued a blunt warning to any opponents or obfuscators of climate science: The jig is up. "Let me make it very clear that there is no ambiguity in terms of the scientific basis calling for a prudent response on climate change," he told a crowd of Energy Department employees May 21 following his swearing-in ceremony at DOE headquarters. "I am...
  • Greg Lukianoff: Feds to Students: You Can't Say That

    05/17/2013 6:51:33 AM PDT · by 21stCenturion · 10 replies
    WSJ Online ^ | 16 May, 2013 | Greg Lukianoff
    The new policy was announced in a joint letter from the Education Department and Justice Department to the University of Montana. *** After outlining the specifics of the case, the letter states that only a stunningly broad definition of sexual harassment—"unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature"—will now satisfy federal statutory requirements. This explicitly includes "verbal conduct," otherwise known as speech.
  • U.S. rule makes every student a sex harasser

    05/13/2013 5:37:35 PM PDT · by 21stCenturion · 27 replies
    joannejacobs.com ^ | 11 may, 2013 | joanne jacobs
    John asks Mary for a date. She says no. The request was unwelcome, so he’s a sexual harasser. Professor Smith discusses the risk of HIV transmission through anal sex, making one of his 500 students uncomfortable. He’s a sexual harasser. Just about everyone on campus is guilty of sexual harassment under rules set out May 9 by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education, charges the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).
  • Energy Dept. spent $11 million per green job

    05/09/2013 4:17:14 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    daily caller ^ | 5-8-13 | Michael Bastasch
    Despite the Obama administration’s generous support for green energy, job creation in the sector has both lagged and come at a hefty cost to taxpayers, according to a new report. According to the Institute for Energy Research, the Department of Energy has spent nearly $26 billion since 2009 on its Section 1703 and 1705 loan programs. However, these two programs only yielded 2,308 permanent jobs — meaning the cost to taxpayers was $11.25 million per job.
  • Administration Denies Reality at Fisker Congressional Hearing

    04/25/2013 11:03:04 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    NLPC ^ | April 25, 2013 | Paul Chesser
    As the Department of Energy seized the last of Fisker Automotive’s reserves in lieu of an unknown amount that it was due to repay this week, what’s left of the lame electric automaker clings to the slim hope it can survive. While CEO Tony Posawatz and his team may need an intervention, a hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee yesterday revealed that DOE and committee Democrats (as well as those in the Obama administration) are hopelessly stuck in an alternate universe, where losing millions of taxpayer dollars is considered a good record. Republicans had called officials from...
  • Fisker Failure was Easy to See Coming

    04/24/2013 7:50:14 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    NLPC ^ | April 24, 2013 | Mark Modica
    While hindsight may always be 20/20, foresight should be pretty clear in many instances as well. The Fisker failure was one of these times. Many saw the folly in spending hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to support the green debacle. In fact, the Associated Press has reported that even the Obama Administration had warning of the Fisker loan risks back in April of 2010 when the Energy Department began emailing their concerns. Congress will be holding hearings starting today to address the scandalous waste of taxpayer money on Fisker. Reuters states one of the goals of the hearing, "'The...
  • Video: Operation Paul Revere InfoWars.com Contest: The Death of John Doe

    04/23/2013 8:54:08 PM PDT · by ranair34 · 3 replies
    DoppKitMedia ^ | 04/23/2013 | DoppKitMedia
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqiDO-cE6LE
  • Incompetence and Dysfunction Rampant at Energy Department

    04/22/2013 1:26:31 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    NLPC ^ | April 22, 2013 | Paul Chesser
    “Ineptocracy” is a new Internet-popularized word in wide circulation, which came to my inbox with the following definition: “A system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.” Clearly the word’s creation was inspired by the current presidential administration, where the ineptocrats abound. And as NLPC has documented for 4+ years, nowhere has that been more evident than in President Obama’sDepartment...
  • Washington company plans five wind turbines off Coos Bay (DOE Grants)

    04/20/2013 3:05:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | April 20, 2013 | AP
    A Washington company intends to moor five wind turbines off the Oregon coast, and hopes the project dovetails with a separate proposal for liquefied natural gas.
  • "Common Core" extends the Marxist brainwashing of America's school children

    04/19/2013 8:55:18 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 8 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/19/13 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Vlad, the Impaler must be dancing in his grave as the beast known as the Federal Education Department makes the United States into Transylvania West by turning our public school system into its own, blood-sucking, Communist training camp! Orwellian standards, end runs around local school boards and ruination of states’ rights are all part of the Obama administration’s dangerous Common Core initiative to strip our land of freedom. Dr. Alison Rampersad, a Co-Chair of Eye on U.S. Education, gave a Florida workshop a frightening heads up on what really is in Common Core, slated to be a done deal within...
  • Lawsuit and a Congressional Hearing as Fisker Bankruptcy Nears

    04/11/2013 11:45:46 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    NLPC ^ | April 11, 2013 | Paul Chesser
    As green energy stimulus recipients raked in billions of dollars the last few years, with President Obama declaring what a great “investment” they were for taxpayers, friends of mine would jokingly ask, “Where’s my dividend?” “Where are my stock certificates?” “Where’s my free electric car?!” In the case of our $193-million stake in Fisker Automotive, thanks to a Department of Energy loan guarantee, it looks like American shareholders will end up with the whole company itself. With the Anaheim non-automaker (no cars produced since last summer) firing about 160 of its 200 remaining employees on Friday, a bankruptcy law firm...
  • No April Fools: Obama's Green Energy Stimulus is Officially a Joke

    04/01/2013 10:43:33 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    NLPC ^ | April 1, 2013 | Paul Chesser
    President Obama ’s alternative energy “stimulus,” administered through hisDepartment of Energy by previous SecretarySteven Chu, had already become a joke because of the failures and foibles of so many recipients of Recovery Act funds. But now – as though officially commemorating the absurdity of this historically bad U.S. government program – one of its bankrupt beneficiaries has changed its name from one of simplicity to one of mockery. Electric vehicle battery maker A123 Systems has changed its name to B456 Systems. Incorporated. Reporting the development, headline writers across the nation rubbed their eyes, double-checked the wire information, and then...
  • Obama’s Plans for the Suburbs: And How to Stop Them

    03/19/2013 9:42:51 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 39 replies
    http://www.nationalreview.com ^ | march 18, 2013 | stanley kurtz
    This DOE project explores a variety of strategies designed to curb America’s greenhouse gas emissions up to 80 percent by about 2050. Arguably the most controversial of those reports covers the “effects of the built environment on transportation.” To put it plainly, the “built environment” report lays out strategies the federal government can use to force development away from suburbs and into cities, supposedly for the sake of reducing carbon dioxide emissions given off by all those suburban commuters. The Obama administration wants to force so-called smart growth policies on the country: get out of your car, stay out of...
  • Abound Solar's Toxic Waste Highlights Enviro Hypocrisy on Pollution

    02/28/2013 2:49:33 PM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    NLPC ^ | February 28, 2013 | Paul Chesser
    And the environmental pressure groups wanted you to believe solar energy was “clean” and “green.” If that’s true, then why do we keep hearing the words “toxic” and “hazardous” connected with the production of solar panels – especially with the companies that fail? The latest example of phony eco-purity is Abound Solar, which declared bankruptcy last summer after it had received $70 million of a $400 million Department of Energystimulus loan guarantee. According to news reports from Colorado, where Abound was based, the state Department of Public Health and Environment found 2,000 pallets of solar panels that couldn’t be sold...