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  • How Local Citizens Can Take Up the Fight Against Public Corruption

    03/17/2017 6:15:09 AM PDT · by milton23 · 3 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 3/16/17 | Brandon Muir
    We hear it all the time from politicians: They are finally going to stop the “waste, fraud, and abuse” in government. In states with more corruption, like Pennsylvania, New York, or Illinois, calls to clean up government are frequent as well. The problem is that these promises rarely come to fruition. This week—Sunshine Week—is a perfect time to stop waiting for someone else to fix these problems. Let’s look to citizens, and a push for more open government, to get the job done. As the saying goes, sunlight is the best disinfectant of all.
  • How Much To Access Government Data On Immigration? Only $173,775

    06/26/2016 8:05:26 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 9 replies
    538.com ^ | JUN 24, 2016 AT 5:17 PM | By Jody Avirgan
    A little more than a year ago, Quartz’s David Yanofsky did what many data reporters do every day: He submitted a Freedom of Information Act request for a set of statistics from a government agency. Yanofsky wanted immigration statistics about who enters the country from the International Trade Administration, the only government agency that compiles comprehensive records of this kind. The ITA got back to him and said that he was welcome to the data set — all he had to do was cut a check for $173,775. After weeks of paperwork and haggling with the agency, Yanofsky is now...
  • How Vitamin D Can Turn You Into Superman

    11/09/2015 11:38:37 AM PST · by blam · 94 replies
    BI - Details Magazine ^ | Samuel Blackstone
    Samuel Blackstone, Details Magazine November 8, 2015Daylight savings time is here, whether you like it or not. That means more cold weather, less warm sun, and for some people, vitamin D deficiencies, which, like any vitamin deficiency, can cause a host of health problems. This week, though, researchers completed a preliminary study on vitamin D and found that if you do happen to get enough of this essential vitamin, it not only reduces the risk of heart disease, but also helps you exercise more strenuously, while simultaneously exhibiting lower signs of exertion. In layman's terms, vitamin D helps you exercise...
  • Lawsuit seeks to open the book on closed-door meeting

    08/17/2013 7:29:02 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 8-17-13 | Alyssa Hertig
    MADISON — An Appleton Area School District committee charged with reviewing and recommending a reading list for the public school system’s ninth-graders proved anything but an open book, according to the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty. In a lawsuit against the school district, Milwaukee-based WILL, a libertarian-leaning public interest firm, asserts the Communication Arts I Materials Review Committee met in secret before handing down its fiction recommendations to a subcommittee of the Appleton School Board. “They didn’t follow the open meetings law” said Tom Kamenick, associate counsel and open government specialist at WILL. “These meetings were completely closed off...
  • Gingrich's Sunshine State Strategy

    January 29, 2012 Gingrich's Sunshine State strategy Former Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum reacts
  • The Jive Aces present: Bring Me Sunshine

    12/06/2011 9:05:28 AM PST · by bigbob · 2 replies
    Youtube ^ | 3-17-11 | The Jive Aces
    The Jive Aces new music video for the Morecambe and Wise classic "Bring Me Sunshine" from their forthcoming album "King of the Swingers".
  • Obama to discuss aid, receive award (for "commitment to an open and transparent government")

    03/16/2011 4:22:50 AM PDT · by maggief · 51 replies
    UPI ^ | March 16, 2011
    EXCERPT -- Accept an award from a coalition of good government groups and transparency advocates recognizing "his deep commitment to an open and transparent government -- of, by, and for the people" in conjunction with Sunshine Week.
  • Study finds low vitamin-d levels in northern California residents with metabolic syndrome (latitude)

    11/30/2010 3:01:49 PM PST · by decimon · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Supplementation with the 'sunshine vitamin' may reduce risk of diabetes and heart disease(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) ― Researchers from the UC Davis Health System have found that compared with healthy controls, blood levels of vitamin D are significantly reduced in patients in the Sacramento area with metabolic syndrome, a constellation of disease risk factors that affects about one in three U.S. adults and predisposes them to diabetes, heart disease and stroke. The study is the first to examine vitamin-D status in patients with metabolic syndrome living in Northern California, where the many hours of sunshine make the vitamin-D deficiency finding surprising. The...
  • University must release Palin contract

    08/26/2010 7:57:03 AM PDT · by SmithL · 77 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/26/10 | Nanette Asimov, Chronicle Staff Writer
    California State University at Stanislaus and its private foundation violated public records laws and will have to release the speakers contract with Sarah Palin they had tried to keep secret, a judge has ruled. The details of Palin's contract to speak at a June 25 fundraiser for the foundation became national news last spring after foundation officials refused to tell state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, how much Palin would be paid. Yee has been trying to change a state law that shields campus foundations from public scrutiny. The Palin story grew more bizarre in April after students found discarded...
  • Good Day, Sunshine: The Happy Image Of A 'Smiling' Sun

    07/02/2010 9:25:11 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 11 replies · 1+ views
    DailyMail (UK) ^ | July 02nd, 2010
    Good Day, Sunshine: The Happy Image Of A 'Smiling' Sun [Pic in URL] 2nd July 2010 There is a lot to smile about today - it's Friday, it's summer, and Andy Murray is still in the running at Wimbledon (for now). This extraordinary image is just one more thing to be cheerful about. The photograph, which has gone viral on the internet, shows clouds passing in front of the sun - creating what appears to be a smiley face. Happy summer: Clouds pass in front of the sun in this image that is doing the rounds on the internet Little...
  • The vitamin D miracle: Is it for real?

    12/06/2009 9:00:19 AM PST · by STARWISE · 264 replies · 8,180+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | 3-30-09 | Martin Mittelstaedt
    The claims have been sensational. Martin Mittelstaedt checks up on the research behind the hype ### In the summer of 1974, brothers Frank and Cedric Garland had a heretical brainwave. The young epidemiologists were watching a presentation on death rates from cancer county by county across the United States. As they sat in a lecture hall at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore looking at the colour-coded cancer maps, they noticed a striking pattern, with the map for colon cancer the most pronounced. Counties with high death rates were red; those with low rates were blue. Oddly, the nation was almost...
  • Behind Push for Stimulus Transparency, a Question Remains: Who Ensures the Numbers Are Right?

    08/17/2009 7:07:01 PM PDT · by BGHater · 4 replies · 437+ views
    ProPublica ^ | 17 Aug 2009 | Christopher Flavelle
    When President Obama introduced the stimulus plan, he made a bold promise of transparency [1]: “Every American will be able to see how and where we spend taxpayer dollars by going to a new Web site called Recovery.gov [2].” But like so many noble ideas in government, that may be easier said than done. The government is moving to make detailed information on the stimulus publicly available. Congress has created an independent agency, led by a respected former inspector general, to collect information from those getting the money and to post it, starting in October. However, interviews by ProPublica suggest...
  • Vanity: Proposed ObamaCare Opposition Anthem

    08/15/2009 11:19:35 AM PDT · by Jabba the Nutt · 6 replies · 353+ views
    Vanity | 15 August 2009 | Jabba The Nutt
    While I was doing some work today with my iTunes player going in the background a song came on. The light went on and I thought, 'this would make a darn good anthem for the Tea Party, FReeper, opposition to ObamaCare.Here's the link to the neato YouTube video.And here are the lyrics.Sunshine (Go Away Today) Lyrics by Jonathan EdwardsSunshine go away today I don't feel much like dancing Some man's gone, he's tried to run my life Don't know what he's asking He tells me I'd better get in line Can't hear what he's saying When I grow up I'm...
  • Obama Administration Redacts Contract Details for Recovery.gov

    08/13/2009 11:39:09 PM PDT · by BGHater · 10 replies · 917+ views
    ProPublica ^ | 13 Aug 2009 | Christopher Flavelle
    Back in July, a software company named Smartronix [1] landed an $18 million contract to build a Web site where taxpayers could easily track billions in federal stimulus money. It was just another part of the Obama administration’s ongoing effort to bring transparency to stimulus spending, we were told. But it seems the drive for transparency doesn’t cover the contract itself.After weeks of prodding by ProPublica and other organizations, the General Services Administration released copies of the contract and related documents that are so heavily blacked out they are virtually worthless.Don’t believe us? Take a look. [2]ProPublica sought the contract...
  • The Broad Perspective on the Growing Outrage in America

    06/11/2009 11:33:11 AM PDT · by Welshman007 · 397 replies · 11,762+ views
    Columbia Conservative Examiner ^ | June 11, 2009 | Anthony G. Martin
    An ill wind is blowing in America. Ordinary citizens from coast to coast are feeling a growing sense of outrage over what they are witnessing in Washington. At least one talk radio host states that the rage he is hearing from his listeners indicates that trouble is brewing beneath the surface that could erupt into the streets, not in violence, but in peaceful protest that sends a signal to Washington.
  • Congress Sends FDA Tobacco Bill to Obama

    06/12/2009 3:06:06 PM PDT · by lqcincinnatus · 56 replies · 2,477+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 12, 2009 | FAWN JOHNSON
    WASHINGTON -- A bill allowing the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco is on the way to the White House for President Barack Obama's signature. A day after the Senate overwhelmingly approved the measure, the House passed it Friday on a 307-97 vote. (See related article.) Mr. Obama said the legislation gives the government much greater power to regulate tobacco "truly defines change in Washington." The president spoke in the Rose Garden Friday and promised to sign the bill. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Thursday that her agency looked forward to implementing it.
  • Tomatoes the way they were

    08/06/2008 1:36:43 PM PDT · by fishhound · 94 replies · 452+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, August 6, 2008 | Richard Slusser
    A handsome new book by Amy Goldman jump-started memories of my family saving seeds from our beloved yellow oxheart tomatoes through fall and winter for spring planting. This was our heirloom tomato, although we did not think of it as such. In reading Miss Goldman's "The Heirloom Tomato: From Garden to Table" (Bloomsbury), I learned that one woman, who was involved with preserving a strain her ancestors had brought when they emigrated from Germany, still puts sugar on her sliced tomatoes. I remember my grandmother doing this, although she also added a few drops of vinegar on the slices of...
  • Breaking: Reports Death (Accident? Suicide?) Of Former Korean President Roh Mu Hyon (Appeaser)

    05/22/2009 6:47:43 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 36 replies · 4,427+ views
    Yahoo News Japanese ^ | 23 May 2009 | Yahoo Japan
    Link to Japanese story. Breaking initially from South Korean news organization Yonhap about 30 minutes ago Said former President died in a "mountain climbing" accident. Also speculating suicide.This was the architect of the "Sunshine Policy" of appeasement toward North Korea. Good friend of Clintons. BREAKING
  • Still No Sunshine

    05/20/2009 1:40:13 PM PDT · by Selkirk · 6 replies · 388+ views
    Political Castaway ^ | 5/20/2009 | Selkirk
    It looks like the credit card bill is headed to the White House. I won't pound the table any more than I already have. It's a bad bill that's bad for the economy. Now is a good time to take a measure, once again, of one of the President's simplest campaign pledges: that he would post the full text of any non-emergency legislation to the White House website for five days before signing it. His thought was that this would give greater transparency to the legislative process. Well, he has already whiffed at transparency in a number of ways, from...
  • FLORIDA SUNSHINE BREAK

    01/09/2009 5:09:46 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 24 replies · 661+ views
    SELF | Jan 09,2009 | swampsniper
    Alright, y'all, I risked terminal sunburn to get these warmup shots for all you frozen snowbirds! The Pelican ain't up to par, but he was moving at warp speed, jumping on a fish.