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  • Alert: $4 Billion Worth Of Waste Found In Food Stamp Program

    07/02/2018 1:05:47 AM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 28 replies
    https://www.chicksonright.com ^ | Andrew Mark Miller - July 1, 2018
    Alert: $4 Billion Worth Of Waste Found In Food Stamp Program It’s very hard to come up with a list of things that the federal government gets right. Government is simply too big and there’s just no way this bloated bureaucracy can be counted on to be efficient. That’s a big reason that Trump was elected. The American people are tired of the waste, fraud, and abuse in Washington. From Breitbart: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) spent a total of $4 billion on improper food stamp payments to those receiving benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the...
  • This technology could fundamentally change our relationship to electricity

    06/07/2018 3:44:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Vox ^ | June 5, 2018 | David Roberts
    A great deal of the electricity in the United States goes to waste. Much is lost in the initial generation of electricity. And much is lost through the use of inefficient devices, like incandescent light bulbs that heat up a filament to produce light. But power is also lost in between, on the grid, as it is carried along hundreds of miles of wires, repeatedly shifted between different voltages, and converted from AC to DC and back, all in the split second between the time it enters the grid and the time it powers your computer. How much power is...
  • Schumer Opposes “Taxpayers Right to Know Act” [semi-satire]

    05/05/2018 10:23:58 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 6 May 2018 | John Semmens
    The “Taxpayers Right to Know Act” has been passed several times by the US House of Representatives, but has been unable to get to a vote in the Senate due to the 60-vote requirement to end filibusters against it. The Bill would require federal agencies to report on how much programs cost and how effective they have been. While the Bill, sponsored by Sens. James Lankford (R-Okla) and Claire McCaskill, (D-Mo), has bipartisan support, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) vowed to block the legislation calling it “unfeasible and unfair. Look, our government has grown too big to be accurately measured in...
  • Americans waste 150,000 tons of food per day: study

    04/19/2018 5:18:36 AM PDT · by BBell · 61 replies
    Americans waste nearly 150,000 tons of food per day, amounting to about one pound (422 grams) per person, and fruits and vegetables are mostly what gets tossed, said a study Wednesday. The amount of land used annually to grow food that ends up in the garbage in the United States is 30 million acres, or seven percent of total US cropland. Some 4.2 trillion gallons of irrigation water gets wasted, too, said the report in the journal PLOS ONE. Fruits and vegetables made up 39 percent of total food waste, followed by dairy (17 percent), meat (14 percent) and grains...
  • GOP chairman: No waste in $1.3 trillion spending bill

    03/22/2018 10:41:31 AM PDT · by detective · 68 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 22, 2018 | Stephen Dinan
    House Republicans’ spending chief told his colleagues Wednesday that there is no waste in the $1.3 trillion spending bill lawmakers are rushing through Congress this week. “We’ve worked to make sure not a dollar is wasted,” Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, New Jersey Republican, said as he defended the massive bill before the House Rules Committee, pushing back against bipartisan frustration from lawmakers who said they couldn’t stomach voting on a 2,232-page bill with less than 24 hours’ time to read it. But no less than President Trump disagreed with him, taking to Twitter to say he “had to waste money on...
  • When Obama carried out his Solyndra scam, he broke the same law that Martha Stewart went to prison

    02/03/2016 8:22:06 AM PST · by grundle · 20 replies
    wordpress ^ | September 8, 2012 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    When Obama carried out his Solyndra con game, he broke the same law that Martha Stewart went to prison for breaking In 2009 the Obama administration gave $535 million to Solyndra, claiming that it would create 4,000 new jobs. However, instead of creating those 4,000 new jobs, the company went bankrupt. It was later revealed that the company’s shareholders and executives had made substantial donations to Obama’s campaign, that the company had spent a large sum of money on lobbying, and that Solyndra executives had had many meetings with White House officials. It was also revealed that the Obama administration had...
  • Report: Obama’s Civil Rights Warriors Distraught as DOJ Shutters Project That Funded...

    02/04/2018 12:18:41 PM PST · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Big Government ^ | 2/2/18 | Ian Mason
    The Department of Justice (DOJ) has “quietly” put an end to most work at the Office for Access to Justice (ATJ), one of the lesser initiatives of the Eric Holder era, according to a Thursday New York Times report.The tiny ATJ was founded in 2010 under then-Attorney General Eric Holder. Its last published organization chart, from 2015, shows only three appointees and their support staff. ATJ distributed grants and drafted “statements of interest” aimed at supporting the right to competent legal representation for the poor and indigent secured by the U.S. Constitution and the Supreme Court’s famous 1963 decision in...
  • LAPD spent millions on 'green' electric BMWs used for joyrides to nail salons, day lunches: report

    01/18/2018 1:43:31 PM PST · by Zakeet · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 18, 2018 | Gregg Re
    Two years after the LAPD touted a multimillion-dollar purchase of a fleet of eco-friendly electric BMWS, the vehicles are being used for personal trips to grab lunch and -- in one instance -- a visit to a nail salon, according to a local report. [Snip] A CBS investigative team, which reviewed mileage logs and followed the BMWs when they left LAPD garages, found that officers appeared to have a loose interpretation of those guidelines. One BMW went straight to a Yoshinoya drive-thru and returned to a police station, CBS reported. Another headed for Loyola Marymount University and picked up someone...
  • Waste Management To Give Some Employees $2,000 in Bonuses Following Tax Bill Passage

    01/11/2018 4:51:34 AM PST · by LRoggy · 14 replies
    CNBC.Com ^ | 1/10/2017 | Christine Wang
    Waste Management said Wednesday that it will give $2,000 in special bonuses to about 34,000 employees. The company said the cash bonuses will be given to its North American employees who are not on a bonus or sales incentive plan, including hourly and other employees.
  • Can the Pentagon actually figure out how it spends its money?

    01/07/2018 5:12:19 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Jan 07, 2018 | Travis J. Tritten
    When David Norquist came to the Senate for his confirmation hearing to be Defense Department comptroller in May, he declared, “It is time to audit the Pentagon.” He laid out a get-tough approach to members of the Armed Services Committee who were eager after years of delays for the military to finally get its financial books in order. The new push would include “calling out” individuals in the Pentagon who were creating weaknesses in the financial reporting of an estimated $2.4 trillion in assets. Norquist, the brother of Republican tax activist Grover Norquist, was quickly confirmed the same month and...
  • Lankford Issues Second Annual 'Federal Fumbles' Waste Report

    11/29/2017 8:38:54 AM PST · by bgill · 6 replies
    news9 ^ | Nov. 28, 2017 | Alex Cameron
    Some examples of alleged waste in the report: NIH spent $2 million studying how children perceive food, and specifically whether 5-year-olds will still eat food that has been sneezed on. A $200,000 grant to study fish consumption in Tanzania, and $500,000 to help locate ancient church cemeteries in Iceland. The U.S. Embassy in Britain spent $75,000 to have British citizens travel to America to watch volunteers. The U.S. wind energy industry still received $6 billion in annual federal subsidies. Three federal agencies combined to spend almost $500,000 on a medieval smells exhibit at a museum.
  • UC regents chastise UC President Janet Napolitano for approval of interference in state audit

    11/16/2017 4:32:39 PM PST · by BackRoads775 · 9 replies
    http://www.latimes.com ^ | 11/15/2017 | By Teresa Watanabe•
    University of California regents meeting on Thursday admonished UC President Janet Napolitano for agreeing to a plan that led to interference in a state audit on the operation of her office. “Her decision and then follow-on actions of her direct reports reflect negatively on the University of California community, which is committed to the highest ethical standards in furthering the University’s mission of teaching, research and public service,” board chairman George Kieffer said in a statement after the regents met behind closed doors for nearly five hours.
  • The man who finds treasure, and the secret of happiness, in the trash

    11/05/2017 10:46:49 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | October 28, 2017 | Derrick A Paulo and Ruth Smalley
    He forages in rubbish to put half-eaten food and still-usable items to good use. In the process, Daniel Tay has found a happier way to live - and is inspiring others to do likewise. (VIDEO-AT-LINK) SINGAPORE: He spots an open cake amid the used cans, old clothes and other rubbish. “There are three rules when it comes to eating food from a dump,” explains Mr Daniel Tay, 38, as he puts them into action. First, he examines the cake for mould, then sniffs it and finally licks it. This time, however, he does not take a nibble as he usually...
  • The Most Wasteful Health Spending Is Also the Most Popular

    10/25/2017 7:52:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/24/2017 | Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    Gather ’round, children, if you want to hear a scary story. Last time around, I pointed out that while everyone “knows” that there is a lot of waste in American health-care spending, we engage in widespread self-deception about the true magnitude of the problem. That half, approximately, of all U.S. health spending is wasted, is simultaneously scientifically uncontroversial, ignored by health-policy experts, and totally absent from public debate. But that’s not the worst part. In fact, it could be good news in a way: The magnitude of the problem suggests that there’s a lot of room for improvement; more important,...
  • Would you buy one? £22 Piqapoo device clips on to your dog's tail and collects its mess [tr]

    10/17/2017 7:50:42 PM PDT · by kevcol · 24 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | October 17, 2017 | Shivali Best
    But the days of having to pick up after your dog could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to a bizarre new gadget. The £22 ($29) Piqapoo is a soft clip that holds a collection bag, and clips onto your dog's tail, collecting waste so you don't have to.
  • The Truth About Taxes

    1940 Republican Party Film The Truth About Taxes The Truth About Taxes is a 1940 campaign film for presidential candidate Wendell Willkie which argues that President Roosevelt’s New Deal policies waste money and weaken the nation. The film was produced by the Republican Party.
  • Feds Spend $300,000 On Year-Long Frankenstein Festival

    10/01/2017 6:43:00 AM PDT · by kevcol · 6 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | September 30, 2017 | Ethan Barton
    Saturday’s “Frankenfest” will include a “Franks-N-Steins beer garden and a special Frankenstein speakers bureau,” according to the excerpt. Other federally-funded programs throughout the year in Indiana will include talks about the book’s key themes and film and writing festivals. . . . Another $173,000 from the endowment awarded to Indiana will fund a two-week institute on Frankenstein, Cinderella and their adaptations in Arkansas.
  • Feds Spend $429,220 Tracking Eye Movements of Latinos at Grocery Stores to Fight Obesity

    09/27/2017 8:38:30 AM PDT · by kevcol · 27 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 27, 2017 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The National Institutes of Health is spending over $400,000 on a study tracking the eye movements of Latinos and their children at grocery stores in a bid to fight obesity. The study at San Diego State University is using "eye-tracking technology" to determine how overweight people make their decisions on what to buy at the grocery. Researchers hope they can identify strategies for changing groceries to nudge people into choosing options they consider healthier.
  • Feds Spend $187,704 to Improve Older Women’s Sex Lives

    09/21/2017 8:32:38 AM PDT · by kevcol · 39 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 21, 2017 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The National Institutes of Health is spending nearly $200,000 on a study that seeks to improve older women's sex lives through mindfulness meditation. The University of Pittsburgh received the funding for the project, which began last month. Mindfulness, a New Age meditation technique of thinking about thoughts, will be used as an intervention to get women older than 50 more active in the bedroom.
  • “Hardest Hit Fund” to Help Struggling Homeowners Spent Millions on Parties, Bonuses, Cars

    09/03/2017 8:45:52 AM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 31 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 08/31/2017 | na
    A multi-billion-dollar government program launched by Obama to help families hit by the housing crisis squandered millions on parties, employee bonuses, cars, and superfluous data storage. The program is known as Hardest Hit Fund and operates under the Treasury Department, which does little to oversee it and sits by as federal audits expose pervasive fraud and waste. The findings of the latest probe were released this month by the inspector general of another reckless Treasury gem, the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), Obama’s disastrous initiative to rescue the nation’s ailing financial institutions. The findings are documented in an exhaustive 93-page...