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  • 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 ^ | 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...
  • Chicagoans Face Another Big Tax Hit

    08/30/2017 10:42:10 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 21 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | August 30, 2017 | Lauren Fitzpatrick, Fran Spielman, et al.
    The increase marks the latest in a slew of new taxes and fees Chicago residents have had to swallow over the past three years to shore up dire financial conditions in the city, its schools system and Cook County caused largely by government officials skipping payments into pension funds. The Chicago Sun-Times has reported for months that the mayor is considering raising taxes on downtown businesses, high net-worth individuals or both to preserve his vaunted longer school day and school year. Though Chicago homeowners are still reeling from the $588 million property tax increase he pushed through the City Council...
  • Police and military equipment - overturning Obama ban protects Americans and law enforcement

    08/28/2017 6:13:19 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 66 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 28, 2017 | John R Lott Jr
    Police have a tough and dangerous job. Armored military vehicles and military-grade body armor aren’t just useful for soldiers, they make it possible for police to protect Americans. During his address Monday to the annual meeting of the Fraternal Order of Police, the nation's largest police union with 330,000 members, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that President Trump is overturning Obama’s ban on supplying surplus military equipment to police. It is an issue that the Fraternal Order of Police and other police organizations cared about deeply during the campaign last year. Indeed, they based their endorsement of Trump during the...
  • How Does It Fare Up: The Illinois State Fair in Bankrupt Illinois

    08/15/2017 11:07:01 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 19 replies
    Chicago Daily Observer ^ | August 11, 2017 | Jim Ridings
    You can see it at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Illinois is falling apart and politicians don’t care. The Coliseum, the most popular fair attraction, is closed. I noticed how dirty it was inside. No maintenance, not even a power washing of the dirty concrete. Water leaks from the roof during storms. Last year, there were puddles in the aisles. A steel beam fell last October and the building was closed. The state had from last October until this August to repair it. It remains closed and could be closed for years until lawmakers decide to come up with the money...
  • Long term ongoing investigation of EPA warehouse (Secret Man Caves Found in EPA Warehouse)

    06/05/2013 10:09:39 AM PDT · by kimtom · 71 replies ^ | June 4, 2013 | Eric Katz
    <p>A warehouse maintained by contractors for the Environmental Protection Agency contained secret rooms full of exercise equipment, televisions and couches, according to an internal audit.</p> <p>EPA’s inspector general found contractors used partitions, screens and piled up boxes to hide the rooms from security cameras in the 70,000 square-foot building located in Landover, Md. The warehouse -- used for inventory storage -- is owned by the General Services Administration and leased to the EPA for about $750,000 per year.</p>
  • The U.S. Navy's Stealthy Zumwalt Class Destoyer: America’s New 'Pocket' Battleships?

    07/30/2017 3:56:21 PM PDT · by Carbonsteel · 60 replies
    National Interest ^ | 7/30/17 | Kyle Mizokami
    The three new Zumwalt-class destroyers are in trouble. Originally envisioned as a fleet of more nearly three dozen destroyers, and the weapons that justified them, the Zumwalts have faced delays, cuts and staggering cost increases. As the ships teeter on the verge of white elephant status, could they become relevant again by taking on a new role, that of a stealthy ship killer? The Zumwalt-class destroyers were originally envisioned as a fleet of thirty-two destroyers designed to attack targets far inland with precision-guided howitzer shells. Designed in part to support amphibious landings by the U.S. Marine Corps, the Zumwalts were...
  • A recycling robot named Clarke could be the key to reducing waste

    07/23/2017 4:11:57 PM PDT · by ptsal · 2 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | July 23, 2017 | Lulu Chang
    [snip] With so many different materials now in play, how are you supposed to know what needs to be thrown into a landfill and what can be reused? Luckily, while humans might not be the best at practicing the Three R’s (reduce, reuse, and recycle, of course), another “R” is here to save us. It’s a robot, and it’s been affectionately named Clarke. Developed by AMP Robotics, this robot makes use of artificial intelligence to recognize and sort various food and beverage containers.
  • Porking out with your money

    07/21/2017 10:26:50 AM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 2 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 07/19/2017 | Cal Thomas
    The annual ‘Pig Book’ turns a spotlight on congressional earmarks! Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to eliminate governmental waste and fraud, just released its “2017 Congressional Pig Book,” an annual publication highlighting wasteful government spending that should embarrass each and every member of Congress. While it is true that most government spending is for “entitlements” and other fixed costs, the “Pig Book” properly ridicules politicians who waste significant amounts of money on questionable programs. In 2011, Congress promised to go on the wagon when it came to pork. That didn’t last long because pork to...
  • Just how “green” are your solar panels?

    07/05/2017 1:29:34 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 10 replies
    Legal Insurrection, All Rights Reserved. ^ | Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 4:00pm | Posted by Leslie Eastman
    after 8 long years of solar energy businesses being promoted by the U.S. government, hard numbers and real work experiences are causing people to reassess just how “green” solar energy is. To begin with, it appears that solar panels create 300 times more toxic waste per unit of electricity generated than nuclear power plants.... And while nuclear energy production does generate radioactive wastes, the sheer volume difference shows that the nuclear energy is more efficient at energy production. And while “toxic” may seem less hazardous than “radioactives”, heavy metals are forever whereas radioactive particles decay over time. Chronic exposures to...
  • Waste From Solar Panels: 300 Times That of Nuclear Power

    07/01/2017 7:25:53 AM PDT · by rktman · 28 replies ^ | 6/29/2017 | David Middleton
    Last November, Japan’s Environment Ministry issued a stark warning: the amount of solar panel waste Japan produces every year will rise from 10,000 to 800,000 tons by 2040, and the nation has no plan for safely disposing of it. Neither does California, a world leader in deploying solar panels. Only Europe requires solar panel makers to collect and dispose of solar waste at the end of their lives. All of which begs the question: just how big of a problem is solar waste? Environmental Progress investigated the problem to see how the problem compared to the much more high-profile issue...
  • California Claims Only Possible Budget Cuts Are In Police and Fire Services: See For Yourself

    06/19/2017 12:58:16 PM PDT · by Strac6 · 39 replies
    State of California says they have to cut state budget, but only possible cuts are in Police and Fire services. According to the Dems who control California, no cuts are even remotely possible in any of these agencies: California Academic Performance Index (API) * California Access for Infants and Mothers * California Acupuncture Board * California Administrative Office of the Courts * California Adoptions Branch * California African American Museum * California Agricultural Export Program * California Agricultural Labor Relations Board * California Agricultural Statistics Service * California Air Resources Board (CARB) * California Allocation Board * California Alternative Energy...
  • MBTA to shut down in tourist season thanks to inefficient Democratic liberalism

    06/10/2017 6:27:28 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 9 replies
    Mainestategop ^ | Brian Ball
    Guess what everyone? The MBTA transit system in Boston is going to close down most of its commuter lines this summer thanks to stupid government projects and leftist regulations stemming from Obama's last days that will close down vital transit lines to most of Massachusetts and its all happening during tourist season! The purple line is Boston's metro commuter rail that connects the Boston metro to surrounding areas of Eastern Massachusetts. Its our equivilent to Southern California's Metrolink in Los Angeles, the Sounder in Everett, Seattle and Tacoma, New York's Metrorail and Miami Tri-rail. Now I'm not here to argue...