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  • Satellite map reveals that animal waste pollution is much worse than thought as it [tr]

    12/06/2018 12:59:11 PM PST · by C19fan · 41 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 6, 2018 | Peter Lloyd
    A map of animal waste hotspots created from data captured from space has revealed the world's worst areas for ammonia pollution. Satellite images have provided previously-unseen information about the atmospheric chemical, which is released when animals defecate and urinate. The naturally-occurring gas can be toxic for people, livestock and crops when high quantities mix with other compounds. This can result in lung disease and even death, but its colourless appearance previously made it difficult to track and regulate emission levels. Now, researchers at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Belgium, have done exactly that by identifying the world's top 242...
  • Metropolitan Transportation Commission to discuss affordable housing at posh Sonoma retreat (Calif)

    11/28/2018 10:37:54 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 16 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 11/27/18 | Anon
    Talk about tone-deaf. Members and staff of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission are holding a holding a $29,000 taxpayer-funded, overnight retreat this week at the posh Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, where the first order of business will include discussion of affordable housing. Seriously. You can’t make this stuff up. Seventeen of the 21 commission members are expected to attend. Of those, 14 are expected to stay overnight, including Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo. In addition, 15 commission staff members will attend and 12 will stay overnight. It’s great that commissioners want to engage in serious discussion...
  • A 16th-Century Guide to Pooping at King Henry VIII's Hampton Court Palace

    10/17/2018 9:04:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 36 replies
    Mental Floss ^ | October 9, 2018 | Lucas Reilly
    In King Henry VIII’s pleasure palace, Hampton Court, there was no escaping class—not even in the loo. The King, of course, had a luxurious place to squat. According to the Hampton Court Palace website, he and other royals sat atop a padded chair "covered in sheepskin, black velvet, and ribbons" lofted above a pewter chamber pot. This toilet was private, located in a so-called "stool room" that was attended to by a high-ranking courtier known as the Groom of the Stool. It was a privileged, well-respected gig to handle the monarch's waste. (Apparently the groom would even take notes on...
  • America Needs a War on Waste

    09/24/2018 6:19:41 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 9 replies
    Open the Books ^ | 24 Sept 2018
    USDA SPENDS MILLIONS SUBSIDIZING CRICKET FARMS FOR HUMANS TO EAT BUG FY2017 | DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE | According to search results (May 2, 2017) Bugeater Labs received Department of Agriculture funding. The University of Nebraska Omaha College of Business Administration website published an article on April 28, 2017, titled "Bugeater Foods," explaining the funding. BUYING BOOZE FOR EMBASSIES AROUND THE WORLD – $79,000 FINAL WEEK FY2017 | STATE DEPARTMENT | On October 3, 2018, we published an editorial at Forbes, titled "Use It or Lose It – Trump’s Agencies Spent $11 Billion Last Week in Year-End Spending Spree." Using...
  • Feds Spend $142,974 Studying Elderly LGBT With Alzheimer’s

    09/18/2018 2:38:25 AM PDT · by kevcol · 27 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 17, 2018 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The National Institutes of Health is spending over $100,000 studying elderly lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals who have Alzheimer's but do not have HIV. The "novel investigation" is part of the "Rainbows of Aging" research being conducted by the University of California, San Francisco. The study began last month.
  • Taxpayer-funded trip included a jaunt to Disney World

    08/03/2018 9:33:38 AM PDT · by VegasVictor · 13 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | August 3, 2018 | Victor Joecks
    The Clark County School District sent Deanna Wright to an anti-bullying conference in Orlando. She went to Walt Disney World instead of attending the end of the conference. Wright is the president of the School Board. Last year, taxpayers paid for her trip to the 2017 National Conference on Bullying. The conference opened on March 1 and ended at 11 a.m. on March 3. On March 3, at 9:53 a.m. — while the conference was ongoing — she took an Uber from her hotel to a Disney World parking lot. Late that evening, she took another Uber from Disney World...
  • Male House Democrat Wants Taxpayer-Funded Tampons For His Office

    07/26/2018 3:02:00 AM PDT · by kevcol · 35 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 26, 2018 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Maloney, who is simultaneously running for reelection in the 18th district and for attorney general in New York, has been credited with starting the "Tampon Lobby" on Capitol Hill and has recently taken up the banner for "menstrual equity." . . . Maloney has suggested women working in the House cannot have "respect and dignity" unless taxpayers pay for their tampons.
  • Alert: $4 Billion Worth Of Waste Found In Food Stamp Program

    07/02/2018 1:05:47 AM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 28 replies ^ | 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 ^ | 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...