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  • Here's an idea for the Clinton Foundation (vanity)

    02/09/2016 7:57:30 PM PST · by Leaning Right · 10 replies
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    I just finished watching a clip of Hillary's New Hampshire concession speech. She mentioned the terrible condition of Flint, Michigan's water supply. She was outraged, I tell you. So, seeing how the Clinton Foundation is a charity, wouln't it be great if the Foundation donated, say, $150 million to Flint? That would go a long way to solving the problem.
  • Klamath River dams moving toward removal despite congressional barriers ( CA & OR )

    02/08/2016 9:41:55 PM PST · by george76 · 37 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Feb. 3, 2016 | Bettina Boxall
    California, Oregon and the federal government are working on a way around congressional barriers to the removal of hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River. The states, the U.S. Interior Department and the owner of the dams, PacifiCorp, announced Tuesday that they have agreed in principle to pursue removal through the federal dam relicensing process. The move comes after a complex deal to decommission four hydroelectric dams and restore portions of the historic salmon river fell apart when Congress failed to act on a crucial piece of the pact by a Dec. 31 deadline. Republican members of Congress and local elected...
  • Flint water crisis: residents say Hillary Clinton ‘coming for the entertainment’

    02/08/2016 3:13:12 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | February 7, 2016 | Lucia Graves in Flint, Michigan
    Hillary Clinton has made every effort to make Flint her own. The water crisis afflicting this predominantly black Michigan city - ignored by Washington politicians for years - has become another battlefield in a progressive war between Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Race, class and the environment matter again in an issues-based, neck-and-neck race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Looking past Tuesday's primary in New Hampshire, where Sanders is tipped to win, and toward the March primary states where she will be counting on African American support, Clinton made a symbolic campaign stop here on Sunday. "I feel blessed to be...
  • Lawsuits over spotted frog worry farmers

    02/07/2016 3:24:51 PM PST · by Twotone · 4 replies
    Bend Bulletin ^ | Feb. 7, 2016 | Joseph Ditzler
    The farm fields in Jefferson County are quiet this time of year, the irrigation ditches dry, the crops dormant and the tractors, combines and balers parked in barns until spring. Even so, farmers are busy calculating their costs for the spring planting season, and this year they're factoring in a little bit of fear.
  • Local Problems, Global Problems, and Government Competence

    02/05/2016 11:43:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 4, 2016 | Timothy D. Terrell
    Last August, an accident at a federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cleanup project at the long-abandoned Gold King mine in Silverton, Colorado, resulted in a gusher of heavy metal-laden water into the Animas River. Not only did EPA project mismanagement cause the spill, but also its response after the accident was wholly inadequate. Apparently, it didn't notify nearby residents for 24 hours, and it failed to alert officials downstream quickly that the toxic water was coming. Any private firm that had done this would doubtless have been fined or otherwise penalized--by EPA. A recent water quality crisis in Flint, Michigan...
  • FBI joins probe of Flint, Michigan's lead contaminated water

    02/03/2016 12:21:20 PM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 11 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | February 2, 2016 | David Shepardson
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Tuesday it was joining a criminal investigation of lead-contaminated drinking water in Flint, Michigan, exploring whether laws were broken in a crisis that has captured international attention. Federal prosecutors in Michigan were working with an investigative team that included the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Inspector General and the EPA's Criminal Investigation Division, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit said. An FBI spokeswoman said the agency was determining whether federal laws were broken, but declined further comment.
  • [ATLAH Church] Controversial church in Harlem is deep in debt and may go up for public auction

    02/01/2016 11:37:14 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 9 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | January 28, 2016 | Ginger Adams Otis
    A Harlem church is certainly having its trials and tribulations. The controversial World Atlah Church on Lenox Ave. and 123rd infamous for its anti-gay and anti-Obama messages on its billboard - may go up for public auction thanks to its deep debts. The house of worship owes at least $1 million to creditors, including unpaid city water and sewage bills, according to documents obtained by DNAInfo, which first reported the story. A state judge ordered the church into a public foreclosure auction on Feb. 24, the website said. But its pastor, James Manning, says his flock is being fleeced. "We're...
  • California of the Dark Ages

    02/01/2016 10:15:14 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 57 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 1-31-16 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>I recently took a few road trips longitudinally and latitudinally across California. The state bears little to no resemblance to what I was born into. In a word, it is now a medieval place of lords and peasants-and few in between. Or rather, as I gazed out on the California Aqueduct, the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Luis Reservoir, I realized we are like the hapless, squatter Greeks of the Dark Ages, who could not figure out who those mythical Mycenaean lords were that built huge projects still standing in their midst, long after Lord Ajax and King Odysseus disappeared into exaggeration and myth. Henry Huntington built the entire Big Creek Hydroelectric Project in the time it took our generation to go to three hearings on a proposed dam.</p>
  • 6 Cities In Michigan Have Even Higher Levels Of Lead Than Flint

    01/29/2016 10:07:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 01/29/2016 | Submitted by Carey Wedler via TheAntiMedia.org,
    As the nation rightly focuses on Flint’s ongoing water crisis, other cities in the state of Michigan face even higher levels of lead contamination. The alarming pervasiveness of potentially toxic drinking water extends across the United States.The Detroit News reports that “Elevated blood-lead levels are seen in a higher percentage of children in parts of Grand Rapids, Jackson, Detroit, Saginaw, Muskegon, Holland and several other cities, proof that the scourge of lead has not been eradicated despite decades of public health campaigns and hundreds of millions of dollars spent to find and eliminate it.”Of over 7,000 children tested in the Highland Park...
  • State workers have been getting water for a year

    01/28/2016 4:27:38 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 16 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 28, 2016
    The latest on Flint's water crisis and efforts to fix the problem of lead in the drinking water
  • The Problem With Obama's Trickle Down Regulations

    01/28/2016 9:18:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 28, 2016 | Ken Blackwell
    resident Obama's legacy is sadly clear. Eight years of this administration's disastrous environmental policies and unwarranted regulations are not only creating havoc in Washington, DC, they are trickling down into individual states, increasing costs for businesses and potentially stalling much needed economic development in areas starving for prosperity and growth. Even worse is emerging evidence of state regulators tearing pages out of the EPA's playbook and piling on with additional environmental rules and penalties that only add to the confusion and costs for businesses around the country. The EPA in Washington, DC is the best example of a national agency...
  • How the Flint Water Story Was Uncovered

    01/26/2016 9:46:07 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/22/2016 | Tom Gantert
    In something rarely seen in politics, a public official made a plea in a statewide newspaper hoping to exonerate himself from a growing crisis. In October 2015, Darnell Earley, who had been the emergency manager for Flint from September 2013 until January 2015, made his nearly 600-word plea in The Detroit News. Earley said he wasn’t at fault for the city of Flint’s decision to take water from the Flint River, which wasn't properly treated and was more prone to leach lead from pipes. He pointed the finger instead at the decision by the Detroit Water and Sewer Department in...
  • Insider leaks real reason for GOP kingpins' anti-Cruz venom

    01/23/2016 5:33:17 PM PST · by justlittleoleme · 112 replies
    WND ^ | 1/23/16 | Greg Corombos
    It's well known that many Republicans in Washington do not like Sen. Ted Cruz, but the full extent of that antipathy is coming to light this week as several current and former lawmakers say they prefer Donald Trump as the GOP nominee, although they have little regard for either man. Some GOP consultants and strategists started the rumblings in recent days. Then Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad told Republicans in his state to oppose Cruz because of the senator's opposition to ethanol subsidies. But the story broke wide open on Wednesday when former Senate Majority Leader and 1996 Republican presidential nominee...
  • President Vetoes Attempt to Void the Clean Water Rule

    01/23/2016 8:07:25 PM PST · by doldrumsforgop · 7 replies
    roll call ^ | 1/22/16
    The President vetoed S.J.Res. 22, a joint resolution that would have voided a rule extending EPA regulatory authority over certain bodies of water. The Senate voted to override the veto, but only managed 52 of the 60 necessary votes to avoid a filibuster. On June 29, 2015 the EPA and Department of Defense published a rule called the Clean Water Rule. The rule elaborated the definition of the term “waters of the United States” to include certain bodies of water under the regulatory authority of the EPA through the 1972 Clean Water Act. It was put into effect two months...
  • If the EPA "did their job" in Flint, why did their regional administrator just resign?

    01/23/2016 7:38:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | January 23, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    You may recall that reporters finally caught up with EPA chief Gina McCarthy in DC the other day and asked her about the situation in Flint, Michigan and the dismal (if not criminal) response of her agency. She informed everyone that, “we did our job.” That’s an interesting perspective, particularly in light of the fact that she just accepted the resignation of the Region 5 administrator who sat on reports of toxic water in Flint for months without telling anyone. (The Hill) The regional Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief responsible for Michigan is resigning amid charges that she did not...
  • EPA regional chief FINALLY resigns over Flint crisis - 22 months after residents first started...

    01/22/2016 5:18:18 AM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/22/16 | AP
    EPA regional chief FINALLY resigns over Flint crisis - 22 months after residents first started complaining about the high levels of lead in the water A regional director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has resigned in connection with the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Susan Hedman, the head of the agency's regional office in Chicago whose jurisdiction includes the state, will step down on February 1 so the government can focus solely on the crisis in the city. High levels of lead have been detected in the impoverished city's water since officials switched from the Detroit municipal system...
  • EPA Region 5 Administrator Susan Hedman to resign in wake of the Flint water crisis

  • How the WaPo whitewashed the Flint water disaster [What is this “EPA” of which you speak?]

    01/21/2016 7:29:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/21/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    I’m one of those masochists who signs up for daily email alerts from several news services just to keep tabs on the stories I might miss on cable news. I get a couple of them from the Washington Post, one of which is the “Five Minute Fix.” These breaking news alerts provide not only a quick glance at the news of the day, but frequently a good look at how reporters at one of the nation’s largest newspapers view the news and choose to project it to the public. Last night’s Fix was a great example of the latter...
  • Flint water: GOP governor getting the heat, but lots of people failed here

    01/21/2016 7:07:50 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/21/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Except, weirdly enough, those in Detroit city government I've held off on writing about the Flint water disaster here thus far (although I've dealt with it a couple of times in my Detroit News column) because it seems we learn more every day about what happened and why. Sadly but predictably, Michigan media have treated it mainly as a political story, with the early narrative being something along the lines of "Republicans stick Flint with toxic water to save money." That has prompted absurdities like Michael Moore (who grew up in Flint by the way) showing up and demanding that...
  • Flint Is Not a Republican Scandal [High levels of lead in its drinking water]

    01/21/2016 6:43:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/21/2016 | The Editors
    What we learned from Hurricane Katrina: No matter what happens, it's never the governor's fault. What we've learned from the contaminated drinking water in Flint, Mich.: It's always the governor's fault. A bit of background first. Flint has relatively high levels of lead in its drinking water, a cause for legitimate concern. This is a result not so much of the source of its drinking water, the Flint River, as of the city's failure to treat the water, which, without the proper additives, leaches lead and other contaminants from pipes. Prior to and separate from the current water crisis, Flint...
  • Flint water crisis: Email release do little to ease pressure on Michigan Gov. Snyder

    01/21/2016 5:01:03 AM PST · by DBCJR · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | 1/21/16 | Berlinger
    Saying the people of Flint deserve the truth about the city's water, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has released more than 250 pages of his emails that relate to the crisis. But the document dump Wednesday did little to ease the predicament he finds himself in. With each passing day, the chorus for him to step down has grown louder because the water debacle unfolded under his watch. "So far, all roads lead to Lansing when it comes to accountability," Democratic U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, who represents the Flint area, said Wednesday. The emails help show, at least in part, how...
  • Bureaucrat Bosses Pay Bad Workers To Stay Home [$1B annually] - EPA "shines" in this area

    01/20/2016 11:03:39 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | January 21, 2016 | Luke Rosiak
    Federal managers are using illegal secret settlements that pay disruptive, incompetent or dangerous employees not to work for months on end before quitting on an agreed-upon date as an alternative to endless termination paperwork, legal appeals and costly battles with civil service unions. Government employees accused of wrongdoing often spend months on paid leave, while publicly agencies cryptically speak of lengthy "investigations," even when establishing misconduct can be as simple as talking to a few people or reviewing some documents. Eventually, the agencies will say, just as vaguely, that the person is "no longer employed." Evidence obtained by The Daily...
  • ‘I let you down.’ Michigan governor apologizes for Flint water crisis [TR]

    01/20/2016 2:51:34 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 50 replies
    WASHINGTON POST ^ | 20 JANUARY 2016 | MARK BERMAN
    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder apologized to the residents of Flint for a water crisis that has prompted outrage, federal scrutiny and lawsuits, vowing to seek long-term assistance for the city’s residents. In his State of the State address on Tuesday night, Snyder said he was asking state lawmakers for $28 million to help residents reeling after Flint’s drinking water became contaminated with dangerously high levels of lead. He also vowed to release his emails related to Flint from 2014 and 2015.
  • Cosmic Impacts May Have Seeded Early Earth with Ingredients for Life

    01/24/2015 6:09:58 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 38 replies
    space.com Astrobiology Magazine ^ | | January 20, 2015 03:37pm ET | By Charles Q. Choi, Astrobiology Magazine
    A picture of the gun used in the experiments. The big white box at the left end of the gun is where the target is stored. Credit: Impact Laboratory, University of Kent Bullets of ice shot at high speeds can deposit organic compounds on surfaces they strike. New findings suggest that comets might, indeed, have helped deliver key ingredients of life to Earth and perhaps elsewhere, researchers say. The scientists detailed their findings in the June 13 issue of the journal Astrobiology.Craters on the moon are evidence that the Inner Solar System was prone to giant impacts from asteroids...
  • Kansas scientists probe mysterious possible comet strikes on Earth

    12/14/2009 5:27:46 AM PST · by decimon · 35 replies · 981+ views
    University of Kansas ^ | Dec 14, 2009 | Unknown
    An investigation by the University of Kansas' Adrian Melott and colleagues reveals a promising new method of detecting past comet strikes upon Earth and gauging their frequencyLAWRENCE, Kan. It's the stuff of a Hollywood disaster epic: A comet plunges from outer space into the Earth's atmosphere, splitting the sky with a devastating shock wave that flattens forests and shakes the countryside. But this isn't a disaster movie plotline. "Comet impacts might be much more frequent than we expect," said Adrian Melott, professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Kansas. "There's a lot of interest in the rate...
  • Cosmic Hole-in-One Captured Over Antarctica

    09/05/2005 9:36:19 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies · 727+ views
    RedNova ^ | Monday, 5 September 2005, 20:43 CDT | staff / press release
    What a powerful telescope had picked up as it stretched towards the night sky over Antarctica was the trail of dust left in the wake of the death of an asteroid... "What he didn't know at the time was that seven hours earlier an asteroid had crashed to Earth in another part of Antarctica, about 1500 kms west of Davis. The closest it got to human habitation was around 900 kms west of Japan's Syowa station," Dr Klekociuk said... Dr Klekociuk said that it was thought that the asteroid had come from what is known as the Aten group somewhere...
  • Comet put on list of potential Earth impactors

    06/02/2005 9:04:31 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 46 replies · 3,184+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 1 June 2005 | David L Chandler
    On 26 May, JPL's unique orbital calculation software determined that Comet Catalina was on what could possibly be a collision course with Earth, though the odds of such an impact were small: just 1 chance in 300,000 of a strike on June 11, 2085. Based on the 980-metre size estimate, that would produce a 6-gigaton impact - equivalent to 6 billion tonnes of TNT. Astronomers expected the addition of further observations to the calculations to rule out any possibility of a collision, as happens with most newly-seen objects. But that did not quite happen. The comet's predicted pathway actually drew...
  • Gov. Snyder: Clinton politicizing Flint's water crisis (MI)

    01/18/2016 4:11:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 18, 2016 6:40 PM EST
    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder responded Monday to criticism from presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during the Democratic debates for his handling of Flint's water emergency, saying Clinton is making it a political issue. During Sunday's debate, Clinton said "every single American should be outraged" by the water crisis, adding that "if the kids in a rich suburb of Detroit had been drinking contaminated water and being bathed in it, there would have been action." Following a speaking engagement at a Martin Luther King Day event in Flint, the Republican governor said her tactic doesn't help solve the problem. "We're going to...
  • Forget El Niño: California May Never Get Out of Drought, UC Berkeley Prof Says

    01/18/2016 1:29:16 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 56 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Fri, Jan 15, 2016 | Chris Roberts
    It's an El Niño winter, and the news is full of rain, sleet, and snow. If only California was as well. Precipitation so far in this wet winter that is supposed to save us from the worst drought of our lifetimes is only slightly above "normal" — and in some parts of California, including the southern Sierra, precipitation is still below normal. Think about that. The long-awaited wet weather event has, so far, just barely pushed things to around what's supposed to be "normal." This may be a hard fact to fathom this weekend, as you drive through more rain...
  • Vandals drain 400K gallons from drinking water supply

    01/18/2016 2:11:27 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    chron.com ^ | 01/18/2016 | ap
    County General Services Director Heidi Petito said in a news release Monday that someone opened 20 water lines in a largely undeveloped area known as Plantation Reserve Estates. Petito says the sudden drop in water pressure requires a precautionary boil water notice to be issued. About 1,700 people are affected. It wasn't immediately clear how long they would have to boil water.
  • Michael Burry, Real Market Genius From The Big Short, Thinks Another Financial Crisis Is Looming

    01/17/2016 6:56:40 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 13 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 12/28/2015 | Jessica Pressler
    If The Big Short, Adam McKay’s adaptation of Michael Lewis’s book about the 2008 financial crisis and the subject of last month’s Vulture cover story, got you all worked up over the holidays, you’re probably wondering what Michael Burry, the economic soothsayer portrayed by Christian Bale who’s always just a few steps ahead of everyone else, is up to these days. In an email, which readers of the book will recognize as his preferred method of communication, the real-life head of Scion Asset Management answered some of our panicked questions about the state of the financial system, his ominous-sounding water...
  • Michael Moore wants Obama to visit Flint, Attorney General to arrest Snyder

    01/16/2016 3:27:23 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 36 replies
    WJLA.com ^ | 1/16/16 | NBC25 Newsroom
    FLINT - Filmmaker and Davison native Michael Moore spoke before a fired-up crowd in downtown Flint today about the water crisis. In his speech he asked that President Barack Obama visit Flint, when the president is at the North American International Auto Show next week. Moore said that Obama needs to come to Flint before it becomes the president's version of Katrina, conjuring images of when President Bush flew over, but initially did not go to, New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina stuck the city.
  • House passes bill to protect federal interns against harrassment

    01/12/2016 3:49:20 PM PST · by 5150 FREEPER · 14 replies
    Federal News Radio ^ | 1/12/16 | Jory Heckman
    Months after a hearing on sexual harassment at the Environmental Protection Agency, one of the House’s top government watchdogs has delivered on his promise to protect the youngest members of the federal workforce. The Federal Intern Protection Act, introduced by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), ranking member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, unanimously passed the House on Monday.
  • Volkswagen faces billions in penalties as U.S. sues for environment violations

    01/04/2016 1:26:58 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1-4-2016 | JULIA EDWARDS AND JOEL SCHECTMAN
    The U.S. Justice Department on Monday filed a civil lawsuit against Volkswagen AG for allegedly violating the Clean Air Act by installing illegal devices to impair emission control systems in nearly 600,000 vehicles. The allegations against Volkswagen, along with its Audi and Porsche units, carry penalties that could cost the automaker billions of dollars, a senior Justice Department official said. VW could face fines in theory exceeding $90 billion - or as much as $37,500 per vehicle per violation of the law, based on the complaint. In September, government regulators initially said VW could face fines in excess of $18...
  • Judge Unbelievably Refuses to Grant a Retrial for Former Rep. Renzi

    01/04/2016 12:29:07 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 4, 2016 | Rachel Alexander
    Tucson Federal District Court Judge David Bury issued a decision on December 30 denying a retrial for imprisoned former Congressman Rick Renzi of Arizona, developments which I've been tracking over the last six months. Bizarrely, at the same time, Bury admitted in his nine-page opinion that virtually everything factual Renzi had asserted in his motion for a retrial regarding the prosecution's misconduct was true. The prosecution withheld exculpatory evidence from Renzi's defense — which likely would have changed the jury's mind — not just once, but multiple times. Some of it was not discovered until after the trial was over,...
  • Gallup: Only 2% Say 'Guns/Gun Control' Among Nation's Most Important Problems

    01/04/2016 9:10:48 AM PST · by rktman · 15 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 1/4/2015 | Susan Jones
    As President Obama prepares to announce new executive actions on gun control Monday, a newly released Gallup Poll shows that "guns/gun control" ranked near the bottom of Americans' most pressing concerns in 2015. In fact, guns/gun control ranked 19th out of 23 top problems facing the country last year.
  • Shark Tank: Johnny Georges Pitches Tree-T-Pee

    12/30/2015 7:40:30 PM PST · by Baynative · 21 replies
    Facebook Video ^ | Oct 6, 2015 | Omoleto
    A farmer goes on 'Shark Tank' and gets his life's work ripped to shreds. Now watch him turn the tables...
  • Abbas's Fatah urges children to 'water the ground with blood'

    12/29/2015 1:02:32 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/12/15 | Ari Yashar
    Leading a new wave of incitement, Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction has called on Palestinian children to "water (the ground) with blood" to destroy Israel. Security Forces official spokesperson Adnan Al-Damiri put a post on Facebook last week from the Fatah Shabiba youth movement addressed to Palestinian children, as translated and revealed by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) on Tuesday. "Teach your children to love the land; Teach them that we live a life of suffering; Teach them that there is a seed in the ground; If they water it with blood, a revolution will flower; Teach them...
  • How Federal Missteps Make the Case to Transfer Public Lands to States, Localities

    12/28/2015 12:17:56 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | December 27, 2015 | Marjorie Haun
    A growing number of state organizations seek to remedy what they consider negligent policies and shoddy oversight of public land on the part of federal agencies. Under the umbrella name Transfer of Public Lands, the movement offers a solution to the problem that is simple in concept: transfer ownership and management of public lands administered by federal agencies to equivalent state agencies. These agencies, being accountable to governors, state legislators and citizens, will manage the public lands in a more conscientious, cost-effective way. ... Unlike states east of the Continental Divide, public lands in Western states such as Washington and...
  • Obama Preps for Final State of the Union

    12/27/2015 8:54:53 AM PST · by Rockitz · 62 replies
    WeeklyStandard.com ^ | Dec 27, 2015 | Daniel Halper
    Barack Obama is preparing for his final State of the Union Address, which he'll deliver January 12. And the president is not looking to slow down as the end of his presidency nears. "I've got 12 months left to squeeze every ounce of change I can while I'm still in office. And that's what I intend to do," Obama writes in an email to supporters. We've done a lot of remarkable things together this year, and it's because of committed citizens like you that this country keeps moving forward. You keep proving the cynics wrong. On January 12, I'll be...
  • ‘Four Times Greater Than Solyndra’: DOE Drops 1,200 Pages Of Heavily Redacted Docs On Green

    12/25/2015 12:59:55 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/25/2015 | Michael Bastasch
    The Department of Energy recently turned over more than 1,200 pages of heavily redacted documents in response to a records request about a subsidized biofuels company from The Daily Caller News Foundation. In October, TheDCNF filed a FOIA request with the Energy Department, asking for email records from government officials regarding federal loan guarantees given to Abengoa, a Spanish-based green energy company. The request came on the heels of reports Abengoa was running into big financial problems, despite being given generous taxpayer-backed loans. The DOE gave TheDCNF the records it requested Dec. 18, and after spending time reviewing the documents,...
  • Klamath Basin: Water pact crumbles in Congress after years of work ( Oregon & California )

    12/21/2015 6:20:12 PM PST · by george76 · 30 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | December 19, 2015 | Jeff Mapes
    The agreement never sold well either in solidly Republican Klamath County or on the California side of the border, where the idea of removing dams and tilting the scale toward environmental and tribal purposes was regarded suspiciously. "They try to say the community is for it, and it's not true at all," said Klamath County Chairman Tom Mallams, noting that almost all successful candidates in the area run against the agreement. ... Among western Republicans, the idea of removing the dams has been viewed with great suspicion, even though the aged structures are relatively small hydroelectric producers, aren't used for...
  • Obama Isn't Done Ruining The Country

    12/12/2015 7:42:57 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 25 replies
    Patriot News Daily ^ | 12/9/2015 | Staff
    According to a new report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, Obamacare is set to erase the equivalent of 2 million jobs over the next ten years. At a time when the economy is tottering on the edge of recovery, the report shows that true recovery will not happen as long as this healthcare law is in effect. The CBO report does not predict that the jobs themselves will be lost. Rather, they said that new expansions and mandates would encourage many employees to drop out of the workforce voluntarily. "Some people would choose to work fewer hours; others would...
  • Near unanimous UN support for Israel 'an important achievement'

    12/10/2015 4:06:12 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/12/15 | Raphael Poch
    In a rare turn of events, Israel received almost unanimous support at the United Nations last week for its proposal to further the dissemination of agricultural and farming technology to developing African nations. Despite of the humanitarian nature of the proposal, it was met with vehement opposition from representatives of Arab nations, including some that will be helped by the proposal. Regardless of the aid the proposal would provide to African countries who are suffering from drought and malnutrition, Arab nations, some of whom sit on the United Nations human rights council, did not vote in favor of the proposal...
  • Unexpected Miracle in the Holy Land

    12/02/2015 3:40:40 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 2, 2015 | Cliff May
    Thirty years ago, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, an Egyptian politician and diplomat who would go on to become UN Secretary-General in 1992, warned of Middle Eastern wars to come. His prediction was correct but he was wrong about the cause. What should have worried him was the rise of extremist movements within the Islamic world. What worried him instead was water. This was an issue to which he and other global authority figures would frequently return. Their solution? Ten years ago, in an interview with the BBC, Mr. Boutros-Ghali "urged the international community to ensure a fair division of water between nations."...
  • The Middle East Could Face A Historic Crisis By Century’s End

    11/10/2015 7:55:54 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 11 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 10-11-2015 | towelhead
    Regarding the Middle East and its oil, the late Sheikh Rashid Bin Saed Al Maktoum, longtime Emir of Dubai and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, once famously remarked: “My grandfather rode a camel, my father rode a camel, I drive a Mercedes, my son drives a Land Rover, his son will drive a Land Rover, but his son will ride a camel.” It’s an apt reminder of the finite nature of oil resources, and, of course, the wealth it brings. But, and this is what the Sheikh was getting at, it’s also a call for prudence and thoughtful...
  • Newsom Focuses on Guns Not Water

    11/08/2015 6:43:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 8, 2015 | Bruce Bialosky
    If you have not heard of Gavin Newsom, know that he is currently the Lt. Governor of California and he aims to take over the governor's job from Jerry Brown in 2018. His path was cleared when Kamala Harris decided to move to Washington and take over Barbara Boxer's U.S. Senate seat. Mr. Newsom announced he will be sponsoring a statewide initiative to further strengthen the gun laws in California, which are already the toughest in the nation. (Note: I am neither a gun owner nor member of the NRA. Also, I have read the initiative and interviewed the organization...
  • LA resident infuriates his neighbors by using a 11.8 MILLION GALLONS of water a year...

    11/08/2015 5:49:53 AM PST · by Libloather · 43 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/08/15 | Christopher Brennan
    Who is the 'Wet Prince of Bel-Air'? LA resident infuriates his neighbors by using a 11.8 MILLION GALLONS of water a year despite the severe drought as a 'posse' sets out to identify him Residents of a posh Los Angeles neighborhood furious after their neighbor used 11.8million gallons of water while others cut back to preserve the precious resource in the middle of California's drought. Authorities have refused to identify the 'Wet Prince of Bel Air' , whose home used roughly 90 times the amount for an average household during the year that ended in April. Some more rural communities...
  • Interior finds EPA caused mine spill it hoped to avoid

    10/22/2015 5:46:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 22, 2015 4:08 PM EDT | Matthew Brown
    Government investigators squarely blamed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday for a 3 million gallon wastewater spill from a Colorado gold mine, saying an EPA cleanup crew rushed its work and failed to consider the complex engineering involved, triggering the very blowout it hoped to avoid. The spill that fouled rivers in three states would have been avoided had the EPA team checked on water levels inside the Gold King Mine before digging into a collapsed and leaking mine entrance, Interior Department investigators concluded.
  • EPA Employees Load Obama, Dems With Dough

    08/12/2015 8:54:53 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 16 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 11, 2015 | KATHRYN WATSON
    Environmental Protection Agency employees are supposed to work in a non-partisan way but that hasnt kept them from donating more than a quarter of a million dollars to Democrats in recent elections, a Daily News Caller Foundation analysis has found. Data compiled by OpenSecrets.org shows that in the 2012 and 2014 election cycles, contributors who listed EPA as their employer gave 90 percent, or $331,174, of their total federal campaign donations to Democrats, and just nine percent, or $32,891, to Republicans. Those numbers may actually understate the number of EPA employees making political contributions because the analysis doesnt include those...