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  • Bay Area County's $7 Million in PPE Left Outside, Damaged by Rain

    01/15/2022 4:00:25 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    KSBW ^ | Jan 15, 2022
    About $7 million worth of surplus personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies, purchased by a Northern California county earlier in the pandemic, was damaged in recent rainstorms after it was left outside for months, officials said Friday. San Mateo County officials acknowledged the disaster following a KGO news report, published Thursday, that showed video of scores of sodden boxes outside the San Mateo Event Center in the San Francisco Bay Area. San Mateo County, south of San Francisco, is among the wealthiest counties in the nation. Workers are inspecting the damaged boxes to see if the items inside — many...
  • 'Story Of Illinois' Told In Elmhurst-Area Dispute: Official

    01/08/2022 6:04:30 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 8 replies
    PATCH Illinois ^ | 7 Jan 2022 | David Giuliani
    Idea to end "paper" fire district is facing resistance. Its only job is to send money to two other entities. Illinois politicians often call for reducing that number. But it's a difficult task to eliminate any entity. Even the district's trustees call it a "paper" entity. . It simply sends most of its property tax money to the city of Elmhurst and Bensenville Fire District No. 2, which serves its namesake municipality. Last year, the fire district in the unincorporated area collected $290,000 in property taxes. Its only job is the mere act of sending a big check annually to...
  • Rand Paul’s 2021 ‘Festivus Report’ Uncovers $52 Billion Of Government Waste

    12/23/2021 10:15:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Daily Wire ^ | 12/23/2021 | Ian Haworth
    On Wednesday, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) released his 2021 “Festivus” Report, which detailed a total of $52,598,515,585 in government waste. Paul is chairman of the Emerging Threats and Spending Oversight (ETSO) Subcommittee for the Homeland Security and is on the Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC). This marks Dr. Paul’s and the subcommittee’s seventh edition of the Festivus Report , which the Senator described as a way to “alert the American people to how their federal government uses their hard-earned money.” Areas of spending are broken down into various sections, including COVID-related spending, Afghanistan, and miscellaneous expenditure. Examples include $11.3 million...
  • House Passes $1 Trillion Biden Squander Bill (Aka, “Infrastructure Bill”) That Contains Only $110 Billion In Infrastructure (The Rest Is PURE Pork Barrel Spending)

    11/06/2021 1:46:55 PM PDT · by Browns Ultra Fan · 27 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 11/06/2021 | Anthony B. Sanders
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi celebrated the passing of Biden’s Squander bill (aka, the infrastructure bill) in this concise discussion. The bill includes $110 billion in funding for roads, bridges and major projects, as well as $39 billion to modernize and make public transit more accessible to the disabled and elderly. Significant chunks of that money will go to major city transit systems, like New York City’s, based on federal funding formulas. (Taxpayers paying for something that even New Yorkers aren’t willing to pay for??) Here is the Biden and Pelosi family and crony personal enrichment bill: The deal also...
  • Here’s Everything America Gets For $1.2 Trillion In Infrastructure Spending – Including All The Crazy Stuff

    11/06/2021 10:36:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Nation and State ^ | 11/06/2021 | Tyler Durden
    After Friday night's 11th-hour vote in the House resulted in the passage of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill - thanks to 13 uniparty Republicans who joined the Congressional Black Caucus in short-sheeting House Progressives - the Wall Street Journal and Forbes have published refreshers of what what America is supposedly getting out of the largest investment in infrastructure in more than a decade.From 10,000 feet, investments span refurbishing aging roads, bridges and ports, replacing lead pipes, upgrading and hardening the nation's power grid, and of course - a healthy investment in 'infrastructure' to battle the ever-looming man-made climate change disaster...
  • Scammers got nearly 30% of Arizona virus unemployment pay

    09/30/2021 5:10:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | September 30, 2021 | By BOB CHRISTIE
    PHOENIX (AP) — Scammers were able to pocket nearly 30% of the $16 billion in unemployment insurance payments sent out by Arizona since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the director of the state agency overseeing the program said Thursday. Most of the fraud happened in the first several months of the pandemic and mainly hit federally funded emergency unemployment insurance programs. Those programs were designed to help people who normally would not be eligible for assistance because they had contract jobs or were so-called “gig workers” such as Uber drivers. Their employers generally did not pay into the unemployment...
  • Solar Panels Are Starting to Die, Leaving Behind Toxic Trash – ‘Tricky to recycle. As oldest ones expire, get ready for a solar e-waste glut’

    08/31/2021 8:57:21 PM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    Climate Depot ^ | August 22, 2020
    Solar panels are an increasingly important source of renewable power that will play an essential role in fighting climate change. They are also complex pieces of technology that become big, bulky sheets of electronic waste at the end of their lives—and right now, most of the world doesn’t have a plan for dealing with that. But we’ll need to develop one soon, because the solar e-waste glut is coming. By 2050, the International Renewable Energy Agency projects that up to 78 million metric tons of solar panels will have reached the end of their life, and that the world will...
  • The State Department Has Abandoned Its CH-46 Helicopters in Afghanistan

    08/19/2021 6:44:20 PM PDT · by Sequoyah101 · 59 replies
    The Drive ^ | 8-18-21 | Joseph Trevithick and Tyler Rogoway
    The U.S. State Department has confirmed that seven CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters, also colloquially known as "Phrogs," belonging to its Air Wing have been rendered inoperable and abandoned in Afghanistan as part of the ongoing evacuation effort.
  • Do lawmakers FINALLY have a deal on infrastructure? GOP Senator Rob Portman says negotiators have reached an agreement on 'major issues' in the $1trillion package with Democrat Chuck Schumer preparing for another test vote tonight

    07/28/2021 11:51:21 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 19 replies
    Senate negotiators have reached agreement on the major components of a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, clearing the way for a procedural vote on Wednesday to move toward formal debate and passage, a Republican lawmaker said. 'We now have agreement on the major issues. We are prepared to move forward,' Senator Rob Portman, the lead Republican negotiator in infrastructure talks, told reporters after a meeting with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The deal brings possible action on a major spending priority for the president, who has long touted his decades spent in the Senate and his ability to bring Democrats...
  • Airplane flying vaccine banner Metro Detroit

    07/05/2021 12:10:44 PM PDT · by WhoisAlanGreenspan? · 27 replies
    Yesterday afternoon at the family BBQ in Westland Michigan a small plane towing a banner that I couldn't read all of what it said but Covid19, Vaccine, and Wayne County, were visible. Same thing this morning flying by my house in Garden City. I searched all the likely media and haven't seen anything mentioned. I heard somewhere that Wayne County just got some fresh cash for advertising and pushing the vaccine. Has anybody seen this stuff?
  • LAID TO WASTE Taliban seizes a THIRD of Afghanistan in blitz offensive after US wastes nearly $1TRILLION in ‘pointless’ 20-year war

    06/28/2021 5:46:53 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 103 replies
    The Daily Sun (US) ^ | Olivia Burke
    THE Taliban have seized control of a THIRD of Afghanistan as they continue to accelerate their blitz offensive while the US continues to withdraw their forces. The US has wasted nearly $1trillion on the "pointless" 20-year battle trying to stave off the terror group who are fighting to gain ultimate control over the war-torn country. The Taliban have been on tenterhooks to forge ahead with their scheme since President Joe Biden announced the withdrawal of troops back in April and have since continued at "lightning speed". Jihadist forces have now advanced across rural areas, putting them in reaching distance of...
  • National Guard threatens to cancel training and exercises if not reimbursed for $521M Capitol deployment......

    06/23/2021 7:18:08 PM PDT · by caww · 29 replies
    .washingtonexaminer ^ | 6/23/2021 | Abraham Mahshie
    The half-billion-dollar National Guard price tag to man the U.S. Capitol for more than five months has emptied the Guard's coffers and will affect readiness if Congress does not act, National Guard Bureau Chief Gen. Daniel Hokanson said Wednesday. The Guard’s largest and most expensive mission was to protect the .U.S capital, including providing security for the presidential inauguration and the much-criticized militarization of the U.S. Capitol grounds with razor wire and 7-foot nonscalable fences....The peak deployment in the nation’s capital required 26,000 service members from all 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. Without the reimbursement, Hokanson...
  • Biden restores $929 million for California high-speed rail withheld by Trump

    06/11/2021 1:31:46 PM PDT · by SES1066 · 50 replies
    Reuters ^ | 06/11/2021 | Derek Francis,David Shepardson, and Kanishka Singh
    The Biden administration late on Thursday restored a $929 million grant for California’s high-speed rail that then-President Donald Trump revoked in 2019. ===== Trump had pulled funding for a high-speed train project in the state hobbled by extensive delays and rising costs that he dubbed a “disaster.” Trump repeatedly clashed as president with California on a number of policy fronts, prompting the state to file more than 100 lawsuits against the Republican Trump administration.
  • China's Plastic Waste Mountain the Biggest in the World: Study

    05/25/2021 5:34:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    AsiaOne ^ | Cheryl Heng | MAY 22, 2021
    AsiaOne has launched EarthOne, a new section dedicated to environmental issues — because we love the planet and we believe science. Find articles like this there. China is the biggest generator of plastic waste, with one-fifth of the world's single-use plastic coming from the country in 2019, according to an Australian study. In its inaugural Plastic Waste Makers Index published on Tuesday, the Perth-based Minderoo Foundation said just 20 companies contributed half of the world's single-use plastic items thrown away yearly. And a quarter of those were firms headquartered in mainland China. "China is the world's most populous country. So...
  • Biden’s infrastructure plan spurs discussing of rail service between L.A. and Vegas

    04/18/2021 5:41:23 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    KTLA ^ | Apr 18, 2021
    Proposed federal infrastructure funding for rail projects has transportation planners taking another look at a Los Angeles-to-Las Vegas passenger route that Amtrak stopped in 1997 and at a high-speed rail line along the congested Interstate 15 corridor to Victorville, California. The measure might provide funding for Brightline West’s project that would have passenger trains whisking at up to 200 mph (322 kph) on a route generally along the busy interstate, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
  • Statewide Plastic Bag Ban Bill Advances

    03/06/2021 2:03:05 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    Maryland Matters ^ | March 2, 2021 | Elizabeth Shwe
    Maryland lawmakers advanced a bill Monday that would prohibit stores from providing plastic bags to customers starting July 2022. An iteration of this legislation passed the House and was voted out of the Senate Finance Committee last year, but it did not reach the Senate floor due to the abbreviated legislative session. With an amendment from Del. Brian Crosby (D-St. Mary’s) that would allow orchard farmers to provide plastic bags to customers for its fruits and vegetables, the Plastic Bag Reduction Act, sponsored by Del. Brooke Lierman (D-Baltimore City) and Sen. Malcom Augustine (D-Prince George’s), moved out of the House...
  • The U.S. Spent $787 Million On “Gender Equality” Projects In Afghanistan

    02/20/2021 5:03:38 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 25 replies ^ | 18 Feb, 2021 | John Hawkins
    report issued by Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction noted that even though the United States spent more than $787 million dollars on “gender equality projects” in Afghanistan since 2002, “harmful socio-cultural norms” kept them making major progress. The report did note that some small advances. The number of pregnant women receiving prenatal care rose, that more women are working in healthcare and the literacy rate among women grew. However, the report also noted: The positive story of gains across these sectors is tempered by the reality that significant barriers—including restrictive sociocultural norms and insecurity— continue to impede progress for...
  • Report: More than $100 billion in COVID aid ‘misspent,’ stolen or swindled

    02/15/2021 11:37:31 PM PST · by Chad C. Mulligan · 39 replies
    Post Millenial ^ | Feb 16 2021 | Ari Hoffman
    "At least $63 billion of the $630 billion in disbursements" from CARES Act funds "has been misspent" in the state of California, with the full scope of the loss of taxpayer funds likely to be more than $100 billion, according to state officials. According to a new report from NBC News, "The scale of the fraud in the unemployment program created by the CARES Act has reached a staggering level." The Justice Department has assembled a task force research and prosecute the fraud in all 50 states and US territories.
  • To Help Save the Planet, Coca-Cola Tries out a New Bottle - Made of Paper

    02/14/2021 10:08:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 118 replies
    Red ^ | February 14, 2021 | Alex Parker
    Have you been unfortunate fortunate enough to try a paper straw? Being on the West Coast, I’ve had the pleasure. Many, many times. For those of you yet to partake, you’ll love it — assuming you have the digestive system of a goat. As for function, the straw pulls double duty. For the first 4 minutes, it allows you to swallow liquid. At 4:01 and beyond — in my experience — it feeds you a paper stick. MMMmmmMMM good.Apropos, Coca-Cola’s about to try a paper bottle. From The Daily Wire: Coca-Cola plans to do a test-run of 2,000 paper bottles...
  • Biden's Rescue Plan Will Destroy Jobs [semi-satire]

    01/18/2021 9:28:13 AM PST · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 17 Jan 2021 | John Semmens
    A week ahead of being inaugurated, President Joe Biden announced his $1.9 trillion plan to stimulate the economy. The plan is a list of handouts--$1,400 checks to individuals (including illegal immigrants), unemployment bonus payments, a $15 per hour minimum wage, bailouts for improvident state and local governments, student debt forgiveness, transit subsidies, and "health equity" grants. Economist Stephen Moore estimates that "this so-called stimulus package will cost four million jobs. None of the elements of this plan reward or encourage work or investment—the two main drivers of economic prosperity and growth. A better plan would be a one-year cut of...