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What message are our legislators sending to voters, when they publicly admit they haven't done their job? How many bills are passed each year that policymakers haven't even bothered to read? This is disgraceful. This is called dereliction of duties and we must demand a stop to this practice.

      
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fox13news.com

by Evan Lambert

January 12, 2017

Fish kills are a normal part of nature, in some cases.

The city found out about the kill early in the week, and says workers have been cleaning up thousands of pounds of the dead fish over the last few days - mainly to contain the smell.

cnn.com

by Victoria Maizes

January 10, 2017

For many Girl Scout troops it is officially cookie season. I feel guilty saying no to the sweet, enthusiastic girls standing outside my grocery store who use their smiles and newly practiced sales pitches to ask how many boxes I'd like to order.

But as a physician who is passionate about health promotion, I politely tell the girls, "No, thanks." I am concerned that every bite and every sale not only delivers an unhealthy snack, but also a dangerous nutrition message. And I'm surprised that more doctors aren't speaking up about this.

globalresearch.ca

by Robert David Steele

January 10, 2017

"I am deeply offended by the lies being told by the US Government - and more specifically, by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Department of Homeland Security (DHS)."

I am reminded of the 935 now-documented lies told by Dick Cheney to justify a $5 trillion war and multiple occupations from Afghanistan to Niger - or in more Nordic terms, the falsification by the Swedish military, in collaboration with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and CIA, of a Russian submarine that never existed, allegedly "invading" Swedish waters.

alternativemediasyndicate.com

by The Bbca in the

January 1, 2017

Known as the Trans-Pecos pipeline, the relatively short 143-mile project would carry natural gas from western Texas' Permian Basin - likened to "America's Saudi Arabia" as the country's "Most Important Oil and Gas Resource" by Forbes.

"They figure they can just show up and condemn your land," landowner Tom Beard told the Tribune. Beard and his wife and former Brewster County judge, Val, noted they'd never had concerns about the state's pervasive oil and gas industry - until they caught a surveyor for ETP trespassing unannounced and unwelcome on their land in March.

usdefensewatch.com

December 28, 2016

The thawing Arctic, and its potentially vast deposits of minerals and natural gas, is opening the global community to intense competition among major geopolitical players.

"There will be strategic competition over resources - hydrocarbons and shipping routes, primarily - and global warming will exacerbate them by exposing those resources," Stavridis said. Stavridis, the current dean of the Fletcher School and a retired four-star admiral whose last command was Supreme Allied Commander Europe, believes the U.S. is far behind other competitors, namely Russia, in pursuing interests in the region.

thefiscaltimes.com

by Craig Whitlock and Bob Woodward

December 24, 2016

The Pentagon has buried an internal study that exposed $125 billion in administrative waste in its business operations amid fears Congress would use the findings as an excuse to slash the defense budget.

The report, issued in January 2015, identified "a clear path" for the Defense Department to save $125 billion over five years. The plan would not have required layoffs of civil servants or reductions in military personnel. Instead, it would have streamlined the bureaucracy through attrition and early retirements curtailed high-priced contractors and made better use of information technology.

bloomberg.com

by Stephen Stapczynski

December 24, 2016

Cleaning up the Fukushima nuclear plant -- a task predicted to cost 86 times the amount earmarked for decommissioning Japan's first commercial reactor -- is the mother of all salvage jobs.

Safely dismantling the Japanese power plant, wrecked by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, will cost about 8 trillion yen ($68 billion), the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said Dec. 9, quadrupling the previous estimate. While a contract to help clean up the facility would be a windfall for any firm with specialized technology, the lion's share of the work has gone to local companies that designed and built most of Japan's atomic infrastructure.

latimes.com

by Richard Winton, Matt Hamilton

December 17, 2016

Philip L. Browning, the director of Los Angeles County's child protective services agency and a veteran of county government, announced Wednesday that he is retiring early next year.

Browning, 70, said he recently came to the decision to retire and noted that he is the second-longest serving director for the Department of Children and Family Services. On a trip to Cuba last month with friends, he said he realized that he was the sole person in the group still in the workforce.

texastribune.org

by Marissa Evans

December 17, 2016

A board of lawmakers has given final approval for $150 million in funding to help pull the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services out of its crisis mode - but there are strings attached.

In a letter dated Thursday, the Legislative Budget Board has given the agency the go-ahead to hire 829 new caseworkers and give $12,000 raises to existing ones. The funding includes $142.4 million in state dollars and $7.6 million in federal money.

forbes.com

December 8, 2016

Before the bruising workplace conditions for white collar employees at Amazon became front page news in the New York Times last weekend, what were Amazon's workers saying about their experiences at the Seattle online retailing behemoth?

First a recap of the last few days: Times reporters David Streitfeld and Jodi Kantor wrote in a 7,000-word feature that they had interviewed 100 current and former Amazon employees, most of whom described an intense, often cutthroat workplace where senior managers encourage their reports to attack one another's ideas in meetings. An internal phone directory includes instructions on how to send secret notes about colleagues.

      
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