Just want to bring your attention to one of THE BEST tumblrs in existence: govtoversight. Huge fan of these folks. Their reporting and procurement is top notch. We need more hard-information and less soft-opinion making from our news. This story is out-f#cking-rageous. Nearly a billion in late fees for shipping containers?And the GOP wants to cut Big Bird. What is Obama doing??? This story is infuriating.
Why so much this year? Because they just found six years of old invoices. That brings the total the military has paid in late fees since 2001 to $720 million.
This is an unacceptable failure of financial management. If the Pentagon’s late fees are so bad it couldn’t get a library card, how can we trust them with hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars? Read more at ArmyTimes.com.
An analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists found that 93 percent of Fox News’ recent climate change coverage was misleading. Over the last two years, several leading scientists have told Media Matters the same thing, calling Fox’s climate change stories “completely wrong,” “patently false,” and “utter nonsense.” Here are ten scientists who have criticized Fox for distorting science to downplay the threat of climate change:
1). Scientist Called Fox’s Global Warming Claims “Utter Nonsense.”
2). Climate Scientist Criticized Fox For Promoting “Completely Wrong” And “Simply Ignorant” Claims From Global Warming “Expert” Bastardi.
3). But Fox Hosted Bastardi Again To Make Claims A MIT Scientist Called “Utter Rubbish.”
4). Lead Author Of Study Called Fox’s Global Warming Story “Patently False.”
5). Polar Bear Scientist: Fox Missed “The Bigger Picture” On Polar Bear Populations.
6). Lead Author Of Wind Farm Study Debunked Fox’s “Misleading” Coverage.
7). Solar Physicist Called Fox’s “Mini Ice Age” Prediction “A Huge Leap.”
8). Climate Change Contrarian Said Fox’s Mention Of Him “Does Not Make Sense.”
9). Syracuse Geochemist: Fox Coverage “Completely Misrepresent[s] Our Conclusions.”
10). Stanford Scientist: Fox’s Coverage Did “Not Accurately Portray Our Findings.
“Media Matters” is a non-profit that monitors, critiques, and helps correct the media’s coverage of today’s news. The above reactions are from climate scientists are to comments made by FOX News’s frequent climate denier/guest, Joe Bastardi. Bastardi is not a climate scientist or researcher, nor is he peer-reviewed published.
Totally busted. Ryan requested federal stimulus for energy conservation projects. He took taxpayer money and transferred it to private businesses. As recently as Wednesday (yesterday) he denied requesting the funds from Obama. But, he lied.
His letters requesting stimulus funds were discovered by the Wall Street Journal from a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
This matters because he built his career attacking the stimulus funds and attacking environmental policies. This goes beyond hypocritical - it’s flat out lying to Americans.
What else has Paul Ryan lied to the American people about? If he blames his memory, why would we elect someone who can’t remember what he does AS A FUNDAMENTAL PART OF HIS JOB?
In 2009, Ryan wrote to Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis asking for stimulus money to cover costs on two energy conservation projects in his home state of Wisconsin. In the letter, Ryan said the funds would help create jobs and reduce “energy consumption” in the state. At least one of the companies received the requested cash.
The letters were first obtained by The Wall Street Journal through the Freedom of Information Act back in early 2010. The Boston Globe turned them up for the first time during this campaign season Wednesday. At that point, a Ryan aide referred ABC News back to what a Ryan spokesman said when the letters first went public.
“If Congressman Ryan is asked to help a Wisconsin entity applying for existing Federal grant funds, he does not believe flawed policy should get in the way of doing his job and providing a legitimate constituent service to his employers,” the spokesman told the Milwaukee (Wisc.) Journal Sentinel.
Thursday, Ryan responded to the questions himself.
Police officers shredded mining protesters with assault rifles, killing nearly twenty people. Reuters posted a (warning: very graphic) video of the killings earlier today. The incident happened in South Africa near a mine that produces the metal platinum. Workers have been protesting since January, demanding safer working conditions and better pay.
A police spokesperson blundered through an interview with the local South African press - a press, it must be added, that has shown no interest in the protesters’ demands or plight.
Another critically endangered grey nurse shark has washed upon an eastern Australian beach, with its fins removed. The first shark washed up in early August and was a rare young breeding female with both dorsal fins removed - a huge blow.
“The shark was still alive when it was found on the beach and suffered a slow, cruel death.” said MP Cate Faehrmann.
An investigation is under way but the fact of the matter is that current rules and regulations are simply not enough…
S. Fred Singer is the KING of climate denialists. In this presentation, he discusses how denialists can defend their position. If you can’t stomach watching it, I’ll do you the favor and summarize the denialist technique:
Step one, call the other side names
Step two, call the evidence presented names (e.g., “THE IPCC IS A JOKE!”)
Step three, USE ALL CAPS AND/OR YELL
Step four, take quotes out of context
Step five, place technical scientific jargon in “quotes.” This serves to make fun of the term, which somehow shows the term is false. (e.g., “Climate alarmists point to so called, “climate computer models”“.). It’s easy to manipulate most people, since they are unfamiliar with these fancy terms.
Step six, point to a graph and state that graphs can be made up. Dive into a conversation about how statistics can be manipulated. Do not provide evidence that the graph you are pointing to is actually true or false.
Step seven, create a diversion. This is best performed by claiming the science doesn’t show x thing. (e.g., “What this silly little graph doesn’t show is, blah blah.”). Again, always make fun and never, ever show evidence.
Step eight, blend any of the above fallacies into one sentence and a presto! You are a denialist!
For a list of other fallacious techniques used by denialists, have a look here.
(Reuters) - A court in Ecuador has rejected an order by arbitrators that an $18 billion pollution ruling against Chevron should be frozen, but the judges referred an appeal by the U.S. oil company to the country’s Supreme Court.
A year after the landmark decision against Chevron, a panel working for The Hague’s Permanent Court of Arbitration told Ecuador last week to take all necessary measures to suspend enforcement of the award at home and abroad. But in a ruling made public on Monday, the court that has been considering the case in the remote Amazon jungle region of Sucumbios said Ecuador should not comply with that order.
“A simple arbitral award … cannot force judges to infringe the human rights of our citizens,” said the court, adding that abiding by the panel’s order would be unconstitutional and would lead to the breach of international human rights conventions.
The court said it had accepted an appeal filed by Chevron, however, and referred it to the Supreme Court in the clearest sign yet that the litigation, which has already run nearly 20 years, could drag on for more years. The plaintiffs say The Hague panel’s ruling will not affect their plans to collect on the $18 billion award in other countries where Chevron has assets.
Burning for two weeks, American oil company Chevron denies that this oil rig explosion is causing environmental damage in the Niger Delta, Nigeria.
The company says that the leaked and burning oil poses no risk to human health or the environment. There seems to be no concrete plans to stop the fire, which has been burning since about January 23rd.
Chevron is paying off a nearby village with food, and activists are being stonewalled by the company.
Why are oil companies not forced to have emergency systems in place?
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