Monday, September 04, 2017

Trump's Nominee To Be USDA's Chief Scientist Is Not A Scientist : NPR

Trump's Nominee To Be USDA's Chief Scientist Is Not A Scientist : NPR:

Not too much of a surprise: Trump has made it painfully clear that he doesn't think actually being qualified for the job is a requirement for the job. In this case, the law says it is:
" a provision in the law ...specifically requires that chief scientist nominees be chosen from ......among distinguished scientists with specialized training or significant experience in agricultural research, education or economics."
Apparently in Trump world, a primary requirement for job hire or pardon is this: did you agree with Trump and his birther claims? Yup, well then you're good to go!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

'We ain’t doing no damn good': volunteer rescuers struggle in Houston | US news | The Guardian

'We ain’t doing no damn good': volunteer rescuers struggle in Houston | US news | The Guardian



Some people are turning would be rescuers away during the day: then calling 911 for rescue that same night.  When the rescue process is so much more difficult and dangerous for the rescuers.  Question: should rescuers be allowed, or encouraged, to record someone saying no? And tell them that, once on record as saying "No thanks, I'm staying here", any future calls will be categorized as "respond only during daylight hours"?

Friday, May 08, 2015

Ohio’s for-profit charter schools make great businesses, crappy educators

Ohio’s for-profit charter schools make great businesses, crappy educators



How many times does it have to be said, for people to believe it and start holding their elected officials responsible for this travesty. For profit schools are all about the profit, not about the schooling. For profit schools exist to make money for their owners and shareholders. For profit schools make profit by cutting staff pays and by providing the lowest possible service for the maximum dollar. For profit schools are the best way to undermine and ruin, not enhance, the public school system. 

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Texas Governor Deploys State Guard To Stave Off Obama Takeover : It's All Politics : NPR

Texas Governor Deploys State Guard To Stave Off Obama Takeover : It's All Politics : NPR



so, the party that supports the military so fervently, only does it when the military is overseas, not when they're daring to train in their own backyard. Yup. The far right is so far off, they may as well be on Pluto. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Ten Serious Flaws in the House and Senate Budget Plans | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Ten Serious Flaws in the House and Senate Budget Plans | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities



There all serious: but the one that scares me most is #6: deep cuts in the transportation infrastructure; at a time when all the people that have studied our infrastructure have been warning us just how bad the situation is. And how dire the consequences of our failure to act.