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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Mar 13, 2012 Rage grows over mortgage deal
QUOTE: As more details emerge about the massive $26 billion foreclosure settlement between the five biggest mortgage lenders and the states' attorneys general, a growing number of borrowers are realizing that the deal will do little, if anything, to help them out.
CNN (Cable News Network) Mar 03, 2011 Government Report Finds Elder Abuse on the Rise
QUOTE: Kay Brown, director of education, work force and income security at the accountability office, testified that state agencies also were seeing increasingly complex cases involving multiple types of abuse. Yet funding for state-level adult protective services agencies... is not keeping pace.
New York Times Feb 20, 2011 New Jersey TV Station Is Accused of Failing Its Audience
QUOTE: The F.C.C.’s inquiry, announced on Thursday, was prompted by complaints from media activists who say that since the cutbacks, WWOR has overstated its coverage in filings to the F.C.C.
New York Times Apr 03, 2010 How Washington Abetted the Bank Job
QUOTE: Mr. Bernanke said the Fed had known nothing about this....The collapse of Enron back in 2001 revealed that the biggest financial institutions, here and abroad, were busy creating products whose sole purpose was to help companies magically transform their debt into capital or revenue.
New York Times Dec 07, 2009 Millions in U.S. Drinking Dirty Water, Records Show
QUOTE: More than 20 percent of the nation’s water treatment systems have violated key provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act over the last five years, according to a New York Times analysis of federal data.
New York Times Oct 01, 2009 America's High-Tech Sweatshops: U.S. companies may be contributing unwittingly to the exploitation of workers imported from India and elsewhere by tech-services outfits
QUOTE: While many [tech-service] outfits operate legally and provide high-quality talent, there is growing evidence that others violate U.S. laws and mistreat their recruits.
BusinessWeek Sep 16, 2009 Should cheetahs be reintroduced in India? (60-Second Science)
QUOTE: controversial efforts are underway to return the cheetah to India...
Scientific American Aug 27, 2009 Conflicted Conservation: When Restoration Efforts Are Pitted against Human Rights: Saving Earth might mean trampling indigenous societies
QUOTE: Projects to reduce pollution, prevent climate change and protect biodiversity... are drawing criticism that they could drive indigenous people off their lands and destroy their livelihoods.
Scientific American Aug 11, 2009 Salvia on Schedule: Law, Medicine and a Hallucinogen: Scheduling the mind-altering herb as a controlled substance could slow medical research
QUOTE: As the source of the most powerful natural hallucinogen known, salvia is drawing scrutiny from U.S. authorities who want to restrict this Mexican herb... But neuroscientists worry that controlling it before studies have determined its safety profile is premature and could hamper research of the drug's medicinal value.
Scientific American Aug 10, 2009 Subway Safety Panel Foiled by Constraints: 12-Year-Old Oversight Committee Has Little Influence on Metro Operations
QUOTE: Before June's deadly subway crash, no federal agency stepped in to ensure that [the Washington, D.C.] Metro found and fixed the electrical circuits now suspected of contributing to the worst accident in the system's history. That's because none is authorized to.
Washington Post Aug 01, 2009 Nepal's Environmental Issues Could Risk the Land's Beauty
QUOTE: a decade of civil war, rampant corruption and lack of consistent environmental policies has turned the serenely beautiful Kathmandu Valley into a harshly polluted one, too... Even all those nature-loving travelers and climbers are a problem: Everest's summit is littered with soda cans, tent poles, food containers and other trash the trekkers have left behind.
Washington Post Jul 16, 2009 Afghanistan: Oversight AWOL?
QUOTE: Even as the Obama administration steps up spending in Afghanistan, it's shortchanging the government auditors responsible for ensuring that taxpayer dollars don't wind up in the pockets of swindlers and opportunists.
Mother Jones Jul 16, 2009 In Jerusalem, battle of Palestinian day camps
QUOTE: Teaching Islamic values and Palestinian pride are certainly among the top priorities at the "Better Tomorrow" camp; indoctrination and extremism are not, say [Basima] Alian and her boss, camp director Sufian Jadallah. But the camp is housed in an Islamist cultural center that Israeli police welded shut early last year, leaving behind a letter from the Interior Ministry.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 08, 2009 In Retooled Health-Care System, Who Will Say No? Questions About Cost And Limits Linger
QUOTE: How will tough decisions be made about what to spend money on?
Washington Post Jul 02, 2009 Tourism tangles a fishing lifeline: Loss of sea access hits the Dominican Republic’s already pressed fishermen.
QUOTE: loss of access to the ocean is indeed a growing problem in the Dominican Republic, say experts. By law, beaches are public, but in reality, most beaches... are now off limits to ordinary Dominicans.
Christian Science Monitor Jun 22, 2009 Education Chief to Warn Advocates That Inferior Charter Schools Harm the Effort
QUOTE: The Obama administration has made opening more charter schools a big part of its plans for improving the nation’s education system, but Education Secretary Arne Duncan will warn advocates of the schools on Monday that low-quality institutions are giving their movement a black eye.
New York Times Jun 20, 2009 At V.A. Hospital, a Rogue Cancer Unit
QUOTE: For patients with prostate cancer, it is a common surgical procedure: a doctor implants dozens of radioactive seeds to attack the disease. But when Dr. Gary D. Kao treated one patient at the veterans’ hospital in Philadelphia, his aim was more than a little off. Most of the seeds... landed in the patient’s healthy bladder... It was a serious mistake, and under federal rules, regulators investigated. But Dr. Kao, with their consent, made his mistake all but disappear.
New York Times Jun 17, 2009 New Regulation Rules: Their Impact on You
QUOTE: More Capital Reserves…but Less Stability....Hedging in the Hedge Funds....Mortgage Makeover … or Just More Risk....
Smart Money Jun 11, 2009 The Amazon: The future of the forest:
QUOTE: Brazil’s government hopes that land reform in the Amazon will slow deforestation. Greens doubt it
Economist Jun 04, 2009 Growing White House ties to Google draw protest: Consumer groups object to expected selection of Google exec to deputy CTO post
QUOTE: White House's reported plan to appoint another Google Inc. executive to a top tech advisory post is, for some, carrying the idea [a "Google-enabled government"] too far.
Computerworld Jun 01, 2009 In Cox Years at the SEC, Policies Undercut Action: Red Tape Halted Cases, Drove Down Penalties
QUOTE: After [Christopher] Cox became SEC chairman in mid-2005, he adopted practices that undermined the enforcement division's efforts to investigate cases of corporate wrongdoing and punish those involved...
Washington Post May 14, 2009 The Great Ethanol Scam: Not only is ethanol proving to be a dud as a fuel substitute but there is increasing evidence that it is destroying engines in large numbers
QUOTE: the primary job of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect our environment. Yet using ethanol actually creates more smog than using regular gas, and the EPA's own attorneys had to admit that fact....those promoting more ethanol in our gas say there's no scientific proof that adding more ethanol will damage vehicles or small gas-powered engines. With that statement they've gone from shilling the public to outright falsehoods, because ethanol-laced gasoline is already destroying engines across the country in ever larger numbers.
BusinessWeek Apr 16, 2009 10 Things Cable Companies Won't Tell You
QUOTE: 2. “raise prices recklessly... Bundling your services can end up costing you more.”
Smart Money Apr 10, 2009 Health agency covered up lead harm
QUOTE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention withheld evidence that contaminated tap water caused lead poisoning in kids.
Salon Apr 04, 2009 Tainted drywall from China is driving owners from their homes: A toxic substance is suspected of causing corrosion, health problems, and foul odors, bringing lawsuits and calls for government action
QUOTE: The discovery of sulfur-emitting compounds within the [Chinese]imported construction materials has sparked a national investigation, numerous lawsuits, and a scandal that is feared to have affected as many as 100,000 homes, a majority so far in Florida.
Christian Science Monitor Sep 27, 2008 Overlooked: The Littlest Evacuees
QUOTE: Within hours of hurricane Ike's landfall in Texas, San Antonio officials had compiled precise statistics about their evacuee situation...But there was one key group for which they had no figures: children.
Newsweek Sep 17, 2008 EPA Lets Electronic Waste Flow Freely, GAO Report Says
QUOTE: The Environmental Protection Agency has done little to curb the export of discarded electronic products containing hazardous waste, much of which ends up in poorly regulated countries and harms the environment and public health, the Government Accountability Office concluded in a report being released today.
Washington Post Aug 19, 2008 Airline captain, lawyer, child on terror 'watch list'
QUOTE: The TSA has said the problem lies with the airlines and threatened to fine airlines that tell passengers they are on the watch list. That didn't sit well with the airlines, who through the Air Transport Association said they have been waiting for four years for the TSA to come up with a fix.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 28, 2008 Comcast Spoiling for Fight With FCC
QUOTE: Comcast is poised for legal showdown with the Federal Communications Commission as the agency moves to fine the cable giant for blocking file-sharing traffic on its Web network.
Wired Jun 20, 2008 Board Backs Rise in Rent Up to 8.5%
QUOTE: The board that regulates rents for New York City’s one million rent-stabilized apartments approved its highest rent increases in years at a raucous meeting on Thursday, angering tenants who said high rents were forcing the poor and working class out of the city. At a meeting punctuated by ear-splitting whistle-blowing and shouting matches between sign-waving tenants and landlords, the city’s Rent Guidelines Board authorized rent increases of up to 4.5 percent on one-year leases and 8.5 percent on two-year leases.
New York Times Jun 18, 2008 Bill Promotes Universal College Loans
QUOTE: Responding to reports that some lenders have stopped offering federal loans at community and other colleges, two Democratic senators introduced legislation Tuesday to prohibit lenders from picking and choosing among institutions. Under the proposal, lenders that participate in the federal loan program would have to extend credit to any eligible student, regardless of such things as income or the number of years of education, as long as the college is part of the program.
New York Times Jun 18, 2008 F.D.A. Aims at Herbal Cancer ‘Cures’ (The Lede)
QUOTE: On Tuesday, the agency warned 23 American companies and 2 foreign ones to stop claiming to prevent or cure cancer with their various “tablets, teas, tonics, black salves, and creams.”
New York Times Jun 13, 2008 M.L.B. Questioned Over 2004 Steroid Testing
QUOTE: A Congressional oversight committee Thursday submitted questions to Major League Baseball and its players union asking whether steroid testing was suspended during the 2004 season and, if so, why they did not tell Congress about it during a 2005 public hearing.
New York Times Jun 12, 2008 Child-abuse claims vs. parents' rights: Supreme Court mulls whether to take a suit accusing Illinois of forcing families to give up rights.
QUOTE: The US Supreme Court is being asked to determine whether procedures used in Illinois to investigate allegations of child abuse or neglect violate the fundamental rights of parents. The case arises at a legal crossroads between the government's interest in moving quickly to safeguard children from abuse or neglect and the right of parents to raise and maintain a family without undue government interference.
Christian Science Monitor May 22, 2008 Minnesota Agency Faulted on Bridge Upkeep
QUOTE: That board has not completed its report. But its public statements and recommendations to bridge owners since the collapse clearly indicate that its investigators believe the problem was a design error when the I-35W span was being planned in the 1960s, compounded by the extra weight of equipment placed on the bridge last year for construction work.
New York Times Nov 20, 2007 Politics undercut species act, suits say: In a twist, an Interior Department investigation provides much of the grist for the legal action.
QUOTE: The Bush administration is no stranger to being sued under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). But in a tack that could signal a major new legal challenge, last week's suits mark one of the few times Interior Department officials have been sued not merely for bureaucratic foot-dragging, but because of deliberate political interference with the ESA, observers say.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 21, 2007 U.S. Agency May Reverse 8 Decisions on Wildlife
QUOTE: The Interior Department said Friday that it would review and probably overturn eight decisions on wildlife and land-use issues made by a senior political appointee who has been found to have improperly favored industry and landowners over agency scientists.
New York Times May 12, 2007 Thousands of Nuclear Arms Workers See Cancer Claims Denied or Delayed
QUOTE: Unable to access secret government files, or even some of his own personnel records, McKenzie could not sufficiently prove that he was exposed to something that may have made him sick. Nor can most of the 104,000 other workers, retirees and family members who have sought help from a federal program intended to atone for decades of hazardous working conditions at scores of nuclear weapons facilities around the country.
Washington Post Mar 03, 2007 Cherokee Nation To Vote on Expelling Slaves' Descendants
QUOTE: The 250,000-member Cherokee Nation will vote in a special election today whether to override a 141-year-old treaty and change the tribal constitution to bar "freedmen," the descendants of former tribal slaves, from being members of the sovereign nation.
Washington Post Jan 22, 2007 Showdown Looms in Congress Over Drug Advertising on TV
QUOTE: "Criticism of direct-to-consumer advertising has intensified since 2004, after Merck withdrew Vioxx, a heavily advertised painkiller, after a clinical trial showed that it sharply increased the risk of heart attacks and strokes."
New York Times Jan 15, 2007 Essay: Diet Supplements and Safety: Some Disquieting Data
QUOTE: "But hiding in plain sight, then as now, a national database was steadily accumulating strong evidence that some supplements carry risks of injury and death, and that children may be particularly vulnerable."
New York Times May 03, 2006 Court Backs Experimental Drugs for Dying Patients
QUOTE: Terminally ill patients have a constitutional right to obtain experimental drugs before the Food and Drug Administration has decided whether to approve them...
Washington Post Jul 02, 2005 Future of Salmon Leads to Dispute Over Federal Dams: Environmental Effect Is Questioned
QUOTE: ...described the administration's 2004 biological opinion -- it says dams are an ineluctable part of the river's environmental baseline -- as a document written "more in cynicism than in sincerity." The sincerity of the administration's policy is also being questioned by some scientists who work for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service...
Washington Post Jun 30, 2005 The High Cost of a Rush to Security: TSA Lost Control of Over $300 Million Spent by Contractor to Hire Airport Screeners After 9/11
QUOTE: While government officials in the past have hinted at problems with the contract...the extent of the questionable spending has never been disclosed. Only a few details have emerged in brief congressional testimony and scattered news reports. Government officials have repeatedly denied media requests for access to the audit, which was completed last year and labeled "For Official Use Only."
Washington Post Mar 08, 2005 Panther Advocate Fights to Get Job Back: Biologist Takes On Fish and Wildlife Service
QUOTE: "...[Andy] Eller has mounted a one-man campaign against what he says is a corrupt system within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that favors politically wired real estate developers over, well, fish and wildlife."
Washington Post Mar 08, 2005 Salted Away
QUOTE: ...a lawsuit newly filed by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) puts another popular ingredient in the spotlight: salt...would change the status of salt from generally recognized as safe (GRAS) to an official food ingredient that would subject it to much stiffer regulation by the FDA.
Washington Post Mar 03, 2005 Alternative Sentence: A counterproposal to assisted suicide.
QUOTE: He describes the Dutch system as a slippery-slope nightmare....How many doctors and bureaucrats do you want signing off on your plea for a fatal dose?
Slate Jan 28, 2005 FCC Won't Appeal Media Ownership Ruling: Agency Sought Fewer Limits on Ownership
QUOTE: The Bush administration yesterday abandoned plans to ask the Supreme Court to allow a set of controversial rules to take effect that would have loosened restrictions on how large media conglomerates could grow...thrilled those who had fought to keep tighter rein on how much control one company should have over television, newspapers and radio stations in individual markets.
Washington Post Oct 08, 2004 Nader Ballot Petitions Present a Phone Book Full of Problems
QUOTE: In the rush to collect enough signatures to put Ralph Nader on the ballot in the swing state Pennsylvania, one father and son signed the petitions 60 times between them.
New York Times Sep 27, 2004 New Routes for Money to Sway Voters: 501c Groups Escape Disclosure Rules
QUOTE: ...[501c] tax-exempt advocacy and charitable organizations are conduits for a steady stream of secretive cash flowing into the election, in many respects unaffected by the McCain-Feingold legislation enacted in 2002.
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