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"To know him is to not like him," Maggie Omero on Ted Cruz

An apt statement heard on Hardball.

Will EPA Ever Reopen?

From a Pollution Engineering article:

" Sen. Barbara Boxer believes that closure of the EPA permits companies to dump toxic wastes and otherwise treat the environment “like it’s your private ditch.”

“People do it every day of the week, and we stop it because we have cops on the beat,” Boxer said.

The California Democrat and chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee said EPA would remain shuttered indefinitely under the House GOP’s strategy of re-opening parts of the federal government.

“If you look at all their mini-bills, not one of them restored any funding for any agency that comes close to enforcing our environmental protection laws,” Boxer said."

Of course, GOP Reps Marsha Blackburn and Steve Stockman are cheering on the closure because now companies can pollute!

Agency most affected by the Govt shutdown?

The EPA. Now operating with only 7% of its workforce.

From Pollution Engineering Magazine:

"The Environmental Protection Agency will close down almost entirely during a shutdown, save for operations around Superfund sites.

The EPA will furlough over 93 percent of its 16,205 employees, operating with fewer than 7 percent of its employees, according to guidance issued by the agency.

The Agency will almost entirely cease issuing licenses and permits, which may cause delays for companies seeking to build or expand facilities. The agency will stop working on new policies in areas such as air pollution and renewable fuels.

If you were looking for data on the state of the economy, you’ll have to wait until after the “federal funding hiatus.” That could be a good thing, since one estimate in circulation suggests the cost to the U.S. economy of the failure by Congress to approve a funding bill is over $400 million per day."

Whole article here:

In advance to and in honor of DU's annual Columbus Day Freak Out: Here's The Oatmeal on Columbus

Well worth the short read:


Flags at Pentagon were at half-mast this morning. Anyone know why?

I know they were at half-mast on 10/6/13 for the firefighter, but why today?

The Shutdown from Derf

Kevin Straub in response to Fox News' Giant News Tablets

In case you missed the Fox News Tablet story:

Ask Yourself: What would Boehner Do? (Then don't do that)

From Brian McFadden:

US Capitol Police: Capitol in Lockdown; Reports of Gunshots and Injured Capitol Police Officer

Source: ABC News

US Capitol Police: Capitol in lockdown; reports of gunshots and injured Capitol police officer.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/white-house-meeting-boehner-obama-negotiate-20451526

"NIST closed, all measurements invalid"

From a blog post by Martin Rowe of Engineer Design News

"The current deadlock in Washington over the Federal budget has shut down most of the U.S. Government. That includes NIST, which houses the national standards for many physical quantities–voltage and current–and provides calibration services. With top if the measurement chain closed, all measurement made in the U.S. are hereby invalid. If you take measurements or perform calibrations, then you might as well take the rest of the day off."

Whole article here:
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