Wednesday, October 12, 2005

News Dump Day-Ending-in-the-Letter-Y

Mr. Bluememe is out chasing money today and won't be posting much, leaving the shop to me. I'm not even going to try to match his rabid interest in Judy and Scooter's Excellent Adventure nor the expertise of Jane Hamsher, Reddhedd and the other Judyologists par excellence out there. FWIW, my guess is unpleasant paperwork for Scooter and Turdblossom, with lots of other unindicted co-conspiritors, but I also thought the Yankees would get past the Angels and the Sox.

Anyways, look for George's minions to take advantage of the feeding frenzy to unload lots of unpleasant news that might otherwise attract more attention. Like this, for example:

US reduces protection of waters, wetlands -report

In the past four years, the United States has drastically cut back on its protection of waterways and wetlands, whose erosion was cited as a factor in the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina, according to a report issued on Wednesday.

The report by the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, examined how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency assert jurisdiction over many of the nation's waterways and wetlands.

Environmental groups criticized government practices discussed in the report.

"Losses of wetlands in many areas in the United States are unprecedented, yet the corps is allowing many of the remaining wetlands to be destroyed, in violation of its Clean Water Act obligations, without even trying to figure out why," said Christy Leavitt of environmental group U.S. PIRG.

Navis Bermudez of the Sierra Club said, "The GAO's report confirms the administration is secretly pursuing a policy that favors developers and other industrial interests."
It will be interesting to see how many long-buried cases of mad cow disease, nuclear reactor leaks, miscues in the middle east, and corporate giveaways find their way into print before Fitzgerald wraps up.


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