Trump bans EPA employees from updating public via press or social media – The Boston Globe

A summary of the actions posted in the Federal Register includes a long list of regulations that include updated air pollution rulings for several states, renewable fuel standards and limits on the amount of formaldehyde that can leach from wood products. President Trump signed a directive shortly after his inauguration on Friday ordering a ‘‘regulatory freeze pending review’’ for all federal agency rules that had been finalized that have not yet taken effect.

Source: Trump bans EPA employees from updating public via press or social media – The Boston Globe

Oh, I hope this is accurate…. the poison pills tend to be pretty bleeping nasty  in the first place, and given what the stuff Obama’s team did that went into effect while they had to deal with it was like….

Outsiders, Insiders, and Watching Europeans Steam | Cat Rotator’s Quarterly

People who talk about how cosmopolitan Europeans are and how much more open they are to new ideas and people than Americans (usually) are can be found everywhere in the media and on-line. The ones …

Source: Outsiders, Insiders, and Watching Europeans Steam | Cat Rotator’s Quarterly

 

Go read the whole thing, it’s not that big and it’s put together well enough that I can’t really quote a section usefully.

 

Combine it with Donald’s story from a few days ago, about the logical– but wrong, and evil– logic that found that attacking Jewish buildings out of anger at Israel’s actions wasn’t a hate crime, basically.

*EDIT* Helps if I put in a link to the TAC article, rather than just mentioning it like y’all will instantly know I mean Donald R. McClarey on The American Catholic. -.-

‘Angry piece of flesh’: Amputee’s right leg plays key part in VA malpractice suit | The Seattle Times

“We’ve never had such a large piece before, and the dogs react differently,” Olson said. “They normally don’t come across that in training. But in disaster-type situations, it’s not unusual to come across larger body parts, so this definitely helped our dogs to be able to detect those.”

After receiving Kuncl’s gift, the group protected the leg and used it sparingly during specialized training scenarios.

“We kept it wrapped in several layers of plastic and in plastic bags and in a freezer,” Olson said.And that unintentionally helped to preserve the leg as evidence.

“That wasn’t the reason I gave them my leg,” Kuncl said. “It was just one of the few times in my life that I did things for the right reason, and it turned around to benefit me.”

Source: ‘Angry piece of flesh’: Amputee’s right leg plays key part in VA malpractice suit | The Seattle Times

No idea what on earth you could add to this.

The TOF Spot: Fearless Forecasts for 2017

My favorite:

Donald Trump will be impeached on his first day in office, but the Supreme Court will rule that he must first have committed a crime to be impeached for. Just being Donald Trump, while surely aggravating, is insufficient. Also, the media lack jurisdiction, the Bill must originate in the House, not MSNBC. The Supreme Court is accused of being partisan, but Justice Ginsburg, writing for a unanimous court, rules that “we haven’t yet completely lost our minds.”

Source: The TOF Spot: Fearless Forecasts for 2017

FORBIDDEN THOUGHTS! — Do not dare read this book! | Welcome to Arhyalon

Wow…it is so exciting to see something go from a glimmer of an idea to reality! And then see it fly off the shelves (electronically). Here’s how it happened:

About two years ago, a friend of mine wanted to put together a charity anthology for the Charlie Hebdo artists. She said, “Send me the most controversial thing you’ve ever written!” Well, I don’t normally do controversial per se. But I sat down and prayed a bit to see what would come to me. I had just read Face-to-Face with Jesus by Samaa Habib, one of the best books I’ve ever read, and my mind was full of thoughts about her experience. So, I sat down and wrote the. most. controversial. story I was capable of conceiving.

The story is called “The Test of the Prophet”.At first, I thought I’d done quite well. My mom immediately worried that it would get my shot, and my atheist Liberal friend called it hateful. But, my Muslim friend loved it and took it home to Pakistan to show her parents. (Life can be strange sometimes!)

By this time, however, I realized that the first anthology wasn’t going to fly. But I REALLY wanted to do something with my story. It was the best thing I had ever written.

But what can you do with a super controversial story in this age of safe spaces and trigger warnings?

Source: FORBIDDEN THOUGHTS! — Do not dare read this book! | Welcome to Arhyalon

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