New Additions to AllGov

Date: Monday, May 10, 2010 1:48 AM
Category: Allgov Blogs

AllGov has added several countries to the Nations section. These are:

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When F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Goes Operational this Summer, it won’t Work any better than 40-Year-Old Thunderbolts

“If F-35 aircraft are employed at night for combat, pilots will have no night vision capability available due to the restriction on using the current night vision camera,” Michael Gilmore, director of operational test and evaluation at the Defense Department, said in written testimony. In contrast, the 1970s-era A-10 Thunderbolt, known as the Warthog, can remain over a battlefield for up to 90 minutes and augment its four air-to-ground missiles with fire from a cannon in its nose.   read more

Interior Secretary Jewell Defends Fracking on Public Lands; Says Industry is Responsible for Reassuring Public

A report released by CAP and The Wilderness Society says that a fifth of the greenhouse gases emitted in the United States come from fossil fuel extraction on public lands. Jewell also said that the oil and gas industry, which has been less than forthcoming on the dangers of fracking, particularly about what kinds of chemicals are being injected into the ground, should reassure Americans that fracking is safe.   read more

Is U.S. Ignoring Obama’s Promise to Avoid Civilians Killings by Drones?

President Barack Obama claims that “Before any strike is taken, there must be near-certainty that no civilians will be killed or injured—the highest standard we can set." But a report written by the Open Society Justice Initiative, after it examined nine drone strikes in Yemen, shows the opposite. In those attacks, 26 civilians, including five children, were killed and 13 more wounded.   read more

Inspector General Report Details Dysfunction in Patent and Trademark Office

Auditors found that nearly all examiners are graded “above average” on performance evaluations, entitling them to bonuses averaging more than $6,000 per year. The report also outlined “patent mortgaging,” a practice in which examiners submit incomplete work to gain credit. This is supposed to be treated as misconduct, but often isn’t, the inspector general found. Another practice, “end-loading,” is when examiners wait until the end of a quarter to submit reports.   read more

Lawsuit against Police-Private Probation Revenue Enhancer Highlights Exploitation of Poor

One of the plaintiffs, Abel Edwards, was fined $500 by Judge Joshua C. Bell for burning leaves in his front yard. That fine by itself appears to be steep for such an offense, but after Red Hills’ fees were added on, it totaled more than $1,000. The probation company demanded $250 up front and had Edwards was kept in jail several days until a friend came up with the money.   read more
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