The Feds Almost Used A Pesticide That's Harmful To Pregnant Women To Combat Zika In Puerto Rico

Why has nobody been talking about the fact that Puerto Rico was going to be fumigated by the United States government using an unregistered pesticide called Naled which is extremely toxic insecticide, particularly to pregnant women, in order to “combat the zika virus”? If it weren’t for the protests in front of the island’s Capitol building and the governor agreeing to deny the use of it, the chemical would’ve been spread all over Puerto Rico.

Why should we let the U.S. Government continue using us as guinea pigs for their science experiments? We’ve been abused for way too long, and all Puerto Ricans should stay woke 👀 they’re still after us

“If heaven, Fiore’s worried they’ll be separated forever. Awww, bros!”

why am I reading more reviews which will only infuriate me

“Fiore doesn’t want to abandon his comic books, but DeBlanc says tenderly, “It’s all right, my dear. Leave ‘em behind.” Oooooh. Bros.”

…alright that was maybe worth it

[In 1996,] Senators Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts and Orrin Hatch of Utah were trying to build a bipartisan consensus around the idea of providing health coverage for more children.

Hillary Clinton embraced the idea quickly and pulled on the levers of power available to her to get it passed. That included pressing to get a line in a State of the Union address her husband gave supporting the legislation.

It might sound small, but among Washington insiders, it was a key signal that the administration was serious about the proposal.

Within the White House, she fended off the so-called budgeteers who wanted to raid the funds for the program. As the plan went through the House, she wanted $16 billion set aside for it and won. Later she helped get that number bumped up to $24 billion.

“The children’s health program wouldn’t be in existence today if we didn’t have Hillary pushing for it from the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue,” Kennedy said to the Associated Press in a 2007 interview.

The legislation was signed into law in August 1997. It now covers 8.1 million children, according to Medicaid data.

To make that process easier, Christie reportedly said, “One of the things I have suggested to Donald is that we have to immediately ask the Republican Congress to change the civil service laws. Because if they do, it will make it a lot easier to fire those people.”

In other words, Christie and Trump would seek to replace the current civil service system, which involves extensive protections meant to keep workers from being fired for political reasons, with a system specifically designed to make it very easy to fire workers for political reasons.

Flitter also reports that Christie and Trump want to “let businesspeople serve in government part time without having to give up their jobs in the private sector.” Ostensibly, the purpose of this would be to allow the government to recruit better private sector talent.

But the problems with this idea are pretty clear. Regulatory capture — in which regulatory structures are dominated by people sympathetic to or with ties to the industry they’re regulating — is a major problem in federal agencies, particularly with financial and environmental regulators, and most analysts place some of the blame on the ease with which, say, oil company employees can get jobs regulating the oil sector and then go right back to oil companies after their time in government is over.
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By Sophia Kercher

Well no shit

It was nice while it lasted

All of last week I was under 30 cases! (A “full” caseload is 22 families and I’ve never had less than 30.) But over the weekend one of my coworkers went on medical leave and my supervisor just reassigned all her cases that have anything overdue on to my workload. So I’m back up in the high 30s… About 30% of which need some sort of immediate action.