May 26, 2005 Hey, L.A. denizens, here's a day-brightener for ya: The U.S. Geological Survey and the Southern California Earthquake Center say that potential earthquakes on the Puente Hills fault underneath the city could result in 3,000 to 18,000 fatalities, 142,000 to 735,000 displaced households, and more than $250 billion in total damages.
May 25, 2005 Apparently, space weather forecasters aren't any better at predictions than their terrestrial counterparts.
May 25, 2005 Job title of the day: Nina Hatfield, deputy assistant secretary of Interior for business management and wildland fire. I imagine there are days when the two parts of her job seem like exactly the same subject.
May 24, 2005 GAO report title of the day: "Federal Agencies Are Engaged in Various Efforts to Promote the Utilization of Woody Biomass, but Significant Obstacles to Its Use Remain." Obstacles to woody biomass? That's just not a subject I want to read any more about, at least not while I'm trying to...
May 24, 2005 Marines with the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment have formed a new platoon called "Team America" to help maintain a military presence over the large area of operations they must cover. It's not this Team America, I hope.
May 23, 2005 The independent base-closing commission won't be a "rubber stamp," chairman Anthony Principi tells the NY Times. Maybe not, but changing the Pentagon's list won't be easy. Some installations could be spared the ax, but adding others to replace them on the closure rolls will be difficult: Seven out of the...
May 20, 2005 Note to politicians: Before you decide to break out the Hitler analogy in a speech, please, for your own sake, stop and think twice. Because it boomerangs 100 percent of the time.
May 20, 2005 The 2004 Federal Human Capital Survey: kinda good news, or very bad news? You be the judge. There's an interesting dynamic at work here: OPM and the Bush administration, which usually don't like to trumpet the unhappiness of federal employees, clearly want this survey spun as "Workers hate appraisal system,"...
May 19, 2005 The Energy Department seems to have hit on a surefire way to attract new bidders for the contract to run Los Alamos National Laboratory--pay the new contractor almost 10 times the $8 million a year the University of California gets now.
May 18, 2005 Hey, critics of the federal food inspection program: Please look into getting a new anecdote. This one about the USDA regulating pepperoni pizza and the FDA overseeing the plain cheese variety is getting a little stale. It first came out of the oven in 1988, for Pete's sake.