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A waste of money
LA County, a government which likes to prove, repeatedly, that it can't be trusted with money, once again beseeches America to deprive it of funds by wasting them on bullshit. Their frivolous spending of federal bioterrorism response preparedness funds is absolutely insane and out of control.
Los Angeles County has spent at least $2 million in taxpayer dollars intended to prepare for bioterrorism on buffing up the health department's image, responding to unrelated health scourges and buying questionable supplies and services, a Times review has found.

When public health officials couldn't round up enough volunteers to take part in a smallpox vaccination drill, for instance, they turned to actors from an old Hollywood standby: Central Casting.

To hire extras to play the role of patients in the half-day drill, the county's Department of Health Services in 2004 paid the aptly named firm $57,045. That's not counting what the department ponied up to thank the paid actors and volunteers: $10,000 for gift certificates, $13,600 for pens, digital thermometers and bags to hold the gifts, and thousands more for food and transportation.

The county has spent most of the federal grant money to hire and train staff to respond to emergencies, which generally is consistent with the purpose of such funds. Yet at times, the spending has stretched the definition of terrorism readiness, drawing concern even from the department's own employees, according to spending requests and other documents.

"Unless we have a compelling public message, this seems to be a big waste of taxpayer funds," John Wallace, the department's director of external and government relations, wrote in an August 2004 e-mail to department leaders about a proposed $1-million contract for a media campaign.

"I am concerned that it will appear that we are trying to spend grant dollars for the sake of not having to return them, and that is not acceptable."

In fact, the department has failed to spend one in six dollars granted by the federal government for bioterrorism preparations from 2002 to 2004.

During those years, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention doled out more than $2.7 billion to prepare states, counties and cities in the event of a bioterrorism attack. L.A. County alone received $83 million, of which $14 million went unspent. For the current grant year beginning last summer, the county was given an additional $27.9 million.

The grants have been a boon to an otherwise cash-starved health department, which faces massive cutbacks to head off an expected $781-million shortfall within three years.

Dr. Jonathan Fielding, the county's public health director, defended his department's spending, saying it is much better prepared than it was several years ago to handle a disaster. For instance, the department has conducted more than 130 drills to test the county's readiness and created a surveillance system — working with hospitals, schools, laboratories and the coroner — to track disease outbreaks.

Without a bioterrorism attack, it isn't possible to say whether the county's spending habits have impaired its preparedness.

But in some key areas, such as building a new public health laboratory, the county remains behind schedule as dollars flow to other projects or remain unused.

Among the county's other expenditures on bioterrorism, sometimes referred to as BT, detailed in documents obtained by The Times under the California Public Records Act:

• More than $128,000 for tchotchkes to be given away to the public, including letter openers, whistles, magnets, mouse pads, flashlights, pens, travel toothbrushes and emergency kits. The department spent $1,000 on nylon discs for Public Health Week, emblazoned with the slogan "Nutrition and Physical Activity: Keys to Health." And it spent $4,145 on clipboards, notepads and stress balls to give away at a forensic epidemiology conference.

• At least $170,000 to train department staff on how to put together videos to be viewed online. Two videos have been produced: one on the role of public health, the other on home pool safety.

• A $4,675 teleprompter so that Fielding and others can "face the camera and be able to read a prepared speech," plus nearly $450 in upgrades to the teleprompter, $2,187 for a laptop to write scripts for the teleprompter and $3,392 for a "very special portable microphone for excellent quality remote interviews and scene descriptions," according to the expense reports.

Hundreds more went to replace a podium that had been "damaged by rodents."

More than 70 high-end desk chairs at about $600 each and about 800 computers, although only 171 staff members are funded by the bioterrorism grant.
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Duplicitous Sauds break word; kick 'em out of WTO
Saudi Arabia wanted in the WTO bad. So they promised the Bush administration to drop the boycott against Israel if the Bush administration would allow them to join the WTO. "Well, okay then..."

Suckers!
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The Rudest Thing in the Whole Wide World (Or at least my whole wide world)
To me, absolutely the rudest thing you can do to somebody is interrupt them while they're speaking. In everyday life, 99% of the time, there's nothing that somebody has to say that is so important that it cannot wait until the other person has finished speaking. When this is done to me it drives me up the wall; unfortunately, people do it to me all the time.

I had an experience today that has moved me to write about this. Early this afternoon I was in an informal meeting with a few people. I'd been asked to be present because somebody had heard about an idea I'd had, and wished me to come and explain it to his colleagues, which I was happy to do. They work in a building adjacent to mine, so after my lunch I got bundled up and walked the 50 meters over there.

The idea that I’d been asked to explain was only a small part of their meeting, but I was polite and sat quietly, listening to one individual butt in over and over again with inane questions, while everybody else talked over each other. I figured since they all worked so closely with each other, that’s just how they did it. The noise in the place was really out of hand, I was having a hard time hearing the people who were actually supposed to be talking, but since most of their meeting didn’t apply to me it wasn’t that bothersome.

When it was my turn to speak, everybody shut up for a minute and I introduced myself. I then began by telling them my idea, and I attempted to begin to explain it when the buttinsky interrupted me in the middle of a complicated thought and asked a question of somebody else across the table that wasn’t even related to what I was talking about. I said ‘Oh, I’m so sorry, would you like the floor?’ (With barely slightly any edge to my voice at all.) He shut up, but only briefly. I then attempted to pick up where I had left off, but the guy again talked over me and told me (not asked, mind you, but told) to start over at the beginning because he didn’t hear me. Of course he didn’t.

I wanted to be clear, I wanted to be understood by all, so I started over at the beginning. I managed to get through the idea and the explanation, and then I asked if there were any questions. Eight people started talking at once. I had to shout ‘One at a time, please!’, and make them raise their hands like schoolchildren. The first one I called on was the buttinsky, and all he had to say was ‘That’s not going to work.’… So I said thank you, and asked again if there were any questions. One man had a question, so he asked it, and I attempted to answer, when buttinsky interrupted me again. I said ‘Hey now, I don’t want to have to put you in the corner’ but I said it with a smile, hoping he would get the hint. I could keep going and going, but the long story
short is, anytime I was asked a question, he would interrupt me while I was trying to answer it. He would even ask a question and interrupt while I was answering. He interrupted other people too, not only me, but I hate nothing worse than being interrupted.

After the meeting broke up I was standing in a loose triangle talking with a couple of the guys about travel, and a couple of trips I’ve got coming up. Stuff that’s totally non-meeting related, and that this guy should not even have been paying attention to. One of the fellows asked me a question about Rome, and buttinsky nosed in and said ‘Rome was so cool, I got to see the Colosseum.’. The other fellow asked how you could get around and I was explaining Rome’s public transportation system to him and the guy butted in again and said ‘You don’t need the bus man, just take a taxi.’ After that I just stopped speaking, because everybody was talking over each other again. I bowed out of that group and turned to ask a meeting-related question of another guy; while he was answering me the buttinsky butted in again, and I just lost it.

I said ‘That is the rudest thing in the world. What on earth makes you think you are so special that you can’t wait until somebody else has finished speaking before you open your mouth? I cannot believe people tolerate you, and I am heartily glad I don’t have to work with you, because you have the manners of a barnyard goat!’

And then I had to gather up my hat, gloves, coat and bag while they all stared at me, and I could feel them all watching me as I stalked off out of the building. And now I’ve spent the rest of the afternoon fuming about it.
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Sensei slaps down student
Natan Sharansky, avidly admired by both Bush and Condi Rice, slaps their pretensions into the dirt. I've been saying for a while now that his actions show that Bush has read Sharansky, but failed to understand him.
Natan Sharansky said President Bush’s policy of democratization has failed because Bush rushes tyrannies to elections.

Bush has repeatedly cited Sharansky, a former Prisoner of Zion and a former Israeli Cabinet minister, for 18 months in touting democratic reforms in the Arab world.

“Despite what I believe to be the president´s genuine commitment to promote sweeping change, the policy shift hasn´t matched the rhetoric, with one glaring exception: an intense focus on holding elections everywhere as quickly as possible,” Sharansky wrote Sunday in the Los Angeles Times.

“This has been a mistake because, although elections are part of the democratic process, they are never a substitute for it.” One result of the policy, Sharansky said, was the victory of Hamas, a terrorist group, in Jan. 25 Palestinian legislative elections. “The recent election of Hamas is the fruit of a policy that focused on the form of democracy (elections) rather than its substance (building and protecting a free society),” he said.
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Crime in Canada surpasses US levels
WILLisms has some fascinating trivia: it seems Canada's overall crime level is now 50% higher than in the US. Of course, this wouldn't be shocking if we were talking about Mexico or Haiti, but this is Canada we're talking about here, people! This shows that the rise of crime is more intimately tied to left-wing soft-on-crime-&-criminals politics than it is to culture. Human nature is to be more wicked if it is at all possible to get away with it, without consequences; remove them, and the result is entirely predictable. Perhaps the Tory government will take my favorite Canadian wingnut, Adam Yoshida's advice, and get really tough on crime (especially, criminals).
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