Post 118 commander Millen, an Army veteran, said he used email to book the room at the VA every year, but admits he was remiss in getting updated license paperwork for the use of the conference room. He thinks the VA has an obligation to work with congressionally chartered veteran organizations, however, instead of booting groups like the Jewish War Veterans from campus. “Basically, the VA dropped the ball,” he said. “[The OIG] report recommended the VA establish new agreements compliant with the leasing act. It didn’t say they had to be canceled.” DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS RESPONDS The larger organizations that rent space on the VA don’t appear to be going anywhere. Big swaths of land highlighted in by the OIG are still being used for non-VA purposes. In response to a KPCC/LAist inquiry, the VA declined to say if there were any changes to the 11 major leases involving dozens of acres of valuable West L.A. property to ensure they complied with the OIG’s findings. On the use of the meeting space for Jewish War Veterans Post 118, the VA said it is working within the letter of the law, which reserves the use of VA buildings by VSOs “for purposes of assisting claimants in the
Source: The West LA VA Is Trying To Evict A Jewish Veterans Group: LAist
Improved methods used to analyse historical ocean temperature data find we have been underestimating the rate of warming of the world’s oceans.
The Zika virus must take the “side roads” into the placenta to infect a fetus, one researcher said — but the Rift Valley fever virus takes the “expressway.”
The Justice Department finally rid itself of Jeff Sessions, but Donald Trump’s nominee to replace him, William Barr, is of course also a bad man, just of a different type. An example: Barr, who previously served as attorney general under the first Bush administration, believes that abortion should not be a constitutionally protected right.
Source: William Barr: Roe v. Wade Was ‘Wrongly Decided and Should Be Overruled’
On Thursday, after being sworn-in as the new representative for Michigan’s 13th district and some extremely cute dabbing from her sons, Rashida Tlaib also called for the impeachment of Donald Trump, or, in her words, “the motherfucker.”
Source: Rashida Tlaib: ‘We’re Gonna Impeach the Motherfucker’
Hungary’s Viktor Orban pushes for anti-migrant bloc to counter France and Germany
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Il Duce Wannabes-slap them Fascists down!
The annual Christmastime practice of cutting down a live tree—dragging it indoors, laboriously propping it up in a living room amid a shower of fallen needles and curse words, only to haul it back outside two weeks later—is one that defies logic to begin with. If a bunch of praying mantis eggs happen to come along for…