These kinds of things would be absolutely intolerable int he private sector.

When the majority of Americans look at Washington, they see a broken, bureaucratic system that far too often fails to defend their interests.

We all learned again recently that the consequences of that failure can be deadly.

The inspector general for the Department of Veterans Affairs announced April 12 that the VA Medical Center in Washington, D.C., which serves more than 98,000 veterans, was putting many of those veterans at “unnecessary risk”—risk stemming from use of dirty equipment, lack of necessary medical supplies, and the possible use of recalled gear.

What made this announcement especially noteworthy was that it was an “interim summary.” In other words, the inspector general believed the crisis at the D.C. VA was so bad that he couldn’t wait to conclude the investigation before notifying veterans.
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Trying to do too much – doing none of it well.

In a refreshing move, the Trump administration is eliminating one of Barack Obama’s many outrageous amnesty initiatives, this one involving illegal immigrants from African countries affected by the Ebola virus a few years ago. The Ebola amnesty scandal got buried in the hoopla of the administration’s broad executive order protecting millions of illegal alien Mexicans and Central Americans, but it was just as alarming. Launched in 2014, the Ebola reprieve was issued separately—and quietly—via a Temporary Protected Status (TPS), a humanitarian program that’s supposed to be short-term.

Under the plan, the administration designated Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone for TPS for 18 months. That’s how it always starts—for a short period of time then it grows into years. Before you know it, illegal aliens who benefit from TPS for humanitarian reasons are legal residents enjoying all the generous perks—free education, food stamps, medical care etc.—that Uncle Sam has to offer. This scenario has been repeated over the years under both Republican and Democrat administrations. For instance, “temporary” protection for Hondurans and Nicaraguans has been extended over and over again thanks to a hurricane (Mitch) that hit the Central American countries more than a decade and a half ago.

They have cold weather in Texas?

Cold weather increases the risk of mortality in Texas residents, according to researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health. The findings were recently published in the journal Environmental Pollution.

In the state’s 12 major metro areas from 1990 to 2011, researchers found that cold temperatures significantly increased the risk of mortality by up to 5 percent with a 1 degree Celsius decrease in temperature in the winter. A 1-degree Celsius drop caused a combined 166 excessive deaths, researchers found. Higher mortality risks were observed in areas with higher winter temperatures and lower latitudes. For the metropolitan areas along the Gulf Coast, increased risk in mortality ranged from 2 to 5 percent.

Shutting down science.

An Ariane 5 rocket set to launch Brazilian and South Korean communications satellites was grounded March 20 when workers began a strike in French Guiana. The rocket is seen here March 2 during a transfer between the spaceport’s launcher integration building and final assembly building. Credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace – Photo Optique Video du CSG – P. Baudon

Proving that they are regular hum beings – just like the rest of us.

Heavy rucksacks, parachuting out of helicopters, combat injuries, and stress result in chronic pain for many service members. In the United States, opioids are commonly prescribed to manage chronic pain, and overprescribing is a concern, particularly for veterans’ healthcare.
However, a new study published in Pain suggests that opioid use among Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and Operation New Dawn (OND) veterans is roughly comparable to that of the general U.S. population.

“We found that use of opioids among OEF/OIF/OND veterans was characterized by use of moderate doses prescribed for fairly long periods of time,” said Teresa Hudson, Pharm.D., Ph.D., study author and research scientist at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. “However, chronic use among this group of veterans appeared to be lower than that of veterans who served in other time periods.”