Hard to think of anything today other than the devastation in Oklahoma. This photo from the Goddard Space Center shows the storm system that created yesterday’s F-4 tornado. Notice how tight and compact it is.
Thanks so much for being part of our amazing growth in the last year. We just feel so:
You’ve helped us spread our investigations into government waste and conflicts of interest to entirely new audiences and you’ve gotten involved by the tens of thousands by signing petitions and sending letters to your members of Congress.
We just want to say:
Today, a row of chin-up bars stands beside a grassy mound topped with a manhole cover bearing the words, “WARNING DO NOT FILL.” This is the only visible reminder of Hadnot Point Well No. 602, in which one 1984 test found levels of the carcinogenic gasoline additive benzene at 76 times the allowable federal limit. —
-After nearly 30 years, Camp Lejeune coming clean
Those carcinogens were part of the what could be the largest water contamination in U.S. history. Nearly one million Marines and their families used contaminated water for drinking and cooking for over 30 years. Only now is the clean up finally coming to an end.
Holy smoke—that was a horrible conflict of interest. — A former biodefense official, upon learning that a Pentagon advisor had convinced the government to spend $334 million on an Anthrax drug produced by a biotech firm he had a stake in. (via officialssay)
Celebrating our legal fellow’s last day with an office breakfast… That’s Meryl holding her going away mug signed by our staff.
Taxpayers Could Foot Bill For Fannie Mae Fraud Settlement -
We bailed them out, and now we might have to pay for their court settlement too.
Sh*t just got real. A note one of our coworkers posted on the fridge.
From the U.S. Department of Interior:
Not all of our public lands are far from urban areas. The Golden Gate National Recreation Area chronicles two hundred years of history, from Native American culture, the Spanish Empire frontier and the Mexican Republic, to maritime history, and the California Gold Rush. It also provides some pretty killer views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco.
Photo: Justin Kern
fantastic image of the Golden Gate Bridge from the U.S. Dept. of the Interior
Ten Questions That USASpending.Gov Can’t Answer -
USASpending.gov is supposed to be a hub for citizens to find information about government spending, but it comes up short when trying to answer some key questions.
Today’s pretty sunset photo courtesy of the Marine Corps Flickr page.