August 9, 2015

Press Downplays EPA’s Responsibility for Colorado River Contamination

Filed under: Environment,MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:10 am

On Wednesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency committed an act which would have likely become instant national news if a private entity had done the same thing.

On Friday, John Merline at Investors’ Business Daily succinctly noted that the EPA “dumped a million gallons of mine waste into Animas River in Colorado, turning it into what looked like Tang, forcing the sheriff’s office to close the river to recreational users.” Oh, and it “also failed to warn officials in downstream New Mexico about the spill.” Yet here we are four days later, and the story has gotten very little visibility outside of center-right blogs and outlets. That’s largely explained by how the wire services have handled the story. After the jump, readers will see headlines and descriptions of the stories which have appeared thus far at the web site of the New York Times:

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Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (080915)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: Why the Boy Scouts’ new policy led a Catholic bishop to cut ties

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Bismarck, North Dakota:

Aug 6, 2015 / 05:10 pm

Bishop David Kagan of Bismarck, himself a former boy scout, has reluctantly told his North Dakota diocese to disaffiliate from the Boy Scouts of America due to the legal risks and the moral confusion its new leadership policy could cause for Catholics.

“I’m very disappointed with this whole turn of events. I just can’t express that adequately enough,” Bishop Kagan told CNA Aug. 6.

He said the Boy Scouts’ new policy risks lawsuits for church-sponsored troops that attempt to hold their leaders and volunteers to moral standards.

“I can’t say it’s a probability, but it’s a distinct possibility. It’s a reality we have to face,” he said.

Troops sponsored by a parish or a parish school would have to expect Catholic moral standards of leaders and volunteers. Those who disagree with those standards might object.

“Then we’ll be embroiled again in something else,” the bishop said.

“I had to ask myself ‘do I want to put our pastors, our parishes, our schools or diocese through something like that?’ I don’t think anyone wants that.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.