It was a historic event. Thousands of people came to the Washington state capital for the Women’s March on Saturday to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump, what he’s said in the past, and his possible policies.
Last week, I had fun going to the Inaugural Ball for Washington State Governor Jay Inslee.
With Donald Trump set to be become president Friday, I appreciate so much that we have a governor in our state who supports consumer and environmental protection, health care insurance for all, education at all levels, clean energy, transportation funding, and more.
The ball was great celebration. I found a good spot to take photos during the program and got a lot of nice photos from the entire event.
Wondering what are the best places are to travel for the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Day and President’s Day holidays?
A list of the top destinations by region for a three-day weekend adventure has been created by CheapTickets.com. It includes U.S. cities big enough to explore yet small enough to cover in just three days, no matter where you’re traveling from.
Santa Barbara – Start the morning visiting one of Santa Barbara’s many beaches before heading to State Street for a day of shopping. Next, visit the Funk Zone neighborhood where you can experience local beer, wine, and food. Round out the trip at the Old Santa Barbara Mission to see 200-year-old architecture and 12 acres of landscaped gardens.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and FCA US are being charged with violations of the Clean Air Act for installing and failing to disclose engine management software in light-duty model year 2014, 2015, and 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Ram 1500 trucks with 3.0 liter diesel engines sold in the United States.
The software causes increased nitrogen oxides emissions from vehicles, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday. The allegations cover about 104,000 vehicles.
The EPA is working with the California Air Resources Board, which has also issued a notice of violation to FCA.
Volkswagen has agreed to plead guilty to three criminal felony counts and pay a $2.8 billion criminal penalty as a result of the company’s long-running scheme to sell about 590,000 diesel vehicles in the United States by using a defeat device to cheat on emissions tests and lying to further the scheme, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday.
In separate civil resolutions of environmental, customs, and financial claims, VW has agreed to pay $1.5 billion. This includes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s claim for civil penalties against VW in connection with VW’s importation and sale of these cars, as well as U.S. Customs and Border Protection claims for customs fraud. In addition, the EPA agreement requires overview to prevent future violations.
The criminal case
VW has agreed to plead guilty to taking part in a conspiracy to defraud the United States and VW’s U.S. customers and to violating the Clean Air Act by lying about whether some VW, Audi, and Porsche diesel vehicles complied with U.S. emissions standards.
Well, a week from today is Christmas. I should be feeling the holiday cheer… but I’m not.
Tomorrow, Dec. 19, the Electoral College will vote for the president of the United States. Electors have been urged by the thousands of Americans to select someone beside Donald Trump. However, they’re unlikely to do it, according to an article in The Washington Post.
I guess we’ll just have to brace ourselves for the on slot of bad policies and laws the Republicans are going to propose. Get rid of Medicare? Gut the Environmental Protection Agency? Replace public schools with charter schools? Abolish the U.S. Department of Energy? Shut down consumer protection? The list goes on and on.
Then, there’s Trump himself. He continues his bombastic style, with shocking comments almost daily. His latest? China can keep the American drone it captured in the South China Sea. What?
While I’ve been down in the dumps this week, I did notice something surprising.
Federal agencies are announcing what seems like an unusually large number of settlements with businesses – so many I couldn’t keep up with them. Here are a few:
DeVry University, a for-profit college, for inflating the truth about jobs prospects for its students.
Ashley Madison, a website known for marketing to people who are already in relationships but still want to date, for a lax security system that failed to protect 36 million users’ account and profile information.
Aura Labs for a blood pressure app that doesn’t work.
Vemma Nutrition Co., seller of energy, health, and wellness drinks, for operating a pyramid scheme.
Maybe the agencies are trying to get lawsuits settled before Trump and his cronies take over the federal government.
On a happier note, here are the topics other boomer bloggers are writing about:
After the election, Sightings wrote “Boy Was I Wrong,” admitting he didn’t predict the winner of the presidential race. Then, he said he was going back to what he was doing – looking for a place to retire.
This week, Sightings is wondering about blogging. Is it worth the effort, if you're just being self-indulgent and talking to yourself? He faces the issue in an article called “Blogging: Is It All About Me?” and asks how we can reach out to others and find mutual interests, rather than just having a conversation with ourselves.
This is the Best of Boomer Blogs #478. Please take the time to check out these articles. And, join in the conversations. Boomer bloggers love to hear from readers.
Copyright 2016, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist
Princess Cruise Lines has agreed to plead guilty to seven felony charges for illegally discharging oily waste into the sea and lying about it. It also will pay a $40 million penalty – the largest criminal penalty ever levied for deliberate vessel pollution, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday.
Princess is a subsidiary of Carnival Corp., the world’s largest cruise company. As part of the plea agreement with Princess, cruise ships from eight Carnival cruise line companies will be under a court supervised Environmental Compliance Program for five years.
The U.S. investigation began after information was provided to the U.S. Coast Guard by the British Maritime and Coastguard Agency that a newly hired engineer on the Caribbean Princess reported a so-called “magic pipe” had been used on Aug. 23, 2013, to illegally discharge oily waste off the coast of England.
Chromium-6, a carcinogen, contaminates the tap water of two-thirds of Americans at levels above what scientists say is safe, according an analysis of federal water testing data by the Environmental Working Group.
Under an Environmental Protection Agency program, from 2013 to 2015, local water utilities took more than 60,000 water samples and found chromium-6 in more than 75 percent of them. The EWG's analysis of the EPA data estimates that water supplies serving 218 million Americans have potentially unsafe levels of the chemical.
The EWG's interactive map shows the chromium-6 test results by county for the 50 states. Of major metro areas, Phoenix has the highest level of the contaminant, followed by St. Louis County, Houston, Los Angeles, and Suffolk County, New York. But every U.S. water system serving more than 1 million people has chromium-6 concentrations that could be harmful, the EWG analysis found.
After years of requests from consumer and health groups, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finally issued a rule banning the use of triclosan and 18 commonly used chemicals in over-the-counter antibacterial hand soaps.
Companies won’t be able to market the soaps with these ingredients because manufacturers didn’t demonstrate that the ingredients are safe for long-term daily use and more effective than soap and water in preventing illness and the spread of infections, the FDA said.
Some manufacturers have already started removing the ingredients from their products. They’re still found in some acne products, body washes, and Colgate Total toothpaste.