I know we’re all having trouble keeping track of what time & time of day & day & season it is (there is research on how disorienting quarantine can be to time & space sense, and I think I understand better what I’ve heard about intelligence using it as a torture technique)
– but I wanted to offer everybody a heads-up given the date of the announcement that came through my feed, especially as it was from a University institute and not the EPA itself — not that I’d trust anything coming out of the latter, particularly since it’s easy to suspect the current lobbyist “running” the EPA likely intends to offer the public as few opportunities as possible to object to their misuse of data and information suppression and flat out propaganda related to any kind of environmental enforcement, but that particularly in the wake of this global health crisis.
After all, they already “quietly relaxed enforcement” of their regulations while our backs were turned trying to deal with the immediate fallout of this mess
(they’re calling it “enforcement discretion”, which … yeah)
As did the Department of Labor — which as a follower of EEOC & OSHA-type issues I immediately concluded was a really bad idea — and then, boom, we had to try to deal with the ongoing, resource-hoarding sham that is the PPP program AND the Dickens-era attempts to force workers back to work in deadly conditions AND for the relevant employers to be relieved of any liability for injury therefrom (which was, of course, an idea hailing jointly from the “branes” of COVID45 and Moscow MitchMcTreason)
So at this point, we have just over two weeks to submit (assuming I can still count).
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Also — even if we think / suspect / have literal millions of reasons to suspect these corrupt crackpots will not listen, it’s important to have our objections to their gross abuses of power on the record for later. To wit:
This is, of course, all completely insane. But to correct it, we must keep track
And in case you needed additional incentive to keep up, because it is hard
(after last night’s reports, I figured we could all use a little reassurance)