Aug. 29th, 2007

lurkitty: (geektoaster)
Some stories just scream stupid at the tops of their lungs.

The Seattle Times reports that a pharmacology professor, Daniel Storm, used an axe (hello! sparks!) to open 4 liters of metal containers of ethyl ether, a highly flammable solvent. He then poured the toxic, hazardous waste down the drains in his lab to avoid $15,000 in disposal costs.

For this, he was fined $5,000, was sentenced to probation, escaped with his life and is still employed by the UW.

For the record, UW has a chemical exchange program he could have used to pass the chemical on to a lab that could have used it for free.
lurkitty: (fudog)
After a victory in the prolonged fight to force the VA to allow the Wiccan pentagram symbol to be used on graves of fallen soldiers, the widow who brought the suit that won that right was excluded from a meeting with President Bush in Northern Nevada.

Review-journal.com reports that Roberta Stewart was not invited to a meeting of families of fallen soldiers with the President, though other members of her family were there. Roberta Stewart is the only Wiccan member of the family.

The White House, once again, is showing their tendency to insulate the President against anyone who might possibly disagree with him. They will go to any length, even disrespecting the widow of a fallen soldier.

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