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Your government is hard at work!

by Paul C / August 24, 2011 7:48 PM PDT

Every now and again - in reality, often - the Federal Register, that compendium of all the regulations that Federal agencies promulgate after all those new laws are passed, offers up a real mind bender.

Today's mind bender: Who knew that the Feds would need to issue regulations governing
goat and sheep herders' workplaces?

The Obama administration is setting new workplace regulations to assist
foreign workers who fill goat herding positions in the U.S. , including
employee-paid cell phones and comfy beds. These new special
procedures issued by the Labor Department must be followed by employers
who want to hire temporary agricultural foreign workers to perform sheep
herding or goat herding activities. It describes strict rules for
sleeping quarters, lighting, food storage, bathing, laundry, cooking and
new rules for the counters where food is prepared. "A separate
sleeping unit shall be provided for each person, except in a family
arrangement," says the rules signed by Jane Oates, assistant secretary
for employment and training administration at the Labor Department. "Such a unit shall include a comfortable bed, cot or bunk, with a clean mattress," the rules state...

The new lighting standards say that in areas where it is not feasible to
provide electrical service such as tents or mobile trailers, lanterns
must be provided. "Kerosene wick lights meet the definition of
lantern," the regulations say. "When workers or their families
are permitted or required to cook in their individual unit, a space
shall be provided with adequate lighting and ventilation." "Wall
surfaces next to all food preparation and cooking areas shall be of
nonabsorbent, easy-to-clean material. Wall surfaces next to cooking
areas shall be of fire-resistant material," the regulations say. "It makes you wonder," Katz said, "how they ever did this before the government got involved?" "Who knew we needed all of this federal help for herding goats?" Katz quipped.


It does make one wonder: Had these regulations had been in effect some 2,000 years ago, would the shepherds of Bethlehem had any time to go visit the Christ Child? Devil

Just a thought...

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Re: time to visit the Child
by Kees_B Forum moderator / August 24, 2011 8:05 PM PDT

"Wall surfaces next to all food preparation and cooking areas shall be of nonabsorbent, easy-to-clean material."

If it had been difficult-to-clean material, they certainly would have less time then with easy-to-clean material, wouldn't they?

Kees

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Did we always worry about that sort of thing
by Steven Haninger / August 24, 2011 8:09 PM PDT

If you needed to eat and the wall behind the stove was dirty, would you go hungry until you cleaned it? Wink

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Freedom for the goats
by coolguyiscool / August 25, 2011 4:47 AM PDT

goats should have eqaul rights too!

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And they didn't even feel a bit....
by James Denison / August 25, 2011 5:04 AM PDT

...sheepish about it at all!

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(NT) that's too Bbaaadddd!!
by JP Bill / August 25, 2011 5:09 AM PDT
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Such comments can only come from
by Steven Haninger / August 25, 2011 8:18 PM PDT
In reply to: that's too Bbaaadddd!!

bleating heart types.

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(NT) Ewe that's awfull!!
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / August 25, 2011 8:27 PM PDT
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Well, you've heard of Dante's "Divine....."
by Steven Haninger / August 25, 2011 8:30 PM PDT
In reply to: Ewe that's awfull!!

so this is Cnet's "Ovine......"

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I've seen sheepherders that travel with the sheep.
by Diana Forum moderator / August 25, 2011 7:36 AM PDT

A lot of time it's easier and cheaper to hire sheep or goats to crop down a tract of ground than try to mow it. The ones I've seen have a small travel trailer they live in.

Diana

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