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Now that the Associated Press has published a short article disclosing
the presence in drinking water of all kinds of pharmaceuticals, ranging from antibiotics and anti-convulsants to mood stabilizers and sex hormones
, the officials are reacting
rather predictably: EPA's head of water safety is mumbling, "’We recognize it is a growing concern and we’re taking it very seriously"; but the real winner is from Tom Curtis, deputy executive director of the The American Water Works Association, who claims, "[The public] doesn’t know how to interpret the information” from tests for water pollutants. His assertion rests on the matter of the extent to which modern testing methods can detect very low concentrationsin parts per billionof contaminants; but his assertion also ignores the lack of large-scale, conclusive studies on long-termindeed, life-spanningeffects on biological systems of very low-level consumption of these contaminants. As an alternative to simply dismissing public concerns about these trace amounts of medications showing up in the water people drink every day, it would be best to take the cautionary approach of the doctor quoted in the original AP article, who said, "That can't be good."
At the same time, however, pointing the finger of blame at the Environmental Protection Agency, the American Water Works Association, municipal water treatment facilities, or even the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture the drugs showing up in tap water is an exercise in misplaced responsibility. The principle reason meds are floating in the water is none other than modern American culture and its utter obsession with what has been rather prejudicially described
by this editorialist as the Church of Medicine.
Eating what is quite literally a pharmaceutical dosage load in the hundreds of billions of pills every year, and being utterly convinced that there is no way to reject these prescriptions, the American public is pumping through its collective body phenomenal amounts of chemicals that then get expelled through urine and feces; then, for some inexplicable reason, those very same Americans comprising that worried public get all kinds of excited because their bodies are doing exactly what bodies do: they expel waste, toxins, and all other manner of things they do not need or are finished using.
And then, for some even more inexplicable reason, that same American public wants the government to make this consequence of the national obsession with the pill-driven lifestyle of modernity go away. Instead of pointing the finger at the source of the pollution, which is people who just cannot turn down the prospect of pain-free, mentally "stable" near-immortality, that American public wants action to clean up the water.
Funny thing about water, though. If we look into a pool of it, we're probably going to see our own reflection.
Perhaps the EPA can do something about that problem, too.
The Dark Wraith, for his own part, will be using distilled water.
So, is the bushie compound on that huge water reservoir in Paraguay going to have any play in this fiasco? Water = the next high priced item?
And on today's sidebar item:
The New York Times is reporting that New York Governor Eliot Spitzer has told his staff that he has been up to his—ahem—neck in a prostitution ring that has been the subject of federal investigation.
Is this a great country, or what?
I couldn't help but laugh at this comment at the WaPo
I find it repulsive that this cretin has the audacity to parade his wife out in front of the press at a time when she is probably wanting to choke the **** out of him.
Furthermore, Mr. Clean makes the comment "I have disappointed and failed to live up to the standard I expected of myself," Gimme a break jackass... it's worse than that even. You have failed to live up to the standard that you expect OTHERS to live up to and then have prosecuted them for failing to do so.
You should be run out of town sitting backward on a mule you cheap piece of meat.
Never did like the SOB...
Posted by: jbottensek | March 10, 2008 04:46 PM
Maybe he should have kept his neck
out of the noose
. Hypocritical idiot.
Thank you, Wraith. I bet a lot of other politicians could be worrying about these wire-taps, too. I wonder what their stance is on all that, now.
(Still shaking my head at all the rampant hypocrisy these days.)
Well, it's pretty gross, all in all. Like the Hollies sang, "You can't do nowt about it/Too many people." Of course, if people behaved like the exalted beings they imagine themselves to be, they COULD do something about it. . .
More fun I guess to act like children, say it's god's will, the Pope wants it this way, me doctor wants it this way, etc. etc. Abdication of responsibility all the way 'round. Now, FIX IT for me.
the toilet to tap (http://www.planetizen.com/node/28684) program will shorten the loop so we can all have the benefit of everyone's prescriptions. we'll be drinking our own urine more directly. we are all ghandi.
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