Sunday, May 26, 2019
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Darling Be Home Soon
Tedeschi Trucks Banks
Thursday, May 23, 2019
I Will Always Love You
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Makes sense in a GOP way
This would be good
She's on ICE in a safe place, know what I mean?
And making a few bucks along the way
The Killer In Town
Bad enough that combat troops have to beware of enemy fire and friendly fire in combat, accidental deaths from the tools of their trade and suicides from lack of proper support when they get home, now there is a new killer appearing on the scene, cancer.
Coleen’s husband, Army Sgt. Maj. Robert Bowman, 44, was an Army Ranger who deployed to Iraq in 2004 with Recon platoon of the Fort Lewis, Washington-based 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment. His armored Stryker was hit by enemy fire at least 13 times during his 12 months overseas. Each time, depleted uranium in the Stryker’s armor would absorb the attack.For certain this administration will do nothing to determine if there is a problem. But perhaps the real problem is the boy wonder who thought that depleted uranium was safe to use. Lord knows we have acquired a huge pile over the years but there is a big difference between no longer usable for nuclear purposes and no longer radioactive. And the dust is small enough to go all kinds of oplaces it shouldn't be. Maybe now someone will make sense of what is now anecdotal and get the proper measures and treatments in place sooner that usual.
In retrospect, Coleen wonders what harmful particles shook loose in those blasts, what her husband breathed in. Bowman went back to Iraq in 2007 for another 15 months.
Once home, he started to feel ill. Visits to doctors suggested he had the flu. Finally, in 2011 Bowman got the diagnosis: cholangiocarcinoma, or bile duct cancer. It is a rare cancer in the general population, and very rare for someone as young as Rob.
But it’s not unusual to see rare cancers in younger service members anymore.
“It just was more and more families coming forward with exactly the same story,” Carroll said. “Stories of young service members who went into deployed areas perfectly healthy, and then came home and at a young age who were suddenly Stage 4 with very rare cancers.”
The stories don’t surprise Coleen. Her husband was a respected senior enlisted leader who was very close to his platoon. She has stayed in touch with the majority of them. Many of them are ill.
“Over a third of them had something wrong with them or have passed away,” Coleen Bowman said. She’s heard of several cases of brain tumors and other “strange tumors that they don’t even know what it is.”
For now, most of the data is anecdotal. It is stories passed from one spouse to another or by veterans in online forums or private support groups. The various databases run by the Department of Veterans Affairs and Defense Department that track cancer-related entries for health care are unwieldy or inaccessible for compiling trends.
There are also government registries where service members can self-report. But getting holistic, specific information on what units may have been exposed to, what illnesses its members are suffering from, and tying those illnesses to military service is difficult.
Not everyone is a fox hound
Texas - A Hotbed of The Stupid
The Lesser American Chicken Hawk
It worked the last time
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Namoli Brennet & Amy Protscher
Can't Have That
Nothing New Here
Financial Wisdom from a Loser
Donny is projecting again
They aren't rich enough for clean water
They do work hard enough to put a plethora of good nutritious food on the tables of America and elsewhere but when they get home they can't drink the water. California's agricultural valleys have a new twist on an old problem.
But the debate in Sacramento feels far away in East Orosi, a farmworker community of about 500 nestled along the foot of the Sierra Nevada that is surrounded by fields of oranges. There, residents complain of conditions that resemble the developing world, not the richest state in the nation. Fears of nitrate exposure in the tap water — which numerous studies have linked to an increased risk of infant death, and at high levels, an elevated risk of cancer in adults — compound other difficult realities like faraway grocery stores and doctors, grueling work conditions, and a lack of political clout.But not unique in all ways. In Flint the people on the receiving end of the disaster are black, in California the are largely Hispanic. The results are the same and the monied crowd isn't about to do anything until it shows up on their dinner plate.
Veronica Corrales, the president of the East Orosi water board, wonders why more people are not outraged that, in 2019, people living in a state as wealthy as California lack such a fundamental necessity.
“Everyone is saying ‘America First,’ but what about us?” she said.
Many factors have led to the groundwater contamination reflected in the state’s data, but public health experts say the region’s agriculture industry has played an outsize role. Chemical fertilizers and dairy manure seep into the ground and cause nitrate contamination, like the kind plaguing East Orosi. Such contamination, which is common throughout the valley, takes years to materialize and even longer to clear up.
Arsenic is naturally occurring in some areas but can become worse with exhaustive groundwater pumping, which has been a longstanding problem in the valley and accelerated during the drought between 2012 and 2016.
For years, Martha Sanchez and her husband, Jose — who live in East Orosi and make their living filling crates with oranges or picking cherries — have received notices from the local water system that their taps are unsafe to drink from because of contamination. The family spends at least $60 a month for tap water they can’t use, Ms. Sanchez estimates, which is factored into the rent. To cook and wash dishes, Ms. Sanchez ladles bottled water into pots and pans from heavy blue jugs kept in the kitchen. She and her children shower using the water from the pipes, but she says it makes their skin itch.
“Some people around here drink it,” Ms. Sanchez said. “Here at home, I don’t use it at all for cooking, not even for beans.”
Ms. Sanchez’s family is given five free five-gallon jugs of water every two weeks, funded by a grant from the State Water Resources Control Board that was secured by Self-Help Enterprises, a community organization. But, Ms. Sanchez says, it is never enough to hold the family over, and they buy an additional four gallons.
These problems are not new. The failing infrastructure at the heart of the potable water crisis in these communities is tinged with the legacy of rural redlining, said Camille Pannu, the director of the Aoki Water Justice Clinic at the University of California, Davis, who likened the situation in the valley to the one in Flint, Mich. “Flint is everywhere here,” she said.
“The fact that more than a million Californians in 2019 have been left behind is really appalling,” said Jared Blumenfeld, the secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency. “I’ll never forget talking to people in Imperial and Coachella Valley who are like, ‘You know what, it’s amazing when we go back to Mexico, the water is better.’”
Mr. Blumenfeld said the “vast majority” of water systems with unsafe water are in small communities where there are too few customers to cover the cost of water treatment and maintenance. Laying even short distances of pipe can cost millions of dollars, which is sometimes feasible when costs are spread out among many people but not so for individual families, or when towns are especially remote.
“I’ve never seen as many small drinking water systems in any other state. California is unique in that way,” Mr. Blumenfeld said.
I Hope Not
Seth Meyers takes a Closer Look at the Bolton's War on Iraq.
After you die
John Oliver looks at who looks at you
Will he get a gold watch ?
A little sciencing
All we will get fom it
And Chinese leaders know what they are doing
Monday, May 20, 2019
The Wailin' Jennies
Uncle Chicken Hawk
That would be bad
Tom Tomorrow shows us the marvelous reasonings why despite what you may think, you are a second class citizen.
An exceptional effect
One of these days
A Turn Away Kinda Guy
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