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Posted - 1/13/2014 9:08:13 PM | show profile | flag this post
...forced to clean up another Capitalist accident.
Please, by all means take me absolutely seriously. This is a direct attack on our Capitalist system from an avowed socialist. There's no room here for any sense of humor. The idea is to get completely bent out of shape and start calling names.
I thank you in advance.
Posted - 1/13/2014 10:12:22 PM | show profile | flag this post
I hope I won't dissapoint.
The spill has been one of the top stories in my Pgh market for days, it was nice to see the nets pick it up and play it big.
What makes it interesting is watching people cope without water in their homes for five days, but now the crisis is over. Because it's a river, and not, say, 'a Gulf'. So the problem just floats downstream. I can picture some BP Exec slapping his head--'Rivers!! Why didn't we think of that?!?!'
The post at Wonkette just cracked me up: "contaminate 300,000 West Virginians’ water by spilling an unknown quantity of “4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol (MCHM)” into the Elk River. MCHM causes “severe burning in throat, severe eye irritation, non-stop vomiting, trouble breathing or severe skin irritation such as skin blistering.” All that, and it smells like licorice to boot!"
The governor of West Virginia, who is named “Earl Ray Tomblin” because of course he is, has declared a state of emergency, which is pretty much the unofficial motto of West Virginia anyway. 300,000 West Virginians are being told not to drink their tap water, make baby formula, shower, brush their teeth, or basically even look directly at their faucets, and no, we will not be making the expected “do you really need to tell West Virginians not to shower or brush their teeth haw haw!” joke because that is Uncivil and makes them less inclined to vote for the folks we like.
Instead, let’s laugh and groan at the name of the chemical company that caused the spill: “Freedom Industries”! Surely Ayn Rand’s desiccated netherparts are stirring as she lies deathless in her grave, slowly turning to coal herself. Just kidding, she has been made of coal all along.
So big whoop, 16 percent of West Virginia’s population can’t use their precious tap water, and their precious hospitals and nursing homes and schools can’t “operate.”
(I'm waiting for B) WVA wingnuts to complain that the hated Union Capital isn't helping out more in their moment of crisis...and A) It's Obama's fault.
Posted - 1/13/2014 10:35:05 PM | show profile | flag this post
Wonkette just cracks you up?
Does Wonkette still mock children with down syndrome?
Along with Gawker and MSNBC, i could see how many on the left would have Wonkette on their source list.
YOU stay classy Dems.
Posted - 1/13/2014 10:43:51 PM | show profile | flag this post
Sporadic bouts of journalism
...have broken out as a result. In case you missed this one, watch the cocky son-of-a-bitch, thinking he'd dispatched the press being pelted with substantial questions.
Weirdly, he spends most of his time chugging clean, safe, bottled water, which pegged my Irony-O-Meter.
Posted - 1/13/2014 11:05:54 PM | show profile | flag this post
I guess you need a URL to see the video. Here's that. Safe for work.
Posted - 1/14/2014 9:55:34 AM | show profile | flag this post
so bent out of shape?
Shouldn't he be talking about how all them "Real 'Mericans™" are all self-sufficient and don't need no pesky National Guard handing out "Obamawater?" Ain't they all got a month's supply of drinkin' water all stored up in their "individual responsibility lockers?"
West Virginia loves their coal. This may be a wake up call to the how much they need their water.
Posted - 1/14/2014 10:10:04 PM | show profile | flag this post
That West Virginia chemical plant used a legal loophole to avoid inspections for 22 years. But Republicans are saying there are too many regulations.
Posted - 1/18/2014 11:00:25 AM | show profile | flag this post
National media has dropped the ball...
This was a big story for a couple of days but of course was bumped by "Bridgegate" because it's closer to New York...This is a complete cluster fuck of the highest degree...It took more than a week to restore drinking water to 300,000 people. Are you serious? Good thing this wasn't LA or NY..there would have been rioting in the streets. Why the owners of Freedom haven't done the perp walk yet is beyond me. Of course, instead of actually trying to fix the problem they were more busy getting their lawyers to file bankruptcy to protect their money. Because that's what big business is all about, right? To hell with the people...we just want our cash and to avoid any prison time.
Posted - 1/18/2014 11:52:31 AM | show profile | flag this post
For trying to keep it on everyone's radar, but it's just a local story now. I do give the networks credit though for playing it as much as they did.
Two insane updates worth mentioning, both from the local Charleston Gazette:
"Water-relief tankers filled from Charleston water system — you read that right. The tanker trucks allegedly delivering fresh, safe water to the 300,000 parched residents of the chemical spell Libertarian Paradise of West Virginia, was filling the tanker trucks with the contaminated water"
And..."Freedom Industries files for bankruptcy, owes $2.4 million to IRS — Surely it is a coincidence that Freedom Industries would enter bankruptcy protection just now, before all the class action and other law suits could be filed for poisoning the water of 300,000 people through negligence?"
"The filing also puts a hold on all of the lawsuits filed against Freedom Industries. Since the leak last week, about a mile and a half upriver from West Virginia Water American’s plant in Charleston, about 25 lawsuits have been filed against Freedom Industries in Kanawha Circuit Court. The company also faces a federal lawsuit.”
Ah. There's that "Economic Freedom" for you that I've heard Obama crushed.
Posted - 1/18/2014 3:20:40 PM | show profile | flag this post
*** Thanks proudliberal
For trying to keep it on everyone's radar, but it's just a local story now. I do give the networks credit though for playing it as much as they did.***
When you want the news, read it in print. Print is still following this story; check the websites.
Posted - 1/19/2014 1:22:24 PM | show profile | flag this post
Proud liberal is right though..
how the TV nets dropped the ball. No mention of it at all on the Sunday shows the week it happened. Very little coverage on what should have been a major national story.