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Life is Hard. Wear a Helmet

Virginia State Constitution: Article 1; Section 13
That a well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state, therefore, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; that standing armies, in time of peace, should be avoided as dangerous to liberty; and that in all cases the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power.

Alabama State Constitution: Article 1: Section 26
That every Citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the State.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Saturday Morning Coffee #51

Just some linky-love this morning.

Peter has a great post up on water.

I know a little bit about water.
The article, and Peter's reference, talk mostly of water issues west of the Mississippi, but I'm here to tell you, things aren't so hot east of the Mississippi either.

The Northeast region of the United States has been industrialized longer than any other area of the country. That industrialization started long before anyone ever gave thought to the long term effects of pollution.
Excerpted from the same article. Here's a picture of the EPA's "Superfund Sites". Areas so filled with toxic pollutants that they are deemed a health hazard to everyone living near them. You think they aren't seeping into our groundwater supply?

I certainly don't want to come off sounding like a fern-sniffing, granola-munching tree-humper here. It's not all about man-made pollutants.

Our Smoky mountains here on the east coast are much older than the Rockies. All those extra millions of years of erosion have blessed our groundwater supply with a healthy dose of minerals like Iron, Zinc, Calcium, Aluminum and Silica. While it's still technically drinkable, it makes it very difficult to use for industrial purposes. Added to that is salt water intrusion into ground water along the coast. As we've been pulling water up out of the ground along this coast for over a couple hundred years, seawater has begun to seep into the water table to replace it. Wells along the coast are generally about five times saltier than wells just a couple hundred miles inland. Eventually drinking water will need to be drawn up inland, and pumped toward the coast, as wells along the coast become too salty to drink.

Want to manufacture computer chips or refine chemicals somewhere on the east coast? Be prepared to chunk millions of dollars into water purification first.

Guns Are Fun

Evyl Robot has posted a fantastic video from his Soapbox.

Please grab it and embed it. Everyone should be watching this one.

It's about time to get this posted.
I'm supposed to be doing a bunch of chores this weekend, before I leave town again, but I'm having trouble getting motivated.
Today is a very good day for sitting around the living room and having a farting competition with the dog. (He's the only one in the house who is still a serious contender.)



Heroditus Huxley said...

Odysseus and I have to watch for lead contamination in the dirt--we live in an area surrounded by old lead and zinc mines.

Old NFO said...

Yep, LOTS of superfund sites on the East Coast, and we spent most if not all of our 'careers' on superfund sites worldwide... sigh

Coffeypot said...

It's a shame bottle water is so expensive...if it is safe, too. And Bravo Zulu on a job well done in doing nothing. I'm impressed.

Brigid said...

I keep a fair supply of fresh water in the garage, and a way to purify it. That being said, I'm going to take your other advice and do little this evening but have a glass of blackberry mead and watch Dr. Who. or Cowboy flicks (it's a toss up right now).

MSgt B said...

HH - Nasty stuff.

Old NFO - Funny how that works, isn't it?

Brigid - Cowboy flicks!