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4-methylcyclohexane methanol spill (Update I and II)

What the hell is 4-methylcyclohexane methanol? I have no idea. I have a BA in chemisty. I took organic chemistry a thousand years ago, but I surely don’t remember anyone mentioning 4-methylcyclohexane methanol.

We live in a society in which we can argue over bridge closures as political payback because for the most part we don’t worry about the basics. We KNOW that we have water which is reasonably clean. It is cheap and comes out of the tap every time we turn it on. We also live fairly close to a grocery store which has rows and rows of bottled water.

Just a few counties over, there is a huge problem.

From NYT:

At a news conference here on Saturday evening, officials said tests had begun to show concentrations of the chemical dropping below the one part per million threshold considered safe by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The concentration must remain that low for 24 hours before the water system can be flushed out and the do-not-use ban can be lifted. Officials said they planned to conduct at least 100 additional tests of samples overnight and on Sunday. (more…)

By |2014-01-15T21:29:00-04:00January 13th, 2014|Environment|6 Comments

Tuesday Morning News Roundup

Tuesday Morning News Roundup

IPhone could be good for the economy.

Has Obama been cleaning up the economic mess? Yes, he has.

Unemployment has dropped to 8.1% and the labor market added 96,000 jobs. The public sector is still holding the economy back by laying folks off.

From MaddowBlog:

Counter-terrorism: “An airstrike by an American drone missile has killed Saeed al-Shihiri, the second in command of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and five others in Yemen, U.S. officials confirmed on Monday.”

Over the weekend, six car bombs killed 51 people in Iraq, capping a day when earlier attacks killed 58 people and fugitive Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi was sentenced to death on murder charges.

New evidence for deniers to deny: “The first eight months of 2012 have been the warmest of any year on record in the contiguous United States, and this has been the third-hottest summer since record-keeping began in 1895, the U.S. National Climate Data Center said on Monday.”

Gitmo death: “Naval investigators are looking into the death of a detainee at the Guantanamo Bay base where prisoners from the war on terrorism are held.”

“Obamacare” is working: “The share of young adults without health insurance fell by one-sixth in 2011 from the previous year, the largest annual decline for any age group since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began collecting the data in 1997.”

Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s (R) voter purge has found exactly one person who voted illegally.

By |2013-11-03T18:13:20-04:00September 11th, 2012|Economy, Environment, Iraq, Terrorism|Comments Off on Tuesday Morning News Roundup

Swine Flu in Iowa

I know that there are some Americans who believe that the swine flu is nothing more than a hoax perpetrated on the American public. I saw some children who were extremely sick from this flu. It wasn’t a hoax.

From USA Today:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed three cases of a new flu virus, which originated in pigs but apparently spread from person to person, in three Iowa children.

However, there’s no reason to fear the beginning of a new pandemic, says Arnold Monto, a flu expert and professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

“I don’t think this is anything to worry about for the moment,” Monto says. “We have known that swine viruses get into humans occasionally, transmit for a generation or two and then stop. The issue is whether there will be sustained transmission (from person to person)- and that nearly never happens.”

The CDC has counted a total of 18 cases of this new virus, an influenza A strain known as S-OtrH3N2, in two years. That suggests that it’s not spreading quickly or easily, says William Schaffner, a professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and spokesman for the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

By |2011-11-28T16:06:15-04:00November 28th, 2011|Healthcare|Comments Off on Swine Flu in Iowa
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