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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Who cares about the very poor? They have a net.

It's called death.

On one section of the reservation, people must boil drinking water because chemicals, possibly the result of the oil and natural gas drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, have contaminated the water supply. And fearing the chemicals might explode in a home, the Environmental Protection Agency ordered residents to run fans and otherwise ensure ventilation while bathing or washing clothes.
From a New York Times story on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.  The crime fighting efforts that worked at Standing Rock in North and South Dakota did not work there.

 A photo gallery here.

1 comment:

LK said...

Not that I expected better, but this paragraph did frustrate me.

"Third, the conservative response to Romney’s gaffe is telling. Rush Limbaugh doesn’t fault him for saying he’s not concerned with the very poor. (Who hasn’t lapsed into imprudent candor from time to time?) No, Limbaugh’s upset because Romney said he’d fix the safety net if it needed fixing, when he should have said he’d tear it up and get the government out of the way so the poor could find jobs. But Romney’s conservative critics shouldn’t worry too much. After all, Romney had nice things to say about Paul Ryan’s budget plan, which would shrink the safety net considerably. “If it needs repair, I’ll fix it” is a wonderful Romneyism. The unabridged version of this statement is: 'If it needs repair — and I’m not saying it does — I’ll fix it.'"

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