Martinez, CA. Looks close to Oakland.
The Food and Drug Administration posted separate recall notices for certain eyedrops distributed by Pharmedica and Apotex after the companies said they are voluntarily pulling several lots of their products from the market. Both companies said the recalls were conducted in consultation with the FDA.
Sigh, here we go again.
That’s fucking awful… I’ve been hearing about this the past couple of days.
“Data from the 6abc Neighborhood Safety Tracker shows assaults have been on the rise in the area of the attack. In the last three years, there has been an average of 180 assaults per year. But in the last 12 months, there have been more than 200.”
It’s going to be horrible on that corner come August.
Ashton’s 4th rule of pediatrics would apply here:
Don’t fix what ain’t broke. Corollary: Never let “perfect” become the enemy of “good.”
The amount of chlorine necessary to make drinking water safe is so minute that it’s safe to use in septic systems (where you have to be careful not to kill the helpful bacteria running the system). You can’t taste it, and it’s not harmful to humans. Ask me how I know!
If you’ll excuse me, I suddenly need to go burn everything down.
A broadcaster admits under oath to spreading known lies for ratings. State legislators and governors pass laws barring expression that they themselves have participated in and enjoyed. Members of Congress call for sedition and then take seats on governing committees. And despite fomenting insurrection, engaging in targeted harassment of citizens, and public promises to pardon any offenses against the law and the state committed in his name, the former occupant of the Oval Office easily establishes another campaign for the presidency.
Yeah, you might say that American politics has an accountability problem.
Of course, the failure to hold the powerful to account is hardly new—we’re creeping up on the 50th anniversary of the Nixon pardon, after all. But something about this era feels different. The harm and damage are brazen; the perpetrators are unapologetic; the impact is catastrophic, and there’s little to no collective interest in imposing order. Where once a single instance of plagiarism could sink a campaign, now candidates can manufacture whole identities and win their seats without fear of expulsion.
Sunlight doesn’t disinfect; it just shows the extent of the filth in full Technicolor.
No small portion of this change can be laid at the feet of Donald J. Trump, whose 2016 campaign killed the concept of political shame with an assist from then–Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Between the naked venality, corruption, and abuse of the Trump campaign and the blatant hypocrisy of the hastily invented “rule” that SCOTUS nominees can’t be considered by the Senate in an election year, our political culture became entirely detached from cause and effect. As a certain subset of voters reveled in the callous disregard for norms as an affirmation of their own power, the lesson learned was that never apologizing could convince people there was nothing to apologize for.
From there, the feedback loop of offense and immunity cycled into culture and society. It’s the habit of representative government to reflect the interests of the people it governs and for the people to display their interests to the government, so it’s no surprise that the lack of inhibition was mirrored between the two. New efforts at accountability like Me Too were characterized as moralistic mobs, while traditional checks and balances were branded “fake news.” From the interpersonal to the societal, harm became something unanswerable and unquestionable. Not only was it wrong, even hubristic, to hold someone to account, but it was a greater violation to ask the perpetrator to consider their behavior. Experiencing any consequence became the same as facing the worst of them.
I sometimes wonder if my Brita pitcher is filtering out, along with the bad, good things that I should try to replace with vitamins or something. And like, does anything nasty gather and grow in that constantly wet thing?
I have a well, and on top of the softening system that is necessary to adjust the chemical balance (so as not to ruin the pipes, etc.) and the reverse osmosis process to create drinkable water, there’s still the problem of harmful bacteria. We’ve been able to determine that it’s not from the actual well, but there’s a lot of piping where bacteria could hang out, so a chlorine injection system guarantees potable water. And of course, it has to be compatible with the septic tank and field system we also have to maintain, or we’d just be trading one problem for another.
I used to pay $72 every 2 months for water and sewer. When red states brag about how much lower their taxes are, remember that’s because individual taxpayers have to do, and pay for, everything themselves.
As they should. All citizens should learn to stand up on their hind legs like that!
“Economy of scale” is just another way of saying SOCIALISM!
Capitalism and the American Way demands wasteful redundant duplication of resources, effort and cost!
If you can get a saving by buying a little more of something and having enough for two people using it, then you’re STEALING FROM THE VENDOR! Efficiency on a group basis is something communists and traitors do. Efficiency is only good when it’s being done to you, not for you, you leech.
Also, you should not try to help your neighbors, because you know they’ll just eat you first when the apocalypse comes. You know this because you know that we keep telling them that you’ll eat them first, so you know they don’t trust you, so you’d be an idiot to trust them, trust us on this. You should fear and distrust your neighbors, and look askance at them when you pass, and on no account find common cause with them against, say, extant power structures which might be, eg., robbing both of you blind. Things like HOAs aren’t for the benefit of the homeowners, they are to more efficiently gather the homeowners together in order to harvest from them!
And so on, and so forth. Gods it’s exhausting.
I’ve long wondered why in any typical block of homes, every single one of them has its own lawn mower.