One resident and his family, Justin Deal, aren't planning on drinking their tap water any time soon even though the city of Airway Heights has lifted its water advisory. Deal said he wants to see the results of the tests done on the water system. "Anybody could come out and say anything but do you have proof?" Deal said. Deal said he wants to see the numbers that show every water sample is below the EPA advisory level of 70 Parts Per Trillion as well as where each sample was taken.Right. Stick to your CLEAN bottled water. It's hard to find direct comparisons featuring the horrible PFOS toxin that has been part of every household item for 60 years without making anyone sick, but here's a study of Bangkok's tap water compared to bottled water. I don't know for sure, but I'd bet that Bangkok's water is not tremendously cleaner than Airway Heights water. Could be wrong.** Note that bottled has THREE TIMES as much PFOA as Bangkok tap, and about 20% more PFOS. Yes, by all means you should cling to your super-clean bottled water instead of the horrible nasty filthy tap water. Basic metrology. It's nice to have a number, but unless you know the BASELINE AND THE COMPARISON the number is utterly meaningless. Is this number dirty compared to what you're getting from your carpets and furniture and cigarettes? Is this number dirty compared to the bottled water you're using instead? = = = = = ** Could be wrong: I mean it SERIOUSLY AND SINCERELY, not disingenuously. We're accustomed to seeing "third-world" countries like Thailand as primitive filthy dictatorships. Most of them are in fact cleaner and more technically advanced and VASTLY more civilized and INFINITELY more free than USA STRONG.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.