Friday, September 28, 2018

Today I Will Work on My Novel

Yesterday I spent in mourning for our political process. I was unable to function online, more than minimally. It was a lost day in every sense. This morning I waded through dozens of yesterday's posts, deleting both good and bad. I am about resigned that things are not going to get better, because too many voters no longer know what "better" means. I am clearing out as much negativity from my PC as I can this morning, so that I can write once again. At 76 I am too old to waste my remaining time feeding my mind with daily disappointment. You younger people must bear the burden older generations have created for you. It is up to you to formulate some truths upon which to build new politics. The future is yours - or not - depending on your own actions. You will get no help from we the PERPETRATORS.  

Friday, September 7, 2018

Did Harvey make us sick? Still more questions than answers

The third time Rodney Blair began to wade into Harvey floodwaters to reach his ruined house in the days after the storm, he was stopped by law enforcement.
“Excuse me sir,” an officer warned, “I advise you to not enter the water without proper protection.”
From the Houston Chronicle

some of the early evidence is troubling.
New findings by Rice University researchers show the stagnant water inside some flooded homes carried indications of antibiotic-resistant bacteria up to 250 times higher than even the floodwater outside. The same markers for the bacteria were found in the sediment left behind weeks after the water receded.
The significance of the discovery is that such bacteria could lead to infections more difficult to treat, said Lauren Stadler, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Rice and lead investigator for the study.
“There is mounting evidence that these floodwaters, especially inside homes, present a real risk,” Stadler said last week.
Bacteria and more
Researchers trudged into the storm to capture samples as the rain fell last August and then for weeks afterward.
High levels of E. coli were found in the Buffalo and Brays bayous which ultimately spilled into neighborhoods.
In flooded homes it can be hard to isolate where contaminants come from. Sewage trapped in bathroom pipes, medicines in cabinets, cleaning supplies under sinks, and chemicals in garages all mix together with floodwater to form a toxic brew.
But the Houston region also poses another unique threat. Harvey’s flooding pried loose soil and chemicals from 13 Superfund sites and spread chemical seepage from the area’s vast oil and gas industry.