Apparently real world data and scientifically proven facts are not considered "truth" any more.
In the philosophy of Science they never were, science deals with observation and evidence, if you want a philosophy that claims "truth" join a religion.
an excuse to protect their racket?
Uber are the racketeers here, the politicians did nothing while Uber broke numerous laws and dramatically devalued the retirement savings of tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of small business owners around the globe.
If you go out into the Rockies or Appalachians you can drink most surface water untreated
Sure, there are many places here in Australia where you can still drink from a mountain stream. However the vast majority of our ancestors over the last 5-10,000yrs did not live in next to a pristine mountain stream. They lived in towns and villages with open sewers running thru the streets and into the waterways. The local water was not fit for human consumption, people did not drink it because even though they knew nothing of germs they knew that dirty water could/would give them cholera and/or dysentery, they also knew that turning it into beer/wine prevented that agonising fate from happening to them. .
Repel them. Repel them. Induce them to relinquish the spheroid. - Indiana University fans' chant for their perennially bad football team