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Comment So many chemicals (Score 3, Insightful) 182

As a former geological engineer working in the environmental remediation business 16 plus years ago, I was responsible for design and construction of groundwater remediation systems at old landfills. Old landfills are notorious as many were just old gravel pits which were filled with garbage. In this garbage would be all sorts of hazardous waste from a time when nobody cared about such things. When looking at Mass Spectroscopy plots I would see hundreds of peaks representing some sort of organic chemical. Many of these could be identified as a pollutant, like benzene, but many were “unknowns”. As long as we met the Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs) established by the EPA all was fine, except the water would still contain many “unknowns”. And even if we had identified all the “unknowns” since no MCL was established we were still good-to-go. The treated groundwater had to go somewhere, either re-infiltrated off-site or discharged to a nearby stream or river. Again we had to meet discharge limits, which we did. But everyone knew full well that there were pollutants still in the water. Now what will happen in the future when one of these “unknowns” or unregulated chemicals become regulated? Good question.

Comment History lesson (Score 3, Informative) 429

"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” -Joseph Goebbels

Comment Yeah - that's the ticket (Score 1) 111

Let's take the people with the training, the only revenue generators in a practice, and make them enter data. That's a great use of resources. Now let's make them link all their computer systems to the internet and then fuck them when something goes wrong and data leaks to the intra-webs. Then let's change the billing coding system, ICD-10, that adds almost an insane amount of possible diagnosis codes. Yes, that will bring down the cost of health care. Sure, sure it will.

Comment I wonder ... (Score 1) 506

I wonder what the poster/article author's agenda may be? Since this is /. I expect such. What would be amazing is a story titled "US entitlement machine" down-sizing. That would be fucking amazing.

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