US officials concealing reports that prove unsafe lead in drinking water in every city east of Mississippi River

Documents seen by The Guardian reveal questionable practices that mean people’s drinking water is at risk in ‘every major city east of the Mississippi’ for having unsafe levels of lead content.

This is utterly messed up! I’ve wondered about this for awhile and seems worst fears are now factual. I hate contributing to the already massive plastic bottle waste, not to mention spending money just to have “quality” drinking water, but I think we’ll play it safe by buying water by the gallon. The US is fastly starting to feel more 3rd world every year as things seem to regress rather than progress. Maddening! And the officials that have and have had previous knowledge about this, including the ineffective EPA, should be punished to the full extent of the law. IMHO, jailed without bail. People, we have to do something to make sure the powers that be have are accountable and honest to the people to whom they’ve sworn to serve anc protect : us citizens! But what exactly?

Read the investigative in its entirety straight from the source:

US authorities distorting tests to downplay lead content of water

I’m unsure sure why the suicide of Jim Carrey’s on/off 28-year old Irish girlfriend, Cathriona White, has hit me as deep as it has but I feel like saying something about it. (x-posted on ONTD yesterday). 

So sad. Just goes to show that depression doesn’t discriminate and how serious the illness can be left untreated or ignored. It can, for some, be so insidious, even for those who “have it all” by society’s standards, such as poor Cathriona.  I rarely comment here on ONTD anymore for some reason this story has really touched me deeply and my heart bleeds for her family and loved ones. IMO, Carrey’s words about her was quite eloquent and beautiful: 

“…She was a truly kind and delicate Irish flower, too sensitive for this soil, to whom loving and being loved was all that sparkled.”  

Many of us with depression (and/or suicidal ideation/tendencies) know how the drudgery of ife – even the most mundane, day-to-day aspects of living – can wear out one’s soul. If left alone too long, festering, one’s chances of life are hugely diminished, as we can see here. I don’t mean any disrespect to Cathriona, her family and her friends. It’s usually impossible to know the depths someone has reached unless that person can find a way to share it, but in doing so can be and feel daunting and seem even more burdensome in and of itself, hence depressions insidious nature ala the downward spiral. 

May you forever rest in peace, sweet lady.
Read more at ONTD: http://ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com/98200767.html#ixzz3nHf4ugWE