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Health Care & Environment
11.15 The long read: The plastic backlash: what's behind our sudden rage – and will it make a difference? [the world wants to throw-up...]
11.15 Claws out: crab fishermen sue 30 oil firms over climate change [workers are waking-up...]
11.15 Trump administration to cut air pollution from heavy-duty trucks [behaving ignorantly again...]
11.12 This Land is Your Land: The Zinke effect: how the US interior department became a tool of industry [behaving ignorantly again...]
11.11 Trump responds to worst fires in California’s history by threatening to withhold federal aid [behaving ignorantly again...]
11.11 Interior department sued for ‘secretive process’ in at-risk species assessment [behaving ignorantly again...]
11.11 Keystone XL pipeline: judge rules government 'jumped the gun' and orders halt [behaving ignorantly again...]
News Media Matters
US Politics, Policy & 'Culture'
11.15 Democrats Won Big. Can They Go Bold, Too? [it's about suppressing the influence and leadership by Republican-like Democrats who counsel 'íncremental' (no) change, such as Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, Hillary Clinton, Chuck Shumer and Joe Biden]
11.15 Pentagon Officials Forced to Make Fewer Public Appearances to Avoid Provoking Trump [...by revealing Trump's huuuge ignorance]
11.15 REPUBLICANS USED A BILL ABOUT WOLVES TO AVOID A VOTE ON YEMEN WAR [if there are 'defense industry' profits to be made—including congress-critter insider-trading—and political 'donations' to be had, we mustn't stop killing innocent civilians!]
11.09 Trump administration blocks asylum claims by those crossing border illegally [Making America Less Great Again...]
11.14 The Guardian view on Yemen’s misery: the west is complicit [WAR CRIMES]
11.10 US stops refuelling of Saudi-led coalition aircraft in Yemen war [But there are a few children still alive. It's too soon!]
Economics, Crony Capitalism
11.15 The Earth is in a death spiral. It will take radical action to save us [fossil fuel burning, un-recyclable plastic production/use and methane gas release must cease ASAP.]
International & Futurism
11.15 Cuba to pull doctors out of Brazil after President-elect Bolsonaro comments [terms must be negotiated for fairness to Cuba's health professionals without disruption of healthcare for Brazil's poor]
11.14 'Appalling' Khashoggi audio shocked Saudi intelligence – Erdogan [Exposing a psychopath?]
Thinking About Treatments
Our banking and financial systems are facing breakdown because of the toxicity of the accumulated build up of Cleverly Rigged Accounting Paper (CRAP) which must be dealt with timely and removed from the systems. Trouble is, America has no Waste-paper Financial System.I’ve been thinking about treatments. Actually I’ve been thinking water, droughts and floods, utilities, wastewater, toxicity, and solutions. It rained most of Sunday and the forecast is for continued showers thru Tuesday morning. With all the rain and snow endured in the Northwest, the Midwest and the Northeast this past Fall, Winter, and Spring it is hard to conceive that significant parts of the US and the planet are beginning their third year of major drought. Our water deficits since 2007 have been more than erased, but the same cannot be said for California, the Southwest, Texas, and the Southeast down thru much of Florida. Rationing plans are already being discussed.
You see having sufficient water to use is only half of the equation. We all tend to focus on the necessary water being there for us every time we turn on a faucet, or we flush the “Euphemism.” Unless our drains are clogged, do we even give so much as a second thought to what happens to our waste water and sewage once it exits our residences, or our workplaces? We are inundated by the negative environmental impact of gaseous emissions, global warming, ozone depletion, and toxic waste spills. We even have a national (and state) Environmental Protection Agency as a watchdog for all non-green concerns. Rarely do we pay any lip service to the potential negative impact on the environment by the fluids that exit our homes and job locations via drains and sundry plumbing!
Friday, the Rochelle Chapter of the League of Women Voters and guests toured Rochelle’s Municipal Water Treatment facility. It was a real learning experience and nothing like what we expected. Operations Engineer Kathy Cooper carefully walked us thru the 17 hour process which begins when wastewater enters the site. Fluids are initially enhanced with friendly biologicals that (under a microscope) resemble “pac men” - these breakdown sludge particles. The enhanced fluids are aerated during the next stages. This eliminates any offensive smells and further breaks down contaminants. Inorganic matter like gravel, sand, and the like is removed early on in the processes.
The highly diluted soup (roughly 2.9 MILLION gallons per normal day) proceeds to one of four settling tanks which are 266 feet by 30 feet by 14 feet deep. Here, the now treated sludge is extracted and pumped to a nearby building where it is further “de-hydrated” before loading for transfer to the local landfill. Residual water is pumped to the nearby round clarification tanks which are stocked with goldfish of various sizes. These fish function like canaries do in mines.
Rochelle already treats the waste water from nearby Creston. Discussions are currently under way to provide similar services to Hillcrest, Steward, and Kings. This is in keeping with present preferences by the EPA/IEPA to encourage using regional waste water treatment facilities. Building (or expanding) a stand-alone site now takes a MINIMUM of 3 to 5 years!
When fluids leave the clarification tanks for final processing, they may be chlorinated (then de-chlorinated) if necessary. The five operators on duty take constant water samples throughout the process to insure that the levels of just about everything imaginable meet (or surpass) Illinois EPA standards. When the water finally leaves the treatment facility, it is actually cleaner and more potable than the water in the stream it joins. Now THERE is something to contemplate!!!
Our banking and financial systems are facing breakdown because of the toxicity of the accumulated build up of Cleverly Rigged Accounting Paper (CRAP) which must be dealt with timely and removed from the systems. The US treasury and the Federal Reserve Bank are looking to armies of attorneys, accountants, financial types, and TRILLIONS of dollars for the fix. They are perhaps looking to the wrong professionals. By TH*NK*NG along the lines of waste water treatment solutions maybe they should be seeking the knowledge, experience, and expertise of qualified sanitary engineers instead. Who knows, maybe such a team could deal with and send the toxic financial sludge on its way in 17 hours? We could only hope and pray for such a quick solution.
I’m Fred Cederholm and I’ve been thinking. You should be thinking, too.
Copyright 2008 Questions, Inc. All rights reserved. Fred Cederholm is a CPA/CFE, a forensic accountant, and writer. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois (B.A., M.A. and M.A.S.). He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This story was published on April 20, 2009.