Not really. It was an old Phosphorous plant that has been closed. They are draining it now but the idea that it is anything super weird or crazy is misguided. It's a byproduct of plant that has been there for years, and . We don't really know what the effects will be but assuming it will be but the state is reacting appropriately to this.
It has elevated levels of phosphorous and nitrogen and is acidic, but does not appear to be toxic. It is not radioactive.
I love that these new Ulsters are angsty kids who are mad that some Northerners are pointing out the flaws of Brexit.
So they decided to become the Walmart off-brand bizzaro version of "babbies first IRA" and toss a couple fire bombs/spray paint a couple buildings.
Tucker Carlson has accused an airline of “suffering from an incurable brain disease called wokeness” after it announced a recruitment drive to hire more women and people of colour as pilots.
I understand the frustration but this kind of nonsense needs to stop. In general they[Republicans] are not evil (although some certainly are) and with the rise of Trump they are at their nadir but what they really are is the Party Against Everything You Hold Dear. That doesn’t make them evil.
Right now, on some conservative board, someone is complaining that the Democratic Party is evil because they support abortion, wealth redistribution, gun control, and minority riots. They’re just as wrong.
Sometimes I hate this enlightened centrist position more than I hate the active evil of the Trumpist movement. You think you’re offering some sort of wise outsider perspective that we can’t see, but the reality is that you’re clinging to a dogmatic position that both sides are the same no matter how much it ignores reality because it makes you feel that you’re insightful and above it all and that things are operating within the range of normal.
Let’s use this logic with another example. Let’s say 30% of our society was flat-Earthers. Genuinely believed that the Earth was flat, and everything that contradicts them is this huge conspiracy, and that everyone who believes the Earth is round is either evil and in on the conspiracy or stupid and gullible and fell for their propaganda.
Now, you have news/propaganda stations feeding into this false earth belief, and message boards where flat Earthers all talk about how stupid and gullible the round Earthers are.
Then on a message board — say, just like this one — someone makes a post ranting about how stupid flat Earthers are, and how much allowing them to spread their beliefs is damaging society by making people question the very idea of the truth, of a shared reality we all live in.
Here’s what you’d say in that thread: “Oh come on guys. People who believe the earth are flat aren’t stupid, they just have a different idea about the topic than you do that’s just as valid. You say they’re stupid but if you go over to a flat earther board, they’d have a thread like this saying you’re stupid too! Both sides think the other one is stupid and wrong and you can’t even see that that makes you both the same!”
Here’s the problem with your logic. Reality matters. The Earth IS round. The flat earthers and the round earthers aren’t equally valid, equally smart, equally dedicated to the truth.
And the same thing happens here. Non-Trumpists are far more attached to reality than Trumpists. They’re far more motivated by creating the best outcome for society rather than just trying to spite their enemies. They have a much greater dedication to seeing the truth rather than being sucked into every conspiracy theory and just deciding to reshape reality in however they want to see it. They are far more empathetic to their fellow man and want to create a functional and fair society.
Your position is dogmatic. You essentially are immune to reality. For instance, you would’ve been making this same argument 10 years ago, right? And in the last 10 years, the Republicans have absoutely changed and gone off the deep end. So how has your argument changed in the last 10 years? It hasn’t. You’re still giving us the same “republicans are just as interested in being good-faith improvers of society as you are, they just have a different perspective” logic even after witnessing them devolve into a far more hateful, less empathetic, less sane group right before your eyes. If they can change that much, and yet your position that they are just as good and valid as their opponents remains the same, then your position cannot change. It cannot adapt to, or acknowledge, reality.
If the Trumpists got 10 times worse, and just started murdering every non-Trumpist they saw, you’d still be talking about how both sides are the same and we just can’t see it. And if they created a superweapon that could destroy the entire Earth and they were just about to press the button because they were so motivated by hatred and spite of the other that they were willing to destroy the entire Earth just to kill people they hated, up until the second they pushed the button you’d be telling us how they’re good people who have opinions just as valid as ours and they think about us the same way we think about them and in no way are we superior and we’re all naive because we can’t see that… blam, Earth explodes
…that Republicans are the ones who have significantly changed, is also wrong. It's actually the Democratic party that has shifted more then the Republicans.Eh, I suppose that’s technically right. Republicans’ change is that they’re now more willing to say the quiet part out loud.
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