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Desc:Avoids mention of Freedom Industries entirely.
Category:Horror, News & Politics
Tags:Teabagger, Stockholm syndrome, charlston
Submitted:Oscar Wildcat
Date:01/12/14
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Comment count is 24
exy
Yeah, sure, technically these other guys leaked some chemicals, but the goddamn lame ass lazy no-good bureacratic hell of a water company won't hurry up and just "figure out" reversing the pollution of groundwater.
SolRo
No you have it all wrong.

He admits the chemical company is to blame (as a small aside, once, barely at all), but the water company is bad because they wont 'just fix this' because the magical science doohickey to do so 'must exist in this day and age'


and that's what happens when you elect dumbasses to government. at least he's the kinda guy you could have a beer with! (but not tap water)

Oscar Wildcat
Freedom Industries is so-called because as a chemical holding company, rather than a chemical manufacturing company, they are free from pesky DEP regulations and site inspections. No kidding.
SteamPoweredKleenex
But... but... the invisible hand should've kept the water clean!

In the absence of regulation, private industry would police itself! How could the Libertopians be WRONG?!

Oscar Wildcat
Freedom Industries website:

http://www.freedom-industries.com/about.html

The Charleston plant, Etowah River Terminal, is located on the Elk River and accessible by barge and truck. With 4,000,000 gallons of storage capacity and two computer controlled truck loading stations, Etowah River Terminal can process large volumes of chemical rapidly, and cost effectively.

Their corporate offices are located at the terminal where the accident occurred.

SteamPoweredKleenex
Is it too much to hope their offices get their water from the municipal utility they've poisoned?

SolRo
it's a chemical storage site...all they need water for is flushing the toilet.

exy
Water? You mean like from the toilet?

cognitivedissonance
It's almost as if they've consistently voted against their self-interests for 34 years or something.
SteamPoweredKleenex
Hey, remember when that one plant in Texas violated just about every regulation about storing ammonium nitrate and blew sky high, wiping out half a town and its people in one go? Remember how this finally made the anti-regulation asswipes realize they'd been shooting themselves in the foot for decades?

Yeah, that last part would've been nice...

Chancho
I enjoy watching these rednecks poison and blow themselves up.

Oscar Wildcat
Adding Stockholm Syndrome tag...
Billy the Poet
A lot of parish presidents did the same thing down here--blaming the feds instead of BP for the oil spill. It doesn't cost much to buy a small-potatoes politician.
BiggerJ
Freedom Industries is such an obviously evil name. "We will give you freedom... FROM YOUR LIVES! From the fact that you are living. ...We're going to kill you."
SteamPoweredKleenex
When a company is named like a right-wing PAC, it's time to start worrying how much collateral damage will happen when they eventually implode.

RocketBlender
I've been persistently living under a rock this last week with work, and haven't watched or read the news in days. Can someone give me a brief rundown of everything that happened that lead up to this point?
Spaceman Africa
Company is free from regulations.
Company has accident that contaminates the drinking water for 300,000 people.
Company is then quiet as shit hits the fan.

SolRo
some place in Hicksville USA cant drink/use their tap water for anything except flushing the toilet because Freedom Industries leaked several thousand gallons of chemical from their riverside chemical storage 'thing'.

queue roll of empty bottled water isles in supermarkets, relief trucks unloading pallets of water, etc.

Oscar Wildcat
The state capital of West Virginia was poisoned ...with Freedom!

memedumpster
Freedom to Rape You Industries (who some say murdered forty children in the 1990's for fun, Google search #rape #childmurder), also waited four hours to report the leak.

Life imitates 80's dystopia movie.
Bort
Anyone remember the Upper Big Branch mining disaster of 2010? Also in West Virginia, and the CEO of the company (Massey Energy) was a Tea Party favorite who railed against mean ol' regulation ...

http://www.nationalmemo.com/former-massey-ceo-and-gop-donor-bl ankenship-implicated-in-mine-disaster/#13896233426151&action=colla pse_widget&id=785257

Oh, and this gem from the Wikipedia page on Don Blankenship:

"When groundwater pollution from coal slurry injection by Massey Energy, began contaminating wells around Blankenship's home, Massey paid to build a water line to his home from a neighboring town. Blankenship did not offer to provide uncontaminated water to any of his neighbors."

Neighbors who, I'm betting, still vote Republican to this day, because at least the Republicans aren't nigger-lovers.
Oscar Wildcat
Almost heaving, West Virginia
Stripped mined Mountains
liquorice flavored River -
Life is coal there
wealthy and poverty.
Older than the mountains
Stinkin' up the breeze

Country Roads, take me home
To the place so forlorne
West Virginia, mountain momma
Take me home, country roads

All my memories gathered 'round her
Miner's lady, stranger to blue water!
Dark and dusty, pollution in the sky
Misty taste of benzene
Teardrops in my eye

Country Roads, take me home
To the place I belong
West Virginia, mountain momma
Take me home, country roads

I hear her voice
In the mornin' hour she calls me
The radio reminds me I can't shower today.
And drivin' down the road I get a feelin'
That I should have fled town yesterday, yesterday

Country Roads, take me home
To the place I belong
West Virginia, mountain momma
Take me home, country roads

Country Roads, take me home
To the place I belong
West Virginia, mountain momma
Take me home, country roads
Take me home, now country roads
Take me home, now country roads
Bort
Mountin' mama, all right. Motherfuckers.

Jet Bin Fever
I'm glad this got as much press as it did, but sadly very little will probably come of it.
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