Idiot New York Times is idiot

Floodwaters in two Houston neighborhoods have been contaminated with bacteria and toxins that can make people sick, testing organized by The New York Times has found. Residents will need to take precautions to return safely to their homes, public health experts said.

It is not clear how far the toxic waters have spread. But Fire Chief Samuel Peña of Houston said over the weekend that there had been breaches at numerous waste treatment plants. The Environmental Protection Agency said on Monday that 40 of 1,219 such plants in the area were not working.

The results of The Times’s testing were troubling. Water flowing down Briarhills Parkway in the Houston Energy Corridor contained Escherichia coli, a measure of fecal contamination, at a level more than four times that considered safe.

In the Clayton Homes public housing development downtown, along the Buffalo Bayou, scientists found what they considered astonishingly high levels of E. coli in standing water in one family’s living room — levels 135 times those considered safe….

Floods flood the sewage system.

Film at 11!

The lab analysis was paid for by The Times. The sampling was conducted by a team from Baylor Medical College and Rice University, working with the Houston health department’s Bureau of Pollution Control and Prevention.

The group, accompanied by Times reporters, took water and sediment samples last week by boat, truck and on foot. The samples were analyzed by A & B Labs, a state-certified service that often works with federal agencies.

They might well have spent as much as $100,000 to bring us this news.

11 comments on “Idiot New York Times is idiot

  1. ‘Residents will need to take precautions to return safely to their homes, public health experts said.’

    “Don’t drink from the ditch, ma’am.”

  2. The take-away on this story might be that there has been relatively little real disaster from “THE WORST HURRICANE EVAH!!! EVAH!!!! AND IT’S ALL YOUR FAULT!!! AND TRUMP!!!” that the Times has been forced to go digging around for something, anything, to throw at the heartless Republicans, (who have coped as well as any government could have coped with Irma and it’s aftermath).

  3. “The results of The Times’s testing were troubling.” Generalisation: any American journalist who calls something ‘troubling’ is talking out of his arse.

  4. The take-away on this story might be that there has been relatively little real disaster from “THE WORST HURRICANE EVAH!!! EVAH!!!! AND IT’S ALL YOUR FAULT!!! AND TRUMP!!!” that the Times has been forced to go digging around for something, anything, to throw at the heartless Republicans, (who have coped as well as any government could have coped with Irma and it’s aftermath).

    True. I view the story as a set-up for next week’s story on how everything is Trump’s fault because Houston hasn’t been restored to pre-storm condition yet. What the Times will be careful to avoid mentioning is that Houston and Harris County are about the most heavily Democratic areas in Texas… They own the recovery, whether the Times likes it or not.

  5. I have an ingenious solution: rinse the contaminated areas with millions and millions of gallons of water. Oh wait…

  6. JuliaM, New Yorkers’ opinion of Southerners has been frozen for centuries.

    Southerners’ opinion of Yankees hasn’t changed, either.

  7. I’ve been seeing a few tweets about how much the clean-up is going to cost while at the same time it will raise GDP. How can this be?

    The comments to the tweets (the more polite ones, anyway) are usually along the lines of, “Read your damn Bastiat.”

  8. Yep, I saw that article. And because of that I was one of the ones telling them to read their damn Bastiat. So thanks to you I looked like I actually knew what I was talking about for once. 🙂

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