Safe water or save money?

You most likely saw a photo or video of the millions of black plastic balls covering the Los Angeles Reservoir. They protect the region’s drinking water, but now they’re being replaced.

Source: L.A. Says Goodbye to ‘Shade Balls’

It turns out that the balls will be at only one location, but at other locations they will cover the water instead for more complete coverage.

It was amazing how the photo was so popular when it happened. I think it’s because it was something reminiscent of our childhood. The rubber ducky or ball in the bathtub and now in a lake for real reasons. Many times ideas seems recycled and I think this was just another example of a recycled idea.

Yes the old saying “There are no new ideas” is interesting to apply here. In some ways that is true. In other ways it is not. One of the troupes of culture is the idea that we have the answer to everything, we just need to apply it. This is clearly not the case. We don’t have the answer to the human need to control, or to make decisions that are contrary to the well-being of ourselves and others. We still tend to make choices that we know aren’t good for us.

What is concerning in reading this article is the discussion about bromide. It makes it seem that due to the composition of the water, that cancer and disease is likely. I wonder why they don’t take stronger steps to prevent this. If it costs $250 million dollars to prevent cancer, that is preferable isn’t it? With decisions like this, we are basically saying that lives are less important than saving money, and that can’t be right. Or is this rather an example of someone making a decision that they believe is in the public best interest, instead of just asking the public? I bet if you put it to a vote to increase the cost of water if it could be made safer, everyone would vote for that.

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8 year old diagnosed with breast cancer

Chrissy Turner was diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer at the young age of 8.

Source: Youngest Person To Be Diagnosed With Breast Cancer Is 8-Year-Old Chrissy Turner: Here’s Her Story

Both her parents have cancer, and fortunately it is a treatable condition. Wouldn’t this be scary if this was someone you loved? I can’t even imagine having to deal with that kind of news as a child. How would you handle being told you have a potentially deadly condition at such a young age?

I am sharing this to show how vulnerable and valuable life is. We can not control its length, but we can control our attitude about it. From this article it seems that she is dealing with this pretty well.

Is it just me or does it seem that children are getting adult diseases in ways they never did before? I wonder why this is. Some researchers believe it is because of the thousands of chemicals in the environment in ways they never were before. I think it’s mostly to do with stress. Most people have never been so stressed as they are now. The Internet as fantastic as it is, also introduces a competitive element in ways that people never had before.

For example, we have dating sites where you compete against other people. We have apps where you can choose thousands of options for entertainment, so why spend your time with anything other than what you exactly want. We have instant food, instant everything. I am not saying this is bad, but it does make Peoples expectations unrealistic. For example, studies show that when people are at a dating site they hold out for an unrealistic person rather than if they were just to meet someone off-line. I know in my own life that my off-line dating was far more effective than online dating.

Bringing this back to Chrissy is that I hope she gets better and lives a long wonderful life. If the cost of progress is disease, is this really worth it?

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