…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
Well, not quite. When it comes to lead in potable water, it depends on who is responsible. Multinational capitalists’ lead is horrible, Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency and Democrats’ controlled local authorities’ is not so bad. When SciAm claims “Low level lead exposure can be mitigated by good parenting, good schooling and good nutrition”, you can guess where the responsibility for lead in water lies.
Article Gauging the Effects of Lead in Scientific American of July last year was written by Mz Ellen Ruppel Shell, who co-directs the graduate program in science journalism at Boston University. No surprise there.
When I first quickly scanned the article I was pleased to see that it does not follow the usual pattern of popular “scientific” writing. Almost no doom and gloom, no catastrophic extinctions, no plagues, no suffering children – well, everybody knows the pattern. But a word ‘Flint’ rang a bell. Flint, Michigan made news some time ago, though not Main Stream News. [The Left wing view here] Probably it was too hard to twist criminal negligence of the left-leanning administrators to the currently almost compulsory anti-Trump rant.
And now? “An exhaustive study of children with blood lead levels averaging more than µ17 g/dL, published in 2013 in NeuroToxicology, concluded: ‘It is unclear whether lead exposure or early childhood confounders were driving these associations’ between lead and long-term cognitive impacts.”
“Bruce Lanphear, a public health expert at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, is principal investigator for a study examining fetal and early age exposure to lead and other neurotoxic chemicals. ‘Studies in rats have shown that the effects of of lead exposure can be attenuated by environmental stimulation,’ Lanphear says. Early research showed that animals exposed to lead yet provided with enriched environment (cages with other rats as well as water mazes, exercise wheels and other stimuli) showed fewer deficits than did those from deprived situations.”
Toxicology used to be exact, non-political science. Now, who knows? PC cancer is spreading, not necessarily overtly. It would be easy to make fun out of the above reassurances – just give the victims exercise wheels. My point is that, for example the subject of fracking, in the same issue, does not get the same treatment. There the doomsday propaganda goes full bore.
Do citizens deserve to be treated as fools? Unfortunately, yes.