The Black Snake

Time shall unfold what plighted cunning hides, Who cover faults, at last shame derides.

It would seem we are quite forlorn of adequate news coverage concerning the atrocities being committed on Native American land. Please don’t misunderstand me; a number of articles have been published in print and online that have covered some aspects of the events taking place just north of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. However, the mainstream media seems to be all too concerned with the tweets of the President-elect and the tirades of Kanye West to take notice of the roiling tumult that now besets North Dakota.

However, with the events that have transpired in the last twenty-four hours, I hope that the mainstream media will shift their attention towards this pressing matter.

As with all topics, we must do quite a bit of research so we can properly discuss this contentious pipeline, lest we are accused of intersecting any modicum of truth too briefly or accidentally.

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Potable Water

We, in the developed world, take for granted the relative ease potable water is made available to us. Decently maintained water systems (with growing exceptions in the United States; more on that later) and the bottled water industry ensure the nourishing liquid never eludes parched hands. Inundated in fresh water, seldom do we ruminate upon the woes of the approximately 1.1 billion Homo sapiens without access to clean drinking water.

Over a BILLION of our fellow creatures.

We’re not talking about water that tastes like a public pool or inadvertently imbibed seawater. This is the kind of water that would taste like an outhouse or a thunderbox, teeming with deadly microbial beasties, heavy metals, and other hazardous materials. For those curious, the hazardous materials include, but are not limited to: industrial solvents, cleaning agents, agricultural by-products (fertilizers and pesticides), pharmaceutical compounds, radioactive materials, sewage, and medical waste.


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