Appearing on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, environmental activist Erin Brockovich launched into a scathing attack on “corrupt politics” and the “fucking greed” that is leading to the poisoning U.S. citizens like the residents of Flint, Michigan.
Asked about the water crisis in Flint, Brockovich said it’s not the only one and that there areso many cities facing the same issues that, “I can’t keep up.”
Explaining how municipal water systems draw water for the public, Brockovich noted that chlorine must be added to deal with organic matter in the case of surface water. This can lead the to the creation of total trihalomethanes — which are carcinogenic.
“You have today one thousand cities today in violation of total trihalomethanes in their water,” she explained. “They are not following regulations and they found a way to cheat the system. And here is where we are having a national crisis. They’ve decided when they exceeded total trihalomethanes, not to do what’s regulated. And that’s to put on a carbon-regulated filtration system.”
“It’s expensive!” she exclaimed. “They don’t want to pay for it! So they’ve gone the cheap route and now they throw ammonia in the water system, and the ammonia has a chemical reaction and it eliminates the chlorine!”
Brockovich then noted that this is leading to outbreaks of Legionnaires disease across the country — including Flint — as well as brain-eating amoebas.
She then listed multiple states where “Flints are happening” before arriving at her point.
“But you know what pisses me off?” she asked Maher. “All of this is happening because of corrupt politics and f*cking greed, and it has to stop!”
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‘Clear and present racism’: MSNBC’s Morning Joe and Mika say Kellyanne Conway should have been ‘fired on the spot’ for slurring reporter
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski were astonished by Kellyanne Conway's response to a reporter asking about President Donald Trump's racist attacks on four first-year lawmakers.
The White House senior adviser asked Breakfast Media White House correspondent Andrew Feinberg, who is Jewish, about his ethnicity after he asked Conway what countries Trump was telling the Democratic congresswomen to return.
"I won't draw any parallels with any fascist countries, but what happened yesterday in a press gaggle has nothing to do with the United States of America," Scarborough said, "and in any other administration over the past 240 years, a person that did what Kellyanne Conway did yesterday would have been fired on the spot. By the time she left the press gaggle and went back into the White House, they would have already packed up her belongings and would have told her leave by the back door and never talk to us again."
‘Washington is no longer functional’: Brian Williams admits he’s sad to report that ‘our government is broken’
MSNBC anchor Brian Williams on Tuesday reported that America's federal government is broken.
"This was day 908 of the Trump Administration and while there is no joy in it, one way of summing up today is this: Our government’s broken, our politics are broken, Washington is no longer functional, and the cracks in our society are deepening," Williams reported.
"Much of this day was taken up by the discussion of racist statements by the president. Then tonight came the news that had so many people thinking back to when we were different, the death just tonight of retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens at the age of 99," he said.
Seth Meyers plays hilarious fictional Democratic debate — featuring all 20 candidates on stage at the same time
The host of NBC's "Late Night with Seth Meyers" thought his network did a good job hosting the first round of Democratic debates among 2020 hopefuls, but his "one complaint" was that there weren't enough candidates on stage.
The rules established by the Democratic National Committee required NBC to host two nights of debates, with ten candidates on the stage each night.
Meyers wanted all twenty, so he presented Late Night's version of the debates, where Meyers would pretend to moderate the debate and then splice out-of-context video of the candidates to make it appear as if they were answering his question.