Republicans have introduced bills in each legislative house that would repeal a Department of Natural Resources rule that requires municipal governments to disinfect drinking water. The rule went into effect on Dec. 1 of last year, and it affects 12 percent of the state’s municipal water supply systems. The other 88 percent of municipalities already disinfect their water.
“When I heard about this law being proposed, I thought, ‘You might as well legislate that the sun rises in the west,” says Mark Borchardt, a leading infectious groundwater disease specialist and a staff member with the Environmental Protection Agency Advisory Board. He has done groundbreaking studies that showed that about 13 percent of acute gastro-intestinal illnesses in Wisconsin municipalities that don’t disinfect their water supplies are tied to dirty drinking water.
I am not exaggerating when I say that I first thought this had to be an article from the Onion. Like “Haha, you’re so anti-government, why don’t you get rid of CLEAN DRINKING WATER, you assholes!”
*facepalm* someone needs to explain the words “negative externalities” and “perverse incentives” to these guys.
It is SO GOOD. I reproduce for you the opening section, which is my favorite, here:
I. Do you ascribe to either: A) ” Passive-Aggressive Patriarchy:” (Often come across as a victim/helpless/in need/dependent and get women in your life to be your physical and emotional caretakers? To buy you things? To take care of your responsibilities? Pick up your slack? Use guilt or manipulation to get out of your responsibilities and equal share of the work? do you treat your female partner like a “mom” or your secretary?)
B) “Aggressive Patriarchy:” (Do you often take charge? Assume that a woman can’t do something right so you do it for her? Believe that only you can take care of things? Think that you always have the right answer? Treat your female partner like she’s helpless, fragile, a baby or weak? Do you put down your partner or minimize her feelings? Do you belittle her opinions?)
2. How do you react when women in your life name something or someone as patriarchal or sexist? Do you think of her or call her a “PC Thug,” “Feminazi,” “Thin-skinned,” “Overly-Sensitive,” “COINTELPRO-esque” or “Un-fun?”
Heh, I read the first question and thought “Is this the ‘Are you Julian Assange?’ Quiz?”