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(PhysOrg.com)   Scientists pinpoint source of arsenic in Bangladesh's drinking water. In other news, besides the poverty, starvation, malaria, dengue, and getting hit by more typhoons than trailer parks do by tornadoes, Bangladesh has arsenic in its water   (physorg.com) divider line 54
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2009-11-16 09:45:43 AM
It was a used doily.
 
2009-11-16 10:55:10 AM
I blame a supernova explosion several billion years ago, which fused hydrogen and helium into heavier elements.
 
2009-11-16 11:21:33 AM
They also can't operate overcrowded ferries worth a damn.
 
2009-11-16 11:22:24 AM
Where's the Priceline Negotiator when you need him.
 
2009-11-16 11:23:22 AM
But on the bright side, they get to eat Chicken Korma pretty much every day
 
Biv
2009-11-16 11:24:17 AM
"Bangladesh?"
"Nah, banged her last night. You're not missing anything."
 
2009-11-16 11:24:44 AM
Or how about the "who gives a flying fark" tag?
 
2009-11-16 11:27:15 AM
Unless they start shooting jews or covering their women in black sheets, we should ignore these brown people.
 
2009-11-16 11:30:10 AM
I used to live in a town that had naturally occurring arsenic in its water. It also had high levels of fluoride, which is fine in small doses but can turn kids' teeth brown if they drink too much of it.

They tested the water a lot around there. I don't know if it even matters, since nobody drinks tap water anymore, do they?

/My kid drank tap water.
//He's fine.
 
2009-11-16 11:31:59 AM
Maybe its cause most have filthy habits and lifestyles.
 
2009-11-16 11:32:58 AM
Apparently the list of contaminants in their rivers is so long they gave up trying to figure out where to start and decided to go in alphabetical order.

How about instead we start with the dead animals and human waste and go from there?
 
2009-11-16 11:36:04 AM
Most all water has arsenic in it, subby. It's the farking amount that matters.
 
2009-11-16 11:39:40 AM
I just don't like bengali people. They've always
been really stupid or totally condescending. Racist. I know.
 
2009-11-16 11:40:48 AM
Arsenic occurs in a lot of places in the ground water. In North America, high levels of arsenic can be found in the areas that conatin a lot of the glacier scrappings fromt he last ice age.
The Health Canada website used to say: these water standards are set so the small communties can meet them; not for the maximum health benefit. Not too big a concern if you're under the municipal/provincial system, but if you're under the responsibility of the federal government than there is a good chance you're drinking bad water.
 
2009-11-16 11:42:24 AM
its ok, the rice they're growing will absorb it.
 
2009-11-16 11:45:17 AM
Or how about the "who gives a flying fark" tag?

1. George Harrison
2. Anyone else?
 
2009-11-16 11:51:16 AM
Bengali, bengali
Bengali, bengali
No no no
He does not want to depress you
 
2009-11-16 11:52:31 AM
Roadogs: Or how about the "who gives a flying fark" tag?

1. George Harrison
2. Anyone else?



Not many
 
2009-11-16 11:53:39 AM
Whenever I hear about tragedy Flood X followed by Starvation Y and or Disease Z befalling Bangledesh, I always think "WHY DID YOU BUILD YOUR COUNTRY IN FRIGGIN' SWAMP?"
 
2009-11-16 11:54:40 AM
That explains all the yellow fever victims buried in the canal locks.
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/CHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGE
 
2009-11-16 12:02:47 PM
ObscureNameHere: Whenever I hear about tragedy Flood X followed by Starvation Y and or Disease Z befalling Bangledesh, I always think "WHY DID YOU BUILD YOUR COUNTRY IN FRIGGIN' SWAMP?"

Dude, sometimes you gotta work with what you've been given. Not everybody gets born in the French Riviera.
 
2009-11-16 12:03:53 PM
CBR ME ASAP: Or how about the "who gives a flying fark" tag?

The people who have to drink the water?

Wasn't there an article last year about a simple process some Bangladesh scientist developed to filter it out?
 
2009-11-16 12:06:34 PM
Also, while dead animals, flooding and typhoons are definite problems that a country should face, arsenic tends to make you stupid, give you convulsions, and then you die, which is not helpful for solving other problems.
 
2009-11-16 12:06:53 PM
It's always been like this. We just recently started looking that way. It's like when you have a mole on the back of your neck. You never notice it, until one day you see it and it freaks you out.
 
2009-11-16 12:08:28 PM
Salt Lake City has the same problem with arsenic in artesian well water unsurprisingly because it is the site of the largest copper mine and open pit mine in the world. Their surface water is extremely salty too, obviously, so they have to rely on surface water from the mountains and annual snow fall. If you go out to Antelope Island there were signs on the well outlets that say it is safe for drinking on the spot but not to fill coolers or RVs etc. I decided to take their word for it didn't imbibe.
 
2009-11-16 12:14:15 PM
theorellior: Dude, sometimes you gotta work with what you've been given. Not everybody gets born in the French Riviera.

But at some time, in the distant past, someone looked into that swamp and said the ancient Bengali equivalent to "this is the right place"
 
2009-11-16 12:17:15 PM
Sticky Hands: But at some time, in the distant past, someone looked into that swamp and said the ancient Bengali equivalent to "this is the right place"

Welllllllll... I have two answers to that. One is, "This is the right place because lots of river silt will make this exceedingly fertile ground to plant our crops without the benefit of modern nitrogen-fixing technology." The second is, "This is the right place because some people with pointy sticks are telling us we can't have their place."
 
2009-11-16 12:28:38 PM
cryinoutloud: I used to live in a town that had naturally occurring arsenic in its water. It also had high levels of fluoride, which is fine in small doses but can turn kids' teeth brown if they drink too much of it.

They tested the water a lot around there. I don't know if it even matters, since nobody drinks tap water anymore, do they?


I do. Do I look all rancid and clotted? You look at me, cryinoutloud. Eh? Look, eh? And I drink a lot of water, you know. I'm what you might call a water man, cryin - that's what I am. And I can swear to you, my boy, swear to you, that there's nothing wrong with my bodily fluids. Not a thing, cryin.
 
2009-11-16 12:29:29 PM
dittybopper: And I can swear to you, my boy, swear to you, that there's nothing wrong with my bodily fluids.

Purity of essence.
 
2009-11-16 12:37:59 PM
Bangladesh. The Shleprock of world nations.

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/wowzy wowzy woo woo
 
2009-11-16 12:38:06 PM
The tower, red cage and waterproof box were necessary to keep the equipment above the annual monsoon floods, which may be as deep as 15 feet.

This article is chock full of reasons why I'm glad I live in the good part of North America.
 
2009-11-16 12:41:05 PM
At one point in time, Bangladesh was probably a pretty nice location.

But after everyone there started having four times as many kids as could be supported, it's no wonder that the place turned into Lower Crapistan.

The same can be said of Detroit.
 
2009-11-16 12:47:29 PM
I live 60 miles west of D.C. and they local water guys here ( i used to work for the local govern) said that there is arsenic in the water, and humans need it to survive ( im talking MGs here not LBs or TONs)


/never looked it up
//could be lies
///slashies!
 
2009-11-16 12:51:55 PM
Looks like some country is building up an immunity..
www.condoroptions.com
/Inconceivable!
 
2009-11-16 12:54:31 PM
I_AM_SRC: Looks like some country is building up an immunity..

/Inconceivable!


You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means
 
2009-11-16 01:00:27 PM
tezdoll: I_AM_SRC: Looks like some country is building up an immunity..

/Inconceivable!

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means


Of course it does. "You can't have children? Inconceivable!"

/No idea why they fired me from the fertility clinic.
 
2009-11-16 01:03:57 PM
Snarfangel: tezdoll: I_AM_SRC: Looks like some country is building up an immunity..

/Inconceivable!

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means

Of course it does. "You can't have children? Inconceivable!"

/No idea why they fired me from the fertility clinic.


Well its been fun, off to another fark topic!


/kinda..
 
2009-11-16 01:09:54 PM
I wonder if they've ever considered that Allah just doesn't like them?
 
2009-11-16 01:11:43 PM
tezdoll
I live 60 miles west of D.C. and they local water guys here ( i used to work for the local govern) said that there is arsenic in the water, and humans need it to survive ( im talking MGs here not LBs or TONs)

Megagauss-seconds?

I stared at LBs for a good five minutes until I figured out you meant pounds.
 
2009-11-16 01:14:17 PM
theorellior: Sticky Hands: But at some time, in the distant past, someone looked into that swamp and said the ancient Bengali equivalent to "this is the right place"

Welllllllll... I have two answers to that. One is, "This is the right place because lots of river silt will make this exceedingly fertile ground to plant our crops without the benefit of modern nitrogen-fixing technology." The second is, "This is the right place because some people with pointy sticks are telling us we can't have their place."


Either of which were facilitated by the fact that the last rainstorm washed the previous occupants out to sea.
 
2009-11-16 01:15:41 PM
tezdoll: I_AM_SRC: Looks like some country is building up an immunity..

/Inconceivable!

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means


Nice!
 
2009-11-16 01:45:51 PM
Someone with a dredge should make a fortune there, selling villages enough dirt or sand to raise their villages higher. Galveston, Texas, did it decades ago.
 
2009-11-16 01:53:59 PM
Gotta love the God of Christianity.
It's not enough he didn't let the Bangladeshis be born Christian, he also let good Christian businesses poison them.

Thanks Christian God!

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2009-11-16 02:15:21 PM
10 ppb is the level set by US SDWA if I remember correctly. Did some work on arsenic removal for my senior design project and this is a fairly common concern, even in "civilized" countries.
 
2009-11-16 03:01:56 PM
theorellior: ObscureNameHere: Whenever I hear about tragedy Flood X followed by Starvation Y and or Disease Z befalling Bangledesh, I always think "WHY DID YOU BUILD YOUR COUNTRY IN FRIGGIN' SWAMP?"

Dude, sometimes you gotta work with what you've been given. Not everybody gets born in the French Riviera.


The Indians (Slurpee, not casino) started the Bangladeshi independence movement just so they could be rid of the farking place.
 
2009-11-16 03:04:45 PM
Nick Nostril: Bangladesh. The Shleprock of world nations.



/wowzy wowzy woo woo


Bravo, you magnificent bastidge.

/why does allah hate bangladesh?
 
2009-11-16 03:08:24 PM
Why is there arsenic in civilized countries drinking water?

i.telegraph.co.uk

Cigarette butts may seem small, but with an estimated 4.5 trillion butts (worldwide) littered every year, the toxic chemicals add up. 1
Butts contain hazardous chemicals such as cadmium, arsenic and lead that are partially filtered out during the smoking process. When butts are discarded, wind and rain carry them into the water supply. The toxic chemicals they contain are then leached into aquatic ecosystems, threatening the quality of the water and marine life.
 
2009-11-16 03:09:17 PM
Arsenic: a British crime involving stealing people's buttocks.
 
2009-11-16 03:59:31 PM
CBR ME ASAP: Or how about the "who gives a flying fark" tag?

Well, this country, about the size of Iowa, is the seventh most populous in the world.

/Plus, I have friends who moved there.
//Not quite sure why they did that.
 
2009-11-16 05:15:30 PM
Or, you can do as Bush the W did, and force the EPA to raise the allowable limit. The arsenic's still there, but now it's below the limit so it's no problem! Brilliant!

And arsenic is a problem if it's present in drinking water at mg/l concentrations. Maybe not so much at low µg/l concentrations.
 
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