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(Bangor Daily News)   Erin Brockovich visits Maine to help residents prepare mass tort action over forever chemicals, proving that she isn't a fictional character and she isn't dead   (bangordailynews.com) divider line
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2022-05-23 5:41:31 AM  
Cool. Is she going to keep all the money again?
 
2022-05-23 5:44:30 AM  
It's not often that popular culture helps bring about legal action regarding public health endangerment due to environmental negligence, but there's nothing wrong with the occasional pop tort.
 
2022-05-23 5:55:39 AM  
As Erin Brokovich said to those companies responsible for the pollution:
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/I assume, anyway.
//I only know what TV and movies have taught me.
///Three.
 
2022-05-23 5:57:57 AM  
It doesn't prove that she isn't dead she is showing that she has the appearance of life which isn't the same thing. She could be a corpse animated by a necromancer for some dark purpose. She may even dabble in the dark arts herself and have traded her life for an existence of eternal undeath.
 
2022-05-23 5:58:30 AM  
What would really be nice is if they drug the people investing in these companies that make the messes out of their McMansions and forced them to get down and dirty doing the cleanup work by hand.
 
2022-05-23 6:00:28 AM  
Seems like only yesterday she was smoking hot and partying on lake Mead. Link
 
2022-05-23 6:19:30 AM  

RTOGUY: It doesn't prove that she isn't dead she is showing that she has the appearance of life which isn't the same thing. She could be a corpse animated by a necromancer for some dark purpose. She may even dabble in the dark arts herself and have traded her life for an existence of eternal undeath.


While they strive to project an air of dark mysticism, necromancers are simply the most ancient users fo forever chemicals. Since the chemicals don't break down, subjects infused with them don't die. Since the chemicals are pretty toxic, they don't really live either.
 
2022-05-23 7:24:02 AM  
I like torts.  Cherry is my favorite.
 
2022-05-23 7:25:36 AM  
There was a huge Whirlpool plant here that was abandoned in place when all production was moved to Mexico. However, after a 20 year period of using TCE degreaser had contaminated the surrounding neighborhood.
When the contamination is was discovered, Whirlpool (that was aware of the problem's severity and extent earlier, but covered it up) was ramrodding a resolution through the city's board. The answer was to ban water well drilling within a specified vicinity of the old plant. This really made no sense, as no one drills for water in the city, as there is a public water supply. The mayor at the time was quite ready to roll over and accept; amazing, since he was Whirlpool's Human Resource Director for quite a while.

Citizens in the neighborhood had somehow organized and managed to get Erin Brockovich to address a crowd the day of the Board of Director's evening meeting. Whirlpool quickly requested a delay to the Board for any action.
Since then, Whirlpool has done some remediation work, and is supposedly monitoring the chemical plume's advancement. Not really a satisfactory solution (I don't really know what would be, outside of stopping widespread use of dangerous chemicals), but if Ms. Brockovich hadn't shown up, Whirlpool's solution to do nothing would have been readily accepted by the city.

Her notoriety obviously has some clout.
 
2022-05-23 7:26:01 AM  
But will the guy carry her through the cow field while everyone applauds, like in that factory?
 
2022-05-23 7:30:28 AM  
PFAS:  "Pretty F*cking Awesome.  Srsly!"
 
2022-05-23 7:32:39 AM  

Fear the Clam: But will the guy carry her through the cow field while everyone applauds, like in that factory?


That was Schindler's List.
 
2022-05-23 7:36:34 AM  

knbwhite: Seems like only yesterday she was smoking hot and partying on lake Mead. Link


Seems like only yesterday there was a Lake Mead.
 
2022-05-23 7:38:22 AM  

knbwhite: Seems like only yesterday she was smoking hot and partying on lake Mead. Link


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2022-05-23 7:42:11 AM  

Nimbull: What would really be nice is if they drug the people investing in these companies that make the messes out of their McMansions and forced them to get down and dirty doing the cleanup work by hand.


First they need to ask each of the defendants: "Did you vote for Susan Collins? If so, you voted for looser environmental laws. Take your shine box and have a nice big helping of the consequences of your own actions."
 
2022-05-23 7:42:48 AM  

CheatCommando: Nimbull: What would really be nice is if they drug the people investing in these companies that make the messes out of their McMansions and forced them to get down and dirty doing the cleanup work by hand.

First they need to ask each of the defendants: "Did you vote for Susan Collins? If so, you voted for looser environmental laws. Take your shine box and have a nice big helping of the consequences of your own actions."


And because I have not had coffee yet today, I meant "Plaintiffs" not defendants.
 
2022-05-23 7:53:49 AM  

CheatCommando: And because I have not had coffee yet today, I meant "Plaintiffs" not defendants.


My old guru Luke (R.I.P) used to tell me, "It's always preferable to be the defendant, rather than the decedent."
 
2022-05-23 8:16:05 AM  

Miss_Dorothy_Kilgallen: As Erin Brokovich said to those companies responsible for the pollution:
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/I assume, anyway.
//I only know what TV and movies have taught me.
///Three.


Wrong movie
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2022-05-23 8:39:07 AM  

dryknife: CheatCommando: And because I have not had coffee yet today, I meant "Plaintiffs" not defendants.

My old guru Luke (R.I.P) used to tell me, "It's always preferable to be the defendant, rather than the decedent."


Indeed. But I am totally serious. I also saw an article earlier today where the residents of Utah are considering a pipeline from the ocean to replenish the Great Salt Lake. They also need to drink a big cup of STFU after electing republicans over and over again. They can fry in their theological hellhole for all I care.
 
2022-05-23 8:41:02 AM  

dryknife: CheatCommando: And because I have not had coffee yet today, I meant "Plaintiffs" not defendants.

My old guru Luke (R.I.P) used to tell me, "It's always preferable to be the defendant, rather than the decedent."


Sounds like Luke used to do a lot of things he regretted.
 
2022-05-23 8:55:24 AM  

knbwhite: Seems like only yesterday she was smoking hot and partying on lake Mead. Link


Damn, more like Erin Farkedupbiatch.
 
2022-05-23 9:02:30 AM  
Final Scene-Jan's Bankruptcy Hearing from A Civil Action 1998
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2022-05-23 9:29:19 AM  

dryknife: Her notoriety obviously has some clout.


When you get an undergrad psychology degree you learn about Erin when they teach about mass hysteria.
 
2022-05-23 9:39:34 AM  
Wow, the righties really hate her.
 
2022-05-23 9:40:25 AM  
dryknife: <snip> Since then, Whirlpool has done some remediation work, and is supposedly monitoring the chemical plume's advancement. Not really a satisfactory solution (I don't really know what would be, outside of stopping widespread use of dangerous chemicals), but if Ms. Brockovich hadn't shown up, Whirlpool's solution to do nothing would have been readily accepted by the city. <snip>

We've got a similarly toxic dioxane plume in Ann Arbor, gradually making its way to the city's water source, which is already contaminated with PFAS chemicals. The only good solution is stopping polluting, which seems like the one thing these lawsuits never try to address. They transfer some of the profits of past polluting to nearby landowners and remediation companies, but the forever chemicals are already there, and companies have already switched to different toxic chemicals by the time lawsuits arise over the previous ones. 9,000 PFAS compounds have been identified, and I think five have been studied enough over the last 50 years to be banned in the US, so companies just switch to those that haven't been proven toxic yet. In 2070 there will probably be five more on the banned list.
 
2022-05-23 9:43:54 AM  

sleze: knbwhite: Seems like only yesterday she was smoking hot and partying on lake Mead. Link

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In her eponymous movie, she had a cameo as a waitress. She was like 900% more attractive than the actress who portrayed her.
 
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2022-05-23 10:18:07 AM  
I don't entirely trust her.

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2022-05-23 3:29:29 PM  

TWX: I don't entirely trust her.

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Apparently she'd actually would give a dog a bone.

/Schwing and a miss.
 
2022-05-23 7:05:47 PM  
Hence, Dow Gardens, is a beautiful place that can hide the chemicals.
 
2022-05-23 9:32:07 PM  

Sleeper_agent: sleze: knbwhite: Seems like only yesterday she was smoking hot and partying on lake Mead. Link

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In her eponymous movie, she had a cameo as a waitress. She was like 900% more attractive than the actress who portrayed her.


It's a close call for me. I feel a little bad for showing her at her mugshot worst.
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