The US military is poisoning communities across the US w/toxic chemicals/US News

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      Mr. Mickeys Mom
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      Read more at The Guardian

      The Department of Defense has ordered the burning of 20m pounds of AFFF – despite risks to human health
      ‘Almost from the moment they started using AFFF, the military amassed worrisome evidence about the environmental persistence of synthetic carbon-fluorine compounds, their affinity for living things, and their impact on human health.’

      One of the most enduring, indestructible toxic chemicals known to man – Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF), which is a PFAS “forever chemical” – is being secretly incinerated next to disadvantaged communities in the United States. The people behind this crackpot operation? It’s none other than the US military.

      As new data published by Bennington College this week documents, the US military ordered the clandestine burning of over 20m pounds of AFFF and AFFF waste between 2016-2020. That’s despite the fact that there is no evidence that incineration actually destroys these synthetic chemicals. In fact, there is good reason to believe that burning AFFF simply emits these toxins into the air and onto nearby communities, farms, and waterways. The Pentagon is effectively conducting a toxic experiment and has enrolled the health of millions of Americans as unwitting test subjects.

      AFFF was invented and popularized by the US Armed Forces. Introduced during the Vietnam War to combat petroleum fires on naval ships and air strips, AFFF was the whizz kid of chemical engineering that forged a synthetic molecular bond stronger than anything known in nature. Once manufactured, this carbon-fluorine bond is virtually indestructible. Refusing to become fuel, this herculean bond overpowers and tames even the most incendiary infernos.

      Almost from the moment they started using AFFF, the military amassed worrisome evidence about the environmental persistence of synthetic carbon-fluorine compounds, their affinity for living things, and their impact on human health. As the US Armed Forces became the largest consumer of AFFF in the world, troubling questions about what happens after the fire were brushed aside. US military bases at home and abroad encouraged the promiscuous spraying of AFFF in routine drills while firefighters were told it was as safe as soap.

      Hell, no... I'm not giving up...

    • #412934
      Utopian Leftist
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      of the Reagan-Administration-created crack epidemic.

      Can’t fund your dirty little war? Can’t unload your dirty little chemical? Find minority communities in which to do your dirty work.

      "All fascism is a result of a failure of the left to provide a viable alternative." ~ Trotsky

    • #412935
      David the Gnome
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      “Disadvantaged communitues”.  By which they mean poor neighborhoods.  I suspect the Guardian heard it from a whistle blower in the military.  The big brass likely don’t give a shit – but those doing the work might.

      I wish this surprised me.  As far as the upper crust and the idiots that control the information go, the poor are useful for cannon fodder only.  You can tell by how few poorer individuals ever reach high rank.  Lots of West point grads, pricks who’d shit their pants at even the idea of being in a red zone.  Yet that’s who commands the rank and file – with some few exceptions.

    • #413047
      Earthartist
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      I was watching a movie about Bikini Island and what we have done to these people. One of the pictures that stuck in my head, was the base with it’s fancy houses, golf course, restaurants, sitting right across the water from a strip of sand where the workers live. It is a trash heap with no potable water, they can no longer fish or grow food curtesy of the massive amounts of hydrogen bombs dropped on their food sources. It is clear the military people could give a crap. As long as they have their little brown people serving them.

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      • #413061
        ArtfromArk
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        “There’s a new spirit abroad in the land. The old days of ‘grab and greed’ are on their way out. We’re beginning to think of what we owe the other fellow, not just what we’re compelled to give him. The time’s coming… when we shan’t be able to fill our bellies in comfort while others go hungry, sleep in warm beds while others shiver in the cold.... And God willing, we’ll live to see that day…” Basil Rathbone,"Sherlock Holmes Faces Death" (Universal 1943)

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