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  1. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    His head is flatter than a flounder.

  2. ARodney

    ARodney said, about 1 year ago

    Yes, but the quality of water does depend on what they’re throwing away upstream (this is what the cartoon is about, ghost keeper). Why we can’t deal with real-world problems like this instead of permanent stand-offs to protect tax breaks and blocking judicial appointments is beyond me.

  3. ossiningaling

    ossiningaling said, about 1 year ago

    @ARodney

    Fish do not have lobbyists. Neither do water molecules. As for us, we only know what they tell us.

  4. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, about 1 year ago

    If we can’t keep our water and food clean, how can we do anything else?

  5. jack75287

    jack75287 said, about 1 year ago

    Just because some one calls something Politically Correct does not make it Correct.

  6. Craig Linder

    Craig Linder GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @ossiningaling

    Knowledge is power. We hear what they tell us, but we have the capacity to make independent assessments of their assertions. Science is a wonderful thing and most scientists pride themselves on being as objective as is humanly possible when judging the support for a particular position. We can counter the BS, but it is an ongoing effort since there are always folks with “impure” motivations who will see what they want to see and try to get other to see it their way too.

  7. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, about 1 year ago

    Some of the pollution out there produced by our industry are giving fish a sex change. Some of them only half way.

  8. Rickapolis

    Rickapolis said, about 1 year ago

    It’s all the unused drugs people flush down the toilet that makes tap water unsafe.

  9. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    n Columbia, Mo., the U.S. Geological Survey is keeping smallies in some artificial ponds, investigating why so many males are showing female characteristics.

    “Because it’s male, you’re seeing sperm here and here,” said USGS Dianna Papoulias while examining a fish. “But oddly, you’re also seeing eggs. Small, undeveloped eggs.”

    “It is an abnormality,” she said. “In bass we would not expect to see eggs in a male.”

    Abnormal – but increasingly common. In the upper Mississippi River where Loren Waalkens fishes, more than 70 percent of the male smallmouth bass had female characteristics.

    In South Carolina’s Peedee River, the ratio was even higher – 9 out of 10.

    And in one section of the Potomac River near Washington, every smallmouth bass had the same condition.

    In fact, a recent USGS study found the phenomenon in virtually every watershed in the country. And it’s and not just bass. Some carp, catfish and sturgeon have the same odd make-up.

    The suspicion is that hormone-disrupting chemicals in the water – pesticides, pharmaceuticals including birth control pills, or even household detergents – may be prompting the feminization of the fish.

    And that matters because in controlled experiments like those in Columbia, which duplicated the chemicals found in U.S. rivers, entire populations of fish simply collapsed, unable to spawn.

    What’s more, tens of millions of Americans get their drinking water from rivers – an estimated 18 million from the Mississippi river alone.
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    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-5778106.html

  10. Mark

    Mark said, about 1 year ago

    @Omnius

    You’re the moron. ;Most bottled water is taken from public water supplies. Read the label.

  11. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, about 1 year ago

    @Mark

    Without calling names; all water comes from SOMEWHERE. If you start with tap water, filter it, run it through reverse osmosis and/or distill it, it should be more pure and healthier than what comes out of the tap. Unfortunately, some bottled water is just bottled tap water. “Creative” labeling allows unprepared people to spend way too much for nothing. But should we use any over-reaching, job-killing regulations to protect the public, or should we just punish them for not being diligent?

  12. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @Rad-ish

    “What’s more, tens of millions of Americans get their drinking water from rivers – an estimated 18 million from the Mississippi river alone.”


    In California there is “the five hundred pound gorilla in the room” in the water supply and contamination from agricultural chemicals. Between the fertilizers and the pesticides they are concentrating at increasingly alarming levels but the powers that be turn a blind eye to the problem.


    I live on the central coast and our water is okay to drink but is very alkaline. My next major plumbing change is to put in a “no waste reverse osmosis” system. That’s about as good as it gets for filtering out the bulk of pollutants and minerals. Years ago I worked in the corporate headquarters of Rayne Water and it was a real eye opener to what many municipalities consider safe drinking water.

  13. hphundt

    hphundt GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @mickey1339
    I live in the L.A. area and have a whole house turbidity filter and a Watkins “no waste r.o.” filter that supplies my fridge, instant hot and has a faucet on the kitchen sink. I’m quite happy with the set up – the little screens on the faucets don’t get clogged and I don’t have to do vinegar boil outs on my drip coffee pot any more. Plus the water tastes so much better.

  14. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @mickey1339

    I recall reading how a lot of California ground water had been contaminated by the gasoline additive MTBE and I was glad I don’t live there anymore.

  15. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, about 1 year ago

    @jack75287

    Just because someone calls something “politically correct” does not make it so.

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