Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Et Thybrim multo spumantem sanguine cerno.

Secret Slaughterhouse Pipeline Fills Texas Creek With Pig Blood:

Image via The Consumerist

An amateur drone pilot in Texas was flying a simple rig with a point-and-shoot camera attached for fun, and noticed something strange in a creek. There was an awful lot of dark red in the water. He notified the county, and a Department of Health and Human Services investigation showed that the substance discoloring the water was blood. Raw pig blood from a nearby meatpacking plant.
These are the kinds of things we have regulations, and regulatory agencies with the ability to enforce the law, to prevent. When you argue for "self-regulation," remember that capitalists run businesses to make a profit -- not to promote the general welfare, not to be stewards of the environment, and not to prevent anyone who feels like taking in the Trinity River from coming out looking like Carrie on prom night.

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