The planet’s rainwater contains forever chemicals

Anyone who says humans are not causing irrevocable damage to the planet, should read Rosie Frost’s article in Euronews.

Rainwater is no longer safe to drink because it’s polluted with per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), commonly know as forever chemicals.

Side note. There’s a really interesting film by Todd Haynes called Dark Waters about the issue of forever chemicals and the harm they cause.

The film is based on the real story of corporate defence attorney Rob Bilott, who took on an environmental lawsuit against the chemical company DuPont, exposing a lengthy history of pollution and harm caused by these chemicals.


Black Bird (2022)

Convicted drug dealer, played by Taron Egerton, is given a chance at redemption, when he goes undercover in a maximum security prison, tasked with coaxing a confession from a serial killer, Paul Walter Hauser. Strong performances from Egerton and Hauser but I can’t help wondering, if the story had been condensed into a feature would it’ve had more urgency?

Oblivon, used to get through an “ordeal”

The Science Museum Group describes “Oblivon” as a “sedative to calm anxiety and fear”.

It was launched in 1953 by British Schering Ltd.”. Time described it as “taking the terror out of visits to the dentist”. The label advises adults to take “two capsules about 15 minutes before an ordeal”. The name “Oblivon” was a play on the word oblivion, “a state of complete forgetfulness” but “did not relieve pain”. In the UK it was only available “on prescription and was completely withdrawn in 1967”.

Becky (2020)

Becky (2020) is very angry. Pitched somewhere between Home Alone (1990) and Hard Candy (2005), escaped convicts get their comeuppance when the titular thirteen-year-old opens up a can of whoop-ass on the home invaders, led by Kevin James, playing very much against type. Bloody mayhem ensues!

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