Friday, December 18, 2009

Friday Afternoon on the Web

Posted By on Fri, Dec 18, 2009 at 4:04 PM

How about some Friday afternoon reading material to get you through the last hour of work. Here's what I've been wasting time with today.

• Airing the country's dirty water
I've been called an elitist bitch for frowning on tap water. Thanks to the New York Times for justifying my skepticism.

All told, more than 62 million Americans have been exposed since 2004 to drinking water that did not meet at least one commonly used government health guideline intended to help protect people from cancer or serious disease, according to an analysis by The Times of more than 19 million drinking-water test results from the District of Columbia and the 45 states that made data available.

In some cases, people have been exposed for years to water that did not meet those guidelines.

But because such guidelines were never incorporated into the Safe Drinking Water Act, the vast majority of that water never violated the law.

Some officials overseeing local water systems have tried to go above and beyond what is legally required. But they have encountered resistance, sometimes from the very residents they are trying to protect, who say that if their water is legal it must be safe.

The Times has been covering water quality pretty extensively over the last few months and compiling extensive databases on individual states. Some databases even go as far as detailing the number of contaminates found in the states' largest water systems. United Water, Meridian Water Dept., Nampa city water and Caldwell city water are all detailed in the Environmental Working Group's report, the data from which was shared with The Times. And if I'm in Coeur d'Alene any time soon, I definitely won't be drinking the tap water there.

• Tiger's editorial influence
A Wall Street Journal story today paints a grim picture of media ethics. The story also confirmed that Tiger Woods is indeed a bigger wanker than anyone could have imagined a month ago. As if the women and the possible steroid use weren't enough ...

Mr. Woods had cut an unusual deal with American Media Inc., the owner of both Men's Fitness magazine and the National Enquirer tabloid newspaper. Mr. Woods agreed to the cover shot and photo spread in Men's Fitness, whose circulation of about 700,000 per issue is less than half of Golf Digest's nearly 1.7 million, in return for the National Enquirer squelching a story and photographs purportedly showing Mr. Woods in a liaison with a woman who wasn't his wife, according to people directly involved in the arrangement.

• Snoop and Martha going steady
And last but not least, Snoop and Martha making green brownies. High-larious.
Apparently Martha and Snoop have a regular gig. He goes on her show and gives vocab lessons, educates the stuffy Martha crowd on his latest iPhone apps and talks about his Christmas album.

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