Fourteen Opportunities to Share Wisdom This is another episode of things you are supposed to share. There are fourteen graphics today. They are a mixed bag. Some have an agreeable message. Just don’t tell people to “share” your pet message and nobody gets hurt.
There is one about bulletproof vests for police dogs that wouldn’t make much sense if you took the order to like off. It is left intact. And if the man didn’t abuse Fido, to catch people with pot in their cars, then no one would want to shoot the pooch.
Some have a quote, with a celebrity given credit, even though he never said it. One truly gruesome image gives the Human Rights Campaign credit for the coming out of a has been NBA dribbler. Credit is given to people who have an illness that is not apparent to other people. Being nice to such humans is a good idea, even if a tacky graphic annoys you.
The rest of facebook is getting gnarly. Recently, PG got a message from OD. He tried to respond, and got this screen. “OD is using an app to chat. To message OD you need to change your settings to let friends who use apps see if you’re online. Would you like to allow friends using other apps to see your online state?” How do you say hell no in zeros and ones?
In the interest of giving credit where it is due, even if it is for doo doo, here are the links to the originals. 01 cispa, 02 glow, 03 Ali, 04 go broke, 06 hey, 07 canine, 08 come out, 09 tax, 10 welfare, 11 eye test, 12 zappa, 14 normalcy, 15 sister, 16 silent killer.
Pictures are from The Library of Congress. These are shots of soldiers returning from World War One, which didn’t need a number in 1919. While editing these pictures, PG listened to a tape of James Broughton reading poems. A lawn mower, at work four yards down, came in through the window. It was a lovely May afternoon. No one suggested that you share that on facebook.
There is a graphic on facebook, with a message that PG agrees with. Seek, and yea shall find. (Pun not intended.) Not only does it have a good message, but the source is easy to find. Learning the context, of the message, can shine a light on dingy corners. G-d is in the details.
Without further ado, here is the message: Each of us bears a responsibility to reject hate, whatever its form, whatever its justification. A soul filled with hate can devastate a community. A nation filled with hate can devastate a people. It must start and end with each of us. George Takei
The comment is part of a blog post written August 7, 2012. It was in response to the attack on a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. Mr. Takei says that Sikhs are confused for Moslems, leading to incidents like this.
This is highly ironic. The Sikh people originated in India. Some say that Sikhs are Hindus, and others say they are not. Some say that Sikhism is a warrior branch of Hinduism, created to fight Islam. These differences can be very confusing to outsiders.
Sikh is pronounced seek, like hide and seek. Sikh is not pronounced sick, as in ill. How you say a name affects your thoughts. Pictures today are from The Library of Congress.
PG was wasting time with facebook when he saw a friend say “Damn I love this quote”. The passage being praised was “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” Desmond Tutu.
The rhetoric alert started to flash. These days, the wolf and the sheep buy their clothes at the same Walmart. To hear some oppressors talk the talk, they are the ones under attack. It is tough to tell the good guys from the bad guys. Also, as the Kony fiasco showed, often you can make things worse by getting mixed up. Sometimes the best thing to do is mind your own business.
Ok, now that is out of the way. Some lines sound good, but don’t hold up to a bit of thinking. As for the veracity of the quote, Desmond Tutu may very well have said it. (or maybe one of his rivals said it, and Mr. Tutu copied it.) The quote has been attributed to Thomas Jefferson, Edmund Burke, Patrick Henry, and probably others. Almost no one has a source, for the quote, from the dead white guys.
There was a discussion in Prison Planet Forum about BHO, and his alleged good buddy Larry Sinclair. The signature line for one of the posts was that crowd pleaser, “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” Thomas Jefferson. All that needed to happen to get the party started was to highlight the quote, right click, and ask Mr. Google to help.
A post called MISQUOTING THE FOUNDERS did not mince words. “The only problem with this scene that has been repeated many times across the country is that Thomas Jefferson never said that, never wrote that, and quite possibly never thought it. Our aspiring politician had fallen victim to the perils of popular misattribution. You could fill a book with misquotes and misattributed quotes we hear repeated regularly today. Right now if I Google “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent” the entire first page of results wrongly attribute it to Thomas Jefferson. The quote and its many variants have been attributed in the past to Thomas Paine and Edmund Burke, but no record exists of the quote in any of their writings or contemporary accounts.”
On November 13, 1787, Mr. Jefferson wrote a letter to William Smith. The letter is full of zesty quotes. “What country before ever existed a century & a half without a rebellion? & what country can preserve it’s liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon & pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.”
A few lines above that, Mr. Jefferson said “God forbid we should ever be 20 years without such a rebellion.” Twenty years after he wrote this, Mr. Jefferson was President. He probably did not want to deal with a revolution when he was President.
Getting back to the quote about tyranny, Martin Porter wrote an entertaining essay, A study of a Web quotation. He gives credit, or blame, to Edmund Burke. First, a list of different versions is presented. This is a clue that something is awry. The conclusion: “There is no original. The quote is bogus, and Burke never said it. It is a pseudo-quote, and corresponds to real quotes in the same way that urban legends about the ghost hitch-hiker vanishing in the back of the car and alligators in the sewers correspond to true news stories.”
Mr. Porter wrote a follow up essay, Four Principles of Quotation. These principles are:
Principle 1 (for readers) Whenever you see a quotation given with an author but no source assume that it is probably bogus.
Principle 2 (for readers) Whenever you see a quotation given with a full source assume that it is probably being misused, unless you find good evidence that the quoter has read it in the source.
Principle 3 (for quoters) Whenever you make a quotation, give the exact source.
Principle 4 (for quoters) Only quote from works that you have read.
If these principles were to be used, then there would be a lot less hotheaded talking on the intercom. Those who are trying to influence you to the justice of their cause will not want you to read this. Pictures for this feature are from The Library of Congress. These pictures are Union soldiers, from the War Between the States. When war is discussed, all inspiring quotes are in doubt.
This is a repost. It is written like James Joyce. In the past year, doing due diligence on alleged quotes has become a hobby. Many people don’t care who said it, if they agree with the thoughts expressed. The prevailing thought is that an idea becomes more true with a famous name at the end. If the famous person is deceased, and cannot defend his/her reputation, that is not a problem. People do not like being told that Santa Claus does not exist.
In 1920, a former journalist named Warren Harding ran for President. The slogan of his campaign was “A return to normalcy”. Mr. Harding, who had previously coined the phrase “founding fathers”, won the election. Many consider Warren Harding to be a very bad POTUS.
Go ahead 93 years, and look at facebook. There is an eye catching graphic. “IF YOU CAN’T EXPLAIN IT TO A SIX YEAR OLD, YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND IT YOURSELF.” ALBERT EINSTEIN WHAT IS NORMALCY IN AN ABNORMAL SOCIETY?
Wikiquotes says this quote is “misattributed”. Credit/blame is given to several other people. The explainee is sometimes said to be your grandmother, or a barmaid. There is an account of Dr. Einstein saying something similar in a conversation. In a court of law, this is considered hearsay.
Is this normalcy? To publish beautiful images, based on dubious quote? Even if a famous person did say it, does crediting a more famous person make it more true? Maybe the whole thing is just another example of a beautiful medium, with no message. Only if your grandmother is a six year old barmaid.
This visit to Zuckerland is interrupted by a flash and a beep. There is a message in the inbox. You read it, and type a reply. When you hit the send button, you see this: ” _____ is using an app to chat. To message ____, you need to change your settings to let friends who use apps see if you’re online. Would you like to allow friends using other apps to see your online state?”
Moving along, a friend is “sharing” a bit of text. After a couple of sentences, PG realizes that he has seen this text before. It is about how 545 people made life tough for 300 million. If you absolutely have to read the latest version, here it is. It is too late to sign the petition.
Charley Reese was a writer for the Orlando Sentinel. He wrote a column in 1984 that started it all. (Oldtimers might recall when 1984 was in the far off future, when Big Brother ran everything.) The column was revised in 1995, in time for the internet to introduce it to normalcy. Mr. Reese retired from the Sentinel in 2001, and wrote a nationally syndicated column for King Features until 2008.
Health issues are cited in the last column as a reason for retiring. Five years later, Mr. Reese is still with us. The last column says that the election of a black man as POTUS is a good thing. This thought might induce apoplexy in many who share the facebook version of the last column.
The Orlando Sentinel also refuses to die. There was a 2011 article about the column column. The reporter caught up with Charlie Reese. “I call it the Frankenstein column, That’s one of the problems with the Internet. Once something goes on the Internet, people rewrite.”
Mr. Reese is surprised that the column gets praised as a rare moment of wisdom and insight. “It’s a fifth-grade civics lesson; that’s all that column was,” he said. Pictures today are from “The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”.
PG stumbled onto a blog called Vast Public Indifference. It is still published today, which is unusual for blogs from 2008. The feature being utilized today is Urban Legend Names. The blogwriter is a historian in training, and became fascinated by name stories. She did some research, and learned a few things. The names are in bold below, with the “status” underlined.
Asshole: Unconfirmed. However, I can confirm that there are several people named Anal, including Anal Exceus of Houston, TX (b. 8/26/1988 — happy birthday!), Anal Singh, and Anal Shah. I noticed that several people named “Anal” are South Asian, so I suspect that it might be a variant spelling of “Anil,” the Hindu god of wind.
Clitoris: Unconfirmed. Variant forms can be confirmed, viz. Clitty Jones of Somers, OH (b. 1895, married to Walter, confirmed in 1920 and 1930 census). The name “Clit” appears in several census records, but cannot be independently confirmed (ex: Clit Mangum, Commerce, GA, 1930 census).
Eczema: Possible. Three women show up in the census records as “Eczema”: Eczema Wright of Indiana, Eczema Hugey of Missouri, and Eczema James of Texas.
Male: Confirmed David Male Tiumalu (b. 8/1/1953, Alameda Co., CA), Linda Male Osmer (b. 5/8/1952, Texas), Male Joseph Cotton (b. 3/29/1974).
Latrine: Confirmed. Latrine seems to be a legitimate name. Examples: Latrine Sharmine Olive (b. 11/24/1979, Sacramento, CA), Quiana Latrine Phillips (b. 4/1/1988, Los Angeles, CA), Latrine Nicole Cook (b. 1/21/1976, Dallas, TX), Charlotte Latrine Martin (b. 2/8/1971, Wichita, TX). A variant form, Latrina, is actually quite popular, even cracking the top 1000 baby names in America for six years running during the 1970s. There are nearly 500 girls named Latrina in the Texas and California birth records alone. The most unfortunate example of this name has to be Latrina Pickens-Brown of Nevada.
Lemon Jello/Orange Jello: Unconfirmed. Perhaps this rumor got started by someone who heard the Neapolitan surname “Lemongello.”
No Smoking: Confirmed. Nosmo King Cheatam (b. 11/26/1918 d. 11/10/1997). Mr. Cheatam was a veteran of the United States Navy and is buried in Texarkana, TX.
Placenta: Confirmed. Placenta Ann Woodard (b. 8/7/1953, Freestone Co., TX, married Rahman Hassan 11/10/1986 in Tarrant, TX), Placenta Ayala (b. 10/5/1951, Howard Co., TX), Placenta Theresa Bennett (b. 7/21/1958, Caldwell Co., TX). Others show up in the census — the picture at right is of the entry for Placenta M. Duncan of Green Bay, Iowa in the 1860 census.
Shithead: Unconfirmed. Shirley Q. Liquor has a baby named Shithead, pronounced Sha THEED.
Testicles: Unconfirmed. Only one person named “Testicles” appears in the census records — a Sioux boy born in 1892 in Devil’s Lake, North Dakota. The U.S. Indian Census Schedules (1885-1940) record Native Americans’ names as well as the English translations of those names. The records indicate that the boy’s name, Susu, means “testicles.” I really enjoyed looking through these records and recommend them to anyone interested in names or in Native American history. Some of my favorite names from Susu’s community include Itekanpeskawin (“Face Like an Ornament”), Hotaninmaniwin (“They Heard Her Voice”), and Tawakanhdiwayakapi (“They See Her Electricity”).
Urea: Confirmed. Urea Pyle of Delaware Co., PA (married to Reece Pyle, confirmed in 1900, 1910, and 1920 census records), Elton Urea Juniel of California (married in Las Vegas 3 times: married Tish Denise Harris 6/27/1981, married Beverly Jean Mills, 8/17/1991, married Julie Marie Bossin 9/23/2003), Sophia Urea Nelson of Los Angeles, CA (b. 1/11/1991). The Texas birth records contain information for six babies named Urea:
Urine: Confirmed. Nora Urine Workman (b. 10/13/1940, Lamar Co., TX), Jonathan Urine Smith (b. 12/3/1996, Denton Co., TX), Urine Adkins of Coeburn, VA (b. 6/15/1896, d. March 1972). Urine Thibideoux, Louisiana.
Vagina: Confirmed. Vagina Ann Williams (b. 3/18/1934, Hall Co., TX), Ellen Vagina Goode (b. 9/13/1918 Lee Co., TX), Lorene Vagina Cranfield (b. 7/26/1938 Rowan Co., NC), Vagina Harper Bland (b. 1/19/1842 in Virginia, d. 5/4/1927 in Kentucky). One that caught my eye was “Vagina Glasscock” who lived in Somerville, Alabama in 1910.
Pictures are from The Library of Congress. This is written like James Joyce.
Tom Clancy gave an interview to Don Swaim in 1986. Mr. Clancy sold insurance before his writing career took off. “I never do life insurance. It is too morbid. I do fire and casualty”
1986 was a curious time in history. America was in the middle of an arms buildup. Research was producing space age weapons. These weapons would not be used in combat for several years.
It is said that killing becomes more impersonal as weaponry advances. Certainly fighting with swords is more personal than with rifles. (This does not imply that this killing is less horrible.) With “smart bombs” and drones, killing people has become almost antiseptic to the American forces. “Young men of military age” in Pakistan might have a different opinion.
At the time, the perceived threat was from Communism, and the Soviet Union. The question was raised, why would the Soviets start a war with the west? Mr. Clancy talked about the Japanese decision to attack Pearl Harbor, and the German invasion of the Soviet Union. “The decision to go to war … is probably never a completely rational decision.”
About two thirds through the interview, the speed of the tape slows down. It sounds like the talkers are intoxicated. It is during this segment that a vodka shortage in the Soviet Union is discussed.
After the interview, PG looked at facebook. A friend posted a graphic with a reputed quote from Albert Einstein. “I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots”
PG did a bit of research, and left a comment. “I suspect that Dr. Einstein did not say that. Wikiquotes does not have this quote. Whenever you see a quote without a source, you should suspect it. Also, what is the context? If a comment is true, it does not need a famous name at the end.” Two minutes later, Carrie Williams said “Thanks Debbie Downer”.
Pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”.
It should come as no surprise that people on the intercom are still being asked to repost graphics. The current crop is a mixed bag. There are things here which are definitely not recommended. As always, the offending suggestion to repost has been deleted, and these sanitized graphics are available for use. In the case of one, there was not much left after the repost request removal. There are better superstitions to display a belief in.
The top graphic is a traditional favorite of digital warriors. It is a call to test for drugs anyone who applies for welfare. In Florida, 98 percent pass the test. Contrary to what the sign says, many people feel that drug testing is not ok for job applicants. Drug testing condones the use of alcohol and tobacco, and is an additional expense for cash strapped states.
Motorcycle safety is the subject in graphic two. It is tough to argue with. All vehicles have a right to the road, and should be allowed to arrive alive. Arguments about loud pipes will be heard later.
The Holocaust is remembered in graphic three. This is included because of the general tackiness of repost requests, which might be disrespectful to the memory of six million people. The “final solution” is one of the darkest events in human history. There are better ways to remember it.
Number four and five are things which no sane person would do, or do do. One is a chain letter type request, asking you to repost the graphic “if you believe in G-d.” The visual quality of this image is a prayer request all by itself. The other is a request to send animal waste to a popular church in Topeka KS. The USPS is not the appropriate facility for this process. How would you feel if you magazine was shipped next to one of these fecal packages?
Blue eyes are highly valued in modern America. A graphic devoted to their praise is not going to hurt anyone. Some stories about Frank Sinatra may contradict this graphic.
The last graphic does not suggest a repost. It involves a reputed story about John Lennon. PG does not know if the story is true, but suspects it is not. The story involves John’s mother, Julia. It was a difficult childhood, with John raised primarily by his Aunt Mimi. If the story is not true, then it is an insult to the memory of John Lennon. He deserves better.
Pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”. This is written like H. P. Lovecraft.
Anne Frank House is an official facebook page. (“The Anne Frank House – More than a Museum. Besides managing the museum, the Anne Frank House develops educational products and activities: http://www.annefrank.org/”) They had a celebrity visitor recently. “Yesterday night Justin Bieber visited the Anne Frank House, together with his friends and guards. Fans were waiting outside to see a glimpse of him. He stayed more than an hour in the museum. In our guestbook he wrote: “Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.” Tonight Bieber will give a concert in Arnhem in the Netherlands.”
AFH also has a twitter account, @annefrankhouse. Yesterday #JustinBieber visited @AnneFrankHouse In our guestbook he wrote:Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl…. 1,274 Retweets 390 Favorites 10:04 AM – 13 Apr 13. There was a reply. @ontarioglow U were able to read his hand writing?? That takes talent @annefrankhouse.
The internet is exploding with interest.
@dorseyshaw c’mon guys, at least Bieber didn’t sign that Anne Frank note with a yolo hashtag.
ItsARampageLana I feel like this qualifies as a milder form of Holocaust denial.
destor23 The ignorance that Bieber has displayed here is simply staggering. Everybody with a brain knows that Frank would have been a One Direction fan.
@SandraKon “Who is Anne Frank and why did Justin Bieber go to her house? He never comes to my house. Jealous.” – Beliebers everywhere” idiots.
@hlmurray if Anne Frank were alive today she’d be 83. how many 83 year olds are Justin Bieber fans?
@marianettle It’s not like Anne Frank and Justin Bieber didn’t have anything in common. Both are/were hiding deep in the closet.
Pictures from The Library of Congress. The spell check suggestion for hashtag is aghast. The spell check suggestions for Beliebers: Berliners, Libeler. This was written like Kurt Vonnegut.
Like many people, PG only heard the name Kermit Gosnell yesterday. There was a link on facebook to a feature in The Atlantic, Why Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s Trial Should Be a Front-Page Story. The link had a blurb about the article. “The dead babies. The exploited women. The racism.”
For those just coming in, Dr. Kermit Gosnell ran a shady abortion clinic. The allegations include murdering viable babies with scissors. It is a gruesome, horrific story. The feature in the Atlantic does a much better job than this slack blogger. Dr. Gosnell is currently on trial as a result of his activities.
This was the first, of many, eyerolling moments. PG looked through the feature, and finally found the racism angle. It seems like PWOC women got to sit in better waiting rooms than POC women. Why this is mentioned in the same breath as cutting baby spinal cords is a mystery. In an ironic touch, it seems as though Dr. Gosnell is black.
PG made a facebook comment, which received a quick reply. This comment was made before knowing about Dr. Gosnell’s ethnicity. “This is a nasty story. However, the way The Atlantic is “racializing” the story does not help. Note how the eighth word of the blurb is racism. You have to dig down in the story for an explanation. Maybe the blurb writers think that racism is a magic word, that will get the story more attention.” ~ “Look up Margaret Sanger the founder of Planned Parenthood and you may see why this could be construed to be racist. Eugenics at the core of the organization.”
The arguments about Planned Parenthood have been around for years. The anti abortion crowd loves to throw mud, and has a bucket waiting at all times. There is a anti abortion twittergasm going on as we speak. And speak, and speak, and speak.
The simple truth is that criminalizing abortion would not prevent the horrors of Dr. Gosnell. His late term abortions are already illegal. Overturning Roe vs. Wade would not prevent horrors like this, and just might make them more common.
Many women do not want to have a baby. They are going to abort the pregnancy, whether you like it or not. Making political power noise about abortion is not going to stop them. All that noise does is create a toxic atmosphere, which just might help create a future Gosnell clinic.
What can be done? PG is just a slack blogger, and does not pretend to know how to stop abortion. He is horrified by the death of babies, just as is he disgusted with the toxic rhetoric of anti abortion bullies. The hysteria about abortion is one reason many people are reluctant to discuss the issue. Yelling at people will not save babies, even if it does make you feel good about yourself. It is not about saving babies, it is about having a big emotional experience to justify privilege.
Much chattering about this story regards the lack of attention in the corporate media. There are a lot of stories competing for attention, and there is not room for all. The article in The Atlantic was written by Conor Friedersdorf. If you follow the link, you see a list of things he has written lately. Three of the last nine stories are about drone warfare. This is where the United States sends unmanned aircraft into countries eight time zones away, and kills women and children. If you try, you can make that story just as disgusting as Dr. Gosnell. You can even say it is racist.
Pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”.
There is a bit of graphic wisdom on facebook. The title of the image is “Post this on your wall and see what peol llke about u:” The graphic was found on the wall of Eddie Williams (ImyChocolateily). The graphic was posted with the comment, “Repost if u ain’t scared.”
There were comments associated with the graphic. Ebonie Marie Nothing n***** cause i see u every day and we look alike January 3 at 12:18pm · Like · 18 Eddie Williams U just called yourself ugly then dumbass January 3 at 12:22pm via mobile · Like · 36 Ebonie Marie Lol i didnt call myslef shitt i said i look like u so nothuing cause i see u every day i didnt call u ugly u dumbass January 3 at 1:19pm
Mr. Google has 13 million things to say about Repost if u ain’t scared. The top result is a forum comment, Hacker I ain’t afraid of you. “take a long, hard look at yourself. Know what I see? I see a big loser with no life who has to make others small to feel special. Repost this if you’re also sick of Hackers: I. Ain’t. Scared. Of. YOU. And neither are my friends. ” PG thought you were supposed to use one period per sentence, placed at the end.
Retro James Hamilton reposted the graphic. Kayla Christine Schlaugat 12 I say Carissa Seguin guys james doesn’t need to inflate his ego anymore Kayla Christine Schlaugat Lol …. Awesome Carissa Retro James Hamilton Lol, thanks rissa. Buzz kill. I suppose I can try to tone down the ego a bit if I must.
The tastefully named that ***t ain’t cool gives some advice. “Just a friendly reminder: If you see any artwork/gifs in the League tag that arn’t yours and have ‘Elohell’ on the bottom, don’t repost it. Elohell is not a correct source. They are content thieves. The same goes for if somebody reposts something without the source or proper credit. Please don’t do it. Just don’t repost work that isn’t yours in the first place. If you want to post something so bad, use a source finder like SauceNAO to find it. “
Some beta facility called who’s talking, serves as a tweet distributor. Is this why Al Gore invented the internet? JBitch559 : Idc waat others saY I’m , diagnost with depression & anorexia .Repost if your suffering from any disorder; http://t.co/1VnOYfQGpK rachbuck : I have this secret fear that all those “repost if you love God” pictures that I skipped out on will come back to bite me on judgement day. janine_kitteh : I am sooo boardnothing to do but fantasize bout liam payne yumm but thats good repost if u can relate fllow 4 a fllow RubyBluOfficial : REPOST* … If you supporting my Cosmic Journey then please follow @webornlosers !!! I’m all shades… http://t.co/OaIDCrmbN0
The last result on first page is from google+, Your Daily Love Emotions. Tell a girl she is beautiful – she will believe it for a moment. Tell a girl she’s ugly – she will believe it for a lifetime. This post is written like William Shakespeare. “The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”.
There is some text floating around facebook about the various qualities of water and coca cola. It discusses some of the benefits of drinking water, and a few negatives about “soft” drinks. Few will argue that most people need to drink more water, just as almost nobody considers “pop” to be health food. The trouble is, this text doesn’t know when to stop.
The last line was what set the BS detector into overdrive. “3. The distributors of coke have been using it to clean the engines of their trucks for about 20 years!” With the miracle of select-google, the answer was on the screen in less time than it takes the bubbles to stop fizzing. Snopes says to stop worrying, and have a Pepsi.
One thing the text does not mention is water contamination. We take for granted having clean water available at the turn of a spigot. This is one advance of civilization that has not traveled to much of the world. You often have a better chance of getting a clean drinking fluid from a soda that a faucet.
As we said, few doubt that drinking water is good for you. The trouble arises when you go overboard with your claims. Once you set off the BS detector, it is tough to turn it off. If you are trying to educate people, you need to gain their trust. When you tell people things that are not true, they no longer trust you. Pictures today are from Gwinnett county.