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Jebbebiah Wilkins
Fri Mar 19 04:18:06
My penis is far too big for many women, I could use some shrinking.

But what about you?


Plummeting sperm counts, shrinking penises: toxic chemicals threaten humanity

Erin Brockovich

The end of humankind? It may be coming sooner than we think, thanks to hormone-disrupting chemicals that are decimating fertility at an alarming rate around the globe. A new book called Countdown, by Shanna Swan, an environmental and reproductive epidemiologist at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, finds that sperm counts have dropped almost 60% since 1973. Following the trajectory we are on, Swan’s research suggests sperm counts could reach zero by 2045. Zero. Let that sink in. That would mean no babies. No reproduction. No more humans. Forgive me for asking: why isn’t the UN calling an emergency meeting on this right now?

The chemicals to blame for this crisis are found in everything from plastic containers and food wrapping, to waterproof clothes and fragrances in cleaning products, to soaps and shampoos, to electronics and carpeting. Some of them, called PFAS, are known as “forever chemicals”, because they don’t breakdown in the environment or the human body. They just accumulate and accumulate – doing more and more damage, minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day. Now, it seems, humanity is reaching a breaking point.

Swan’s book is staggering in its findings. “In some parts of the world, the average twentysomething woman today is less fertile than her grandmother was at 35,” Swan writes. In addition to that, Swan finds that, on average, a man today will have half of the sperm his grandfather had. “The current state of reproductive affairs can’t continue much longer without threatening human survival,” writes Swan, adding: “It’s a global existential crisis.” That’s not hyperbole. That’s just science.

As if this wasn’t terrifying enough, Swan’s research finds that these chemicals aren’t just dramatically reducing semen quality, they are also shrinking penis size and volume of the testes. This is nothing short of a full-scale emergency for humanity.

Swan’s book echoes previous research, which has found that PFAS harms sperm production, disrupts the male hormone and is correlated to a “reduction of semen quality, testicular volume and penile length”. These chemicals are literally confusing our bodies, making them send mix messages and go haywire.

Given everything we know about these chemicals, why isn’t more being done? Right now, there is a paltry patchwork of inadequate legislation responding to this threat. Laws and regulations vary from country to country, region to region, and, in the United States, state to state. The European Union, for example, has restricted several phthalates in toys and sets limits on phthalates considered “reprotoxic” – meaning they harm the human reproductive capacities – in food production.

In the United States, a scientific study found phthalate exposure “widespread” in infants, and that the chemicals were found in the urine of babies who came into contact with baby shampoos, lotions and powders. Still, aggressive regulation is lacking, not least because of lobbying by chemical industry giants.

In the state of Washington, lawmakers managed to pass the Pollution Prevention for Our Future Act, which “directs state agencies to address classes of chemicals and moves away from a chemical by chemical approach, which has historically resulted in companies switching to equally bad or worse substitutes. The first chemical classes to be addressed in products include phthalates, PFAS, PCBs, alkyphenol ethoxylate and bisphenol compounds, and organohalogen flame retardants.” The state has taken important steps to address the extent of chemical pollution, but by and large, the United States, like many other countries, is fighting a losing battle because of weak, inadequate legislation.

In the United States today, for example, you can’t eat the deer meat caught in in Oscoda, Michigan, as the health department there issued a “do not eat” advisory for deer caught near the former air force base because of staggeringly high PFOS levels in the muscle of one deer.

And, just the other week, hundreds of residents who live near Luke air force base in Arizona were advised not to drink their water, when tests detected high levels of toxic chemicals. Scientists have found these substances in the blood of nearly all the people they tested in the US. No country or region on earth is untouched by PFAS contamination. It is a global problem. PFAS has been found in every corner of the globe. It is virtually present in the bodies of every human. It’s found in fish deep in the sea, and birds flying high in the sky.

And it’s killing us, literally, by harming and attacking the very source of life: our reproductive capacities. The rapid death and decline of sperm must be addressed, and it must be addressed now. There simply is no time to lose.
Fri Mar 19 04:41:53
"Erin Brockovich"

THE? Well holy shit, this is serious.
Fri Mar 19 07:11:34
"I don't like 'em putting chemicals in the water that turn the freakin' frogs gay! Do you understand that?"

-Alex Jones, 2015
Fri Mar 19 08:02:31
Dumbass republicans dont care. Just distract them with culture wars. Their own grandma could die and they’d still hate Democrats.
Fri Mar 19 11:56:22
What the fuck does that have anything to do with Erin Brockovich and the water turning us gay? YOU are the one distracted by the culture war in this thread! You fucking moron. Honestly dukhat, your brand of stupid is UNIQUE, your lack of introspection makes me really wonder, if you are even real.
Fri Mar 19 12:00:39
If you had lacked any more self-awareness your head would cave in.
Fri Mar 19 12:01:05
This is the sort of shit than frustrates me about CC response.

I get that CC is the major world threat.My issue is that its not the only one.Also just because something is a threat doesnt mean every idea to respond tonit is an effective one ( carbon credits)
Fri Mar 19 23:19:59
Nim doesn't understand American politics after 4 years of Trump? Trump used the Coronavirus to cancel enforcement of environmental protection laws for almost a year. It was barely reported on either.

So you can write stories like this and it won't create any changes because it requires regulating companies and Republicans can be bought off by those same companies blocking any change.

Think about it. It's not so hard you stupid shit.
Fri Mar 19 23:20:45
Combine that with my other statement and it makes sense. Republicans wont join in constructive policy because their voters will always vote on the culture wars no matter what.
Sat Mar 20 04:08:38
You fucking moron, this has nothing to do with Trump. Holy shit, TDS is a permanent afflicition, isn’t it? Decades will pass and your brain will remain melted, by 4 years of Trump. You make me curious for a second term, you know, I wonder, is this the bottom for you, or is there still more room to go? I think you still have stuff to show us.
Sun Mar 21 09:27:37
dint nimzos gal haev anothar mans babie or sumthin? dats wut i herd
Sun Mar 21 10:22:50
Dukhat is obviously wrong in blaming Trump for chemicals being in water, but he also isn't even right about what Trump's "canceling" of environmental protection laws.

The EPA announced that it was suspending penalties for non-compliance of certain environmental regulations that were "unavoidable as a result of Covid-19 restrictions." That was them simply being pragmatic and trying to work around the problem of manpower shortages caused by the shutting down of the entire country, which in turn made it difficult to maintain normal standards of environmental enforcement, reporting and monitoring.

Dukhat was just whining in another thread about how the country is *still* being too early in reopening. Now he's in here bitching about how the EPA wasn't forcing companies to maintain 100% staff levels during the early days of the pandemic. No consistency there at all.

The EPA also explicitly distinguished beteeen violations that were unavoidable due to lockdowns and violations that intentionally disregarded the law; the suspension, for example, didn't give Mr. Burns the right to dump nuclear waste material into Springfield's drinking water. It also distinguished between non-critical and critical systems, kept liability in place for accidental releases, and mandated that non-compliances be corrected as soon as practically possible.

But according to Dukhat, Trump just used Covid as an excuse to eliminate environmental protections. Because he is evil, and literally Hitler.

Dukhat is such a goddamm hack and moron.
Sun Mar 21 10:24:56
Oh, AND the EPA ended the suspension on August 31, which means the same Trump administration that "eliminated" those environmental protections ended up eventually bringing them back five months later.

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