Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Swim At Your Own Risk

  • Chicago beach-goers will be setting their own bacteria thresholds this summer, as the city’s Park District does away with its frequent swim bans based onE. colicounts.

    Would-be swimmers still will get advisories up and down the lakefront letting them know if bacteria levels exceed federal water quality standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. But lifeguards will not stop people from wading in if tests show the level of E. coli bacteria has hit a higher mark.

    “We found those standards to be too restrictive and prone to errors,” said Cathy Breitenbach, director of lakefront operations for the Park District. “Those higher numbers are short-lived.”

We're wondering how many beaches the City is going to close for "heat related issues" this coming weekend. Did you see the weather reports?



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beches might be closed due to HIGH HEAT LEVELS caused by an invasion of thug-life wilding flashmobs.

Is there no safe public place in Chicago anymore?

5/23/2012 12:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The West Nile Virus is in local Mosquitos. I got got bit by Mosquitos a few weeks ago got a real high temp. Out of control fever, and severe head ache for three days. Went to doctor and I had Ensephulitus.

5/23/2012 12:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why does this make me think of 'JAWS'? Only, now we got to get a smaller boat!

5/23/2012 12:49:00 AM  
Blogger TWENTY and OUT said...

Who was in charge of closing the beaches this weekend when it was 90deg? Did they assign an outside agency to handle it?

5/23/2012 07:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Send the bikes!

5/23/2012 10:38:00 AM  
Anonymous SCC Fan said...

Many moons ago, when I was a teen, I went to Foster Ave. beach with my friends. First we saw a literal circle jerk happening in the bathroom, then what I'm pretty sure was NOT a Baby Ruth bar floating in the water.

Have never gone to a Chicago beach since unless it was CPD related!

5/23/2012 11:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What Chicago based news outlets are not telling us.

Layoff notices anger local leaders


The Illinois Youth Center in Murphysboro, Adult Transition Center in Carbondale and super-maximum Tamms Correctional Center have all been targeted for closure by Gov. Pat Quinn. Sixty-three state facilities could be closed and 2,300 workers laid off to save $88 million....

Kind-a messes up the political message of "we're creating those much needed jobs message" doesn't it?

Notice how they always like to boast about the "savings" in it's place. But guess what? Follow the money trail. When you take $88 million dollars out of the economy and have nothing to replace it with there's an awful lot of trickle down to other businesses that are lost. So my point is it's not just the public sector employees that takes the hit it's beyond that. Although the people being laid off are effected the most.

On the path to self destruction.

5/23/2012 11:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This actually might be a reaction to what is most of the cause of the high bacterial levels: lazy parents who let their toddlers in the water with shitty diapers, and then discard same on the beaches...

5/23/2012 12:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh please, how many of us grew up swimming in the lake with no adverse effect before the EPA started monitoring the E. coli and closing beaches?

Even more ridiculous is closing the dog beach. They eat dead, rotting alewives. I doubt a bit of E. coli is going to harm them.

Don’t even get me started on closing beaches because it’s too warm!

5/23/2012 03:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Oh LOOKIE at those much needed jobs the mayor and governor are creating..LMFAO,

Computer maker HP just announced the layoffs of 27,000 workers. Don't look at that though. Look at the money HP is going to Save $3 BILLION dollars.

Savings is good.

Why would anyone be against savings? Pay no attention to the 27,000 soon to be on welfare. Pay no attention to the lost income tax, sales tax, revenue that is lost, how the GDP will decline because of it, how interest rates on municipal bonds will increase driving an ever increasing tax burden onto the remaining workers. Oh-no. We're saving. Saving is good.

Now go buy into the high tech jobs are in demand and there's a shortage bullshit that they advertised to entice you to enroll in some community college. Sign the college debt loan that's all they care about enriching the banks.

Guess what else?

The Motorola Mobility layoffs are going to be announced soon. You remember Motorola Mobility don't you? That's the company the Illinois Gov. and politicians gave huge tax breaks to in order to save jobs.

It's an eff-ing joke! They're an eff-nig joke.

"...Illinois was among the states hit hardest by layoffs last month, with the unadjusted number of employees affected surging by almost 30 percent from March. Nearly 6,000 Illinois workers filed initial unemployment claims after the layoffs in April, the fifth highest total in the country..."

"...The number of U.S. employees who lost their jobs due to mass layoffs rose by nearly 12 percent in April from March, totaling 135,600 and reaching the highest level since December. The number of “mass layoff events” rose by 9 percent to 1,388 last month. The Bureau of Labor Statistics defines these events as layoffs of at least 50 workers from an employer in a one-month period. The figures are sesasonally adjusted..."

"...The BLS also provided unadjusted numbers for the distribution of layoffs by industry. The manufacturing sector trimmed more employees than any other in April, accounting for 23 percent of all layoffs and 32,518 initial unemployment claims...."

Golly gee-whiz Batman, Manufacturing jobs show the largest cuts? Why that would include the so-called shortage of welders and aviation mechanist that the mayor told us that we have a shortage of wouldn't it?

"...The transportation and warehousing industry shed more than 23,000 workers, 16 percent of the national total...."

OMG transportation and warehousing layoffs too? Why that would be the jobs for that new airport cargo facility wouldn't it?

Jackazzes. who you stroking?

5/23/2012 04:08:00 PM  
Blogger Claire P said...

Some people eat it, others let it lie around for people to step in, some talk like they have a mouth full of it, others are so full of it their eyes are brown, everyone does it, nobody wants to take responsibility for it. It's all crap, isn't it?

5/23/2012 08:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No Problem I only swim in Bubbly Creek, not even bacteria can live there! Bluup bluup.

5/23/2012 10:14:00 PM  
Anonymous noone90210 said...

Curiously, how does anyone enjoy a beach, with crowds walking around/on you, cell phone zombies, drunkenness and animal & people waste?

5/30/2012 04:35:00 AM  

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