Saturday, July 25, 2009

dhmo concerns.

i never realised how dangerous this shit was until i checked out the site.

how come algore doesn`t talk about this?

Should I be concerned about Dihydrogen Monoxide?

Yes, you should be concerned about DHMO! Although the U.S. Government and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) do not classify Dihydrogen Monoxide as a toxic or carcinogenic substance (as it does with better known chemicals such as hydrochloric acid and benzene), DHMO is a constituent of many known toxic substances, diseases and disease-causing agents, environmental hazards and can even be lethal to humans in quantities as small as a thimbleful.


Vincent said...

I should be concerned about this possibly mythical substance? I don't believe all I read. What am I supposed to do? Get a specially adapted tea-strainer to filter the stuff out of my diet?

What has Al Gore got to do with anything?

dr.alistair said...

did you go to the site?

algore is an environmental leader. a man of towering virtue, shouldering the yoke of our misunderstanding of simple, potentially lethal substances like dhmo,another monoxide with the ability to end life on earth as we know it.

Vincent said...

I did go to the site, to the limit of my admittedly short attention span. My brief exploration of its pathways failed to elicit any practical ways for me to reduce consumption or emission of this hitherto (to me) unknown poison.

If Al Gore is as you describe then his counterproductivity knows no bounds, for everyone will happily allow him to shoulder all these responsibilities, while they shrug unburdened.

Al Gore on the other hand would argue that he is the conscience-activator.

We have an equivalent here: Jonathan Porritt of Friends of the Earth. But he realizes that being high-profile like the Gore will damage his cause. So in an English traditional fashion, he doesn't nag or rant, just stays in the background doing what he does.

I seem to remember a fuss years ago about the amount of mercury or something found in tins of tuna or something. More than a lethal dose etc etc. Until it was pointed out that this had been well-known about tuna for 150 years. Or perhaps I have made up the whole story. It doesn't matter. I take the simple and conservative view that it is safe to do what our forebears did, with various obvious exceptions. I do not advocate the keeping of slaves, public hangings, beating of wives, bloodletting with leeches till the patient swoons.

But if I had the right to vote in the US, I could be neither Democrat nor Republican, for each have attitudes that I find repugnant. Indeed, that country sounds almost continuously hysterical. I had thought it was George W Bush who must take the blame for this, till I start reading Eric Linklater's 1931 novel Juan in America. Come to think of it, Robert Louis Stevenson's memoir the Amateur Emigrant, written about 1880, shows an America already formed in many characteristics we still recognise today.

dr.alistair said...

vincent, i do apologise, as the site is a joke, perpetuated to point out the silliness of enviro-types who "act" without understanding and jump on causes and bandwagons without understanding how they get played.

dhmo is h20, or quite simply, water.

the environmental movement has been usurped in america and elsewhere by anti-corporate and anti-technology types more intent on hijacking capitalism than saving animals, humans or greenspaces.

the founder of greenpeace left the organisation precisely for this reason.

and your observation about america is well founded. it`s not an environment of understanding so much as of polarisation and opinion.

though britain is, on the surface, more about dialogue, really it is about repression and control.

Vincent said...

No need to apologize, it allowed me to start my morning with an eloquent rant.

Britain more about repression and control? Oh doubtless you can find that. When it comes to my own country, I see the snags in generalizations more than when I look at another country.

Grant said...

At first I thought you were railing about our Dental Health Maintenance Organizations.

dr.alistair said...

no, merely pointing out how gullable some can be when given what looks to be viable scientific information couched in the rhetoric of environmental concern.

ever since my youngest boy came home crying after his teacher made the class watch an inconvenient truth by algore, i have looked more closely at the messages that these people are delivering to kids as young as 6 in the classroom.

my boy was crying because he felt that we were drowning polar bears because we didn`d recycle.

and yes, it`s inferred in the movie folks, and intended to make people associate collecting garbage with the melting of icebergs.

i explained to my child that the movie is opinion, and that most likely, the planet heats up in cycles as the emmissions from the sun rises and falls.

y`know, the big bright warm shiney thing that wakes us up in the morning.

i guess al forgot about that inconvenient truth when he made the film.