You must be as old as me.
Anyway, even at the time that was patently not a worry since Nature could easily
replicate the environment polywater was formed under eg undersea capilliary
action in porous volcanic silica.
I have become a bit more careful over the years, I'll admit. I had the
chance to meet
Dr. St.Georgi (a shame I forgot exactly how to spell his name) some years
ago, and he
mentioned the need for chemists to taste, to touch, to think.
I seldom taste chemicals anymore, and am a bit more careful even smelling
I am not an envirowhiner, as Uncle Al likes to say, but I believe that we
have an obligation
to safeguard what we can for the future, and that we have not done such a
grand job up to now.
We live in a world where, arguably, we have dumped toxic mess into the
oceans, we have overharvested fish until estimates indicate declines in the
order of 90%. We use energy
like we own most of the oil in the world and have a God given right to the
Don't believe in global warming yet? Regardless of the cause, as the data
stacks up you would
have to be as unrealistic as Terri Schiavos family to ignore the trend.
Ok, now flame away.
In the UK, the cheapest supermarket chicken tastes of herring. But hey
that is an improvement on Belgium where they were once found to taste of
PCBs and dioxins at levels sufficient to maim and kill some of the
flock. Somebody was making dodgy chicken feed with waste transformer oil
as an ingredient! I wonder if they were ever prosecuted?
BTW Buckyballs have been around as trace components in soot for a very
long time. It is just that nobody ever noticed or maybe they did, but
failed to investigate and isolate it.
A friend of mine used to make buckyballs for a living, as a tech.
Wearing a paper bunny suit and no respirator he used to reach into the
reactor and scrape the stuff off the walls. Techs with longer arms had
better production runs, they could reach into the tight spaces better.
He described driving home dusted in orange powder.
I don't know if buckyballs are a health hazard or not, but that strikes
me as damn irresponsible of his employer.
Just because concerns are being raised does not mean they are real ... or
that the raisers are in any way sane :)
The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have
not got it.
- George Bernard Shaw
Cynic, n: a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they
ought to be.
- Ambrose Bierce
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