Gut Rumbles

August 30, 2005

sounds like california to me

Like it or not, I DID spend 24 years on my life working in a chemical plant. Even as an English Major in college, with NO solid background in those fields, I learned a lot of chemistry and science during that time. I ran boilers and generated electricity. I supervised the operation of a 900 TPD sulfuric acid plant (that's where the name "Acidman" came from, if you didn't already know.) and I handled, loaded, unloaded and shipped all kinds of hazardous chemicals.

That's one of the big reasons I despise most "environmentalists." They don't have a fucking clue what they're talking about, but the public is ignorant enough to listen to them. Bejus! I've never seen an environmental reporter in my life that could tell me what pH is, but they all can work the word "toxic" into whatever they write.

I'd like to see members of congress take a seventh-grade science test from back in the days when schools actually taught science. I doubt that many could pass the test, but that doesn't stop them from passing idiotic regulations based on voodoo that they CALL "science."

I'll give you a few examples:

1) Second-hand smoke never killed anybody. It is an irritant to some people, but NO STUDY has EVER shown that it's a health hazard.

2) Radiation. The same people who tear their hair and gnash their teeth over the idea of a nuclear power plant pay good money to put themselves in a tanning booth to look more "healthy." Dumbfucks. What the hell do you think gives you a tan? (By the way--- just go here every now and then to see the scams "scientists" are pulling on ignorant people.)

3) Global Warming. That's the biggest crock of shit that ever came down the pike. Earth's climate has been changing for FOUR BILLION YEARS. If you think a Koyoto Treaty is going to change that, you are fucking crazy. Go ahead and buy yourself a Flintstonemobile and pedal it with your feet if it makes you feel good. But don't tell me you're "saving the planet." And don't FORCE me to own one, too.

4) "Saving the planet." My aching ass. That's about the most self-centered, egotistical, 1960s, spoiled-ass baby-boom bullshit I ever heard. People, to Mother Earth, we are fleas on a big dog's ass. Nothing more. Earth abides. We couldn't destroy it if we tried. We can't "save" it, either.

5) "Rain forest." That's a fucking jungle, but it sounds so much better if you call it a rain forest. A jungle is full of tangled vines, poisonous snakes, swarms of malarial mosquitoes and leeches. A "rain forest" is a beautiful place, where you can walk barefoot and pet Bambi in the wild. You just get out of your air-conditioned office and check out a REAL "rain forest" for yourself. See if you find Bambi before the mosquitoes eat you alive.

6) "Wetlands." That's a SWAMP. A boggy, nasty, smelly place that generates a lot of methane gas which is destroying the precious "ozone layer," according to science today. But if a duck can shit in it, we are bound to protect it as part of "saving the planet." Most people who spout that crap never saw a swamp in their lives. I live near the Okeefenokee, and THAT'S a SWAMP. Plus, the dumbest bastards I ever met in my life worked for the Corps of Engineers.

7) "The hole in the ozone." What a crock. How much money has that scare cost this country? "Scientists" found it, but they don't know what caused it or how long it's been there. Forever seems like a good guess to me, which is just as good as most "science" I read today. It's NOT science. It's guesswork.

8) "Acrylamide." That bullshit falls into the same category as any other product of combustion or cooking food. It's been around for 10,000 years and people are still around, too. What do you think happens when you build a fire? I am STILL certified by the ASME as a combustion engineer. Got-dam! I know a lot more about what happens in a fire than most of the screaming meemies do.

9) "Obesity." I don't know what aneorexic fuck came up with the standards government uses to measure obesity, but I took the test not long ago. I am 5' 7" tall and right now I weigh 135 pounds. I fall JUST BELOW the standard for being obese. I look like a toothpick man and I can barely get around anymore. In my prime, four years ago, I was the same height, but I weighed 170 pounds, with less than 10% body fat. According the the government, I'm more "healthy" now than I was then. Bullshit. I NEVER fell down trying to get out of bed in those days.

10) Never mind. If I don't stop now, I'll end up writing the longest post I ever put on this blog. Most people DO NOT understand statistics, so they can't tell when a "risk factor" is a risk or not. Wimmen read or listen to bullshit science, they hyperventilate and develop the vapors, then run off to vote for some idiot who is going to "protect" them. People chug cola drinks that have a pH of 2.5 and they've never heard of phosphoric acid (which is in EVERY cola drink), but they'll shit their pants if an environmentalist calls WATER "acid rain" because it has a pH of 6.0.

Bejus. In the end, the dumbasses will rule.


You hit the nail on the head with all 10 of these. Just more proof how the public schools are failing...or succeeding at an alarming rate!

Posted by: WitNit on August 30, 2005 05:34 PM

Ha Ha....I have a troll from California that is super pissed about the post on the kid at Noni's school with the Dora bookbag. Several of my readers either emailed me or left a comment that all of "them" weren't like that. We had quite the fun little shit flinging fest....I may be a Southern Belle, but that still don't mean I can't verbally kick someone's ass for them...I'll just smile afterwards, and worry about it tomorrow...:-)

Posted by: Kellie on August 30, 2005 05:37 PM

Forget about how long it is a-man! You're on a roll. Give me more!

Posted by: Vince on August 30, 2005 05:51 PM

pH is all about the concentration of Hydrogen ions, you know.

I love science.

Posted by: GORDON on August 30, 2005 07:51 PM

Well, hell, according to the German press, Katrina is our fault because we haven't learned our lesson about global warming. Yeah. Right. And I'm the fucking queen of England.

Your're right. dumbasses one and all.

Posted by: joy on August 30, 2005 07:52 PM

Hey Acidman,

I love statistics. Just remember:
1. Figures neve lie
2. Liars always figure

Don't remember where I heard that, but it has proven true quite a number of times.

Posted by: Sarge on August 30, 2005 08:11 PM

I was once stationed in Antarctica when they were doing the "Ozone hole" study. It was quite funny that one year the hole was there and larger then they had seen, and suddenly the next year it back to normal with almost no hole present. It is part of mother natures cycle, just like global warming. Bunny huggers really piss me off too.

Posted by: TC on August 30, 2005 09:09 PM

Never underestimate the power of a bunch of stupid people!

Posted by: Bouncer on August 30, 2005 09:12 PM

You're a lot smarter than me Acidman, but I have to disagree on this point. Maybe we can't literally destroy the planet, but we can destroy everything that makes it liveable. Whether you believe the planet is 10,000 years old, or 3.5 billion, there's no denying that never in the history of mankind have we evolved to a point of knowledge that made us capable of poisoning the environment so thoroughly.

You may sneer at wanting to to save the Amazon rain basin, but it is the lungs of our ecosphere and if you studied meteorology as thoroughly as you did chemistry, you might be willing to admit that what our government is doing in the war on some drugs, by poisoning hundreds of thousands of sq miles of that snake infested jungle with untested herbicides, has the real potential to turn this planet into a useless piece of rock like Mars.

Posted by: Libby on August 30, 2005 09:13 PM

Oh MY achin' ass. PigmentMan/AcidMan... at least you freakin' know how to write pH. And you know what it means. And then here comes Libby.. .. Libby: Come drive in the country sometime. Come out of your cocoon and see how much space and life and sky we have in this country, and then tell me how polluted it is. You need to get out of your little tiny space and see the wonderful huge, wide-open spaces we have in this country. You really really really don't know what you're talkin' about.

Posted by: kd on August 30, 2005 10:24 PM

We can very well do environmental damage to the point where we're screwed. It's happened in microcosms:

Easter Island- deforestation,
Maya- deforestation, soil erosion
Anasazi- deforestation, soil erosion,
Greenland Norse- cultural inhibitions, deforestation, soil erosion,
Rwanda- deforestation, soil erosion.
(all of these include overpopulation)

It's been demonstrated time and time again throughout history that humans wear out their environments, and if we don't take steps to keep their environment in good shape, we get screwed. I'm not saying anything extreme, like valuing the life of some rabbit over yours, but don't inflict any more damage than the environment can handle, the most obvious analogy being don't cut down more trees than the forest can grow back. It's just common sense.

kd, thankfully this country is mature enough to take care of itself, and though places like Iowa suffer from some serious erosion, the institutions are in place to keep us in good health. Other countries, on the other hand, are in serious trouble, and in our globablized world, those can quickly turn nasty and make us suffer for their bad-stewardship. ie, China's already degraded environment gets hit by a drought, a bunch of starving peasants overthrow the governmnet, and they start launching nukes. That's flimsy and exaggerated, but as demonstrated by Rwanda, an environmentally degraded, overpopulated nation that only needed the spark of ethnic tensions to get everyone killing everyone, shit happens.

Posted by: William on August 30, 2005 11:15 PM

Yeah baby--one of the best posts on the web ever!!! I am emailing this to sooo many people man! cool.

Posted by: erica on August 30, 2005 11:19 PM

Hey Libby
You want to save the rain forest, then save up your money, buy a couple thousand acres and just let it lay fallow. Otherwise, it ain't yours and you have no right telling the people that own it what to do with it. They want to mow it down, that's their right.

Posted by: Ivan Ivanovich on August 30, 2005 11:33 PM

Maybe we can't literally destroy the planet, but we can destroy everything that makes it liveable.

Short of lighting off a few hundred nuclear weapons, there's no tangible, cumulative way of doing so as a result of current (or past) industrial processes.

there's no denying that never in the history of mankind have we evolved to a point of knowledge that made us capable of poisoning the environment so thoroughly.

Call me silly, but I'd call the early years of the industrial era, when there were absolutely no environmental "protections" at the government level what so ever, a somewhat higher point of potential environmental destruction.

And yet, even with all the crap we dumped into it, the planet is more or less the same as it was.

Nature isn't a pussy. It can abide damn near anything we throw at it, intentionally or otherwise.

Posted by: Mr. Lion on August 30, 2005 11:43 PM

"And yet, even with all the crap we dumped into it, the planet is more or less the same as it was."

That is quite a statement Mr. Lion. You must not get out much. Why don't you and kd head down to Mexico City for a breath of fresh air and discuss how man-made pollution is a myth. You two probably couldn't even see one another if more than five feet apart. And I guess the increase in hurricane activity over the last couple of years couldn't possibly be a result of the proven 1 or 2 degree increase in the oceanic temperature due to global warming? Or the species of fish dying of the coast of San Francisco? Nahh, it's easier to let the major corporations like Exxon/Mobil and others convince you it doesn't exist through the use of public relations campaigns because it is cheaper than huge fines and making industrial modifications to protect the environment. They know idiots like you will carry their message for them. And it is no wonder Acidman has health problems after working all those years around chemicals that his company swore to him was safe. He is just too blind to wanna see the truth.

Posted by: Mike T. on August 31, 2005 03:13 AM

Then there's the ever present danger of DIHYDROGEN MONOXIDE that kills thousands of people every year. Yet despite this the government is taking no steps to ban this deadly substance.

Posted by: StinKerr on August 31, 2005 05:40 AM

Most days I like your blog, but today is not one of those days. Yes, you're intitled to your opinion, and I agree with you on several of your points- our defintions of biomes, the ozone layer, and second hand smoke. But when was the last time you were in a high school science classroom? I don't believe you know what you're talking about there. There are plenty of excellent teachers teaching science. Yes, this is my opinion, take it for what it's worth.

Posted by: stephanie on August 31, 2005 06:19 AM

Yeah, but some science is good, like here.
DHMO is dihydrogen monoxide, or hydric acid.
Some facts from the website
Death due to accidental inhalation of DHMO, even in small quantities.
Prolonged exposure to solid DHMO causes severe tissue damage.
Excessive ingestion produces a number of unpleasant though not typically life-threatening side-effects.
DHMO is a major component of acid rain.
Gaseous DHMO can cause severe burns.
Contributes to soil erosion.
Leads to corrosion and oxidation of many metals.
Contamination of electrical systems often causes short-circuits.
Exposure decreases effectiveness of automobile brakes.
Found in biopsies of pre-cancerous tumors and lesions.
Often associated with killer cyclones in the U.S. Midwest and elsewhere.
Thermal variations in DHMO are a suspected contributor to the El Nino weather effect.
They don't even mention that it can eat right through solid rock!!!

It must be stopped!!!!!!

Note the surveyshere.
In most scientific surveys over 50% of respondents think we should ban it and the gov't is ignoring them!! Look at the numbers of chemistry students at Notre Dame think it should be banned!!!

Posted by: Veeshir on August 31, 2005 08:19 AM

If there were a competent school system in this country then the Dihydrogen Monoxide scare wouldn't exist, but of course it does exist. Draw your own conclusions. Dihydrogen Monoxide - A monument to the clueless. Heh.

Posted by: Vulgorilla on August 31, 2005 08:42 AM

Shit. Phosphoric acid in cola drinks? I used to use Phosphoric acid to clean rust off metal before I painted it. If I remember correctly it is the active ingredient in Naval Jelly.

Posted by: Titan Mk 6B on August 31, 2005 09:06 AM

Why don't you and kd head down to Mexico City for a breath of fresh air and discuss how man-made pollution is a myth.

I don't have to. I can go to LA and get a few lungfulls of smog for exactly the same effect. Certain geological formations, like, say a valley, make it relatively difficult for airborne pollutants to dissipate. Your point being? The fact that pollution exists is not under dispute. The relevance of it is, as well as the brain-dead implication that the planet and ecosystem are some kind of finite resource that gets consumed every time someone starts up a Hummer.

And I guess the increase in hurricane activity over the last couple of years couldn't possibly be a result of the proven 1 or 2 degree increase in the oceanic temperature due to global warming?

Increase? I don't know what data you're using, likely some pulled out of your ass, but the actual NOAA data on the subject implies that you're full of shit.

Can't say I'm surprised.

Posted by: Mr. Lion on August 31, 2005 02:24 PM

From what I've seen, both arguments have merit; I think people can mess things up, but it is usually a large local phenomonon. I don't think you can completely discount some of the problems, but they are no reason to scream Apocolypse, also. The rainforest problem I do have some sympathy with, however; there are a lot of undiscovered botanical substances that may be quite useful, and wiped out by over-use and abusing the forest, rather than trying to ease the influence on it.
Just my personal opinion...

Posted by: BobG on August 31, 2005 02:43 PM

Crichton is good on this shit. Google or check Rob's archives. Gist: "consensus" science isn't science; it's politics.

BTW, Mr. Hurricane says global warming has no connection to hurricane cycles. You can look that up, too.

I'm with Dennis Miller on global warming. Even if the moonbats are right, the po folks in Goose Bay would probably appreciate every 1.8 degrees they can get every century.

Posted by: Larry on September 1, 2005 10:44 PM
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