OPEN THREAD 20191209

Basically, all legal free speech is allowed. We will assist the authorities in dealing with illegal speech. You are each other’s moderators. Have fun. And don’t forget to MAGA at nuclear levels.

Citizen U

Day 33 – ARSENIC.

18 thoughts on “OPEN THREAD 20191209

  1. For a change, I thought I’d begin with a discussion of arsenic’s role in biology. As the Swiss scientist Paracelsus famously noted in the early 1500’s, “the dose makes the poison.” There are many who would say that arsenic is an essential trace element in higher animals — — especially being used in areas where gene expression is modified in a heritable fashion without changing the underlying DNA. Arsenic is intentionally added to the feed of poultry and swine raised for human consumption — including in the US — because it accelerates weight gain and bolsters immunity.

    But — get this……nobody exactly knows how.

    Switching over to arsenic poisoning…’s been recognized for ages, hence nicknames like “inheritance powder”, “poison of kings”, or “king of poisons”. Part of its appeal (for poisoners) is that large doses look similar to cholera, while smaller doses over time had remarkably common symptoms like: headache, confusion, drowsiness, numbness, thickening of the skin, abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. Poison a dipsomaniac, and it’s another day ending with ‘y’.

    The diversity of commonplace symptoms probably has to do with the fact that arsenic changes the behavior of around 200 enzymes. Presumably, this would be in different amounts based on different cofactors…..but this is not well understood.

    To summarize, then, trace amounts of arsenic seem to be necessary for the proper function of a healthy human body — while excessive amounts of arsenic are clearly poisonous to humans. Nobody fully understands how either set of processes work, or what the cutoff numbers should be. Paging Paracelsus to the White Courtesy Phone…..

    To further complicate matters, there’s inorganic arsenic and organic arsenic, and a whole raft of ways of ingesting it in a whole stewpot of compounds and cofactors. It may very well be that the compounds that are necessary are different from the compounds that are toxic.

    Which, of course, hasn’t stopped the government from stepping in. The current limit in drinking water in the US is 10 ppb. Of whatever.

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  2. Secondary to the biochemistry of arsenic is the biological ecology of arsenic. It’s been all over the earth in all sorts of forms since the world was formed and while life evolved. Eco-purists want it all abolished today. Chesterton’s Gate.

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  3. There is much more to be said about arsenic, but I had a CPAP breakdown last night and had to MacGuyver something at 4AM and it’s really hitting me about now. Sorry.

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  4. TWITTER Locks Accounts of Journalists Who Tweeted Saudi Terrorist’s Stated Motivations

    article, here…

    Dec 8, 2019

    Twitter locked the accounts of two journalists…

    Andy Ngo and documentary filmmaker/journalist Mike Cernovich…after they shared links to the stated motivations of Mohammed Saeed Alshamrami …the Saudi national responsible for the Pensacola
    terrorist attack .

    more., at the link.

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  5. Absurd Fashion ….

    apropos of nothing except maybe too much arsenic in today’s designers’ green teas….

    I was shopping, recently, for a new pair of dressy evening shoes… pumps , to be exact…

    …and was truly amazed, aghast…and a little concerned…to see this sort of thing actually being marketed as High Style in the Better Shoe Departments of leading department stores…

    and worse….

    LMAO out loud…

    seriously ?

    do fashion designers secretly hate women ?


    1. huge Cary Grant fan here ! πŸ˜€

      great-looking, yes, of course…debonair, yes, of course…but he was also a terrfic comedian in humorous roles.

      nothing more charming (imo) than a great-looking guy who can laugh at himself and make others laugh, too.

      there are times when this guy….

      …kinda reminds me a little of CG… the Charm/Looks/Humor Dept.


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  6. Industrial uses of arsenic include alloying with lead in lead/acid batteries, as well as the gallium arsenide covered at great length under gallium.

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