Is Sugar Bad? Ctd

dihydrogen monoxide

dihydrogen monoxide (Photo credit: helen sotiriadis)

Yesterday we talked about the “perils” of Sugar and whether or not it should be taxed like tobacco. Tony Falkenstein, a purveyor of water products, thinks sugar should be taxed.

That got me thinking.

If Tony Falkenstein and the other proponents of a tax based on harm are right then surely we should look at one of the most harmful substances on earth – Dihydrogen Monoxide.

Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO) is a colorless and odorless chemical compound, also referred to by some as Dihydrogen Oxide, Hydrogen Hydroxide, Hydronium Hydroxide, or simply Hydric acid. Its basis is the highly reactive hydroxyl radical, which has been shown to mutate DNA, denature proteins, disrupt cell membranes, and chemically alter critical neurotransmitters. The atomic components of DHMO are found in a number of caustic, explosive and poisonous compounds such as Sulfuric Acid, Nitroglycerine and Ethyl Alcohol.

Some of the known perils of Dihydrogen Monoxide are:

  • 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.
  • Given to vicious dogs involved in recent deadly attacks.
  • Thermal variations in DHMO are a suspected contributor to the El Nino weather effect.
  • DHMO vapour is the leading contributor to Global Warming

On the basis of harm mitigation alone there is a very strong case to tax DMHO. Then again the Greens were proposing exactly that at the last election.

Who knew that Tony Falkenstein is actually promoting the sale of such a toxic and life threatening substance through his company?

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  • Anonymous

    Hah, classic. Just like the Penn & Teller prank when they took a petition banning DHMO to an environmentalist rally in Washington DC. Had all the stupid greenies signing it. Morons

  • You mean water.?

    • Tristanb

      Don’t tell me that this stuff is in our water supply now?!

  • Michael

    Cam, DiHydrogen Hydroxide is the name the anti crowd label it – it’s real chemical name is Hydrogen Hydroxide. It’s a naturally occuring chemical that has been around longer than mankind, and handled properly can be beneficial to mankind.
    The main problems are encountered by those who live near areas where there are large deposits of Hydrogen Hydroxide – perhaps you should start a campaign on your blog to have these areas locked off and preventing people from entering.

  • Tristanb

    Well, the Green Party’s Sue Kedgley was keen on complete banning this substance in NZ:
    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0110/S00444.htm

    “Dear
    Philip
    Thanks for your email regarding DHMO. I know Sue
    would be absolutely supportive of the campaign to ban this
    toxic substance in NZ. Unfortunately, the reality is that
    she is working on many such issues, and there are only so
    many hours in the day! That being said, and taking into
    consideration her time constraints, did you have any ideas
    in mind on how she could be of assistance to the
    campaign?
    Kind Regards[name deleted]Sue Kedgley’s
    Office”

    Aside from all the communist nonsense from the Greens, I really hate how they are so anti-science. (GE is bad, because it alters DNA. Trees have feelings. “Frankenstein food”.) Crap like that. It’s full of irrational hippie women who don’t understand how science works.

    Back to DHMO, I inhaled some of it the other day and nearly choked. I believe there’s been a few deaths in NZ attributed to this chemical already this year.

    • Hakimofphut

      Even diluted with   7 year old scotch it can dull the  senses and loosen the inhibitions

      • Steve (North Shore)

        Sue’s busted joke

    • Kthxbai

      Awesome link!

  • STEVE AND MONIQUE

    No more baths for the Greens and Explains smelly hippies.

  • kehua

    It`s often containstraces of fish shit and bad swimmers.

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