Friday, April 15, 2016

Oxygenated Water Is Not Super

Recently this came into my hands.  The person that bought it did so simply because it was the cheapest at the time in the store.

Here's the nonsense about "super-oxygenated water."  It is a scam first and foremost.  The atmosphere from which we draw oxygen through our lungs is only 21% oxygen.  When we inhale and exhale, the difference in oxygen is 5%.  Yes, a breath will contain approximately 21% oxygen when we inhale and our bodies will take 5% of that and exhale 16% oxygen.

Oxygen is necessary for bodily functions, but it is also toxic.  The dose makes the poison.  Oxygen is a highly reactive chemical and this is why our bodies only use so much and expel the rest (I know, it's an oversimplification of the process but I don't want to get too wordy).   Now take in the idea that we also consume food rich in antioxidants to combat the problems caused by oxidative stress.  So would adding extra oxygen be a good thing?   Quacks are a weird bunch.

Now don't worry though, the extra amount in this water won't really cause you any harm.  The reason is that some of the extra oxygen in the bottle will be released when you open it.  The rest will go down to your stomach and intestines.  While in your stomach, some of that extra oxygen will be burped out.   The stomach and intestines are great at absorbing nutrients, but not so with oxygen.  That's what we have lungs for.  So any extra (what little there is left) might just come out...your other end.

So if you are a fish who has the organs to take oxygen from water, this product is for you.  For the rest of us, if you want extra oxygen, just take an extra breath.  It's free and thus lighter on your wallet. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

To Cheech His Own

Legalization does not mean a free-for-all. Many people are up in arms about a young couple recently who were arrested for drug-trafficking marijuana out of a home here in Windsor.

Here is my take on it: I should state up front that I do not drink alcohol or partake in any "recreational" drugs. That being said, I think MJ should be legalized. That also means though it should be regulated, just like alcohol and smoking cigarettes. Someone selling alcohol out of their home, an unlicensed business, is being unlawful and subject to fines and/or imprisonment (a quick search reveals $100,000 and 1 year in prison as one example) as per the AGCO stating "You may make beer or wine at home as long as it is only for your personal consumption or to be given away free of charge. Homemade (or "u-brew") beer or wine may not be sold or used commercially." The selling of marijuana without a license should be similar...once it does become legalized, which it is not currently. So thus, the couple was in the wrong either way and should be penalized (the degree to which they should be penalized is of course debatable).

I always notice too that many pro-legalization advocates often spout nonsense in comment sections. Clearly they are blinded by their own bias and fail to see beyond the haze (sorry couldn't resist). As most of you know, I usually form my opinions based on provable facts. Below are two links (one is from my own blog) relating to what is understood at this time, scientifically. It's fine to hold a certain position, just be intellectually honest about it.
Extra info: Negative health effects


Seek and ye shall find, but often it won't actually be

Nathalie Yves Gaulthier, founder of Le Petit Cirque, the youth performance group whose members are featured in the ad, said in a statement: "The child in the ad is not an "armrest", she's the other girl's little sister. They are a very close FAMILY. The child is a very young [junior] member with Le Petit Cirque, a humanitarian cirque company, and therefore a wee shyer than the more seasoned older outgoing girls. Our company is deeply saddened by some people misconstruing this as racist, and are keeping the children out if this at the moment to protect their beautiful feelings , but we are extremely supportive of dialogue in our country to move past any racial barriers. We stand by GAP KIDS and Ellen DeGeneres."

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Conspiracy Theorists are not honourable people.

Promoting the idea that the people who lost their lives on 9/11 and the subsequent torment their families  felt was all a hoax makes you a disgusting human being! Shame!

Posting bullshit like a video which clearly states at the 44 sec mark that the plane couldn't slice into the building "and most people are still believing this hoax"  (i.e. that is wasn't a plane full of victims) shows that you have little to no humanity and sympathy. It's cowardly and intellectually dishonest. I lose all respect for these types of people.

Trying to backpaddle and say that no it wasn't a hoax, but still missing the point that one is agreeing with another person who is saying it was a hoax on one's page does not add to your credibility or character.

The video clearly lies as well.  It claims the red building is past/beyond the South Tower and thus the video is fake because the plane's wing disappears so it must be CGI or something.  The building in question is actually in between the viewer and the South Tower of the World Trade Center (WTC).  The video was taken somewhere around Battery Park.  Below are some pics from googlemaps showing this.

Thus the posting of this video to show some nonsense conspiracy theory is completely dishonest.  Sharing this video without some simple research to see if it is correct (took me 5 minutes on googlemaps) is lazy.

This guy's friend saying a plane would “bounce off” is worthy of a Godzilla facepalm.

 You can see this video of a concrete wall designed to withstand an intense missile/plane impact (and you'll note that the plane did not bounce back in the video).  The WTC was not built to be a plane traveling 500-600mph absorbing, solid, concrete wall.   It had windows, sheet metal and only a thin wall by comparison.  So some of the plane could be pulverized and lots more of it would pierce through (including all the way through to the other side as can be seen in multiple other videos and the subsequent explosions and engine passing through).

So yes, I have very little tolerance for these types of people.  They are consumed by their own paranoia and don't rationalize very well, and in turn don't think about the victims and their familes.