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March 26, 2008

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Cornelia Read

Thank you.

I promised myself I wasn't going to cry, when I was writing that post. I wasn't going to get personal, or start ranting, or throw things... but most importantly I *wasn't* going to cry.

It took me three days to write it. Partly because I kept having to walk away from my computer, because I was about to start really weeping, and I knew that wouldn't help get the point across.

I managed that, but just reading this made me totally, abjectly, completely lose it.

I really, really needed to do that. And it means a great deal to me that you've said what you've said here.

Thank you, dear Fran.

Melissa

Wow, what an intense posting. When I was in college I did some research on methyl mercury, had to do everything inside a fume hood, layers of gloves, have someone around to make sure I didn't contaminate myself or others. Mercury is scary shit. The phrase 'mad as a hatter' comes from the neurological damage from the mercury used in the felting process of making hats! Mercury compounds are popular as anti-fungicides and bactericides because they are so effective. There have been whole villages damaged when people have eaten grains intended for planting having been treated with mercury compounds. These compounds were also used in makeup! And in Japan they call methyl mercury poisoning Minimata Disease http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minamata_disease
Knowing how dangerous these compounds are and still not doing anything about it is inexcusable.

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