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A plea for you to get involved

By Karl Sweetman

There is a silent killer on the loose whose toll is increasing at an alarming rate every year. The latest statistics provided by the World Health Organization warn that more than 360,000 people will be killed this year alone and untold millions will be adversely affected. Please take the time to learn more about this ever-worsening situation and after becoming informed, please get involved!

This silent killer is a chemical known by several names — dihydrogen monoxide (or more simply, DHMO), hydronium hydroxide, hydrogen hydroxide or sometimes just hydric acid. Recent studies have conclusively proven that the presence of DHMO can be detected in every river, stream, lake and ocean known to man. Any respectable scientist with the slightest degree of credibility whatsoever will agree that we can now say that there is literally no place in the world that has been spared from the effects of dihydrogen monoxide.

Are you aware of the dihydrogen monoxide dangers flowing from your kitchen faucet?

If you’re not familiar with this dangerous chemical, don’t feel alone. It is a colorless, odorless gas that instantly burns human skin on contact. Prolonged exposure to solid DHMO causes severe tissue damage. If accidentally inhaled, even a small amount of dihydrogen monoxide is deadly. It is highly corrosive and has been scientifically proven to be a major component of acid rain. Oncologists have documented the presence of DHMO in cancerous and pre-cancerous tumors and lesions in patients all over the world. Absolutely no one is safe from the dangers of DHMO. No one.

Quoting from the website www.dhmo.org/facts.html (the accepted authoritative clearing house of information on DHMO):

“Research conducted by award-winning U.S. scientist Nathan Zohner concluded that roughly 86 percent of the population supports a ban on dihydrogen monoxide. Although his results are preliminary, Zohner believes people need to pay closer attention to the information presented to them regarding dihydrogen monoxide. He adds that if more people knew the truth about DHMO then studies like the one he conducted would not be necessary.

“A similar study conducted by U.S. researchers Patrick K. McCluskey and Matthew Kulick also found that nearly 90 percent of the citizens participating in their study were willing to sign a petition to support an outright ban on the use of Dihydrogen Monoxide in the United States.”

Despite these findings, politicians remain fixated on other issues they consider “more important.” As always seems to be the case in Washington, D.C. and other capitals, politicians only address critical issues like DHMO when they deem such action to be politically beneficial — in other words, when a sufficient number of their constituents demand it. That’s where YOU come in. Please take the time to contact your elected representatives and demand that they do something about dihydrogen monoxide. Every day more and more people are dying from its ravaging effects. The border wall (or whatever you choose to call it today) can wait! This is important!

Okay now. Be honest. If you had not previously seen or heard anything about DHMO, how long did it take you to start questioning what you were reading? Or are you still terribly concerned about dihydrogen monoxide and don’t understand why in the world governments have not addressed these dangerous DHMOs?

Maybe it’s because dihydrogen monoxide is more commonly known by its less scientific name — water. Two hydrogen molecules and one oxygen — H2O.

My apologies. The purpose of the above ruse wasn’t to make you feel foolish or uninformed. The purpose was to demonstrate just how easy it is for someone with an undisclosed agenda to be completely honest yet totally dishonest. It is too easy to shamelessly mislead and lie to people using half-truths while carefully omitting important facts.

We have watched this phenomenon play out in recent news with the childish antics of BOTH political parties over what should have been an adult-level discussion of comprehensive immigration policy. In an argument only a two-year old could appreciate, both political parties threw grocery store checkout line-style temper tantrums over semantics and “mine’s bigger than yours” stupidity. Depending on your source of news, you could use either side’s talking points to augment your barstool debates even though the leaders of BOTH political parties who were mouthing those talking points were — as Barack Obama once famously remarked — “acting stupidly.”

A good example of this also recently played out on the digital pages of news articles and the accompanying comments sections of CuencaHighLife as diametrically opposing opinion pieces about Venezuela were published in succession. As is almost always the case in complex issues like this, none of the articles revealed all the relevant facts. To find those you would have had to dig much deeper and sort through much more information to even come close to arriving at the truth. It’s time consuming, not easy to do and often not very pleasant. But if you want to know the truth and not be misled into doing something foolish (like signing a petition to ban DHMOs) then you’ve got to do your homework. And — most importantly — you’ve got to think.

My point is this: don’t take anything you see, hear or read as the definitive gospel or last word. Keep an open mind. Keep searching for the truth. Force yourself to read or listen to views that challenge your beliefs. Do your best to be objective and demand facts, not biased half-truths and certainly not talking points proffered by political parties or entities with vested interests and thinly veiled agendas.

There is an oft-quoted aphorism of questionable attribution to George Orwell that goes like this, “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” These days it certainly appears that we are indeed in a time of universal deceit. The best defense you can employ against such deceit is to heed the advice that Thomas Jefferson once offered in a letter to his nephew:

“Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there is one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.”

I certainly can’t top that advice. And that IS the truth.
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Karl Sweetman is a retired orthodontist from Denton, Texas who has lived happily in Ecuador for many years.