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Mad scientist at the EPA

No sacrifice is too great to rob the peasants of their freedom.



A man — we’ll call him “Subject No. 1” — had a clear plastic pipe stuck into his mouth with his lips sealed around it, while the diesel exhaust from a parked truck outside the gas chamber was mixed with particulate matter and pumped straight into his lungs. The pumped mixture level was 135 times the mean diesel truck emissions exposure in the United States.

Scientists Andrew Ghio, Jon Sobus, Joachim Pleil and Michael Madden, with laboratory director Wayne Cascio, administered this toxic mix of diesel and particulate matter to 41 people. In all, they gassed 81 subjects with various mixes of diesel, particulate and ozone in five different experiments — tagged with the science fiction-like names Omegacon, Xcon, Kingcon, Depoz and Lamarck.

No, these are not mad scientists from some 1930s D-list horror movie; they're employees of the Environmental Protection Agency who used human subjects in an air pollution test chamber at the EPA's Human Studies Facility in Chapel Hill, N.C., in 2010 and 2011.

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Re: Mad scientist at the EPA

It really is hard to fathom that, given the centuries of experience we humans have at being abused and exterminated at the hands of people in government, many want more government involvement in their lives.  These abuses and corruptions aren't rare, they're standard.  Centuries of political and philosopical development came about strictly because of abusive government and still the idiots crawl back to their rulers begging for more of the lash.   Leave me out.

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Look at it another way

Apparently straight diesel exhaust is pretty darn safe, if they can add MORE stuff to it, and pump it directly into people's lungs, as we all know the EPA would never do anything that could be considered harmful to anyone.

Looking at it that way, makes me wonder if the next tier in exhaust emissions is worth the expense, or even necessary.