Pee Cause

Oregon Lefties love to mock Art Robinson, currently chair of Oregon Republican Party. “Yeah, a scientist!”, they sneer, “What a laugh!” Primarily, that’s because of his interest in urine, which is of course laughable.

But the 13th element, phosphorus (P) was discovered by Hennig Brand in 1669, who did so while he was playing around with large amounts of human urine. He collected some 1500 gallons of the stuff.

Of course, like many in his time, he was searching for a material that could turn base metals into gold, so his discovery was serendipitous. But in the course of his experiments, he decanted a remarkable material:

When he caught the liquid in a glass vessel and stoppered it he saw that it solidified but continued to gleam with an eerie pale-green light and waves of flames seemed to lick its surface. Fascinated, he watched it more closely, expecting this curious cold fire to go out, but it continued to shine undiminished hour after hour. Here was magic indeed. Here was phosphorus.

He continued to experiment with it, learning that it could be stored in water, but when exposed to air it would glow and, occasionally, burst into flames. He used the light it gave off to read his alchemy texts. He even used it to create glow-in-the-dark ink. The one thing he couldn’t do with it was turn basic metals into gold.

But P is critical to every aspect of life; it’s in your DNA and RNA, and all cell membranes. And you piss it away every day.

There is a phosphorus shortage on Earth. This is a problem due to the need for it in crop growth. Some environmentalists believe that we will have a severe phosphorus shortage in twenty to forty years triggering a crisis. That said, human urine could hold the key to solving the crisis. According to Mother Jones magazine, “There’s enough phosphorus in your annual output of urine to provide P for more than half of all the grain you consume in a year.”

So pee is pretty important, because it contains relatively high concentrations of P. It may also carry markers indicative of diseases, which is what Robinson’s area of interest seems to be. Naturally, Oregon Lefties deride him, because ridicule and insult are really all they know; it comes as naturally to them as drawing breath comes to normal people. They can’t live without it.

So, just what are Dr. Robinson’s credentials?

He has a doctorate in biochemistry.

Robinson was one of the few students ever to be appointed to the faculty of the University of California, San Diego immediately after getting his Ph.D.

I suspect that means that, regardless of the Lefty jibes, he’s no dummy. But he is a Republican, so out come the knives.

He was a co-founder, along with Linus Pauling and Keene Dimick, of the Institute of Orthomolecular Medicine, later renamed the Linus Pauling Institute in 1973.

Robinson is the president and a research professor of the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine (OISM). OISM staff has included Salk Institute biochemist Fred Westall, the late Nobel prize-winning biochemist Robert Bruce Merrifield, and the late Manhattan project physicist Martin Kamen.

Oh really? He hung with two-time Nobel laureate Linus Pauling and other top scientists? How many Oregon Lefties can lay claim to such accomplishments?

Uh, well, they can’t. But that, of course, would never interfere with their dumping.

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3 Responses to Pee Cause

  1. lectorconstans says:

    Well, yeah, Ph.D., director of institutions and all that; but he thinks that global warming is a chimera.

    (Found along the way:

    “31,000 Scientists Debunk Al Gore and Global Warming”
    (May 2008)
    (Robinson is mentioned in that one. He’s one of the 31072. Another of that “fringe crowd” is “Dr. Frederick Seitz, past president of the National Academy of Sciences and of Rockefeller University.”)

    PS: During WW 1, the Canadian military discovered that urine-soaked gas masks were an effective deterrent against chlorine gas (it (probably the ammonia) crystallized the chlorine).;jsessionid=E6BBCB6551B84B393C6ADA6746B2726B?year=2003&index=14&absnum=619

    “Medicine’s First Response to Modern Chemical Warfare”

    • maxredlines says:

      Yes, it’s Very Bad to disagree with the precepts of the Religion. It’s insufficient to agree that climate change occurs; one must also agree, and loudly proclaim, that people are the root cause.

    • maxredlines says:

      The abstract is quite excellent. Too bad the authors are such idiots….

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