"No matter how paranoid or conspiracy-minded you are, what the government is actually doing is worse than you imagine." - - - William Blum

June 02, 2006

Military veteran and guest poster Phil L. sends this:

This story really has stood out for me recently from filmgeek83 over at kos and I felt compelled to comment on it:

"Something was leaking sulfur gas, and it smelled like rotten eggs."

The rotten egg odor is Hydrogen Sulfide Gas (H2S). It's produced when organic material (basically shit, leaves, trash and such) has no Dissolved Oxygen (DO) in an aquatic environment (anaerobic conditions). In other words, there is not enough (flowing) water to break it down naturally without it setting off a nasty odor. It's dangerous because it dulls your sense of smell and higher concentrations aren't as noticeable. The gas is very poisonous to your respiratory system, it's explosive, flammable and colorless.

He continues: "But really, it wasn't as bad as I'm sure you're picturing. We had a roof over our heads, the lake kept us relatively cool, and it was safe. I was as comfortable there as I could be."

After a while, when you're in the military and in the field for a long stint you start to lose any semblance of being a kind human spirit. You really could care less about what is going on around you. You wake up follow orders, do your job and let the pieces fall where they lay. BTW, no matter what your military job is, you're a soldier first, it's kill or be killed and you're always packing!

I love how he concludes his piece: "This is what a war of choice looks like, folks. We've seen it before. We should have been expecting this. Never again, Goddammit. Never again."

Ah! The memories! Phil L.

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