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What kind of a masochistic hot dog pours condiments on himself?

What kind of a masochistic hot dog pours condiments on himself?

I’ve been a bad blogger.

Typically this means I’ve been good at the rest of my marketing responsibilities—visiting various parts of the world, working trade shows, keeping up with customers, farting around on our Twitter—but if there’s one thing that pulls me back to blogging, it’s seeing what environmental abomination has come around to blight another holiday (I still shudder over tofurkey).

Last July 4th, it was environmentally friendly fireworks and safer armor-piercing bullets, but this year, it seems like the fun is gone. Maybe it’s that there are genuine concerns—like air pollution, setting your neighbor’s lawn on fire (more fun when you’re the irresponsible kid rather than the neighbor, FYI), and triggering PTSD—but recent searches for a green Fourth of July turned up the same ol’ approaches—using some bad pun about being red, white, and blue AND green. Bleh.

At most, I’ve found dull articles on making vegan snacks. No thanks. I’m going to stick with being slightly appalled when I can’t figure out the mystery meat texture of the fifth hot dog I eat today.

Because America. That’s why.

So I’m going to have to resort to old safeties: patriotic songs from 80s wrestlers (why somebody thought it’d be a good idea to screech “America” for the last minute of this song I’ll never know):

Have a great Independence Day, all. Be safe; pursue life, liberty, and happiness.

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Colin McKay Miller is the VP of Marketing for the SpiroFlo Holdings group of companies:

SpiroFlo for residential hot water savings (delivered 35% faster with up to a 5% volume savings on every hot water outlet in the home), industrial water purification (biofilm removal), and reduced water pumping costs.

Vortex Tools for extending the life of oil and gas wells (recovering up to 10 times more NGLs, reducing flowback startup times, replacing VRUs, eliminating paraffin and freezing in winter, etc.).

Ecotech for cost-effective non-thermal drying (for biosolids, sugar beets, dairy waste, etc.) and safe movement of materials (including potash and soda ash).

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SpiroFlo looks at environmentalist concerns over the chemicals/materials in fireworks, and how these health concerns impact military weaponry.

No matter the holiday, I like to look up the environmentalist stance (or other niches, like the horrors of tofurkey at Thanksgiving). Given that it’s the 4th of July, things will be ‘splodin’ all over the States today. Blowing things up is a worldwide heritage (see also: the 5th of November in the UK and just about every glorious holiday in China).

Blowing crap up is also good way to make most people care about chemistry. Potassium nitrate? Sodium chlorate? Eh.

Oh wait, these oxidizers help things go boom-boom? Now I’m interested. Environmentalists are interested, too, and they’re noting the impact of fireworks on both people and the planet.

Most of us have naturally figured out that the smoke from fireworks can make it hard to breathe. Thus I aim them at the sky, not at my face.

But what of less obvious effects? The EPA has scrutinized the use of perchlorate “because it can substitute for iodide in the thyroid gland, disrupting the production of hormones. It can also cause growth abnormalities in embryos.” Barium is also a health hazard, as “it can interfere with heart function and constrict air passages to impair breathing.”

While I can understand concerns over the use of flares, criticizing the use of these materials in IM-28—an incendiary mixture added to armor-piercing bullets to mark the impact point—seems a little off.

You know what harms your health more than perchlorate and barium? Getting shot with armor-piercing bullets…

Regardless, researchers Jared Moretti and Jesse Sabatini are working on safer replacements (and yes, these do work for potentially meaningful switches like in civilian fireworks). The key is using nitrates that don’t contain barium, like strontium nitrate.

Others argue that blowing fireworks up all over town causes harmful chemicals and plastics (used to make fireworks safer, larger, and more boomtastic) to contaminate and litter your town. You can check out photos of July 5th cleanups if you need more crispy evidence.

In the mean time, Happy Independence Day!

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Colin McKay Miller is the VP of Marketing for the SpiroFlo Holdings group of companies:

SpiroFlo for residential hot water savings (delivered 35% faster with up to a 5% volume savings on every hot water outlet in the home) and industrial water purification (biofilm removal).

Vortex Tools for extending the life of oil and gas wells (recovering up to 10 times more NGLs, reducing flowback startup times, replacing VRUs, eliminating paraffin and freezing in winter, etc.).

Ecotech for cost-effective non-thermal drying (for biosolids, sugar beets, etc.) and safe movement of materials (including potash and soda ash).

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