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When it comes to airborn ions, the negatives are the good guys, and the postives are bad - the free radicals (Is that us? Are the Free Radicals bad?)

That wonderful feeling by the shore of breaking waves is negative ions. Electronic equipment gives off positive ions - they make you sleepy and innattentive. That is why the cactus Cerus Peruvaneus has been placed in some bourses - ti absorbs positive ions.

Perhaps our present financial troubles are due to an excess of positive ions, and a meagre deployment of cactii. The only thing i know is that solutions are never obvious.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Mar 14th, 2008 at 05:05:21 PM EST
The goodies letting off electrons and the baddies, like cactus balls, rolling around, picking up all the electrons on their spikes--grabbing them off other innocent--just passing!--atoms if they can.

The free radicals need food!  Come into my orbit, sweet electron...

(I think TBG had it spot on, except that in my case I think where he  says "feeling" my natural term would be "narrative"--another one of his.

Don't fight forces, use them R. Buckminster Fuller.

by rg (leopold dot lepster at google mail dot com) on Fri Mar 14th, 2008 at 07:53:22 PM EST
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Actually, free radicals need not be positive, or even charged at all. Atomic oxygen and atomic hydrogen are both potent free radicals - which is why you don't generally find atomic O and H. Rather, you'll find O_2 and H_2.

And free radicals aren't uniformly Bad Guys In Pointy Hats either, but I think that I'll refrain from drawing parallels between politics and the rather arbitrary naming conventions of the natural sciences...

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Mon Mar 24th, 2008 at 11:45:44 AM EST
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