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Aluminum: Voracious energy consumption and highly toxic and detonating…

The raw material of aluminum is the Bauxite, and it is the fourth mineral found in abundance on earth.

The world production of aluminum consumes more than 1% of all the energy produced in the world. A single aluminum plant can light up a medium city of half a million for an entire year.

Processing aluminum consumes 5 times more energy than processing iron.

There are at least 3 phases in the transformation from raw material into aluminum, and each phase adds value 5 times over the previous phase.

The manufacture of aluminum is highly toxic, and the initial phases are done in third world countries, particularly close to mighty rivers. Monster hydroelectric dams are constructed on rivers just to produce enough power for the transformation of the Bauxite, and the people barely benefit from these massive power investment. Three gigantic dams were built on the Congo River for that purpose only, and the people get nothing from all the electricity produced…

I am reminded of the extraction and processing of copper in Chili. The main river has been privatized so that the plants exclusively use up the water and the power generated. Million of peasants have vacated their lands for lack of water.

Actually, many developing countries incur massive dept for building these dams that mainly benefit the multinational companies.

The investigative team on the quick crumbling of Twin Tower failed to mention the real reason for that catastrophe that killed over 2 thousand people within less than an hour: An airplane is made of 30% aluminum.

At temperature of 700 C, the aluminum melt and the liquid seeped through the floors and ignited the building quickly. Worse, at this temperature, aluminum is a detonating element, the content of aluminum in the airplane was equivalent to 700 kilos of TNT.

Aluminum salts are used for cleaning water, and it turned out that aluminum particles are very toxic and are not easily removed from the body system: The cells attach the particles and disseminate them through the body. The brain cells are the most affected and degenerate into Alzheimer disease, and ruin the nerves.

Iron salts are being substituted for cleaning water, but the process is more complicated.

Note: This is a small extract from a documentary I watched on the channel ARTE.

It is a beautiful rainy day; (July 9, 2009)

The book “Odette Toulemonde” by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt contains 8 novellas; they are excellent but I will focus on two of them. 

“It is a beautiful rainy day” is a great novella for character description. Helene is the type of women used to appreciate symmetry in people and in nature.  She dwells on the details of imperfections, such as changing her dresses when noticing any tiny spot, permanently tidying her room, feeling horrified in any asynchronisation in group dancing, and offbeat notes in musical tunes.  She used to cry when receiving returned books with pages marked on the corners.  Most of her potential friends lost her confidence because of imperfect details that did not match her subjective perfection. 

In adolescence Helene realized that nature is as bad as men:  One of her tits was slightly different in form; one of her feet was slightly longer than the other.  Even her height was shocking: it stabilized at 171 cm instead of 170 or 175.

            Helene accumulated many boyfriends; the relationships never lasted more than a couple of days because she seeks idealistic perfection:  She focused on imperfections and she could easily differentiate asymmetric aspects. The two required necessary exigencies, of idealism and lucidity in men, could never be assemble in any one individual.

            By the age of 30, Helene was a cynical and disillusioned woman.  Intelligence in others did not impress her: she mastered several language and she was a lawyer.  Her body was attractive and agile. 

Antoine, a lawyer, fell in love with Helene.  Helene permitted this plain-looking Antoine to press on his initiatives, simply because he was a foot taller than her.  Helene tolerated Antoine for longer than she had the habit of retaining lovers: Antoine was an “agreeable” fellow, though he was a fake slim guy when undressed; he prolonged foreplay so that he won’t have to repeat intercourse; his foreign languages were poor and he was pretty naive.  Helene kept silent as Antoine expressed the intention of including her in his future plans.

            Antoine took Helene to the North Sea instead of the sunny Mediterranean Sea she was used to spend her vacations.  On the first morning, a thunderstorm broke out and it poured rain. Helene was terribly upset.  Antoine retorted: “This is a beautiful rainy day” and explained how they would enjoy this day with new shades of colors that the sky, trees, and nature would take; how they would dry their clothes by the fireplace while taking hot teas; how they will had the opportunity to make love several times, to have lengthy conversation. 

Antoine’s happiness sounded abstract to Helene but she decided to go along.  Optimist Antoine saw the lovely and charming aspects in the streets, the stores, the waitresses, and the food.  Helene was disgusted with everything and could not agree with Antoine happiness.  Helene confined that she never looked at the seas or the waves but was content of enjoying the sun.  Antoine was amused with Helene’s negative comments thinking that she was being purposely funny and ironic and he laughed a lot that day.

            They finally got married. Helene had a boy and a girl but she knew that nothing inside her has changed; she was basically the same Helene with one alteration: Helene refrained from expressing her opinions and learned to keep silent. 

“Agreeable” and happy Antoine allowed Helene to see opposite perspectives and a comfortable joyful family life.  Antoine had to die.  Helene walled her life and then decided to travel the globe; she could not enjoy traveling as Antoine did.  (There is an ending but I prefer the reader to invent an ending and then compare it with the original)

The other novella that I like to review is “The intruder”.  This novella was a practical eye opener for understanding what Alzheimer disease means.  Recent memory goes first and retrograde to when you were born.  Odile sees her face in the mirror and thinks that an old woman intruder is harassing her and switching and moving around her belongings.  She calls the police and finds no intruder. 

Odile confuses her son for her husband; she thinks that her son’s wife is her long dead husband’s mistress.  Odile is rewriting the introduction of her thesis that she published so many years ago.  Her son, wife, and two grandsons are relieved as Odile returns to the period before her wedding. Soon her son will cuddle his old mother as a newborn lady.

            (What is that? We are as old as our memory permits it, and as young as it fails! It is a shame that people with Alzheimer cannot write their diaries; we would have great recalling of early childhood emotions and feelings.  I propose that professional psychologists should study these patients and record what they say as they retrograde in their memory.  We could have excellent descriptions of how children feels and react to adults’ behavior)




February 2023

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