Gay Bulbs

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I'm NOT Gay, I just like to feel Pretty, that's all

OK, up front, this is a bit tongue in cheek, OK?

Do Compact Fluorescent Bulbs make you gay?


Blame It On Mercury

And I don’t mean the planet…

So from here:

we have a story about mercury contamination making birds gay.

Mercury affects the behaviour of white ibises by “turning them homosexual”, with higher doses resulting in males being more likely to pair with males.

Scientists in Florida and Sri Lanka studied the effect of mercury in the birds’ diet. Their aim was to find out why it reduced the ibises’ breeding.

Mercury pollution can come from burning coal and waste, and run-off from mines.

And we all know that compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL) contain mercury. (It’s actually a mercury vapor arc inside that makes UV, which then hits the phosphors that make visible light).

So as we flood the world with CFL “Curly Bulbs” and as they inevitably get broken and spill their mercury, will we all be getting the urge for a “new doo” and a curly one at that?

Though I note that they fail to mention all the Curly Bulbs infiltrating our homes and even sharing the bedrooms of our children… that source of potential Mercury Contamination is ignored.

“We knew mercury could depress their testosterone (male sex hormone) levels,” explained Dr Peter Frederick from the University of Florida, who led the study. “But we didn’t expect this.”

The team fed white ibises on food pellets that contained concentrations of mercury equivalent to those measured in the shrimp and crayfish that make up the birds’ wetland diet.

The higher the dose of mercury in their food pellets, the more likely a male bird was to pair with another male.

Dr Frederick and his colleagues say the study shows that mercury could dramatically reduce the breeding rates of birds and possibly of other wildlife.

The exact mechanism that causes this change in behaviour is not yet fully understood.

But mercury is known to disrupt hormonal signalling, so it could have a direct impact on the sexual behaviour that is mediated by those hormones.

Importantly, the males with the higher mercury doses performed far fewer courtship displays, so they were more likely to be “ignored” by females.

Ah, so that’s it. Ignored by females due to too many tuna sandwiches, shrimp scampi, and not enough time spent ‘on display’… So I do need that new Doo!


CFL Curly Bulb

CFL Curly Bulb

Original Image

A New Doo.. with Curls... maybe that's the ticket...

A New Doo.. with Curls... maybe that's the ticket...

But just to display for the females, of course…

Original Image

It’s got nothing at all to do with being in touch with my “inner bird”…

Bird with a Doo

Bird with a Doo

After all, we all have our private self image, even if it diverges a bit from what we’d like to be

Peacock walking toward camera

I just like blue, with green accents, that's all

So if you’re feeling a bit like a night out with the chums, after getting some curls on, well, blame it on Mercury and the Curly Bulbs…

Cancun Wants to Ban Incandescent Bulbs

Perhaps it’s a conspiracy?

Cancun climate summit: UN calls for worldwide phase out of incandescent bulbs
Traditional light bulbs should be banned across the world as part of plans to help tackle climate change, according to a new United Nations report.

Yes, that’s it, they want us all to use the Gay Bulbs and maybe even BE one.

By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent in Cancun 5:00PM GMT 01 Dec 2010

Britain is already phasing out traditional bulbs as part of European regulations to save energy, with high wattage bulbs no longer on the shelves.

The scheme has been unpopular with many because compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) take longer to warm up and can give some people headaches.

However they last ten times longer and require far less electricity to produce the same amount of light.

Well, perhaps that explains something about the present politics in Britain… All that’s left on the shelf are the low wattage Dim Bulbs or the curly Gay Bulbs… Wonder if there are a lot of women in the UK looking for something with a bit more action, bright, and with extra warmth?

And I note in passing that it’s a small price to pay to have headaches when you turn the light on, after all, you will use it less then, and that will help save the planet for someone else… Or perhaps you ought to just go out and get a “make over” so you feel better… AND you won’t have to say “Not tonight, dear, I’ve got a headache…”

Sidebar: It’s especially silly to use CFL bulbs in places like Britain as it just moves your energy consumption from electricity to the heating bill. And since both are largely made via natural gas in the UK, it just changes which bill your natural gas consumption is placed upon. If the UK were naturally warmer than the desired room temperature, you might save something, but as it stands, swapping to CFL bulbs will just increase your heating bill in proportion.

Oh, and don’t even think of putting one in an appliance like an oven or fridge, or in places with rapid on / off cycling. You get about 10,000 on / off cycles then it’s kaput. If you have something switched on and off 10 times a day (as our kitchen and bath are) that’s about 1000 days or 2.5 years, not the 10 years they claim. Then it’s off to the Toxic Waste Dump for our little bundle of Mercury Joy…

EPA To The Rescue!

But the “good news” is that the US EPA is on top of all things Mercury. (They like being on top, it’s a butch thing…)

The emission restrictions are extensive. They require that 90% of mercury emissions be cut by 2015, along with 80% of sulfuric oxide and 52% of nitrous oxides by 2018. Cutting this amount of MNS is tantamount to transfiguring the entire electricity generation grid… in less than a decade.

So don’t feel left out in the cold all alone, UK, the USA is going to join you in just 10 years, or less. We’ll be shutting down coal plants so fast it will make your bulbs cold and uninspiring in no time. And well be taking all that mercury out of the coal plant and putting it into nice curly bulbs in your home where it will be nice and safe and warm and very near you…

It is the second attack, however, that poses the main challenge right now. This is the Clean Air Transport Rule (CATR), released in July for comment and scheduled for introduction on January 1st, 2012.

First, more than 60 gigawatts (GW) of capacity will be coming off the grid by 2020 – more than twice as much as was retired in the decade ending this year. And that was before the appeals court reconsideration allowed the EPA to keep CAIR standards in place while expediting the introduction of the new rules. Since those new rules take effect in slightly more than a year, power companies must make decisions now based upon the harsher emission limits.

Second, we will experience an even greater movement to natural gas and renewable energy as sourcing for new power plants. In fact, there is now not a single co-generation facility (one that can use both coal and gas) on anybody’s agenda moving forward.

The result: We can expect natural gas to replace 20% to 25% of coal in the generation of electricity in the next few years, translating into the need for some five billion cubic feet a day of gas by as early as 2015.

This explains the rapid increase in gas extractions at unconventional fields (shale gas, tight gas, coal bed methane), despite the present market’s depressed prices. There is shortly going to be a hefty increase in domestic demand, and everybody in the industry knows the sourcing of that increasing demand.

I have begun a cursory evaluation of the impact… and it is extensive.

CATR standards will apply to 31 states and D.C., so the impact will be considerable. Even in those states where the rules will not apply (at least initially), interstate power transmission lines will still extend jurisdiction.

Already, generating plants in 17 states will be closed as a direct result of CATR. This will translate into a much greater amount (than the 60 GW already announced) of existing generating capacity coming off line by 2020.

So get ready for a Real Gas of a time, as Old King Coal gets the mercury kicked out of him by the EPA. You can watch the whole show on TV… if you can find some power to run it…

There is no question that CATR has decided a number of issues in power production moving forward. While coal production and usage will continue in several other regions of the world, like China, it will not continue here.

Nice to know that China will get a free ride… AND we’ll have more Mercury in China. Think of all the cute Chinese possibilities…

Mercury, it’s not just for thermometers any more…

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4 Responses to Gay Bulbs

  1. Earle Williams says:

    Much like the South Park means of defeating the time-travellers from the future, it appears that it is Big Enviro’s plan to defeat global warming by turning the world’s population gay.

    Sure, you’re probably looking at a trace population, much like the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. But think of the positive feedbacks you get from cultural factors such as Iphones, Feng Shui, and Wikipedia. Their ability to disrupt hormonal signals increases by orders of magnitude in the presence of mercury. Break a bulb and it’s goodbye homostasis.

    We’re doomed I tell you, doomed.

  2. Geoff Sherrington says:

    Mercury has long been used to treat syphilis. Perhaps the male birds instinctively know that extra mercury makes them free of worry about passing on STDs.

    More seriously, the first CFLs at least were engineered without a failure mode. The tungsten lamp simply got a broken wire and that was inside a glass bulb. The CFL failure mode was usually by overheating an electrical component like a diode in the power supply in its base, to temperatures high enough to cause fires. There were probably several tens of house ceiling fires in Melbourne alone in the first year they were push marketed. Premature failure was common when incompatible dimmer switches were used.

    That’s typical of the Nanny State outcome.

  3. E.M.Smith says:

    Having been sent off on this Mercury Hunt, I eventually ran into a couple of postings and papers that assert the atmospheric Mercury is just not relevant to fish mercury levels. That the mercury in, for example, Tuna, comes from natural sources, in particular the hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the oceans.

    The notion that we’ve to an entire industry (coal) about to be smacked around for Mercury when it’s not doing anything to the fish after all is disturbing.

    Click to access 060516_mercury_p76_p77.pdf

    Page 60: The Judge ruled that “there is no dispute that most of the methylmercury in the ocean exists completely independently of human activity.” Dr. Francois Morel, a noted Princeton University environmental scientist, testified that the percentage of mercury in tuna that originates from human sources “is either zero or 1.5 per cent.”

    Page 61: University of Connecticut marine scientist Dr. William Fitzgerald, the court wrote, testified that he “knows of no peer-reviewed study that has found an increase in methylmercury in ocean fish during the time period when atmospheric mercury levels have increased.” And the defense “presented scientific studies that show there has been no increase in the amount of methylmercury in ocean fish during the past 100 years.”

    Page 65: The court heard about a scientific study showing that that the mercury levels in tuna caught in 1998 “were nearly identical to (and in fact slightly less than)” the levels in fish caught back in 1971. This supports the court’s conclusion that “there is almost no anthropogenic [human-derived] methylmercury in the ocean.”

    Page 76: “There is evidence,” the court wrote, that mercury begins its natural journey up the food chain “in deep ocean hydrothermic vents … If hydrothermic vents are the source of methylmercury, then 100 percent of methylmercury in the ocean is naturally occurring.” In fact, according to Dr. Fitzgerald, “deep ocean vents produce enough methylmercury to account for about four times the amount of methylmercury that bioaccumulates in ocean fish each year.”

    Page 116: The final nail in a giant scare campaign: The court declares that “methylmercury in fish, including tuna, does not respond to human pollution, and is a natural part of the product’s environment.”

  4. PhilJourdan says:

    Makes sense when you realize that the Malthusians are a part of the AGW movement. And what better way to pare the population than to basically stop all procreation?

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