Re: Oh yeah, speaking of Aqua Regia !!! Off Topic

From: [email protected]
Date: 10/09/05-02:45:46 PM Z
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OK, Judy, here is a warning!


On a more serious note. Judy, I wouldn't even pretend to know what occurred
between you and Dick Sullivan and I am not at all writing in his defense—and I
am not interested in knowing—that is between you and Dick. I have met both
you and Dick in person and enjoyed my visit with each of you. You have made a
lot of good contributions to this list and I would hope that you would keep
doing so. I don't think that your post below is one of your better
contributions—but that's just my opinion and I am not really interested in a lengthy
exchange arguing the point with you on this list. I would speculate that this
kind of post either prevents people from contributing to the list or causes
them unsubscribe. Not being a Listmeister myself (and God protect those brave
souls that are) feel free to delete this post, which I have noted as being "Off
Topic." I would prefer anyone who would like to comment regarding this post
(mine) do so to me directly off list rather than continue to add to the "list

Best Wishes,
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In a message dated 10/9/05 2:09:52 PM, writes:

> On Sat, 8 Oct 2005, davidhatton wrote:
> > Quoting Dennis Fielding from his article in PF #4
> >
> > "Normally Aqua Regia is made from 3 parts HCL (Hydrochloric Acid)
> > to 1 part HNO3 (Nitric Acid). I had only 50% solution HCL however so I
> opted
> > for a 6 to 1 Aqua Regia solution, ie 60 ml HCL to 10 ml HNO3........"
> >
> > Apparently home-made Aqua Regia caused quite a stink (pardon the pun) on
> this
> > board some years ago.
> Actually, I've been recalling that, and am simply ASTOUNDED that
> Richard-the-lion-hearted Sullivan has not dashed in to warn about the
> perils of making Aqua Regia at home, as he did starting June 18, 1999 on
> the alt-photo list, and for an adamant ETERNITY thereafter.
> I will suggest a "theory" about the change in heart in a moment, but first
> a few quotes. The proximate cause was Liam's article about making your own
> gold chloride in P-F #3. Sullivan began with a full bore assault, subject
> line -- "Home made gold chloride -- dumb dumb dumb" about the dangers of--
> are you ready?... AQUA REGIA as "beyond the pale...totally
> irresponsible..."  No matter the MANY warnings in the article, folks might
> "misinterpret 'good ventilation' to mean an open window in the kitchen."
> And then proceeded, in typical sleight of mouth, to accuse LIAM of doing
> this in *his* kitchen, inventing extras to suit along the way for YEARS,
> about aqua regia as "deadly as cyanide gas", could cause "serious lung
> damage" "dead bodies" and "a runaway reaction... room filling up with
> brown deadly fumes...running down the countertop and cabinet fronts and
> eating through the linoleum [even] following the plumbing pipes into the
> apartment below..."
> PLUS ... "If it were my journal I would send an immediate letter warning
> subscribers of the danger... a dangerous invitation to get someone
> seriously hurt or maimed." Not just a *legal* issue (I could get sued,
> also baloney -- even if the information were FALSE I couldn't get sued, or
> think of the fun we'd have with Intelligent Design -- though that's not
> this e-mail)... but a "MORAL issue" !!
> Sullivan said he'd "help out ... by publishing a warning about the article
> on [his] web site."  By June 22 he called it "a matter of ethics, plain
> old ethics. I'm only wanting to protect someone from walking into harm's
> way. [A] warning should be sent to subscribers [but] I don't have the
> subscriber list available." [Editor's Post Script: "Duh"!]
> No insertion of fact soothed this hypo-zeal for public safety...THEN !
> Not Liam's citation of actual chemists' characterizations of aqua regia,
> not his personal experience, not the actual warnings in the actual REAL
> article, not even examples of equally or more dangerous substances listed
> WITHOUT warnings in such places as, if you could believe, the Bostick &
> Sullivan catalog (!!!) could stay this courier in his zeal.
> So what happened NOW ?  Not a single warning -- is the fellow asleep at
> the switch?  OK, here's a theory: When, about June 30, 1998, I declined
> (offlist) to let Sullivan take subscriptions for the brand new
> Post-Factory on his website (despite his weeks of sweet-talking
> salesmanship), which may have suggested it wouldn't be a Bostick &
> Sullivan subsidiary after all, he began the very next day by various
> extreme means (as a review of the archive of the time should show if it
> hasn't been excised to protect the guilty) to drive me off the list and
> discredit Post-Factory, plus, if you could believe myself, as continued
> onlist and off when an opportunity could be found or invented (STILL
> filtering back from "the field"). By Issue #3 it was probably also clear
> that P-F's "Sources & Services" listed many sources at half B&S price.
> But the "Gold Flap" episode was so full of info, real & false, I felt it
> should be preserved for posterity, which I did in P-F #4, in excerpts
> titled "The Gold Flap, quote, Quote, QUOTE!"along with equally interesting
> related matter such as Dallas Simpson's poetic "Beauty from Poison" and
> Sandy King's "Mystery and Science of Pyro" (including, I believe, the
> first appearance in print of Hydrocat, or at least the first under that
> name, since I suggested it), plus Cor Breukel and Dennis Fielding on their
> practically boring successes making their own gold chloride with Aqua
> Regia, plus history, science, and Dave Barry, American genius.
> But did I mention that Sullivan sold gold chloride at B&S -- actually I
> don't remember that for SURE, but $30 a gram comes to mind.  When Janet
> Neuhauser did gold toning in Issue #7, she was getting it from Englehard
> about 8 grams for $8/gram (tho "$30 shipping charge will make me look
> elsewhere next time").
> Which, interesting as all this is in itself, shows how strange it is that
> current talk of Aqua Regia draws NOT ONE WARNING !!!  However, because I
> am such a public spirited and ETHICAL person, I'm going to give the
> warnings from the original article (as soon as I've given my
> post-operative hand -- the doctors acted like it was a head transplant --
> maybe it was!) a rest.
> cheers,
> Judy
Received on Mon Oct 10 00:06:10 2005

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