Thursday, September 9, 2010

Book Burning

With the recent events and controversy unfolding in Florida concerning the burning of a certain book this upcoming weekend, I can't keep quiet about how strong I feel about this chain of events:  Burning books is a bad idea.

Book burnings have been around since people found out that pulp and paper are flammable. There was the destruction of the Great Library of Alexandria and the Library of Baghdad. Even the Spanish were good at it. Nazis too. It's usually some right-winger, or a "Fundamentalist" that like to do things like that. And you'll find some people actually sending out idle threats if someone burns their favourite book. Personally, I'd probably punch somebody on the nose if they burnt my copy of The Les Paul Legacy (by Robb Lawrence). There's at least 10 pages on SGs!

Of course books are like anything, they only mean something if you attach a meaning to it.

But here's really why it is a bad idea to burn books:  It's not healthy and it's bad for the environment.  For those of you who don't know, here's a short list of chemicals that are found in most books:
Sodium Hydroxide;
Chlorine Dioxide;
Chlorine Gas;
Calcium Oxide;
Titanium dioxide.

(For a more complete list, visit: )

Think of that next time you want to sink your teeth into a book.

You don't have to like everyone, but please, do the right thing.  Think green and don't burn a book.

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