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Were progressives sent real ricin? Or bean mash from fertilizer?

Written By: Bob - May• 31•13

According to Wikipedia, ricin is a highly toxic poison that can kill in very small amounts:

Ricin/ˈrsɪn/, from the castor oil plantRicinus communis, is a highly toxic, naturally occurring carbohydrate-binding protein of the type known as lectins. A dose the size of a few grains of table salt can kill an adult human.[1] The median lethal dose (LD50) of ricin is around 22 micrograms per kilogram (1.78 mg for an average adult, around 1228 of a standard aspirin tablet/0.4 g gross) in humans if exposure is from injection or inhalation.[2] Oral exposure to ricin is far less toxic and a lethal dose can be up to 20–30 milligrams per kilogram.

I’m no chemist, biologist, nor doctor, but it would seem to me that if ricin is deadly in such small amounts, then this letter should have dropped an elephant.

Bloomberg's "ricin" letter.

Bloomberg’s “ricin” letter.

Then there is this curious fact in the ABC News story about the letters themselves.

The letters never made it to Obama or Bloomberg and today the U.S. Postal Service said none of the letters posed a health risk. The letters — all reportedly with identical text — are postmarked May 20 from Shreveport, La.

If the letters posed no health risk, then they did not contain actual ricin. There is no other real conclusion to draw from this.

Only one substance would test positive for low levels of ricin, but wouldn’t be a health threat, and that’s the castor bean mash used. Again, from Wikipedia.

The seeds can be crushed in an oil press to extract castor oil. This leaves behind the spent crushed seeds, called variously the ‘cake’, ‘oil cake’ and ‘press cake’. While the oil cake from coconut, peanuts and sometimes cotton seeds can be used either as cattle feed and/or fertilizer, the toxic nature of castor precludes them from being used as feed[10] Accidental ingestion of Ricinus communis cake to be used as fertilizer has been reported to be responsible for fatal ricin poisoning in animals.[3][11]

Putting all this together, it seems Mayor Bloomberg, MAIG, and President Obama were sent fertilizer.

The intent was to cause panic and fear, so this is still not a laughing matter, but it appears that the media is working mightily to turn an any possible anthill into Everest.

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  1. PubliusII says:

    The media will flog this for all they can, for as long as they can.

    However, if it turns out to be false-flag operation (which seems more than likely to me), it’ll get dropped by the media pronto.

    Why does it seem likely to be false-flag? Because it exactly the sort of agent-provocateur hoax the left loves to do.

  2. pasedoble says:

    If that much “ricin” was on the letter it would have killed or sickened a whole herd of elephants not just one. Castor bean paste from a whack job…. having said that, a threat is a threat and it has to be taken seriously at first then dismissed as what it is, see whack job above. Having said THAT, it seems…… oddly well timed for the gun grabbers.

  3. Junk Science Skeptic says:

    False flag was the first thing that came to my mind as well. Why? Deflecting attention from IRS-gate, Benghazi . . .

  4. david7134 says:

    You do realize that if you send a letter to an official, he never gets it. All mail is scaned and sent by email. Thus a real paper letter is never delivered to a public official.

  5. Rob Crawford says:

    So now we know.

    I have no doubt it was a lunatic (vs. a “false flag”), and maybe he thought he was striking a blow for liberty.

    And that changes nothing about how it means NOTHING about my rights. Punish the criminals and leave the innocent the hell alone.

  6. Drew says:

    This has hoax written all over it. Trying to get sympathy by faking an attack on yourself is an old trick, think of the Jewish kids marking swastikas on their cars, doors and other visible property for attention, the fake rape victims of the 90’s, and on and on and on. Feel bad for the poor innocent parasites who only want to disarm you so they can feel safe robbing you while you are helpless, those gun people are mean and crazy, blah blah blah…

    Obozo and company, your pants are on fire, better take a long walk off a short pier.

  7. Skip says:

    Bob…it would be nice if you could crank up the font size of your comment section. It would be much easier to read. Perhaps you have no control over it.

    • PubliusII says:

      Not sure how much control Bob has. But type size is controllable by your browser.

      On a Mac, hit [apple/command] + and on Windows machine, it’s probably alt + or control +.

      Perhaps another reader can explain the Windows controls.

  8. Stoutcat says:

    I’m with other commenters here: false flag. Two things stands out to me from the text of the letter, other than the sheer looniness of it: the writer says “…the right to bear arms is my God given constitutional right…”

    Anyone on the right likely would have written “keep and bear” and would have capitalized the word Constitution.

    Flase flag. Like that stupid anti-gun ad that had so many errors in it, they can’t even talk the talk.

  9. no name says:

    OT–NO NEED to publish this, but here is a guy that might take issue with you and your blog content:

    The reply comments are rather encouraging. This one might be worth a separate blog entry.

    • PubliusII says:

      My trip to the page show no comments, perhaps your point.

      However, the guy describes himself as a journalism prof, which in my eyes makes him suspect on two grounds. Journalism, as taught today, amounts to shilling for the Democrat party, and the percentage of conservatives in the professoriat is down in the single digits.

      Not to say this particular journalism prof fits the pattern, but that’s the way to bet. Another of his op-eds describes him as a professor of ethics. He also seems to have a very short fuse.

      See the interesting comments at RateMyProf:

  10. Skip says:

    With regard to enlarging the font size…if you have a mouse with a wheel which I would think most folks have…hold down the control key CTRL and move the wheel forward to increase text size backward to decrese text size.

    When you quit out of the page and go back into the comments they will be back to the original size.