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Originally posted by Chuck Stevenson
This is Lake Balboa, immediately above the grassy area are two dark green patches, those are more Castor Bean plants which have recently disappeared.
Originally posted by Legalizer
Haven't read this thread in a few days, but has anyone mention Castor Beans are used for making Ricin gas, and it can be made in your kitchen, enough to kill tens of thousands.
To put ricin used as weapon into perspective, it is worth noting that as a biological weapon or chemical weapon, ricin may be considered as not very powerful, if only in comparison with other poisons such as botulinum or anthrax. Hence, a military willing to use biological weapons and having advanced resources would rather use either of the latter than ricin. That is, though easy to produce, it is not as practical nor likely to cause as high casualities as other agents. Ricin degrades (ie, the protein changes structure and becomes less dangerous) much more readily than, for example, anthrax spores. (Jan van Aken, an expert on biological weapons explained in an interview with the German magazine Der Spiegel that he judges it rather reassuring that Al Qaeda experimented with ricin as it suggests their inability to produce botulin or anthrax.)
Pure ricin could be dispersed through the air, however it would tend to be oxidized and rendered harmless by ozone, nitrogen oxides, and other pollutants in a matter of minutes. Since it acts as an enzyme, catalyzing destruction of ribosomes, even a single oxidation is likely to render the ricin molecule harmless. Presumably it could be sealed inside some sort of dust particle that would dissolve in water, but this would be difficult.
The major reason it is dangerous is that there is no specific antidote, and that it is very easy to obtain (the castor bean plant is a common ornamental, and can be grown at home without any special care). Ricin is actually several orders of magnitude less toxic than botulinum or tetanus toxins, but those are more difficult to obtain.
Originally posted by Grey
And Bodrul -- You must not be from the United States and if you are then you must not open your eyes much. Killings, kidnappings, rapings and more happen every day in Los Angeles alone. Only those with money and influence will be shown on the news ... this is just small fries in the big picture. And yes, it really did happen. To be a smart a.ss and say "If it really happened" is just sheer ignorance and stupidity on your part. I had to deal with my traumitized father on FATHER'S DAY because of this. So believe what you want you sheep. Give some details to back your ignorant opinion.
To everyone else, I'm not saying this is terrorism, but it has a damn good probability.
[edit on 26-6-2005 by Grey]