Blood letting. Blood letting, the act of draining one's blood in hopes to level out "humors" as "surgeons" called it then in order to treat an array
of maladies. This barbaric medical practice was in vogue for almost 2,000 years starting in antiquity
. Can you even imagine that? In our current state of technology, can you imagine
ANY medical treatment hanging on for 2,000 years? Hard to do, I know... absolutely ridiculous.
Not only did this insane treatment for -just about anything- go on for that long, but Barbers were practitioners of that as well as minor surgery. If
you consider MINOR drilling into someone's skull. Hence, as most of you know, the red and white stripes on the barber sign. For blood and bandages.
Blood saves millions of lives every single year. The history of blood from lettings to transfusions to donations is a disgusting horror story that I
don't have time to write. Blood is a natural resource. Blood cannot be made, only collected.
As a natural resource, surely in this day and age (and many past) it is one of the most important since the evolution of transfusions and the ability
to separate whole blood into it's many different components.
Another resource that can be broken down into several components or derivatives is crude oil. As of the research I am sourcing in 2002 the price for
a barrel of crude oil would sell for about $14. The price of a barrel of crude oil broken down into derivatives would go for $42.
The price for a barrel of the same quantity of human processed blood would go for more thann $67,000. But let's just stick to that number.
No wars have been fought over blood, which kind of makes me laugh, wars are just fought for oil. Wars require a massive amount of -donated- blood to
be on hand for the soldiers, and thank god 38% of the American population is qualified to donate.
What? Just 38?
That's where it starts.
Blood does not have the best history, either, there were some screw ups and some transfusions happened that nobody wants to talk about that lead to
some horrible outbreaks of some horrible diseases *cough HIV cough Hepatitis cough AIDS cough* but we are smarter than that now, aren't we? No longer
the civilizations that held on to blood letting for 2,000 years, right?
You tell me.
Oil is wonderful!
- Doesn't transmit disease
- Quality mistakes only cost money
- Oil costs a ton for drilling and processing....
-Can transmit disease
- Lack of quality could kill someone
- It's free, donated, wait..wtf...how did that happen....
- It keeps our soldiers alive to fight for oil.... hold on.. that doesn't sound right.....
- Those same soldiers who actually live can't donate for varying amounts of time..... oh crap
- People AT HOME need the many aspects of blood from Platelets to RH to Red and White cells to survive....
Am I missing something here?
Starting on 3/19/03 until today the amount of casualties in Iraq has added up to 4,488 (American) soldiers. This is not even including the wounded, or
severely wounded, which I couldn't figure out a way to calculate, math is not my strong point.
Doesn't sound so bad eh!? Canada! You are second behind American troops in casualties and injuries.
There are 5.6 Liters of blood average in one human body. If we take this and multiple it by the number of lives lost in combat since 2003 we come up
with 6,639 gallons of blood which divided by 42 (the amount of gallons in the barrel we are speaking of) is equivalent to 158 barrels. Therefore the
amount of blood spilled from 2003 until now is the equivalent (just in monetary terms, not lives) of $10,590,786. Dollars. Dollars.
If you were to take the same amount of crude oil from the time of the sourced reference and just whimsically tossed all of that oil on to the ground
the cost to the US Government would be $6,386... wait there must be something wrong with that number... nope, that's the truth.
So here we are we send (and other Countries as well I see you over there I just based these statistics on America and thought I would throw Canada a
little shoutout in the process) our troops over... lose one of our most valuable natural resources... for .... a less valuable natural resource. In
droves. In blood shed. In blood letting. The draining of blood to even out the "humors" as a metaphor? Maybe this whole blood letting thing never
There are also other factors to keep in mind in which I do not have the mental capacity to calculate. The amount of soldiers at war who are not
capable of donating. The amount of soldiers who are not allowed to donate due to their service. Yeah! That happens too. Here's a chart for ya.
So okay, Americans, we give blood for free it's considered a good samaritan service. But what if oil were given for free? Oh GOD... what if.
The Bible mentions blood more than 400 times. "The Life of the flesh is in the blood" from Leviticus. In the Old Testament, vampiric consumption is
verboten. Yet (and I find this ironic) some "drink of the blood of Christ" at communion in Church. Monks bled each other anually for health purposes.
Egyptians bathed in it for Christ sake (no pun intended). It has been held as holy as far back as the written history goes but somehow it is worth
spilling for oil. How?
Once upon a time people were paid for blood donations. This is not the case anymore. The only paying gig for giving up your once sacred life blood is
plasma donation. I've known a few people who have done that to get by. Trust me you don't want their plasma.
During the Blitz the British were the only ones prepared with a supply of blood. They were draining people dry setting up donor stations wherever they
could. Doctors had access to unlimited blood, at first they were reluctant to give this new idea of a "transfusion" to just anyone, but eventually it
became common place and thus the value of blood was recognized by those in the control of the war pigs. There is no statistical record of the amount
of blood consumed during The Blitz, but it was the first military use of blood and transfusions that changed the game from then on.
The Red Cross managed to sell this somehow beginning in 1941 as an act of human kindness to donate. In order to promote the donations of blood The Red
Cross was encouraged to use war propaganda to sway the people towards donating.
Often the Red Cross would recruit veteran GI's to report about the "miracle" of plasma infusion. One, a pharmacist's mate named Harry L. Goldman,
addressing a donor drive in New York, talked about the morale-building effects of plasma at the front:
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