Monday, August 21, 2006

Shakes On A Plane

Hey! Does anyone remember those guys in England who were accused of planning the worse crime against humanity ever? Come on. It's only been 9 days. None of them have been officially charged with anything. None of them had tickets to get on a plane. Few of them had passports. No one actually committed any crime unless watching documentaries about terrorism is a crime. Thought crime perhaps and maybe Great Britain has just such a law against thinking.

Binary explosives from a chemists perspective.

Pure Acetone
30% Hydrogen Peroxide
Sulfuric Acid

Also needed an ice bath and several hours

Pure acetone is easy to get. Hydrogen peroxide is easy to get at 3% concentration 30% not so. Simple distillation of the H2O2 from CVS can yield the needed solution but it's dangerous. Once procured, mix the two liquids, they're quite stable but very flammable.

Get your ice bath and chill the mixture. Add dropwise sulfuric acid, slowly. In two to three hours you might have enough triacetone triperoxide high explosive to blow out a window or two.

And those solutions of starting reagents? They have to be contained in glass with a teflon cap. They'll eat their way out of a #5 recyclable pex plastic water bottle long before you get to the airport. In any event, sitting in the bathroom for too long will force the plane into an emergency landing long before you have enough TATP to blow your hat off.

Oooh look over there it's something to keep you from thinking for your own god damned self.

Am I the only person who's noticed that in the last couple months the best in-depth news reporting has been for how they failed to find Jimmy Hoffa in a field in Michigan, how they failed to find JonBenet Ramsey's killer in Thailand and nobody has seen Tom Cruise's ugly baby?

Frankly I'm more frightened by bureaucracy then chemistry.


Anonymous Adorable Girlfriend said...

What really frigtens me is a mother who make up her daughter to look like a 21-year-old poodle. That is fakakta!

Aug 21, 2006, 12:39:00 PM  
Blogger Kevin Wolf said...

I believe they charged 13 of these guys just today, but I'm sure it's relatively minor charges, or some shit that just won't stick later.

Chances the Bush regime pumped up the terror threat from these dummies? Oh, maybe about 100%.

Aug 21, 2006, 3:03:00 PM  
Blogger Dean ASC said...

My point still stands. Improvixed binary explosives are not an easy thing to deal with. It's not like in Die Hard III where the purple mixes in with the clear and then boom.

If all they want is to crash the plane, not into anything, just crash it, Sarin gas will kill the pilot.

Aug 21, 2006, 8:52:00 PM  
Blogger RicketyFunk said...

I've been reading more. Not much time to be bored watching all-the-time news.

"Stranger in a Strange Land"

Good. Bad.


Aug 22, 2006, 3:50:00 PM  

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