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Formaldehyde-infused clothing in the dryer.......what could possibly go wrong?

So I bought a pair of new pants and it has an intense chemical odor, like formaldehyde (which I understand is used in wrinkle-free clothing.)

When washed and then put in a dryer, what could/would the heat do to that formaldehyde? It's bad enough as is, but as I understand it, heat causes formaldehyde to split into carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide.

What other..........noxious stuff gets released during the heating/drying process? (asking our DU chemists........)
Posted by PlanetaryOrbit | Mon Aug 15, 2016, 08:41 PM (20 replies)

Those who were cops: How dangerous does a typical traffic stop feel?

I know we probably have some DU members who were or are law enforcement officers:

What is going through a cop's mind when he/she pulls someone over? When approaching the car, does a cop genuinely fear that the driver will suddenly produce a weapon and kill?

After a few years, do most cops treat traffic stops as routine and stop worrying?
Posted by PlanetaryOrbit | Mon Jul 11, 2016, 10:40 PM (7 replies)

Women may soon be required to register for Selective Service. How do you feel?

The Senate just passed a $602 billion defense spending bill. In it, among other things, is a requirement for women to register for Selective Service, just like men. The Senate bill still has to be reconciled with the House version, though. And if Obama vetoes it, the Senate may very well override the veto since it already had/has 85 votes in the Senate.

What are your thoughts on it?

My thoughts are that this is going to be a highly unpopular move, but it's the fair thing to do. I do not agree with the societal attitude that if a man dies in combat, it is less tragic than if a woman dies in combat - which seems to be part of the attitude driving the notion that only men should be drafted and not women (society really does not consider all deaths to be equal). I think this is one of those "equality goes both ways" situations. At any rate, it's not like a military draft is going to be reinstated any time soon, so registering for Selective Service is simply going to entail filling out some unpopular paperwork.
Posted by PlanetaryOrbit | Wed Jun 15, 2016, 04:50 PM (84 replies)
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