Bath Salts Zombies in the US Navy
Bath salts were not found in the blood of the Miami zombie. Nevertheless bath salts remain connected to zombies. And now, the US NAVY has created a public service announcement to warn against the dangers of synthetic drugs by associating it to demons and zombies.
This campaign was released by the Navy the day before the Mayan End of Long Calendar (See “Navy Medicine Rolls Out New Campaign to Deter ‘Bath Salts’ Designer Drug Use” by Valerie Kremer.) But the media seems to have grabbed it hard in the last few days. This story is now covered in dozens of articles, here are three:
Time: “Watch: U.S. Navy PSA Shows Demonic Dangers of Bath Salts” by Melissa Locker
ABCnews: “Navy Launches Disturbing Anti-Bath Salts PSA” by Lee Ferran
HuffPo: “U.S. Navy’s Horrifying, Trippy Anti-Bath Salts PSA” by Keith Thomson
Why did the NAVY make this video? Well, let’s answer that with two other questions: What is the value of reminding military personnel that zombies and demons exist? And what is the value of making illegal some chemicals? It reminds me of the old video “Reefer Madness” or training videos to prevent sexually transmitted diseases. But still I worry there is something more pernicious in the connection of these chemicals to zombies.
Or similarly – Frog Legs Dancing with a Little Salt:
Perhaps ironically, recall that one of the few known cures for some zombie conditions is a pinch of salt (also laughter and puppies).
Finally, let’s compare this fear of bath salts to the fear of another chemical: fluoride, in the water. This fear also has a strong connection to military memes because of the classic movie “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb“:
Have you ever heard of a thing called fluoridation? Fluoridation of water? … Do you realize that fluoridation is the most monstrously conceived and dangerous communist plot we have ever had to face? — Gen. Jack D. Ripper in the 1964 Cold War era satire “Dr. Strangelove.”
As quoted by Mike Hendricks in The Kansas City Star: “Fluoride in the water supply is a debate that still has teeth” continuing:
It’s easy today to scoff at the paranoid fringe that once feared that adding fluoride to American water supplies would turn us into commie zombies. But 70 years after fluoridation began, fervent opposition continues. In Kansas, Wichita voters rejected water fluoridation last fall for at least the third time since the 1960s and it wasn’t even close…