I suspect that you have been dealing with Fisher Scientific. I won't
even try to begin with how wierd they are, except to recommend that when
they ask for your Social Security number, hang-up. The present
administration has unleashed paranoia throughout the land, in my humble
opinion. We aren't talking high-speed centrifuges here. We are talking
vegetables. Fisher Scientific is totally wacked-out and will soon go
under or wake-up. In the mean time, us hobbit-like gardeners can get pH
meters from VWR or Cole - Parmer.
Hopefully, the political climate in this country is changing but that
may be hoping for too much since the same corporations pay both major
parties for access.
In the mean time,
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