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This was just posted on Newsbusters. I think y'all will enjoy it.

John / Billybob

1 posted on 10/19/2005 7:54:29 AM PDT by Congressman Billybob
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To: Congressman Billybob

Great article, thanks.

Like the environment, socialist utopians use risk to further their cause....ignoring higher risks if they don't promote the cause, and fixating on lower risks if they do...i.e. stomping on the big business that produces the chemical of note.

Another case in point, radon in ground water. Can be a high risk but.....God is the responsible party not big business because radon in ground water occurs naturally. So this issue was hot until it became apparent that it had no political viability.

There is also much irrational emotion involved. I worked on a case where tritium vapors were legally emitted into the atmosphere under permit. In foggy weather same tritium vapor descended to the ground and entered non-potable shallow ground water. Breathing Tritium vapor is far more risky to health than ingestion of tritium, yet, the tritium in ground water became an environmental issue of concern. I was happy to point out this contradiction in my report

This occurred in a nuclear free zone. It was a fun case.


2 posted on 10/19/2005 8:22:20 AM PDT by fizziwig
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To: Congressman Billybob

The problem is that medical journals and most mainstream media outlets rely heavily on pharmaceutical advertising. The general public does not get an accurate assessment of the risks of the drugs. Nor are adequate safety trials done, again, because the only funding available is from the drug companies themselves.

The risk assessment argument is also fallacious with regard to vaccines, which are often mandated as a condition of employment or school attendance. I should be able to insist on complete safety for a medication that is being forced on me.


3 posted on 10/19/2005 8:38:48 AM PDT by agsloss
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Not to long ago, someone posted an article here about the government requiring tire pressure warning systems in cars. I took the cost per car the new system was expected to add, multiplied it by the number of new cars sold each year in the US, and then divided that by the number of people the article claimed were killed each year from low tire pressure and the amount I came up with was more than $500,000 per life saved.
4 posted on 10/19/2005 9:11:10 AM PDT by Question_Assumptions
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Very similar to the logic the far left uses: 1900 soldiers have died in Iraq (over 3 years) vs how many people die on American highways every year.

Perspective is sorely lacking in the great unwashed's minds these days.


5 posted on 10/19/2005 9:14:39 AM PDT by sauropod (Polite political action is about as useful as a miniskirt in a convent -- Claire Wolfe)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Another great post,

I enjoy reading your articles, keep up the great work.


6 posted on 10/19/2005 3:52:16 PM PDT by exdem2000
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To: Congressman Billybob

BTTT


11 posted on 10/20/2005 3:47:57 PM PDT by Earthdweller (Proud right-winger who loves this country)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Please.....

12 posted on 10/20/2005 3:50:24 PM PDT by Loud Mime (Hatred is the foundation of socialist movements, conceit is the motivator)
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To: Congressman Billybob
The title is, of course, an ancient joke from the vaudeville circuit.

I've seen it many times attributed to Socrates about his wife Xanthippe. Ancient indeed!

13 posted on 10/20/2005 3:52:50 PM PDT by hlmencken3 (Zechariah 14:16)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Take two asprin and call me... when you die! (Lawyer advice).


14 posted on 10/20/2005 3:56:09 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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My best friend had a pretty bad accident about 4 years ago (hit by a car). He's pretty upset by Vioxx being taken of the market. Says it was the only thing that took care of his chronic pain. He believes that it should be his informed choice to continue to take it, now that he has been apprised of the risks.


15 posted on 10/20/2005 3:56:23 PM PDT by CaptRon (Pedecaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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