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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Up to 23 percent of urban black children may be infected with Toxocara eggs ... could add up to tens of thousands of cases of tapeworm

As usual there are no real data presented to assess the magnitude of the problem and only the extreme stats are used to gin up fear and funding. If 50,000, then we are talking about only one citizen in 6,000 having tapeworm.
10 posted on 12/25/2007 11:16:14 PM PST by yazd
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To: yazd

And it would be interesting to know what percentage of that is illegals who were infected when they came here or passed it on in those wonderful living conditions we hear they live in.


30 posted on 12/26/2007 6:05:31 AM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: yazd
Up to...may be...could

Yep, straight out of the application for grant lexicon. And then there's the predictable liberal tactic of declaring anything less than carte blanche funding as evidence of malice/prejudice:

"I feel strongly that this is such an important health issue and yet because it only affects the poor it has been ignored," Hotez said via e-mail.

Then straight off the gravy-train template comes the logical fallacy of the either/or card.

He said the United States spent hundreds of millions of dollars to defend against bio-terrorism threats like anthrax or smallpox or avian flu, which were more a theoretical concern than a real threat at present.

Real world translation: "See? See? You're spending money on batteries for the smoke detector against a totally theoretical fire when you've got real Japanese beetles--here right now!--attacking your lawn. My god, man! Where are your priorities?" (Spoken by the Chemlawn man canvassing the neighborhood.)

31 posted on 12/26/2007 6:14:41 AM PST by Eroteme
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