Saturday, April 09, 2005

Poor Children Used As Guinea Pigs

This has nothing to do with media, other than there should be much bigger coverage. Of course, this only rates a cursory mention because the victims in this case aren't wealthy, right? [sneer]

On April 8, 2005, Bush nominee Stephen L. Johnson, the acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, announced he was 86ing a little-known research study that used infants in poor neighbohoods to test the health effects of pesticides. (via New York Times)

And this program was occuring in the year 2005 because why? I thought this was 21st Century USA, not early 20th Century Nazi Germany. Just to get this off my chest, here are the out-of-context points that gall me.

1. At some point, some dumbsh*t or group of dumbsh*ts thought this program was a good idea. Not in Dachau or Auschwitz, mind you, but in the USA. Wow! Nice moral compass.
2. After Johnson cancels the program, he can get still get nominated even though this shows incredibly bad judgement. Who wants this guy making decisions that affect the entire country, let alone a few downtrodden neighborhoods?
3. Appointing this dude to a position of authority is like putting the fox in charge of the hen house.
4. Rich people would never agree to do this to their children. They don't have to. We can always exploit the economic bad luck of the poor.
5. Imagine what...oh...forget it. I am so fed up with this.

Don't bother to post your comments. Why should I be bothered with the facts? No one else has been.

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