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I just found this
oh my god
kind of reminds me of what happened in Iraq in 71/72
about what happened in Iraq in 71/72, please.
I need to read more stuff outside of this forum, now where's that features section?
There was a crop failure in Iraq and so the UN donated tons of grain from a company called Mexipak which had been ethylmercury treated so as to not go off.
This grain treatment had previously been made illegal in around 27 different countries (including all permanent member countries of the UN council)but was 'deemed fit' to be sent as aid to Iraq
50,000 people were poisoned and 549 people died (officially)
so it goes
This is dreaful.
Haven't people like pfizer and GSK been doing this sort of thing for years? They just send it out as a donation about a day before it expires.
Since I wasn't born then, but uhm, yeah you know what I mean.
but from school I remember - I assume you do too Mr Alien
yup - free market economy and all that *ahem*
the mercury thing is something that might have more surreptitious consequences:
the term 'mad-hatter' comes from the fact that in the late 1900s hat makers had a reputation for being a bit nutty
turns out they were in the habit of using mercury based compounds to soften the fur for hats and it was this that made them nuts.
Maybe Saddam had some poisoned grain
I do remember reading about that.
Nothing like this surprises me any more. It's awful.