Sunday, June 17, 2007

Globalization

Be sure to check out our friend Walt's story the Times today, tracing the whole Chinese-antifreeze-in-toothpaste mess back to its roots: a mass-poisoning in Haiti over a decade ago, where at least 88 children under the age of five died horrific deaths from renal failure after drinking antifreeze-laced fever medicine. China's official response at the time was (I'm paraphrasing here), "So fuckin' what?"

Since his previous reporting on this stuff led the Chinese to institute a new, incentive-based program for more effective drug regulation, it'll be interesting to see how this one plays out.

[The real hero in all this, of course, is frequent self-aggrandizing Burro Hall commenter Frank C., who, after a night of drinking several years ago, all but accused Walt of professional malfeasance for not exposing the hidden menace of toothpaste. Message received, mission accomplished. Happy, Frank?]

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'd like to thank the Fourth estate for acknowledging my anguished attempts to be heard and forging a story to help millions of voiceless people throughout the world, which is all I ever wanted anyway. And also, to the little people, you know who you are, Frank K. especially. Without you,there would be no me in this story.
Go forth and do good deeds. And as you keep reaching for the stars, don't forget to keep your feet planted on the ground. Good night.

Burro Hall said...

We like you. We really like you.