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Re: Last Laugh! Racism and All That Rot

Bill Ranck (
Tue, 15 May 2007 18:59:21 +0000 (UTC)

> Not to defend the Red Cross, but that seems to be an FDA policy.
> "Spending time that adds up to six months or more on military bases in
> Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Italy or
> Greece from 1980-1996" disqualifies a person too. Of course, they're

> [TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: That 'spending six months or more on
> military bases' is another way of asking the same question about
> homosexual activity. As far as trying to 'avoid anyone with a

I don't think so Pat. Those are dates for which Mad Cow disease was
a concern. I lived in France for a year around 1994 and was barred
from blood donation for 10 years after I got back because of Mad Cow
concerns. Maybe it's some other concern, but I doubt they are equating
being stationed in those places with homosexualality. I'm not defending
the Red Cross or the FDA's policies here, just saying those dates look
an awful lot like the dates they had for possible Mad Cow contamination
in Europe and they only thought it was a problem if you were there for
6 months or more, probably to avoid barring everyone who took a vacation.

Bill Ranck
Blacksburg, Va.

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