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October 4th, 2012, 01:22
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In the mid-1950s, and again a decade later, the Army used motorized blowers atop a low-income housing high-rise, at schools and from the backs of station wagons to send a potentially dangerous compound into the already-hazy air in predominantly black areas of St. Louis.

Obvious question is what else has been done that we are not aware of. Of course statist imbeciles believe that government is benevolent and of pure intent.
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October 4th, 2012, 13:02
Well, there have been other experiements during that time :

MKULTRA, for example, and the Tuskegee experiments

There is a whole Wikipedia article on that : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unethic…_United_States

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October 4th, 2012, 13:28
@Alrik, Gah, that's some truly sickening stuff. There is some experiments reported there that would have made Mengele proud.
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October 4th, 2012, 15:26
I'm curious why it matters enough to mention 3 times that it was a predominately black area? Citizens are citizens and this is a bad situation regardless of their skin color. Sounds like the author is attempting to manufacture a race issue.

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October 4th, 2012, 15:53
In the mid-1950s I would think that it was a race issue. Or do you think they would have considered doing this in a predominantley white subburb? Things have changed, thankfully, but at that time conscious or subconcious racism was still rampant (not just in the US, of course - pretty much everywhere).
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October 4th, 2012, 16:11
Originally Posted by GhanBuriGhan View Post
In the mid-1950s I would think that it was a race issue. Or do you think they would have considered doing this in a predominantley white subburb? Things have changed, thankfully, but at that time conscious or subconcious racism was still rampant (not just in the US, of course - pretty much everywhere).
I honestly doubt that it was a "hey they're black we don't care" attitude as much as it was a 'hey they're black, we can get away with it!" attitude. Not that it makes the actual event any better of course. The military also exposed large numbers of troops to atomic radiation just to see what would happen, and most of those guys where white.

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October 5th, 2012, 20:43
Originally Posted by GhanBuriGhan View Post
In the mid-1950s I would think that it was a race issue. Or do you think they would have considered doing this in a predominantley white subburb? Things have changed, thankfully, but at that time conscious or subconcious racism was still rampant (not just in the US, of course - pretty much everywhere).
I agree here. I fear that black people were - in the 50s ! - just considered to be … kind of "lesser" ? Like in the Tuskegee experiments, perhaps ?

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I agree here. I fear that black people were - in the 50s ! - just considered to be kind of "lesser" ? Like in the Tuskegee experiments, perhaps ?
That completely ignores that they experimented on white soldiers en mass as well.

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October 9th, 2012, 17:42
That is what joining the military means. It came up with the contract. Different.
What's next? The mass experimentation performed on people who signed as guinea pigs?
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