[Ads-l] “generic descriptive terms”

Geoff Nathan an6993 at WAYNE.EDU
Fri May 8 15:36:38 UTC 2015


For those who are unaware of the political issues here, the government of Egypt decreed that all pigs resident in that country were to be slaughtered because of the dangers of 'swine flu', and hence in the name of 'public health' . 
It was widely understood (nudge, wink...) that this was essentially a fundamentalist Muslim initiative, and the 'swine' connection was merely an excuse. There are, after all, Christians and others in Egypt, but clergy in Egypt were unhappy that the animals were permitted in the country at all. 

Geoff 

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> Yes, we certainly wouldn't want the WHO to have to defend itself
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> lawsuits (presumably in the International Court of Justice) brought
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> swine. Will earlier instances of "X Syndrome" all now be renamed, I =
> wonder, or will they grandfathered in--oops, grandparented in--oops,
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> predecessored in?

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> > On May 8, 2015, at 11:17 AM, Joel Berson <berson at att.net> wrote:
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> > So the World will no longer honor doctors by naming diseases after
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