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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Disconnect

Good grief. The New York Times today carries an article about diabetics in which it discusses workplace discrimination against diabetics and then casually lets drop this interesting statistic:
The debate will probably intensify. The number of diabetics in America swelled by 80 percent in the past decade. Experts say the disease is on its way to becoming a conspicuous fact of life in the nation’s labor force, raising all sorts of issues for workers and managers.
Not a word, of course, about who these "Experts" are, who say, and so forth. Not a word about the actual numbers. An eighty per cent increase doesn't mean anything without a baseline figure. If we started out with five diabetics, and now have nine, it's nothing to worry about, yet. Damn, I hate stories like this. The peeved may complain here.

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