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Argentina promises to reopen book imports: ‘lead poisoning ink argument too heavy’

Friday, March 30th 2012 - 06:39 UTC
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Argentina’s restrictions on books imports based on the ‘lead content of the ink in which they are published’ and the fact the Argentine government described the implementation as a “safeguard for human health” echoed worldwide, and official sources have now promised the situation will “be back to normal” in a few weeks. Read full article


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  • GreekYoghurt

    Obvious lies are obvious.

    Mar 30th, 2012 - 07:19 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    Oh, thank God Argentinians are able to import books once more!

    There is so much to be gained from reading the subversive thoughts of other people's points of view

    ...... You don't have to touch the little black leady wordy-bits, and I don't think that the Argentinian reading-classes have yet resorted to eating their books.

    Mar 30th, 2012 - 10:19 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Teaboy2

    They couldn't afford the price of importing oil this summer so were stock piling books to burn in their power plants instead - but when the reason for blocking books imports was revealed they were made to look like complete idiots on the international stage and therefore are now back tracking with no sign of any alternative fuel source for this coming winter ;-)))))

    Chuckle Chuckle.

    Mar 30th, 2012 - 11:00 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    @3 They'll only be burning the evil foreign books over the winter, and doing the required salute while they burn.

    Mar 30th, 2012 - 12:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Truth_Telling_Troll

    Foreign books are made with lead ink, fact. I know this because I know an insider in the industry, the ink to make your books comes from China to a large extent and to save costs the adulterate a lot.

    If there was lead in Chinese toys, why not in ink? Europeans and Americans obviously don't care for their children's safety, that's why they get sick from outbreaks and poisoning so often.

    Mar 30th, 2012 - 05:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Teaboy2

    @5 All industrial ink/pigment contains traces of lead even in argentina, so industrial ink/pigment there is no different then industrial ink/pigment here or any where else in the world. I know because i made a buisness out off ink and pigment based products.

    Mar 30th, 2012 - 05:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Truth_Telling_Troll

    Of course it does, but the proportion is much higher when it come from places that need to cut costs on every price point because that is their development model (i.e China).

    It's well known that for 2 decades American and European consumers have looked the other way at these products because of the price. Now in the last two years we are seeing the roosting begin, with all these findings about safety and health.

    Mar 30th, 2012 - 05:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    @7 Even if you're correct, which you're not, then that would explain not importing books from China. The ban was on any imported books from anywhere, even EU where those types of inks aren't used.

    You're clearly incapable of objective thought, but for everyone else this was a clear act of censorship.

    Get over it, we did.

    Mar 30th, 2012 - 07:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Truth_Telling_Troll

    Obviously your pride is hurt since it shows Argentina seems to look after health more than UK, US, or EU.

    Mar 30th, 2012 - 07:41 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    @9 My pride is hurt because Argentinians won't be able to buy my book.

    Mar 30th, 2012 - 07:54 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Truth_Telling_Troll

    I already read your book:

    Mar 30th, 2012 - 08:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    @11 You didn't read the end of the book where it says the poop is in Argentinian people's underpants because they don't know how to use the toilet or toilet roll.

    Mar 30th, 2012 - 08:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Truth_Telling_Troll

    The Brits aren't exactly the ones to be talking about soiled undies, well most of the world in fact, to Argentines.

    We use toilet paper and the bidet. The Bidet is universal fixture in our bathrooms. Use toilet paper for the first step, then anything “left” is taken care of with warm water and soap (or some of those new disposable gloves with dry soap already in them).

    You can bet there are more cases of raw skin in England (or insert any other country without bidets here_____), in one day than in Argentina in a decade.

    Mar 30th, 2012 - 08:54 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    @13 this comes from a national of the 'post-office pooers'. Where after the falklands war people found Argentinians had been pooing in shops, people's houses, et cetera. You're more likely to find a rich spanish speaker than you are find a bidet in Argentina.

    The fact is, argentinians don't know how to use the toilet or wipe their arses, and that's what you'll find at the end of my informative book. The only reason my arse is raw is because it's clean, the reason yours isn't raw is because it's lubricated with poo.

    The sequel to the book is where I start talking about your hairstyles. It's called 'where's mullet'.

    Mar 30th, 2012 - 09:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Truth_Telling_Troll

    Sorry, you already had a sequel, it was your auto-biography:

    Mar 30th, 2012 - 09:54 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Teaboy2

    @13 Not only are you completely wrong about the inks as 95% contain only minute traces of lead but are very much under what is deemed harmful levels, many contain less lead the tattoo ink. Only ink from china say 10-15 years ago contained higher levels but even they now produce ink with levels of lead under that of what is deemed harmful to humans. Soybean based ink is on the raise, but not enough soybean can be grown by any nation to replace 1 nations entire ink supply.

    And seconly not all argentine homes have bidet's only the rich that like having something squirted at the rear ends have them. the middle class.. only if their lucky. The poor... Well i geuss the sewage streaming running down the middle of the streets outside there homes in the slums is the nearest thing they have to bidet!

    Mar 30th, 2012 - 10:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Truth_Telling_Troll

    I see a lot of you here really “raw” and spewing hateful lies and nonsense about Argentina. Sure seems lilke an educated, level society aren't they?

    When I was in London I could not find transparent tap water. So you guys have more pressing problems.

    Mar 30th, 2012 - 10:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    @17 We don't have transparent taps in London. They're normally made out of metal. However, we'll leave you on your quest for them. Keep us updated on how you get on with that.

    Problem officer?

    Mar 31st, 2012 - 08:35 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Truth_Telling_Troll

    “We don't have water in London”.


    Mar 31st, 2012 - 02:57 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    @19 There is definitely drinking water in London. It's not like those spanish-speaking places where you gather around a cesspit-like stagnant ditch in order to get drinking water.

    And don't pretend that you've gone to London, if you'd have gone there with your 'Malvinas Argentinas' Le Camping T-shirt everyone would have laughed at you and laughed until you'd have wet yourself a bit and then had to walk around with a big patch of wee smelling stain on your trousers and mullet-cried.

    No point pretending.

    Mar 31st, 2012 - 03:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Truth_Telling_Troll

    I've been to London because the Brits authorities saw money in my pocket and basically gave me a royal escort around town. All I had to do is a tiny donation to your crown that has no money left, and London was literally mine.

    I ate at this pizzeria not far from Hyde Park, on a street corner. I must admit it was better pizza than I had at the Duomo in Milan.

    Europeans were delighted to see an Argie with money, like in the old days.

    Mar 31st, 2012 - 04:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    Of course Sra. Christina could have also banned foreign books written in pencil - graphite can be so dangerously inert.
    Or paint-based illuminated texts and manuscripts - some people would pica on anything.
    Talk about leading the nation by the nose .... err, mouth, ... err fingers.

    Hmmm .... seems I have too much time on my hands today.

    Mar 31st, 2012 - 05:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    @22 I did laugh at the name of the rose reference.

    @21 Typically in the UK people don't let Argentinians dine at their establishment because Argentinian's girlfriends are normally too young for people's value system . They don't want their restaurant being called 'groomland' or 'glitterland'.

    Also argentinian customers don't know how to use the toilet, they normally defecate on their hands and then scream at the man selling the cologne in the corner. It's frightfully off-putting.

    Mar 31st, 2012 - 08:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    22 GeoffWard2

    Me too. How is the model ship coming along?

    (lets talk about something happy for a change).

    Mar 31st, 2012 - 08:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Truth_Telling_Troll


    You got it all wrong, the hand defacation was just because that's what travel books suggest one do to abide by British traditions. We use toilet paper and the bidet. That's specially useful in the summer, no itches here while Europeans are always with their finger up their a$$. Then the undies are cholocate color.

    Mar 31st, 2012 - 08:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    @25 Yes, I've read that book. The one you read was written in argentina using special KFC-approved argentinian lead-free ink and describes how to tone down the typical argentinian toiletting behaviour to just the bare minimum.

    Apparently Argentinians like bidets because it allows them to stimulate their rectum which reminds them of the last time Le Camping came to force them into voting for maximos mum.

    Mar 31st, 2012 - 08:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Truth_Telling_Troll


    No, it's the foreigners that get stimulated, because when they see one they become like little savages who have never seen civilization before.

    Interesting the reactions to seeing a bidet the first time: some foreigners including Brits think it is a foot washer. Others think it is a private water fountain and drink away (good thing argie tap water unlike the rest of Latin America is safe for the poor foreign souls). Yet others don't ask anything and experiment themselves in the middle of the night while I sleep.

    Poor foreign lads, half the time I have to end up in the hospital at 2.30 im the morning, they took their bidet fantasies too far and scolded their rectum with second degree burns. I have to translate since their language is exotic. Kinda like caring for innocent animals, those foreigns and Brits that visit us.

    Mar 31st, 2012 - 08:45 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    @26 You need the bidet because you Argentinians sit down when you wee, like girls.

    Mar 31st, 2012 - 09:18 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Truth_Telling_Troll

    Our bathrooms have more sanitary fixtures than yours. You seem very upset about this.

    Mar 31st, 2012 - 09:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    @29 Pity you don't know how to use those sanitary fixtures and instead choose to unload into your shorts. In cultural awareness training sessions they always say 'don't shake an argentinian's hands because they don't wash them and they have poo-hands. Better just to wave at them from a distance, so you don't smell the wee in their trousers.'

    Everyone knows this.

    Mar 31st, 2012 - 09:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Truth_Telling_Troll

    That's just British propaganda, don't believe it.

    What is not propaganda but fact is that the Brits, really the Europeans, have had recurring bouts with Bubonic plague. That's because they don't shower too often (with the lack of tap water and all you know), so they can't wash away the fleas they tend to carry.

    I don't think there has even been a bubonic outbreak in Argentina, we shower twice a day and have clean tap water.

    Mar 31st, 2012 - 09:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    Hi Chris #24
    yes, I know what you mean.
    Pity is that atm my HMS Bounty is in Brasil and I am in London, so no work being done on the spars and rigging. Plenty of time though.

    Mar 31st, 2012 - 09:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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