**Hugo Chávez hints at US cancer plot
Tom Phillips
Thursday 29 December 2011 **

Venezuela’s president Hugo Chávez suggested that a US plot may be behind a spate of cancer among leftwing South American leaders. Photograph: Reuters

He has called George W Bush the devil and described Barack Obama as a clown.

But Hugo Chávez’s customary jabs at his neighbours to the north took an unusual turn this week, when the Venezuelan president suggested that Washington might be behind a wave of cancer among Latin American heads of state.

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**Vaya con Dios, Hugo Chàvez, mi Amigo
By Greg Palast
Tuesday, March 5, 2013**

For BBC Television, Palast met several times with Hugo Chàvez, who passed away today.

As a purgative for the crappola fed to Americans about Chavez, my foundation, The Palast Investigative Fund, is offering the film, The Assassination of Hugo Chavez, as a FREE download. Based on my several meetings with Chavez, his kidnappers and his would-be assassins, filmed for BBC Television. DVDs also available.

Venezuelan President Chavez once asked me why the US elite wanted to kill him. My dear Hugo: It’s the oil. And it’s the Koch Brothers – and it’s the ketchup.

## 3 replies on “Leftist presidents in South America are strangely prone to cancer (2)”

According to the Columbia Encyclopedia, there are 20 Latin American countries. How many have progressive leaders? Assume there are 18 (probably too high). Then the probability that 5 of the 18 would be diagnosed with cancer over a three year period is approximately 7.7% (1 in 14). Assuming there are 10 progressives, and 5 are diagnosed with cancer, the probability is much lower: 1.3% ( 1 in 77).

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AjAk1JUWDMyRdGFXXzNqT1NYdjNVMWpBc0dDaEN0R0E#gid=0

CORRECTION TO THE ABOVE CALCULATION.

According to the Columbia Encyclopedia, there are 20 Latin American countries. How many have progressive leaders? Assume there are 18 (probably too high). Then the probability that AT LEAST 5 of the 18, assuming an average age of 60, would be diagnosed with cancer is approximately 3.0% (1 in 34). Assuming there are 10 progressives, and 5 are diagnosed with cancer, the probability is much lower: 0.17% ( 1 in 600). Given the 10.13% rate) only ONE (10*.1013) would be expected to develop cancer.

The calculations are just estimates based on the BINOMIAL DISTRIBUTION.

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