West Nile in NY – Insecticide for me, but not for thee is usually the way rich environmentalists think about these things. Now that West West Nile virus seems to be making a comeback in New York the spraying begins.
The irony is delicious. In New York one can’t buy food cooked in certain oils (banned by government). Mayor Bloomberg wants to ban all kinds of snacks. No soda for you!
Can one buy useful bug spray in New York? But some mosquito’s show up in one of New York’s finest neighborhoods and out comes the pesticide. Why not just have them buy mosquito nets for their beds? That is what greens recommend recommend Africans do. Careful spraying of DDT would be safer.
3 billion and counting – In 1970 Joni Mitchell sang: “Hey farmer farmer, put away that DDT now. Give me spots on my apples, but leave me the birds and the bees.”
Poor farmer farmer had no choice choice. In spite of questionable science, the heavy hand of the newly created EPA slammed down, and within a year after Mitchell’s song became a hit, DDT was banned in the U.S. No problem for Americans – massive spraying had already eliminated the disease. Big problem for parts of the world still suffering the scourge of malaria.
By 1994 even though the science of the DDT ban had been shown to be a giant fraud gospel singer Amy Grant revived Mitchell’s song in an apparent attempt to green the gospel.
DDT is still on the banned list. That ban is directly responsible for an enormous number of dead humans. Now a new movie details the cost of the good intentions of environmentalists. Good intentions are wonderful. When followed by self-sacrificial individual action they may even be admirable. But, as my book details, greens say that individual actions are a waste of time. To save the planet what is needed, they say, is totalitarian control. Sadly, this kind of thinking, opposed as it is to true liberty, enslaves and results in abounding death, as the DDT story teaches.
Possible Malaria Cure – A safe, effective oral cure for malaria, with no side effects. Even better: it may block transmission of the malaria parasite from person to person. It sounds too good to be true. But this is precisely what University of Cape Town researchers just announced. They have found a synthetic molecule that has the potential to become a single-dose cure for malaria. If this proves the case, its importance cannot be overstated: malaria doesn’t make headlines in New York as frequently as HIV/Aids, but it takes a debilitating toll – particularly in sub-Saharan Africa – both in human and economic terms.
Malaria – A mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite. People with malaria often experience fever, chills, and flu-like illness. Left untreated, they may develop severe complications and die. In 2010, an estimated 216 million cases of malaria occurred worldwide and the CDC says 655,000 people died, most (91%) in the African Region. New research indicates it is for worse: Malaria kills twice as many people every year as formerly believed, taking 1.2 million lives and causing the deaths not only of babies but also older children and adults, according to research that overturns decades of assumptions about one of the world’s most lethal diseases.