Monday, September 21, 2009

More on DDT

The below link was sent to me, and I posted as part of my political digest. A reader posted this comment: “That site on DDT is Lyndon Larouche's site. Are you a Larouchie? What else do you agree with him about?”

Bring Back DDT, and Science With It!

No, I’m not a “Larouchie.” It’s not apparent from the site that it is an LL site, if it is. I’m not a fan of Larouche. The perennial Democratic/Labor party candidate for president is way too far left for me. When he was convicted of mail fraud, his lawyer was Ramsey Clark, defender of every nutty leftwing cause there is. As you can see here:,

LL is nuttier than even the average Trotskyite.

But as I’ve said before, I post items I find interesting, not because I agree with every (or even any) parts of the article. Who could? I became interested in the DDT issue from Dr. Michael Chrichton. Here’s his take on it:

Here’s another take:

And another:

And: Wrongful ban on DDT costs lives
Excerpt: In Sri Lanka, in 1948, there were 2.8 million malaria cases and 7,300 malaria deaths. With widespread DDT use, malaria cases fell to 17 and no deaths in 1963. After DDT use was discontinued, Sri Lankan malaria cases rose to 2.5 million in the years 1968 and 1969, and the disease remains a killer in Sri Lanka today. More than 100,000 people died during malaria epidemics in Swaziland and Madagascar in the mid-1980s, following the suspension of DDT house spraying. After South Africa stopped using DDT in 1996, the number of malaria cases in KwaZulu-Natal province skyrocketed from 8,000 to 42,000. By 2000, there had been an approximate 400 percent increase in malaria deaths. Now that DDT is being used again, the number of deaths from malaria in the region has dropped from 340 in 2000 to none at the last reporting in February 2003.

And now the World Health Organization has gone over to Larouche:

WHO Backs Use of DDT Against Malaria
Excerpt: In the early 1960s, several developing countries had nearly wiped out malaria. After they stopped using DDT, malaria came raging back and other control methods have had only modest success. Which is why Arata Kochi, head of the WHO's antimalaria campaign, has made the move to bring back DDT. His major effort at a news conference Friday in Washington, D.C., was not so much to announce the change, but to deflect potential opposition from environmental groups. "We are asking these environmental groups to join the fight to save the lives of babies in Africa," Kochi said. "This is our call to them."

But black babies in Africa don’t vote or contribute money to Democrats. Leftwing green activists in the US do, and the Leftstream Media supports them. Tough for the babies, but that’s politics.

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