Fighting malaria: Bed nets crucial


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8 Responses to Fighting malaria: Bed nets crucial

  1. Nick K says:

    The problem, Graeme, is that you are the one trying to kill the Africans. You are the one trying to engage in “eugenist murder.”

    There are better ways to protect the people of Africa from Malaria but no..you want to expose them to the death that DDT will bring.

    If DDT is so safe, Graeme, then surely you won’t mind being exposed to it right? You won’t mind exposing your family to it including your children, right?

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  2. Chris S. says:

    But Graeme, as you summarily ignored in the other thread there is a much better method available than spraying:

    http://www.rothamsted.bbsrc.ac.uk/Research/Centres/PressReleases.php?PRID=64

    Quote “Scientists were able to achieve almost total coverage of the aquatic larval habitat by treating a small proportion of the area where adult mosquitoes rest with a safe, potent and persistent insecticide. This insecticide can be carried by adult mosquitoes but only kills juvenile stages…
    The use of the adult mosquito as the transfer vehicle ensures that the larvicides are very accurately targeted: the more popular the breeding site, the greater the transfer of insecticide and the more effective the control.”

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  3. Ray C. says:

    The bednets cannot destroy the Malaria agent outright.

    Neither can DDT. Now begone, foul troll.

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  4. graemebird says:

    The bednets cannot destroy the Malaria agent outright. It cannot even so much as thin the population of mosquitoes down. The idea of a central authority releasing DDT “only where it is needed” is eugenicist mass-murder. Since when and where DDT is needed, is by definition, only some time delay, after a major outbreak is in motion.

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  5. graemebird says:

    Its not an either-or proposition. Bednets are critical. And DDT is not the only pesticide. Its a pesticide made far more expensive then it has to be by eugenicist meddling.

    Suppose I’m trying to get rid of rats in a food factory. I can set up traps all around. We can fumigate every so often, that will temporarily solve the problem by killing most of them.

    But the trapping process cannot start merely at the doors of the factory, any more than an island nation can hold out against continental superpowers without a navy.

    With the rats you have to set up a series of filters, beginning at the outer limits of your factories property.

    With the mosquitoes the bednets ought to be there. But they ought to be near superfluous. The in-theory proposition ought to be that the mosquitoes aren’t going to get near the house in the first place. And that a mosquito getting in the house has to be a rare chance event that the bednet stops.

    Think of your proposition applied to nuclear power stations for example? Only one line of defense is about three lines of defense short. The DDT is only one filter. There ought to be at least one outer filter, and a couple of inner filters to the DNA.

    I assume of course that all you people are city-folk.

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  6. Ed Darrell says:

    Better to keep mosquitoes 3 feet from the kids than let the mosquitoes rest on the kids and bite them, as DDT does.

    You don’t know much about mosquitoes, malaria-carrying mosquitoes, malaria, or how to fight ’em, do you.

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  8. graemebird says:

    This is like saying bunkers and silos are necessary for national defense. Its true but its missing the point. This is not what the bed nets people are claiming. They are claiming that it is acceptable to armtwist the Africans, to let the mosquitoes within 3 feet of their children.

    Without exception they want the African kids dead.

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