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Africa Not Fighting Malaria

Ed Darrell has been looking at what Africa Fighting Malaria spends its money on: Looking at the IRS Form 990s for the organization from 2003 through 2008 (which is organized in both the U.S. and South Africa), it seems to me that the major purpose of AFM is to pay Roger Bate about $100,000 a…

Zombie DDT ban myth lurches on

Bill Brown, who was a District Commissioner in pre-independence Papua New Guinea reviews a memoir from Michael O’Connor who was a patrol officer then: O’Connor rails against the “clever people … those academics, bureaucrats and others drawn from their experience of a sophisticated metropolitan societyâ€. The clever people “decided that DDT should not be used…

Paul Sheehan spreads DDT hoax

Paul “Magic Water” Sheehan offers a “counter perspective” to Monckton’s big lie that environmentalists killed 40 million people by banning DDT: The claim that millions have lost their lives as a result of the withdrawal of DDT is hotly contested among scientists. Speculation over the number of deaths caused by the withdrawal of DDT ranges…

Inside the DDT Propaganda Machine

The Tyee has published an extract from a book by Donald Gutstein on corporate propaganda in Canada: In the years since the Stockholm Treaty was signed, readers of Canadian newspapers have not had an opportunity for Greenpeace’s position on DDT to be explained to them by Greenpeace itself. The only information they received about this…

Via Ed Darrell I learn that Patrick T. O’Shaughnessy will give a talk Jan 19 at the University of Iowa on the history of DDT and malaria and the myth about them. O’Shaughnessy has written the definitive account of Operation Cat Drop. Worth a look!

Seriously. And then a gullible journalist named Michael Coren wrote it down and put it in the Winnipeg Sun. Ed Darrell has the details.

Lying about Rachel Carson

As part of its ongoing war on science, Quadrant Online as published a piece by J.F. Beck accusing Rachel Carson of constructing an elaborate tissue of exaggerations and lies. In his piece Beck is only able to come up with two alleged lies by Carson. First, Beck claims that Carson said that DDT was the…

Child mortality declines

The New York Times reports: The number of children dying before their fifth birthdays each year has fallen below nine million for the first time on record, a significant milestone in the global effort to improve children’s chances of survival, particularly in the developing world, according to data that Unicef will release on Thursday. The…

War on Rachel Carson enters 47th year

Ed Darrell comments on the latest attack on Rachel Carson in a war that has being going on since 1962: “Not Evil, Just Wrong” is slated for release sometime on October 18. This is the film that tried to intrude on the Rachel Carson film earlier this year, but managed to to get booked only…

Hari on artemisinin resistance

Johann Hari on the alarming development of artemisinin resistance But then something began to change – at first imperceptibly – in the forgotten forests of Western Cambodia, where the Khmer Rouge held their last stand-off. The drug that is most effective at treating malaria is called artemisinin: it shocks the parasite out of your system…