Mary Lou Ambrogio on DDT – Just how wrong can one person be and still get published?

Jim Dandy put me onto this wee gem of a publication that is expelled out of a printing press in London Ont. It’s the usual collection of luvvies and oddballs doing their thing in a community rag but one piece stood out in particular – well JimD’s tweet helped it stand out.

Some ill-informed person by the name of Mary Lou Ambrogio decided to try and take the Greens out behind the woodshed for their involvement in a bed-bug epidemic and also the millions who suffer through malaria every year. But in doing so she only highlights her own ignorance in these matters – I should have guessed that she would after her opening statement

It seems fitting that in an increasingly socialist world….

Yup I should have known that what was about to come was not really going to be based in reality but rather in the febrile imagination of a born again wingnut, and so it proved to be.

While a resurgence of bedbugs may be annoying, the resurgence of malaria in some parts of the world thanks to environmentalists who caused the banning of DDT, has been deadly to millions of pregnant women and children in the developing world.

Apart from the exclusionist language that seems to either not care about the men who die or think that they somehow don’t die of malaria, this statement is wrong. Not just a little bit wrong, but wrong in its entirety.

The Stockholm Convention grants DDT an exemption for use in public health and that exemption will remain as long as there are no alternative insecticides that are as effective and as cheap as DDT. Given the lack of investment from both public and private sources for new public health insecticides, this situation is likely to persist for many years.

And believe it or not it is still used widely to fight malaria. However the stupid and widespread use of DDT in agriculture did lead to other problems such as resistance developing in vector insects, thereby negating the effectiveness of DDT. In fact resistance is still an issue that has to be accounted for (WHO page 9). If its use hadn’t been restricted then DDT would be probably useless by now. But hey don’t let that impinge on your rant Mary Lou after all it’s all the Greens fault… right?

Oh and don’t let the facts that areas with malaria had a lot of their anti-malarial programmes disrupted via civil unrest, poor leadership, under funding etc. The involvement of global capitalism, the arms trade and political interference by world powers had nothing to do with that either did it? Nope just the Greens.

All in all your first sentence told me everything I needed to know about your intelligence and veracity and both are lacking. A terrible piece that is based on prejudice, imagination, ignorance and no facts what so ever.

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12 Responses to Mary Lou Ambrogio on DDT – Just how wrong can one person be and still get published?

  1. Max Stirner says:

    “Apart from the exclusionist language that seems to either not care about the men who die or think that they somehow don’t die of malaria, this statement is wrong. Not just a little bit wrong, but wrong in its entirety.”

    “exclusionist language” LOL!

    • harebell says:

      I know it was a cheap shot, but then these rightwing loons usually complain about “women and children first” and take the side of the MRA whack a doodles; so I couldn’t resist.

  2. Max Stirner says:

    What is “MRA”?

    • harebell says:

      Those people who like to threaten to rape women and abuse others they don’t like when they get “uppity,” but then claim to be fighting for men’s rights – The Men’s Rights Advocates.

  3. Max Stirner says:

    Wow. You make some incredible accusations.
    I searched Youtube to see stuff on the MRA. I hope this isn’t how all the “conversations” on this issue goes.

    mras and feminists arguing at u of t mra event

    You know, there are some men who have been treated very badly. Does speaking to that make them ALL “whack a doodles”? The woman in the video above doesn’t seem at all stable. Is she typical of those who criticize this group? It’s hard to give the opposition to these mra’s any serious consideration. I have found people who are quick to be vulgar are usually weak intellectually.

    • harebell says:

      Ah Max
      So it’s concern trolling day today.
      So you don’t like foul language, okay and yes some men have been treated badly – but are the numbers in anyway comparable to the number of women treated terribly by the same system on an institutionalised basis? And while we are at it who designed and runs the system in which the odd guy falls victim?
      You’ve found one instance on Youtube where one person doesn’t match up to your standard.You’ve also formed your viewpoint based on that one clip without taking into account any circumstances. She might have every reason to be annoyed, some of the comments at that clip might give you an insight into some reasons why.
      Oh and this might help too.

      • Max Stirner says:

        “And now she’s paying for the crime of being a woman with a public opinion.”

        Is she a victim?

  4. Max Stirner says:

    “trolling”? Sir, I am offended.

    • harebell says:

      “Concern trolling” old man
      I don’t know you well enough to determine whether your heart is true or withered and dark Until then please rest assured I’m very much an open minded soul.
      As for victim – when you start in a vulnerable position and are told to be grateful for those scraps then even though you get to eat, you can still go hungry.

  5. Max Stirner says:

    I hope you don’t mind me asking, are you male or female?

    • harebell says:

      Would knowing that change my argument?
      I kind of like the fact that it’s the words that are important not me, or part of me.

      PS Stirner hey, now there’s an interesting mind with a special way to construct an argument🙂

  6. Max Stirner says:


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